Life of the Revolutionary Freedom Fighter; read

Today, September 28, 2020, the whole nation celebrates the birth of a revolutionary freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh. The day is marked as Bhagat Singh Jayanti and is celebrated across India to remember the legend and his sacrifices for the country. Today, India remembers a brave young man who shook off British rule with his firm intentions to bring reform and revolution to the country. Several political leaders, celebrities paid tribute to Bhagat Singh. On the occasion of Bhagat Singh’s birthday, here is some important information about the freedom fighter.

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Birthday of Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh was born on September 28, 1907 in Banga village of Lyallpur district. Currently, it is a part of Pakistan. Bhagat Singh’s family was politically active and was an advocate of independence. His uncles Ajit Singh and Schwann Singh were also freedom fighters. The presence of these revolutionary people at home had a profound impact on Bhagat Singh. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre left a huge impact on a young Bhagat Singh. He also joined Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent movement. He later left this movement and joined Chandrashekhar Azad in his Gadar Dal. Bhagat Singh was also involved in the Kakori Kand which had other renowned revolutionaries like Chandrashekhar Azad, Ramprasad Bismil among others.

In 1928, Bhagat Singh and his associate killed a British officer JP Saunders. He was aided by Chandrashekhar Azad to assassinate him. Later in 1929, Bhagat Singh threw bombs and pamphlets in the auditorium of the Central Assembly and also shouted slogans. Bhagat Singh and his associates, Sukhdev and Rajguru were sentenced to death in the Lahore conspiracy case. He was hanged with Sukhdev and Rajguru on March 23, 1931, at the age of 23. We still remember their sacrifices for the country. Apart from being a freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh was also a great speaker, reader, writer and journalist. His life has also inspired a few films. Here is an overview of movies about Bhagat Singh.

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Movies about Bhagat Singh

So far there have been three important films about the life of Bhagat Singh. The Legend of Bhagat Singh was released in 2002 and it became a huge hit. Ajay Devgn had played the lead role of Bhagat Singh in the film. Another film based on Bhagat Singh was released the same year. It was titled as March 23, 1931: Shahid, marking the date he was hanged. Bobby Deol had portrayed the role of Bhagat Singh. Another film based on Bhagat Singh is the 2006 release Rank of Basanti. The film featured the influences of several freedom fighters like Chandrashekhar Azad, Ramprasad Bismil, Shivram Rajguru, Bhagat Singh among others.

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Thelma J. Longworth