Filmmaker Nitin Kumar Gupta says that Independence Day is a great time to sit and think about the sacrifices our soldiers make every day to keep us safe. Talking about the significance of the day, he says,
“Independence day to me is a reminder of the sacrifices our freedom fighters went through, and the sacrifices our soldiers make every day to keep India a sovereign and independent nation,” he says.
He adds, “We cannot take our independence for granted. It was fought for and earned, and even today our soldiers fight every day to keep the nation safe from invaders. In my film L.A.C, which we filmed in Kargil, we have seen first-hand the numerous life-threatening hostilities faced by our border troops, and it opened our eyes to the constant threat looming over us.”
Ask him about his favourite freedom fighter, and he says, “I admire Gandhi ji the most because the message he sent through peace resonated globally more than anything achieved through violence ever can. That’s why we see him embodied in our day-to-day lives till today.”
Films are a great way to spread patriotism. Talking about the same, he says, “My favourite patriotic film is Swades. It is not jingoistic, but it shows how an Indian at heart will leave behind everything for his motherland when the time arises. My favourite patriotic song is Maa Tujhe Salaam. It gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, though not a patriotic song, is also deeply embedded in my spirit as it teaches the value of oneness in a nation so diverse. The song Hindustan Hindustan forms the backdrop of many patriotic situations in my film L.A.C.”