Independence Day 2018: From Raakhee’s birthday to Sholay’s release, why August 15 is significant in Bollywood

India is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day today and on this special occasion, Indians have to make this day memorable by being patriotic towards our ‘Bharat Mata’. After all, India is one of the fastest developing countries in the world as it is aiming towards becoming the largest economy in the world. August 15, is indeed special for commoners as well as for Bollywood.

There have been many incidents that have occurred on this day which can surprise as well as shocked. So, let’s take a look at what has happened in Bollywood on August 15 over the years.

Birthday

Independence Day 2018: From Raakhee’s birthday to Sholay’s release, why August 15 is significant in Bollywood

One of the prominent and veteran actresses of Bollywood, Raakhee Gulzar was born on August 15, 1947 which is exactly the same date when India got independent from the British rule. Raakhee has worked in many Bollywood as well as regional films. However, her memorable role in the film starring Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, Karan-Arjun will always be remembered. Raakhee married lyricist, Gulzar from whom she has a daughter and Meghna Gulzar, who recently directed ‘Raazi’. Raakhee is now separated from Gulzar and lives with Meghna.

Big film release

Independence Day 2018: From Raakhee’s birthday to Sholay’s release, why August 15 is significant in Bollywood

August 15, 1975, became a landmark day and year for Indian Cinema. The cult classic and all-time blockbuster of Bollywood, Sholay was released on this day. Starring Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Amjad Khan. Sholay was indeed a landmark film which defined the cinematic experience of Indian audiences.

Independence week big releases

Independence Day 2018: From Raakhee’s birthday to Sholay’s release, why August 15 is significant in Bollywood

Patriotic weeks have always been favourite for filmmakers for releasing any sports or political drama. Hence, viewers have witnessed some of the big releases like Singham Returns in 2014, Chak De! India in 2007 and others. Interestingly, these films changed the mindset of society by bringing new perspectives to look at the issues in our country.

Bollywood film clashes on August 15 this year

Independence Day 2018: From Raakhee’s birthday to Sholay’s release, why August 15 is significant in Bollywood

August 15, 2018, is indeed going to be the biggest battle at the box office. Two big films of B-town stars like Akshay Kumar and John Abraham are releasing today. Akshay Kumar starrer Gold is a sports drama whereas, John Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate is a social drama. Let’s see who will win the battle.

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