Haqeeqat (1964) is based on the indo-china war of 1962, mainly focused on the battle of Rezand la in Ladakh. Directed by Chetan Anand. This is considered the greatest war movie ever made. How a recently independent country like India, which was financially weak and struggling to make decisions, forced the outnumbered and injured Indian soldiers to retreat. Someone needs to stop the Chinese army and give time to the injured Indian soldiers to retreat. Dharmendra and his fellow soldiers decided to fight. It is all about their bravery and sacrifices. Balraj Sahni, the legendary actor, played Major Ranjit Singh. His helplessness, awaiting the whole time for further orders and reinforcement is very painful for Indians to watch. This movie elevates the morale of the Indian armed forces at the time of grief.
This was the first movie to be shot in Ladakh. Some artists Including Director Chetan Anand, Balraj Sahni, and many others didn’t charge any money. In the song “Ab tumhare hawale watan sathiyo”, The immortal voice of Mohammad Rafi and great lines written by Kaifi Azmi still make every Indian weep. The audience used to stay seated in their seats with grief after the movie ends. After many decades Haqeeqat stands tall with its great depiction of the war and the shadow it left behind.