Operation Blue Star was a military operation that took place in India in June 1984. The operation was carried out by the Indian Army to remove Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his armed followers from the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, which is considered to be the holiest shrine for Sikhs. The operation was controversial and resulted in the deaths of many civilians and soldiers.
There have been movies made on various historical events and incidents, but is there any movie based on Operation Blue Star? Let’s find out.
The Controversial Operation
Operation Blue Star was a controversial event in Indian history. The government ordered the military to carry out the operation without informing or consulting with the Sikh community leaders. As a result, there was widespread outrage among Sikhs who saw it as an attack on their religion and their community.
The operation resulted in a massive loss of life, with estimates ranging from several hundred to several thousand deaths. The exact number of casualties is still unknown as there are no official records available.
The aftermath of Operation Blue Star was equally controversial. It led to widespread protests and riots across Punjab and other parts of India. The assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards further fueled the tensions between Sikhs and Hindus.
Movies Based on Operation Blue Star
Despite its significance in Indian history, there have been very few movies made on Operation Blue Star. One reason for this could be the sensitivity surrounding the issue, as it still remains a contentious topic among Sikhs.
However, there are a few movies that have touched upon Operation Blue Star or events related to it:
- Amu (2005): Directed by Shonali Bose, this movie revolves around an Indian-American woman who returns to India after many years and discovers her family’s dark secrets related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that followed Indira Gandhi’s assassination. The movie features footage from Operation Blue Star and the riots that followed.
- Kesari (2019): This Bollywood movie is based on the Battle of Saragarhi, which took place in 1897 between British Indian Army and Afghan tribesmen.
However, the movie briefly touches upon Operation Blue Star as one of the soldiers in the movie is shown to be a Sikh who fought in the operation.
- Khalistan (2018): Directed by Jagmeet Singh Samundri, this Punjabi movie is based on the Khalistan movement that emerged after Operation Blue Star. The movie explores the impact of Operation Blue Star on Sikh youth and their struggle for a separate homeland.
In conclusion, there have been very few movies made on Operation Blue Star due to its sensitive nature and controversial history. However, some movies have touched upon it or events related to it. It remains to be seen if more movies will be made on this significant event in Indian history.