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Ankitta Sharma, Helly Shah, Jasmin Bhasin and Arjun Bijlani spoke about their love for India.

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As India celebrated its 72th Independence Day Thursday, Tellywood celebrities like Ankitta Sharma, actor Shivin Narang and Helly Shah hoped for prosperity, progress and peace to prevail in the nation. With Independence Day around the corner, our favourite TV actors talk about their favourite freedom fighters and their love for the country. 

Ankitta Sharma: My favourite freedom fighter is Bhagat Singh because his journey has been the most thrilling. I have learnt so much from the films that I have watched on him.

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Shivin Narang: My favourite freedom fighter was Gandhiji because I totally believe in non-violence. His teachings and principals still hold value and must be followed.

Helly Shah: My favourite freedom fighter is Rani Laxmi Bai. She was  a true warrior and was extremely focused and brave. I still remember the lines “Khoob Ladi mardani thi woh toh Jhansi wali Rni thi”

Jasmin Bhasin: My favourite freedom fighter is Indira Gandhi because she was a visionary and a true warrior. As prime minister, she did whatever she could which wasn’t easy being women in those days.

We need to make India clean country. Our citizens still throw garbage and spit anywhere and we do not even follow government rules. India has beautiful places like Shimla, Sikkim, Rajasthan, we should promote tourism more and the economy has to contribute in the development of the nation. My favourite patriotic song is Chakde India, the song is very new age and meaningful.

Ssharad Malhotra: My favourite freedom fighter was Subhash Chandra Bose because he is one of that hero’s who have given it all for our country. I was highly inspired when I read about him in textbooks. 

We should stop fighting in the name of religion. India is a cosmopolitan country with a cosmopolitan culture where everyone can co-exist. My favourite patriotic song is Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawano Ka from film Naya Daur.

Arjun Bijlani: My favourite freedom fighter is Subhash Chandra Bose. My favourite patriotic song is Ae Mere Watan Ke logo. I like that song because it’s about the soldiers. I think even today no one can match up to the sacrifices they do. 

I think the government is doing a lot and the change is happening already which are seen to be very positive but as I live in Mumbai I will talk about it. I feel in Mumbai there should be places which should be open until late. I feel that the government should give permission to open good restaurants on the beachside. They can make a path on the beachside where people can jog. As we have a good coastline so, I feel that prominent places like Juhu or Versova should be developed.

And yes, restaurants should be open at least till 3 am. These things should be allowed legally so there is no scope in doing it illegally. Infrastructure-wise Mumbai has to be better, we always wake up in the monsoons, I think making Mumbai roads better should be like a years cycle. Whether rains are there or not there it should be a continuous process of maintaining the roads. My favourite patriotic song is Ae Mere Watan Ke logo. I like that song because it’s about the soldiers. I think even today no one can match up to the sacrifices they do. In reality shows and all, we see a lot of people talking about their sacrifices but a soldiers sacrifice is unmatched because he is doing for the whole country, it’s his duty.

There is a lot of difference to sacrifice for your family and to sacrifice for duty or the country and I think that’s why our soldiers need to get the most respect. How much ever we do for them it will always be less.

Gaurav Gera: All our freedom fighter have worked really hard but Bhagat Singh has a very heroic story though. At such a young age, he gave his life for our country,  so yes he is my favourite.

Already the drives are on. The cleanliness drive is on and as a good citizen we must follow that but we are still far away from corruption rate, people have to know that. People should feel guilty about it. My favourite patriotic song is  Ae Watan Ae Watan Humko teri kasam.

Shashank Vyas: My all-time favourite is Bhagat Singh. He was a warrior par excellence and his life story is inspiring too.

I don’t agree with the statement that patriotism comes only on 15 August. Let me give you an example,  on your birthday you feel special it doesn’t mean that you don’t feel special on other days. It’s a day which is allotted for a particular reason. So feeling patriotic only on 15 August does not mean that you are not a patriot. We all love Diwali but it doesn’t mean that we should burn crackers the whole year. If I talk about how to make our country better,  we can do a simple thing, try to become an  IAS , IPS officer. There have multiple exams to be given if they want to become one.

 So in the same manner, if you want to enter politics, I feel qualification needs to be considered. The proper filtration of people needs to be done. Shortlisting of the people should be done. There should be a proper examination,  how IAS and IPS are produced in the same way politicians should be produced. If I talk about my favourite freedom fighter, I was majorly impressed by Bhagat Singh,  at the age of 23 he gave his life for the country its unimaginable. At the age of 23, I did not even have a proper moustache and at that age fighting for the country and openly challenging Britishers! Hats off to him! My favourite patriotic song is Kar Chale Hum Fida Jaan-O-Tan Saathiyon.

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