India is gearing up for the celebration of its 73rd Independence Day on Thursday, August 15, with all pomp and glory. Over the years, Bollywood has made an umpteen number of films that are sure to make us proud and instill a patriotic sentiment among audiences. Along with Bollywood movies, there are also a few patriotic songs which make us proud of our nation, whenever we listen to them.
On the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day, let us take a look a look at five Bollywood songs which will bring out the feeling of patriotism in us :
The song 'Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo' which is often rendered at patriotic occasions in India, and is one of the most prominent patriotic songs. It was written by Kavi Pradeep, composed by C. Ramchandra, and is voiced by legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. It was first performed live on 26 January 1963 at the National Stadium in New Delhi on account of Republic Day (26 January) 1963. The song commemorates Indian soldiers who died during the Sino-Indian War in 1962.
This song is one of the most encouraging songs which was a special tribute to the soldiers. The message which is conveyed by the song is about never giving up and fighting the enemies to save our country. The song was picturised on Hrithik Roshan and his colleagues from the Indian army, who were preparing themselves for an upcoming war against Pakistan.
Music Matestro AR Rahman composed the song for Shah Rukh Khan's 2004 venture 'Swadesh'. The song conveys a message to every Indian who stays abroad that wherever it is that one stays, one must never forget his motherland.
This song of music maestro A.R. Rahman which released in the year 1997, is till date considered as one of the most popular patriotic songs. Whenever we think about Independence Day songs, this is the first song that comes to our mind. This song was from A.R. Rahman's music album, 'Vande Mataram' and it was praised by Indians all over the world.
This song is from Indian romantic thriller film, Fanaa celebrates unity in diversity of our country. Starring Aamir Khan in the lead as an anti-hero, the song marks a remarkable dance performance by Kajol.
Rang De Basanti is a film based in India post-independence that fights the corruption with-in. It shows the transformation of carefree college kids to rebes post a tragic incident. The song, which is the title track of the film gained huge fame when it released. It features the voices of Daler Mehndi and K S Chitra, music composed by A.R. Rahman. You will see Aamir Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Siddharth Narayan, Sharman Joshi, and Atul Kulkarni preparing for their roles of Indian Freedom fighters for the British actress- Alice Patten's documentary film. This patriotic drama is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
This song is not only dedicated to the Indian sportspersons and athletes but is dedicated to all and whenever we listen to this song, the inner patriot in us is awakened. The movie was about the struggle of a former Indian Hockey player, who was accused of being a traitor when his team lost. In order to prove his innocence, he takes up the responsibility to coach the Indian Indian Women's Hockey team for the Commonwealth Games of 2002. The film was based on the struggle of a coach to unite his team irrespective of caste, region, etc.
Vande Mataram from Disney's ABCD 2 starring Varun Dhawan & Shraddha Kapoor was a huge success when the film released in 2015. It records a stunning performance of the lead pair as they represent the country in an international dance forum. The reprised version of the original venture also awakens your patriotic zeal.
This song from the 2018 blockbuster film 'Raazi' gives us goosebumps whenever we listen to it. 'Ae Watan Watan Mere Abaad Rahe Tu' truly depicts one's love towards their country. Set in the background of the 1970's India- Pakistan war, the movie was about an Indian spy Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) who marries a Pakistani army official Iqbal (Vicky Kaushal) to cater information related to Pakistan's upcoming mission against India. This song had both male and female versions. While the male version was sung by Arijit Singh, the female version was crooned by Sunidhi Chauhan.
The song is from Akshay Kumar's 2019 venture 'Kesari' which is based on the Battle of Saragarhi. With the heartwarming melody and catchy lyrics, the song induces an unconditional love for the motherland.