India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day on Thursday and we are a country crazy about song and dance. Whether it is a celebration organized by your local RWA or a grand carnival headlined by a political leader, can you imagine any celebration without mikes blaring out Bollywood songs? In sync with tradition, we bring you a playlist that will actually match the sentiments of the moment and make you feel proud of our country.
Aye Mere Pyaare Watan
Featured in the 1961 film Kaabuliwala, the song by Manna Dey talks of a citizen’s eagerness to sacrifice his life for the benefit of his motherland even as the hero is away from home. It was picturised on Balraj Sahni.
Apni Azadi Ko Hum
Dilip Kumar’s rare appearance in a patriotic film had him mouth one of the proudest patriotic songs from his times. Featured in the 1964 film Leader, the song talks of the pride the hero feels as a citizen of independent India and how corruption should not be allowed to compromise on the freedom.
Hai Preet Jaha Ki Reet Sada
One of the sweetest songs that celebrates patriotism as much as it cherishes the diversity of culture that is inherent in our country. Featured on Manoj Kumar, the song Purab Aur Pashcim (1970) talks of historic achievements of India and it begins with the discovery of zero.
I Love my India
Shah Rukh Khan’s Pardes (1997) featured this cute song where a happy Amrish Puri croons his love for his homeland as kids hop and play around him in the fields. It also featured Mahima Choudhary.
Maa Tujhe Salam
AR Rahman has been instilling enthusiasm and pride in youth for long with his 2014 song that salutes the motherland.
Ae Watan Mere Abad Rahe
This song featured in Alia Bhatt’s Raazi (2019) and invokes a sense of emotional touch with one’s country. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, Raazi also starred Vicky Kaushal.
Rang De Basanti
Daler Mehndi’s voice added jazz to the energetic song inspired by the classic Mera Rang De Basanti Chola (Shaheed). Featuring Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and R Madhavan, the film had music by AR Rahman.
Akshay Kumar’s recent patriotic film, Kesari (2019) also had a touching song that invokes love for the motherland.