Happy Independence Day: 5 Bollywood songs to rekindle the patriotic spirit


India will be celebrating 69 years of its independence on Monday. Independence Day is celebrated with patriotic fervour by paying homage to the great leaders and freedom fighters who fought for our independence. Bollywood has no death of movies around theme of patriotism, and since no celebration is complete without Bollywood songs, here is a list of a few of the many wonderful patriotic numbers that will fill one with love and respect for the motherland.

Tu Bhoola Jise (Airlift): The beautiful song is from Akshay Kumar starrer film ‘Airlift’ which is based on true events of the Gulf War of 1990s and how the 1.7 lakh stranded Indians were evacuated from the war-torn country and brought back to their own homeland. The lyrics of the song, in context of the movie, speaks about how one’s motherland never forgets its people and is always by their side in their pain. It has been effectively sung by KK and Amaal Mallik. The song ends with ‘Vande Mataram’ from our National Song by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee.

Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera (Swades):  This song from the Shah Rukh Khan starrer cult film ‘Swades’ is so good and effective that one gets goosebumps while listening. The lyrics by Javed Akhtar are extremely rich and conveys one’s relationship with the soil that tugs the person towards it, wherever the person may be. Music maestro A.R. Rahman has sung the lovely who has also composed it with shehnai, percussions and table. In the movie, Shah Rukh played a sophisticated man who works at NASA in the United States. He comes to India to visit his nanny, but when goes back to the States, he is constantly reminiscence of his soil which compels him to return to India for good.

Des Rangila (Fanaa): This peppy song from the Aamir Khan and Kajol starrer has been sung by the talented Mahalaxmi Iyer. The beautiful lyrics by Prasoon Joshi celebrates the diverse and colourful land that our India is. This song also has the verse ‘Vande Mataram’. The plot of the movie revolves around the theme of love for the country over one’s lover. Aamir played a traitor, while Kajol played his beloved, who eventually kills him for the sake of the country after learning the truth about him.

Aisa Des Hai Mera (Veer-Zaara): This lovely song is from the late Yash Chopra’s ‘Veer Zaara’. The film revolves around cross-border love story between an Indian Air Force Officer played by Shah Rukh Khan, and a Pakistani girl played by Preity Zinta. Like ‘Des Rangila’ from ‘Fanaa’, this song too describes the glorious nation and how India and Pakistan are similar in so many ways. It was sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan, Gurdas Mann and Pritha Majumder. The song establishes a harmony between the ever fighting neighbours.    

Chak De! (Chak De! India): This title song from Shah Rukh Khan starrer sport film ‘Chak De! India’ is an energetic and catchy number. The song in the powerful vocals of Sukhwinder Singh and well supported by Marianne D’ Cruz and Salim Merchant, instils a feeling to do everything to make India proud. In the movie, Shah Rukh plays the role of a disgraced hockey player Kabir Khan who seeks to regain his honour by coaching the Indian women’s hockey team and making them win the World Cup for the country.


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