As the 70th Republic Day is knocking our doors, we remember the sacrifice, struggle and independence of India from British Raj. And since no celebration is complete without a Bollywood twist, there are several songs that beautifully captures the spirit of patriotism.
From Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logon’ to AR Rehman’s ‘Bharat Hamko Jaan Se Pyaara Hai’, these Hindi songs each time swell our chests with pride. The tracks are laced with beautiful lyrics and are capable of leaving you teary-eyed even now.
On the occasion of 70th Republic Day, these songs definitely deserve a place in your playlist
Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo
The song is written by Kavi Pradeep as a tribute to Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Sino-Indian war. Composed by C Ramchandra and sung by Lata Mangeshkar, the song was first performed by Lata Didi on January 27, 1963, at the National Stadium, New Delhi to celebrate Republic Day, which was just two months after the war.
Vande Mataram: Maa Tujhe Salaam
The title song of studio album ‘Vande Mataram’ (1997) is composed by music legend AR Rahman. Though it has been two decades since the song’s composition, it remains the most favorite patriotic tracks. The beautiful voice of AR Rahman leaves a profoundly positive impact on the heart of every Indian, every time you listen to it.
Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyaara Hai
The Kashmir issue was tackled in this Mani Ratnam film. A young couple from south India goes for a honeymoon and the groom is kidnapped by jihadis. This song truly epitomises the spirit of the movie.
This song from the film Raazi is one of the most popular songs which was sung by Arijit Singh and composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. It was picturized on actress Alia Bhatt. Raazi narrated the story of an Indian spy who gets married to a Pakistani officer in order to transfer secret information.
Challa: Main Lad Jaana
The song Main Lad Jaana from the latest release Uri – The Surgical Strike is an intense Punjabi anthem and shows the lead actor Vicky Kaushal ready for the real-life surgical strikes. Along with Vicky Kaushal, the movie also stars Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, and Kirti Kulhari. Directed by Aditya Dhar, the movie is based on the surgical attack carried by Indian Armed forces in 2016.
Kandhon Se Milte Hain Kandhe
Song ‘Kandhon Se Milte Hain Kandhen’ from the film Lakshya was crooned by talented singers like Sonu Nigam, Kunal Ganjawala, Hariharan, Roop Kumar Rathod, Vijay Prakash and Shankar Mahadevan. It featured Hrithik Roshan with a bunch of talented artists.
Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera
The beautiful lyrics of the song were written by Javed Akhtar, composed and sung by AR Rahman. The song beautifully captures the thought process and the inner turmoil of every NRI Indian.
This peppy patriotic song has a blind Zuni (Kajol) performing to it in a wonderfully choreographed sequence. The movie it is based in, Fanaa, was about the tussle between patriotism and love, with Aamir Khan playing an Indian army soldier who’s a traitor.
Sandese Aate Hain
‘Sandese Aate Hain’ from the movie ‘Border’ is written by Javed Akhtar, composed by Anu Malik and sung by Roop Kumar Rathod and Sonu Nigam. The song not only describes the pain of Indian soldiers but also unveils the romantic side of the soldiers longing to see their family and lover.
Sung by Divya Kumar and composed by Sachin-Jigar, the song Thare Vaaste from the film Parmanu portrays the hardships faced by the Indian Armed Forces during the secret mission. The movie is based on the nuclear tests carried by the Indian government in 1998 in Pokran, Rajasthan. The mission allowed India to declare itself as the nuclear state.