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Independence Day 2017: 10 Bollywood patriotic songs that are a must on your playlist

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India is all set to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday. No celebration is complete without a Bollywood twist. Bollywood has its’s own way of expressing love for the country. From Nanha munna rahi hu to Chak De! India, over the years Indian Cinema has gifted us some of the beautiful tracks, however old they are, they are evergreen and soothing to the ears. We have listed 10 Bollywood patritic songs that will reignite the fire of patriotism.

Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawanon Kaa – Naya Daur (1957)


Directed by Baldev Raj Chopra, the film Naya Daur features Dilip Kumar, Vyajayantimala and Ajit in the lead roles. The music of the song is given by OP Nayyar, lyrics by Sahir Ludhiyanvi and sung by Rafi and Balbeer. The movie showcases the story of a man who with an intention of earning quick profits introduces new machinery in the village and hence creates chaos in the peaceful village.


Nanha Munna Rahi Hoon – Son of India (1962)

We have all grown up listening to the song and over the years the song has become the integral part of the Independence Day and Republic Day. The iconic children’s music track from the 1962 film ‘Son of India’ and is sung by Shanti Mathur. The film showcases the story of a ambitious young man who marries a woman for her money and then because of the guilt leaves his wife. This incident has a deep impact on their child’s mind that teaches him a lesson for life.


Aye Mere Watan ke Logon (1963)

The song is written by Kavi Pradeep as a tribute to Indian soldiers who sacrified 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. The event was attended by the then President Jawaharlal Nehru and President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Over the years, the Hindi patriotic song has rendered its position alongside Jana Gana Mana,Vande Mataram and Sare Jahan se Accha.


Mere Desh Ki Dharti – Upkar (1967)

The popular song ‘Mere Desh Ki Dharti’ is from the movie Upkar (1967) and features Manoj Kumar who plays the role of both kisan and jawan. The film is said to be inspired by the former Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri. The film got 9 nominations with Manoj Kumar bagging the Filmfare award for best movie.


Dil Diya Hai – Karma (1986)

Directed by Subhash Ghai, the multi-cast film stars Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Sridevi, Anupam Kher and Poonam Dhillon. It is the first film where Dilip Kumar is paired opposite veteran actress Nutan. The song ‘Dil diya hai jaan bhi denge…’ is an ideal patriotic song that is played on every Republid Day and Independence Day.


Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai – Roja (1992)

The song ‘Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai’ is from he romantic thriller film ‘Roja’ (1992), directed by Mani Ratnam. The soulful track is composed by AR Rahman and is a must on every Independence Day playlist. AR Rahman debuted as a film composed with the film and won the National Film Award for Bes Music Direction, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director. The soundtrack is listed in among the ‘10 Best Soundtracks’ of all time in TIME Magazine in 2005.

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Maa Tujhe Salaam (1997)

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.


Suno Gaur se Duniya Walo – Dus (2005)

Though the movie ‘Dus’ starring Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt never saw the daylight, but the energetic song became a hit. The full of life song is wonderfully sung by Udit Narayan, Shankar Mahadevan, Dominique Cerejo and Mahalakshmi Iyer. The film never got completed as the director died during the film shoot. The film was supposed to be actor Rahul Dev’s Bollywood debut. Beside Salman and Sanjay, the film starred Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty, Vinod Khanna and Rahul Dev.


Des Rangila – Fanaa (2006)

The 2006 romantic crime drama stars Aamir Khan and Kajol and revolves around the tussle between patriotism and love. The electro energetic patriotic song ‘Des Rangila’ was sung by Mahalakshmi Iyer. The song defines India in a fascinating way and features Kajol dancing that grabs everyone’s attention.


Rang De Basanti – Rang De Basanti (2006)

The title track of the 2006 movie Rang De Basanti is composed by AR Rahman and features Daler Mehandi and KS Chitra’s voice. The patriotic drama directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra features Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Kunal Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan, R Madhvan, Sharman Joshi and British actress Alice Patten. The drama showcases their preparation for the roles of Indian freedom fighters for a documentary film and how strong the impact it has on their life.