January 26, 1950, is the day when our new constitution came into effect after Governor General C. Rajagopalachari proclaimed India as the Sovereign Democratic Republic. And since then every single year, on the same day, we celebrate Republic Day. We all have grown up watching the Republic Day parade either on television or at Rajpath. Our heart fills with pride as we witness our tiranga unfurling. And since no celebration is complete without a Bollywood twist, there are several songs that beautifully captures the spirit of patriotism. Bollywood has its own way of expressing love for the country. From ‘Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawanon Kaa’ from the movie ‘Naya Daur’ to ‘Main Lad Jaana’ from the movie ‘Uri – The Surgical Strike’, 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 19 Bollywood patriotic songs that will reignite the fire of patriotism.
Main Lad Jaana – Uri – The Surgical Strike (2019)
This is the latest addition to the list of Bollywood’s patriotic songs is from the action thriller ‘Uri – The Surgical Strike’. The song is an intense Punjabi anthem and shows the lead actor Vicky Kaushal gets 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.
Raazi – Ae Watan (2018)
The song has male and female versions and both the songs are capable of giving listeners some good goosebumps. The song is sung by Arijit Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan and composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. ‘Ae Watan’ celebrates the true spirit of patriotism and shows how Alia’s character Sehmat accepts all the challenges and risks her own life to serve the country.
Thaare Vaaste – Parmanu (2018)
Sung by Divya Kumar and composed by Sachin-Jigar, the song 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.
Tu Bhoola Jise – Airlift (2016)
The song ‘Tu Bhoola Jise’ is emotional turbulence, written by Kumaar, composed by Amaal Mallik and sung by K.K. The song beautifully features patriotism and unity of Indians during the crisis. ‘Vande Mataram’ towards the end of the song is sure to give you goosebumps.
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 Madhavan, 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.
Luka Chuppi- Rang De Basanti (2006)
This is another gem by A.R. Rehman from the movie ‘Rang De Basanti’. The song is a mother’s ode to her son who dies on duty. Composed by AR Rahman and rendered by Lata Mangeshkar, this is bound to leave you teary-eyed.
Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walo – Dus (2005)
Though the movie ‘Dus’ starring Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt never saw the daylight, 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. Besides Salman and Sanjay, the film starred Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty, Vinod Khanna, and Rahul Dev.
Ye Jo Des Hai Tera – Swades (2004)
Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Swades’ portrays the story of a man returning to his roots. The song ‘Ye Jo Des Hai Tera’ is will take your love for the country on another level. The song is sung and composed by A.R. Rahman.
Aisa Des Hai Mera – Veer Zaara (2004)
Set in the picturesque location of Punjab, the song ‘Aisa Des Hai Mera’ from the movie ‘Veer Zaara’ is a tribute to the country’s beauty and magnificence. The song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar.
Sandese Aate Hain- Border (1997)
‘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.
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.
Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai – Roja (1992)
The song ‘Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai’ is from the 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 won the National Film Award for Best 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.
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 Republic Day and Independence Day.
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.
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo – Haqeeqat (1964)
When it comes to patriotic songs, one cannot miss the song ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo’ from the movie ‘Haqeeqat’, released in 1964. The song depicts the sacrifices of soldiers and the challenges they face. The song is sung by Mohammed Rafi, composed by Madan Mohan and written by Kaifi Azmi.
Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon (1963)
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. 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.
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 an 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 an 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.
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.