India is celebrating its 71st Independence Day today and, in this course of time, one thing that has fuelled people's sense of patriotism is Hindi cinema and its songs. Be it a freedom struggle anthem like Mera Rang De Basanti Chola or a song like Khoon Chala that depicts the internal struggles, patriotic songs have always had a special place in the hearts of all Indians. The mere mention of these songs induce patriotism in a person and makes him revel in the nation's glory.
Commemorating the special day, we have compiled a list of patriotic songs, which have over the years, become a part of our consciousness. Immerse yourself in the tricolour of patriotism as you listen to this Independence Day playlist.
Nanha Munna Rahi Hoon – Son of India
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.
Chak De! India title song
This song galvanised an entire nation into embracing a sporting culture and became synonymous with all victorious things Indian. It was from the magnificently successful Shah Rukh Khan starrer 'Chak De India' and was composed by Salim -Suleiman. Can we ever get over Sukhwinder Singh owning this one?
Maa Tuhje Salaam
The title song of studio album Vande Mataram (1997) is composed by music legend AR Rahman. This absolute beauty by AR Rahman revolutionised the way patriotism was perceived in the 90's. The song was everywhere, and no one would complain.
Chale Chalo (Lagaan)
Lagaan was a gargantuan hit, making and elevating careers. We still love to watch Aamir Khan do what he does in the climax and we still love to lip-sync those beautiful songs that run through the course of the film.
Rang De Basanti title song
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.
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