India will soon be celebrating its 74th Independence Day and the air already seems to be filled with patriotism. Even though the government has decided to webcast the events owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the josh is running high. While everyone’s idea of celebrating the historic day is different, listening to desh bhakti songs can definitely awaken the desh bhakt in you.
To celebrate this day Bollywood-style, we’ve listed 20 of our favourite Hindi patriotic songs that will bring out your love for the nation and fill your heart with immense pride.
In India, no celebration is complete without a little bit of Bollywood in it. And it should be a part of your Independence Day celebrations as well. Here are some of the most incredible desh bhakti songs that will ignite the spirit of freedom in you.
Soon after its release, Teri Mitti from Akshay Kumar-starrer Kesari became a huge hit. Composed by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, this melodious track is all about the emotions of a soldier towards his motherland. It is definitely one of the most popular patriotic songs of Bollywood today.
Movie: Kesari (2019)
Singer: B Praak
Key lyrics: Teri mitti me mil jawa,
Gul ban ke me khil jawa,
Itni si hai dil ki aarzo,
Teri nadiyo me beh jawa,
Tere kheton m leherwa,
Itni si hai dil ki aarzo
This patriotic song in Hindi is one of those 'let’s-show-them-how-it’s-done' songs of Bollywood. Uri: The Surgical Strike, based on the surgical strike conducted by the Indian Armed Forces in 2016, gave us this heart-thumping track which is nothing less than a Punjabi anthem now.
Movie: Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)
Singers: Romy, Vivek Hariharan & Shashwat Sachdev
Key lyrics: Challa banke, kafan jad turya tan ke,
Maut ne wajan maare,
Ve tharr tharr kampde saare
Kasumbi from the John Abraham-starrer Parmanu is one of the best desh bhakti songs and one must hear it. With Sachin Jigar’s music, Vayu’s engrossing lyrics and the melodious voice of Divya Kumar, the song just grows on you.
Movie: Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran (2018)
Singer: Divya Kumar
Key lyrics: Zidd pe jo ad jayenge, Jag se bhi bhid jayenge
Aabroo iski rakhne ko, Ab toh waari jaawan main yeh jeevan
Ki aisa mainu lageya lageya, Laagi lageya laegeya
Laagi lageya Kasumbi rang
This one celebrates the true spirit of patriotism. Composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, this is a beautiful composition that must be in your list of desh bhakti songs.
Movie: Raazi (2018)
Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan
Key lyrics: Tujhpe koi gham ki aanch aane nahi du,
Kurbaan meri jaan tujhpe shaad rahe tu,
Ae watan, watan mere, aabaad rahe tu,
Main jahan rahu jahaan me yaad rahe tu
Being patriotic isn’t necessarily about refusing to bow down to the English Raj by being a rebel, it can also be shown by rendering your support to your countrymen. Tu Bhoola Jise is a patriotic song that’s all about the true spirit of an India and their oneness during a crisis.
Movie: Airlift (2015)
Key lyrics: Teri raah me lekar khushi,
Vo hai khada har mod pe, Sab chhod ke
Tu bhula jise, tujhko woh yaad karta raha
With the energetic and patriotic vibes, the title track of the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer film Chak De! India is one powerful composition. It instantly became a sports anthem too.
Movie: Chak De! India (2007)
Singers: Sukhvinder Singh, Salim Merchant, Marianne D'Cruz
Key lyrics: Rang aise aaj nikhre, aur khulke aaj bikhre,
Man jaye aise holi, rag rag me dil ke boli,
Tas hai na mas hai ji, zidd hai toh zidd hai ji
Kisna yuhi, pisna yuhi,
Pisna yuhi, bas kariye,
Chak de, o chak de India
This list of Hindi patriotic songs is definitely incomplete without this one. Composed by music maestro AR Rahman, this is one of the peppiest patriotic songs and became very popular among youngsters.
Movie: Rang De Basanti (2006)
Singers: Daler Mehndi & Chitra
Key lyrics: Sapne rang de, apne rang de,
Khushiyan rang de, ham bhi rang de, nasle rang de, fasle rang de,
Rang de dhadkan, rang de sargam, rang de surat, rang de darpan,
Mohe mohe tu rang de banati yaara mohe tu rang de basanti
Set in the pre-independence era, Lagaan is an absolute treat to watch, and so is its song Chale Chalo. This song portrays the unity among Indians and their will to overcome anything.
Movie: Lagaan (2001)
Singers: AR Rahman, Sriniwas
Key lyrics: Toot gayi jo ungli utthi, Paanchon mili to ban gaye mutthi
Eka badhta hi jaawe, Chale chalo, chale chalo
Koi kitna bhi bahekaave, chale chalo
Koi humse jeet na paave, Chale chalo, chale chalo
Mit jaave jo takraave, chale chalo
This Hindi patriotic song from Hrithik Roshan-starrer Lakshya is another superb one to add to your list. The song brought forth the dedication and spirit of the Indian Army.
Movie: Lakshya (2004)
Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, Hariharan, Roop Kumar Rathod, Kunal Ganjawala and Vijay Prakash
Key lyrics: Nikle Hain hum maidaan me hum jaane hatheli pe lekar
Ab dekho dum lenge hum jake apni mazil par,
Khatron se haske khelna, itni toh hum me himmat hai
Mode kalai maut ki, itni toh humme taakat hai
This is one song that you can hear on loop and not get tired of it. The song features Shah Rukh Khan and showcases the feeling of patriotism that engulfs him and compels him to leave his well-paying job abroad and come back to India.
Movie: Swades (2004)
Singer: AR Rahman
Key lyrics: Mitti ki hai jo khushboo, tu kaise bhulayega,
Tu chahe kahin jayeh, tu laut ke aayega,
Nayee-nayee raho mein, dabi-dabi aaho mein,
Khoyeh-khoyeh dil se tere koi yeh kahega,
Yeh jo des hai tera, swades hai tera
Although Veer Zaara is a cross-border love story, this sweet patriotic song is picturised when Shah Rukh Khan (Veer) and Preity Zinta (Zaara) are comparing their countries, but in a positive way.
Movie: Veer Zaara (2004)
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan, Gurdas Mann & Pritha Majumder
Key lyrics: Baap Ke kaandhe chadh ke jaha bachche dekhe mela,
Melo me nat ke tamaashe, kulfi ke chaat ke thele,
Kahi mitli meethi goli, kahi churan ki hai pudiya,
Bhole bhole hai bachche hain, jaise gudde or gudiya,
Aur inko roz sunaye daadi naani, hooo,
Roz sunaye daadi naani ik paraiyo ki kahaani,
Aisa des hai mera
This Indian desh bhakti song is bound to give you goosebumps every time you hear it. The Legend Of Bhagat Singh is a film about the sacrifices that revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh made for India at a very young age, and therefore, this song goes perfectly with Independence Day celebrations.
Movie: The Legend Of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Singer: Udit Narayn, Bhupinder Singh & Veer Rajinder
Key lyrics: Ye woh chola hai ke jis pe rang chade na duja,
Ye woh chola hai ke jis pe rang chade na duja,
Hum ne to bachpan se ke thi es chole ke pooja,
Kaltak jo chingari thi woh aaj bani hai shola,
Mera rang de,
O mera rangde basanti chola
Maa Tujhe Salaam is probably the most famous patriotic song by AR Rahman and is loved by many even today. The inspiring music and beautifully penned lyrics of the title track of his album, Vande Mataram, fill you with the spirit of desh bhakti every time you hear it.
Album: Vande Mataram (1997)
Singer: AR Rahman
Key lyrics: Tere paas hi main aa raha hoon,
Apni baahein khol de,
Zor se mujhko gale laga le, beautifully penned lyrics
Mujhko fir vo pyaar de
Amrish Puri singing the song about his country with pride is sheer delight. The beautiful lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi made the song evergreen. This should, too, be on your list of Hindi patriotic songs.
Movie: Pardes (1997)
Singers: Kavita Krishnamurthy & Hariharan
Key lyrics: Peehu peehu bole papiha,
Koyal kuhu kuhu gaaye,
Hanste rote jeewan ke sab geet banaye,
Ye saari duniya apne apne geeton ko gaaye,
Geet vo gaao jisse is mitti ki khushboo aaye,
Mitti ki khushboo aaye,
I love India,
I love my India
This one from the film, Border, acquaints you to the turmoil the soldiers feel. It’s about their sense of duty towards their motherland while everything else can wait.
Movie: Border (1997)
Singers: Sonu Nigam & Roop Kumar Rathod
Key lyrics: Mohabbat walo ne, humaare yaaro ne,
Hume ye likha hai ke humse puchha hai.
Humaare gaon ne, aam ki chhao ne,
Puraane peepal ne, baraste badal ne,
Khet khaliano ne, bhare maidaano ne
Basanti belo ne, jhumti ne belo ne,
Lachakte jhulo ne, mehakte phoolon ne, chatakti kaliyo ne,
Aur puchha hai gaon ki galiyo ne,
Ke ghar kab aaoge
As the lyrics suggest, this patriotic song is one of the songs that will instil in you the feeling of being a proud Indian every time you hear it. AR Rahman’s music and PK Mishra’s lyrics, along with the melodious voice of Hariharan has made this song evergreen.
Movie: Roja (1992)
Key lyrics: Ujde nahi apna chaman,
Toote nahi apne watan,
Gumrah na kar de koi,
Barbaad na kar de koi,
Mandir yaha, masjid yaha,
Hindu yaha, Muslim yaha,
Milte Rahen hum pyaar se, jago,
Hindustani naam humara hai,sabse pyaar desh humara hai
Aye Watan Tere Liye from the 1986 blockbuster Karma reminds us of our duty towards our nation. Celebrate Independence Day with this and the numerous other songs on this list.
Movie: Karma (1986)
Singers: Mohammad Aziz & Kavita Krishnamurthy
Key lyrics: Tu mera karma tu mera dharma,
Tu mera abhiman hai,
Aye watan mahboob mere,
Tujhpe dil kurban hai
There is no doubt that this song sung by Lata Mangeshkar is one of the most popular patriotic songs in Hindi. This was released to pay tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives during the 1962 Indo-China war and is still going strong.
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar (1963)
Key lyrics: Jab ghyal hua humalaya, khatre me padi aazadi
Jab tak thi saans lade vo, jab tak thi saan lade vo, fir apni laash bichha di,
Sangeen pe dhar kar maatha, so gaye amar balidaani,
Jo shaheed hain unki zara yaad karo balidani
Manoj Kumar-starrer Upkar gave us another timeless song. The song talks about the greatness of the country and is perfect for your playlist of desh bhakti songs.
Movie: Upkar (1967)
Singer: Mahendra Kapoor
Key lyrics: Jab chalte hai ie dharti pe hal,
Mamta angdai leti hai,
Kyu na puje is maati ko,
Jo jeevan ka sukh deti hai
Composed by the legendary Salil Chowdhury, Ae Mere Pyaare Watan is a heart wrenching yet an inspiring song that feels relevant even today.
Movie: Kabuliwala (1961)
Singer: Manna Dey
Key lyrics: Maa ka dil ban ke kabhi seene se lag jata hai tu,
Aur kabhi nanhi hi bei ban ke yaad aata hai tu,
Jitna yaad aat hai mujhko utna tadpata hai tu,
Tujhpe dil kurbaan
“How’s the josh!? High Sir!”
From old classics to the latest desh bhakti songs, this list is bound to give you goosebumps and make you feel proud to be an Indian.
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