Here are four eternal Bollywood numbers that embody the spirit of Independence Day
This ever-favourite nationalist number by Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was sung very effectively by Hemant Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar in Anand Math in 1952. Directed by Hemen Gupta, the film starred Prithviraj Kapoor, Pradip Kumar and Geeta Bali. The majestic voice of Hemant Kumar along with Lata Mangeshkar lent divinity to the song, which is popular even today.
Mohd Rafi was at his altruistic best in this number from the film Shaheed. Picturised very effectively by Manoj Kumar during the climax of Shaheed, it was penned and composed by Prem Dhawan. The song conveyed Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and their compatriots’ undying love for the country. Bhagat Singh’s mother was moved to tears on hearing the song, and saw her son reborn in Manoj Kumar.
Again, Mohd Rafi spelt musical magic in this song from the film Hakeekat, penned by Kaifi Azmi and tuned by Madan Mohan. Considered among the three best songs ever picturised by Chetan Anand, this number added a rare touch to the finishing of Hakeekat with the scream of a child. Though based in the backdrop of the Sino-Indo war of 1962, the patriotic flavour of this song is unparalleled.
Film: Prem Pujari
Written by Neeraj, tuned and rendered inimitably by maestro SD Burman in his nasal voice, this title song from Prem Pujari had a rare nationalist feeling. As Fali Mistry’s camera panned the Indian sub-continent from the Golden Temple to Thar Desert to the Himalayas, the song created an effect which still gives goose pimples. Perhaps the most underrated and the best directional shot from Dev Anand.