India's commercial film industry, the globally popular phenomenon known as Bollywood, has always had a rich history of celebrating patriotism through movies and music that highlight the mother country. As India's Independence Day winds down, here's a look at a few haunting classics and some foot-tapping contemporary songs that pay homage.
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo
Mere Desh Ki Dharti
From the movie Upkar (1967), this iconic song won the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award. It describes how India's soil produces gold, diamonds and pearls as a metaphor for the country's agricultural riches.
Dil Diya Hai Jaan Bhi Denge
From the movie Karma (1986), this song promises that people have given their hearts, and will give their lives, for India.
Suno Gaur Se Duniyo Walo
From the unfinished movie Dus (1997), this song tells people to "listen carefully ... Indians will be ahead of everyone." The film may not have made it to theaters because of director Mukul S. Anand's untimely death, but the song lives on.
I Love My IndiaFrom the movie Pardes (1997) -- besides the obvious chorus of the song, it tells listeners that if the world is a bride, India is the bindi on its forehead.
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
From the movie Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000), this title says that while many contradictions exist among the peoples of India, in the end, everyone's heart is Indian.
Rang De Basanti
From the BAFTA-nominated movie Rang De Basanti (2006), this title track by renowned singer Daler Mahendi literally means "color me saffron" but takes inspiration from the song Rang De Basanti Chola from the movie Shaheed (1965), which depicts Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh as he marches to his execution.
From the Oscar-nominated movie Lagaan (2001), this is a song about victory against enemies -- in this case, one small Indian village's triumph over its British occupiers in a cricket match.
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Yeh Jo Desh Hai Mera
From Swades (2004), this song describes how the bond between a man and his country can never break.
Some other popular or iconic Bollywood movie songs that didn't make the list include Aao Baccho Tumhe Dikhayen, Aye Watan, Yeh Desh Hain Veer Jawano Ka, Aye Mere Pyaare Watan, Apni Azadi Ko Hum and Chodo Kal Ki Baatein.
This article originally appeared at Asia Society, an Atlantic partner site.