August 1947. India gains Independence from the British. After 200 years of being ruled by another country, India was finally free. Today, 75 years later, most of us, even second and third-generation Indians, still get goosebumps when we see cinematic depictions of those turbulent times or hear patriotic tunes. So why not delight callers with the best caller tunes downloaded on your phone – all evoking the spirit of freedom, country and true patriotism?
Most people confess to feeling charged, instantly upbeat or instinctively emotional once they hear a snatch of a patriotic song or tune. Download the Vi app today and get access to the best patriotic caller tuners.
Vi caller tunes: Patriotic melodies
Mere Desh Ki Dharti:
Talking of patriotic songs, the first thought that flashes across the minds of Indians would possibly be that of the young and handsome Manoj Kumar playing both a kissan and a fauji in the 1967 blockbuster, ‘Upkar’.
The lead song ‘Mere desh ki dharti’ still rings as an evergreen caller tune for Indians. In the movie, Manoj Kumar, who made the film and acted as the hero, Bharat, goes off to fight the Indo-Pak war in 1965 and returns a triumphant war hero. Opt for the free downloads, and tune in to the mood of Independence.
Did you know that the Bengali writer Bankim Chandra Chatterjee wrote the poem way back in the 1870s? He included it in his 1882 book Anandamath which was based on the ‘sanyasi rebellion’ against the British – often called the first fight-back against foreign yolk.
The 1952 film immortalised the poem set to music by Hemant Kumar and sung by Lata Mangeshkar. In 2003, a BBC poll conducted across 165 countries had the song voted 2nd in the world’s top 10 songs of all time. Get it as your Vi caller tune and relive those wonderful times of hope and patriotic fervour.
Sarforishi ki tamanna…
The song ‘Lalkar’ with the evocative lines – “Sarforishi ki tamanna ab humaare dil mein hai” – is from ‘Rang De Basanti’, the 2006 film that juxtaposed the old and new. The idea was a symbolic comparison between the evils that prevailed in the British Raj with much that continues to be wrong in modern India.
The film celebrated the unique bond between Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni and Soha Ali Khan – who were shown to be enacting roles of freedom fighters in the documentary shown to be made by visiting Britisher Alice Patten. The film acquired cult status.
Download the Vi caller tune now, and listen to the haunting and evergreen “Sarforishi ki tamanna ab humaare dil mein hai…”. The poem was originally written by Bismil Azimabadi, a poet from Bihar in pre-Independent India. Kunal Kapoor played the poet in the documentary being shown to be made in the film.
Ye jo desh hai mera
One of the most popular and melodious songs celebrating India is from the 2004 film ‘Swadesh’. An Ashutosh Gowarikar film, it is said to be one of the heroes Shahrukh Khan’s best performances to date. Starring as Mohan Bhargav, who visits rural India and helps set up a micro-hydroelectric project to generate electricity. Mohan is so moved by the idea of giving back to his country that he decides to set down roots in India – quitting his fancy job in the US at NASA.
The heart-touching lyrics of the song were penned by Javed Akhtar and put to music by A R Rehman. Relive Mohan Bhargav’s journey back to where his heart is with this fantastic caller tune.
Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani
Raj Kapoor’s iconic number Mera joota hain Japani… phir bhi dil hain Hindustani in the 1955 film ‘Shri 420’ is said to be the genesis of this contemporary potboiler starring Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla playing television reporters in post-millennium India. The song is sung in catchy Hinglish – it celebrates and parodies Indian culture as it is today.
Usher in the 76th year of Indian independence with this tune – check our free downloads.
Vi caller tune set: why you need to get it now!
At Vodafone Idea (Vi), we understand and celebrate the complex, exhilarating and jubilant nature of Indian culture in all its kaleidoscopic variety of religion, food and, yes, language too! (Check out the different languages available in your Vi app).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to put up the Tricolour in all homes this August is a shout-out to all of us not to forget the price we paid as a subcontinent to secure freedom, and to respect the sacrifices and lives that went into gaining Independence.
So go ahead, celebrate this time with open hearts – pick from the best caller tunes, which include patriotic tunes such as the above and many more, including Desh mere teri shaan from the film ‘Bhuj’; Khoon mera khaule from ‘The hidden strike’; Kandho se milte hain kandhe from ‘Lakshay’; Jann gann mann from ‘Satyamev Jayate 2’; and Ekla chalo from ‘Bose’.
Caller tunes on Vi: 10 patriotic tunes at a glance
1. Mere desh ki dharti: Upkar
2. Vande Matram: Anand Math
3. Desh mere teri shaan: Bhuj
4. Lalkar: Rang de basanti
5. Kandho se milte hain kandhe: Lakshay
6. Jann gann mann: Satyamev Jayate 2
7. Mera rang de basanti chola: Shaheed
8. Ekla chalo: Bose
9. Ye jo desh hai mera: Swadesh
10. Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani: phir bhi dil hai Hindustani