India’s tele stars show their patriotic colours this Independence Day
There can’t be a better occasion than Independence Day to witness India in its purest diversity and rejoice in its uniqueness. This time India will celebrate its 70 years of Independence with same grace and charm. Since this Independence Day is in the air, our TV actors tell us ways to make India the best country in the world and had also talk about their favourite freedom fighter as well as their favourite patriotic number.
Aniruddh Dave – “Why do we need to remember our country only on these two days? I celebrate Diwali and Children’s Day with fauji families every year. We are free, but humanity is missing in this country. Irrespective how literate you are, people behave like illiterates. This needs to change. I don’t have a favourite freedom fighter as I feel that all of them fought in their own way. I really like ‘Sabse aage honge Hindustani’, more than patriotic, it is optimistic.”
Hrishikeh Pandey – “I come from an Army background, where I have seen everyone working hard to protect the country. For me, the soldiers are the real fighters, who give up everything for the country. Every Indian should keep their sacrifices in their mind. We should not forget that these soldiers have fought and died for our country. We, as the citizens of this country, can also do something from our end. We should follow all the rules and regulations that have been laid out for us. That will be the stepping stone towards making India a better place to stay. There are so many freedom fighters that we have read about. The ones which have an impact on me are Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. They were so young when they participated in the freedom struggle and they died for our country. In today’s age, everyone has become individualistic. One of my favourite patriotic songs is ‘Mera Rang De Basanti Chola’ and the other is ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon’, both songs give me goosebumps.”
Adaa Khan – “I love my country and days like Republic Day and Independence Day give me opportunities to show this love. I am aware that India is not perfect, but then no country is. Rather than looking at all that is wrong with our country and the government, let us concentrate on what is right here. We have such a diverse culture with different languages and different cuisines. This is something that we can appreciate about India. We have such a rich history too. I remember I used to love studying about the freedom struggle and Subhash Chandra Bose was my favourite freedom fighter. My favourite patriotic song is ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon’.”
Karan Oberoi – “India beats in the heart of every Indian. We don’t need a reminder on special days to love our country. These days are just a reminder and a celebration of the rich legacy of our country. It reminds us of the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters who fought for the country. India is so diverse, beautiful and rich in its cultural ethos. It is the best country in the world. All we have to do to make it greater is to celebrate our diversity and not bicker about our differences. It’s so wonderful that with every few miles, the topography, food habits, religious practices, languages, everything changes, yet we celebrate our unity. And that’s the ethos we need to preserve. The person who left the most impact on me as a leader, and as a freedom fighter was Neta ji Subhash Chandra Bose. Every time I read about his thoughts on what India meant to him and his vision of taking it forward, I feel inspired. He was a dynamic and charismatic leader, who inspired millions of Indians to dream of a free country. My favourite patriotic song is ‘Bharat Hum Ko Jaan Se Pyaara Hai’ from the film ‘Roja’. It’s such a haunting melody and with powerfully apt lyrics. I love the song and sing it every time I am asked to sing an inspiring song.”
Manish Wadhwa – “It is sad that people show their ‘desh bhakti’ only on these two days. But more importantly, I feel there is need for the feeling of equality among the Indians now. Instead of thinking about the religion, caste, and the state that you belong to, you should feel that you belong to India. You are an Indian. Instead of asking what the country has done for you, you should ask yourself what you have done for the country. When it comes to the freedom struggle, everyone’s contribution is equal. I salute them all. This one song ‘Jaan bhi denge, Aye watan Tere liye’ is what comes to my mind when I think of patriotism.