Bollywood is an integral part of most Indian’s life and more often than not the distinction between real and reel is blurred. The Indian film industry stands out in the entertainment world because of the song and dance routines in its movies and thanks to the talented directors, these songs do not seem abrupt or out of place. These melodies like the films, have a huge fan following and you will regularly find their mention in between conversations. The plethora of songs vary from peppy numbers, which make even a person with two left feet twist to their tunes, to emotional songs which seem to suit our mayhem situations and inspirational songs which motivate us to the core. It is during intense emotional outbreaks, when one cannot express oneself in apt terms, inspirational Bollywood tunes come in handy. When we feel lost and anchorless, these songs help us pull ourselves together and prepare us to face the battles of life. We have shared 15 Inspiring Bollywood Songs when the going gets tough.
1. Ruk Jaana Nahi Tu Kahin Haar Ke (Imtihan)
Life is not a bed of roses and yet we need to fight and keep going. This song from the 1974 movie Imtihan starring Vinod Khanna and Tanuja arouses us to keep pace with life. Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri penned this song which was beautifully put into tune by music director duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal. This song was then reached music lovers through the soothing voice of legendary singer Kishore Kumar.
2. Haan Yehi Rasta Hai Tera (Lakshya)
The movie Lakshya has some really inspiring songs and the title track which is sung by Shankar Mahadevan and composed by the trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy will make you fasten your shoe laces and follow your goal. The lyrics were penned by renowned writer Javed Akhtar and the movie stars big B-town names like Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta.
3. Aashayein (Iqbal)
After all the miseries and sorrows what came last from Pandora’s Box is hope and the entire world relies on this element. This song from the film Iqbal will help individuals hope against hope and carry on their pursuit. The song was written by Irfan Siddiqui to which Salim-Sulaiman wrote the tune and sung by versatile singer KK. In this Nagesh Kukunoor film, actor Shreyas Talpade portrays a physically challenged boy and the song depicts his strife to become a cricketer.
4. Yeh Hosala Kaise Jhuke (Dor)
Another Nagesh Kukunoor project featuring Shreyas Talpade, Ayesha Takia and Gul Panag is Dor. The song Yeh Hosala Kaise Jhuke sung by Shafquat Amanat Ali and Karsan Sargathia tells us to keep our spirits alive even though destiny seems to conspire against us. This song was inked by Mir Ali Hausain and composed by music director duo Salim-Sulaiman.
5. Apni Azadi Ko Hum (Leader)
This yester year song still inspires us to protect our self-respect and hard earned independence. The fast beat music by Naushad Ali is invigorating and the exceptional lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni revoke the free soul in us. This song belongs to the Dilip Kumar and Vyajanthimala starrer movie Leader and this song was sung by none other than Mohammed Rafi.
6. Yahan Ke Hum Sikandar (Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar)
The movie narrates the story of a good-for-nothing soul who surprises everyone by turning into a cyclist champion. Yahan Ke Hum Sikandar song inspires us to be unique and if we set our goals correct, we can rock the world. Penned by lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri and music by Jatin-Lalit, this song has been a hit throughout the 90s and is hummed by many till date which proves its transcendental popularity among the masses.
7. Chak De India (Chak De India)
Just like the movie, its songs are very inspiring and remind us that failure is the stepping stone to success. The title track beckons to pull up our socks and get ready to face life, and lyricist Jaideep Sahni did a remarkable job and so did the singers Sukhwinder Singh, Salim Merchant, Marianne D’Cruz.
8. Mitwa (Lagaan)
This song from the movie Lagaan summons us to take charge without fear as with honesty and fearless we can triumph over the most powerful. This song in a lighter vein enlightens us and makes us believe in our strengths. Singers Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sukhwinder Singh & Srinivas made this song which is soothing to the ears and the lyrics is one of the gems from the creative treasure of Javed Akhtar.
9. Kandhon Se Milte Hain (Lakshya)
Yet another song from the Farhan Akhtar directed film Lakshya which is more or less based on the Kargil war scenario. This song re-establishes the meaning of the proverb Together We Stand, Divided We Fall. Sung by Kunal Ganjawala and Vijay Prakash, this piece reinvigorates within us the team spirit.
10. Ekla Chalo Re (Kahani)
Extremely encouraging Rabindra Sangeet is much admired among the Bengali population but the entire Indian masses were introduced to this song and its essence through the voice of Amitabh Bachchan when he sung it for the film Kahani. When you are encountered with all odds and left alone, take refuge in yourself and carry on the journey without fearing any evil.
11. Toota Toota Ek Parinda (Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II)
Sometimes in life we feel like we are always on the receiving end and nothing seems to work right. At such junctures, this song can work wonders and the powerful voice of Kailash Kher takes one into a trance. The song prepares us for a better tomorrow.
12. Zinda (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
Written by Prasoon Joshi, this largely metaphoric song combined with high tempo beats by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, and the powerful voice of Siddharth Mahadevan, makes one’s heart throb faster. One among the many inspiring songs of the film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, this song is sure to make us ponder on our own potential to win.
13. Khoon Chala (Rang De Basanti)
Song writer Prasoon Joshi, music director A. R. Rahman and singer Mohit Chauhan teamed to create this amazing song. The song belongs to the movie Rang De Basanti and tells the story of a group of friends who decide to bring about justice for their dead friend. With complex lyrics and a slow melody, Khoon Chala reminds us that we too can do our part which will inevitably make a big difference.
14. Roobaroo Roshni (Rang De Basanti)
Every individual has some hidden talent which we ourselves are ignorant about. Roobaroo Roshni helps us in recognizing that fire within us which is still dormant. This power packed song sung by A.R.Rahman and Naresh Iyer, penned by Prasoon Joshi, sums up into a feel good song.
We are our best friend and even if the whole world turns against us, we have our own support. Kinare, the song from the movie Queen emphasizes that every dawn breaks into a day and we need not lose faith and keep going. Singer Mohan Kanan’s mesmerizing voice, Amit Trivedi’s exceptional music and Anvita Dutt’s lyrics together created this magical song. Being happy is our right and this song will definitely give us a reason to smile while forgetting all our worries.