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Independence Day 2020: Vicky Kaushal plays ‘Ae Watan’ on Sitar, shares video

Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR and many other celebrities took to their social media handles to wish fans on Independence Day.

Written by A. Kameshwari | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2020 8:07:13 pm
Vicky Kaushal on Independence DayVicky Kaushal shared a video on Independence Day. (Photo: Vicky Kaushal/Instagram)

India is celebrating its 74th Independence Day today and to celebrate the day, celebrities took to their social media handles to wish their fans. Tollywood actor Mahesh Babu tweeted, “The day that marked the dawn of a new beginning… When Independence became our greatest victory! May this freedom lead our way. Let’s always be grateful. Happy #IndependenceDay to all my fellow Indians! Jai Hind”

Akshay Kumar via Twitter shared, “We all know these people, we all have these people in our lives. On this #IndependenceDay, lets come together for them, lets come #Together4India.”

Over the years, the Indian film industry has portrayed different shades of patriotism on the screen. Be it Alia Bhatt’s Raazi, Vicky Kaushal’s Uri or Akshay Kumar’s Kesari, films over the years have revisited unsung heroes or incidents showcasing people’s love for the country. JP Dutta’s Border, Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti and many other films have become a popular watch on television.

One can also stream some iconic films online, for instance, legendary filmmaker Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, Kamal Haasan starrer Hey Ram, Mohanlal’s Kalapani, Mani Ratnam directorial Roja and Kamal Haasan’s Indian among others.

On Independence Day, patriotic songs in regional languages are broadcast on television and radio channels. Some of the all-time favourite tracks are “Desh Ki Dharti”, AR Rahman’s “Maa Tujhe Salaam” and “Vande Mataram” by Lata Mangeshkar among others. Schools celebrate the day a day before or after. The children are also asked to perform or sing patriotic tracks as a part of the Independence Day celebration.

On his blog, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, wishing his fans a very happy Independence Day, shared, “15th August .. Independence Day .. and our hearts and minds give credence and love to the sacrifices made so we may achieve what we are today … Happy Independence Day …”

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20:07 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Kajol send Independence Day wishes in stylle

19:52 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Krishna sends Independence Day wishes

Actor Krishna tweeted, "Happy Independence Day."

19:07 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Farhan Akhtar sends wishes
18:52 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Nawazuddin Siddiqui shares Independence Day wishes
18:32 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Simran: Let us salute geat Souls responsible for our freedom

Actor Simran shared on Twitter, "Today we are free because many sacrificed their lives for India. The Rays of freedom we are enjoying today is solely because of our forefathers. Let us Salute the Great Souls that were responsible for our freedom on our Independence Day.  #IndependenceDay2020."

18:10 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Kajal Aggarwal: Independence is not a thought it’s a responsibility

Kajal Aggarwal wrote on Twitter, "#Happy74IndependenceDay Independence is not a thought it’s a responsibility, let’s make sure we all stay safe and help everyone around us feel empowered and self reliant this Independence Day!"

16:40 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Boney Kapoor announces Zidd

Boney Kapoor shared a teaser on Twitter with a caption that read, "On this Independence Day, proud to announce Zidd, an amazing story of valor and determination based on our esteemed Special Forces. I hope this digital debut for me as producer inspires everyone to never say the word “impossible”. Coming soon exclusively on @Zee5premium. Jai Hind"

16:31 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Karisma Kapoor celebrates Independence Day
 
 
 
 
 
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Peace , Prosperity , Positivity 🇮🇳 Happy Independence Day 🙏🏼 जय हिंद #incredibleindia

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Karisma Kapoor posted beautiful pictures on Instagram wishing her fans on Independence Day.

16:20 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Sara Ali Khan's Independence Day throwback photo
 
 
 
 
 
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Happy Independence Day 🇮🇳🧡💙💚#merabharatmahan #proudtobeindian #jaihind

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Sara Ali Khan shared an adorable photo on Instagram, wishing fans on Independence Day.

16:10 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Watch Vicky Kaushal play 'Ae Watan' on Sitar
 
 
 
 
 
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Ae Watan, Watan mere, abaad rahe Tu! 🇮🇳 . . शुक्रिया @radhikaveenasadhika ji. 😊🙏

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Vicky Kaushal played "Ae Watan" song from Raazi on Sitar. The actor shared video on Instagram.

16:00 (IST)15 Aug 2020
'Hope we enter the new world with a sense of better understanding and compassion'
 
 
 
 
 
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All these years we celebrated Independence Day and celebrated our freedom, fought for bravely and selflessly by our forefathers. Even though we knew what it would mean to not have freedom we never understood what it meant, until now. Freedom has a new meaning and it means so much more today as we as a country as a world and as a species fight this virus. We are no longer free to do anything and everything we please. A simple trip to the cinema hall or the gym is out of the question. It is a battle that we all are in together and the COVID19 frontline warriors are leading this fight for months now selflessly and fiercely. I am positive that we will win this fight soon. My only hope is that we enter the new world with a sense of a better understanding and compassion. We need to learn to be thankful for what we have. We celebrate independence today with a hope of reclaiming the freedom that we once enjoyed. Happy Independence Day! JAI HIND 🇮🇳

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Posting a beautiful picture of Soha Ali Khan and Inaaya Naumi Kemmu, Kunal Kemmu wrote, "All these years we celebrated Independence Day and celebrated our freedom, fought for bravely and selflessly by our forefathers. Even though we knew what it would mean to not have freedom we never understood what it meant, until now. Freedom has a new meaning and it means so much more today as we as a country as a world and as a species fight this virus. We are no longer free to do anything and everything we please. A simple trip to the cinema hall or the gym is out of the question. It is a battle that we all are in together and the COVID19 frontline warriors are leading this fight for mo…

15:45 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Allu Arjun celebrates Independence Day with family

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Allu Arjun celebrated the Independence Day with family along with his family.

15:37 (IST)15 Aug 2020
65 singers join hands for Together As One

As a part of a special initiative, AR Rahman shared his composition Thamizha Thamizha sung by 65 singers.

15:00 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Nagarjuna Akkineni on Independence Day

Actor Nagarjuna Akkineni wished fans on Independence Day.

14:52 (IST)15 Aug 2020
'Saluting our martyrs today and everyday'

Raashi wished fans on Independence Day. She tweeted, "Home of the free because of the brave! Saluting our martyrs today and everyday.. Proud to be an Indian! Wishing everyone a very #HappyIndependanceDay"

14:40 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Mohan Babu announces his film Son of India

On Independence Day, Mohan Babu announced his upcoming film Son of India. The actor shared the first look of the film on Twitter.

14:30 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Richa Chadha shares Independence Day wish

"Happy Independence Day India! It’s a free country because a united people fought to have that freedom! Only when one is shackled does one realise the worth of that freedom. Darkness is essential for the light ! With hope in my heart, and a lump in my throat... Jai Hind" Richa Chadha mentioned in a tweet.

14:20 (IST)15 Aug 2020
'Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better'

Rashmika Mandanna said, "Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.. Let’s be better, together. Happy Independence Day"

14:11 (IST)15 Aug 2020
'May we never take our freedom for granted'

Sophie Choudry posted a picture on Twitter and wrote, "May we never take our freedom for granted for this year we have learnt how it feels to lose it. May we forever be grateful to those who fought for it & May we always uphold their values of unity in diversity, strength in togetherness."

Actor and producer Tusshar Kapoor defined what freedom means to him today. “The pandemic induced lockdown has redefined the meaning of freedom! To me, the new meaning of freedom would be the ability to adjust to the new circumstances; to feel free from within, and be productive and positive. In its truest essence, freedom now is to have the security of being able to enjoy a good life with our families, stay connected with our loved ones, work from home and be independent irrespective of the external factors. Above all, we must learn from the pandemic to lead our lives in a minimalist manner and embrace the idea of less being more, paying attention to cleanliness and safety! This to me is the real meaning of freedom which will not only help us individually but collectively, as well! Here's wishing everybody a very Happy Independence Day and hope each one of us is free from all the shackles within," the actor said in a statement.

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Popular television actor Divyanka Tripathi said in a statement, "The definition of freedom has definitely changed! Especially, this year, as all of us are confined to our homes, trying to be safe and utterly careful. We don’t have the freedom that we used to enjoy earlier in terms of travelling carefree, working at our will and in general being the way we want. On the other hand, it has also changed us positively! We are becoming independent in terms of handling our own chores. Before this, mostly all Indians were dependent on their house-helps but now we are learning how to manage between our work and household activities. Now we value everything that we took for granted in the past. I would like to be free of travel restrictions this year. Traveling to new destinations or to our parents' houses (in Bhopal and Chandigarh) comforts my soul. Need to do that soon to maintain my sanity."

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Television actor Asha Negi said in a statement, "I think that people these days, are no longer afraid of voicing their opinions of what they truly think and believe in. No one is afraid of anything, anymore, about expressing their thoughts. Society has become far more liberal, as people are vocal about their beliefs and speaking about it freely and openly. As far as freedom is concerned, the women for this country need to feel safe at all times. Many of us still don’t have the choice to wear what we want to or pursue our dreams. We are in 2020, and we definitely need freedom from these issues. Independence Day, for me, has always been a special day."