Every year, 6 September marks Father’s Day in Australia, and with that special day for our father come all the gifts, special outings… and Bollywood dedications. After all, from Alok Nath to Rishi Kapoor to Pankaj Tripathi, we’ve all enjoyed our fair share of tracks dedicated to beloved ‘papa’!
Here are Indian Link’s top picks to wish all dads a very happy Father’s Day.
“Papa Kehte Hain Bada Naam Karega” from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
What list of Father’s Day songs is complete without this quintessential track? Featuring young Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla in lead roles that thrust them into superstardom, Qayamat se Qayamat Tak also brought us this foot-tapping, jazz-influenced track that reminded us how much our fathers believe in us!
“Haanikaarak Bapu” from Dangal (2016)
Well, some fathers believe in tough love, and what better songs to celebrate those strict dads than Haanikaarak Bapu? It was a good giggle watching an older Aamir Khan train his young daughters in Dangal, but it can also be a good reminder of how our dads push us to be the best versions of ourselves.
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“Akele Hum Akele Tum” from Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)
In this classic romantic film with music by evergreen Anu Malik, the title track “Akele Hum Akele Tum” was a staple for every 90’s kid! Aamir Khan and his romantic lead Manisha Koirala take on the roles of playback singers – so of course their romance must be in song. In all this, there’s also this sweet track about the love between Aamir Khan’s character and his young song.
“Mere Papa Ko Gussa Jab” from Shool (1999)
Produced by the talented Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, this track evokes a typical domestic feel. It features in Shool in the average morning scene,as the loving father prepares to leave for work. Now haven’t we all been there, wishing that our dads, no matter how long he spends time with us, could stay just a little bit longer?
“Dilbaro” from Raazi (2018)
The emotional bidaai song for Alia Bhatt in the patriotic film Raazi, “Dilbaro” is penned by none other than Gulzar and features the soulful vocals of Shankar Mahadevan, Harshdeep Kaur, and Vibha Saraf. The track tugs at your heartstrings, and makes you truly appreciate the love and comfort of the fathers in our lives.
To all the dads out there, whether strict or loving or somewhere in between – happy Father’s Day!