We all enjoy transcending ourselves into the fictional world of movies, traversing through drama, romance, thrill and comedy. Bollywood sure has served us to its best abilities through all these decades of social transformation and middle class uproar. From evergreen classics to contemporary melodramas, you’ll get it all. Respecting individual choices and with no strict adherence, we’ve tried to hand pick the top 10 Bollywood movies that still make your heart strum with emotions.
10. Devdas (2002):
The everlasting magic of love that was first created by Saratchandra Chattipadhya, in 1917 in the form a short story, was replicated into a cinematic marvel twice, once in 1955 and then again in 2002. The story of Devdas revolves around two childhood sweethearts, Devdas and Paro. Devdas is sent away to study law when young, and on his return he is left stunned to see Paro, who has blossomed beautifully. Times once again bring the two close and they fall deeply in love. But just in time Paro’s lower social status acts as villain. Devdas’s mother insults Paro’s mother publicly, after which the latter’s mother decides to marry off Paro to a man, wealthier than Devdas. Devdas detests this all, but gives in to the wishes of his family and leaves home. By the time he realised his mistake and returned back, it was too late as it was Paro’s wedding day. To seek relive, devastated Devdas, took refuge in the company of a courtesan Chandramukhi and devote the rest of his life to mourning and alcohol.
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9. Lagaan – Once upon a time in India (2001):
The lines that still keep ringing in my ears after 10 years go something like this “ Sach aur sahas hai jiske mann mein, anth mein jeet ussi ki rahe” meaning , a heart filled with courage and determination is sure to win in the end. This line perfectly describes Lagaan. A story set in the 19th century; it narrates how a sleazy and spoilt rich Captain Andrew challenges oblivious villagers to win a cricket match if they wish to forgo paying the Lagaan (tax) to the British Government. The story leads on to show how a determined village boy named Bhuvan, not only persuades other villagers to take part in the game, but leads them to believe that if together, they can beat the enemy in his own game. The journey to success is what’s most inspiring about the movie and stirred contemporary India with the presentation of a strong vision.
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8. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaeinge (1995):
Once in a decade or so, a movie comes along that keeps resonating with its audience for all times to come. This is what happened with the release of the epic love drama, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaeinge. Simran, is a beautiful upstanding punjabi girl, who values her family more than her life and who has willingly agreed to get married to her father’s best friends son in India. But, before the final bow, she requests her father’s permission to travel across Europe with her school friends and as a last wish she is granted that. On her trip she meets this brash, impulsive, yet good hearted Mr. Raj from India. To the dismay of Simran’s father, the two fall in love, and when he finds it out, he whisks Simran to India immediately. Raj follows them and is determined to win the approval of Simran’s father for their marriage, which after quite a stir he succeeds doing.
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7. Andaaz Apna Apna (1994):
The best criteria to judge a comedy is to estimate its repeat value and Andaaz Apna Apna definitely ranks high on this. It narrates the simple story of two men Amar and Prem, who want to become rich, taking all short cuts possible. They both sell off the respective businesses of their fathers and plan to sneak away to a hill station where wealthy heiress and her secretary have come in search for a perfect Indian Groom; rich, handsome and loving. Raveena, the heiress is lush with wealth and all this will ultimately pass to her husband and this attracts the attention of the two poor machos. Eventually the movie turns into a mad chase for Raveena’s money and all along it takes you into bursts of laughter, romance, thrills and chills.
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6. Mr. India (1987):
After the release of movies like Sholay, Deewar, and the like, for quite some time Bollywood had centred most of its movies around the ‘angry young man cult’, which was finally broken with the release of Mr. India. It came fraught with comedy, romance, patriotism, and above all it was a science fiction, absolutely new to the world of Bollywood. The story is about Arun, who adopts orphaned children and serves them in his house. Eventually he meets a journalist Seema, who is looking for a rented place to stay and lands at this orphanage unknowingly. She detests children and they all live with a love- hate relation. Then, one day Arun is told about this secret formula, his father has devised that makes human’s go invisible. He uses this new invention as a weapon to fight the evil gangster, Mr. Mogambo and also charms Seema with his wit, making her fall for him.
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5. Kabhi Kabhi (1976):
Kabhi Kabhi, refers to things that happen only sometimes. There could not have been another more appropriate title for this movie that narrates a love story spanning two long decades. It begins with the life of a poet, Amit and his beautiful young love, Pooja. While the two are visualising their dreamy tomorrow, Pooja’s parents fix her marriage to another guy named, Vinay. Eventually Pooja gets married to Vinay and Amit the poet, drifts away from his life and poetry in a futile. Life moves ahead and they encounter each other years later, and they realise that they had great lives even being apart and that it’s truly time to move on with, loving people you have in your life.
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4. Sholay (1975):
If you’re an Indian, you’ve heard and most probably watched Sholay a few hundred times. Surprisingly, the movie is still up in cinema halls across the country and has attained the status of an evergreen classic. The naive plot of the story stages the story of a notorious dacoit, Gabbar, who has escaped from jail and is all out to take revenge against Thakur, the man responsible for his demise. Sadly he and his henchmen kill the entire family sparing the daughter-in-law. Thakur then appoints two laybaouts, Jai and Veeru to bring Gabbar to him, that too alive. Through the course of all this, we‘re introduced to the charming Basanti, who keeps clamouring and entertains all the travellers who come to the village.
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3. Chhoti Si Baat (1975):
The simplicity of this old classic comedy still strums the hearts of hundreds. It tells the story of Arun Pradeep, a young accountant, who is way too shy to proclaim his love for Prabha Narayan, a girl who takes the same bus as him. Prabha to understands everything about his feelings for her, but enjoys seeing him squirm with discomfort. To make things worse, he has a rival, Mr. Asrani, who has a scooter to take our lovely Prabha for a ride. Finally he seeks to get rid of his failures by approaching this love guru, an army man, Colonel Julius Nagendranath Wilfred Singh.
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2. Mughal-e-Azam (1960):
For so many of us, who had insane reasons to not enjoy Mughal-e-Azam in black and white, just recently had to succumb to its allure when it was released in coloured print. It is a semi fictional story that narrates the events of a Royal Mughal household. It portrays the struggle of Prince Jehangir with his father Akbar, the Mughal Emperor, over the love of his live, a courtesan named, Anarkali. As the movie proceeds, it builds a strange and intense connection between yourself and the suffering of Anarkali, almost making you cry when you see her being buried in a wall. A strong portrayal of rebellion, the movies sends across a strong message of the unknown power that love bestows you with.
1. Mother India (1957):
Women empowerment was not the word meant for the India of 60’s and yet, this strong theme was portrayed in Mother India. The opening scene of the movie is opens with the finishing of a water canal, which is inaugurated by the Mother of India, Radha. Soon this scene transcends to Radha’s weeding day, when her mother in law, takes a loan for the wedding for her beloved son. This incident starts the cycle of poverty, hardship and despair that Radha’s family endures till the end. The melodrama finally ends when the poverty stricken mother is able to raise her sons through all tribulations, without giving on her moral codes.
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