India is a diverse country with many different languages, subcultures, and traditions, but they all share a strong love of movies. Bollywood, the country’s Hindi-language film industry, is one of the most productive in the world, producing over 1,000 films per year (more than twice as many as Hollywood). What exactly makes Bollywood films so epic and one-of-a-kind? Because they induce a dash of drama into our daily lives. Bollywood movies are entertaining to watch, so even after seeing a film several times, the audience remains glued to the screen. So, here’s a list of all the Bollywood movies that entertain us every time we watch them, and even if we’ve seen them before, we enjoy watching them again.
Sholay has been described as the most “defining film on the Indian screen” by director Shekhar Kapur. ‘Indian film history can be divided into Sholay BC and Sholay AD,’ Kapur was quoted in Anupama Chopra’s book, Sholay: The Making of a Classic . “Sholay,” widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential Indian films of all time, a true masala film, a true epic, and a truly impressive production that has stood the test of time even now, nearly 50 years after its initial release. It also gave us the iconic dialogues “Kitne Aadmi The” and “Yeh Haath Humko Dede Thakur!”. Given how many times we’ve seen this timeless piece, we should all be able to recite the dialogues off the top of our heads.
Set in the late sixteenth century in India’s Mughal period, this is the tragic story of Prince Saleem (Kumar), son of the ruling Emperor Akbar (Kapoor), who falls in love with dancing slave girl Anarkali (Madhubala). With magnificent sets, massive battle scenes involving hundreds of real elephants, elaborate costumes, an evergreen score, and naturalistic acting, this is true epic filmmaking.
K3G is another cult classic that always makes us feel good and gave us some iconic songs that we can still listen to on repeat. Rahul, the adopted older son of a wealthy businessman, chooses to marry his love from a middle-class family and becomes estranged from his family. Then we see his younger brother, who is determined to reunite the family and sets out to find him. This film has its own charm, and we can’t help but watch it whenever it comes on TV!
ZNMD is another gem directed by Zoya Akhtar that fulfills all of our fantasies of going on a fun but slightly insane trip with friends. Following Kabir, Imran, and Arjun on a bachelor trip to Spain, the trip quickly turns into a journey of mending fences with friends, overcoming personal fears, experiencing new emotions, falling in love, and having a pretty epic time overall. This one will always be on our replay list! Jab We Met (2007)
Jab We Met is a great movie to watch when you’re feeling down or need a pick-me-up because it’s so entertaining. This rom-com follows Aaditya, a depressed business tycoon who boards a train aimlessly to escape. Here he meets the enthusiastic Geet, who enjoys talking and is drawn into her crazy life. He gradually begins to enjoy life, and you’ll have to watch to find out how it ends.
Chak De! India is a film that always got our adrenaline pumping and ensured that our feelings of love for the country seemed to skyrocket after each viewing. Kabir Khan, a former Indian hockey player falsely accused of betraying his country, is now on a mission to train the country’s women’s hockey team in order to prove his loyalty to his country. We’ve all seen this riveting film a gazillion times, haven’t we?
The film is based on Chetan Bhagat’s popular novel Five Point Someone, and it follows two college friends, Farhan and Raju, who form a special bond with their friend Rancho, who soon disappears after college. They go out in search of him ten years later when one of their college classmates seems to have found him while recounting fond memories from their college days. 3 Idiots is a hard-hitting film that will tug at your heartstrings as well as your funny bones!
Hera Pheri is the first in a series of comedies that use slapstick humor to make the audience laugh. The plot revolves around two tenants and a landlord in desperate need of money who, by chance, seem to hear a random call due to a cross-connection and, in desperation, decide to claim the ransom for themselves by hatching an elaborate plan that just doesn’t seem to go their way. Watch this one right now for some rib-tickling humor!
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
Aamir Khan and Salman Khan star in the lead roles in the comedy film Andaz Apna Apna. Amar and Prem are two slackers from a middle-class family who set out to court Raveena, the millionaire’s daughter, for her hand in marriage. When they run into the local gangster Teja, who is determined to completely turn their lives upside down as they compete for her hand, they each try to outdo the other! A true comedic masterpiece that we can watch over and over!
In this epic, era-defining romance, familiar themes such as personal choice versus family responsibility and forbidden love are remixed for the 1990s. Raj (Khan) is an immature young man in London, while Simran (Kajol) is getting ready for a marriage arranged by her domineering father. She travels through Europe on InterRail, meets Raj, and falls in love against the backdrop of Swiss mountains. The film’s popularity (the title translates as “The brave-hearted will take away the bride”) is reflected in the fact that it has been shown daily in Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir cinema for the past 19 years and counting.
Lagaan, set in the nineteenth century, sees a drought-stricken village band together, learn to play cricket, and take on their cruel imperial rulers. Although the combination of cricket and colonialism appears obvious in retrospect, no one would first touch this script with a bat.Aamir Khan took the lead role, and the film’s critical and commercial success ushered in a new era of diverse subject matter and storytelling. ‘Lagaan’ is the last mainstream best Hindi film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
Three years after making his debut with the sleeper hit Munna Bhai MBBS, director Rajkumar Hirani brought back the lovable gangster Munna Bhai (Dutt) – for the best Bollywood comedy sequel ever made. Munna begins brushing up on his Gandhi knowledge in order to impress a radio host. Soon after, Gandhi appears in front of Munna and begins conversing with him, leading everyone to believe he has gone insane. Dilip Prabhavalkar, a theater actor, made a rare Hindi comedy film appearance as Gandhi and nailed a character that has always been difficult to portray on screen.