20 Feel Good Bollywood Movies.
Wake Up Sid (2009)
‘Wake Up Sid’, directed by Ayan Mukherji, is one of the most pleasant Bollywood movies to have come out in the last decade. It is a coming of age story that revolves around the character of ‘Sid’, played by Ranbir Kapoor who matures from a rich, spoilt brat to a responsible young man throughout the film. Konkona Sen plays his writer friend, ‘Ayesha’ and together they have such an unusual but lovely chemistry.
Chupke Chupke (1975)
‘Chupke Chupke’ was released in the same year as Sholay and both the movies saw Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan in completely different roles. However, both the movies were hugely successful in their own way. ‘Chupke Chupke’ is a quintessential Hrishikesh Mukherjee film, where you will find all his elements, close family relationships, situational comedy and of course, the feel good factor. The film is primarily about Dr. Parimal Tripathi (Dharmendra), a Botany professor, pulling out a practical prank on his brother-in-law, Raghavendra Sharma (Om Prakash) to prove it to his wife (Sharmila Tagore) that her husband is no lesser than him. And then, there are Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri as the second leads. It is one of those movies where everything, from the performances to the screenplay fell in the right place and made it such a worthwhile watch!
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
‘Andaz Apna Apna’ directed by Rajkumar Santoshi is the maddest comedy Bollywood has ever had. ‘Amar’(Aamir Khan) and ‘Prem’ (Salman Khan), two good for nothings, set out to marry the rich ‘Raveena Bajaj’ (Raveena Tandon) to sort out their lives for good, but then the real ‘Raveena’ (Karisma Kapoor) turns out to be the girl who was acting as Raveena’s secretary, ‘Karishma’ all this while. And then characters like Teja, Robert, Crime Master Gogo enter the scene and the movie turns into a laugh riot.
Munna Bhai Series (2003/06)
The legend of Rajkumar Hirani started with ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ and is still going strong. Both the movies in the series, ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ and ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ are hilarious as well as give out important social messages. While ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ was about patients needing love (‘Jadu ki Jhappi’) along with treatment, ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ talked about the Gandhian principles ‘Gandhigiri’ being indispensable in today’s society.
Jab We Met (2007)
‘Jab We Met’ directed by Imtiaz Ali is the most celebrated romantic comedy of the last decade. The film is about the chance meeting of a boy (Shahid Kapoor) and girl (Kareena Kapoor) on a train which changes their life forever. Kareena Kapoor became a rage after this film and Shahid Kapoor was the perfect understated ‘Aditya’ to her vivacious ‘Geet’. Like all other Imtiaz Ali movies, the conversations just flow between the leads. Kareena’s dialogues like, “Main apni favourite hoon”, “Koi doubt mat rakhna, Sikhni hun main Bhatinda ki” have become a part of pop culture. The movie is warm, comforting and ideal for those days when you need some good dosage of laughs and romance!
English Vinglish (2012)When the yesteryear superstar actress, Sridevi decided to make a comeback after 15 long years with ‘English Vinglish’, it was very much given that the film was going to be a special one! And keeping up with the expectations, it didn’t disappoint at all! ‘English Vinglish’ directed by Gauri Shinde is about a housewife, ‘Shashi’ played by Sridevi, who makes awesome ‘laddoos’ but is often made fun of by her family for her inability to speak English. On a trip to New York for her sister’s daughter’s wedding, she finally vows to join an English speaking course after being humiliated in a café for her lack of understanding of the language. Sridevi gave a heartwarming performance as ‘Shashi’ and it just never felt like she was away for so long! Several moments like the café scene and the climax speech stand out for her incredible acting. ‘English Vinglish’ is a must watch feel good film for everyone!
Gol Maal (1979)
Another Hrishikesh Mukherjee film, ‘Gol Maal’ is highly considered to be one of the best comedies of Indian Cinema. It is a Comedy of Errors wherein a common man, ‘Ramprasad Sharma’, played by Amol Palekar has to lead a double life because of a lie that he told his boss, ‘Bhawani Shankar’, played by Utpal Dutt. One of the central themes in the movie is the generation gap between the characters of Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt. While Utpal Dutt is an orthodox man who believes that ‘Work is God’ and doesn’t think highly of young men who have other interests, Amol Palekar is a street smart guy who can charm his way out of any situation. The humor in the movie is situational and credit goes to the lead actors for their superb timing. Both Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt were effortless and nailed their respective roles, bagging the Filmfare Best Actor and Filmfare Best Comedian Awards respectively. Gol Maal is a laugh riot and if you haven’t watched this film yet, you are missing something.
3 Idiots (2009)
Loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s first novel, ‘Five Point Someone’, ‘3 Idiots’ directed by Rajkumar Hirani, took the country by storm when it was released in 2009. It tried to challange the outlook of the society. Here, the idea being, ‘Don’t pursue success, pursue excellence and success will be yours’. It also gave us memorable characters like ‘Rancho’, ‘Virus’ and ‘Chatur’. Dialogues like ‘All is Well’ became a part of everyday conversations. ‘3 Idiots’ was the first Bollywood movie to cross the 200 crore mark.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ directed by Farhan Akhtar redefined ‘cool’ in Indian Cinema. From the trendy hairstyles to Aamir’s goatee, I still remember the stir that the movie created when its first trailer came out on television sixteen years back. A coming of age story of three friends, played by Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna, it immediately struck a chord with the youth for its freshness, honest performances and the humor. Saif Ali Khan as ‘Sameer’ was a revelation and had some of the best lines in the film. The whole episode with him, Sonali Kulkarni’s character ‘Pooja’ and the guy who played ‘Subodh’ is hilarious. It won several awards including seven Filmfare Awards and six National Awards. Even today, the movie doesn’t look dated at all and can win you over the same way it did then!
Recently, the lead actor of ‘Udaan’, Rajat Bharmecha had put up a status on Facebook saying that although he was praised by everyone unanimously for ‘Udaan’, he never really got a lot of good offers post that, being from a non filmy background. It is really a pity considering that Rajat’s performance in Udaan was so utterly moving. The story of a young boy, Rohan (Rajat Bharmecha), with dreams of becoming a writer, who is ruthlessly bullied by his tyrant father (Ronit Roy), Udaan holds you captive with its poignant story and brilliant cinematography. Critics loved it and masses slowly warmed up to it. Right from the first poem (‘Bhul gaye hai jute kahan utare the’) that Rohan recites to the invigorating end where he walks away with his step-brother, ‘Udaan’ is an experience that stays with you long after you are done watching it!
The Lunchbox (2013)
‘The Lunchbox’ directed by Ritesh Batra is about two persons, one an old widower and the other, an young and ignored housewife and how they develop a strange and beautiful bond through a ‘lunch box’ delivered on the wrong address by the ‘dabbawala’. With so many awards and accolades, the movie has been hailed by the critics as brilliant on many levels. But, most significantly, the heart of the film is the simplicity and uniqueness of the story, which shows that despite age, marital status, society, everyone has the right to dream and feel loved. Be it the typical good hearted ‘aunty’ whom we only get to hear, or the scene where ‘Ila’ lovingly packs the food with the ‘Saajan’ movie song playing in the background, or the slowly developing friendship between ‘Ila’ and ‘Saajan’, there is just so much to love in the film! Irfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur give us two characters so real that no matter what age you are, you can connect with them and feel their pain, angst and the final call to a new life. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the incompetent but endearing junior gives an excellent performance. ‘The Lunch Box’ is a heartwarming story that deserves to be watched multiple times!
‘Anand’ starring Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan, is a testimony to the genius of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. A story about a man slowly dying from cancer, and yet not ready to bow down to it and thus living his life without any inhibitions, ‘Anand’ is a triumph in Hindi cinema which has seldom been matched. Rajesh Khanna’s graph from an effortless charmer to his poignant end will move you like no other. Amitabh Bachchan as ‘Babumoshai’ played his character with utmost restraint. Just like most other Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies, Anand gives you a social message packed with humor, and a strong emotional core. Here, the thought was, “Zindagi badi honi chahie, lambi nahi”(Life need not be long, but big)! If you want to watch a feel good movie, it can’t get better than this!