“Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment”-three words pretty much sum up Bollywood for all of us. Most of us have grown up to “Naam toh suna hi hoga” and “Main Apni Favourite Hoon” and we’ve never gotten over these dialogues.
Bollywood is an integral part of anyone with Indian roots, and every now and then we cannot help but go back to those movies that have somehow shaped our childhood. While going back may have been a tricky part earlier (do you remember the pain of renting a DVD?), Netflix has now made it more than easy to go back on the road of nostalgia.
This week on Niki recommendations, we bring to you a list of best Bollywood classics (in no particular order) to binge watch with a big tub of popcorn to take a walk down the memory lane.
- Rang De Basanti
“Zindagi jeene ke do hi tarike hote hain, ek jo ho rha hai hone do, bardaash karte jao. Ya fir zimmedari uthao use badalne ki.”
This was more than just a movie, it was a feeling. The movie is told in two different era’s- one that of the British rule and one of the contemporary times. The story revolves around five young men from Delhi whose lives change as they act in a documentary film, made by an idealistic English filmmaker, on five revolutionary Indian freedom fighters. The movie was dubbed as ‘the movie that became a moment’
- Phil Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
The Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla starrer was released back in 2000 and was quite a hit with the audiences. The story portrays Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla as rival journalists who eventually team up together to help Paresh Rawal seek justice for his daughter who was raped by a politician. A great story, a delightful soundtrack and of course great characters.
- Jab We Met
Every Bollywood list is incomplete without this movie in it. Jab We Met was released in 2007 and became an instant favourite due to the light romantic comedy nature of the movie as well as brilliant performances by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shahid Kapoor. Did you know though that the original starcast for the film were not Kareena and Shahid, but Bobby Deol and Ayesha Takia.
- Main Hoon Na
With Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role, the action-comedy movie marked Farah Khan’s directorial debut. A classic favourite, the movie sees Shah Rukh Khan go undercover to protect the General’s daughter incidentally while also trying to rekindle his family and protect a peace initiative between India and Pakistan. Interestingly, the movie was originally supposed to be called “The Outsider”.
- Koi Mil Gaya
Maybe not a classic per se, the movie definitely stirs up a lot of childhood emotions in most of our hearts. The “Om, Om, Om, Om, Om” sure stirs up nostalgia and Goosebumps (for the scared little kids). While it was called a copy of Hollywood movie ET, Koi Mil Gaya was first of its kind for Bollywood. The story revolves around a scientist’s mentally challenged son, Hrithik Roshan, and how he manages to summons a spaceship to earth.
- Bhool Bhulaiyaa
With Akshay Kumar at his funniest best, this movie is a laugh riot. The movie is set in Rajasthan wherein Shiney Ahuja is crowned as the king, however rumours say that his palace is haunted. What follows is an interesting psychological thriller involving Vidya Balan. Her performance in the film, till date, is considered iconic and regarded as one of her best.
While these maybe some of our favourites, hit us up with some of your Bollywood classics on Netflix and we’ll be sure to join you in your reruns. Now you can just talk to Niki and book movie tickets at best prices in seconds!
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