Bollywood is often seen for its exotic locations, weddings, beautiful costumes, makeup and what not. But Bollywood is a lot more than just that in today’s time. In today’s time Bollywood triggers the minds of Indian youth. It sets a thought process and allows them to think. Good or bad, the choice is always on the viewers. Movies are not just a source of entertainment anymore.
Here are a few Bollywood movies that teach us important life lessons :
1.) Mother India (1957)
This movie has a powerful impact on the citizens of India and deals with social and cultural changes that take place in India after independence. The character of the a widowed Indian woman is portrayed by Nargis, who raises her kids with difficulty. The main focus of the movie is on the power of “good” as the mother kills her own son when he crosses the line and goes on a wrong path.
2.) Sholay (1975)
This movie teaches us that the guy’s who are good at heart eventually win in the end.
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3.) Damini (1993)
This movie is about a woman’s fight against society for justice. A woman fights against her own family for raping the house maid. She is able to get the maid justice by going against her own family and proving them guilty which teaches us to do the right thing.
4.) Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
This movie taught us that love is friendship. In life before love comes friendship. If you can’t be friends with someone, how can you love them? In order to have one, you must have the other, and it’s not hard to fall in love once you are friends.
It also teaches us to express our feelings. If you love someone then you should just tell them without thinking of the consequences. If you don’t tell them how you feel how would they know?
5.) Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999)
This movie teaches us that family comes before anything and everything. You should appreciate your family and love them. When times are tough nobody but your family will stand by you and the bond of family is very strong.
6.) Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
It doesn’t matter how many childhood friends you make, the friends you make in college are the friendships that will last for a lifetime. You college friends are always going to be there for you.
7.) Kal Ho Na Ho ( 2003)
Kal Ho Na Ho teaches us to live life to the fullest, live each day like its your last. Who knows whether tomorrow will come or not?
8.) Jab We Met (2007)
This movie taught us to love ourselves. Be happy, be free, be crazy, just be yourself and enjoy life. It’s a journey, people will hurt you along the way, but you can’t let that stop you or change you. Geet is also an inspiration. Be that Geet and just love yourself! Follow your heart, and be crazy! Life is all about living.
9.) Taare Zameen Par (2007)
This movie spreads the message that every kid is different and has different interests, to all the parents who want their kid to excel in everything, through Ishan Awasthi who is dyslexic and struggles everyday to do simple things in life.
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10.) 3 Idiots (2009)
Most of us have faced this problem of being forced into career choices that our parents make for us, 50% of the engineers and doctors in India were forced into it. We Indians consider science students as smart, but weren’t we taught that everyone is born with a special ability? Then why force your kid into something like science when what he is good at is something like arts? The movie gives a message that education doesn’t require money, uniform, big schools and colleges, all it requires is the strong will to study. The story also focuses on how the education system should look beyond high grades and should focus on what a kid wants to do. This movie is based on Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone is the most important lesson to us and our parents. Aal Izz Well when you do what you love doing !
11.) Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
This movie taught us that we only get one shot at life and we must live that to the fullest. Be adventurous and don’t miss out on the fun. Work, school and responsibilities are important, but that’s not all life is about. YOLO !
12.) English Vinglish (2012)
Shashi’s journey of self-discovery and acceptance in English Vinglish where she learns to love herself teaches us that nobody is inferior we all are equals even if we don’t know a certain language, which can also be achieved if you have the will. Life is not about getting scared of the things we don’t know, its about overcoming our fear of them and learning them. Learn to love yourself, and whatever you do don’t let that make you feel inferior if what you do isn’t appreciated enough.
This movie also talks about how under-appreciated the housewives are.
13.) OMG! Oh My God (2012)
India is a religious country and has many gods, which has become a business for some. Without being preachy and boring, this movie teaches us not to look for God in idols and be blinded by those who try to play with people’s emotions in the name of God. It’s not a bad thing to be religious but idol worship is not exactly part of religiousness.
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14.) Queen (2013)
This movie teaches us to believe in ourselves. Anything is possible when you believe in yourself.
And that India is best in everything.
15.) Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
Chase your dreams irrespective of what they are, there are going to be many obstacles in your way, but when your will is strong nothing can stop you from reaching it. Never stop, never give up, and just keep living life. Don’t be afraid of taking chances because you never know what good might come from them.
16.) Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)
In the end family will always stick by you. A family drama. This movie shows that no family is perfect. Family is a set of individuals who know all your imperfections but still stand by you till the end. It is only natural to have a clash of interest as everyone in a family is different.You cannot always expect your parents, children or siblings to do what you expect them to. Let them live a life of their own choices and give them the space they need, in the end everything will fall into place and no matter what they’ll be there for you.
A good movie can teach you a lot but it mostly depends on how you perceive it.
Last thing Bollywood teaches you is dance like no one’s watching