I’ve been an uber filmy geek, and specifically a Bollywood fan, ever since I was young. If you are new to Indian Movies, or are tired from your local movie choices and willing to venture into new lands, here are my Top 10 Bollywood Movies.
Note: The following are ranked in order of my personal enjoyment. It doesn’t not mean that they are the best in their respective genres neither does it mean that your opinion on the said movie should match mine in any way.
Let’s get started:
#10: Hum Tum
This 2004 romantic comedy inspired by ‘When Harry met Sally…” It is funny and adorable, while predictable at times, it’s also the movie you’d want to watch on a girls-only movie night. It follows two seemingly opposite characters and how their dislike towards each other soon changes into friendship and then into love. This title translate to “You and Me”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]
This 2002 heist thriller was like none other. Three men rob a bank. The plot twist? They are three blind men. This movie has two different endings, both being satisfactory in their own way. While I’m not giving any spoilers, the movie kept me on edge at all times. It’s a must-watch for heist-plot fans like me. The title translates to “Eyes”.
This 2009 action-thriller was adapted from a Spanish Film, Intacto. The film starts of with introducing a bunch of characters and how ‘lucky’ they are. They are gathered to play a game of chance, where the looser would loose his life, and the winner would proceed to the next round. In each round I found myself holding my breath. While the final climax felt a little less impactful, the ending was overall satisfactory.
#7: Dhoom 2
This is the second installment in the Dhoom heist thriller-series. While the story is loosely connected to the first installment, it can still be watch independently. It includes fast action, though done a bit over the top, it’s still enjoyable, a romance sequence underlining the main plot, and some (attempt) at comedy. While I’m not a fan of Action-Comedy, the ‘action’ part of the series sell it to me. The title translates to “Blast”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]
#6: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
This 2016 Drama movie is centered around a the topic of unreciprocated love. It includes several references from many difference Indian movies, which makes up the light-hearted first-half of the film, so it probably won’t be as funny to a new Bollywood watcher as it would be to someone who understands the source of the references. The second-half of the movie shifts gears and brings the ‘drama’ aspect to it. By the time the movie ends, you sit there with a heavy heart. The title translates to “O Heart, it is difficult”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]
This 2004 Drama movie is considered a modern classic in the genre by its respective fans. The story follows an Indian Pilot and a Pakistani woman. Their journey and struggles are beautifully portrayed, leading up to the final ending scene, where love finally wins. I can safely say, I ugly-cried more than once while watching it. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]
#4: Main Hoon Na
This 2004 movie encompass almost all genres, from action to comedy and even romance, all the while staying true to the main plot line. It’s great for family movie time or even with friends. The title translates to “I am here”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]
#3: Jab We Met
This 2007 romantic-comedy was liked by audiences young and old alike. It has palpable romance and good comedy in equal proportions making it a must-watch. The title translates to “When we met”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]
#2: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
This 2011 drama road film explores friendship. It follows three friends, with very different personalities, on a bachelor road trip across Spain. During the trip, they find courage to overcome personal differences and passion for a new goal to strive for. The title translates to “You won’t get this life again”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]
And finally, my all time favorite:
#1: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
This 2013 romantic-drama revolves around friendship and relationships. The characters portrayed have relatable personalities and even the issues that rise up, aren’t too far fetched. The friendships shown feel real and will make you nostalgic of your university life. After watching this, you would want to organize a reunion with your squad too. The title translate to “This youth is crazy”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]
There you have it, my Top 10 Bollywood movies. I’ll probably edit this list as new movies add in.
Have you watched any? Let me know your thoughts!
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