21 Bollywood flicks to binge-watch and enjoy
Thanks to their unique, fun storylines and talented cast, Bollywood movies have blown viewers from all over the world away for years! However, with countless films produced since the 20th century, it’s hard to know which ones you should watch first.
Today at SGMP3 Songs, we’ll give you the best Bollywood film to check out for a fun-filled movie marathon with your friends and family.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Your first meeting with your soulmate might not be as romantic as you expected. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is the story of two young people who hilariously can’t stand, but can’t live without, each other. Starring a charming, but obnoxious Shah Rukh Khan, and an uptight, but vulnerable Kajol, their performances created the gold standard for Bollywood romcoms.
Today, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is a beloved film that’s hilarious as it is romantic.
Dreams always find a way to become reality. In this classic 50s film, introspective poet, Vijay, longs to share his masterpieces. Despite his passion, they’ve been relatively ignored—until one fateful death. After the homeless man he gave his coat to died, Vijay is mistaken and believed to be dead. To honour his ‘memory’, his poems are then published, and then suddenly beloved by everyone in the world.
Insaf Ka Tarazu (1980)
This intense drama asks: can the scales of justice be balanced? When the wealthy Ramesh is taken aback by the beautiful Bharti, he invites, then rapes her in his yacht. Despite this, Ramesh is released and free from suffering for his crimes. However, he is then found murdered two years later, with only Bharti as the prime suspect for his death.
Love Aaj Kal (2009)
Can true love and our dreams go hand-in-hand? This movie asks this age-old question in the world of today. Following the story of Zoe and Veer, the movie tells their romance’s tale, from meeting in a bar to eventually finding the warmth and love in each other.
Though they both share a deep, emotional bond, things like their dreams and personal issues keep getting in the way of their love.
A forbidden romance that spans decades, Veer-Zaara is proof that nothing can kill love. The courageous tale of Veer, an Indian Air Force officer and Zaara, the daughter of a Pakistani politician, this film explores their trials and tribulations, and what they’ve both done all in the name of love.
3 Idiots (2009)
The educational system has always been criticized, but this time, it’s done in a fun manner. Starring three engineering students, this movie shows their hilarious, and sometimes tragic adventures, as they go through their lives working in the academe and finding themselves.
The road against patriarchy is a difficult but traversable one. A gripping drama about the inequality between men and women, Thappad follows the story of Amrita and the day when she is publicly humiliated by her husband.
Not allowing herself to be defined by this moment, Amrita leaves for her parent’s home and vows to never return to her husband. Sending her on a gripping legal battle that combats traditional Indian beliefs and social standings as a whole.
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
When different families move in together, chaotically hilarious things happen to everyone involved. The story of two families, the Vermas and the Rais, and how they start dealing with one another once their children are married.
With each other’s emotional baggage ever-present, the wedding turns into drama, hilarity, and overall an odd experience for the two families.
Before falling in love with others, it’s important to first fall in love with yourself. The story of an empowered young woman, who, after she’s dumped by her beloved, gives herself a pseudo-honeymoon. While alone, she goes on fun adventures and starts to grow in love with herself more.
Article 15 (2019)
This film shows that despite decades of fighting against the unfair caste system, it still lingers on today in the 21st century. The tale of an honourable police officer, Article 15 shows the horrors of the antiquated belief system, and how it caused the loss of three young women from a lower caste.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
History has a lot of great romances! So for viewers wanting something real, Jodhaa Akbar is ideal for you. Originally intended for a strategic alliance, the marriage between Mughal empire Akbar and Rajput princess Jodhaa becomes real. This makes not just their homeland better, but their lives and each other, feel more alive.
Who knew the exploration of socioeconomic differences is this much fun? A story about a love that can never be, Devdas follows the story of the title character as he tries to woo his childhood love, Paro.
Their socioeconomic status pulled them away from each other, but it didn’t stop them from expressing themselves through large and elaborate set pieces, musical dance numbers, and some of Bollywood’s biggest celebrities in their prime.
The Sky is Pink (2019)
A deeply emotional film, The Sky is Pink talks about the real-life struggle of a now-deceased teenage girl who died from a deadly illness. She narrates this tale of tragedy and inspiration as her parents struggle to accept what has happened to her, and how they dealt with her eventual death.
Sad as it is true, The Sky is Pink is a real tear-jerker that will leave its viewers sobbing, but at the same time, hopeful, when dealing with illness or the death of their loved ones.
Gully Boy (2019)
Music can make anyone’s life, no matter how poor, more colourful and worth living. We follow the story of Murad Ahmed, a young man living in the slums of Mumbai, and how his love for hip hop changed his life in ways he could never have imagined.
This tale is inspired by the story of Indian hip hop artists Divine and Naezy, who captured the imaginations of countless people with the Youtube video, ‘Mere Gully Mein’ in 2015.
A powerful history lesson about love, religious intolerance, and the 1992 Bombay riots, this movie will shake its viewers to their core. This dramatic film follows the tale of a Hindu man travelling and living his life with his Muslim bride, in a world where their respective beliefs are at each other’s throats.
Lust Stories (2018)
Women have never been properly given the chance to explore their sensuality on film. That all changed in the 3 unique tales in this critically acclaimed anthology. A story about professors, maids, and bankers, the tales from Lust Stories give much-need representation to women and their own passionate/physical needs.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019)
The coming out story of an individual is always a controversial, yet powerful one. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga follows the story of a young woman exploring her sexuality, and how her ultra-traditional and conservative family will react to her personal discovery.
Known for being colourful, lively, and inspiring you to believe in the great power of love to a person.
Epic action and hilarious comedy form the DNA of this odd crime thriller. As piano player Akash goes experimental with his music, he finds himself involved and framed in a popular actor’s murder. With a lot of twists and turns, this movie will make you wonder about what you just experienced.
In numerous cultures, women have always had the short end of the stick. This movie further proves that a servant becomes pregnant with the child of a landlord’s son. After she conceives their child, she is fired from the son’s services and is forced to deal with the judgement of the village and the struggles of raising a child alone.
Helicopter Eela (2018)
Parents have given up so much for their children, so it’s nice to see them fulfilling their dreams for a change. In this tale of refurbished dreams and second chances, Eela joins her son in college. Wanting to get the important education placed on hold for a singing career, Eela does her best to overcome many challenges of college life.
The love story between Rumi, Vicky, and Robbie, this film will take you on an emotional roller coaster to see which of the two men will Rumi choose to be with. Yes, it may sound like every other film with a love triangle, but Manmarziyaan has a lot of deeper character explorations unseen in a traditional Bollywood romance.
Dhoom 2 (2006)
The return of Bollywood’s favourite thief, Mr. A is back to entertain with extreme sports action on the road, fun dance numbers, and get rich off of his many would-be victims. More action-packed, ridiculous, and fun than the first Dhoom, Dhoom 2 will surely steal your heart a second time.