15 Best Bollywood Movies on Life to Give You a Fresh Perspective

Sometimes an external stimulus is needed for us to rethink our ways and have a fresh perspective on life. What better way than movies? A movie is a perfect medium to interpret life in a way that we never did before. Bollywood movies have plenty of stories to offer, stories that are inspirational and life-changing. Let’s have a look at some of the best Bollywood movies on life to give you a fresh perspective!

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1. Udaan

This movie is a poignant saga of the struggles of every middle-class youth in India. Issues such as parental toxicity and domestic violence are treated with dexterity in this movie. You’ll find parts of this movie extremely relatable if not the entirety of it. It will help you revisit your past and evolve as a person.

2. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara

Three friends decide to go on a bachelors’ trip to Spain just before the marriage of one among them. As the three characters evolve, learn more about themselves and in turn about life, you’ll grow too. This movie is a must-watch.

3. Gehraiyaan

This is a movie that deals with the most complex emotions of humans. How a person is defined by their past experiences and how those experiences dictate their present and future is beautifully represented in the movie. Yes, sure, the movie is about infidelity, but it is so much more than just that. Deep, indeed.

4. Tamasha

A story about self-discovery had never been this heart-touching. Ved’s story will resonate with everyone who watches this movie with an open mind and unperturbed attention.  Even if you watch it for the 10th time, you’ll definitely discover something new. This seminal movie will still be relevant some 5 decades from now and beyond.

5. Lakshya

There’s so, so, so, much to learn from this movie. When a clueless man in his early 20s gets into the Indian Army by fluke, his disarrayed life takes a 360-degree turn. Focus, dedication, discipline, maturity, punctuality, bravery, etc, are some of the qualities that one can learn through this gem here. It’s so damn motivating.

6. Anand

This movie is as inspirational as it is emotional. Anand, a man living his last few days on earth wants to make the most of his remaining life. He does so by being happy and spreading even more happiness. Anand is a movie that will fill you with hope and change your perspective on life.

7. The Sky is Pink

The story is that of Aisha Chaudhary, a girl who suffered from Severe Combined Immunodeficiency and Pulmonary Fibrosis. The movie follows her short life and that of her parents who cope with their daughter’s illness and their own relationship. She bravely fought through it and her death filled her family and everyone who came across her story with a new zeal for life.

8. Rang De Basanti

A group of young friends, the future of the nation, find themselves filled with a newfound sense of patriotism when they participate in the making of a film based on the Indian freedom struggle. This fervour gives them the power to rebel against the oppressive powers of the present world. This movie will definitely change the way you perceive things.

9. Swades

Mohan, a man working for NASA returns to India in search of his old nanny, Kaveri Amma. He finds himself in a remote village, rich in culture but devoid of the comforts of modern life. Although inclined towards going back to America again, he finds himself drawn to his motherland in order to do something good for it. Talk about brain drain, traditional versus modern life, customs, religion, education, etc., everything has been talked about in a new light in this movie.

10. Chhichhore

Anirudh and his college friends take a trip down memory lane, narrating their college life story to Anirudh’s son in order to fill him with confidence and positivity. This movie is a heartwarming watch that will change your perception of loss and make you appreciate little victories.

11. My Name is Khan

This movie is a powerful, heart-rending, and hopeful narration of the story of a Muslim man with Aspergers Syndrome named Rizwan Khan. Rizwan and his wife Mandira’s life turns upside down after a tragic event and Rizwan sets out alone to change the world’s perception of his community and the audience’s perception about everything in this world.

12. Queen

What does one do when one’s life is turned upside down? They take charge and turn it back over! Queen is such a tale of a brave girl who is stood up by her fiance a day before their marriage. She decides to go on her honeymoon trip alone and explore life from a new perspective. She meets new people and falls in love with herself.

13. Margarita With A Straw

Laila, a rebellious young adult with cerebral palsy moves from India to New York to pursue further studies. In her pursuit of self-discovery, she becomes a little too adventurous and even falls in love. Heartwarming and at times even heartbreaking, this movie is a rollercoaster ride. It is one of the best Bollywood movies on life.

14. Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda

Manik, a storyteller, talks about the three women whom he met at three different stages of his life and how they helped him evolve as a person. This 1992 Shyam Benegal movie (based on Dharamvir Bharti’s novel of the same name) was too complex and nuanced for people to grasp back when it was released for the first time. But once one gets through the various beautiful layers of this movie with patience, one can see that this is a masterpiece.

15. Black

A bond between a teacher and a student had never been portrayed so beautifully! A girl with visual and hearing impairment is given a new chance at life thanks to her teacher Mr. Sahani. Black is a story that not only warms your heart but also inspires you. It fills you with the strength to keep trying, again and again, no matter how many times life tries to push you down.

These were some of the best Bollywood movies on life and their multiple facets, that will help you gain a fresh perspective each time you watch these. Happy watching!

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