Sitting down with your family on a weekend evening to enjoy a movie – it doesn’t really get better than that, does it? While the quintessential Indian family is the site of love, warmth, and care as much as it is of bickering, tantrums and quarrels, there are very few things every member can bond over. Movies happen to be one of those few, which can unite the young and the old, and get everyone to spend some quality time together minus the fights. Let’s take a look at some of the best recent Family friendly Bollywood movies you can watch with your family, and spend the perfect evening with them.
A remake of a Malayali film of the same name, Drishyam is a thriller that maps the journey of a father in avenging his daughter’s humiliation. It takes you through the lengths to which a person can go to save their family and loved ones, while also giving you the classic feeling of watching a well-made thriller. Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Shriya Saran are some of the main stars of this 2015 hit.
2. Bareilly ki Barfi
Bareilly ki Barfi is a sweet romantic comedy revolving around Bitti, a carefree young girl who falls in love with an author she has never met, but has only read. What follows is an endearing exploration of love and romance set amidst the small town of Bareilly.
3. Badhaai Ho
A comedy-drama that is meant to be watched together with your family, Badhaai Ho was easily one of the best Family friendly Bollywood movies in the recent past. A socially relevant theme presented with witty humour and stellar performances by the cast, especially the late Surekha Sikri, make the film a must, must watch.
4. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
This hit film was an endearing tale about a common man who faces a number of hurdles in trying to help a small girl reach home. Why the hurdles? The girl, Munni, hails from Pakistan and has crossed over to India mistakenly. The film is as relevant a commentary as it is a pleasant watch.
5. English Vinglish
A heartwarming tale of a woman carving out her own niche is what this film is all about. Sridevi was beautiful as Shashi, the ordinary homemaker who was never given the chance to fly. The film might even turn out to be a conversation starter about a number of uncomfortable topics with your family as well!
6. The Lunchbox
Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur were amazing in this one as lonely strangers who bonded over handwritten notes and tokens of affection. Gather your family around for a soothing yet bittersweet experience in this slice-of-life piece directed by Ritesh Batra.
7. Do Dooni Chaar
There can hardly be a film as relatable as this one. Do Dooni Char is a humorous tale of a typical middle-class family based in Delhi, trying their best to make their way through their daily tribulations. It leaves one wondering about the priorities we set for ourselves in this fast-paced world, and whether or not they’re really worth it.
8. 3 Idiots
A film that has now acquired the status of almost being a classic, 3 Idiots is always remembered as the film which spoke the mind of the youth. A well-made critique of the education system in our country, the film empathises with students and makes their worries visible to a larger number of people out there.
9. Taare Zameen Par
This heartening tale of a gifted, dyslexic boy whose talents go unnoticed by the conventional educational system is something that can be an eye-opener for many. Be sure to keep tissues handy for everyone while watching this though, you can guess why.
Possibly one of the most popular comedy films made in Bollywood, Dhamaal is your go-to for a good, hearty laugh. The story involves four conmen who get entangled in hilarious situations in a bid to get their hands on some hidden treasure.
11. Dear Zindagi
With Alia Bhatt at the fore of the film, Dear Zindagi is a coming-of-age film that revolves around a young woman’s quest to make peace with herself and her life. With Shah Rukh Khan in an extended cameo, the film throws up some rather fresh perspectives with which to look at ourselves and the world.
12. Tanu Weds Manu Returns
This sequel to Tanu Weds Manu is about a couple facing stumbling blocks in their relationship with each other. It eventually becomes the story of their evolving relationship and whether or not they make the choice to stay despite the biggest of issues. Kangana Ranaut and R Madhavan play the lead characters in the 2015 movie.
13. Hindi Medium
Starring Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar, Hindi Medium is the story of a couple’s struggle to secure a spot for their child in a prestigious school, so that she gets the education they couldn’t. An empathetic portrait of the sacrifices parents make for their children, this comedy-drama won the Filmfare Award for Best Film and Best Actor.
14. Dil Dhadakne Do
With an ensemble cast of Shefali Shah, Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Rahul Bose, and Vikrant Massey (phew) among others, Dil Dhadakne Do is about that Indian dysfunctional family we all are familiar with. The family, faced with challenges to its values, questions and reforms itself to give us that perfect happy ending.
A beautiful piece by Shoojit Sircar, Piku is a lovingly crafted tale of a father and daughter duo who go through life together despite their numerous fights. Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, and Amitabh Bachchan stand out as they get in the skins of their respective characters, promising you an emotional, humour-filled ride through their lives.
We hope you enjoy watching these 15 best recent Family friendly Bollywood movies.