What do you need after a bad day? A book? A movie? Some feel-good Bollywood movies are what you seek. These classics are not only enjoyable, but they’ll also make gray days seem more cheerful as soon as the opening titles start. After the movie is over, read a book about happiness or watch a cheerful TV programme to keep the good feelings going. Here’s our list of best feel good Bollywood movies.
1. 3 idiots
Written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, and Sharman Joshi play the film’s titular characters in this loose adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel Five Point Someone. Two friends are looking for a long-lost friend. They reflect back to their time in college and remember their friend, who encouraged them to think outside the box even though the rest of the world thought they were “idiots.”
2. Jab We met
Starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan, ‘Jab We Met’ is a rom-com directed and written by Imtiaz Ali. Aaditya Kashyap, a heartbroken businessman, leaves his corporate business. He wanders around and boards a train where he meets Geet, a carefree young woman. She convinces him to travel with her as they start their adventure, go with her to her home in Bhatinda, and then elope with her partner Anshuman Singh.
A group of three childhood friends who just graduated from college. They were inseparable until they fell in love and their completely different approaches to relationships create tension. Released in 2001, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ is a coming-of-age movie. Starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna, the movie is directed and written by Farhan Akhtar. The film revolves around the important transitional period in the romantic lives of her three friends. The movie seems believable as the characters are relatable.
4. Munna Bhai MBBS
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ was a massive hit followed by its sequel ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’. Munna is a criminal who enrolls in medical college to fulfill his father’s dream. What he is yet to realize is Asthana is the college dean. Asthana was the one to expose Munna’s lies and dishonor his father. The movie bagged several Filmfare Awards and a National Film Award.
5. Dear Zindagi
‘Dear Zindagi’ is a 2016 coming-of-age film starring Alia Bhatt as the lead and Shah Rukh Khan in the supporting role. The protagonist of the story is an aspiring filmmaker who is unhappy with her life. She meets a free-spirited psychologist who gives her a fresh outlook on things. He claims that she is so afraid of being left alone that she refuses to commit to relationships and leaves them before they can leave her.
The plot of the movie centers around Arjun, Kabir, and Imran, three old friends who reunite for a three-week road trip. They travel to Spain where they meet Laila, who falls for Arjun and aids him in overcoming his need to work. Laila helps Arjun conquer this need. Imran wants to meet his biological father, an artist, while Kabir and his fiancée Natasha have serious disagreements. Each travel companion selects a risky activity for the group to engage in.
Starring Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ is a 2016 comedy drama. The movie is about the Mehras, a dysfunctional family that take their relatives and friends on a cruise to commemorate their parents’ 30th wedding anniversary and later mend fences. Writer and Director, Zoya Akhtar, wanted to portray a realistic sibling relationship.
‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ is a 2013 rom-com, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. Naina Talwar and Kabir Thapar are the central characters of the story. They first meet while on a hiking vacation, when she develops feelings for him but holds back from telling him. They quickly grow apart but eventually reconnect at a friend’s wedding. When they cross paths once more, he still values bonds less than aspirations.
9. Wake up Sid
The indulgence of his parents helps Sid Mehra, get by. He tries his hand at working at his father’s business after graduating from college. It only lasts a week. Then he meets Aisha, a young Calcutta-based writer. Sid assists her in settling into the city and later wants to go farther, but Aisha isn’t interested due to Sid’s laziness. Will Sid receive a wake-up call from her rejection?
10. Do Dooni Chaar
The movie stars the Kapoor couple- Neetu Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor in Habib Faisal’s directorial debut. It tells the story of a middle-class school teacher who struggles to make his wife and kids happy while also harboring car-buying ambitions. At the 58th National Film Awards, it later won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
11. Bheja Fry
The 1998 French film ‘Le Dîner de Cons’, which was eventually turned into the 2010 Hollywood picture ‘Dinner for Schmucks’, served as the inspiration for this movie. It is the first part in the trilogy by Bheja Fry. Ranjeet Thadani lives a luxurious lifestyle in Mumbai with his wife Sheetal, but he is unaware that when he encounters an income-tax inspector, his life is going to fall apart.
Based on Nicolas Barraeu’s novel ‘The Ingredients of Love’, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ stars Kirti Sanon, Rajkumar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana. Set in the sleepy village of Bareilly, Bitti is a rebellious young woman who refuses to be coerced into marriage. Meeting Chirag Dubey and Pritam Vidrohi causes her life to change.
13. Hindi Medium
Raj and Mita want Pia, their daughter, to receive a quality education from a reputable institution. They are prepared to do everything it takes to change her fate once they realize that their past is what’s keeping her back. With the movie set in different areas of Delhi, the writer and director has a picture of a society with class wars.
14. Tanu Weds Manu
Starring R. Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is a 2011 rom-com by Aanand L. Rai. Tanu is not interested in getting married, despite the fact that Manu is looking for a bride in India and falls in love with her right away. The movie only deviates from the intoxicating thrill of a lady fleeing a stale relationship to something more traditional when her husband finds a new love interest.
15. Hera Pheri
‘Hera Pheri’ and ‘Phir Hera Pheri’ are the best feel good Bollywood movies. Released in 2000, the comedy-drama is a remake of the 1989 Malayalam film ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’. The premise of the movie is around three people who are in desperate need of money join a gangster’s plan to abduct a rich man’s grandson. The film gained a number of awards and is among the best comedy films in India.
16. Khosla ka Ghosla
The narrative centers on Kamal Kishore Khosla, a middle-class Delhiite, and his family’s quest to restore their land after it was taken by a builder named Khurana. The film was a box office hit. The goal of Banerjee, a commercial director, was to create a feature film that accurately depicted Delhi’s current state. The writer and producer’s initial concept revolved around a generational divide.
17. Go Goa Gone
‘Go Goa Gone’ is the first Indian zombie film. During a rave party on a lonely island in Goa, a group of friends discovers the island is overrun with zombies while just trying to have fun. Released in 2013, the sequel of the movie is set to be released in 2023. The movie is blended in with different genres including humor and fright. It will give you a laugh-inducing thriller and an adventure with action.
The attitude of today’s youth, who look for short routes to raise money and realize their goals and desires, is shown in the movie “Fukrey.” Four unfortunate people attempt to turn a single, wild dream into reality. The movie initially had a poor opening but later on did pretty well at the box office. A sequel to this movie, ‘Fukrey Returns’ was released in 2017.
Another rom-com in the house! No matter how many times I watch it, ‘Band Baaja Baaraat will have first place in my feel good Bollywood movies list. While working together in Delhi’s wedding planning business, Shruti and Bittoo come to know one another better as well as find love and friendship. The movie gives us Ranveer Singh’s debut as well as director Maneesh Sharma’s directorial debut. It became well-known for its original subject and screenplay and ended up being one of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of the year.
Based on 1999 comedy ‘Mickey Blue Eyes’, it is directed and written by Anees Bazmee. In this ridiculous Bollywood farce, the brothers of a Mafia princess embark on a hilarious journey to wed their sister into a respectable family. Released in 2007, ‘Welcome’ became the second highest grossing film of the year. A sequel to this film ‘Welcome Back’ was released in 2015.
Which of these feel good Bollywood movies would you prefer to watch after having a long day.