If you think about it, there is no tragic film in mainstream cinema. There are films where tragic incidents happen, but it always ends on a good note. It is never devastatingly tragic like The Hunt (2012), or Manchester by The Sea (2016). Maybe producers are still afraid of how the mass audience would receive a movie that leaves nothing but sadness in the mind of the viewers. However, there are plenty of films in the Hindi language that have some powerfully constructed emotional scenes. Here is a list of the 15 most emotional Hindi movies that are sure to well up tears from your eyes.
1. Chak De India! (2007)
“Chak De India!” was a blockbuster at the time of its release. It follows Kabir Khan, a former hockey star, who is maligned as someone who betrayed his country. To prove his loyalty to the nation, he begins coaching the Indian women’s national hockey team.
2. Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Every time Aamir Khan commits to a project, you know it would have something to take away from. Taare Zameen Par is the story of Ishaan, who is criticized by his parents and especially his father, for his poor academic performance and is sent away to a boarding school. An art teacher discovers he has dyslexia and helps him uncover his potential.
3. Mother India (1957)
Mother India is one of the three Indian fiction feature films that got nominated for the Oscars. It follows a poor righteous woman who struggles to raise her children while owing money to a greedy moneylender. Despite the hurdles, she refuses to sacrifice her integrity.
4. Anand (1971)
Starring two of the biggest stars, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan (who was not a star back then), Anand is the story of a terminally ill man who lives his last days to the fullest.
Set in Varanasi, Masaan follows two stories: of Devi, who struggles to shake off the social stigma associated with pre-marital sexual relations. And Deepak and Shalu, who attempts to transcend the social restrictions of their casteist society.
6. Sadma (1983)
Sadma stars Kamal Haasan and Sridevi. It follows Somu as he meets Nehalata in a brothel and realizes that she is suffering from amnesia which keeps the brain in a childlike state. He decides to take her to his home and protect her.
7. 3 Idiots (2009)
Rajkumar Hirani is like a conductor who can efficiently modulate the expressions of the audience members. It’s amazing to laugh out loud in one scene and realize as tears roll down the face in the very next.
8. Kapoor & Sons (2016)
One of the most emotional Hindi movies in recent times. A heartwarming film about family and a subtle examination of complex emotions. Shakun Batra’s “Kapoor & Sons” follows Arjun and Rahul as they return home to visit their ailing grandfather.
9. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
Kal Ho Naa Ho is one of the biggest hits in Hindi cinema. It follows Naina, a girl who lives a dull life, finds a new meaning when he meets Aman. However, Aman claims to be married and asks her friend Rohit to woo her.
10. Barfi (2012)
What else is there to say about Barfi? It’s a beautiful film, with great cinematography and performances and one of the most memorable soundtracks in recent times.
11. Udaan (2010)
The debut film of Vikramaditya Motwane follows Rohan, as he returns home to a strict and abusive father after being expelled from school. Even though he wants to pursue his dream as a writer, his father forces him to work at his factory.
12. Rang De Basanti (2006)
Rang De Basanti created a major stir at the time of its release. A journalist from the UK, Sue selects a few students to portray various freedom fighters in her film unwittingly awakening their patriotism.
13. Masoom (1983)
Directed by Shekhar Kapoor, Masoom follows the family life of Devendra Kumar that gets disrupted after he discovers he has an illegitimate child from a past affair. He brings the boy home, but his wife fails to accept him.
14. Bhagban (2003)
Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini in the lead roles, Bhagban tells the story of Raj Malhotra and his wife Pooja, who sacrifice everything to let their four children have the best life possible. However, when they grew up, their children became selfish and started to disrespect their parents.
15. The Lunchbox (2013)
The Lunchbox is one of the most emotional Hindi movies that I have seen. It doesn’t follow the general structure of mainstream filmmaking. An unusual friendship develops between a widower and a married woman, as the lunchbox meant for her husband got delivered to the widower.
This was the list of the 15 most emotional Hindi movies that are sure to well up tears from your eyes.