#2 – Bollywood Masti

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The Bollywood industry is recognized throughout the world for its emphasis on evoking emotions in the audience through the use of plotlines that are generally over-dramatized and exaggerated, but, believe it or not, this formula HAS worked wondrously many times 🙂

Here are just a few Bollywood films that have captured the hearts of many!

In no particular order –

PK

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A moving film that highlights the irrationality of the Indian population’s superstitions and unwavering faith in exploitative “babas” (who continually feed on their devotees’ gullibility to spread their influence for the sole purpose of personal gain) through the eyes of an outsider, ‘PK’ is sure to tug at your heartstrings with its wit, humour and bold attempt at challenging India’s social norms.

3 Idiots

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‘3 Idiots’ was a resounding success for Bollywood, given the widespread recognition it got overseas – especially in the US and China. A heartwarming and inspirational story about 3 college students who try to tackle India’s pressurizing education system and their family’s unreasonable expectations, ‘3 Idiots’ is the perfect film to watch with your family and friends!

Lagaan

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Set against the backdrop of the early 1900s, when India was under the British Occupation, ‘Lagaan’ depicts the ruthless conditions imposed on the farmers of a small village in India by the British, which causes an outrage amongst the farmers and leads to a negotiation between the two parties – if the farmers win a cricket match against the British, they won’t have to pay the taxes for their land. An Oscar-nominated film, ‘Lagaan’ continues to touch hearts 15 years past its release.

Kahaani

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One of Bollywood’s few simple and unpretentious (oops) movies, ‘Kahaani’ is a captivating thriller that will keep you on your feet from the very first scene to the last, with a mind-boggling plot twist that will definitely leave you hanging in shock. This enthralling film will satiate anyone’s desire for a good mystery and backstory.

Chak de! India

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Revolving around multiple themes, such as sexism and religious discrimination, that are generally considered taboo in India, ‘Chak de! India’ features female hockey players from various regions in India trying to defeat the reason their coach’s team lost his last match 7 years ago while gradually overcoming their individual differences and realizing that their strength lies in their unity. An underdog story about women empowerment might sound clichéd, but it’s definitely worth your time 🙂

Taare Zameen Par

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With a dyslexic character as the film’s lead, the audience is exposed to the distress that young children with learning disabilities experience – especially when their family and friends aren’t even aware of their disorder. A heartrending story acted out beautifully by its lead actors, ‘Taare Zameen Par’ is another must-watch Bollywood film!

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

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‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ features the story of 3 friends who decide to go on a venture through Spain to relive their younger days – although this film seems lighthearted on the surface, it deals with the underlying themes of fear, loss, separation and, of course, friendship. The camaraderie of the lead characters will keep you glued to your TV screen till the end 🙂

Veer-Zara

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Based on the everlasting Indo-Pakistani conflicts, ‘Veer-Zara’ is a romantic drama film about an Indian man falling in love with a Pakistani woman, and both of them having to make countless sacrifices for more than 20 years just so they could finally spend their lives together. From the beautiful, poetic dialogue between the characters in the film to the tear-jerking sacrifices made by them, this film has struck a chord with many people :’)

Written by Anonymous, edited by FC BOD’16

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