In the words of filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, “Indian film history can be divided into Sholay BC and Sholay AD.” The masala potboiler ran for over five years in theatres and that goes to say volumes of the finesse put together by Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Amjad Khan, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bachchan and Hema Malini.
The 1975 film gave us ultimate bromance goals as Jai-Veeru’s friendship has been immortalized for times to come. Besides, Gabbar Singh is undoubtedly the best villains of all time. Not to forget, the hilarious dialogues and punchlines, “Tumhara naam kya hai Basanti?” Sholay is an entryway to Bollywood.
13. Lootera (2013)
If not for Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera, Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha‘s volcano of talent wouldn’t have erupted so early on, on the screen. Bhavani Iyer’s script brought the critical excellence of two stars who were seen as commercial actors until then. It is partly based on author O. Henry’s 1907 short story The Last Leaf.
14. Wake up Sid (2009)
Ranbir Kapoor‘s transformation from a spoilt brat to a responsible son is a well-put-together tale of passion, for we have all been Sid at one point or the other in our lives. The movie is a coming-of-age drama with relatable content that makes you smile and cry, not in that order necessarily.
15. Delhi Belly (2011)
When Bollywood experimented with dark comedy, Delhi Belly was born. The Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapur, and Imran Khan-starrer film literally leaves you in splits. There is not a scene where you don’t want to grin or giggle and go ‘s**t happens.’ The character graphs are such brilliantly sketches and of course, the million-dollar songs only amplify the effect.
16. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
We bet Dil Chahta Hai makes you want to plan a trip to Goa with your BFFs. Packed with hilarious dialogues, slapstick comedy, slice-of-life gags, friendship, and romance, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Akshaye Khanna’s film will make you go “Ya toh dosti gehri hai, ya yeh photo 3D hai.”
17. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
The list of Bollywood classic comedies is just incomplete without Andaz Apna Apna. Crime-Master Gogo is an icon! No matter how hazy things get, but we can never stop figuring out Yeh Teja Teja kya hai? Mark kidhar hai??
18. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Karan Johar’s 1998 film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai starring Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji in a love triangle is arguably one of the evergreen hits of Bollywood. A reboot of this iconic film would serve us just fine, KJo.
19. Queen (2013)
Kangana Ranaut’s Queen is a winner all the way! The actress’ portrayal of an innocent and naive Rani, put in situations like getting mugged in Europe or picking up a s*e toy or going to a strip club that made a statement with such panache. With great aplomb, Queen is a departure from the cliche serious message-ridden plots.
20. Gangs of Wasseypur series (2012)
Gangs of Wasseypur is a two-part crime film, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap, and written by Kashyap and Zeishan Quadri. Centered on the coal mafia of Dhanbad, and the underlying power struggles, politics and vengeance between three crime families, the film features an ensemble cast, with Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the major roles.
21. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is filled with many light-hearted and life-changing moments. Some make you realize the importance of relationships, some simply teach you a thing about life. Embark on a virtual trip to Spain with Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, and Kalki Koechlin in this Zoya Akhtar film.
22. Piku (2015)
Replete with all things Bengali, Piku very simply puts forth the relationship between a child and a co-dependent parent. Old age, father-daughter bond, digestive issues form the narrative of this funny watch.
23. Hera Pheri series (2000 and 2006)
Things never go as planned for three unemployed men – Raju, Shyam, and Baburao. In their quest to earn easy money, their antics and arguments make for a seriously entertaining watch. You may have a laughter attack after watching Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri.
24. Hindi Medium (2017)
Hindi Medium is a refreshing break from the usual intense roles Irrfan Khan plays. A well-written plot with a strong message put subtly, you learn while you laugh in this film.
25. 3 Idiots (2009)
Engineer or not, the flawed education system showed in 3 Idiots applies to one and all. Memorize the ultimate Baba Rancho’s mantra ‘All Izz Well’ for any and every problem in life. Chatur’s speech is another highlight, bringing back memories of college days pranks!
26. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
Aamir Khan, Pooja Bedi, Ayesha Jhulka-starrer 1992 film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar remains a classic high-school drama. Sanjay Lal and Ratan Lal Sharma are two brothers who live in Dehradun. Ratan is a devoted student and hard worker while Sanjay is a lazy prankster, always getting into trouble. In an unexpected turn of events, Ratan loses the cycle race due to the intense rivalry among three colleges. Sanjay then wows to win the award and his brother’s honor back!
27. English Vinglish
English Vinglish is a 2012 Hindi drama film featuring Sridevi and Adil Hussain. The Gauri Shinde film was critically acclaimed and bagged several honours. English Vinglish is the story of Shashi, a homemaker, who can’t speak and understand English. After being continuously mocked by her husband and daughter, Shashi decides to learn English during a trip to the USA
Remember the iconic Shashi Kapoor dialogue – “Mere paas Maa hai?” Shashi said it to Amitabh Bachchan in the memorable 1975 film Deewar. The action-drama starred Nirupa Roy as their mother. The award-winning film revolves around Vijay who joins the underworld and his younger brother Ravi becomes a police officer. As fate would have it, the brothers are pitted against each other. Can Ravi and his mother help Vijay to mend his ways? Revisit the golden era.
Subhash Ghai’s Taal is counted as one of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s best works. Also starring Anil Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna, the story revolves around Mansi, daughter of singer Tara Babu who falls in love with Manav. But Manav’s rich family disapproves their relationship and insults Tara Babu. Desperate to make name for herself, Mansi joins Vikrant’s troupe and soon becomes popular. Will the lovers ever unite?
30. Mr. India
Mr. India is a 1987 Hindi adventure comedy film starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, and Amrish Puri. This superhit film is considered a cult classic and features in the list of ‘100 Greatest Indian Films of All Time’. Mr. India is the story of Arun Verma, a simple, kind-hearted man, who receives a gadget that will make him invisible. He is expected to put this gadget for good use and protect the poor, innocent and save the country from enemies
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