Being an Indian and not being a Bollywood movies fan is quite a rare phenomenon to come across! Not many people can boast to be insulated to the movie magic of Bollywood. For, what else can make you laugh as hard as the meme-worthy stellar scenes from a great comedy or make you wish for that undying love for ages than the Swiss Alps captured so beautifully on screen? Be it a suspense-thriller or an emotional family drama with all the Indian family values, Bollywood never fails to entertain you. It manages to make you laugh, cry, love or even think hard about society in general. All this while making you dance to the tunes of peppy beats which it is famous for.
Every Friday we have a string of movies from different genres ready to test themselves in the unknown waters of “audience’s response”. But, not all manage to do make their mark. Here’s a list of 20 Best Bollywood Movie You Need To Watch on Netflix:
Tamasha is one of the most complex movies by Imtiaz Ali. Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, it is a gem for generations. The movie traces the journey of Ved and Tara. It is a love story wrapped in two forms- one of Ved and Tara and the other of Ved with his self discovery. An excellent storyline and the beautiful touching music along with some great moving performances make Tamasha what it is- a masterpiece. The film teaches us the lessons of love, life and philosophy in the old story-telling way along with a twist of theatrics.
Written and directed by Anurag Basu, Barfi is till now, one of his best works. Ranbir Kapoor, who plays a cute, adorable, sensitive, lovable deaf and dumb boy in this movie, wins hearts with his performance and character. He plays the character of Murphy “Barfi” Johnson. It is the story of Barfi’s relationship with two women, an uptown convent educated girl Shruti, played by Ileana Druze and an autistic Jhilmil played by Priyanka Chopra Jonas. The film moves the audience with the purest of love between Barfi and Jhilmil but in turn makes them sympathize with Shruti’s idea of love too.
Margarita with a straw (2014)
Directed by Shonali Bose, Margarita with a Straw is a story of a young Delhi girl Laila, played by Kalki Koechlin, with cerebral palsy who leaves for New York and falls in love there. Touching on the subject of homosexuality and its disapproval in the Indian society, this movie is a treat to watch. With some stellar performances by Revathy who plays Laila’s mother and Sayani Gupta (Laila’s love interest), it is easily one of the best offbeat Bollywood movies of last 5 years.
Manto is a biographical drama based on the life of writer Sadat Hasan Manto. Sadat Hasan Manto was a writer who migrated to Pakistan after the partition in 1947. Directed by Nandita Das, the film goes on to show how his life and works were affected by the partition of India. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role, the movie moves the viewer beyond words by raw depiction of the events and societal evils from Manto’s point of view. The film was first released at Cannes Film Festival where it was nominated for an award and praised by all.
A perfect comedy drama film, directed by Vikas Bahl, Queen is a simple middle class girl Rani’s journey of coming-of-age and finally being independent and confident enough to face the world. When Rani who is played by Kangana Ranaut is dumped by her fiancée (Rajkumar Rao) before their wedding, she decides to go on her honeymoon alone and thus begins her journey from a shy middle class girl to the confident girl who believes in herself.
Masaan is an emotional drama directed by Neeraj Ghaywan. It is set in the city of Banaras along the ghats of river Ganges. Masaan is not just a movie but an experience in itself. Dealing with the theme of loss and grieving, it is one of the best works in the recent times. The movie stars Richa Chaddha, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi who all win hearts with their outstanding performances.
Dear Zindagi (2016)
Directed by Gauri Shinde, Dear Zindagi stars Alia Bhatt in the lead role of Kaira who suffers insomnia after a series of ups and downs in her relationship and career and goes to consult a therapist Dr Khan (Shahrukh Khan). The topic of mental health and dealing with related problems in real life is still a taboo in Indian society and this movie touches that. It makes you love the way your life is as there is always something to be happy about.
Written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Pink is a social thriller movie. It is the story of three independent girls who live together in an apartment and are faced with a court case after one of them hits a rich, influential boy when he tries to force himself on her. Teaching the concept and importance of consent to the Indian society by and large, Pink is a movie with a strong message.
Neerja is a biographical thriller movie based on the life of an air hostess, Neerja Bhanot. Directed by Ram Madhvani, the film stars Sonam Kapoor in the lead role of Neerja. It portrays the whole story of how Neerja sacrifices her own life while saving the lives of passengers on board the Pan Am Flight 73 which was hijacked by Libyan backed Abu Nidal Organization. Subsequently, Neerja Bhanot was awarded the Ashok Chakra posthumously.
Andhadhun is a black comedy Indian thriller film. Directed by Sriram Raghvan and starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Tabu, the movie is a treat to the eyes. With a compelling storyline and an even more immersive screenplay, Andhadhun has you hooked to the screens till the last scene and even then you are left wondering about the surprises it leaves you with. The movie fetched Ayushmann Khurrana a National Award for his performance with appreciation pouring in from everywhere. Tabu is a delight to watch in the movie.
Article 15 (2019)
Article 15 is a crime drama film written and directed by Anubhav Sinha. It is inspired by many real life incidents and deals with article 15 of the Constitution of India which prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion, race, sex, caste or place of birth. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana in the lead role of a police officer investigating a case of three girls who have gone missing, the movie is quite relevant for the recent times.
The sky is pink (2019)
The Sky is Pink is based on the life of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary who died in 2015 when she was 18. The film stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar as Aisha’s parents whereas the role of Aisha is played by Zaira Waseem.Rohit Saraf plays her brother. In the movie, Aisha tells the story of her parents over a period of 25 years. The highlight of the movie is the struggles of the family to make every moment count despite the trying and short time they have as a family.
Padman is a comedy drama movie directed and written by R. Balki. Dealing with the topic of menstruation in India, the movie stars Akshay Kumar and is based on the book ‘The legend of Lakshmi Prasad’ which in turn is based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu based social activist. The film also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor.
Highway is a road drama film directed by Imtiaz Ali. Starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda in the lead, the film goes on to tell the story of Veera, played by Alia, who is kidnapped from her Delhi based home one day before her wedding by Mahabir. It portrays how Veera discovers freedom in her captivity and also touches upon the issue of child molestation. With great performances and an even great concept of the storyline, Highway is a must-watch.
Dangal is a movie that shows the journey of a father Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir Khan), who trains his daughters against the society’s strictures and traditions to be wrestlers and they win back medals for India in Commonwealth Games. It is based on the real lives of Mahavir and daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat.
The other best Bollywood movies are:
Delhi Belly (2011)
Rang De Basanti (2006)
Udta Punjab (2016)
Manorama Six Feet Under
Happy Watching Folks!