Whether it’s the people you surround yourself with, the books you read or the films you watch, there’s a lot that you can learn from before you turn 25.
You’re probably not making enough money to go out every night or go to the cinema, so put those nights spent on the sofa watching hours of Netflix to good use and at least give yourself a cinematic education with this lot. You may or may not have accomplished much by then, but that’s alright, you must have watched some really good cinema!
Here’s a list of 25 Bollywood movies you should watch before you turn 25, because some movies teach you important lessons about life!
It’s the story of a good-for-nothing jobless, grown man who joins the army and turns over a new leaf. This movie gives a inspiration and energy to youth (aimless) to found and focus on Lakshya of their life. Way ahead of its times, takes the nuances of adrenaline in a perfect set, the movie transposes every post liberalised kid’s dilemma to a setting where responsibilities, realisations and reflexes govern the reality. It’s a marvel that is a must watch before you hit 25.
Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai is one of the ‘cults’ of Bollywood. The important treasures of life are given to us but its up to us whether we are able to keep them close for the rest of our life. This is exactly what this movie portrays. The movie also tells how with time emotional and mental values change. Dil Chahta Hai is a coming-of-age story which remains a vital part of everyone’s life, because it holds truth. Value love, friendship and your real feelings, that’s what you can learn from this movie.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
25 is an age when you have lived a quarter of your life, which is more than enough to have explored the world. But what have we actually seen until now? This film celebrates friendship like never before. The movie is about three friends who decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of them gets engaged. By leaving all the tension behind and just travelling, the characters taught us that life is all about experiences because you get to live just once. May be, it’s time to explore the unexplored and let the road decide our destination.
In a country like India where the education system is all flawed, 3 Idiots taught us that if you chase excellence, success will automatically follow you. Education should not be about percentages, cut-offs and degrees and it must be available to one and all. Also, it taught us how important is it to have a few idiots around you.
Rang De Basanti
Rang De Basanti is a movie about six young friends who took the matters of public interest in their hands. This movie dealt with the issues of corruption in bureaucracy but it also served as an inspiration to the youth. It reminded them that there was a time when the youth fought to the independence of India and now is also a time when the youth can change the country. It is a thought-provoking, soul-stirring wake up call to the youth of India.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is based on the inspiring journey of the legendary sportsman Milkha Singh. As it is a true story, it will inspire you to find yourself in the movie. You will see the dedication and passion of Milkha Singh in this movie. Whenever you need motivation in your life, you should watch this movie.
The journey of un-attainable love. Rockstar is a unique film and deserves to be called a masterpiece. The movie takes you to an unbelievable journey, full of beauty, pain, sorrow, love, passion and heartbreak. It perfectly shows how the things we want the most in this life won’t actually make us happy, how strange falling in love is and how it changes a soul, how money and fame can’t turn off the fire burning inside.
Wake Up Sid
It makes you realise what actually you are doing in life. Is life all about lust and ambition? This movie stand apart from basic Bollywood love story plots and touches the chords of emotions one feels in real life. You will at some point or will relate yourself to the protagonist. It will make you a bit more optimistic and happy. Maybe you’ll look at life from a different perspective after watching it.
Being in love and being dependant on someone is easy, but it takes real guts to stand on your own and face your problems. This awesome movie taught us how important is it to have your own spine. Most valuable message the movie gives is that you are not less than anybody in this world. You are able to achieve everything and there is nothing you cannot do. You don’t need anyone to complete yourself.
Chak De! India
The movie is realistic, energetic, entertaining and uplifting in spirit. The movie teaches us to rise above religious, regional and emotional prejudices and to play like a team for a common cause! If this movie doesn’t motivate a dormant depressed person to excel in life I don’t know what will! A life altering film!
Taare Zameen Par
It’s just a matter of perception, we say. This movie moved everyone to tears. The plight of young Ishan was felt by every student. But what nobody paid attention to was how it paved an easy way for parents and teachers to not only help children suffering from Dyslexia but also recognize them in the first place. All in all, it is a magical film about the magnificent abilities children have, even when all the odds are against them. Remember, every child is special.
Rock On had friendship, fights and lots of rock music. This movie taught us that it’s never too late for friends to leave their ego behind and re-unite, and you never get old to do what you are passionate about.
A brilliant movie starring a famous star! I can absolutely watch this movie over and over again. Swades explains the problem of brain drain and the dilemma of an ambitious Indian in a subtle way. But it also touches upon the issue of the unsatisfactory lives the westerners live and how Indians aren’t very comfortable with that kind of lifestyle. This patriotic movie will let you remember how important it is for us to have the feeling of nationalism.
Iqbal is one the movies that people watched and discussed. The story of a deaf and mute boy with a passion for cricket and his journey. The movie gives the great positive message of letting the universe confabulate to make our dreams come true. The movie reminds us that our real inspiration lies within us, and once we find that, we should harness it and achieve the unthinkable.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
This was one movie that had everything- friendship, one-sided love, dreams, romance, emotions, music, and a big-fat destination wedding. YJHD really struck a chord with youngsters. It captured the essence of life. One of the best coming-of-age movies you can find in Bollywood, it captures this young and restless generation, their idea of romance, their friendships, their dilemmas perfectly well. The honesty with which it is made is what makes it so heart-warming that it is impossible not to find yourself in one of those 4 characters in the film.
Jab We Met
A movie with charismatic charm of the human character & the essence of echoing human emotions. Worth cherishing if one is to praise the complex emotional cacophony of how human relations are beyond the narrow concerns of life & gives a social message to this hypocritical world that life is never to get yourself confined to the problems in life but rather enjoying it to the fullest & let things fall into their places. Also the pain of being left and the emotions of pure love beautifully portrayed! The movie depicts how love means different things to different people and that nothing is wrong when two people are in love.
This movie shows us that business is not about numbers, it’s about people. It’s not about achieving targets, it’s about satisfying our clients. It’s about having good leadership qualities. ‘Rocket Singh’ teaches us an amazing lesson about self-worth which stresses on the fact that an organisation is only as good as its employees and that taking risks in life is not as bad as it looks initially.
Luck by Chance
This is a slow paced movie which hits all the right notes. It showed reality and was very sarcastic at the same time. The movie also reflects on how we are always chasing, but never stopping and appreciating. A lovely, timeless lesson on both Bollywood and life.
This thriller movie warns us about the dark side of youth. From drugs abuse-to accidents-to fake kidnapping, and then to fake friendships, this movie showed what happens when the inner demons come out. Shaitan is a must watch before you turn 25.
Slackers, Losers, Dropouts, Cheaters, Strugglers, call them whatever you want. Nothing is permanent. This is the phase that comes in everyone’s life at least once especially boys during their teens or during adolescent. Before one gets settled and thinks how the past could be undone. This movie is a perfect blend of real life instances of youth or in forth in a comic way.
Set against the glittering backdrop of the glamorous but ruthless world of haute couture fashion, this film tells the story of a small town girl with big city ambitions. Meghna always knew she was meant to be famous, but she was about to find out the hard way that success came at a price. Fashion is the tale of what happens when the price of success becomes too much to pay. A must watch before you turn 25 as at that time we are at the peak of our obsession with the fashion world.
Socha Na Tha
Sweet, simple yet so deeply profound. It is a film that approaches love with its innocence and that is a quality that will never feel dated. We all have been in and out of relationships and that is what makes this movie so relatable. The emotional turmoil and the helplessness in the matters of that heart have been beautifully depicted in the movie.
Pyaar Ka Punchnama
This off-beat, but brilliant take on the bachelor life and modern-day couples is a must watch for anyone dealing with a quarter-life crisis. I bet every guy in his 20s would be able to relate to Pyaar Ka Punchnama. This light-hearted comedy movie deals with friendship, women, boys’ weakness toward women, and the relationships of today.
This Bollywood movie takes the unconventional route about teenage angst. But it also gives us a perspective about domestic abuse of another variety. A father hitting his son is not considered domestic abuse by many in our country but that’s exactly what it is. And it leaves a permanent mark on the kid as well. This was the underlying theme in the movie which people couldn’t grasp. And the message it gave: if you still have that fire burning in you, do not hesitate to take that flight!
Ready to cry, laugh, and then cry a little more? Barfi! is about the misadventures of a happy-go-lucky man who makes the most of life. The protagonist has no remorse about his imperfection, yet gives a loud and clear message about living life to the fullest despite all the problems and most importantly smile through them! Also that love has no language, no barriers, no consideration of physical appearance, it’s all about happiness you spread around you.