From ‘Dosti’, the first Hindi film bromance to ‘Sholay’ that impressed the camaraderie of Jai and Veeru in our hearts, the friendship continues to inspire cinematic tales, some of which have become enduring classics. This Friendship Day (August 1), relive the wonderful years and all the nostalgia of coming of age with your friends with our selection of some of the most memorable friend movies.
This 2019 Yoodlee production is about an unusual friendship between a disillusioned old man seeking genuine human connection and a young orphan seeking love, warmth, and adventure. When fate unites them, they forget their sorrows and their great age difference to embark on a magical journey to fulfill their dreams and find joy. Directed by Madhumita, KD is a Tamil film but speaks the universal language of love that all human beings need regardless of their age and circumstances. The film stars theater veteran Mu Ramaswamy and young spark Nagavishal (in a national award winning performance) in the lead roles and their portrayal of Karuppu Durai and Kutti is moving and revealing. Your journey to mark the wishes of a wish list could be a metaphor for all of our lives and our desire to find the missing parts that can make us complete.
WEDDING VEERE DI
Most of the Hindi movies about friendship are bromances, but in 2018 came this rare story about female friendships. ‘Veere Di Wedding’ was directed by Shashanka Ghosh, produced by Rhea Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Nikhil Dwivedi, and starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. The film was not ‘Sex and the City’ or as groundbreaking as ‘Angry Young Goddesses’, but it still tried to modify the dominant ideas about love, fulfillment and personal freedom and generated many conversations. A wedding wasn’t new, but just the fact that an ordinary big-budget Hindi movie focused on the stories of four women, their bond and fierce loyalty to each other against all odds was encouraging.
Aamir Khan has been privileged to star in some definitive films about friendship, including ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Three Idiots’. And something tells us that these films will continue to inspire future filmmakers as long as they want to make coming-of-age stories about friendship, love, and the search for meaning and purpose in life. Do you remember ‘Chhichhore’? Based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel ‘Five Point Someone’, director Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘3 Idiots’ wasn’t just a regular bromance. He also incisively questioned a regulated educational system that exhausts all the joy of learning. And, of course, it was about three very different young people learning some of the deepest life lessons in each other’s company. The film was produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and also starred Kareena Kapoor, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, and Boman Irani.
ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA
This 2011 road movie about breaking with the past and finding new horizons with lifelong friends has just turned a decade, but it still seems as fresh and contemporary as when it was released. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, this was one of many films Excel Entertainment has made about friendship, including the 2001 cult classic ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and Abhishek Kapoor’s directorial debut ‘Rock On !!’ in 2008. ‘ZNMD’ featured a cast consisting of Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin and took us on the road trip of a lifetime through Spain. But more than their scenic backdrop, it was the chemistry between the three friends that made audiences laugh and become introspective about their own lives. The film made us all think about the friends we have lost, the ones we still have, and a life that cries out to be lived to the fullest.
BAHUT HUA SAMMAN
This 2020 Yoodlee production tweaked the friendship genre to ask what would happen if the leads weren’t looking for a higher purpose, but were actually ordinary young people, trapped in mediocre lives, simply trying hard or hard to beat each other. a system that has defeated them. The director of Ashish Shukla is not a film with aspirations, but rather asks if aspirations are possible in a society steeped in corruption, greed and violence. Bonny (Raghav Juyal) and Fundoo (Abhishek Chauhan) are not heroes or even aspiring heroes, but they are lifelong friends who will take care of everything life throws at them, together. In a world where no one can be trusted, their bond is, hands down, the most endearing part of the movie. The film also featured memorable performances by Sanjay Mishra, Ram Kapoor, Nidhi Singh, Namit Das, and Flora Saini. Bonny and Fundoo’s heist plan may have gone wrong in the movie, but they did something right. Friendship.
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