Friendship has been a captivating theme in Bollywood, inspiring numerous movies dedicated to exploring the nuances of this special bond. From unique perspectives to everyday experiences, these films resonate with audiences, showcasing the enduring strength of friendship. Here’s a curated list of 20 Bollywood movies that have left an indelible mark on the portrayal of friendship:
Rock On! (2008): A Musical Journey of Friendship
This film narrates the struggles faced by four friends, highlighting how their friendship withstands the tests of time, emerging stronger after overcoming misunderstandings.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001): Reunions and Revelations
A tale that many could relate to, Dil Chahta Hai introduces us to the lives of Akash, Sameer, and Sidharth, fostering reunions and rekindling friendships.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998): Pyar Dosti Hai
This movie popularized Friendship’s Day and friendship bands in India. It explores the evolution of friendship into love, emphasizing its role as the foundation of romantic relationships.
Dosti (1964): An Ode to True Friendship
Among the oldest tales of friendship in Bollywood, Dosti recounts the journey of two friends, Ramu and Mohan, supporting each other through life’s hardships—a true embodiment of the proverb ‘a friend in need.’
Dostana (2008): Unconventional Bonds Unveiled
This film delves into the awkward friendship between two straight men pretending to be gay, ultimately highlighting the genuine importance of their friendship.
Anand (1971): Lessons of Life Through Friendship
The touching story of a terminally ill patient teaching life lessons to his doctor-turned-friend, Anand portrays a friendship that leaves an everlasting impression.
3 Idiots (2009): Touching Simplicity of College Friendships
Rancho, Raju, and Farhan’s story is a heartwarming blend of touching and humorous moments, reminiscent of the simplicity of friendships formed during college.
Munna Bhai MBBS (2003): Unlikely Bonds That Win Hearts
This film explores the friendship between a goon and his left-hand aide, emphasizing the importance of each other’s presence in their lives
Sholay (1975): Jai-Veeru’s Timeless Friendship
Jai and Veeru friendship in Sholay has become iconic, with the song “Ye Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge” synonymous with the essence of true friendship.
Rang De Basanti (2006): Friends Uniting Against Injustice
Adapting India’s freedom fighters’ story to contemporary times, this film portrays a group of friends raising their voices against injustice for the sake of their comrade—a tale that invokes tears.
Wake Up Sid (2009): A Modern Coming-of-Age Friendship
Sid’s coming-of-age story emphasizes friendship’s role in making him responsible and independent, guided by his connection with Ayesha.
English Vinglish (2012): Unlikely Bonds Formed Over Language
An Indian housewife’s journey to learn English in New York leads to unexpected friendships, showcasing the shared pursuit of language learning and instilling confidence.
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (2013): True Happiness in Friendship
Kabir’s story unfolds through his friendships with Bunny, Aditi, Avi, and Naina, emphasizing the profound impact of genuine friendships on one’s life.
Student of The Year (2012): Friendship Amidst Competition
This film explores how competition can strain friendships, but ultimately, the bonds endure, prompting reunions and nostalgia for old friends.
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003): Beyond Love, a Tale of Friendship
More than a love triangle, this movie encapsulates the deep friendship between Aman, Naina, and Sameer, leading them to do anything to ensure each other’s happiness.
Queen (2014): Liberation Through Unexpected Friendships
Rani’s journey to self-discovery in Paris and Amsterdam is accompanied by unexpected friendships, notably with Vijaya and three men in a hostel, offering liberation and newfound confidence.
Yaarana (1981): Sacrifice and Unwavering Friendship
A tale of a friend sacrificing everything for his comrade’s success, underscored by the timeless song “Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan,” epitomizing the essence of enduring friendship.
Fukrey (2013): Dreams Achieved Through Friendship
Four underachieving friends pursue their dreams, supporting each other in the process, illustrating how friendship can catalyze personal growth.
Kai Po Che (2013): Friendship Triumphs Over Adversity
Despite separation due to communal forces, three friends remain connected, highlighting the enduring power of friendship transcending religion and politics.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011): Life-Altering Journeys of Friendship
Three friends’ bachelor trip leads to transformative experiences, reminding audiences of the profound impact of true friendships.
In conclusion, Bollywood has masterfully portrayed the essence of friendship through these 20 movies, each contributing a unique perspective to this timeless theme. As we revisit these films, we are reminded of the enduring power of friendship that transcends time and circumstance.