Bollywood movies were a significant part of the Indian film industry and enjoyed a massive following both within India and globally. The Hindi film industry is falling because of poor content and the rise of digital streaming platforms. There have been many popular Bollywood movies over the years. While opinions on the “best” Bollywood movies depend on individual preferences. Here are some highly regarded films from different genres.
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Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra Star Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya, Boman Irani and others
Release Date: 25 December 2009
Budget: ₹55 Crores
Box Office: ₹400 Crores
3 Idiot is a popular Indian comedy-drama film directed by Rajkumar Hirani. It was a huge success both in India and internationally. The movie is based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel “Five Point Someone” and stars Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Omi Vaidya and Boman Irani in lead roles.
The movie highlights the struggles faced by students, parental expectations and the need for a more flexible approach to education. The story revolves around three friends, Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (R. Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi), who meet at an engineering college and form a strong bond. The film primarily questions the Indian education system.
Director: Ramesh Sippy
Producer: G.P. Sippy
Star Cast: Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri and others
Release date: 15 August 1975
Budget: ₹3 Crores
Box Office: ₹35 Crores
Sholay is a highly-praised Indian film, directed by Ramesh Sippy. It is considered a game-changer in Indian cinema and one of the greatest Bollywood films of all time. The movie features Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan and Jaya Bachchan. Sholay is known for its memorable dialogues.
Sholay is an action-adventure film set in a small village called Ramgarh. The story revolves around two ex-convicts, Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan), who is hired by a retired police officer, Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar), to capture the biggest dacoit of that time, Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan). Gabbar is a feared criminal who terrorizes the villagers.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Director: Aditya Chopra
Producer: Yash Chopra
Star Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Karan Johar, Anupam Kher and others
Release Date: 20 October 1995 Budget: ₹40 Crores
Box Office: ₹200 Crores
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) is a popular Bollywood film. It is considered as one of the greatest Indian films of all time. The movie was directed by Aditya Chopra and produced by his father, Yash Chopra. It stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles.
The story of DDLJ is a love story of Raj (played by Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran (played by Kajol), who meet during a trip to Europe. They fall in love, but Simran’s strict father, Amrish Puri, has already arranged her marriage to someone else. The film follows Raj’s efforts to convince Simran’s family to let them be together.
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Producer: Aamir Khan
Star Cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne and others
Release Date: 15 June 2001
Budget: ₹25 crore
Box Office: ₹65.97 crore
Lagaan is a popular Indian sports drama film, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. The movie stars Aamir Khan in the lead role, along with an ensemble cast including Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne and many others. Set in the late 19th century during the British Raj in India. It received positive reviews both in India and internationally, becoming one of the highest-grossing Indian films of its time.
Lagaan tells the story of a small village called Champaner, which is burdened with heavy taxes, known as “Lagaan,” imposed by the British rulers. Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), a young and spirited villager, challenges the British officers to a game of cricket as a way to waive the taxes for three years. Lagaan was not only a critical success but also a commercial blockbuster.