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Top 5 Evergreen Movies of Bollywood

At the end of the day, on a bleak night, only few movies have the eternal freshness which can turn a boring day into a pleasant one. A few hand counted movies can live across decades. Although the plot may be old, but the feelings and emotions are always intact to us mortals and restore our faith in love, life and relationships. Below are five such top movies which have ever lasting stories which warms our heart, now and forever.


5. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

The story of three close friends and their messed up lives connected well with the generation and continues to be viewed and enjoyed even 17 years later. Dil Chahta Hai can truly be regarded as the game changer for mainstream Hindi cinema. The movie depicts a slice of lives of three friends, each with his own idiosyncrasies; a solemn artist guy, one who is a lady’s man and a hopeless romantic another is funloving cynic who doesn’t believe in love. The infamous Goa trips saga was started by this movie and even after 17 years, still inspires youngsters today to pack up and go for an impromptu trip – to Goa.

This is a trend-setter movie by Farhan Akhtar which broke all stereotypes related to love, drama and comedy. The slight humor, the complex love stories, differently made family set up, brings a new freshness to movie-making in the fast paced entertainment industry. The movie speaks the language of the youth, where boys find it hard to complete their sentences, clichéd romance is frowned upon, feud between men and its intricacies etc. where shown in between lines. All-in-all, a hip movie with some drama at the end, which was brought on-screen over a decade ago but still is appealing to most youngsters of today.


4. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

The movie that started the feud between the 2 famous Khans. While we are not very much bothered about the feud anymore, we love the brotherhood of the two Khan, Amar and Prem who have taken up these names in many of the movies later on. Comedy as its foremost genre, this movie kills us with bouts of laughter after every scene and every dialogue. ‘Aila’ and ‘Ui ma’ became synonymous to Aamir Khan and Salman Khan who use this as prefix for every dialogue. Limericks, wittiness, humor oozes throughout the movie and will never get you bored.

Amar and Prem on their journey to woe and marry the famous Raveena (Raveena Tandon) and her secretary Karishma (Karishma Kapoor) fight each other to grab the upper hand. Tables are turned when Raveena revels that her name is actually Karishma and that her secretary Raveena is the rich girl who swapped their names to find her real lover. Double acting by Paresh Rawal is both the villain and the father of the Raveena adds to the comedy. Crime master Gogo played by Shakti Kapoor, along with Robert and Bhalla get caught in the wildfire created by Teja in an attempt to steal the riches of his twin brother. This movie is a family entertainer will slight comedy and a breezy humor which can brighten your day, any time.


3. Lagaan (2001)

‘Hum tumhara lagan maaf kar dega’: this movie made taxation famous. Set in the backdrop of Victorian period of India’s colonial British Raj, the story of a village and its residents who get caught in a situation where they have to play an alien game for their life and future. Bravery, simplicity, love and farmer’s issues are highlighted throughout the movie. Anybody who is depressed in life and feels stuck should watch this movie to come out of a bad situation. While courageous Aamir Khan unites the village against the pompous British officer, he also upholds the need for equality in society.

Back in the days, racial discrimination persistent throughout the nation and widespread like a plague. The protagonist not only identifies the real threat but also explains the village leaders break the shackles of racism and embrace everyone. One cannot take their eyes off when office Captain Russell catches the ball in the final game of cricket and realizes that he is standing outside the boundary. This movie brings back emotions that have been deep set in our hearts and showcases the troubles faced by farmers in India.


2. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994)

The musical romantic comedy movie was released ages ago and has been winning hearts ever since. A family drama, complex love stories, a pet dog Tuffy, wedding ceremonies, vibrant outfits and dance numbers, Hum Aapke Hain Koun is a movie a family can enjoy over a holiday dinner any time of the year. Two brothers on this side of the family, two sisters on that side of the family; an arrange marriage and a love story brewing amidst these occasions.

Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan are the yester year famous couple who, with their beautiful smiles and chirpy dialogues which hit hearts explicitly. Breaking the monotony, this movie set the record by not having a villain character. Instead viewers feel like watching a big fat Indian wedding, musical events, dancing events. Families enjoy watching this movie even after decades.


1. Anand (1971)

Although an old movie, it is a classic. While there have been a lot of movies in the same genre, Rajesh Khanna steals the show with his everlasting smile even in the face of death. While cancer was not a widespread disease in those days, we all know the repercussions of the deadly disease which preys on people’s lives randomly. Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of a pessimistic oncologist who is disheartened that he cannot treat all the illnesses in the world.

While his patient, Anand (Rajesh Khanna) has cheerful demeanor and always manages to bring smile on the face on his friends and helps everyone around him. While Anand knows that his days in this world is counted, he doesn’t want to spend his remaining days in the hospital but instead enjoys sunrise and sunset. This movie is timeless; it teaches us to value our days, our lives; while everyone is running around chasing dreams, very few realize that we are living our own dreams and at times we should appreciate smaller things in life.

This is my list of evergreen Bollywood movies. Do you have any such movies which have everlasting freshness? Do let us know your views in the below comment section.


A Top 5 List by Anusha Shanbhag
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