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Top Bollywood Inspirational Movies To Watch In 2024

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Do you remember that golden era when you used to watch movies with your family on the weekend? I am sure that those beautiful bonding sessions bring you a wave of nostalgia. Nowadays, everyone is either extremely busy or completely immersed in their mobile phones, leaving no scope for the essential family bonding time. This lack of family bonding has formulated a ridge between the older generations and the youngsters. What better way to close this ridge than a movie session with your family?

Movies have always been an essential part of Indian households. They are a means for the family to cry, laugh, and bond together. The best part about most of the Indian cinematic industry is that they make movies that help everyone relax and have a jolly time. One of the main jewels of this fascinating industry is its marvelous collection of inspirational movies! So, here is a  list of the best inspirational movies that the Bollywood Industry has to offer.

1. 3 Idiots

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Main leads- Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Omi Vaidya, Mona Singh.

Genre- Comedy

Three idiots is a 2009 film directed by Rajkumar Hirani that had dominated the box office just after its release and made a huge collection of approx Rs. 460 crore! It had a unique appeal and focused on the issues that the viewer could easily relate to.

The story revolves around the bond of 3 friends Rancho, Raju, and Farhan – who are aspiring B.Tech students at a top-notch engineering college. Throughout this entire journey, Raju, Rancho, and Farhan learn vital lessons of life that come only through experience. The movie shows that some lessons are not taught in any classroom or cannot be gained by the bookish knowledge imparted in educational institutions.

The plot depicts a prevailing rat race of marks and acknowledgments and how everyone gets trapped in the mess of running after results. It focuses on the importance of true lessons in the world and the real value of life.

The movie is rated 8.5/10 in IMDB ratings and can be considered as one of the must-watch Hindi movies that will give you a different approach towards life. This movie is definitely worth your time and teaches you the value of experience and things that are not shown in any books.

2. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

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Main leads- Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Rebecca Breeds, Divya Dutta, Pavan Malhotra, Prakash Raj

Genre: Sports, Biography

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the biopic of the legendary Milkha Singh. This movie is regarded as one of the most accredited movies of Bollywood! The cast portrays the story extremely skillfully and delivers it to the audience very accurately.

The movie is brilliantly directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who infuses the drama into reality and perfectly enthralls the entire audience. The character development of every role is done exceptionally well.

The story focuses on the life of Milkha Singh and the struggles that he faced in his journey of becoming ‘The Flying Sikh.’ The actor Farhan Akhtar delivers every shred of emotion with absolutely stunning details and makes the audience completely hooked into the story!

The movie has a rating of 8.3 on IMDB and is very well appreciated by almost everyone who watches this. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag shows that life is not as rosy as it seems. As a matter of fact, it is a bed full of thorns, and you have to deal with these thorns to get the luxury you want in your life. This movie is definitely worth your time and money. It is a must-watch for the entire family!

3. Lakshya

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Main Leads – Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri, Ranvir Shorey, Kushal Punjabi, Rajendranath Zutshi, Sharad Kapoor, Boman Irani, Prashant Chianani, Aditya Srivastava,

Genre: War Drama

Lakshya is a war drama that was directed by Farhan Akhtar in 2004 and was shot at different locations in India. This movie shows the transformation of a young boy turning into a strong army officer in the backdrop of the Kargil War.

The protagonist Karan Shergill hails from an affluent family, and his father is a successful businessman. He is shown as a lost soul who doesn’t know what to do in life and loafs around aimlessly. He gets selected in the Indian Army, where his life transforms for the better. In the Army,  he discovers the real meaning behind life and how close comradeship is.

After a while, the Kargil war breaks out, and every brave soldier of the mighty Indian defense forces is called back to duty, and so is Lieutenant Karan Shergill. There he leads the battalion to repel the Pakistani forces. This rollercoaster ride ends with Colonel Sunil Damle and Subedar Major Pritam Singh giving respect to the martyrs of the Kargil war, otherwise known as ‘Operation Vijay.’

The movie shows that life is not a rose field, but in fact, it is a bed of thorns with just some rose heads that are the end prizes for the struggles that you face in your daily life. It is a must-watch for everyone, especially for a patriot who loves the country!

4. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

Main Cast – Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Sunil Dutt, Boman Irani, Gracy Singh, Jimmy Shergill, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priya Bapat

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S is a comedy-drama movie directed yet again by Rajkumar Hirani. This movie was released in 2003. It revolves around the story of Murli Prasad Sharma, a.k.a. Munna Bhai (Sanjay Dutt). The plot is set in the city of Mumbai.

In this movie, Munna Bhai pretends to be a doctor upon the arrival of his parents, as it was their dream to see their son become a successful doctor. However, an old family friend, Jagdish Chandra Asthana (Boman Irani), unveils the hidden truth behind this facade – shattering the dreams of his parents. This act brings shame and disgust to the family and devalues their honor. Now, to get his revenge and become a doctor, Munna Bhai ‘somehow’ gains admission into a medical college. Coincidentally, the dean of this college turns out to be Jagdish Chandra Asthana himself! In addition to all this, Munna Bhai falls in love with a house doctor – Suman (Gracy Singh), who is the daughter of Jagdish Chandra Asthana. All this creates a lot of hilarious and tense moments in the college.

The movie is amazingly directed and has a lot of unexpected elements that hook you in and keep you engaged. The movie has an 8.1 IMDB rating and is loved by millions of viewers across the globe!

5. Manjhi: The Mountain Man

Main Cast – Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Urmila Mahanta, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Gaurav Dwivedi

Genre: Thriller, Drama

I mean you all must have heard about this hit Bollywood movie. Manjhi  the Mountain man is based on real events and revolves around a poor man from a low caste, Dashrath Manjhi who  lives in a remote village isolated from the outside world by a rocky mountain range. He has the utmost love for his wife, Phaguniya . Regretfully, his wife slips and dies one day while going up the mountain to get food. Beset with sorrow, Dashrath makes the decision to chisel a way through the mountain so that others would not have to endure what he did. With only a hammer and a chisel, he embarks on a solo mission that lasts for 22 years, breaking through rocks until a path is carved out of the mountain. This movie is one of the best motivational movies of Bollywood , showing what humans can achieve with their strong will. With uncommon skill, Nawazuddin Siddiqui portrayed this character, who wavered between grief and grit. His performance was so authentic that you were moved by the lesson as well as felt sympathy for his loss. It is true that faith can move mountains. This was the perfect combination of love and self belief.

Manjhi the Mountain Man has the rating of 8 out of 10 on IMDB and is available to stream on Netflix. Moreover you can also rent this  movie from YouTube for a small cost.

6. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar

Main Cast – Aamir Khan ,Ayesha Jhulka ,Deepak Tijori, Mamik Singh ,Pooja Bedi , Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Genre: Sport, Romance

Next in our Inspirational Hindi film is the cult classic Jo jeeta wohi Sikander. This movie appealed to the all those youngsters out there who dared to dream big. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar is well-known for its inspirational content in addition to its Pehla Nasha. Unruly and carefree, Sanjay frequently fantasises about pursuing wealthy women from prestigious universities. Every year, his older brother Ratan participates in the intercollegiate sports fest, making him a complete contrast. Ratan must step down in favour of Sanjay due to an unfortunate incident. Overnight, Sanjay undergoes a significant transformation and establishes his value to his brother’s adversaries. Through this movie Amir Khan conveyed the message that everything is possible if you believe in yourself.

If your parents are always criticising you for being indolent and unproductive, show them this inspirational Bollywood film. They’ll melt within a few hours. This movie was the peak cinema at that time. Every character was perfectly casted , every scene was written perfectly. You’ll absolutely love to watch this movie.

Jo Jeeta Voh Sikandar has the IMDB rating of 8.1 and it is available to  stream on Zee 5 app.

7. Chak De

Main Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Shilpa Shukla, Sagarika Ghatge, Chitrashi Rawat, Anjan Srivastav, Vibha Chibber

Genre: Sports/ Drama

Chak de India is an all time favourite of Indians. It is one of the best sports motivational movies ever made in the history of Bollywood. This movie is filled with patriotism and motivation. The craze of Chak De India is at that level that every republic day and independence day you’ll find this movie being telecasted on national television and  people have made it a tradition to watch it.

We would unquestionably recommend Chak De! India as a movie that has the power to change people’s lives if asked. Watch Chak De! India if you’re ever unsure. Anytime you watch this movie, your self-confidence will grow.

Movie revolves around the renowned Hockey player Kabir Khan losing the world cup finals from Pakistan and he was termed as the traitor. Kabir found that the women’s hockey  team will give him the justice and redemption  she needs. The story of The girls’ team from India has no chance of making it to the World Cup, much less winning it, after repeatedly being disregarded by the Indian Hockey Association. Dismissed former team captain takes a chance on them and leads them to success in hockey. We’re sure you can succeed if a group of girls who had “no future” had success. If we talk about acting well King Khan at its absolute best.

Chak De has a rating of 8.1 on IMDB. If you want to stream this inspirational Bollywood movie you can check out Amazon prime, you can also rent it on YouTube for a small fee if you don’t have a prime subscription.

8. Lagaan (2001)

Main Cast – Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne

Genre: Sport / Musical

Next in the list of our motivational Bollywood movies is an all time hit Lagaan, a movie that touches the soul of every Indian. In India, cricket is the second religion. This was combined with the story of the underdog in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan, starring Aamir Khan, and created enough audience hysteria to establish it as a classic. The historical drama transports you to India during the British colonial era, when the villagers faced oppressive taxes. The villagers, who have never played cricket before, are to take on seasoned British cricket players in a game of cricket, which young Bhuvan challenges them to. And they’re all up for the challenge because winning would mean living a life free from taxes.

Even though the movie was 3 hours 45 Minutes it kept the audience hooked for the last second, that was the level of patriotism it had. The movie shows how Indians can truly outshine the British at their own game and serves as a lesson in bravery, unity, and dedication. India’s official Academy Award submission, Lagaan, was not included in the list of nominees. Till this dates Amir Khan’s lagaan is one of the most revered and loved movies in his career.

This superhit Bollywood motivational movie directed by Ashutosh Gowariker has the rating of 8.1 out of 10 on IMDB. If you want to watch it you can stream it on Netflix with a subscription.

9. Wake Up Sid (2009)

Main Cast – Ranbir Kapoor, Konkana Sen Sharma, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak, Rahul Khanna, Kashmira Shah

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Next in our motivational Bollywood movies is wake up Sid , this movie  is best  for all young  adults who are finding  their place in this world. When we are young, people frequently ask us what our goal is. However, we don’t always seem to know the solution at the moment. This movie targets all those dilemmas by showing us the journey of a young college student named Siddharth Mehra.

Siddharth Mehra, a college student who simply wants to enjoy life, was in a similar situation. He is able to do so because his father has given him credit cards. He meets Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma), a passionate writer who moved to Mumbai to pursue her dream, at a graduation celebration. Over time, the two become closer. And after failing his exams, Siddharth moves out of fear and packs his bags. He stays at Aisha’s house until things get resolved. Additionally, while he is staying with her, he realises how careless he had been. He starts shooting pictures. His transformation from a loser to a person who takes charge of his life and relationships was depicted in the movie.

Wake-up Sid has got the rating of 7.2 out of 10 on IMDB and is available to stream on Netflix and you can also rent it on YouTube. This movie by Ayan Mukerji is the heart felt dose for all the youngsters out there.

10. Swadesh

Main Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi & Kishori Ballal

Genre: Musical/ Drama

Bollywood’s inspirational film Swades is a powerful yet poignant film. Through his narrative, director Ashutosh Gowariker has deftly addressed subjects like casteism and social inconsistencies. Shahrukh Khan, our token NRI, plays a scientist who works for NASA and comes back to India to find his nanny. He is shocked by the circumstances when he arrives in the village and gradually takes matters into his own hands. He also finds a solution for their electrical problem.

This movie has inspired Indians for generations by instilling the values of patriotism and empathy in people. Swadesh was targeted at the NRI to wake their inner Indian so that they can help when their country needed them. This movie was successful at doing  the same and India witnessed lots of help for NRI after its release. Moreover, this movie is still regarded as one of the masterpieces by Sharukh Khan. He was at his absolute best , and helped in discovering the problems of rural India and showing the  Indians how they can help and make a change. One of Bollywood’s best inspirational films is Swades. It simultaneously inspires you and gives you a tinge of national pride.  Till this date people feel emotional seeing this movie.

Swadesh has an IMDB rating of 8.2 out of 10 and is currently available to stream on Netflix and you can also rent it on YouTube too. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, this Hindi inspirational movie is a must watch.

Conclusion

All the movies that have been mentioned above are extremely engaging and one of a kind in the entire Bollywood industry. The Indian entertainment industry has had its fair share of ups and downs. Throughout this journey, they have produced some amazing titles that are still loved by all! The professional direction and good story writing are the main reasons for such old movies to be still in demand. Whenever you watch such movies, you will understand the vision of the director and how well the story was written. These movies deliver you the best talent of all available directors in the entire Indian entertainment industry. Therefore, these movies are the best inspirational movies that you can watch with your family and bond well with them. So, go ahead and watch these movies today with your family!

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