My top 6 favourite bollywood movies that are different

Last night, I binged on my favourite movies till 5 in the morning. And suddenly I thought that even though I have seen so many movies why do I get dumbstruck when somebody asks me my favourite movies. Then I decided to make a list of the movies that I like. So here I would be talking about my favourite 6 Bollywood movies. (Yes, 6 looks odd figure to you all but I couldn’t cut it more short 😅, yes it was a difficult task.) Before that some points I would like to mention that:

  • Here, I will be talking about my favourites only in the “mainstream” bollywood that are meant for a larger audience and not the “offbeat” or “indie” movies because I have many favourites in offbeats as well, which I would be talking about later.
  • These movies are only decade or two old so I would also be not talking about any of my favourites in old classics in bollywood. Being a decade old means I have grown up watching them, and understanding them better.
  • Thirdly, I really wanted to do this post because people think that what Indian Cinema(bollywood) has left to offer is masala and entertainment, so want to bust that misconception.
  • And lastly, these are just my personal favourites, and I am not suggesting or rating them for anybody else. So here we go:

6. Tamasha(2015):

Now, this movie is very underrated. One of the gems directed by Imtiaz Ali. And to be honest, this movie is something which has no grey in it, means it’s either black or white, people would either like it very much or would totally dislike it, nothing in between. It talks about a boy portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor, who lives in his own world of stories, he is so much deluded that he is unable to distinguish his imaginary world with the reality(which is totally mundane). He refuses to acknowledge his true self because of the societal pressures and his own psychological problems. And as you can all see that line written on the poster- “Why always the same story?”. Yes, because sometimes story has to be different. And I think this movie is not just a movie, but a journey of discovering one’s true self. Before I spill more beans watch it if you feel like. 😁


5. Rang De Basanti(2006):

This movie is like a bend in the Indian Cinema. It was like a fresh breathe that created a revolution and I think I can feel its effect till date. I have seen many movies on patriotism, but this film has shown how the seeds of patriotism are sown, watered and grown out of the hearts of carefree, unaware young group of friends and turning them into rebels for their nation. This film is that process of germination of patriotism, that makes it stand out from others. Anyways, coincidentally today is the Independence Day. So, Happy Independence Day to us.😁


4. Dear Zindagi(2016):

I have seen many movies showing mental illness in the characters but that was only used to carry on the story of the movie. But, this movie has broken the taboo, by openly talking about mental health and its awareness. Have you seen in any mainstream bollywood movie, the characters discussing about their mental health with a psychiatrist. Most part of the movie is about these conversation between Alia Bhatt, who actually was not mentally ill but was not able to sleep for 3 days(insomnia) and the psychiatrist played by Shah Rukh Khan. Still, there was so much to learn from their conversations and this film will make you stop and ponder over your life. When you need a break watch this. 😁


3. Wake Up Sid(2009):

This movie is very personal to me. It talks about a boy Sid, played by Ranbir Kapoor, who is totally spoilt, selfish, irresponsible and carefree about his future and how he learns from an aspiring writer Aisha played by Konkona Sen(one of my favourite actresses) the actual meaning of life. This is somewhat a very light and a realistic movie. Realistic because again there are many movies on redemption and knowing yourself and doing what you love like 3 Idiots, but certain fragments of those movies was totally unrealistic and not possible in real life. This movie has portrayed everything as if that is actually somebody’s story. Nothing imaginary. And as I told you this is my personal favourite because the character played by Konkona i.e. Aisha, is like me, I have never related to any character so much as her, the way she thinks and everything she does is totally me- 100% (So, I guess those of you have seen this movie know me a little better now.😛)


2. Vicky Donor(2012):

Now, this movie has totally awed me. I can’t ever get over this movie. This critically aclaimed movie was the first one ever to educate Indian Audience on infertility and sperm donation(not just breaking but blowing away all the taboos). Only directors like Soojit Sircar could do such a work so miraculously. Sidelining this issue was much a greater element of love. How infertility could lead to insecurities between couples, how to get over these insecurities, and how much important love is in a marriage because it’s not just about having kids and life is not always simple. And both Ayushman khuranna and Yami Gautam have done an amazing work in portraying all those emotions. This movie would always be close to my heart.


1. Queen(2013):

This is my go-to-movie when I am in any problem in my life. I have watched it like dozen times and still could watch it forever. If I would name a movie that is my favourite get away then this is it. It’s the most beautiful movie ever of a simple, middle class girl, who has never gone anywhere alone and goes alone to her honeymoon to Paris deceived by her fiance.(Going alone to Paris is one of my dreams 😂). The elements of this movie are so raw and true, like how people change with the circumstances and surroundings, how people can take you for granted, understimate you and take your resilience as their benefit like her fiance did to her, and how your strengths can make people insecure. Breaking all the stereotypes, this movie is a complete package, with humour, sadness and every emotion portrayed flawlessly by Kangna Ranaut as Rani(which means Queen in english). And oh god, I love every bit of this movie including songs.


P.S. Do let me know which movie you have watched from these and any of your favourites apart from these in the comments.😊



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41 thoughts on “My top 6 favourite bollywood movies that are different

  1. That’s an amazing list of movies! I wonder how did you manage to prune the list to 6? That’s the most difficult part of compiling a list like this! And I have seen all 6 with 4 of them making it to my list of favourite movies as well 🙂
    So glad to know that someone else too understands that some parts of 3 Idiots are unrealistic. I don’t even remember the number of times I have debated with my friends about that! 😀
    Wonder when would you come out with your list of favourite Indie/ Offbeat movies as well?
    Cheers! 🙂

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  2. Apoorva

    I have definitely watched the top 5…but not tamasha…
    But yeah ..top 5 are…all tum favourite…movies…… simply written n executed well
    Great work Pragati. !!!!

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    1. Pragati

      Oh, great to see that. Wake Up Sid, tops my list of highly relatable movies!😁 Thank you so much for reading and stopping by. 😊 I just wanted to ask, you are on wordpress? Because I am not able to access your blog.

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  3. adityabe

    Tamasha is underrated because many cant comprehend it. I think the amount of wonderment a writer invests into such a story is just once happening phenomenon. Its a masterpiece. This list have some real gems and I would really like to rewatch Tamasha after been reminded of it through your blog!

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  4. aaratrikasblog90261

    I also love Tamasha and Dear Zindagi… Btw do you have any favorite Btown actress and actor… Your other posts were amazing.. Anyways I’m obsessed with Shah Rukh , Ayushmann and Ranveer. Thanks for reading and liking my poems…

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    1. Pragati

      Yes, one of my favourites is konkona as I have already mentioned. It’s great to know your favourite actors and films. And Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my posts. It means a lot. 😊

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  5. Lagaan and Swades are my absolute favorites. I remember once in my college hostel we skipped watching an actual cricket match for Lagaan. The periodic setting, the team forming act, a nail biting climactic scene… I could go on..
    Swades.. That one soulful rendition of “Yeh jo desh hai” is enough to love this movie for eternity. I was disappointed to hear that such an amazing movie didn’t do well in the box office. If I ever go abroad I’m gonna cry seeing this movie.

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    1. Pragati

      It’s great to see “Lagaan” and “Swades” as your favourites. Yes, the song of “Swades” could really move any soul. Love these movies as well. Thankyou for reminding me. 😊

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