5 most iconic Bollywood movies on friendship

Yeh jawani Hai Deewani

(2013)

This film reveals the diverse elements in their lives, such as a dearth of full of life experience, being unknown about what lies at the end of the other side of the life and searching for some dark moments in the bright day light.

In a nutshell, it is a cocktail of the obsessions and encounters of these youngsters.This movie revolves around the relationship between four young people, Kabir Thapar aka Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), Naina (Deepika Padukone), Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Aditi (Kalki Koechlin). These youngsters stand at different, however at the defining times in their respective lives. Bunny, Avi and Aditi decide to go on an adventurous trek to mountains of Manali. Naina joins them afterwards. Naina is the one, who experiences such thrilling things for the very first time in her life. She starts advancing the association with Bunny in this trip, which transforms Naina into an entirely different persona. Also, she starts liking him gradually. Then, all of them come to know about scholarship received by Bunny for journalism course and hence, he shifts abroad. After this, all four friends go by their own ways. After a long hiatus of eight years, they meet again on the wedding of Aditi. They meet with some fulfilled along with some unfulfilled dreams. Multiple decisions wait for them to turn their life in specific direction. The movie starts spinning from this moment.

Dil Chahta Hai

(2004)

As Dil Chahta Hai opens, Siddarth, known as Sid (Akshaye Khanna) is racing to the hospital due to an unexplained emergency. There, he is reunited with his old friend, Sameer (Saif Ali Khan). Sameer calls the third member of the trio, Akash (Bombay superstar Aamir Khan from Lagaan), who tells him he’s not going to join them at the hospital, due to an unresolved dispute between him and Sid. The film then flashes back to earlier, happier days, to show us what came between the three close friends. Sid was the studious, serious one, with a hidden artistic side, while Sameer foolishly let himself be ruled by the woman in his life. Akash could never limit himself to one woman. He was a playboy who claimed he didn’t believe in love. Sameer found himself unexpectedly falling for Pooji (Sonali Kulkarni of Mission Kashmir), the young woman his parents have tried to arrange for him to marry. Akash’s father grew concerned about his son’s immaturity, and sent Akash to Australia to work for his company. There, he ran into Shalini (Preity Zinta, who also starred in Mission Kashmir), a girl who once rejected him in a Bombay nightclub. She’s engaged to be married to Rohit (Ayub Khan), but as the two spend time together, Akash falls hard for Shalini. For his part, Sid met a beautiful divorcee, Tara (Dimple Kapadia), but his friends and family weren’t ready to accept their relationship. Eventually, we work our way back to the present, and find out what’s become of the three friends and their romantic entanglements. Dil Chahta Hai, a huge hit in India, marked the feature debut of writer-director Farhan Akhtar.

3 Idiots

(2009)

Two friends [Madhavan and Sharman Joshi] embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long-forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey begins: their inner journey through memory lane and the story of their friend–the irrepressible free-thinker Rancho [Aamir Khan], who in his unique way, touched and changed their lives. It’s a story of their hostel days that swings between Rancho’s romance with the spirited Pia [Kareena Kapoor], and his clash with an oppressive mentor, Viru Sahastrabudhhe [Boman Irani]. And then one day, suddenly, Rancho vanished… Who was he? Where did he come from? Why did he leave? The friend who influenced and inspired them to think creatively and independently, even as the conformist world called them three idiots. Where is the original idiot now? Finally, in misty mountains of unparalleled beauty, the friends find the key to the secret. Three Idiots is a comedy of ideas that is as provocative as it is funny, as wildly entertaining as it is insightful. A laugh-riot that talks about the most important of human pursuits: self-actualization.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

(2012)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is the story of three old friends Kabir Imraan, and Arjun who go on a long-promised trip to Spain. Kabir has just become engaged to his girlfriend Natasha and plans an extended bachelor party with his friends across Spain, where each of the trio chooses an adventure sport in which the other two have to participate. What follows is the journey of a lifetime, along with a whole lot of introspection and bonding.

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The Spanish holiday serves as a backdrop for these characters to confront their personal insecurities and fears.

Satisfyingly, this movie about men remains resolutely un-macho, with the characters displaying heartwrenching vulnerabilities, and being moved to tears by beautiful moments. Friendships and issues resolved by frank conversations, rather than the exchange of playful punches that one often sees with such films.

Chhichhore

(2019)

That first puppy college romance; once-dreaded seniors turning out to be lifelong buddies; the college canteen chai and pastry; the horrendous hostel mess food; the inter-college sports competitions — Chhichhore has it all. The film will take viewers down memory lane and make them smile. It’s tough to go wrong with nostalgia if you play your cards well and Tiwari — an IIT Bombay alumnus himself — succeeds to a large extent. Now this is no 3 Idiots but it’s close enough, for bringing out college nostalgia with sincerity and authenticity. Woh Din in Arijit Singh’s voice is the perfect icing on top.

It is in these flashbacks that the film is at its best — a sweet, nostalgic story of fun, friendship, young love and a bunch of Davids fighting the university equivalent of Goliath. The plot moves cleverly between then and now to illustrate the similarities and differences between how the “losers” used the hand life dealt them.

it’s fun, fast-paced and sweet, and has a message for all of us, whether we’re students trying to get in the rat race or adults trying to stay in it.

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