10 Feel Good Bollywood Movies to Watch this International Day of Happiness

Posted on 17th March 2016

This Sunday is the International Day of Happiness 2016, and we can’t think of a better way of spreading joy than fantastic feel-good Bollywood movies. This years’ International Day of Happiness is based around the Ten Keys to Happier Living, a list of ways you can lead a fuller and happier life developed by Action for Happiness. If you need a little inspiration, these feel-good Bollywood movies highlight each of the Ten Keys to Happier Living, and are bound to bring a smile to your face.

Giving

Munna Bhai MBBS (2003)

Based on the classic Robin Williams movie Patch Adams, Munna Bhai MBBS tells the story of a young Mumbai crime don who decides to go to medical school to win back his parents’ approval. Munna encourages his patients to change their lives and treats them with compassion and kindness, going against the school’s teachings. Full of heart and humour, Munna Bhai MBBS is a movie about what you can gain when you give to others.


Relating

Kai Po Che! (2013)

Drama buddy film Kai Po Che! follows the friendship of Ishaan, Omi and Govind as their lives are impacted by religion, politics and social divides. Heartbreaking and engaging, the movie tells an important story about lasting friendship.


Exercising

Mary Kom (2014)

This sports biopic tells the uplifting story of Indian boxer and national hero Mary Kom, and looks at the power of sport to change a person’s life for the better.



Awareness

Guddi (1971)

As relevant now as it was over 40 years ago, Guddi is a film about Kusum, a teenage girl who’s too obsessed with a movie star to consider the boy who is in love with her. When her uncle gives her the opportunity to visit a film set and meet her idol, Kusum realises that sometimes reality isn’t quite like your dreams. This sweet coming-of-age story is all about being aware of yourself and the world around you.


Trying Out

3 Idiots (2009)

Goofy, hilarious and uplifting in equal measures, 3 Idiots follows two friends as they search for the long-lost college roommate who made them think differently. Hilarious and heartwarming, 3 Idiots is a feel-good Bollywood movie about rebelling, pursuing your dreams, and trying new things.


Direction

Iqbal (2005)

Iqbal is a deaf and mute boy who dreams of playing cricket for India’s national team in this inspiring film about what you can achieve with passion and direction.


Resilience

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Set in Victorian India, Lagaan celebrates the resilience of the Indian people under British rule as the future of one village plays out over a game of cricket. 


Emotions

Anand (1971)

This classic melodrama tells the story of a terminally ill man’s struggle to live life to the full, and how his search for the good in his dark situation impacts on those around him. It might not sound like a feel-good Bollywood movie, but by the end, you will feel uplifted.


Acceptance

Like Stars on Earth (2007)

A heartwarming movie about how every child is special, Like Stars on Earth follows troubled eight-year-old Ishaan and the art teacher who helps him find himself.


Meaning

OMG – Oh My God! (2012)

When atheist Kanji’s shop is destroyed by an earthquake, his insurance firm describes it as an ‘Act of God’ and reject his claim – so he files a lawsuit against God. Based on the Billy Connolly comedy The Man Who Sued God, OMG is a satire about the power of religion and the importance of faith.




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