5 Bollywood movies that inspired youngsters

Every now and then, the Hindi film industry brings to us incredible cinema that inspires and awes. When you see movies such as Lagaan, 3 Idiots, Taare Zameen Par, Iqbal, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Black, Wake up, Sid, and the like, you don’t forget them in a hurry. They tend to stay with you and influence your thought process; sometimes you are aware of it, and at times, something just stirs in your subconscious.

Here, we take a look at five Bollywood movies that went on to inspire many youngsters, be it in terms of choosing the career of their choice, or just following their heart.

  • 3 Idiots

This 2009 movie will go down in record books as something of a phenomenon. It is a coming of age comedy drama that details the story of three friends who study in an engineering college. The script was written by Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi, and the story is loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s book, Five Point Someone. The film’s lead character, Rancho (Aamir Khan), wants to change the education system; he prefers to understand the subject, rather than learn by rote. He meets with resistance from the head of the institute, as well as a fellow student who wants to race ahead merely on the strength of memorizing books.

One of the other lead characters, Farhaan (R Madhavan) wants to be a wild life photographer and writer, but is afraid of letting his father know this. The third character, Raju (Sharman Joshi), hails from a family of straitened means, and is afraid of life in general. Rancho convinces his friends to follow their heart and live life without fear in a very friendly and engaging manner. So entertaining and convincing was Aamir’s performance as Rancho (who is actually Phunsukh Wangdo), that it ushered a revolution of sorts among educational institutions. It also inspired many youngsters to turn away from conventional careers and follow the path of their choice. 3 idiots was the first Bollywood movie to cross Rs 200 crore.


  • Wake up, Sid

This is another 2009 release that was critically acclaimed and commercially successful. Directed by Ayan Mukherji, this one is also a coming of age movie. Sid Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor) is a rich, spoiled, aimless slacker, who has no plans for his future and who does not take his studies seriously. He meets Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma), an aspiring writer from Kolkata. Along with his friends, he helps her find an apartment in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, he fails the final exams and is not able to graduate. Furious over this, his parents give him an earful, and he leaves home in a huff. Aisha invites him to stay with her temporarily. She finds him to be a lazy bum, who does not contribute to the household chores and leaves his stuff scattered around. She loses her temper with him, and scolds him about his ways. In time, she helps him land a job at the magazine where she works. By the time he earns his first paycheck, he is a changed man. He has grown up, and is ready to take up responsibilities. Meanwhile, Aisha falls in love with him. Unaware of this, he decided to move back to his parents’ house after reconciling with them. Aisha is furious about this and they part on a bitter note. Later, he comes to know about her feelings for him through an article she has written in her magazine. He realizes he too loves her and runs in the rain to meet her.

Wake Up, Sid was not a typical boy-meets-girl story; it delved more into the evolution of Sid from a happy-go-lucky slacker to a man of substance. The film portrayed the beneficial influence of Aisha on Sid beautifully, inspiring youngsters to grow up into mature young men and women.


  • Lakshya

Directed by Farhaan Akhtar, Lakshya is a 2004 war drama. It, too, is a coming of age movie, detailing the lives of Karan Shergill (Hrithik Roshan) and Romila Dutta (Preity Zinta). While Romila is an intelligent, serious and responsible young woman, Karan is the exact opposite – aimless and not serious about life. The differences in their temperament put a strain on their relationship, and, unable to take his attitude to life, Romila finally breaks up with him.

The break-up has a pronounced impact on Karan, who goes back to the military academy, from which he had run away owing to the grueling training. He completes his training and goes on to join the Indian army. Eventually, he finds himself in the middle of the Kargil war theatre, where Romila turns up as a reporter. They meet again, and old feelings stir up.

Karan is chosen to be a member of a team of 12 soldiers whose task is to capture a mountain peak. Karan tells Romila that capturing the mountain peak is his aim, or ‘lakshya’. He succeeds in his task, but is wounded in the process. The last scene shows him leaving the military hospital with Romila and his parents.

  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

This was a 2013 biopic depicting the life and achievements of ace runner, Milkha Singh. The movie was directed by Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra and written by Prasoon Joshi. Farhaan Akhtar played the lead role very convincingly, having trained for over a year to develop the kind of physique necessary for the role.

The film depicted various events of Milkha Singh’s long journey, with the finale being the race between Pakistan’s Abdul Khaliq, then known as Asia’s fastest man, and Singh. In the race, it is Khaliq who leads initially, but Singh takes over his opponents one by one, finally winning the race. Impressed by his effort, General Ayub Khan, the President of Pakistan, gives him the title “The Flying Sikh”, while the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, declares a day in the name of Milkha as a national holiday.

  • Iqbal

This 2005 coming of age sports drama was written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and produced by Subhash Ghai. It tells the story of a cricket-obsessed deaf and mute boy from a remote Indian village who endeavours to overcomes his difficulties to become a cricketer and fulfill his dream of playing for the national cricket team. The film received the National Award for the Best Film on Social Issues.

Iqbal, played by Shreyas Talpade, desperately wants to play cricket, but his father gets angry about his son’s obsession. He believes this passion will come to nothing and Iqbal had better help him in the fields. However, Iqbal’s sister, Khadija (Shweta Prasad, of the Makdee fame) understands him and supports his decision. She helps him get into a training academy. Iqbal gets a place in the Andhra Pradesh Ranji team. His talent speaks for him and he is soon spotted by the media and the selectors. During a crucial match, he is offered a bribe to play badly so that the son of an influential man can get selected instead. Iqbal succumbs owing to the financial problems of his father. Fortunately, a sports agent offers him a better deal and Iqbal bowls a fiery spell to win the match for his team.

He then fulfills his dream of playing for the Indian national cricket team.



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