2020 has been one rollercoaster ride so far. For most of it, we were holed up at home. Many lost their jobs, many faced financial crises and many lost their loved ones. We have frontline warriors- doctors, nurses, police force, grocery shopkeepers, ambulance drivers, etc. working 24*7 to ensure our safety.
We say it for all when we say that the need of the hour is to come back stronger.
Here is a list of Bollywood motivational movies that can help you get motivated and face any problems that might come your way with determination.
The Sky Is Pink - 2019
Cast: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Zaira Wasim, Farhan Akhtar, Rohit Suresh Saraf.
Director: Shonali Bose
The Sky Is Pink is based on the real-life story of Aisha Chaudhary, a teenager diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. The story is about Aditi and Naren Chaudhary and their two children Aisha and Ishaan Chaudhary. After the loss of their first daughter Tanya, Aditi is overprotective of Aisha as she is diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. After a tough couple of years, Aditi and Naren are able to provide for Aisha’s treatment. She gets better but the side-effects of the treatment start showing and she is left with little to live. Aditi sets out to fulfil every wish on Aisha’s bucket list. But after Aisha’s death, there are problems in the family as they are not able to overcome the loss of another child.
The movie was released on Netflix and is one of the most inspirational movies.
Paan Singh Tomar - 2012
Cast: Late Irrfan Khan, Mahie Gill, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
The movie is inspired by the real-life events of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion. The story is about Paan Singh Tomar, a soldier who astonishes his seniors with his outstanding athletic skills. He participates in the Indian National Games and wins the gold medal in the steeplechase for 7 years in a row. After years, he decides to retire from the army and go to his village to settle a family dispute over property. The dispute isn’t resolved and it results in Paan Singh Tomar’s mother being murdered brutally. To seek revenge for his mother’s death, he becomes a rebel and wrecks havoc in the Chambal valley. One of the most inspirational Bollywood movies, it it available on Netflix to watch.
Neerja - 2016
Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Yogendra Tiku, Jim Sarbh
Director: Ram Madhvani
Neerja is a tale of courage in the times of adversity, strength in times of difficulty. The movie is a biographical thriller about Neerja, a 22-year-old flight attendant on a flight that was hijacked by the Abu Nidal organization. She smartly and tactfully guides the passengers and co-workers on what to do and sacrifices her life to protect the life of 359 passengers. The movie ends with a tribute to Neerja, who was honoured posthumously with the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest military decoration awarded for peacetime valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice. Neerja was declared tax-free by the Government of Maharashtra and the Government of Madhya Pradesh for being one of the most motivational movies in Hindi.
Anand - 1971
Cast: Late Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Lalita Pawar, Ramesh Deo, Seema Deo
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
One of the most inspirational Bollywood movies - Anand narrates the story of Anand who is diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. His doctor is Bhaskar, who becomes his close friend. Anand, despite knowing that he doesn’t have much time left to live, lives his life to the fullest by always being cheerful and spreading joy. The movie shows an ill patient spending his remaining life making other people happy and just keeping to himself because he is sick. The character of Anand shows how precious life is and how to make it count even when you have little time left.
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India- 2001
Cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Paul Blackthorne, Rachel Shelley
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Lagaan is an epic and most inspirational movie of all times. Bhuvan, a village farmer, mocks a high-ranking British officer while they were playing a game of cricket. The British officer taking offence of this insult challenges Bhuvan to a game of cricket. The condition of winning was the exemption of tax for 3 years, and losing would result in triple-tax for the farmers. Bhuvan, looking at this as an opportunity to get rid of the taxes, accepts the challenge. The movie teaches us that if you want to improve in life, you have to take chances and risks. It also teaches one that if you set your mind to something, you can achieve it. Lagaan is the third movie after Mother India and Salaam Bombay! to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Taare Zameen Par - 2007
Cast: Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma, Sachet Engineer
Director: Aamir Khan
We are sure everyone shed lots of tears and shared lots of laughter while watching this movie. This movie narrates the story of Ishaan, an 8-year-old dyslexic child who excels in art but lacks in academics. He finds his subjects difficult to grasp and understand. His teachers, friends and parents are unable to understand his problem with not being able to study. Terming his issues as tantrums of a child, his parents decide to put him in boarding school. The strict environment of the boarding school forces him to be isolated, and slowly, he slips into depression. He feels like a failure and tries to jump off the school building. His new art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, understands his patterns and difficulties and suspects that he has dyslexia. He starts teaching Ishaan using various remedial techniques. This story is about Ishaan overcoming his shortcomings and embracing them with the help of his teacher.
Black - 2005
Cast: Rani Mukherjee, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayesha Kapur, Shernaz Patel, Nandana Sen
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Michelle McNally lost her sight and hearing, upon recovering from an illness at the age of two. She is isolated with her own thoughts and feels frustrated and trapped. Unable to express them, she becomes violent and uncontrollable. Her parents hire Debraj Sahai, an old alcoholic teacher who sees himself as a delusional and eccentric man. He takes it upon himself to teach Michelle to adjust to her new life and embrace it. Though his teaching methods are odd and unaccepted, he ends up teaching Michelle a few words. Eventually, she becomes less violent as she’s able to express her thoughts and communicate. She overcomes all the hurdles and challenges and even gets a degree. But Debraj gets ill with Alzheimer’s. He is admitted to a mental asylum for his inability to speak and remember his past. Black is a tear-jerking movie that showcases the helplessness of specially disabled people and how they can overcome their challenges and live a normal life.