Be it watching Ranbir Kapoor as a confused teenager who is struggling to balance his life in Wake Up Sid or aggressive youngster Aamir Khan in Rang De Basanti, growing up has always been a favourite topic of Bollywood. Here are the 10 iconic Bollywood films of all times based on the theme of growing up. Read here for details.
1. Guddi (1971)
Back in 70’s, ace Director Hrishikesh Mukherjee broke the conventions and went of the box and make a female centric film. The movie is soothing to eyes as you see teenager Jaya Bachchan (Guddi) discover the truth behind the scenes of the film and accept the realities of life. The movie is a must watch for any Bollywood lover.
2. Bobby (1973)
Another film from the stable of Raj Kapoor that introduced the second generation of the Kapoor in the film industry is Bobby. The film suddenly made Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia rule the hearts of teenagers of those times. Based on first love between two people of different social stature, the movie also stood out for its famous songs like Na maangu sona Chandi and Hum tum Ek kamre me band ho.
3. Jo Jeeta wohi Sikander (1992)
Aamir Khan in his red jumper swinging on the tea leaves in Jo Jeeta wohi Sikander became the love symbol of the 90’s. For the whole decade the young teenagers were seen hanging out in red sweater and singing around the song Pehla Nasha. Directed by the ace director Mansoor Khan, is the Indian version of the comic Archie. The movie became the reason for the growth of cycle sales in India in the 90’s.
4. Rockford (1999)
This Movie took its viewers back to the days of boarding of young boys. From friendship, to first love to first time discovering about sex, Rockford was about the boarding life of young boys who try to cope up with the strict boarding rules and regulations. It’s famous song ‘Yaaron’ became the farewell song for the Y2K generation.
5. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
This film marked the debut of Farhan Akhtar. In Sid, Akash and Sameer every audience could correlate with a friend they loved to hang out with. This film was a cult and defined friendship in a new light for new generation.
6. Lakshya (2004)
Hrithik Roshan in the movie depicts the confusion of many new college passouts who don’t know their aim in life and what they want to do in future. His rubbery moves in the song ‘Main Aisa Kyu Hoon’ became the talk of the town. It’s the story of Karan Shergil who recieves inspiration and discovers his inner strength during the most calling time of the war.
7. Rang De Basanti (2006)
It’s the fierce political awakening of the youngsters who took the nation by the storm. Any movement in the history is due to the sacrifices made by the powerful youth. Helmed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and powerful music by A R Rahman, the movie is a must watch for anyone who is looking to get inspired.
8. Rock On (2008)
With long haired young men toting guitar, Rock On is the story about life of the members of the music band who fail to cope up with life outside music. Rock, anger listlessness, if that is not growing up then I doubt what is.
9. 3 Idiots (2009)
Aamir Khan is the Mr. Perfect of the Bollywood Industry. No other actor in India, has played the role of college chaps well in their 40’s. This Rajkumar Hirani is a charming tale of the youngsters growing up in the threat of failure. Through this tale of 3 engineering students, Hirani depicts the pressure of the growing expectations of the parents on the child’s mind that becomes a torture.
10. Wake up Sid (2009)
This movie is a tale of the young boy who doesn’t want to grow up in life and a worried father who wants his son to get responsible and make something for himself. This first movie by Ayan Mukerji is a must watch for every kid who wants to learn about life.