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10 Bollywood Movies You Need to Watch

While Hollywood produces fantastic films, one of the oldest film industries in the world, Bollywood, dazzles millions of people with beautiful songs, iconic scenes, and romantic love stories. The Hindi film industry released over a thousand films in 2012, making it the world’s largest producer of films. The following are a few of the amazing movies Bollywood has produced.

Lajja (2001)

Lajja focuses on the struggle and challenges women in India have to face such as dowry, sexual assault, and marital abuse.

Dangal (2016)

Based on the incredible true story, Dangal is about a famous wrestling champion, Mahavir Singh Phogat, who trains his daughters — Geeta and Babita, to become internationally famous wrestlers, breaking down Indian stereotypes of what a woman is capable of. It is India’s highest-grossing film.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge tells the story of two non-resident Indians who fall in love in Europe. This classic film defined the term “Bollywood” and is still being shown in theaters today, over 20 years later.

Dear Zindagi (2016)

Challenging India’s silence about mental health issues, Dear Zindagi follows Alia Bhatt’s character, Kaira, and her dissatisfaction with her life. She starts therapy sessions with Dr Jehangir Khan, who gives her a new perspective on life.

My Name is Khan (2010)

In this drama, an Indian Muslim man with autism is detained by U.S. authorities after 9/11. After this incident, he begins a journey to meet President Bush to clear his name.

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

A dyslexic child, Ishaan, performs poorly in school and is teased by his classmates. After his parents send him to a boarding school, his art teacher helps him achieve his full potential. This film raised awareness about dyslexia in India and changed the way education was approached.

3 Idiots (2009)

3 Idiots tells the story of three engineering students and focuses on India’s education system. The movie teaches that education only requires the will to study, not money.

PK (2014)

PK tells the story of an alien who comes to Earth for research. He questions religious superstitions and becomes friends with a reporter, who is fascinated by his mannerisms. It is the third highest-grossing Indian film of all time.

Dil Chahta Hai (2009)

Fresh out of college, this coming-of-age film follows three friends who have drastically different approaches when it comes to love.

Baabul (2006)

Indian culture is against widows marrying again but has no opposition of widowers doing the same. In Baabul, a widow’s father-in-law seeks to see his beloved daughter-in-law happy again and goes against cultural norms to help her.

Teja is a senior in high school and is passionate about social justice and equality. In her free time, you can find her reading, drawing, or arguing with conservatives online. You can find her on Instagram @tejasvinim_ and Twitter @TejasviniM_

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