"Jaise deewar pe bhagwan ka photo lagate hai na, taaki kauno moote nahi ... hum iyaan lagata hoon, taaki kauno peete nahi.”
Aamir Khan as PK the alien. Anushka Sharma as Jagat Janani Sahni (Jaggu) Sushant Singh Rajput as Sarfaraz Yousuf. A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by his initials, the man's innocent questions and childlike curiosity take him on a journey of love, laughter and letting go.
2 3 IDIOTS
"..pursue excellence and success will chase you"
3 Idiots is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age comedy-drama film co-written (with Abhijat Joshi) and directed by Rajkumar Hirani. Starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani and Omi Vaidya, the film follows the friendship of three students at an Indian engineering college and is a satire about the social pressures under an Indian education system. In college, Farhan and Raju form a great bond with Rancho ( Aamir Khan )due to his positive and refreshing outlook to life. Years later, a bet gives them a chance to look for their long-lost friend whose existence seems rather elusive.
The year is 1893 and India is under British occupation. In a small village, the tyrannical Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne) has imposed an unprecedented land tax on its citizens. Outraged, Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), a rebellious farmer, rallies the villagers to publicly oppose the tax. Russell offers a novel way to settle the dispute: he challenges Bhuvan and his men to a game of cricket, a sport completely foreign to India. If Bhuvan and his men can defeat Russell's team, the tax will be repealed.
4 Taare Zameen Par
“Duniya mein aaise aaise heere paida huye hai, jinhone sari duniya ka naksha hi badal diya ... kyun ki yeh duniya ko apni alag nazar se dekh paaye.”
Ishaan, a student who has dyslexia, cannot seem to get anything right at his boarding school. Soon, a new unconventional art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan) , helps him discover his hidden potential.
“Gold to Gold hota hai…chhora laave ya chhori.”
Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal was a pro-feminist narrative about how women from even the most constrictive sections of the Indian society are fighting the stigma of patriarchy. The movie is based on the real-life story of a Mahavir Singh Phogat, who faced ostracism from his village society in Haryana, for training his daughters – Geeta and Babita – in the ‘manly’ sport of wrestling. The movie focused on battling one of the greatest stereotypes that exist in our country, and even a large part of the world. Its humorous undertones and fast action sequences not only kept the audience engaged, but its transparent message to treat women as rightful equals to their male counterparts left a powerful imprint in their minds.
6 Peepli (Live)
“Kapda hai bahut zyada par kameez bahut tang hai ...badal hai bahut zyada par baraste kitne kam hai.”
Co-produced with his wife Kiran Rao, Khan roped in the talented Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farooqui to create a satire on the ongoing crisis of farmer suicides in India, which in the last five years has seen an almost fourfold increase in its rates. With its hard-hitting narrative and rib-cracking humour, Peepli (Live) effectively explains the reality of the alarmingly increasing farmer suicides in India through the journey of farmers Natha and Budhia, who are advised by a local authority figure to commit suicide in order for their families to receive “compensation benefits”.
7 Rang De Basanti
“Zindagi jeene ke do hi tarike hote hai...ek jo ho raha hai hone do, bardaasht karte jao ... ya phir zimmedari uthao usse badalneki.”
If you didn’t feel a surge of patriotic responsibility after watching this movie, then we’re assuming that you didn’t watch it at all. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s 2006 brainchild had the nation stand together, if only briefly, in light of one of Bollywood’s most powerful narratives. Rang De Basanti urged the audience to get over their complacency and save the nation from the corrupt bureaucrats. With a special focus on the theme ‘today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders’, the story awoke the collective nationalism of the Indian youth, giving them the first push towards taking an active interest in the happenings of the nation.