Are you looking for a movie recommendation that changes your take on life and makes you question your perspective? Are you bored of the movies you’ve been watching on Netflix, or Amazon Prime, and just need something soothing to watch? Here’s our list of recommendations of movies that gave us a new outlook on life. Scroll to know if your favorite movie made the list!

1. Chhichhore:

Chhichhore

In the society we live in, the importance of grades, and the need for success have always haunted us. Exam anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and students spiraling into the tunnel of depression is something that is omnipresent. ‘Chhichhore’ explores a similar theme. In the movie, Sushant Singh Rajput tells his son about his college days and proves to him that there is no such thing as a ‘loser’. One can always get back up and move forward, even when everything goes south. 

Success Ke Baad Ka Plan Sabke Paas Hai … 

Lekin Agar Galti Se Fail Ho Gaye … 

Toh Failure Se Kaise Deal Karna Hai … 

Iski Koi Baat Hi Nahi Karna Chahta.

It teaches us to understand that life will always have ups and downs, and that failure is inevitable. But, failure is part of the journey, it is never the destination. After all, it is anything but a straight road to success.

2. Zindagi na Milegi Dobara:

Zindagi na Milegi Dobara

As the title suggests, the biggest lesson you can take from this film is that you only live once. The film surrounds three best friends from school, now busy in their lives, on their trip to Spain. The three friends are played by Abhay Deol, Hrithik Roshan, and Farhan Akhtar. This movie was one that found us in itself; it teaches us so much through its hilarious yet profound dialogues. 

We’re trapped between our work and the chaotic life around us. Although we feel like our tough days are only ours, everyone has them. We are never alone. We all have our share of good and bad days; there is joy and there is sorrow, and that is natural. And as it goes:

Yeh jo gehre sannate hai, waqt ne sabko hi baante hai. Thoda gham hai sabka hissa, thodi dhoop hai sabka qissa’

3. All the Bright Places:

All the Bright Places

A beautiful movie, inspired by the novel written by Jennifer Niven, it explores many themes. It teaches us that we all have our own ways of processing grief, and coping with an insurmountable loss. Violet, who has just lost her sister to a car accident, deals with grief in a way that feels true to her. That is the most important lesson we learn; to be true to ourselves and our emotions, no matter what. 

Mental health is usually something that is glossed over. But, in this movie, we see the complexities and truth in the silent battles that so many people fight. From Finch to Violet, this movie teaches us the importance to understand that it is okay to want help. It is okay to be weird. And, it is certainly okay to not be okay.

After all, ‘You’ve got at least a thousand capacities in you. Even if you don’t think so.’

4. Dead Poets Society:

Dead Poets Society

Mr. Keating loves literature and poetry, and he wants to pass that onto his students as well. But, he doesn’t do so in a worn-out fashion. This movie teaches us many lessons, with its thoughtful and amazing theme. He says, ‘No matter what anyone says, your thoughts and ideas can change the world.’ This statement gave me a sense of peace. It makes us realize that once you strive to find your voice, and learn to go with life’s ups and downs, you are unstoppable. This movie will motivate you in a weirdly exciting manner, and leave you wanting more.

The best lesson Mr. Keating taught us, was; ‘Carpe Diem! Seize the Day!’, because every day counts. We are filled with untapped potential, and it is on us to make the most out of every day.

5. Life of Pi:

Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a heartbreaking movie; focusing on survival when stuck in a boat. Leaving the audience on the edge of their seats having only two questions in their heads: why, and how? A young teenager who worships all the religions tries to befriend the tiger. But he fails, his father being a zookeeper, takes care of the zoo, but when things go downhill with the government; when things don’t go their way they decide to leave town, the ship gets wrecked. Pi is the only survivor and is stuck with a tiger for days. He befriends the tiger when they clash for life. When they reach the shore, the tiger abandons the man; which will draw you closer to life, underlining the statement of goodbye, showing you that love is more powerful than life itself. The famous line goes,” What hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye”.

6. A Beautiful Mind:

A Beautiful Mind movie

A beautiful mind is all about how the protagonist heals and achieves the goal he strived so hard for, it is a film that’ll leave you in tears. Emotional support from the family is also showcased in such a way that it’ll make you so happy yet sad. There’s a line that goes, “You are the reason I am, You are all of my reasons”. Nash suffers from schizophrenia, a mental disorder, and he refuses to go back to the asylum. He fights every day with the disease for that one fine day when he’s alright. The most important aspect goes, they exist but when you stop focussing on the fact that they do, they eventually begin to fade. In this beautiful film, life, mind, love, and the struggle to hold it all together are explored. This is a must-watch film.

7. Dear Zindagi:

Dear Zindagi poster

Dear Zindagi is an outstanding film, all about Kaira and her struggle with insomnia. She starts seeking help, where she meets a psychologist, Dr.Jehangir Khan, who helps her understand the little things in life, he relates things that really matter in life with examples of inanimate objects. “Jab hum kudh ko acchi tarah samjh lete hai, tab dusre kya samajhte hai, doesn’t matter. Not at all.”, personally this film will teach you so many things, the fact that our parents aren’t always right, it is okay to be you and beyond all, the importance to believe in the process and fall in love with yourself. 

What you work for will be rewarded, staying patient is also something that the film teaches you. And before everything, the film teaches you to cry your heart out because it’s okay to cry, and it’s okay to feel your emotions. In the very end, Kaira becomes at least stable enough to understand what life throws at her and how she has to manage it; which makes you believe that with a little trust and help you can cross the oceans.

8. Njan Prakashan:

Njan Prakashan movie scene

How hard are self-love and acceptance? Prakashan is a male nurse, and he finds it hard to accept his job. But, when he learns the fact that he will be paid well to attend to a patient, he agrees to home-nurse a patient. Taking care of that specific cancer patient leaves him shattered, he watches her love and grow in life, the way she wants and seeks love, and the way she looks at laughter, she laughs when she is in a lot of pain. he learns the meaning of life and the importance of living a life that has a purpose. The understatement being, “A life of purpose is the purpose of life”. When she passes away, he looks at life from a whole new perspective. He understands the depth of life. He falls in love with life. Furthermore, he starts working at a hospital, he no longer fakes his name as “Akash” he says, “I’m prakashan”. That’s how the title goes as well. One well-taken film that will leave you shattered and will feed you hope both at the same time.

9. Tamasha:

Tamasha

Tamasha is a movie that will make your eyes fill with tears, and replenish your heart with dreams. The movie is about Ved, a man with a love for performance; a born storyteller, who is hiding behind a real-life automaton. But, as life inclines itself towards its truth, Tara, a girl who falls for the Ved whom she met while wandering around Corsica, helps him to realize his true identity and teaches him to fight for the things you love no matter what. This film teaches us to be the storyteller of our own story, as our life is in our own hands and it’s never too late to change the ending of our story. We should make every second count and should fight for the dreams that are dwelling inside our hearts waiting to be turned into reality. At last, it teaches you that no matter how hard you try you can’t run away from who you are. As a line in the movies goes “andar se kuch aur hi hai hum aur bahar se majboor”, that no matter what, always be yourself as the real happiness lies within you and not in the art of pretending to be someone you are not.

10. Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani:

Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani movie

A film moving around the aspects of friendship, love, and dreams. Kabir, our favorite Bunny, and his journey of all his exciting dreams while he falls in love with the nerd Naina. The movie has a charm that connects us to it, instantly. The friendship shown here is something we all desire to have in our lives.

“Doston ke beech kabhi kuch nahi badalta, Avi”

“Simple hai, kuch logo ke saath sirf waqt bitaane se sab kuch theek hojata hai”

Remember these lines? Of course, you do, they did make a place in your heart different from everything else. The movie has shown love in an immensely beautiful way. That, love waits. That love stays. And that, love, has no barriers. Love made Bunny realize how he wants to manage his dreams while living with Naina. And in the end, it made all of us believe that love makes everything simpler. The film teaches you to make every second of life worth it. It also teaches you to live in the moment, as you never know what is waiting for you on the other side of the shore. It shows you the significance of not running for things, rather living what’s there right now; “jitna bhi try karo bunny life mein kuch na kuch toh chutega hi”

As we fail to realize that while running for everything, we are losing to even enjoy one; “toh jahan hai, vahin ka maza lete hain”.

We hope these movies make you rethink life as well. Go add them to your watch-list if you haven’t already!

Writers : Nandinii, Joshikaa and Sanjam

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