15 Best Hindi Movies on Netflix Right Now: Dangal, Jab We Met, Gangs of Wasseypur, and More
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Over the last few decades, several filmmakers in Bollywood have experimented with different genres, and a few have been successful in making a mark. With the addition of films in the biopic, biography, historical, sci-fi, and other genres, Bollywood films have been reaching newer heights. Recognition of filmmakers, both in India and on global platforms, is noteworthy.
While the distribution channels and avenues have increased significantly, helping films earn more revenue, the addition of OTT platforms has taken films’ reach to audiences who weren’t being reached earlier. Netflix has become one such platform and is a destination for several popular Bollywood films which struck a chord with the audience’s hearts. Here are some films which were lauded over the years and have been marked ‘evergreen’ by critics and fans.
Best Bollywood Movies to Watch on Netflix
|Movie||Release Year||IMDb Rating||Genre|
|3 Idiots||2009||8.4||Comedy, Drama|
|Taare Zameen Par||2007||8.3||Drama, Family|
|Dangal||2016||8.3||Action, Biography, Drama|
|Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara||2011||8.2||Comedy, Drama, Musical|
|Gangs of Wasseypur||2012||8.2||Action, Comedy, Crime|
|Andhadhun||2018||8.2||Comedy, Crime, Musical|
|Dil Chahta Hai||2001||8.1||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|Munnabhai MBBS||2003||8.1||Comedy, Drama|
|Barfi||2012||8.1||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|OMG: Oh My God||2012||8.1||Comedy, Drama, Fantasy|
|PK||2014||8.1||Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi|
|Kal Ho Na Ho||2003||7.9||Comedy, Drama, Musical|
|Jab We Met||2007||7.9||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|Veer Zaara||2004||7.8||Drama, Family, Musical|
|Hum Aapke Hain Kaun||1994||7.5||Comedy, Drama, Musical|
|Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||1998||7.5||Comedy, Drama, Musical|
|Jodhaa Akbar||2008||7.5||Action, Drama, History|
|Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham||2001||7.4||Drama, Musical, Romance|
One of the popular films which connected with youngsters is 3 Idiots. Starring popular actors, the film showcased a college life packed with fun, friendship, romance, struggles and more. Besides entertaining the audience with humour, 3 Idiots also shared a positive message which left an impression on the audience’s mind. The film was written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi. Rajkumar Hirani has also directed the film
Cast: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Kareena Kapoor Khan and others
Taare Zameen Par
One of the most iconic films of Aamir Khan’s career is Taare Zameen Par, which for the first time, presented the struggles of a child with Dyslexia. Showcasing the innocence of childhood and school days, Taare Zameen Par revolves around a school-going child who is not understood by his teacher or father. Owing to his mischief, he is sent to the boarding school, where he meets his mentor, who guides him on the right path and makes him realise that he is loved. The film has been co-directed by Amol Gupte and Aamir Khan, and written by Gupte.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary and others
If we have to list the best sports biopics from Bollywood, Dangal will make it to the top of the list. Showcasing the struggles faced by the Phogat sisters, Dangal highlights the sport of Wrestling, where a dad sacrifices everything to make his dream come true by teaching his girls to excel in sports. He faces society, trains them, and takes them to matches where they eventually make a mark by winning Gold for India.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra and others
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Written by Farhan Akhtar, Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is about “three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their friends gets engaged.” The film was loved by the youngsters and made a lot of relevance to their lives, creating an impact to pursue travelling, staying connected to friends, and taking a break from busy lives once in a while. Presented as a comedy-drama, the film was directed by Zoya Akhtar.
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif and others
Gangs of Wasseypur
Made in two parts by ace filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, Gangs of Wasseypur was a perfect mix of comedy, action, crime, and drama. The film was considered to be iconic in its own way as Kashyap, and his team showcased the theme in a format which connected with the audience instantly. Written by Kashyap, Anurag Jaiswal and Sachin Ladia, Gangs of Wasseypur is about “a clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan which leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations.”
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddique, Huma Qureshi, and others
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If Bollywood fans talk about an enriching film experience which kept them hooked to the seats and the screen, Andhadhun would be one among the list of many. Jointly written by Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas and Yogesh Chandekar, the film revolves around “A series of mysterious events change the life of a blind pianist, who must report a crime that he should technically know nothing of.”
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte, Tabu and others
Dil Chahta Hai
One of the most memorable films from the 90s, which made friendships, even more, stronger in India, is Dil Chahta Hai. Written by Kasim Jagmagia, Karan Vishwanath and Farhan Akhtar, the film, presented as a comedy-drama, is about three adults (childhood friends) who have passed college. While nothing comes between them, they each fall in love, and this changes the equation where they are different in ways to approach relationships.
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna, and others
Talk about a memorable duo in Bollywood, and many fans would first take the name of Munnabhai and Circuit. The characters, created by Rajkumar Hirani, were loved for the chemistry they shared as best buddies. Munnabhai MBBS, a comedy-drama, is about “a gangster who sets out to fulfil his father’s dream of becoming a doctor.”
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, and others
Directed by Anurag Basu and jointly written by Anurag Basu, Tani Basu and Sanjeev Dutta, Barfi is one of the sweetest films made in Bollywood. With distinctive character sketches, the critics and audience loved the filmmaker’s take on romance and friendship, which go hand-in-hand. Barfi revolves around “Three young people who learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society’s definition of normal and abnormal.”
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and others
Oh My God
India is a land of multiple religions, cultures and beliefs related to it. This has given birth to many self-proclaimed Godmen who have made faith, a strong business, making crores of rupees. Highlighting this as an issue, Oh My God revolves around “A shopkeeper takes God to court when his shop is destroyed by an earthquake.” Directed by Umesh Shukla, the film was lauded for its bold message, which was considered to raise several controversies.
Cast: Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar and others
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Marriages are made in heaven, and some, which are not meant to be, face the challenge of time and end even before the beautiful part of it begins. However, while many face the tough time with a smile, some need motivation and distraction to bring their life back to track. This is the crux of the adventure-comedy-drama Queen, which revolves around “a Delhi girl from a traditional family who sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage gets cancelled.”
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, and others
Not many films with aliens resonated with the audience; however, writers Abhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani presented aliens as a human with a strong story that became an instant hit. PK is about “an alien on Earth who loses the only device he can use to communicate with his spaceship. His innocent nature and child-like questions force the country to evaluate the impact of religion on its people.”
Cast: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, and others
If there is one film which touched the hearts of critics and film buffs, both in India and globally, it is Neeraj Ghyawan’s Masaan. The film marked Vicky Kaushal’s debut and showcased love, death and relationships through a different lens. The premise, set against the backdrop of Ganga, revolved around “four people who face prejudice, a strict moral code and a punishing caste system as they confront personal tragedies.”
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chaddha, and others
Kal Ho Na Ho
Released in 2003, Dharma Production’s Kal Ho Na Ho was an instant hit among the audience. Presented as a family drama, Kal Ho Na Ho made the audience laugh, cry and relate to several instances shown through the characters. Written by Niranjan Iyengar and Karan Johar, Kal Ho Na Ho, directed by Nikkhil Advani, is about “Naina, an introverted, perpetually depressed girl whose life changes when she meets Aman. But Aman has a secret of his own which changes their lives forever. Embroiled in all this is Rohit, Naina’s best friend who conceals his love for her.”
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and others
Jab We Met
Right after the film was released, many girls in India wanted to be ‘Geet’ as they related closely to the leading female character. Written and directed by Imtiaz Ali, Jab We Met was a fun film to watch, which kept the audience entertained throughout with a fresh storyline and interesting twists. Presented as a rom-com, the story is about “a depressed wealthy businessman finds his life changing after he meets a spunky and carefree young woman.”
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and others
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