Friendsgiving has been all the craze during the holidays, especially in the last few years. It’s when you spend Thanksgiving with your BFF’s, your chosen family, over your actual family. Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than spending time with friends, just gorging on a feast without having to sit through bugaboo conversations from your well-intentioned but painfully buzz-killing parents and relatives.
Friendsgiving is usually celebrated a few days before the actual Thanksgiving day, though I’ve even known friends to extend food coma and celebrate Friendsgiving the weekend after Thanksgiving as well.
In the spirit of celebrating Friendsgiving, we’re sharing our favorite friendship-themed Bollywood movies. In fact, why not take it up a notch and do a Bollywood-themed Friendsgiving with a marathon of the movies below. Picture it:”Dil Chahta Hai”, your posse, and pie. Does it get any better?
1. “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”
This movie comes packed with lots of life lessons without seeming sappy, which is a tough task, but thanks to brilliant writing and acting, they pull it off. Arjun (Hrithik Roshan), Imraan (Farhan Akhtar), and Kabir (Abhay Deol) take a bachelor trip to Spain because the latter is soon to be married. It’s during this very adventurous holiday the three of them reconnect with each other and themselves. There’s plenty of laughs and plenty of emotions but not one minute of boredom. It’s the perfect movie to watch on Friendsgiving!
2. “Dil Chahta Hai”
Call us crazy but it turns out, road trips between friends make for an excellent Bollywood movie. Especially this coming-of-age comedy about Akash (Aamir Khan), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan), and Sid (Akshaye Khanna). This trio of childhood friends is inseparable despite their varying personalities. Cracks start forming in their friendship as they venture into their different careers and relationships. It’s interesting to see how this movie plays out because your own group will relate to the characters and situations in the film.
3. “Rang De Basanti”
This friendship-themed movie comes with a patriotic spin. A group of friends, led by DJ (Aamir Khan), Sukhi (Sharman Joshi), Sonia (Soha Ali Khan) and more are the happiest friends you’ll find, doing what everyone in college does aka wasting time while having fun. They meet Sue (Alice Patten), a filmmaker who comes to India to learn more about the Independence movement. Tragedy strikes the group as one of them is killed, leading the rest of them to take charge of the situation. In a parallel between today’s times and pre-Independence, the movie weaves a wonderful tale of friendship and love.
Some classics never fail us and “Sholay” is at the top of that list. Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra brought to life the iconic duo of Jai and Veeru. They are revered as the greatest friendship bond shown on film even today and for good reason. They play conmen who are brought in by a village head to tackle their gang problem. Just like that, our crooked antiheroes are turned into saviors. It might be an old movie but it’s the best one to watch with the Jai to your Veeru.
John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, and Priyanka Chopra make for a drool-worthy trio of friends. They live together in Miami as roommates. Kabir (Abraham) and Sam (Bachchan) pretend to be gay. This way, not only is their rent cheaper but they also get to stay with Neha (Chopra), whom they both have a crush on. It sounds petty on paper but this movie is a great way to spend two hours after a heavy Friendsgiving meal because you’ll laugh, you’ll dance to the very groovy tunes, and like I said, it’s really a drool-worthy trio.
6. “Angry Indian Goddesses”
There are rarely any Bollywood movies whose sole focus is strong female friendships, let along really good movies so “Angry Indian Goddesses” is a treasure. A group of friends travel to Goa for a bachelorette party and through the eyes of these ladies, we learn about feminism and lots of social issues like LGBTQ relationships, gender equality, racism, prejudice, unjust societal pressures, sexual harassment and rape, the wage gap, and more. The movie stars notable actresses like Sandhya Mridul, Sarah Jane Dias, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anushka Manchanda, and Amrit Maghera. Get ready to let out your fierce self with your friends as you watch this.
7. “Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na”
This movie is essentially a romantic-comedy but the best part about it is the dynamics between the core group of friends. They keep it real, sharp, and heart-warming. Best friends Aditi (Genelia D’Souza) and Jai (Imran Khan) are tired of everyone assuming they’re perfect for each other so as they graduate from college, they decide to set each other up. The movie also focuses on their friends Sandhya, Jignesh, Rotlu as all of them navigate relationships and what it means to step into real life. Whether or not your Friendsgiving gang is your college crew, this movie is a lot of fun to watch together.
8. “Munnabhai MBBS”
An unexpected choice for Friendsgiving, this is the exact reason you should opt for this Sanjay Dutt movie. It shines on many levels but the main reason to watch? The epic bromance between two goons, Munna (Dutt) and his right-hand man Circuit (Arshad Warsi). The former’s lie to his parents that he runs a hospital is revealed by Dr. Asthana (Boman Irani), so Munna makes it his mission to actually become a doctor, with Circuit’s help, of course. Their methods are extraordinary and wacky but they work in his favor.
9. “Wake Up! Sid”
One of the best depictions of what life and friendships really are like after college, this coming-of-age movie throws a spotlight on Ranbir Kapoor’s Sid, who has only one goal; to have lots of fun while spending all his father’s money. He is thrown out of the house when he fails his exams and fails to show up at work, growing distant with his parents and closest buddies. He moves in with Ayesha (Konkona Sen Sharma), his only mature friend who has a stable job. This journey of self-discovery and growth puts Sid on a path that leads him back to his family and friends. Watch it with your friend and reminisce about the good ol’ days.
10. “Desi Boyz”
Testosterone alert! If all you and your BFF want to do on Friendsgiving is watching a buddy comedy with heart (and abs), this should be your pick. Jerry (Akshay Kumar) and Nick (John Abraham) are best buddies but the former latches on to the latter because Nick is a well-paid banker while Jerry struggles with odd jobs. However, when the economy crumbles, both lose their jobs and in desperate need, our two heroes turn to stripping! Yes, the tables have turned. It’s a lighthearted movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is why it works.
11. “Hera Pheri”
If you are ready to laugh your guts out and put logic on the side, there really is no greater viewing experience than “Hera Pheri.” The comedy is about landlord Baburao (Paresh Rawal) and his occupants Shyam (Suniel Shetty) and Raju (Akshay Kumar). After initial feuding, all three becomes good friends who inadvertently and unfortunately get involved in a kidnapping plot. It leads to a bunch of crazy events, each funnier than the next.
12. “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”
Another year, another beautiful film starring Ranbir Kapoor that’s perfect for Friendsgiving. This one will make your heart soar, it’s that good. Bunny (Kapoor) and his friends Avi (Aditya Roy Kapoor), Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) are on a trip to the Himalayas and are joined by their newly reconnected old pal Naina (Deepika Padukone). Naturally, they sing and dance and have the merriest time. Eight years later, they reunite for Aditi’s wedding. The movie will give you and your own friends some serious travel goals and friendship goals. What’s not to love?