With a long weekend within reach, for us Bollywood lovers, the best way to spend three days lazing in bed is to watch movies that are light-hearted and relaxing.
I know, I know, most Bollywood movies that are breezy tend to be either too dumb or too boring. Luckily, the following eight are perfect because they’ll put you in a good mood for summer and also bring in quality content.
1. “Jab We Met”
Starring: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shahid Kapoor
Possibly one of Indian cinema’s best attempts at a romantic comedy, “Jab We Met” breaks away from the traditional love stories to give us a genuine relationship built on the construct of humor and friendship in a way we hadn’t seen before. Geet and Aditya have a chance meeting in the train and form a special bond as they each try to fulfill their ambitions. Both the actors, who were on the brink of a real-life breakup, gave us their career best performances in this film.
Starring: Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon, Rajkumar Rao
As always, Ranaut steals the show with every scene she is in. Her character Rani’s adventures across Europe, which she visits alone on what was supposed to be her honeymoon after her fiancé breaks up with her, will make you want to abandon all your summer plans to visit Paris, Amsterdam, and what not. Rani’s journey of growth and self-assurance through travel is definitely worth watching immediately.
3. “Andaz Apna Apna”
Starring: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karishma Kapoor
Sometimes, its best to go classic, right? This extra-funny movie will roll you into the summer with its precarious, unbelievable situations that evoke lots of physical comedy from its duo of Khans. Amar and Prem are two good for nothing men who daydream about marrying a rich heiress and come up with wacky schemes to win her heart. It sounds like a silly concept but luckily for us, it’s executed in great comic fashion.
4. “Delhi Belly”
This dark comedy doesn’t necessarily scream ‘summer sunshine’ but it still provides enough smart humor and terrific acting to put you in good spirits. It’s about three roommates living in the dingiest apartment, working their way to pay their debts, unwittingly involving themselves with gangsters and a diamond heist. Aamir Khan also makes a cameo in what is a truly funky song and dance act.
5. “Love Per Square Foot”
Starring: Vicky Kaushal, Angira Dhar, Raghubir Yadav, Alankriya Sahai
Netflix’s first attempt at a Bollywood movie does not disappoint. It’s a syrupy romantic comedy strengthened by Kaushal’s skillful acting and the movie’s commitment to truthfully show us what a real middle-class millennial couple in Mumbai looks like. It’s definitely a great way to spend a couple of hours of your long weekend.
6. “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na”
Starring: Irfan Khan, Genelia D’Souza
Much like “Jab We Met” gives us the good version of the trope of friendship-turned-relationship, “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na” is about Aditi and Jai, two childhood best friends who couldn’t be more different from one another. The rest of their world is certain they’re both meant to be. The film traces their individual love lives as they find their way back to one another in an epic airport climax. It’s cheesy and even predictable, but what better way to start your own summer dreams, right?
7. “Tanu Weds Manu”
Starring: Kangana Ranaut, R. Madhavan, Jimmy Shergill, Swara Bhaskar
A romantic drama about an arranged marriage that isn’t obvious or stereotypical? “Tanu Weds Manu” is a standout feature, letting Ranaut show off her acting skills as she plays Tanu with all she’s got. Upon being pressured by her parents, she agrees to marry an NRI from London named Manu, even though she’s in love with someone else. The movie was so beloved, it got a sequel, too.
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan
Writer Juhi Chaturvedi blesses us with this movie and its realistic portrayal of a father-daughter relationship. Bachchan and Padukone play Bhaskar and Piku, respectively. He suffers from chronic constipation and never misses a chance to talk about it, whereas Piku is stuck making compromises to pacify her father. They take a road trip to his hometown of Kolkata, discovering family secrets and strengthening their own bond in the process. It’s a delightfully made and unique movie, perfect for a hot and lazy afternoon.