Hola! Diwali is just a “blink of an eye” away and many of you might have already packed your bags to go home and be with your family. While Bollywood is coming up with its “mega” release in “Thugs of Hindostan”, we are surely still interested in the good old family movies. Amazon Prime Video India’s haul of family movies from Bollywood is enormous. While it’s not possible to watch all of them in the festive season, you can surely grab some snacks and stream some well-known Bollywood family movies on Amazon Prime India with your family to make a perfect Diwali celebration.
Here’s the list of some Bollywood family movies on Amazon Prime India –
1. Piku  –
A story of a father suffering from perennial constipation and a daughter who takes care of him makes up for the plot of Shoojit Sircar’s “Piku”. The plot that sounds absurd transpires to one of the best family dramas of Bollywood. The film has a profound message about the relation we share with our parents when they get old. Moreover, the performances by Deepika Padukon as Piku and Irrfan Khan as Rana Choudhary are terrific while Amitabh Bachchan as Bhaskor Da takes the cake. Do not miss the highway scuffle scene!
2. Dil Dhadakne Do  –
Ever wondered what kind of life these filthy rich Indian business tycoon families lead? Zoya Akhtar brilliantly documents the life of one such family with elements of hypocrisy, repression, and hidebound ideologies interspersed within the plot. The film is popular for its flamboyant filmmaking, something that Zoya’s filmography already depicts. The narration by Aamir Khan as Pluto (the Doggo) is nothing but an observer’s (or say, an audience’s) voice throughout the film. Watch out how Ranveer’s character breaks free with an indignant monologue in the second half.
3. Hasee toh Phasee  –
This is one of the most underrated Bollywood family movies on Amazon Prime India. “Hasee to Phasee” weaves an unlikely story around a family plot. A handsome guy who is in relationship with a drop-dead beauty eventually goes on to fall for an intelligent yet nerd girl who is also an addict. There is a gamut of relatable sequences in the movie which will tickle your funny bone while you will laugh with your family. The music of “Hasee to Phasee” is too good with songs like “Ishq Bulava” and “Zehnaseeb”. I love the sequence in which Siddharth Malhotra and Parineeta Chopra enjoy an impromptu and unintended hot air balloon kind of ride.
4. Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna  –
Two couples, cozy lifestyle and a disguised sense of togetherness ruined by what I call as emotional infidelity make up for the plot of one of the most important Bollywood family movies on Amazon Prime India. The film is a lament on what happens when you marry a person you like but don’t quite love. The filmmaker who asserted “Pyar Dosti Hai” in a superficial “Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai” digs deep into the relationships only to come to a conclusion that “Dosti” is not enough for a sustainable relationship of love. “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna” has strong content in abundance but what stands out is the cinematography, especially in the song “Tumhi Dekho Na”.
5. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaenge  –
There are very few Cinephiles who don’t like this one of the best romantic movies in Bollywood. This film is rich in cinematography, characterization and not to mention; it is high on emotion. If you are someone who is born in the 90s then you already know the sensation it made when it was running in theatres. Well, Mumbaikars still feel it as it still features in Maratha Mandir. Already planning? The film digs into the intricacies of Indian diaspora and the ideologies of the patriarchs of an Indian family residing abroad. My favorite sequence in the movie is the absurd Piano playing by our on-screen musician Shahrukh Khan. How many instrument has he played on-screen in his career? Fifty or even more! Well, it warrants a separate blog. Watch him how he insouciantly hits the right chords on Mandolin.
6. Kal Ho Naa Ho  –
Okay, there are many of us who believe that the film is ghost-directed by Karan Johar. Well, I don’t think so! Kal Ho Na Ho does have that Karan Johar vibe around it but not without Nikhil Advani’s filmmaking style that you will find in his later movies. The film tells the story of a nerdy girl named Naina who resides in New York. All is not so well with her family until they come across this initially irritating guy named Aman who turns out to be an angel. Saif Ali Khan delivers an extraordinary performance as the laid back yet happy-go-lucky guy named Rohit. Watch for a typical dysfunctional family drama that goes on to become a Bollywoodish love story later. Check out the Goosebumps galore snowfall scene!
7. Patiala House  –
Cricket is known for bringing families together in India. The joy quantifies manifold when we have Cricket as the main subject in an Indian diaspora family drama. Patiala House by Nikhil Advani is noted as an unofficial or an inspired biopic of the English spinner Monty Panesar. The film surely uses a lot of slow motion shots but they add up to the emotion. Moreover, the film digs into the life of an oppressed child who wants to play cricket for England but his staunch Indian father suppresses his dreams on the juggernaut of ego. There are a lot of cricket sequences in the film and I love how the lead character played by Akshay Kumar cleans up Herschelle Gibbs.
8. Kabhi Khushie Kabhi Gham  –
Okay, you may blame this film for an over the top melodrama and an unbelievable sequence of Jaya Bachchan anticipating Shahrukh Khan with Aarti ki Thali in her hand, a scene that has become a meme material. But tell you what, all said and done, I love K3G. And about that sequence; well, my Ma did the same this Diwali vacation. Guffaws! On a serious note, K3G is one of the decent Bollywood family movies on Amazon Prime Video India that you can watch this weekend.
9. Namaste London  –
Namaste London is one of those films that I have seen 5+ times in theatre. Yes, I had a lot of time during college days. I wish I studied. I wish I studied Hitchcock, Godard, Kubrick, Kurosawa, Fellini, Woody, and other legends during that era. However, I don’t regret because I still love watching Namaste London. The film is again in the backdrop of Indian diaspora and weaves the story of a British-Indian girl and how she gets attracted to a British royal man only to eventually realize that her Indian lover who she deceives in a “family plot” truly loves her. Akshay Kumar steals the show in the second half while it remains the best film featuring Katrina Kaif.
10. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!  –
How can I leave this article without mentioning a Suraj Barjatya movie? Given that I am making a list of best Bollywood family movies on Amazon Prime India, missing on Rajshree Productions will surely be an act of blasphemy. You can surely argue about the implausibility of events in Suraj Barjatya movies but you can’t take away the fact that his movies are full of heartwarming sequences. “Hum Apke Hain Koun!” features Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in one of the greatest chemistries ever in Bollywood. While the best part about the film is the narratives; as audience, the takeaway is the societal message behind it. Do not miss to acclaim the performance of the cutest umpire ever – Tuffy! Haha!
11. Vivah  –
Even though many of you may find Vivah as an abomination in the name of film, I will include it in my list because “Muje Haq Hai!” Vivah is another Suraj Barjatya movie which is an epitome of how to make a perfect Bollywood family movie. Featuring the perennially adorable Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao in lead roles, Vivah digs into the arranged marriage system of India. Suraj Barjatya’s North India goody-goody family sensibilities come to the fore in this crazy Indian wedding family drama. Do not miss the climax which brings a sudden shift in the narratives of the film.
12. Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)  –
Two polar opposite brothers and an episodic display of a Kapoor family’s life residing on the picturesque of mountains of Coorg – that’s the plot of Kapoor and Sons. I will fall short of fingers if I start counting the number of moments I love in this movie. This dysfunctional family drama is a lesson in screenwriting. The best part about the movie is character disposition, cinematography, and Shakun Batra’s direction. The film could have certainly gone haywire in the direction of some other filmmaker but this guy knows exactly when to cut. Do not miss the hilariously chaotic plumber scene.
13. Hum Saath-Saath Hain  –
This is another Suraj Barjatya movie that tells the story of a north Indian rich family. I have always wondered why Saif Ali Khan (the youngest of all brothers) sleeps with smiling face after his first day in factory. In my case, I had almost decided to call it quits. Okay, let’s not go into it! A family vacation, Indian wedding scenario, “dosti ko ristedaari me badalte hain” kind of sequences, and some heartwarming gestures that are indigenous to Barjatya’s oeuvre collectively make “Hum Sath Sath Hai” one of the guilty pleasure Bollywood family movies on Amazon Prime Video India.
With this, What I’d Say! Team wishes you all a very Happy Diwali!
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