Films are meant to entertain, especially the archetypical Bollywood movies with their signature style song and dance fanfare.
However, along with its run-of-the-mill content, Bollywood often churns out films that not just entertain but also inspire us to chase our dreams. They can be a wonderful source of motivation, encouraging us to believe in ourselves and never give up on our passion.
Here are some of the most inspiring Bollywood films that tell us to believe in our dreams and pursue them with a fervor so that no one can stop us from achieving them.
3 Idiots is a fun yet inspirational film with a meaningful message embedded in it — ‘Make your passion your profession and success will follow.’
Turning our passion into a paycheck is the ideal formula for happiness and Baba Ranchoddas aka Aamir Khan in the film preaches the same — “Jis kaam me mazaa aaye, usei apna profession banao, phir kaam kaam nahin khel lagega.”
If you ever feel like giving up on your dreams, this biographical sports drama based on the life of World Boxing Champion Mary Kom will stop you right in your tracks.
The story of this small town girl who went on to become the icon of India despite being a mother of three children is not just inspiring but also gives us the courage to fight against all odds to realize our dreams.
A sweet simple film, which very subtly packs the message that it’s never too late to chase our dreams.
Starring Sridvei, English Vinglish helps fuel the passion that is lying in some dormant corner of our hearts.
Wake Up Sid
Directed by Ayan Mukerji, Wake Up Sid without getting too preachy gives us glimpses of the joy that comes from discovering our passion and turning it into a paycheck.
The scene when Ranbir Kapoor gets his first check beautifully sums up why it’s important to turn our passion into a career.
The message that the Kangana Ranaut starrer Queen packs is pretty simple — Don’t let anyone crush your dreams, rather pick yourself up and courageously face any challenges that life unexpectedly throws at you.
If Raani can boldly sell golgappas in a foreign land, make a mark for herself and find her own identity without any support from anyone then why should we be afraid of going after our dreams.
Manjhi - The Mountain Man
The story of Dashrath Manjhi is not just about his passion for cutting through a mountain for building a way for his fellow villagers to commute faster, but of sheer determination and hard work.
How the commitment to break down the mountain singlehandedly becomes his passion and how despite all the struggles Manjhi succeeds is what makes the movie so special.
More importantly, it helps put things into perspective that if Manjhi kept working towards his big dream despite so many setbacks, we can make a few sacrifices on our journey towards realizing our dreams.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Based on the life and times of legendary athlete Milkha Singh, the film explores the man’s sheer determination with which he builds a remarkable career.
This story of a man, who from a 'nobody' became a legend is truly an all-time inspiring watch.
This one is a pure tale of passion that shows how being focused and believing in oneself can take a person to his/her target.
The film that explores the life of a die-hard cricket fan from a remote village in India, who dreams of becoming a cricketer is inspiring and soulful. Despite being deaf and mute, Iqbal overcomes all difficulties and finally realizes his dream.
It’s a story that leaves you inspired and teaches you to dream big.
Taare Zameen Par
This Aamir Khan’s directorial debut is a flawless inspirational film, that tells us that each one of us has our own unique signature style and we shouldn’t push ourselves or our children to follow the herd.
The story of a 10-year old dyslexic boy actually educates us to understand and realize our true potential.
Loosely based on the life of India’s business magnate – Dhirubhai Ambani, Guru aims at telling every youngster to dream bigger and never to give up on one’s passion.
The true story of a man who never gave up on his dreams of doing something big - and doing it very, very fast - provides the basis for this engaging and inspiring film.
So, this our list of inspirational movies. Which is your favorite one? Do let us know in the comment section below.
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