Bollywood is known for its larger-than-life stories and extravagant musicals, but, at times it does churn out stories that leave a lasting impression on us!
Whether it's a biopic celebrating someone who fought against all odds to achieve his dreams, a comedy with a catchy ‘All Izz Well’ on repeat, or a tale of overcoming rejection, certain films simply have a knack for lifting our spirits up and inspiring us to convert our passion into a pay check!
If you’re looking for a dose of motivation to do forth get what you want, these films will do the trick!
This Shah Rukh Khan movie is about an NRI space scientist who returns to his homeland looking for his nanny but, stays back to fulfil his duties towards the country. While helping a remote village to pursue electricity while going against traditional norms, the protagonist Mohan also learns to fight his inner demons.
Lakshya tells the story of a quintessential spoilt brat turned motivated army office in a role flawlessly portrayed by Hrithik Roshan. Though it wasn’t a commercial success, the movie effectively inspired many youngsters to find their ‘lakshya’.
Kangana Ranaut’s brilliant role as the plain Jane Rani who discovers herself after a painful heartbreak earned her the title of ‘The Queen Of Bollywood’. The premise of the movie does revolve around her journey as she learns to start life afresh, but it also talks about breaking free of the shackles of an orthodox society and following your heart to do what’s right.
Wake Up Sid
A coming of age film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Wake Up sid taught the audience that there are umpteen unconventional career choices to make. While motivating the current generation of youngsters to go against the grain, the movie is fun and one we don’t mind watching again and again.
There is barely an Indian who hasn’t watched the Rajkumar Hirani movie, 3 Idiots. Apart from winning countless accolades including three National Film Awards, the movie became a cult classic amongst the youth. A treasure trove of anecdotes and motivational dialogues, it was the brilliant performances by the entire cast that made us fall in love with this entertainer.
While dealing with a strict and abusive father, the lead character finds what it means to earn your freedom and follow your dreams, no matter how unrealistic they may seem. The deeply moving, yet hopeful film helped many youngsters stand up to their parents and pursue their calling.
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
This 1992 classic offered a straightforward story of a happy-go-lucky boy who, owing to the death of a loved one, channels his energy into emerging victorious in race and, in life The sports drama perfectly captures the highs and lows, and the aspirations and ambitions of the youth, while teaching them the important lesson of sportsmanship.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
This biographical movie tells the story of the legendary Milkha Singh, who overcame many agonising obstacles in order to become a world champion, Olympian and one of India's most iconic athletes. It redefines the fact that hard work and dedication are the keys to success while inspiring us with the story of ‘The Flying Sikh’.
The protagonist of the movie essayed by Abhishek Bachchan, Gurukant Desai is a man from Gujarat, who follows his dreams to become a successful entrepreneur. Excellent performances coupled with an energetic soundtrack, make Guru more than just another rags to riches story.
Chak De India
Shah Rukh Khan’s performance as a former hockey star, tainted as someone who betrayed his country, made us root for him while watching this film. In order to prove his loyalty to the nation, he assembles a group of rag-tag but, talented girls to build a promising Indian women's national hockey team.
Do you have a favourite that we have missed? Let us know which film inspired you to dream big in the comments below.
And in case you're looking for some real life inspiration, read about the passion to paycheck stories of people who are just like you here!