One moment you are going to school, playing pakdam pakdai with your friends, and watching cartoons on Cartoon Network, and the very next, you are all grown up, dreading to go to work, trying to earn more money, and fulfilling life ke unginat expectations.
Like many in the world, you too, have been trapped into believing 'Yeh hi hai life, and ab, isi ke hisaab se chalna padega.' However, at a time when you sadly start adapting to the pressures of living on Earth and forgetting to truly smile, there are moments when you come across movies that break these so-called barriers and talk to you like, "Dost, aisa jeena bhi kya jeena!"
Bollywood too, has given us a lot of such gems that go on to question the entire purpose of life and the rat-race that we have become a part of.
Here are a few movies that you should definitely check out if you are worn down by the pressures of work, commitments, and other things, in order to understand, "Humaare paas jeene ke liye bohot kuch hai."
Easily one of the most memorable movies to be directed by Imtiaz Ali ever, Jab We Met, starring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor released at a time when we were all growing up. Now, while it was easy for us to take it as just a film about desi romance while growing up, today it really does feel way more than that. It dealt with things like depression, regrets, betrayal, and even how two people belonging to two different worlds could always teach a new way of living to someone.
Personally, whenever I watched the movie, I could relate to so many things that Geet said about life, and the pressures of relationships and work that impact our lives and make us believe that 'Yehi hai life.' However, through the lens of Geet and Aditya, we come to realize that life has so much more to offer if we just take a leap of faith.2. Udaan
There is a reason that Udaan worked so well with the audience. Not only did it deal with the education system that continues to force us to pursue something we may not have the most potential in, but it also dealt with how our parents and other elements of the society make it feel okay to not chase one's dreams.We get one life, and we are forced to live it, first according to our parents, and then, life itself.
Well, the character of Rohan in Udaan goes through a lot of ups and downs because of his drunk and abusive father, who forces him to pursue engineering when he clearly has a talent for poetry. In the end, he is forced to choose to either keep living according to his father or pluck up the courage to break these shackles and take 'Udaan' (flight), knowing that only the sky is the limit.3. Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara
The Zoya Akhtar-directorial really went on to reach heights that probably no one could have imagined. The movie is a continuous reminder of how despite all the paisa, bangla, gaadi in the world, you can still not ignore the importance of friendship and new experiences in finding true meaning in your life.
The movie through the trio Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, and Hrithik Roshan showed that sometimes, it is very important for you to 'throw your mobile phones', shut your computers, social media and embark on newer journeys with your friends. Because life is all about the experiences, the hearts that you touch, and the memories that you make.4. Dil Chahta Hai
This movie came at a time when no one was expecting something like this from Bollywood. Directed by Farhan Akhtar, the movie was a coming-of-age film that still continues to teach us something new every day.
But most importantly, it gave us valuable lessons in friendship. It taught us that no matter who we are, where we are in life, or how successful we are, life is absolutely meaningless if you can't celebrate it with the friends or people that you love.
Moreso, it showed us that chaahe tum kitne achche dost ho, it is crucial that you are respectful towards the choices of your friends because they think the world of you and what you have to say. (With respect to relationship Akshaye Khanna and Aamir Khan's characters)
All in all, one thing is for sure, when in doubt, book a trip to Goa and chill with your friends because, guys, life is now!5. Wake Up Sid
When the Aaj Kal, Zindagiiii song by Shankar Mahadevan hits the floor, you know and you can really feel, "Tere Liye Nayi Hai Zameen Naya Aasmaan." The movie showed Ranbir Kapoor's character in a place in life where we all have been at some point in our life, or maybe still are. We don't know what we want from life, or whether this is the right job for us.
The film showed how Ranbir's character still had a child in him that sometimes acted out. But it also showed that like so many he too was figuring out the ways of life. Throughout the film, we see his character evolving and finding his true calling, even if it means going through a few bumps.
In the end, what we learn is that no matter where you are in life, be kind to yourself and realize that life is a lot more than just your work, money, and things that you see on your phone. All you've got to do is just head out and see things for yourself.