10 Best Family Indian Movies

Friday, February 18 by Karen Pyudik

These 10 best Indian family movies are made entirely in Bollywood. Indian family movie introduces us to the life and customs of Indian society. We find ourselves in the world of family feuds, star-crossed lovers and children competing for family’s fortune. The films use the classical themes of love, forgiveness and fight for honor. Indian family movies are mostly morality plays about keeping family together in tough circumstances. They teach the viewers to overcome difficulties, respect elders and cherish relationships.

  1. "Baghban" is one of the best Indian family movies. It tells a story of an elderly couple and their ungrateful children who refuse to take care of them. The parents must regain respect in their own family.
  2. “Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke” is another great Indian family movie. It tells a story of Rahul Malhotra. Rahul’s family business is in trouble. The family is in debt. His sister died, and Rahul has to take care of his nephews. Rahul is in love with Vaijayanti, the governess of the children. However, Vaijayanti has a rival – rich girl Maya. Maya tries to ruin Rahul’s business so he will marry her for her money.
  3. "Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” captures class and cast differences in India. Rigid Raichand wants the best for his sons but on his own terms. His adopted son Rahul wants to marry a poor girl. Raichand is against it. After a confrontation with his father, Rahul leaves for England. Raichand’s real son Rohan want to bring Rahul and his bride back and reunite them with the family. Rohan is afraid that Raichand won’t be able to forgive Rahul.
  4. “Masoom” recounts the tale of an Indian family which goes through hard times. One of the family members is responsible for their misfortune but the family stays together.
  5. "Parichay” is an Indian family comedy. Desperate for a job, Ravi becomes a tutor to two unruly rich kids. What he doesn’t know is that it is up to these kids to decide whether he stays employed. Other tutors may come and go but Ravi needs this job. He is determined to stay.
  6. “Taare Zameen Par (Like Stare on Earth)” is a film about love and trust between a teacher and his student. Gifted art teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh is loved by the whole boarding school where he teaches art classes. He tries to find out why one of his students, Ishaan Awasthi, is bored with his class. He sees that the boy is different. Ram finds a way to help Ishaanthrough imagination.
  7. “Tere Ghar Ke Saamne” is a comedy about love and family. Two rich men, Lala Karamchand and Lalal Jagannath, hate each other. One day, they decide to build two houses opposite each other. Rakesh Kumar (son of Lalal Jagannath)  is appointed an architect. Rakesh falls in love with Sulekha, Lala Karamchand’s daughter. The young couple tries to fool their grumpy old fathers in order to get married.
  8. “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” is a story of a star-crossed lovers. Children of old enemies, Dhanraj Singh and Randhir Singh, fall deeply in love. As their love grows, the hatred of their fathers towards each other grows as well. When the situation becomes unbearable, the lovers vow to save their relationship from the bitter, old men.
  9. “Saathiya” is an Indian family comedy about newlyweds. A young married couple tries to overcome their differences and stay together.
  10. “Pather Panchali” is a film about Indian family in poverty. A boy, Apu, and his sister are from a poor Brahmin family. Their father is a poet. They are surviving by stealing fruits from the neighboring orchards. Their mother is trying to make the ends meet.
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