Five Feel Good Bollywood Films That’ll Lighten Up Your Weekend

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Feel good Bollywood films: Just two big budget Hindi films have been released across the country in the last one month. Since most of us are still avoiding the outdoors, as COVID-19 cases continue to go up and down, weekends have lost their charm. You’ve watched all the latest web series, you are done listening to music or trying your hands at exotic cuisines. What now? The weekend demands feel-good vibes, but how do you get into that groove?

The easiest way perhaps is to revisit some feel good films from the recent past, which will manage to cheer you up. Yes, you may have watched these movies a gazillion times, but be assured, they will manage to uplift your mood every single time. Now some of these films may not be women-centric, but women do have pivotal roles in the plotline and the movie treats its female characters with the respect that they deserve, avoiding sexist jokes and outright objectification.

So here are five feel-good films to watch over this weekend:

Piku: Shoojit Sirkar’s film about a daughter putting her life on hold to care for her ageing father is a perfect watch for your entire family. Apart from its heartwarming premise, the film is packed with solid performances from its leads- Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan. The trio’s conversations on bowel movement might not make it a good watch for many, post-lunch, but they are oh-so-relatable! Aside from relationships, the film’s way of capturing Delhi, Kolkata and road trips will take you places, from the comfort of your home.

Qarib Qarib Singlle: Another gem by Irrfan, this Tanuja Chandra directorial is about giving love a second, third or fourth chance. The film also features popular southern actor Parvathy Thiruvothu as a widowed woman seeking companionship, who finds herself on a road trip with a person she cannot see as her future partner under any circumstances. Irrfan’s Yogi and Parvathy’s Jaya are like chalk and cheese, their camaraderie makes up for some hilarious sequences in this much-underrated film.

Tu Hai Mera Sunday: A slice of life film, this Barun Sobti starter captures the essence of Mumbai expertly. Woven around a group of friends who gather every Sunday to play football, Tu Hai Mera Sunday is about love, friendship and finding your own space. When the group is shoed off their usual spot on a beach, their hunt begins to find space, where they can gather weekly and let some steam off. Apart from Sobti, the film also features Shahana Goswami, Avinash Tiwary, Vishal Malhotra, Maanvi Gagroo and Rasika Dugal. Despite its male-dominated premise, the women in this film are assertive, independent and never shy away from speaking their mind.

English Vinglish: A visit to the US becomes the wind beneath her wings, as Shashi Godbole embarks on a journey of self-discovery. A housewife who runs a small business from home, Shashi is mocked by her family for her poor English speaking skills. Away from her husband and children in the US, Shashi finally finds time and opportunity to not only learn the dreaded language but also make new friends. This one can simply be watched for late Sridevi’s subtle yet powerful performance.

Khosla Ka Ghosla: Kamal Kishore Khosla is not a happy man. His younger son wants to change his name and move to the US and then a plot that he had brought with his hard-earned money falls in hands of a property shark Kishan Khurana. When Khosla loses all hopes of getting back his land, his son Cherry and his girlfriend Meghna devise a plan to con Khurana. Directed by Dibaker Banerjee the film is full of hilarious sequences that make up for an enjoyable watch. Women characters in Khosla Ka Ghosla are never at the centre of the story, yet they are quite well-fleshed out and relatable.

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