bollywood inspirational movies

Movies have the capacity to evoke many kinds of emotions in us. They can make us laugh, cry and even inspire us to do better things with our lives. While there are many genres in bollywood movies such as action, comedy, horror, drama, thriller etc. But the most memorable ones are from the inspirational genre.

Watching a character survive through hardships and emerge victorious is attractive to everyone. Inspirational movie show emotions like love, perseverance and determination. Looking to shake yourself out of complacency and get a little fired up?

We list down few movies that you can always trust to cheer you up when you are feeling low :

3 Idiots

It is not every day that a crazy friend of your’s leaves you with the greatest lessons of life. While the film was high on funny one-liners, it was everyone realize that it is important to prioritize what you want than running behind what is expected of you. As Aamir Khan says, ‘Bachcha kabil bano, kabil … kamyabi toh saali jhak maarke peeche bhagegi”

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

This was the real-life story of the Flying Sikh – world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh, who overcame the massacre of his family, the Partition and subsequent homelessness to become one of India’s most iconic athletes. He infamously lost the biggest race of his life at the 1960 Rome Olympics. But through the darkness he finds the light of redemption.

Milkha Singh was not only portrayed as a man of steel in the movie but it also showed his fears, vulnerabilities, desires and downfall. Farhan Akhtar was an interesting choice to portray the sports star. Farhan underwent a complete transformation – both physical and mental – to look convincing as an athlete. His transformation took 13 months of hard work and dedication towards fitness. In an interview with a leading daily, Farhan had said, “I had changed my lifestyle completely for the film. I had changed my diet as well as my sleeping pattern. A lot of friends felt that I was ignoring them, as I had to sleep by 10pm.” The film was inspirational because it spoke of dignity, dedication and discipline, which brought Milkha Singh eventual triumph. It was also stirring in the way Farhan remoulded himself to attain the near impossible task of playing a real-life athlete.

Rang De Basanti

‘Koi bhi desh perfect nahi hota, use perfect banana padhta hai.’

Rang De Basanti takes patriotism to a new high. It is effective and strikes the chord of your heart.The man definitely knows how to weaves life’s important lessons into the magical world of entertainment. Aamir and his gang proved that in order to change your life, it is you who has to take the first step.


Doesn’t matter you have a shoulder to cry on in life or not, Kangana Ranaut made us believe and it is possible to have a fairytale even without your prince-charming. Just have the courage to step into the wild world.

Manjhi: The Mountain Man (2015)

Dashrath Manjhi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a poor man from a low cast, living in a remote village cut off from the world by a rocky mountain range. He loves his wife, Phaguniya (Radhika Apte), more than anything in the world. Unfortunately one day, while climbing the mountain to get food, his wife slips and dies. Overwhelmed by grief, Dashrath decides to carve out a path through the mountain, so that no one else would suffer his fate. So he sets out on a mission, which goes on for 22 years, all by himself, with just a hammer and a chisel, he breaks through the rocks, till a path is carved out from the mountain.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui played this role that vacillated between grief and grit with rare talent. So real was his performance that you not only sympathised with his loss but also were inspired by the lesson. Faith can truly move/break mountains.


One phrase that defines Hrithik Roshan starrer Lakshya is ‘Never give up’. Everyone tends to be aimless at a certain point in life but who wakes up at the right moment and works hard to come out of it is the real man.


Cricket is second religion in India. Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan, with Aamir Khan in the lead role, combined this with the tale of the underdog, and whipped up enough audience hysteria to make it a classic. The period film takes you back to the time of British colonial rule in India when the villagers were heavily taxed by the British.

Young Bhuvan challenges them to a game of cricket, a game that is to be played by veteran British cricket players, versus villagers, who’ve never played the game before. And they’re all game to take on the challenge as victory would entail a tax-free life for them.

The film is a lesson in unity, courage and dedication… which makes Indians literally beat the British at their own game. Lagaan was India’s official entry for the Academy Awards however it did not make it to the nominations.


If Swades doesn’t give you that proud Indian feeling, don’t know which movie will! Shah Rukh Khan as Mohan Bhargav comes to India and meets Kaveri Amma in her small village and is moved by the apathy of the village conditions.

Taare Zameen Par

A beautiful tale that explores the imagination of an 8-year old dyslexic child definitely made us wonder if life is all about perfections or finding perfection in the most imperfect souls.

Chak De! India (2007)

Yash Raj Films’ Chak De! India was apparently based on the life of an Indian hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi. He was the goalkeeper during the Asian Games 1982, when India faced a defeat with the score of 1-7 against Pakistan. This was a humiliating experience for Negi where he faced allegations of letting his country down deliberately. Later in his life, Negi coached the National Women’s hockey team and the team went on to win Gold at the Manchester Commonwealth games. Shah Rukh Khan, as Kabir Khan, reportedly portrayed Negi’s character in the film. A college level hockey player himself, it didn’t take SRK long to pick up the game. The film starred SRK with Vidya Malvade along with a group of debutante girls as hockey players.

The film spoke of patriotism, integrity and rising above humiliation to attain redemption.