The Timeless Movies on Friendship
Cinema has always been one of the most popular media for portrayal of relationships. Friendship has been an integral theme in movies, which have given us many on-screen best friends to cherish. But some films have celebrated this bond from the opening scenes till the credits rolled at the end. In no particular order, we give you the timeless movies on friendship that we are sure you will watch even with your grandkids.
Dil Chahta Hai – 2001
The tale of three best friends and their journeys tells a story that is easy for any youngster to relate to. Despite the different personalities, the bond between Aakash (Aamir Khan), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan) and Siddharth (Akshaye Khanna) is so unconditional, the vibe hits you hard. It is hard to pick a favourite scene from the movie. But personally, the best scene is Sameer telling his friends how he was defrauded by his so-called girlfriend in Goa. Like his friends, we can’t help but laugh.
When Harry Met Sally –1989
Can a man and a woman be friends without sex getting in between? This forms the plot of When Harry Met Sally. The Meg Ryan-Billy Crystal starrer is about how Harry and Sally strike a bond given that they are complete opposites. Harry believes that intimacy ruins a good friendship between a man and a woman while Sally begs to differ. The film tells us why friendship is the stepping stone towards love. It gave us one of the best all-time classic romantic quotes,”When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
Dostana – 2008
Gay jokes, butt-on-display and sheer debauchery aside, the movie is a classic example of how friends can become family. You may have good jobs, (Fashion editor, photographer and nurse without the short skirts) but you can only share the happiness of accomplished goals with friends. The most refreshing point of this movie is that neither was it a chick flick nor a bromance therefore, making you believe that you can definitely find a best friend from the opposite sex. A brilliant soundtrack, incredible comic-timing in key scenes and with wardrobes to die for, Dostana is a package loaded with entertainment and style.
Thelma and Louise – 1991
The feminists would swear by this flick of two women who break the monotony from their daily lives and decide to have some fun. Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) want to vacation in the Mexican mountains but their journey turns into a nightmare as soon as it’s begun. While stopping over at a local bar, Thelma gets drunk and is sexually assaulted by a man. To defend her, Louise shoots him. This forces them to flee before the law closes on them. The movie shows the amicable bond between two women and their take on men. Though the movie was well-received, the critics were concerned about portraying men in bad light. Well, all we can say is ego massages are not good all the time, are they?
3 Idiots – 2009
At large, the movie was a satirical take on the education system of our country, but it was a heart-wrenching tale of three friends who swear to be together through all ups and downs. There is never a dull moment in the entire movie. We absolutely loved their mess-ups with the Principal, the picking on the NRI geek, and their moments of tomfoolery. But the most loved scene has to be when Farhan (R.Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) gratefully bow to their friend Rancho (Aamir Khan) after having sought their respective dream jobs. Whoever said that friends understand you better than family knew what they were talking about.
Clueless – 1995
A modern take on writer Jane Austen’s classic Emma, Clueless is about Cher (Alicia Silverstone) who is rich, fashionable and thinks everyone’s business is hers. When not seated in front of her mirror, she prefers to play the matchmaker among her friends much to the annoyance of her ex step-brother Josh (Paul Rudd). Wait, didn’t Aisha (2010) have a similar storyline? Now you know where the Sonam Kapoor dud came from. The only difference is Clueless is a much more successful interpretation of Emma. This is definitely one chick flick you must watch.
Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara – 2011
One of the biggest successes of the year it released in, many felt that the movie was a travel documentary about Spain. Some even speculated it to be a hybrid of Dil Chahta Hai and The Hangover. Nevertheless, the tale of a life-long bromance between the three best friends takes us on a road-trip across Spain. Besides the chemistry that the friends share, there is a lot to take-away from this feel-good film. One, you are an ideal woman if you get along with a man and his friends and two, your ideal vacation cannot be complete without the thrills of sky-diving and being chased by bulls. Not to forget, your partners can be the worst party poopers.
Mean Girls – 2004
Mean Girls is the ideal teen drama for high-school kids. Life mainly revolves around trying to out-do the popular snobs in school and Mean Girls shows you how. The movie traces the friction between the new girl Cady (Lindsay Lohan) and the reigning queen Regina (Rachel McAdams) and how they take each other on. It shows us how a nice girl like Cady, once inducted into the mean girls group, becomes a mean girl herself. The movie eventually shows that it is more important to be a true friend than the most popular kid in school.
The Hangover – 2009
The Hangover is the in-your-face movie that does not fail to crack you up, every time you watch it. It’s a hilarious take on a bachelor party gone wrong. You can’t miss it for the constant digs the guys are taking at each other, especially Zach Gallifianakis as the groom-to-be Doug’s future brother-in-law. You can’t miss the epic reaction of the trio when they are handed a police van by the valet instead of the Merc they had driven the previous night. The movie is a laugh riot and your best bet on a lazy weekend with friends over barbecue and beer.
Hard to consolidate a list of timeless movies, we are sure you will have some more to pitch in.