5 Indian Movies Every Nigerian Bollywood Fan Needs To Watch

August 26, 2020

1) 3 Idiots

This coming age of drama follows the lives of 3 friends in an Indian engineering college and explores the social pressures put on students in Indian education. There’s comedy and music so it’s a lot of fun. However, nothing can prepare you for the scene that follows the musical number, “All Izz Well.”

2) Pyaar Impossible

Abhay, is in love with his colleg classmate, Alisha but she has no idea he exists. 7 years later, he runs into her (she still doesn’t remember him) and, in an attempt to get closer to her, applies to be her daughter’s nanny. It’s not as creepy as it sounds, I swear. Priyanka Chopra and Uday Chopra (pictured above) have sweet chemistry, and the film’s eponymous title track is a bop.

3) Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Rahul goes against his adoptive father’s wishes and marries a middle-class woman, which leads to him being banished from the family. Years later, Rahul’s younger half-brother, Rohan, sets out to find and bring Rahul home. This star-studded film is super fun, insane, and sad at the same time. Go check it out if you haven’t.

4) My Name Is Khan

After losing his son in a post 9/11 prejudice-inspired attack (against brown people in America), Rizwan, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, embarks on a journey to meet the president of the United States in an attempt to alter the public’s perception of his community. Even though I loved this movie, I still think it was a really shitty that his wife blamed him for their son’s death. Watch it and let me know what you think.

5) Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

College student, Anjali, is in love with her best friend, Rahul, but he doesn’t notice because he’s in love with the new girl, Tina. Rahul marries Tina, which breaks Anjali’s heart and causes her to leave college before confessing her feelings. They fall out of touch. Years pass and Tina dies while giving birth to a daughter. When the child, is 8 years old, she finds a letter, written by her mother before she passed, instructing her to hook the now-alone Rahul up with his true love, Anjali. I remember watching this and thinking, “How do you give such a task to a freaking 8 year old??!!” but this insane storyline somehow works.

Personally, I think it’s insane that 3 out of the 5 movies on this list have the same two actors (Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol) playing the leads. But, you know, it’s Bollywood. It never bothers you because the actors do such an amazing job every time.

Astor George

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

November 8, 2019

Joeboy — “All For You” After three successful singles, “Baby”, “Beginning” and the Mayorkun-assisted “Don’t Call Me Back”, Joeboy has concluded his breakout year with his debut EP, Love & Light. The project includes two new tracks, with the strongest being “All For You”. On the track, Joeboy sings about loving someone beyond reason. Even […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

December 3, 2020

Don’t let their cuteness deceive you; kids are crackheads. They’ll do the weirdest shit and then when you catch them, they’ll start acting like they’ve been framed. If you want to save yourself a lot of cleaning and embarrassment, keep these seven things away from your kids. 1. Powder Children see powder and immediately think […]

December 3, 2020

On Sunday, November 30th, 2020, many Nigerians woke up to the sad news that over 43 rice farmers in communities near Borno State, Nigeria, had been killed by Boko Haram insurgents. While the government has claimed that Boko Haram has been “technically defeated”, the group continues to carry out terrorist attacks, especially in the northeastern […]

December 3, 2020

Yes, you have a crush, but are you your crush’s crush? These are the questions. To catch your crush’s attention, you have to be different and think outside the box, because many people are doing the same thing you’re doing. Here are 5 easy ways to enrapture your crush. 1. Be rich You thought it […]

Recommended Quizzes

October 10, 2019

2019 is certainly Burna Boy’s year, but, if we are being honest, so was 2018. Since his transcendent mixtape, Outside, the afro-fusion star has refused to get his foot of our necks — dropping a string of fantastic singles and then capping it all off with his career-best album, African Giant.  So, in a bid […]

April 3, 2020

While the rest of the world loves to treat our continent like a country, there are actually 54 African countries. So, in a bid to test your knowledge (and educate you), we’ve created a quiz to see how many of their capitals you can correctly name. Go ahead:

November 11, 2019

Everyone has something to say about what kind of person they are. But how well do we truthfully evaluate these things? Not that much, I can assure you. The average person is always lying to themselves to make sure they look good. But you know what and who doesn’t lie? Zikoko quizzes that’s what. Take […]

November 30, 2019

With No Nut November FINALLY coming to an end, we’ve decided to mark the torturous month with some more horny content. After quizzes that guessed how many people you’ve slept with, how good you are in bed and who you’ll sleep with next, this one will guess when next you’ll get lucky. Take it to […]

November 14, 2019

The fourth season of Big Brother Naija came to an end over a month ago, but the conversation surrounding the housemates is far from over. So, in a bid to keep the fire burning, we decided to create a quiz that tells you which famous member of the ‘Pepper Dem’ gang is your soulmate. Take […]

More from Pop

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.
February 6, 2020
Who doesn't want to find love? In our bid to help, we paired up a bunch of single Nigerians, sending them on an all-expense paid date, and interviewing them before and after they met.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X