Bollywood, with its wide variety of genres, teaches us different things in different ways. They provide us with some valuable life lessons through their films. One such lesson is Self-love. Bollywood movies based on self-love have become so underrated that there is hardly any attempt by human beings to learn and love themselves. Self-love should consist of the following things:
- Don’t compare yourself
- Put yourself first
- Let yourself rest
- Speak kindly to yourself
- Let go of past things
- Say ‘yes’ to things you love
- Notice the things you are proud of
Bollywood movies based on self-love inspire us to learn something from them and adapt the same. Self-love not only teaches us to love ourselves but also takes care of our mental health indirectly. Following are the top Bollywood movies based on self-love:
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
Probably you might find yourself surrounded by a pool of tears after watching this film. A girl leading a dull life sees life from a different perspective after she meets her new neighbour and falls in love with him. Meanwhile, the neighbour pretends to be a married man because of his fatal disease and sets her up with her best friend. This Nikhil Advani directorial with a story by Karan Johar casts Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zeinta, Saif Ali Khan and Jaya Bachchan in the lead roles. The whole movie revolves around stressing the importance of family and friends. The last scene, wherein Shahrukh lies on a deathbed, brings out the emotions of the public, bidding an emotional farewell to the character in the film.
Jiyo! Khush Raho! Muskurao! Kya Pata Kal Ho Naa Ho.By Shahrukh Khan from Kal Ho Naa Ho
Even though Shahrukh dies in the end, he teaches everyone throughout the film to live their lives to the fullest. Even to take Preity out of her depressive and gloomy world, he constantly nags her to keep smiling and love herself. As soon as Preity realizes it, she starts loving herself and falls in love with Shahrukh. Self-love brings a new perspective to our lives. This way, we can give ourselves a new and happy life.
A young woman living a happy and content life with her husband gets shattered when the husband slaps her out of frustration in front of everyone at a party. This incident left her devastated and forced her to file a divorce. Everyone confronted her to step back and live together again but she felt the opposite and she carried on with the divorce proceedings. Meanwhile, the husband and his lawyer pressed false charges against her to stop the divorce. In the end, the husband realized his mistake and apologizes to her while parting their way through a divorce. They end the film on a happy note by becoming good friends and hoping to reunite soon.
The movie is a message for every woman going through harassment from her husband or her in-laws to stop this evil practice and raise their voices against it. This form of harassment is quite prevalent in our country and women choose to stay shut over this issue due to some fear. Women should report this behaviour as soon as possible as it gives courage to the other person to commit the same act again and again.
This film brought tears and a sense of hope at the same time to the women who face such issues. Taapsee Pannu played the lead role in this movie. She taught us the value of self-love in our lives. Around half of the women in our country sacrifice self-love to serve their in-laws and family. At times, they even face harassment in one or the other form. The woman should put herself first, and then others.
Taare Zameen Par (2007)
The portrayal of a story of a child’s relationship with his parents in this film made everyone cry their hearts out. A son, who is weak in academics face criticism from his parents, who send him to a boarding school. At the school, an art teacher recognizes the child’s disease, ‘dyslexia’ which is a reading disorder. The teacher helps him recover and utilize his potential. One of the best films by Aamir Khan and the son’s acting by Darsheel Safary was worth watching. The movie raised global awareness of dyslexia and created a social impact. The song “Maa” from this film still makes us emotional because the lyrics and soundtrack used very well describe the situation of the child in this film.
Duniya mein aise hi heer paida hue hai, jinhone saari duniya ka naksha hi badal diya kyunki yeh duniya ko apni alag nazariya se dekh paye.By Aamir Khan from Taare Zameen Par
Aamir teaches us to love ourselves irrespective of what others think of us. Self-love becomes a necessity for a happy life because, in the end, we matter.
Dear Zindagi (2016)
Kaira, after facing a lot of ups and downs in her career and relationships, contacts a psychologist Dr Jehangir Khan for her insomnia problem. He uses the friendship method to treat her, they indulge in regular therapies and discuss their lives. She led a positive and happy life after discussing her problems with Mr Khan and confesses her love for him but he denies this because of the relationship between a patient and therapist and ends the story on a happy note. Sometimes in life, a person just needs a shoulder to lean on, a friend to discuss each other’s issues and happy moments.
Jab hum apne aap ko achhi tarah samajh lete hai, to dusre kya samajhte hai, it doesn’t matter. Not at all!By Shahrukh Khan from Dear Zindagi
The whole film revolves around the topic of self-love. Alia Bhatt, who plays the role of Kaira, finds herself in a dull and gloomy position. After meeting Shahrukh Khan in the form of a therapist, she gets cured as he teaches her the value of loving ourselves and our life. It surely counts toward one of the most motivational and optimistic movies. This is one of the best Bollywood movies based on self-love.
An engaged girl, Rani gets traumatized when her fiance breaks up with her and calls off the wedding. She decides to go on her honeymoon alone to Paris and Amsterdam, where she discovers herself and makes a fresh start. The film focuses on supporting feminism and women’s power by encouraging Rani to gain independence and live on her own. Unlike other women crying over their broken marriages or engagements, she gathered the courage to discover herself and explore the world. The locations featured in this film were some beautiful castles, such as Cluny Castle, Balmoral Castle, Blairquhan Castle, Castle Fraser and Culzean Castle. Parts of London, Scotland, Buckinghamshire and Paris are also featured in the movie.
Kangana Ranaut, in the lead role, inspires us to not base our happiness on somebody else. Even after going through the trauma of a broken relationship, she held herself up and decided to travel alone. In this way, she even found her inner self and loved herself. Your happiness should purely be based on ‘you’ and only ‘you’.
The movie centres around the story of a physiotherapist, Mili, who stays with a royal family to treat their son. While treating him, she falls in love with the young prince of the family, who is already engaged to someone else. By the end, everything falls into place when the prince, Vikram, also confesses his love for the physiotherapist and calls off his former engagement. Sonam Kapoor, along with Fawad Khan featured in this film.
Sonam as Mili’s carefree and restless nature inspires us to treat ourselves the same way. Putting our soul above everyone else becomes essential to stay satisfied and happy.
Jab We Met (2007)
One of the most favourite new films of the 90s kids featured the most popular couple during that time, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shahid Kapoor. The movie begins with a depressed businessman, Aditya who lost his father and parted ways with his girlfriend, meets a girl, Geet on the train. Geet seems happy and carefree, opposite to Aditya’s character. Geet follows Aditya and they eventually land in Bhatinda, the girl’s hometown. She decides to elope with Aditya to relocate to Manali, where her boyfriend, Anshuman resides. Geet and Aditya part ways only to meet after a few months. Aditya discovers that Geet was not in a happy relationship with Anshuman. Meanwhile, Geet and Aditya fall for each other. The film ends with the protagonists reuniting and falling in love with each other.
Main apni favourite hoon.By Geet from Jab We Met
The character of Geet is full of life and love. She teaches everyone to stay jolly and carefree in their lives. Geet tells us to open our hearts, even when nobody listens to us. And last but not the least, being your own favourite person.
English Vinglish (2012)
An uneducated caterer and housewife feel separated from her daughter and husband due to her inability to speak English. While on a visit to Manhattan to meet her sister, she decides to join an English learning course. She discovers herself over there. Her classmates teach her to value herself beyond the narrow perspective of her family members. The movie serves as a treat to the eyes of the legendary actress Sridevi’s fans. The film was one of the last films of Sridevi.
There are some really important life lessons to take from this film. Love without respect means nothing. Both the terms shall co-exist. Sridevi tells us that loving oneself leads to the gate of happiness.
Note down the life lessons given by the characters in the movies stated above. Apply these lessons to your real-life too and enjoy being in a happy state of mind. Must watch these Bollywood movies based on self-love.