Saturday, February 25th, 2023

Seeing how this July is also the time when college students are graduating and moving to newer pastures in search of higher education and jobs, a certain amount of nostalgia for the good old college days still lingers in our hearts, settling in like heavy stones. To beat the blues, here is a list of the top 10 movies about college life that might just help you relive those cherished memories to an extent.

1. Hridayam, 2022, Malayalam (Dir. Vineeth Sreenivasan)

You have to be living under a rock to not have heard of this one. Hridayam is another coming-of-age story that serves as a personal journal of a man in his early 30s as he reflects on his misspent youth and the rocky road that brought him to adulthood. It takes the harder approach to college life and discusses issues of depression, substance abuse, and the wider problems that portray the small life of college students. Brutally honest with its storytelling, the film focuses on the finer details of what may make college life a tough experience. Interestingly, the movie also marks the return of Merryland Studio, one of the earliest film studios in Kerala, into film production. The film reintroduced once obsolete audio cassettes and limited-edition vinyl records in India.

Where To Watch:  Disney+ Hotstar

2. Wake Up Sid, 2009, Hindi (Ayan Mukerji)

Ayan Mukherji established himself as the Indian Youth's director in our collective mindset through his directorial debut that deals with the life of a spoilt college student, Siddharth (Ranbir Kapoor), and his carefree attitude towards anything that would hold value in any other person's life. He meets an aspiring writer from Kolkata, Aisha (Konkona Sen), who ends up changing his perspective of the world by teaching him the value of owning up to the responsibility. Both Sharma and Kapoor won rave reviews for their performances, and the film emerged as a critical success. Also, who can forget "Iktara"?

Where To Watch:  Netflix

3. Chhichhore, 2019, Hindi (Dir. Nitesh Tiwari)

Though the college was a place for most of us to make memories, none of us can deny the ever-going competition that existed internally within the livelihood of hostel students, be it academically or beyond. This Sushant Singh Rajput starrer takes a bleak, and at the same time warm, look at how competition drives the motivation of most college students. It deals with mature themes of rivalry, addiction, loss, and redemption in a way that would not have been even imaginable ten years ago. A continuously rewarding watch, Chhichhore marks a transition in Indian films and how they portray the competitive side of college life.

Where To Watch:  Disney+ Hotstar

4. Main Hoon Na, 2004, Hindi (Dir. Farah Khan)

In a world full of college movies about love and friendship, one can't help but admire Khan's vision of a masaledar college life, where friendships and romances do exist, but so do shady elements of spying and a terrorist attack also find form. Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of Major Ram, an undercover army officer who arrives at a Darjeeling college to protect a general's daughter from a dangerous rogue soldier. Filled with evergreen songs and dance numbers, this film will be an amazing entertainer for you should you decide to sit and watch it.

Where To Watch:  Netflix

5. Premam, 2015, Malayalam (Dir. Alphonse Puthren)

Nivin Pauly, Sai Pallavi, a love story as tragic as any, is set in a beautiful college full of colorful characters of students and professors alike. What's there not to like? We focus on George's first love as it turns out to be a disappointment. However, Malar, a college lecturer, soon rekindles his love interest. His romantic journey takes him through several stages, helping him find his purpose in life and for others. A truly wholesome watch, Premam will never get old amongst college students, especially those in the southern states.

Where To Watch:  Disney+ Hotstar

6. Aanandam, 2016, Malayalam (Dir. Ganesh Raj)

In his directorial debut, Ganesh Raj explores the complicated themes of love and indulgence through a story disguised as a road trip film. Without giving out much, the film tracks the coming-of-age journeys of seven friends on their visit to Goa and Hampi on a college trip. Their experiences during their journey help them understand the intricacies of love and friendship. Expansively beautiful and curiously bothering, Aanandham lives up to its name and delivers a joy of a viewing experience no college student should miss out on.

Where To Watch:  Amazon Prime Video

7. Vaaranam Aariyam, 2008, Tamil (Dir. Gautham Vasudev Menon)

An unlikely addition to this list, this film deals more with the life of an army man as he remembers his dead father and how his college (Madras Christian College of Chennai), treated him, found him both love and labor, and almost ended up destroying the person he was. Filled with subtle nuances of philosophy and the madness of adult life, the film opened to critical acclaim and praise for Suriya's performance. Worth a watch for someone who has not had what is perceived to be an "ideal" college life.

Where To Watch:  Voot

8. Nanban, 2012, Tamil (Dir. Shankar)

If you expected 3 Idiots to be on this list, we are sorry to disappoint you. It is over-watched and overly recommended. Instead, we suggest the Tamil remake of the classic, featuring an ensemble cast of Vijay, Jiiva, Srikanth, Ileana D'Cruz, Sathyaraj, and Sathyan. The film is filled with nostalgia as two friends set out to look for a third, amidst reminiscences of their lost college days, all packed into a uniquely Tamil taste. Shankar proves yet again why he is the master of managing sentiments on the big screen.

Where To Watch:  Disney+ Hotstar

9. April Maadhathil, 2002, Tamil (Dir. SS Stanley)

Most would agree that a college experience is incomplete without falling in love with someone there. This theme is the heart and soul of Maadhathil where Kathir, a boy from a poor family, and Shweta, a rich girl, meet in college and fall in love with each other. However, they do not confess their feelings for each other till it is too late. If that's not enough of a hook for you, the film is scored by Yuvan when he was in his prime. Suggest the movie to your significant other, or go ahead and watch it with them. It's sure to leave you in tears.

Where To Watch:  Amazon Prime Video, MX Player

10. Rang De Basanti, 2006, Hindi (Dir. Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra)

Set around the University of Delhi campus, Rang De Basanti follows the story of Sue, a film student from London, who selects a few students to portray various Indian freedom fighters in her film. In the process, she unwittingly awakens their patriotism and the emotional and mental process subsequently turns them into rebels for a cause. Aamir Khan as DJ brings about amazing freshness to the portrayal of a happy-go-lucky college student who cares more about his friends than his degree. AR Rahman's music and aesthetic imagery of college life make for a perfect Sunday watch with your college buddies.

Where To Watch:  Netflix