It is often asked what matters the most in a film. One very significant thing turns out to be is the story. In the age of new and more realistic films, the public today look for more eloquent storylines. Many blockbusters fail to have the story as an important ingredient. Today, in the growing age, films with more expressive stories need to be more recognized than the ones that have unrealistic lines. Here are some of those movies that are high on value on account of their immensely powerful stories.
This 1971 film starring
Rajesh Khanna and
Amitabh Bachchan is one such movie that can never be forgotten. With such a strong cast and immensely impactful storyline, it can never be missed in the list of one of the best stories ever. It talks about a cancer patient, Anand who teaches people the essence of living. He lives his life to the fullest. He also inspires his doctor, Bhaskar, so much that he ends up writing a book on Anand’s life.
The 1975 film has one of the strongest stories ever written for a Hindi movie. Adding to that is the excellent cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra,
Hema Malini, and
Jaya Bachchan who make this film worth watching even for the zillionth time. The story shows Jai and Veeru, who are small-time crooks, hired by Thakur Baldev Singh to rip off Gabbar to avenge the death of his family and also to protect the villagers of Ramgarh from the torture that Gabbar incurs on them.
It is a 2001 sports-drama film that stars
Aamir Khan in the lead. It gives a very different story of the time of the British rule that nobody can create again. When harassed to pay the increasing tax, the people of the village headed by a vivacious young man challenge the British for a cricket match. If they win, they would never have to pay their land tax. However, the problem is that none of the people even know the basic rules of the game.
Released in 2012, Kahaani is a suspense film with a story that will make you fasten your seats till you reach the end. It involves a young pregnant woman, who travels all the way from London to Kolkata just to look for her missing husband. However, as she takes the help of the police officers, there is a lot more than what we get to see. Starring Vidya Balan in the lead as Vidya Bagchi,
Nawazuddin Siddiqui and others, the film does not let you forget it pretty soon.
5. Rang de Basanti
Rang de Basanti is a 2006 film mostly concentrating on the idea of patriotism. The story, which is immensely powerful and touching, talks about Sue who comes to India with the intention to portray in a documentary film with the role of various freedom fighters in the Indian freedom struggle with the help of a few students. Unintentionally, this awakens the patriotic feeling among these students, and when a major incident takes place in their lives, they begin to fight for it. The mental and emotional phases that these students undergo are major aspects of the film.
Masaan is a 2015 Indian drama film set up in Varanasi. The film’s story is very strong and represents those social aspects that are highly significant today. It brings together various stories: of a girl who is discovering her sexuality, a love affair between people of two different castes, and a father who is trying to raise enough money so that he can pay off a hefty bribe. Adding to the immensely strong storyline, it has so much reality that makes it so intense and powerful. The cast includes
Vicky Kaushal, and
Stanley Ka Dabba
Released in 2011, Stanley Ka Dabba has a story which makes it a must for it to be a part of this list. It revolves around Stanley who does not bring a lunch box to school, which comes to the notice of his teacher and it forces his classmates to share lunch with him. The teacher also warns him to get a lunchbox as soon as possible. The twist at the end is so strong that it grabs you by the throat in spite of having so many other innocent and positive aspects.
The Lunchbox is one movie with such a simple yet good storyline that you could never forget it. Such is its simplicity that it holds you and one could never imagine how beautiful a film like this could be. The story revolves around the mix-up done by a tiffin-carrier service (the dabbawalas). They send by mistake the lunchbox given by a middle-aged woman, Ila, which is supposed to be for her husband, to Saajan Fernandes, an old widower. A bond develops between the two after this and unknowingly they share their deepest thoughts to each other just through the exchange of letters in the tiffin boxes.
Taare Zameen Par
Probably one of the most touching stories with the most heart-warming scenes, Taare Zameen Par has a story that deals with curing an 8-year-old boy suffering from Dyslexia. When Ishaan does nothing but daydream the whole day, his parents are forced to send him to a boarding school only for him to meet his art teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh who helps him discover who he is. With a story this simple and excellent portrayal of characters by Aamir Khan and
Darsheel Safary, the film has to be in the list.
Udaan is a 2010 film that concentrates on the life of 17-year-old Rohan after he is thrown out from a very prestigious school. He returns home to stay with his stern father and half-brother of whom he is unaware. Rohan’s father forces him to work in the factory without letting him pursue his dream of writing. The way things turn out and whether Rohan is at last able to follow his desired path or not is what forms the story.