The joint family culture is prevalent in India as it is a country which relies heavily on culture and tradition. Indian films also reflect that sort of mentality. There have been several films throughout the years like Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Hum Saath Saath Hain, etc, that have shown a glorious picture of big, joint families. There might be problems in big families, but living together is worth its while. Here are some Bollywood films that have depicted big joint families.
1. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Sooraj Barjatya’s film, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, released in the year 2015 and starred
Salman Khan and
Sonam Kapoor. It depicted the importance of loving one’s family, irrespective of whether they are related by blood. In the film, Salman Khan’s character, Prem, does his best to reunite his lookalike, Yuvraj Vijay Singh, with his step-sisters and extended family who had been alienated due to property issues and misunderstanding. Like all Rajshri movies, this one too taught the viewers the importance of loving one’s family and sticking together in spite of all odds.
2. Kapoor & Sons
Kapoor & Sons is a 2016 film starring
Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan,
Rajat Kapoor, and
Rishi Kapoor. The film is about a dysfunctional family which has several issues affecting their relationships with each other. The film showed modern and very relatable issues plaguing families of this age and how they often keep emotions pent up inside their minds to avoid confrontation. Kapoor & Sons got a lot of appreciation for its mature treatment of social and family issues. It teaches us a lot about being with one’s family despite differences.
Vivah is a family film directed by Sooraj Barjatya. The film stars
Samir Soni, etc. The film showed the journey of a couple between engagement and marriage. In an arranged marriage, it is always a special journey when the two families get to know each other. Vivah showed us the beauty of joining two families in a matrimonial bond. The family of Shahid Kapoor’s character was the perfect example of a happy joint family of the present age.
4. Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai
Having been directed by
Sanjay Gadhvi, the film Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai was a fresh, fun movie based on a love triangle. Sanjay and Anjali are childhood friends. Although Anjali has always been in love with Sanjay, he realizes his feelings for her only when she is set to marry a guy named Rohit. The film showed a beautiful joint family that Anjali belongs to. They all live together happily in a big house, just like one would imagine in a perfect world. The film starred
Jimmy Shergill, and
Directed by Rajat Kapoor, Ankhon Dekhi was the story of a man named Rajesh Bauji who decides to believe only what he can see. The film shows Rajesh living in Old Delhi with his large family of extended relatives who participate in different ways in his crazy theory which starts making sense after some time. The film stars Sanjay Misra,
Seema Pahwa, Rajat Kapoor,
Ranvir Shorey, etc. Director Rajat Kapoor has described the film as an amalgamation of the joint family concept with a unique idea that makes up the story.
6. Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
This is a 2012 comedy film starring
Nimrat Kaur, etc. In the film, Omi Khurana returns to his native place from London after a decade and comes to terms with his big, dysfunctional family. The film depicts the search for the secret recipe of a dish named Chicken Khurana which was the signature dish of an eatery run by Omi’s grandfather. In a quest to recreate the legendary dish, the family goes through a lot of adventures and ultimately come together to celebrate their love and togetherness. The film got positive reviews from critics and viewers.
Jab We Met
Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met is a romantic comedy based on a crazy journey during which two very different individuals, Aditya and Geet, meet and get to know each other. Their journey changes both their personalities and makes a huge difference in their lives. The film also shows Geet’s typically Punjabi family and their quirkiness. Jab We Met correctly depicts the kind-heartedness and hospitality present in large Indian families. Jab We Met was a critical and commercial success, and it made the characters of Geet and Aditya quite famous among the audience.
8. Mujhse Dosti Karoge
Mujhse Dosti Karoge is a romantic drama film starring
Kareena Kapoor Khan, and
Rani Mukerji. The film shows a typical love triangle among three childhood friends and the effect it has on them and their relationships. Though the film did not technically have a family, the friends and their families lived together for a major part of the film. Mujhse Dosti Karoge teaches us that we do not necessarily have to be related by blood to form a family. It is the connection between hearts that matters.
Ready starred Salman Khan,
Eva Grover, etc, apart from several special appearances from actors like
Sanjay Dutt, etc. The film is about mistaken identities and the confusion it creates, leading to hilarious situations. Sanjana (Asin) pretends to be Pooja, Prem’s bride-to-be, to seek refuge in Prem’s house and escape from her relatives who were chasing her. The film shows two different families, Prem's and Sanjana’s. Prem’s family, especially, is a big happy family which lives together very happily.
Baghban is the ultimate film that we need to watch to realize the importance of families and parents in our life. Starring Amitabh Bachchan,
Hema Malini, Salman Khan,
Divya Dutta, etc, the film focuses on how parents are ill-treated in their old age by their children. Despite having four sons of their own, the parents find themselves homeless and helpless, with nobody to understand their emotions apart from their two grandchildren. It is then that they are found by their adoptive son and given the respect that they deserve. Baghban teaches us an important lesson about never forgetting our roots.