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30 Indian Movies Parents Must Watch With Their Teens

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Often, art imitates life. True! It is a wonderful feeling to be transported to another world through the medium of movies. After all, movies have far-reaching consequences and leave a lasting impact on people, especially teens. This is where parents need to ensure their teens watch films with life lessons, for they are at an impressionable age. This ClipBook lists some remarkable Indian movies that depict different emotions and instil important values.

Over the decades, there have been many movies that have inspired us and served as a mirror of the society we live in. Take the hugely successful ‘3 Idiots’ for example. The article, ‘What 3 Idiots Has Taught Us,’ published in CareerGuide.com, states that there are many lessons the movie teaches us including how not to join the rat race, how education can improve the quality of life and how the pursuit of excellence leads to success.

'Mary Kom' is another movie that is laden with values for your teen. It is based on the life of celebrated champion Mary Kom, who encountered many difficulties before realising her dream of becoming a boxing champion. One of the greatest virtues a teen can learn from this movie is that perseverance always pays.

Not only these two, the list is envious. Right from 'Chak De! India' to 'Swades' and 'Gandhi,' pick from our curated list of meaningful movies by flipping through this ClipBook and be rest assured that your teen will imbibe the right values. 

So, what are you waiting for? Spend a weekend watching these classics with your teen.

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3 Idiots

‘3 Idiots’ is the tale of three students and their travails at engineering college. The movie deals with the complexities of the system of education in India and how it has an overbearing impact on the lives of students. The movie sends out a st...

Taare Zameen Par

'Taare Zameen Par' is a movie that unravels the trials of a child who suffers from dyslexia. Often, society looks down on such children and their parents. The movie, while teaching us to be more tolerant of such children, exposes the deficiencies...

Chak De! India

‘Chak De! India’ is entertaining and informative at the same time. The movie teaches people to rise above religious, regional and emotional prejudices. It stresses on the need to work together as a team for a common cause. Hard work, unity, perse...

Mary Kom

'Mary Kom' focuses on the struggles that boxing champion Mary Kom had to face before she eventually got her well-deserved place in the hall of fame. The film traverses her journey from the fields of Manipur to the boxing rings, where she became t...

Rang De Basanti

‘Rang De Basanti’ is not just another patriotic film. It deals with corruption in politics and poor administration — issues that eventually lead to the awakening of a generation. The movie invokes in teenagers an interest in issues related to pu...

Lagaan

Based on the game of cricket, ‘Lagaan’ teaches us to challenge injustice through collective struggle. Set in pre-independence India, a team of peasants who turned cricketers pull off an incredible win against the British. The movie depicts the ind...

Dangal

‘Dangal’ is based on the real-life story of a wrestler, Mahavir Singh Phogat, and his daughters – Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari. Mahavir braves the many hurdles of a male-dominated society they live in to train his daughters to become world-class...

Gandhi

'Gandhi' is an epic film that deals with the journey and transformation of an ordinary person, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, into the father of the nation. Often touted to be the best film on leadership, ‘Gandhi’ carries a strong message – if you a...

Swades

‘Swades’ is a story of selfless devotion to the country. It deals with numerous social issues that are relevant to modern Indian society. It is a must-watch for teens as it will instil in them a sense of responsibility towards their motherland. ...

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ is an inspiring story based on the life of Milkha Singh, a former athlete who overcame immense obstacles to emerge victorious. This biopic on the ‘Flying Sikh’ delivers a message that if you are hard working and focused, you ...

Stanley Ka Dabba

‘Stanley Ka Dabba’ deals with the subject of food in a sensitive yet ‘delicious’ way. The mouth-watering visuals are enough to make any child fall in love with the movie. The theme of the movie revolves around loving one another and bonding with...

Nil Battey Sannata

'Nil Battey Sannata' is a beautiful depiction of a mother-daughter relationship. It highlights the need for parents’ support for a child to excel in her studies. It delivers the strong message that every child has the right to dream, to access q...

Mr. India

'Mr. India' was a movie that set the benchmark for a good storyline and gripping emotions. Children love this movie, which has many diverse and fun elements – an invisible man, a raging villain and a gentle cook. It is the story of a poor but kin...

Iqbal

‘Iqbal’ is a story of grit that will leave you inspired. It reveals the fact that succumbing to your incapability is the biggest defeat in life. The movie explores the power of the human mind. This overwhelming tale of unbelievable self-belief a...

Hawaa Hawaai

'Hawaa Hawaai' is an earnest and evocative film. It deals with a coach and his student, and the difficulties they encounter before the student eventually becomes a champion skater. The film serves as good inspiration for children to chase their d...

The Blue Umbrella

'The Blue Umbrella' is based on a classic novel by Ruskin Bond. It delivers the profound value that even the worst human beings need to be accepted and forgiven. This film will help your teenager understand the finer aspects of gaining respect i...

Airlift

'Airlift' is based on the world's biggest evacuation mission that happened during the Iraq-Kuwait war. This movie is a must-watch that stirs up feelings of patriotism. It is also a reminder that India values its citizens and will never turn its ba...

Slumdog Millionaire

'Slumdog Millionaire' is the rags-to-riches story of a young boy deals with different values — hard work, honesty, hope and will power. It is a portrayal of his fight for survival where he achieves success through hard work and perseverance.

Anjali

'Anjali' is one of the finest works of director Mani Ratnam. It is a thoughtful and emotional story of a little girl who is mentally challenged. The movie may leave you and your teen teary-eyed while instilling in her values such as family bondi...

Sholay

'Sholay' is considered one of the greatest blockbusters of all time because it has successfully integrated many different genres – action, comedy, love – together. One of the most important lessons to be learnt from the movie is that true friend...

I Am Kalam

‘I Am Kalam’ is a brilliant, socially awakening movie that seeks to inspire children to value the life they lead and not take it for granted. The movie is based on the principle that you must work hard and never stop trying to accomplish what yo...

English Vinglish

‘English Vinglish’ teaches us many valuable lessons about life and business. The movie revolves around the story of a wife who struggles to learn the English language and succeeds in her quest through sheer determination. The movie sends out the...

Udaan

‘Udaan’ is a movie that parents and children must watch together. Through the eyes of the protagonist, the movie tells the story of thousands of youth from middle-class families in India who must sacrifice their dreams and take up an ordinary life...

Mother India

'Mother India' is an epic drama film directed by Mehboob Khan. This critically acclaimed movie shows the story of a woman who courageously fights all odds after her husband abandons her with their children. It epitomises the role of a mother who...

Bumm Bumm Bole

The movie is a heart-warming story that will make a teenager realise the value of having siblings. It emphasises the importance of sharing things. The story revolves around a boy named Pinu and his family. One day, his sister, Rimzim loses her s...

Do Dooni Chaar

‘Do Dooni Chaar’ is a movie about togetherness. It emphasises the need to stick to your morals and values despite the temptations that abound. Your teenager will learn about the powerful values of sharing and support from this movie. He will als...

Gippi

‘Gippi’ is a movie based on the life of a 14-year-old girl who deals with crushes, best friends and playful competitors. The movie touches upon the awkwardness associated with growing up. It talks about the importance of having friends and family...

Dil Chahta Hai

‘Dil Chahta Hai’ is a coming-of-age story in which the close bond between three friends is tested by the various challenges that life throws at them. The film teaches teenagers to stick by friends notwithstanding the circumstances. It also impar...

Rockford

'Rockford' is a classic movie about the joys and agonies of life in an all-male boarding school. The movie deals with the complexities and innocence of teenage friendship. The story is beautifully woven around every teenage sentiment there is, m...

Wake Up Sid

Are we satisfied with the life that we have chosen? Where are we headed? These are some of the basic questions ‘Wake Up Sid’ explores. The movie urges you to make your decisions carefully, to strive to realise your potential and to live life on yo...

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