Remember when your sibling misplaced the TV remote, sending you on a wild goose chase around the house? Or when they ate the last piece of cake you had set aside for yourself? Siblings are sometimes annoying, mostly entertaining, and always unique. If your sibling is annoyed with you, they will be the first to complain to your mother, but they will also be there to open the door when you return home after curfew so you don’t get in trouble. What better day than Raksha Bandhan to celebrate the many facets of this relationship, and what better way than a good old movie marathon? Scroll down to see our list of Bollywood and Hollywood films you can watch this Raksha Bandhan.
Directed by: L. V. Prasad
Produced by: L. V. Prasad
Starring: Balraj Sahni, Nanda, Rehman
Cinematography: Dwarka Divecha
Streaming Platform: YouTube
Synopsis : Chhoti Bahen is a story about a delicate but powerful love bond. Rajendra and Shekhar’s parents die, and they are left with only each other and their younger sister Meena. Despite his feelings for her, Rajendra swears he will not marry until his younger brother and sister are settled. Shekhar falls in love with a wealthy girl named Shobha. Meanwhile, Meena’s marriage has been finalised. Misfortune strikes when Meena is involved in an accident and is permanently blinded. Shobha presses Shekhar to marry her, and they leave to live with her wealthy father. Rajendra is fired from his job. He is desperate for work in order to support his poor blind sister.
Dil Dhadakne Do
Directed by : Zoya Akhtar
Produced by: Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh
Cinematography: Carlos Catalan
Streaming platform: Netflix
Growing up in a swanky New Delhi neighbourhood, Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) and Kabir (Ranveer Singh) banded together and became each other’s closest confidants in the face of family drama. It was always them two versus the rest of the world. They supported one another and, on occasion, provided reality checks. This relatable bond helped Kabir and Ayesha become one of the most lovable on-screen siblings in recent memory.
Hum Saath Saath Hain
Directed by: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Produced by: Ajit Kumar Barjatya, Kamal Kumar Barjatya, Rajkumar Barjatya
Starring: Mohnish Bahl, Tabu, Salman Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari
Cinematography: Rajan Kinagi
Streaming platform: Netflix
Ramkishen (Alok Nath) and his wife Mamta (Reema Lagoo) have three sons: Vivek (Mohnish Behl), Prem (Salman Khan), and Vinod (Saif Ali Khan). Prem and Vinod have sweethearts in Preeti and Sapna (Sonali Bendre and Karisma Kapoor), but Vivek’s birth handicap has prevented the family from finding him a suitable match. The family meets Adarsh and his daughter Sangeeta (Rajeev Verma and Tabu), and Sangeeta marries Vivek. Because Vivek is Mamta’s step-son, she plots with Dhanraj (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) to keep him from inheriting the property. Even though Vivek accepts his stepmother’s wishes, this divides the family. What will Prem and Vinod think of this? Will Ramkishen accept his eldest son’s humiliation?
Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Directed by: Dev Anand
Produced by: Dev Anand
Starring: Dev Anand, Zeenat Aman, Mumtaz
Cinematography: Fali Mistry
Streaming platform: YouTube
Prashanth and Jasbir are separated from each other due to disagreements with their parents. While Prashant travels to India with his mother, Jasbir remains in Monteral with her father and stepmother after learning that her mother and brother have died. Their father ensures that the siblings do not communicate with one another. Years later, Prashant learns from his father that Jasbir has fled the house and is no longer in Kathmandu. Prashant travels to Kathmandu and meets Jasbir, who now goes by the name Jasbir and is always in the company of hippies who consume drugs and alcohol.
Directed by: Rakesh Roshan
Produced by: Rakesh Roshan
Starring: Rakhee Gulzar , Salman Khan , Shah Rukh Khan , Kajol, Mamta Kulkarni, Amrish Puri
Cinematography: Kaka Thakur
Streaming platform: Zee5
Karan Arjun is a story about unwavering faith and patience. Rakhee is the mother of Karan and Arjun, who are killed by the evil man Durjan Singh (Amrish Puri), but her faith in the goddess Kali allows them to be reborn. Karan and Arjun are born in the city, far from the village where they previously lived.
When Karan and Arjun grow up, they have no recollection of anything except the feeling that they know each other from somewhere. So the question is, will Karan and Arjun remember who they are? Will they return to their village to see their mother, who has been waiting for them for 20 years? Will they exact their vengeance on Durjan Singh?
Directed by: Omung Kumar
Produced by: Vashu Bhagnani, Bhushan Kumar, Sandip Ssingh, Omung Kumar
Starring: Aishwarya Rai, Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadha, Darshan Kumaar
Cinematography: Kiran Deohans
Streaming platform: Amazon Prime Video
Sarbjit accidentally crosses the border into Pakistan in 1990 while drunk, where he is convicted as an Indian spy. He is known as Ranjit Singh and is accused of being responsible for bomb blasts in Lahore. His claims of innocence are dismissed, and he is tortured for months before he is able to inform his family of his abduction via letter. Sarbjit falsely confesses to terrorism in order to appease Pakistani police and is promptly sentenced to death. Dalbir, determined to free her brother, seeks the assistance of lawyer Awais Sheikh (Darshan Kumar). Their appeal for justice is supported throughout India and condemned in Pakistan; the media in both countries continues to cover the case, causing Sarbjit’s sentence to be overturned on multiple occasions.
Directed by: Khalid Mohammed Written by: Khalid Mohammed, Javed Siddiqui Produced by: Pradeep Guha Starring: Karisma Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Jaya Bachchan
Streaming platform: YouTube
The story revolves around Fiza (Karisma Kapoor), a young girl whose brother, Amaan (Hrithik Roshan), goes missing during the 1993 Bombay riots. Fiza and her mother Nishatbi (Jaya Bachchan) are desperate for him to return. Fiza, fed up with living in uncertainty six years after her brother’s disappearance, decides to search for him in 1999, six years after his disappearance. Fiza decides to employ any means she can—the law, media, and even politicians—to find her brother, which brings her into contact with a variety of characters and situations.
Directed by: Tanuja Chandra
Produced by: Mukesh Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt
Starring: Kajol, Sanjay Dutt, Ashutosh Rana
Streaming platform: YouTube
Kajol plays twin sisters Sonia and Naina in this crime thriller. The antagonist Gokul raped and brutally murdered Sonia. Enraged, Naina sets out to avenge her sister’s death, where she meets blind, retired Major Suraj Singh Rathod, who trains her to plan her revenge. However, after an argument, Naina decides to go on the quest by herself. Will she be successful?
Directed by: Vishal Bhardwaj
Screenplay by: Vishal Bhardwaj
Story by: Vishal Bhardwaj
Produced by: Vishal Bhardwaj
Starring: Shabana Azmi, Makrand Deshpande, Shweta Basu Prasad
Chunni’s life is going swimmingly until one of her pranks gets out of hand. Chunni, her sister, and their friend Mughal-e-azam are constantly at odds with Kallu, the local butcher (Makarand Deshpande). In a fit of rage, Kallu chases Munni, Chunni’s docile twin, to the mansion, mistaking her for Chunni. As a result, Munni, her docile sister, enters the mansion, where the witch has presumably turned the little girl into a hen. Chunni bursts out laughing when she realises this. She runs from pillar to post seeking assistance, but her credibility is at an all-time low, and the entire village refuses to believe her, so Chunni finally enters the haunted mansion alone in search of her sister.
Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Produced by: Peter Del Vecho
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
Streaming platform: Disney+Hotstar
Princess Elsa of Arendelle possesses magical abilities that allow her to control and create ice and snow, which she frequently employs to amuse her younger sister, Anna. After Elsa injures Anna with her magic, their parents, the King and Queen, transport both siblings to a troll colony led by Grand Pabbie. He heals Anna but changes her memories so she forgets Elsa’s magic. Elsa is warned by Grand Pabbie that she must learn to control her powers and that fear will be her greatest foe. The King and Queen confine both sisters within the castle, barring their subjects from entering. Elsa cuts off all contact with Anna to protect her sister from her increasingly unpredictable powers, causing a schism between them.
Rakshabandhan is near and you can make it memorable by watching any of the movies of the above list. Just gather your siblings and family, grab a bucket of popcorn and binge watch the awesomeness of good cinema with the festival.