[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]ndian cinema has given us many gems. Among those, few are the ones that stand apart because of their sheer beauty. Crizic celebrates a few of them on this list. Here are the five most oddly beautiful Bollywood movies of the modern era:

5. Dasvidaniya:


Okay, well, what do you call that feeling when you just bawl your eyes out and yet keep laughing? Ever felt that? Got any word for that? Nope? Just watch Dasvidaniya. The plot of this movie? Well, a man who is dying. Simple, right? Nope. This man does not set out on a journey of self-pity when he learns that he is dying; he sets out to set things right with self and in doing so impacts the lives of those nearest to him in a way you cannot imagine. ‘Well it’s repeated throughout the YEARS! It’s the samn plot movies like Anand and Bucket List had!’


Dasvidaniya is oddly funny, surprisingly emotional, and weirdly beautiful. Seldom comes a film where you leave the hall with smiling face and soggy eyes. Dasvidaniya is one such rare gem which shouldn’t be confused as an out-and-out laugh-riot like Bheja Fry or an absolute tearjerker. We start off our list with this gem as number five.

4. Udaan:

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Can ‘coming of age’ genre movies be made in Bollywood? Yes. Definitely yes. Vikramaditya Motwane makes a terrific directing debut, offering up a film whose images will linger in your head long after you’ve left your seat. The film reaches out because it’s sincere and has no commercial trappings. It shows that the self-proclaimed teenager movies like ‘Student of the year’ or ‘Yaariyan’ aren’t merely bullshit, they don’t show any-damn-thing about the life of a young adult. Udaan is refreshing, and simply beautiful.

3. The Lunchbox:


We tried hard not to include any romantic movie on this list, but we couldn’t resist to put lunchbox on this list of the most beautiful bollywood movies of all time. Because Lunchbox isn’t merely a romantic movie, it is a proof that the greatest love stories are the ones that make you root for the protagonists to come together, despite their destinies.

2. Stanley Ka Dabba:


Stanley Ka Dabba is not cinema as we know it. Or as we are made to know it, Friday after Friday. It is something extraordinary. It is a breath of fresh air in the now-toxic masala cinema environment. Stanley Ka Dabba will take you to a heartwarming journey of a normal schoolboy, and its ending will wreck you emotionally.

The goosebumps felt after Stanley goes, ‘Dabba. Stanley Ka Dabba.’ will forever be unmatched on the screen. Mr. Gupte, and Partho, you both don’t even know how big a gift you have given to Indian cinema. It is second only to;

1. Paa:

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The description for the most beautiful bollywood movie of the modern era should go like: ‘It’s like a poetry on-screen, some epic saga’ and shit. But, nope. Paa is nothing like that. Paa doesn’t have any villains, or any heroes. Its characters are neither full of positivity, nor negativity. They aren’t even tweeners. It is neither an epic saga, nor a linear story.

The beauty of this movie can be just felt, not explained.

When people first heard about some movie being made that had Amitabh Bachchan as the son of Abhishek Bachchan, they took quote a bit of interest. Turns out, there was no Amitabh Bachchan in the movie. There was only Auro. Auro, his friends, his bum and his mother. Auro, who, unlike portrayed in other movies on children had no one who made fun of his rare disease. Auro, who was just yet another school student. Auro, who just wanted to pay a visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Hats off, Mr. R. Balki. Hats off, the child who played Auro. Paa is when a genius creates his masterpiece. There can never be any other ‘Paa’ and there shouldn’t be any other. Paa isn’t just oddly beautiful; it is the most beautiful Bollywood movie of the modern era, and possibly the most beautiful Bollywood movie of all time.