Whether it’s love or rivalry, there’s no better person to experience it with than your sibling. From elder sisters who are always there to the protective bond of a brother, from intense fights to unending love, sibling relationships have been portrayed so well in many movies.
Let us walk you through 20 beautiful Bollywood movies that you should watch with your sibling this Raksha Bandhan.
1) Josh (2000)
As a drama / action film, Josh revolves around the tension between the two gangs, Bichhoo and Eagles. The heat between the gang leaders intensifies as they realise that their siblings are in love with each other.
Sit back and enjoy the beautiful relationship between the two siblings, Max (Shahrukh Khan) and Shirley (Aishwarya Rai), in Josh as they depict how strong a sibling bond can be.
2) Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)
The movie revolves around the story of a brother (Dev Anand) who goes to Kathmandu in search of his long-lost sister (Zeenat Aman), only to find her in a group of hippies.
HRHK captures the beautiful relationship between a brother and a sister as the brother puts his life on hold to rehabilitate his drug-addicted sister. With songs like ‘Phoolon ka taaron ka’, this movie is a must watch with your sibling this Raksha Bandhan.
3) Kai Po Che (2013)
Based on the novel “The 3 Mistakes of My Life” by Chetan Bhagat, Kai Po Che is the story of three friends and their ambition to set up their own sports shop and academy.
Even though the relationship between Vidya (Amrita Puri) and Ishaan (Sushant Sing Rajput) is not the sole focus of the movie, the characters accurately depict how a brother-sister bond works with all the ups and downs, arguments and reconciliation.
4) Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya (1998)
This romantic comedy revolves around the love affair between Suraj (Salman Khan) and Muskaan (Kajol). Suraj has to win the hearts of her family members in order to get their approval to wed.
While the movie accurately depicts the hurdles a sister has to jump while dealing with an overprotective brother, it takes a humorous twist on how troublesome it can be to have an overprotective brother.
5) Queen (2013)
When her fiancé calls off their wedding, Rani (Kangana Ranaut), a broken-hearted 24-year-old girl decides to go on their honeymoon alone.
This movie highlights the bond between a younger brother and elder sister portraying how younger brothers can be as protective (if not more) and mature (when it counts) as anyone else. Rani travels all over Europe while her little brother refuses to tell her ex-fiancé about her whereabouts. He even gives the ex-fiancé a cold shoulder, all for his sister!
6) My Brother Nikhil (2005)
Set in Goa in the 1990’s, this is a heartbreaking yet beautiful story based on the real life of a swimming champion who is diagnosed as HIV positive and ostracised by society and his family.
The movie captures the perfect bond and sibling love between Nikhil (Sanjay Suri) and his sister (Juhi Chawla) as she stands by him in his darkest hour and helps him move on with his life.
7) Iqbal (2005)
Iqbal is the story of a deaf and dumb boy whose dream in life is to play cricket for India despite constant discouragement from his own father.
The movie depicts how a sibling can be as important (if not more than) as parents as his younger sister (Shweta Prasad) motivates and guides him on the path to achieving his dream. With plenty of exceptional performances and feel good moments, this film is a must watch this Raksha Bandhan.
8) Fiza (2000)
With a completely different take on the brother-sister relationship, this movie revolves around the story of Fiza (Karisma Kapoor), who is in search for her brother Amaan (Hrithik Roshan), who disappears during the 1993 Bombay riots.
Despite its different approach, the movie emphasises the strong and unbreakable bond between a brother and sister as Fiza overcomes a number of obstacles and setbacks without losing hope that she will find her brother. With outstanding performances from both the leads, this movie is a must watch if you want to see an unconventional depiction of sibling love.
9) Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999)
Even though this movie isn’t exactly about the bond between a brother and sister, Hum Saath Saath Hain depicts the unbreakable bond between brothers as well as the family.
With its own twists and turns, the movie depicts how internal family politics, business and money can cause strife between even the best of families. With a number of hit songs and famous actors in the movie, this is sure to be an entertaining watch on Raksha Bandhan.
10) Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham (2001)
The movie depicts the journey of Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) as he sets out to find his adopted brother, Rahul (Shahrukh Khan), who was banished by their father for marrying a girl from a middle-class family.
Revolving around the beautiful relationship of Rahul and Rohan, the movie highlights the undying love between two brothers and the intense feelings of the younger brother who goes to great lengths to ensure that his older sibling can be part of the family again.
11) Gunday (2014)
In this movie, the amazing friendship between two childhood friends Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor), who grow up supporting each other, is clearly portrayed.
Even though the two are not siblings, the extreme love, trust, friendship and bromance is heart-warming. Despite the fact that their relationship turns sour at one point as they fall in love with the same girl, Gunday is a must watch for the two bro-friends who believe the world is theirs for the taking.
12) Chup Chup Ke (2006)
The movie depicts the strong sibling bond between Shruti (Kareena Kapoor), who has a speech challenge, and Mangal (Sunil Shetty), the strong, scary older brother. Despite her handicap, Mangal dotes on Shruti and wants her to have a normal life.
The movie perfectly captures the beautiful bond between the overprotective brother and younger sister through the course of its story. With a number of hilarious sequences and its fair share of touching moments, this movie is a must watch this Raksha Bandhan.
13) Jaane Tu ya Jaane Na (2008)
Set as a romantic comedy, this movie’s story revolves around Jai Singh Rathore (Imran Khan) and Aditi Mahant (Genelia D’Souza), two best friends who don’t know they love each other. JTYJN aptly captures (in small doses) what having a younger brother is like.
Through the course of the movie, we get to see Amit (Prateik Babbar), a normally reclusive person, as he irritates and attempts to embarrass his elder sister (Aditi). The movie has a beautiful scene where Amit opens up to his sister and explains the reasons for his behaviour. The short but sweet portrayal of this brother-sister relationship makes this movie a must-watch with your sibling.
14) Bumm Bumm Bole (2010)
The movie is an authorised adaptation of the 1997 Iranian film, ‘Children of Heaven’. It is a story of two siblings, Pinu and Rimzin, and how they decide to share a pair of shoes after Pinu misplaces Rimzin’s only pair of shoes.
The movie perfectly highlights the love and bond between the two siblings as Pinu participates in an interschool marathon to win his sister a pair of shoes. With a well-placed cast and touching story, this movie is bound to have you in tears.
15) Agneepath (2012)
This is a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s 1990 movie of the same name. Vijay (Hrithik Roshan) gets involved in a crime ring in Mumbai and aims to avenge his father who was hanged in front of him after being framed by Kancha (Sanjay Dutt).
Vijay is disowned by his mother for resorting to violence and grows up working for an underworld don, delving into the world of human trafficking and drugs. Despite the absence of his sister from his life, he runs a number of philanthropic organisations in the name of his sister, Shiksha. With a myriad touching and heart-wrenching scenes, the movie aptly depicts the love a brother holds for his younger sister and the lengths he will go to protect her.
16) Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
Based on the story of the “Flying Sikh”, Milkha Singh (Farhan Akhtar), the movie’s plot takes you through the extreme obstacles Milka overcomes to become a world champion and an Olympian.
The relationship between Milkha Singh and his indulgent elder sister, Isri Kaur (Diya Dutta), is sure to move you. Despite the fact that Isri undergoes constant abuse by her oppressive husband, she stands up to her husband when he abuses her younger brother. The beautiful relationship between brother and sister bordering on maternal warmth makes this a must-watch for all siblings this Raksha Bandhan.
17) No One Killed Jessica (2011)
Based on the Jessica Lal murder case, No One Killed Jessica is a film starring Vidya Balan and Rani Mukherjee. It depicts the struggle that Sabrina Lal (Vidya Balan) faces on her quest to seek justice for the death of her sister.
Although the movie is based on true events, it beautifully portrays the bond between two sisters and how Sabrina Lal stands firm against all odds to expose corruption in the system and bring her sister’s killers to justice. With a gripping storyline and touching scenes, this is one movie you must not miss.
18) Udaan (2010)
Udaan takes you through the journey of a 17-year old young boy, Rohan (Rajat Barmecha), who is expelled from school and returns to Jamshedpur to live with his abusive and strict father. On his return, he is introduced to his 6-year old half-brother, Arjun, whose existence wasn’t known to Rohan till then.
Through the movie, we see Rohan develop affection for his younger brother, Arjun (Ayan Boradia), as he tries to protect him from their abusive father. With a well-written storyline and a number of touching moments, this movie is regarded as a cult classic in Indian cinema.
19) Garv (2004)
Arjun (Salman Khan), an honest cop, faces criminal charges after he kills the goons who gang rape his sister. He then surrenders to the police. To ensure that his sister’s name is not dragged through the mud, Arjun keeps quiet during the trial and decides to face the consequences rather than bring shame to his sister (Rakhi).
On the other hand, his sister, Rakhi (Akansha), decides to reveal the real reason behind her brother’s actions. The movie portrays the amazing relationship between brother and sister and how they are ready to face anything to keep each other safe.
20) Sajan Ka Ghar (1994)
Laxmi (Juhi Chawla) loses her mother during birth and is thereafter constantly blamed for her mother’s death. She is ignored by her father and abused by her step-mother. This gets worse for Laxmi as she gets married and has a mother-in-law much like her step-mother.
The movie depicts the beautiful bond between Laxmi and her step-brother and how he is the silver lining in her tumultuous life. With a number of tear-jerking scenes, the movie beautifully depicts how you don’t have to be related by blood to develop such a bond.