When it comes to making us cry, Bollywood movies take the cake. The melodramatic dialogues, hard hitting story lines, unexpected deaths and that one drawn out depressing tune that plays in the background of EVERY sad scene really do make us cry… a lot. But sometimes, all you need is a good weep, and in those times, these sad Bollywood movies come in handy (along with a box of tissues)
Here are 5 Sad Bollywood Movies To Make You Cry:
5. We Are Family
We Are Family is probably one of the saddest movies to ever exist. And ring a ding ding, it’s about cancer. Aman (Arjun Rampal) and Maya (Kajol) are a separated couple with 3 children. Maya lives with the kids, and Aman with his girlfriend Shreya (Kareena Kapoor Khan). When Maya is diagnosed with cancer, Aman and Shreya move in, and the kids don’t take it well. All of them struggle (in a very emotional way) to live together and deal with Maya’s cancer. This movie will make you bawl like no other, so be ready with eye drops and lots of tissues.
Watch it on Netflix
4. Kal Ho Naa Ho
Kal Ho Naa Ho is a sad bollywood movie. On the surface, this movie may seem really funny, and it definitely is, but deep down it is depressing as hell. It deals with the lives and families of 3 youngsters, Aman (SRK), Naina (Preity Zinta) and Rohit (Saif Ali Khan) who are finding their way in love and life in general. It deals with a lot of dark themes like prejudice against illegitimate children, adultery, suicide, Shahrukh Khan bawling his eyes out, death and more death. The movie will make you laugh, but also cry… a lot. A lot.
Watch it on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix
3. The Sky Is Pink
Let’s be real, movies revolving around severe medical conditions make your heart hurt. The Sky is Pink is based on the true story of the late Aisha Chaudhary who was diagnosed with a terminal illness and how that changed her family and their outlook on life. Aisha (Zaira Wasim) narrates how her parents Aditi (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) and Niren (Farhan Akhtar) fell in love, and how her illness changed their entire life and relationship. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that is relatable, heart wrenching but also beautiful in it’s own way.
Watch it on Netflix
2. Taare Zameen par
An oldie, but goldie, Taare Zameen Par is an extremely sad Bollywood movie. It’s about Ishaan (Darsheel Safary) who is dyslexic, but his parents don’t believe it is a real disorder and blame his ‘F’ grades on lack of discipline and naughtiness. He is sent to a boarding school as a punishment, where Ram (Aamir Khan), an art teacher helps him deal with his dyslexia and uncover his true potential. This movie will make you weep. It deals with mental disabilities in a such a beautiful way, while also showing how Indian families neglect it and blame their children for it. Watching Ishaan struggle to study and hating himself for it is just heartbreaking. And the Maa song should really be illegal for how sad it is.
Watch it on Netflix, Zee Cinema, MX Player
Baghbag tops the list of sad Bollywood movies as it is the SADDEST Bollywood movie to ever exist. (seriously, which disturbed person thought it was a good idea?) Raj (Amitabh Bachchan) and his wife Pooja (Hema Malini) are the best parents in the world to their 4 sons. But when Raj retires, these 4 ungrateful rats show their true colours and treat their parents so badly. They neglect them, insult them, make fun of them and literally separate them. Baghban is essentially elder abuse. It’s the worst to see how this loving old couple is treated miserably and they still have nothing but love for their disgusting children… all except their adopted 5th son Alok (Salman Khan) who is a gem to them. Baghban is genuinely the saddest movie should not be seen unless you really want to weep.
Watch it on Youtube, MX Player, Amazon Prime Video
Bonus: My Name is Khan
This is a sad Bollywood movie that has a giant reality check in it, which makes it even sadder. My Name is Khan narrates the story of Rizwan Khan, an autistic man who is a Muslim, but wants everyone, especially President Obama to know that he is Muslim and NOT a terrorist. His life with his wife Mandira (Kajol) and her son Sam (Arjan Aujla) gets disrupted post 9/11 and they begin to feel racially targeted for having the name ‘Khan’. This movie is politically important and reveals the ugly underbelly of racism and Islamophobia that is more widespread than we believe. What really makes this movie sad is how real and relevant it is. It is a must watch for everyone.
Watch it on Disney+Hotstar
Sometimes, all we need is a good cry and these sad Bollywood movies are here to do the trick.
Which is your go-to sad Bollywood movie? Let us know!
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