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Classic things can never be wiped away from our memories. Like any other classic and timeless movies, Jab We Met didn’t meet with stupendous Box Office collections. It was definitely a hot film but when compared to the content of other potboilers, the profit of Jab We Met was low. But who wants to know the Box Office of Mughal-e-Azam, Pyasa, or Silsila? There are certain movies which are made ahead of times and their charm crosses the boundaries of time easily. Jab We Met is one of those rare movies which would always make you more confident about yourself, make you enjoy life, urge you to shed your inhibitions, and finally teach you to love yourself to the fullest.

The most interesting fact about this movie is that nobody expected anything from this movie. Imtiaz Ali was a flop director, Kareena & Shahid had a string of historic flops in their career. But this movie made them emerge from the ashes. Till today the fashion and dialogues of this movie are followed with pride.

In October 2018 this movie would celebrate its 11th anniversary. Let’s revise some major life lessons taught by this classic movie and refine our life once again.

  1. Love Yourself Without Conditions
Love Yourself Without Conditions
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No one can fall in love with you if you don’t love yourself. This is the most important tenet of Jab We Met. “Main apni favorite hoon” – Geet says it without any inhibition. She knows she has flaws like others but is simply proud of the way she looks or the way she thinks or the way she behaves. Half of the problems of life would change if you start loving yourself the way Geet loves herself.

  1. Practice What You Preach
Practice What You Preach
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It is definitely easy to preach something to others but practicing what you are preaching is most important. Geet was a happy-go-lucky, cheerful, and optimistic girl in the first half of the movie who teaches Aditya that one should never lose hope in life or face his challenges with bravery rather than escaping. But when life hits a rock bottom, she forgets her own teaching and becomes a pessimist who has no motive in life.

  1. Everything Is Fair In Love
Everything is Fair in Love
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Very simplistically, Geet understands the problems of Aditya’s mom even when she has never met her. A middle-aged lady who has an adult son runs away with her lover leaving only insult for the whole family – this is what Aditya thinks of his mom. But Geet enters his life and utters that age-old priceless logic – everything is fair in love. It really is! Maybe for a temporary time, your friends, relatives, and family members would be angry at you but eventually, they would understand. That’s why you should take every possible step to fulfill your love without fear.

  1. Break-Up is Just a Part of Life
Break-Up is Just a Part of Life
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Geet is madly in love with Anshuman whom she met during her college days. After her return to her home, she learns that her family is fixing her marriage with one of her childhood friends and she runs away from home only to learn that Anshuman is not ready to marry her. He breaks up with her citing she is very childish and crazy. Geet cannot handle this break-up and becomes another version of Aditya. Just like your job, social status, peer group, etc., the break-up is also just a part of your life, and not your whole life. Your whole life, therefore, cannot succumb to self-pity – right? The right one would enter your life just at the right time!

  1. Follow Your Heart …. Always
Follow Your Heart …. Always
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This is from the book of Shah Rukh Khan and his romantic mannerism in Bollywood. Your brain and your heart would always have a tussle but always follow what your heart says for happiness in the long run. Geet thinks that she cannot convince her family easily to marry a non-Sikh man and thus effortlessly plans to run away. Why? Because her heart is convinced that after some time, all will be fine! And she takes up every other step with that ease!

  1. Simply Play Life, Don’t Get Serious
Simply Play Life, Don’t Get Serious
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Here is another lesson from the world of Geet and Aditya – stop taking your life seriously. Be attached to everyone, feel for everything, but also know to free yourself from everything. Because the moment you are serious, you feel pain more intensely. Geet is a family-oriented person who would do anything for her family but she also knows how to get the love of her life and thus doesn’t wait for her family to reprimand her for choosing a non-Sikh man. Instead, plans to elope with plans of returning later. In a line or two, she changes the world of Aditya. She says that “In the future, I don’t want to blame anyone and say that my life got ruined because of you”

  1. Never Let Go Off Your Passion
Never Let Go Off Your Passion
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You may have a passion – everybody has! Never ever give up on that passion. Life may make you do something else but always save your time for that passion because that would keep you happy. Aditya forgot about his singing passion and started leading life like a robot. Geet made this logic clearer to him and he found happiness in his office.

  1. Friendship & Love Is found In The Least Expected Places & Situations
Friendship & Love is found in the Least Expected Places and Situations
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You never know when and where you will meet someone who would become an intrinsic part of your life. Maybe you end up influencing that person or get influenced by him/her in a big way. Geet found Aditya in a train traveling between Mumbai and Delhi. With a spate of horrendous incidents, they explore each other and become friends. Geet ends up inspiring an almost dead (emotionally) Aditya. Geet finds love when her ex-lover is back in her life and is ready to take the relationship further. So, basically, life is full of surprises and friendship & love which forms the major part of life are formed when least expected.

  1. Be Crazy Now To Laugh Later
Be Crazy Now to Laugh Later
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There is some need for craziness in your life. These crazy or weird attitude would give you some shining memories to ponder forever. The tasks that we do in life are mundane and sometimes you simply need to jerk off the monotony. Geet urges Aditya to take a plunge into deep water. She also urges him to burn his ex-girlfriend’s picture and flush it away. All these are creepy to Aditya but he finds a charm in it later.

  1. The family Is Always The Medicine During Crisis
The family is Always the Medicine during Crisis
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The family is the one place where you are always safe. You can be wrong or very wrong, but your family would always accept you. They may punish you for a while or say something harsh but that is only for a moment. They will always love you unconditionally and without any expectation at all. Geet was away from all contacts for 9 months and her family doesn’t ask anything to her, simply accepts her.

  1. Plans Hardly Work Out, So Don’t Fret
Plans Hardly Work out, so Don’t Fret
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Geet had a plan ready for herself after college. She was supposed to elope with Anshuman, the love of her life, and later settle in the hills. But life definitely had some other plans for her. Sit down and count your best memories – how many of these memories were a result of pre-planned actions? I hope you got the answer – always rely on unplanned trips or activities and never fret when plans are dissolved. Because the Almighty always keeps the best plans for you.

After reading this whole blog, you must be feeling like watching this movie again! Go and enjoy it once again and don’t forget to share with us about your favorite life lesson from Jab We Met.

The world of cinema is a wide one and each and every country has a signature of its own. Our India produces the highest number of movies in the world. I am proud of the movies my country produces. There is some highly creative content that is found in our movies but due to low publicity or budget constraints, they don’t reach out to everyone. Maybe we are not technologically advanced in terms of Hollywood or in some ways we are too shy in portrayal but our movies are “no-nonsense” at all. I am saying this with conviction because I believe Bollywood is not the only benchmark to judge Indian Cinema. Over the years, I have come across many soul-stirring movies and some of them are jotted below.

Gangoobai
Gangoobai
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Whenever you see the name of NFDC on a movie poster, you must expect something beautiful! NFDC didn’t shatter its wise audience this time too. Sarita Joshi plays the role of Gangoobai who dares to dream and how long she walks to fulfill that dream forms this excellent movie. Directed by Priya Krishnaswamy, this movie released in 2013 when most of the nation is praising Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani or Chennai Express. Made on a small budget, you would find a beautiful soul in this Hindi-Marathi movie which would leave you with a satiating smile on your face. Gangoobai lives in Matheran of Maharashtra (commendable job by the cinematographer here) and works as a domestic help to some well-off families. One day she sees a print ad of a pretty saree and simply starts dreaming to buy that saree. But how would she manage to buy a designer boutique saree? She works day and night as a coolie, house help, and even bets on a horse race to earn that money. But the path is not easy! The dream that Gangoobai had in her heart may sound very laid back or childish to some of the privileged people. But what actually is a dream to someone who has no family or belongings at all? This movie would make you ruminate that it is very easy and simple to own people and love them without expecting anything in return. This movie would also teach you that when your dream shatters, something better than that dream arrives – you just need to have a pair of eyes to witness that opportunity.

Mirch
Mirch
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This Bollywood movie released in 2010 and was directed by Vinay Shukla. It is one of those lovable anthology films where the theme is love and betrayal. Women’s sexuality and gender equality is what this film tried to project through the four short stories. It had some stellar actors like Boman Irani, Konkona Sensharma, Ila Arun, Arunoday Singh, Shahana Goswami, Tisca Chopra, Mahie Gill, Raima Sen, Rajpal Yadav, Prem Chopra, Shreyas Talpade, and etc. Unlike other movies in this list, this one is much lighter and commercial. Enjoy this well-knit stories on a relaxing weekend!

Barefoot to Goa
Barefoot to Goa
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This is not only a movie but is a nostalgic ride. It would take you back to those ethics of a joint and nuclear family. Directed by Praveen Morchhale, this Hindi movie released in 2015. It is one of those very rare crowd-funded movies. An old lady in Goa passes her day and night hoping that someday her whole family consisting of a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren would be united. She writes to them who stays in Mumbai and her daughter-in-law gleefully dumps those letters in the dustbin. The two grandchildren read these letters one day and learn that their grandma is ailing and decides to go barefoot to Goa (although not technically). It would make you yearn to revisit your grandparents, old lanes of your village, and most importantly would make you miss your childhood days when you didn’t fear any trials and tribulations at all!

The Last Lear
The Last Lear
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I never was a fan of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan truly. But this is the movie that I watched two times back to back and I was flabbergasted by the aura of Mr. Bachchan. There are very few movies where you don’t actually know who was the master – the director or the screen actor? This movie falls in that category. At some point, the barrier between real and reel vanishes, thanks to the plot. Some hefty Bollywood names were included in this English language movie like Shefali Shah, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, and Divya Dutt along with notable actors like Jishu Sengupta and Prosenjit Chatterjee. It was released in 2008 and won 2 National Film Awards. The master director Rituparno Ghosh beautifully presented a Shakespearean theater actor’s struggle to excel in the art of cinema acting. In the hindsight of the main plot where a film director urges a snobby theater actor to be a part of his movie, there is a powerful love story too between Shefali Shah and Mr. Bachchan. If you believe that Black or Piku was Amitabh Bachchan’s career best, you would have to reconsider after watching this movie.

Ship of Theseus
Ship of Theseus
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This offbeat Hindi film was directed by Anand Gandhi and released in 2013 and simply won the hearts of those movie-goers who are looking for something different in terms of plot execution. It had three stories that dealt with the Theseus’ paradox. The Greek philosopher Plutarch inquires whether a ship that has been restored by replacing all its parts remains the same ship – this forms the crux of the film. The blind photographer who is marvelous at her job struggles to click a single iconic picture after her cornea transplant. A Jain monk who fought all his life to ban animal testing in the pharmaceutical industry is diagnosed with Cirrhosis and the only way out is to depend on those medicines made by the pharmaceuticals who tests on animals. A young stockbroker just got his kidney transplanted and learns about organ theft. What follows thereafter is life-changing! All these three plots would leave you with some uncomfortable questions about life!

Antaheen
Antaheen
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This is one of the perfect movies that I have ever watched. The smart direction and smarter editing make this movie a must on your list. It released in the year 2009 and was the debut movie of Radhika Apte and second movie of Pink-fame director Aniruddha Roychowdhury. It went on to win 4 prestigious National Film Awards. Shantanu Moitra composed the soul-wrenching music for free. Rahul Bose and Sharmila Tagore worked in this Bengali movie for free. Can you imagine such an impactful movie with SRK or Bhaijaan who would charge millions? No…Never! Someone correctly said that the best things in life are free. This is a movie which would leave a hope and despair both in your heart. This is a movie that would ache your heart but still, you would want to return to it again and again. It is perhaps like the wise Chivas or Champagne which you would relish forever! The story surges through three types of love in three generations. Sharmila Tagore’s character fell in love with an unknown voice when Telephone was new to our world. She never asked his name and still, there was an unsaid comfort in that relationship. But one day suddenly that call stopped ringing. There is no expectation or anger in this love! The estranged couple Aparna Sen and Kalyan Ray still find solace in each other who separated due to growing ego. Rahul Bose and Radhika Apte know each other virtually through a chatting app. They also know each other socially but are unaware that they are meeting the same virtual person with whom they share a strange cord of love, understanding, romance, and happiness. Watch this movie and see how unconditionally magical love can be!

Memories In March
Memories In March
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Directed by the very-talented Sanjoy Nag, this English language movie released in 2011. IMDB rates it 7.2/10 but I would personally want to mark it 9.5/10. Yes, it is that great a film. It won one National Film Award and was shown at the Pusan International Film Festival. This is a riveting story of a mother who comes to terms with her bereaved son’s hidden life. The characterization of the son is done with excellence. The character is introduced only through some letters and e-mails and you won’t feel the need of seeing the face – such is the impact of the script! Siddharth works in an ad agency which wins an award and thus a party follows where he gets drunk too much. He meets with a fatal accident and his mom comes straight to the crematorium and later stays in the guest house where her son lived. She comes to know that her son was a homosexual and firstly she fumes at her son’s partner but later accepts him. They sob together for the loss of their most precious person in life and this intense subject is handled carefully by the director. You must not miss this brilliant movie if you are a lover of good cinema.

Ventilator
Ventilator
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Produced by Priyanka Chopra, this Marathi movie released in the year 2016 and went on to win 1 prominent Dadasaheb Phalke award and 3 National Film Awards. With an immaculate impact, this movie obliges the anger, envy, humor, hatred, sorrow, regret and uncountable human emotions. The story is about the palpable relationship between a father and a son. How family binds you together in moments of dismay is the basic message of this film. A father never leaves his child alone when he/she is young but when the child grows up and gets entangled in other priorities of life, the father is neglected. You would smile with tears in your eyes while witnessing this movie!

Sairaat
Sairaat
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This is the first ever Marathi movie to cross the profit mark of Rs. 100 Crores. Released in the year 2016, this movie was a surprise for everyone from masses to classes, from movie maniacs to film critics. It was directed by Nagraj Manjule and he made sure that you won’t feel the need for a break (read intermission) for a good 1 and a half hours of the movie. It is a simple love story where the boy is poor and the girl is rich. Cupid strikes and romance brews between them but in a small village of Maharashtra you simply cannot get away with just love – right? The age-old tale of power and financial status would overdrive love. The couple elopes and finds a place in Hyderabad where they learn other basics of life apart from love. Earning money and getting a roof becomes the motto of this couple who doesn’t give up. But years later when they have a child and have a proper home, revenge strikes back! The climax of the movie would leave you shattered and teary-eyed. Enjoy this classic love story!

Mugulu Nage
Mugulu Nage
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IMDB rates it 7.9/10. Released in the year 2017, this Kannada movie was directed by Yogaraj Bhat and dealt with an interesting subject. The story revolves around a guy who has some medical complication and cannot cry. So, what can make him cry and understand how does it feel to cry? Of course LOVE! The director brilliantly divides the movie into four parts to make us understand the basic human emotion which is love. One of the best things about this movie is that the leading ladies are given something meaningful rather than just being a commercial object like in most of the movies. You would enjoy a great time watching this movie and learn something new about crying and laughing!

These soul-stirring movies would definitely make your richer and thus don’t delay in experiencing a whole new face of Indian Cinema!

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