Children’s Day special: Top 8 Bollywood movies you must watch with your child

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ovember 14 being Children’s Day in India, your kids demand and expect a little more pamper and affection than ususal. Other than fancy dress parties at school, their favourite junk foods for lunch, your little buddies can celebrate the special day with you by watching these films.

Stretch out and prepare to go back to childhood as you prepare for a special movie date with your child:

Mr India (1987)

This one never gets old. Mr India tells the story of a young philanthropist who rents a large, old house and lives with several orphaned children. One day he discovers a scientific device which helps him to become a vigilante and fight against criminals. He later tries to stop Mogambo an insane retired Army General who wishes to conquer India.

Chachi 420 (1997)

It is a remake of the Tamil film Avvai Shanmughi which was in turn inspired from the Hollywood film Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). Jaiprakash, an assistant dance director in films fell in love and married Janki against the will of her affluent father. However, Janki finds it difficult to adjust the middle-class life and after a few years of marriage she leaves divorces Jai and the court allows him to meet his daughter Bharti once a week. But when he sneaks into the Bhardwaj house to steal Bharti, he loses visitation rights.

Makdee (2002)

It is a gripping tale of twin sister Munni and Chunni who get into trouble as one of them gets trapped in a witch’s  house. In an attempt to rescue Munni, from the evil witch Makdee, Chunni strikes a deal with her. How the intelligent and prompt little girl manages this task forms the crux of the film.

The Blue Umbrella (2005)

Originally written by Ruskin Bond, the film’s story is set in a small village near Banikhet, Himachal Pradesh and revolves around a young girl Biniya and village’s only shop owner Nand Kishore Khatri. One day Biniya finds a blue Japanese umbrella while herding her family cows. The umbrella belongs to a group of Japanese tourists, but since she likes it a lot, Biniya trades her bear claw necklace called Yantra with the Japanese tourists in return for the umbrella. Everyone in the village is amazed by the beauty of the umbrella which enables Biniya to acquire a celebrity like status. This makes some people jealous of her.

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

The film explores the life and imagination of an 8-year-old dyslexic child. Although he excels in art, his poor academic performance leads his parents to send him to a boarding school. But the boy’s new art teacher suspects that he is dyslexic and helps him to overcome his disability. Among many awards, Taare Zameen Par won the Filmfare Best Film Award for 2008, as well as the National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare.

Bhootnath (2008)

Aditya and Anjali move into a new house, along with their son Banku but soon the child comes across an unfriendly ghost of the previous occupant and tries to befriend him. The boy changes the outlook of the crancky ghost forever, and what follows is a beautiful and funny tale of an unlikely friendship.

I Am Kalam (2010)

This award winning film tells the story of a poor boy who derives inspiration from the former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. He then decides to change his name to Kalam and harbours a dream of meeting him.

Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)

Stanley, a fourth grader at Holy Family school in Mumbai and is very popular among his friends for his talents. But he does not carry lunch, which is noticed by a teacher who forces kids to share their food with him. He soon warns Stanley that he must get a lunch box if he wants to attend school.