In India, siblings are synonymous with unlimited banter, baseless arguments, inside jokes, and a whole lot of love. Whether he is the Ross to your Monica or she the Sansa to your Arya—a relationship so intimate needs a special day. And what better way to celebrate Raksha Bandhan than the Bollywood way? A bucket of popcorn, two glasses of your favourite drink, and sibling-inspired movies to watch all night long. Sounds like the perfect plan, right?
Here are 7 movies to watch on Rakhi:
1. Dil Dhadakne Do
Ayesha and Kabir, played by Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh, are the classic Indian brother-sister duo. They fight, argue, disagree, but in the end, it's the both of them against the world. Kabir’s courage to speak up in support of his sister’s turbulent marriage and her career choices truly signifies what this bond is about. A light-headed Bollywood drama is the kind of movie to watch in 2022.
2. Hum Saath Saath Hain
Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Saath Saath Hain is a traditional take on the Indian joint family. A home where everyone co-existed peacefully might seem far from reality in today’s time. But this 90’s iconic movie still has a certain charm that will make you love your sibling a little extra on the special occasion. One of the more quintessential movies to watch on Raksha Bandan, Hum Saath Saath Hain shows the unity of siblings despite family strains.
One of the most heartwarming brother-sister pairings in reel life, Iqbal is Bollywood’s hidden gem. It was and still is one of the best movies to watch in 2022 with your sibling. A mute and deaf boy with a dream to play for the Indian cricket team seemed far from reality. But his loudest and only cheerleader, his younger sister, stood like a rock when it came to nurturing his goals. Judge less and give your sibling unconditional support for whatever it is that they wish to achieve as a gift this Raksha Bandhan.
4. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
This movie may have been about teenage heartthrobs Genelia D’souza and Imran Khan. But it was the brother-sister chemistry that won our hearts. Aditi, an outspoken extrovert sister and Amit (played by Prateik Babbar), a timid stay-at-home creative soul, are two siblings who were once best friends. With time and age they slowly drift apart, only to realise their love for each other had never drifted.
Inspired by true events, Sarabjit is one of the more intense sibling movies to watch on Rakhi. Captured and branded as a spy after Sarabjit Singh mistakenly crosses the Indian border, his sister Dalbir fights against all odds to prove his innocence. Sarabjit is a tale of strength and courage with a heart-warming ending that depicts unconditional love between two siblings.
The purest form of love is between siblings, and Dhanak shows us just that. One of the more unconventional movies to watch in 2022, Dhanak is the story of a visually-impaired brother and his relentless sister—fighting against all odds to get his eyesight back. She accompanies him on a journey through the scorching deserts of Rajasthan to the city in search of a doctor. Full of innocence and bravery, this movie will make you shed a tear or two on Raksha Bandhan.
7. Raksha Bandhan
Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar’s Raksha Bandhan is one of the movies newly expected to be released on 11th August, 2022 on the occasion of Rakhi. Based on the life of an older brother with four young unmarried sisters, Raksha Bandhan shows the struggles he faces to find suitable grooms before he ties the knot. A relatable comedy hitting Indian cinemas soon, Raksha Bandhan lauds the efforts a brother endures for his sister’s dream wedding.
A designer rakhi and fancy gifts are a great way to show you care. But this Raksha Bandhan do things a little differently by taking the road less travelled. Spend time with your siblings and make that bond stronger than ever.