Sunday, July 3, 2011

AWESOME THREE:Top 10 Bollywood films on three male friends

The best of boy bonding: Friendship is one of the vital ingredients of a Bollywood movie and therefore films on friends is also a recurring theme. The trend, of late, has
been of successful films revolving around three male friends. There's also Zindagi Na
Milegi Dobara coming up. But this isn't a new fad as our list of the 10 Bollywood films on three male friends will reveal.

10. Masti (2004):

The 2004 comedy about three friends - Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Ritesh Deshmukh (Meet, Amar and Prem) - triggered the lewd comedy rush in
Bollywood. Looking for a respite from their monotonous married lives, the three friends look for some extra-marital excitement and things, of course, go wrong.

9. Bombay Boys (1998):

Kaizad Gustad's Bombay Boys was indeed a hatke film for its time. Three boys of Indian origin (played by Naveen Andrews, Rahul Bose and Alexander Gifford) come to Mumbai in pursuit for their personal goals, decide to share an apartment and become friends.

8. Jhankaar Beats (2003):

A tribute to music great RD Burman, the film is also about two friends Sanjay Suri, Rahul Bose, who are later joined by the third Shayan Munshi. The trio
form a part of a music band who strive to win a music contest called 'Jhankaar Beats'.
Unfortunately Sujoy Ghosh could not recreate the endearing appeal of Jhankaar Beats in any of his later films.

7. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977):

Manmohan Desai's lost-and-found blockbuster had Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan playing the title roles. The three lead characters in the film first become good friends - though Amar (Vinod Khanna) and Anthony (Amitabh Bachchan) have their share of fisticuffs - and at the end come to know that they are in fact long lost brothers.

6. Chasme Buddoor (1981):

A term used to ward of the evil eye was beautifully weaved into a romantic comedy by Sai Paranjpye, one of Bollywood's few female directors in the 1981 film starring Farooq Shaikh, Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani as three friends. This film, like the previous film on our list Delhi Belly, also has a Delhi backdrop.

5. Shaukeen (1982):

Basu Chatterjee's 1982 film is a little different from all the other movies on this top 10 list. This isn't about three young men but is about three lecherous
old men (played by legendary actors Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and AK Hangal) who go
out on a vacation to enjoy the pleasures of life. The object of their fantasies is Rati
Agnihotri, who also happens to be the girlfriend of their driver, played by Mithun

4. Dekh Kabira Roya (1957):

The oldest film on this the-best-of-three-men-as-friends films list had Anoop Kumar, Jawahar Kaul and Daljeet playing the lead roles. The three - a singer, a painter and a writer - meet by accident at a coffee house and strike a friendship. Then the three fall in love with three different girls and they try to help one another in wooing their mismatched love interests. The title of the film is inspired by a Kabir couplet.

3. Delhi Belly (2011):

The latest rage in the movie theatres. This just released unabashed film directed by Abhinay Deo has become one of the showcase films of modern Bollywood cinema. The film revolves around three friends Tashi (Imran Khan), a journalist; Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapur) a photographer; and Arup (Vir Das), an artist with an ad agency who stay together in a dingy flat. And when the going gets tough, thanks to an unwitting encounter with the underworld, they stick together and fight the odds as real buddies do.

2. 3 Idiots (2009):

One of the biggest hits in Bollywood history, Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots is loosely adapted from Chetan Bhagat's hit novel Five Point Someone. The film
captured the fun of hostel life and was also a critique on our education system. The film is about two friends' (R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi) hunt for their long lost friend (Aamir Khan) who changed their lives for the better.

1. Dil Chahta Hain (2001):

The ultimate friendship film (and the third on this list with an Aamir Khan connection) Farhan Akhtar's directorial debut seems still as fresh a decade
after its release. Backed by career defining performances from Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna the film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Dil Chahta Hain was a fresh whiff from the done to death yeh dosti hum nahi todenge variety and portrayed male bonding that the audiences could identify with. For its sheer awesomeness, it ranks right on top of our ranking.

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