Self-isolation: Eight comfort films to watch while staying at home

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The world has had a difficult week and we all need some help to regroup, relax and find our center. If you are turning to films for comfort, here are a few suggestions that could help make your day a little better.

1. ‘Satte Pe Satta’ (1982)
Storyline: Seven orphaned brothers work together to find love, after their eldest brother Ravi marries Indu, a nurse who guides her brothers-in-law through social etiquette.

Why you should watch: ‘Satte Pe Satta’ is about a group of brothers driving each other crazy in a secluded house, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If your current situation sounds similar, sit your siblings down for a movie night to remind yourselves that you might be at each others’ throats, but you will always have each others’ back.

2. ‘ChaalBaaz’ (1989)
Storyline: The story follows twin sisters separated at birth, who find their happiness in each others’ lives. Shy, sweet Anju manages to escape her abusive home and ends up in Manju’s neighbourhood. Manju, on the other hand, puts Anju’s abusive uncle in his place.

Why you should watch: There is no better distraction than ‘ChaalBaaz’. It is filled with campy villains, loud ‘80s fashion, an iconic double role, action, comedy, drama, romance and so much more. Pause, rewind, really savour one of Sridevi’s best performances on screen. Go ahead, you finally have the time.

3. ‘Jab We Met’ (2007)
Storyline: Heartbroken Aditya meets Geet, a feisty young woman, on a train. After getting stranded at a train station, Aditya tries to get Geet back to home to Bhatinda, while Geet attempts to change his pessimistic perspective on life.

Why you should watch: We all need a little positivity in our lives right now, and who better to spread that feeling than Geet from ‘Jab We Met’.

4. ‘Main Hoon Na’ (2004)
Storyline: Major Ram Sharma goes undercover as a college student to protect General Bakshi’s daughter Sanjana from a potential terrorist attack. He also has a side mission: to find his lost family.

Why you should watch: ‘Main Hoon Na’ has the rewatchability of films like ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ and ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ with a slightly different atmosphere. So if you’re a fan of fun family movies, ‘Main Hoon Na’ will definitely put a smile on your face.

5. ‘Dear Zindagi’ (2016)
Storyline: Kaira decides to go to therapy after she struggles to cope with the uncertainties in her life. Her psychologist Dr. Jehangir “Jug” Khan helps her navigate the hardships in his own unique way.

Why you should watch: A lot of us are using this newfound free time to introspect. ‘Dear Zindagi’ is a demonstration of how to work on ourselves in a healthy, constructive manner. Besides, when things get hard, we all deserve a soothing Shah Rukh Khan telling us that everything will be okay.

6. ‘3 Idiots’ (2009)
Storyline: Former engineering students Farhan and Raju search for their estranged friend Rancho all over the country as they reminisce how he changed all of their lives in college.

Why you should watch: When a movie has a motto like ‘All is well’, it is hard not to put it on this list. ‘3 Idiots’ has a valuable lesson for everyone with schools and careers that have come to a halt: “Follow excellence and success will by itself follow you”. So don’t worry about the race and continue working to improve yourself.

7. ‘Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na’ (2008)
Storyline: Best friends Aditi and Jai decide to find love for each other, as their friends and family hope they realize how perfect they are for each other.

Why you should watch: The heart of the film lies in its friendships, so it’s a great watch for anyone who misses their buddies. The sweetest, most endearing movie in recent times, it will take you to a warm, breezy place.

8. ‘Gol Maal’ (1979)
Storyline: Newly graduated Ramprasad Sharma is looking for a job. He ends up with two, along with two alter egos to juggle between. Ramprasad pretends to be a stuffy, traditional accountant to please his boss, then spends his weekends as his fake twin brother Lakshman to teach the boss’ daughter Urmila how to sing. But how long can he keep this up?

Why you should watch: ‘Gol Maal’ is a classic comedy of errors that has paved the way for so many of our current hits. An instant pick-me-up, the goofy film will have you charmed with its simplicity.

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