Cover Photo: Facebook / Om Shanti Om 2007

From hilarious comedies like 3 Idiots to classic romances like Om Shanti Om, here are all the classic Hindi films you should be checking out this Diwali

Diwali, the Hindu Festival Of Lights falls tomorrow on November 4 and for many of us, we will be looking forward to spending the public holiday with friends and family despite the current Covid-19 restrictions that limit the number of people we can have in our homes.

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If the Covid-19 restrictions have changed the way you planned to celebrate Diwali, don’t worry because we have you covered with a list of some of the most iconic and classic Hindi films out there on Netflix that you can binge with your family over the holiday.

From Shah Rukh Khan classics like Diwale to more recent standouts like Dear Zindagi, we guarantee that you will find something on this list that you will be quickly obsessed with.  

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1. Diwale

Above Dilwale Trailer | Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon | A Rohit Shetty Film

Starring famed actor Shah Rukh Khan, Diwale is probably one of the most famous Hindi films that have come out as of late.

In this action-comedy, a young couple falls in love with each other all while being unaware of the violent past that drew their respective families apart.

The film was released in 2015 and very quickly became the sixth highest-grossing Indian film overseas so it is certainly one you need to catch this Diwali.

Watch it here

2. Dear Zindagi

Above Dear Zindagi Take 1: Life Is A Game | Teaser | Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan

If you are looking for a film that will cater to the whole family, you have to check out Dear Zindagi which is a 2016 Hindi coming of age film that was written and directed by Gauri Shinde.

The film stars the talented Alia Bhatt and tells the story of Kaira, a young girl who aspires to be a cinematographer who directs her own films. However, life takes a turn when Kaira breaks up with her childhood sweetheart, Sid, and she gets kicked out of her apartment. 

Miserable, Kiara one day bumps into a stranger called Jug who helps her gain a new perspective on life.

This tear-jerker is certainly one you should not miss. 

Watch it here

3. 3 Idiots

Above 3 Idiots

It’s been a long week and we won’t blame you if all you want to do this public holiday is to kick back with a hilarious and down-right enjoyable film. 

If this sounds like what you are looking for, check out 3 Idiots which is a 2009 Hindi coming of age comedy that was written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani and co-written by Abhijat Joshi.

The story is told through parallel dramas and follows three best friends through their years in an engineering college. The film focuses on the social pressures of an Indian education system and is both heartbreaking and extremely comedic.  

Watch it here

4. Dangal

Above Dangal | Official Trailer | Aamir Khan

In this 2016 biographical sports drama, an amateur wrestler, Mahavir, trains his daughters to become India’s first world-class female wrestlers. His methods seem harsh and despite backlash from his neighbours, Mahavir continues to push his daughters. 

However, as his daughters grow up and begin making more friends, they begin to disregard his discipline and move away from their father.

This is a fantastic film for the entire family and promises an emotional journey throughout the entire movie. 

Watch it here

5. Om Shanti Om

Above Om Shanti Om | Trailer | Now in HD | Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone | A film by Farah Khan

In this film, a struggling movie extra, Om, has dreams of being a superstar who is worthy of Shantipriya, a woman he adores. One day, a chance encounter brings the two together. However, Shantipriya is harbouring a secret that is set to threaten their bond and lives.

Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone star in this emotional rollercoaster of a film from 2007 and is one that every Bollywood fan should relive this Diwali. 

Watch it here

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