10 Bollywood Children Films That’ll Bring Back Childhood Memories

10 Bollywood Children Films That’ll Bring Back Childhood Memories

15 Mar 18 @ 7:10 PM | By Ravi

Children's film have always been a neglected lot. The need to make and release children’s films in India calls for concern as just a handful of them make it to the theaters during summer breaks or at children's film festivals. Though CFFI does its bit but hardly gets any support from film stars or corporate who would encourage the idea. Over the years we have witnessed a few children’s films which were well received as well as left a lasting impression in our minds. As a tribute to our children on Children's Day, we look at ten such films which not only made us sit and think but also took film making to a different level.

  1. Makdee (2002)

    Though a little scary but nevertheless very enjoyable. Vishal Bharadwaj’s directed movie Makdee featured Shabana Azmi, Makrand Deshpande and Shweta Prasad in the lead roles. The film’s story revolves around Chunni & Munni (both played by Shweta Prasad) who are twin sisters and stay with their parents in a small village in North India. The village has an old haunted mansion where no one goes and it is believed to have a witch staying in it. One day one of the sister’s goes missing as it is believed that the witch has taken her. The other sister sets out to get her lost sister back.

  2. Jajantaram Mamantaram (2003)

    Inspired by Gulliver Travels, this film is about Aditya who lands up at Shundi, a mystical island village where people are ten times smaller in size than him. The local villagers are worried by a closeby village who happens to be their sworn enemy. Aditya helps the villagers to fight their enemy and restore peace.

  3. Bhoot Unkle (2006)

    Jackie Shroff plays the title role of Bhoot Unkle who helps a small school going boy Shyam who is ill-treated by his uncle and aunt. Shyam runs away from home and hides in a lighthouse which is haunted and is the very venue of a spirit of a dreaded pirate which has been dormant for 100 years. The pirate suddenly appears and vows to help Shyam and his friends to avenge all the cruelty bestowed upon them.

  4. Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii (2007)

    This movie is a fun film for young ones especially who love or follow the game of cricket. Starring Rahul Bose and Zain Khan, the story is about an orphan boy who fulfills his dream of becoming a cricketer under the guidance of the former who is the captain of the Indian cricket team. How their team beats Pakistan and win the series is all about the remaining part of the story.

  5. Bhoothnath (2008)

    Bhoothnath is the story of a small boy called Banku who shifts along with his parents into a bungalow which is haunted and possessed by a spirit. The spirit is that of Bhoothnath (played by Amitabh Bachchan), who can see Banku and wins his confidence so that he is relieved. The film also stars Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan and is directed by Vivek Sharma.

  6. Hari Puttar : A Comedy of Terrors (2008)

    A remake of the Hollywood hit Home Alone, this film is directed by Lucky Kohli and Rajesh Bajaj and stars Sarika, Zain Khan, Sweeny Khara, Vijay Raaz, Jackie Shroff and Lilette Dubey. Zain Khan and Sweeny Khara are left at home when they get to know that a pair of burglars are trying to break into their house. The remaining story is how the two kids hand over the burglars to the police.

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  8. Thanks Maa (2010)

    The directorial debut of Irfan Kamal, Thanks Maa deals with four street children who make a living by doing odd jobs on railway platforms. The four of them one day rescue a two-day-old newborn child from stray dogs and take up the responsibility to find the child’s mother and hand over the child to her. The film was screened at a whole lot of festivals and bagged quite a few awards. The debut child actor Master Shams Patel went on to win the Best Child Artist award at the 56th National Film Awards.

  9. I Am Kalam (2011)

    One of the most inspiring films of recent times, I Am Kalam is the story of a poor 12-year-old boy named Chhotu (played by Harsh Mayar) from Rajasthan who is made to work at a food stall than going to school. One day he sees the then President of India, Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam’s speech on television and decides to change his destiny. Directed by Nila Madhab Panda, the film was screened at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival and went on to win many awards.

  10. Tahaan (2012)

    Santosh Sivan’s Tahaan is set in the valley of Kashmir and is based on the life of an eight-year-old boy, whose life revolves around the pursuit to find his beloved donkey, which has been confiscated to repay his family's debts. The film features Purav Bhandare, Anupam Kher, Sarika, Rahul Bose, Rahul Khanna and Victor Banerjee in the main cast. The film was critically acclaimed and won a lot of international awards which included Best Picture at the Pusan Film Festival.

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  12. Bumm Bumm Bole (2014)

    Directed by Priyadarshan, Bumm Bumm Bole is the story of Pinu (Darsheel) and Rimzim (Zia) who stay with their parents in a small town of Kashmir. Pinu’s parent’s dream of putting their two children in a bigger school but due to a financial crunch cannot afford it. But somehow the father gets both his children admitted into a respectable school. The film showcases the brother and sister bonding beautifully as both try to help out each other.