It has become a forte for Bollywood to bring the everlasting brotherhood on screen. Be it showing the love-hate relationship or the cool rapport they share, or lost and found saga. It has always been chalk n cheese connection for them but it is these differences that make the bond more special. With Dharma Production’s ‘Brothers’ releasing this Friday, we revisit some of the most iconic films that showcase the brotherly love.
1. Main Hoon Na
Playing stepsiblings Ram and Lakshman Prasad Sharma, Shah Rukh Khan and Zayed Khan’s relationship was the heart of Farah Khan’s directorial debut. Complete opposites of each other, the disciplined and reserved Ram is perfectly balanced out by the fun-loving and cool Lakshman aka Lucky. Their adorable relationship made the film a worthwhile watch.
2. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Karan Johar’s film may have been all about loving one’s parents, but Rahul and Rohan Raichand, played by Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan respectively, showed us that no matter the distance and the number of obstacles thatcome in the way, family ties can overcome it all. Whether it was teasing his younger brother Laddoo in his childhood or sharing valuable life lessons with him, Rahul became the older brother we all wish to have.
3. Hum Saath Saath Hai
In an age where brothers are pitted against each other and families are torn apart over petty differences, Sooraj Barjatya’s family drama showed us that the family that eats together and prays together stays together. Vivek (Mohnish Behl) is not only the admirable older brother to Prem (Salman Khan) and Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) but also is a father figure to them in the face of the difficulties they face, giving them strength and care despite his own weaknesses though he was their stepbrother.
4. Karan Arjun
The epic pair of Salman and SRK came together for the reincarnation saga about two brothers who were cruelly killed and were reborn into different families to seek revenge. Even though they weren’t reborn as brothers, their brotherly bond brings them back together and they are just as faithfully protective of each other.
5. Satte Pe Satta
The action comedy Satte Pe Satta is not only remembered for the star pairing of Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini, but also for the companionship shared among the seven brothers – Ravi (Amitabh Bachchan) and his six younger brothers Shom, Mangal, Budh, Guru, Shukra and Shani. Here, we see Ravi plays the strong support to his orphaned brethren who on the other side are the rowdy youngsters. Their combined conquest over adversities and their shared love and mischief makes the film an absolute entertainer.
Considered a groundbreaking film for Hindi cinema, ‘Deewaar’ tells a tale of sacrifice and duty through the struggles faced by two brothers, Vijay and Ravi (Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor). While Vijay bears the burden of his father’s failure and works his way to the top through criminal activities, he sacrifices his own education so his brother Ravi does well in life. Ravi, who goes on to become a police officer, is challenged by his duty to bring down his brother’s crimes and his love for his family. A landmark film in its time, the conflict between the two brothers in the climax is a scene that is copied till this day.
These were the much loved and much appreciated movies of their times, which not only showcased the bond between the brothers but also the core value of a close nit family. Let’s see what ‘Brothers’ has in store for us.