5 Movies About Dysfunctional Families That You Can Watch This Family Day, On ZEE5

Here are five times Bollywood dropped the 'Sanskari' stereotype and showed a more realistic and relatable take on families.

5 Movies On Dysfunctional Families That You Can Stream On ZEE5

Stills from Tamasha, Khoobsurat, and English Vinglish
Stills from Tamasha, Khoobsurat, and English Vinglish (Source: Online Portal)

Bollywood is popular for its grandiose and unrealistic stories. Stories that, don’t really happen in real life. But there have been many times that despite belonging to one of the most melodramatic cinematic communities in the world, Indian filmmakers illuminated our world with authenticity that not only stayed true to the battles of family life, but applauded it.

Here are a few Bollywood greats that showed us families as they are – perplexed, hyper-stressful, dysfunctional jumbles that we simply can’t help but love and hate and love some more.

1. English Vinglish

English Vinglish showed us a realistic view of the nuclear family and how one always ends up taking the maternal figure for granted. It also makes us understand the level of patience and compassion every Indian mother has for her family on a daily basis. Watch this wonderful film and the beautiful Sridevi in Gauri Shinde’s masterclass of understanding the struggles of a stay-at-home mom in a nuclear family.

2. Nil Battey Sannata

Nil Battey Sannata by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari is a masterfully-created story with relatable humour and emotionally-arced characters that will make you stick around. A mother working beyond her dreams and trying to provide for each and every need of the child, is the kind of parent we all identify with and witness in our daily life. This movie takes that struggle a notch higher and gives us performances to remember. Keep a tissue box handy while watching this one.

3. Total Siyapaa

A Hindu girl living in London with her loopy dysfunctional family drops a truth bomb when she brings her new, Pakistani fiancé home. Isn’t this a recipe for disaster? Watch out for this hilarious comedy starring the gorgeous, Yammi Gautam, Ali Zafar, and the very talented Kirron Kher. Get ready to go on a laugh riot with this one.

4. Khoobsurat

A modern day fairy tale, loosely based on the Hrishikesh Mukherjee comedy of the same name, Khoobsurat is a stunning movie that dwells into the dysfunction of a royal family. While Fawad Khan is no less than a charming prince in real life, Sonam Kapoor plays the role of Mili, a physiotherapist employed to treat the old, bitter king. What follows next is whole lot of misbehaviour and fruitless attempts at disciplinary action. Watch out for this easy breezy rom-com that will lift you and your family’s spirits up.

5. Tamasha

While this movie isn’t completely family-oriented, Ranbir Kapoor’s family plays a vital role in defining the circumstances that shape his overall character arc. Tamasha is one of those unabashed films that talks about the same old monotonous life and how parental pressure often ends up burying children’s true selves. Besides, this movie also lets you experience the beauty of Corsica from the comfort of your home.

Let the movie marathon begin. Let us know which of these movies was your favourite in the comments below.

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