Top 5 Bollywood Musical Films

By Ally Sinyard · December 30, 2020

Bollywood Movies

India has always been famous for excellent movies and its connection with music. With the regular development of local cinemas, songs have become an important element of its films. The period between the 1940s – 50s was a golden age for the Indian filmmaking industry. Only within this period, some of the most beloved games were released such as Andaz (1949) and Mother India (1957).

Indian filmmaking industry differs from the Hollywood genre where we can find musicals as part of the popular releases. As opposed to western musicals, Bollywood films include stars who aren’t responsible for the singing. It means that Playback singers are usually main performers and they sing pre-recorded songs.  To find more about Bollywood musicals, check this review right away.

Teen Patti Musical

This Bollywood casino musical is inspired by the Teen Patti game, a common theme within the Indian moviemaking industry.  The triller appeared in 2010 as an Indian Hindi-language film by Leena Yadav. The main heroes are Amitabh Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, Madhavan, Raima Sen, and Shraddha Kapoor. The movie follows the story of a math professor, played by Bachchan, who is looking to write a probability thesis and wants to relate it with the famous online casino gaming experience Teen Patti. The music of the movie is made by Salim-Sulaiman and the lyrics are written by Ajinkya Iyer and Irfan Siddiqui. If you enjoy casino games, you will also have a great time while watching this movie.


Madhumati is a famous film by Bimal Roy released in 1958. It explores the world of reincarnation, known for Hinduism. The main hero, Devinder (played by Dilip Kumar), is accompanied by a friend on the way to collect the wife and kid from a train station during the stormy day. As he goes to the station, his path is blocked by a landslide so they decide to take shelter in a mansion. When entering the mansion, the main character starts remembering his past life when he was in a relationship with a girl Madhumati.

The sound of the film is produced by Salil Chowdhury, one of the leading composers in India. The main song – ‘Suhana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen’ comes as a beautiful background as Anand visits the Ghorakhal mountains in northern India.


One of the main themes of Bollywood movies is the disapproval of unarranged marriages and relationships. Indian movies are dealing with the possible solutions to this problem. Janwar is a typical movie that features the story of rich brothers Mahendra and Sunder who have fallen in love with girls belonging to the lower castes. The main song of the movie is ‘Dekho Ab Toh Kisi Ko Nahin Hai Khabar’, performed with the tune of The Beatles hit ’ ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’.

Hare Rama Hare Krishna

This is another Indian movie inspired by traveling to Kathmandu and watching young westerners on the hippie trail around the 60s. The main character of the movie is Dev Anand who is also a director and inventor of the film.  He plays the main hero Prashant, featuring a pilot who is looking for his sister who escaped to Nepal.  Sister appears as Jasbir character (Zeenat Aman) and she is signing one of the biggest Bollywood’s hits of the 1970s – ‘Dum Maro Dum’. The literal translation of the song is ‘take another puff’.

3 Idiots 

One of the most recent achievements of the Indian local film industry appears in the form of 3 Idiots. It features the main hero Aamir Khan which has become one of the most present characters in the local moviemaking industry. The film is also listed among the most successful, belonging to the IMDb’s list of top 250. The main action of the movie takes place on a university campus and has many common elements with American college masterpieces of the 2000s.  The main characters are three students – Farhan (R. Madhavan), Raju (featured by Sharman Joshi), and Rancho (Khan). An intellectual and sharp Rancho disappears shortly after graduation and his friends are wondering what happened to him.  Several years after, they started a search for Rancho.

If you like the film, you will enjoy its background song – ‘Zoobi Doobi’ and the singers’ Khan and Kareena Kapoor. The song itself has become a great hit with the Indian public. The musical includes all homage elements such as aerial dance, black-and-white features, sync umbrellas, and typical indicators of the past, present, and future.

There are numerous other movie themes worth investigating that can take your film interest to the next level. This article only mentions Bollywood and casino-themed films, but we have many more great articles waiting for you!