There's no dearth of inspiring movies if one considers cinematic contributions across the globe each year. Movies like “The wolf of wall street” have given rise to a new genre: entrepreneurial cinema. Bollywood is second to none when it comes to producing movies promoting entrepreneurship and startup culture. Bollywood Business movies can and do teach various lessons in how to start and run a business. Movies like Bazaar are changing Indian people's mindset about business. We at StartupTalky have listed some of the best Bollywood movies for entrepreneurs that you simply can't miss out on.
IMDB rating: 7.8/10
Release date: 12 January 2007
Guru is undoubtedly Abhishek Bachchan's most popular and loved movie. The movie is a brilliant reflection of the life of the man who started the Reliance empire, Dhirubhai Ambani. Although the makers of the never openly claimed that the cinematic venture was Dhirubhai's story, the audience and critics who saw the film could scrutinize Dhirubhai Ambani's rise being portrayed on the silver screen. Mani Ratnam's directorial ingenuity makes the movie appealing, especially if you're an innovative soul seeking to start your own venture. You will get some insight into what entrepreneurship meant in the 1950s! It is the one of the best Bollywood movies on business that you should definitely watch.
IMDB rating: 6.7/10
Release date: 26 October 2018
Baazaar didn't generate a lot of buzz but it was warmly welcomed by people and critics alike. The Saif Ali Khan starrer, Bazaar is based on how the Dalal Street works and what happens behind closed curtains. To add some masala, the director has included some fictitious storylines as well. Although the plot may seem to be predictable, aspiring entrepreneurs would still love this Bollywood movie since it shows what a businessman's life is all about.
Rocket Singh - Salesman of the year
IMDB rating: 7.5/10
Release date: 11 December 2009
Rocket Singh is based on a man (having the same name as the movie title) employed as a salesperson. He goes on to launch his own company in the same segment, that too while doing his day job. Rocket Singh uses the company's resources for setting up his venture without letting his boss know about it. The movie had an excellent storyline and characterization which wasn't utilized to the fullest. This led the movie to not making the impact it was capable of. People starting their own ventures ought to watch this movie for some cues and tricks.
Band Baaja Baaraat
IMDB rating: 7.2/10
Release date: 10 December 2010
Band Baaja Baarat is based on the escapades of a girl and a boy. The girl, Shruti, is determined to do something big in life. On the other hand, the boy, Bitoo, is a nonchalant just going with the flow flow. He finds solace in chilling out with his friends at Delhi University. The cliche Bollywood formula appears in the movie and they end up meeting each other. But hold on, here's the entrepreneurial stuff—they decide to start a wedding planning venture. The only rule they need to follow is not to love each other. Though this is a work of fiction, you do learn tidbits about a wedding planner's job and the Indian way of doing business.
IMDB rating: 9.2/10
Release date: 5 June 2015
Most of the Indian entrepreneurs are out there courtesy of TVF Pitchers. Pitchers is a web series famous for causing an itch to start something of one's own. TVF's Pitchers is based on the story of four boys and their startup. The humor juxtaposed with exciting scenes makes the series stand out. Entrepreneurs will closely related to Pitchers, no doubt. You can watch this series for free on YouTube or through TVF’s app.
IMDB rating: 6/10
Release date: 7 May 2010
Shahid Kapoor starrer Badmash Company was ahead of its time and was a hit. Badmash Company is about four friends who do the wrong things in the right way to make hoards of cash. You will enjoy Badmash Company because of the idea it depicts. Some things may feel out of place (illogical?) but then that is an integral part of Bollywood (this isn't a generalized statement). Young individuals would love the film because of the bling shown.
IMDB rating: 6.5/10
Release date: 7 July 2006
Corporate, true to its name, ruminates on how the corporate industry works. You get to see the ethics and culture of workplace. The film provides insight into how the big industries work and what employees do to cope with professional issues.
IMDB rating: 8.4/10
Release date: 25 December 2009
3 Idiots is the perfect combination of inspiration, comedy, emotions, and last but no the least, love. It is the story of 3 college friends with varying outlook on education. 3 Idiots propagates the message of formal degrees and certificates not necessarily being a testament to one's knowledge. The movie compels the audience to think beyond established norms in order to live a fulfilling life. A must watch movie that broke all box office records in the year it was released!
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Wake Up Sid
IMDB rating: 7.6/10
Release date: 2 October 2009
Though it may not promote startups or entrepreneurship directly, the movie shows why it's important to be familiar with the struggles of life. This movie projects the life of a rich kid, Sid. He is not okayish, if not below average, in studies and only likes hanging with friends. It is when he leaves his house due to father-son arguments does he get to know the challenges of a middle-class family.
IMDB rating: 7.8/10
Release date: 19 May 2017
Hindi Medium is about a self-made businessman struggling to get his daughter admitted in a big school. The institution demands the parents to be literate. As a result, he decides to get her admitted through a quota reserved for the economically backwards. The family shifts to a below average place of living, quitting the comforts of their home. The movie simultaneously depicts the challenges faced by the poor and the rich. You will love the subject and humor depicted! Spoiler alert, but the lesson is that education from a big school does not always equal to success after growing up. Every entrepreneur will enjoy this Bollywood movie.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
IMDB rating: 8.1/10
Release date: 15 July 2011
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara teaches us to live life to its fullest and enjoy the roller-coaster ride of ups and downs as it comes. The characters have been plagued with personal problems and have lost the charm of living. A three week group vacation makes them realize that it's not worth being stressed out and hesitant all the time. The direction is amazing and there many plot-twists, so the movie isn't going to bore you!
IMDB rating: 7.1/10
Release date: 4 June 2010
As the name suggests, the movie is based on political vendetta and vengeance. The political backdrop, the tussle for power, and the formidable cast teach you about challenges and situations one's going to face in a competitive environment.
IMDB rating: 8/10
Release date: 8 February 2013
A film movie buffs and entrepreneur should watch if they want to see the wonders of creative thinking and execution. Special 26 takes place in the eighties. A group of tricksters carry out one of the biggest heists in India. Just to let you know, this is based on a real-life event!
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
Release date: 30 July 2010
The film speaks volumes about illegal businesses and trades. The under-the-table transactions, the fight for becoming the leader, backstabbing, etc. are relevant to the present manifestation of corporate culture. Entrepreneurs could use this as a guide to learn about the pitfalls to be avoided and how not to go astray.
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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
IMDB rating: 8.2/10
Release date: 11 July 2013
This Bollywood movie is a huge inspiration for all the athletes. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag goes beyond being a biography and teaches a few lessons on dealing with hardships.
IMDB rating: 7.9/10
Release date: 18 June 2004
Lakshya is another inspirational movie dealing with life in general. Its song “Lakshya” often graces music playlists when one seeks motivation. The movie dawns the realization that fear of failure is the only obstacle one may face in achieving his or her goals and aspirations. Lakshya is a good source of motivation and inspiration for entrepreneurs.
Bollywood is churning out quality films day by day. The Bollywood business movies in the list were some noteworthy attempts at making high-standard films that ooze out inspiration and motivation. To be honest, every film out there, Bollywood or Hollywood, has a thing or two to teach!