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. India is second to none when it comes to producing movies promoting entrepreneurship and the startup culture. Bollywood Business movies can teach various lessons on how to start and run a business. Baazaar and other Bollywood films are changing the Indian population's mindset towards the world of business. We at StartupTalky have listed some of the best Bollywood movies for entrepreneurs. Even if you aren't remotely associated with entrepreneurship, these 16 movies will still benefit you.
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 movie 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! Guru is one of the best Bollywood movies on business and a must-watch.
IMDB rating: 6.7/10
Release date: 26 October 2018
Baazaar didn't generate much buzz but it was warmly welcomed by the audience and the critics alike. The Saif Ali Khan starrer Bazaar is based on how the Dalal Street works and what happens behind the closed curtains. To add some masala, the director has included a fictitious storyline. 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. As a result, Rocket Singh didn't deliver 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 Baaraat 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. He finds solace in chilling out with his friends at the Delhi University. The clichéd Bollywood formula ensures the two 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 out there have been inspired by 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 a gripping story 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 Badmaash Company was ahead of its time and was a hit. Badmaash Company is about four friends who do the wrong things in the right way to make hoards of cash. You will enjoy Badmaash Company because of the idea it depicts. Some things may feel out of place (illogical?) but then what's Bollywood without some hard-to-explain scenes? 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 the culture of a workplace. The film provides insights into how the huge industries function 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, emotion, 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 the established norms in order to live a fulfilling life. An excellent movie that broke many box office records.
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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 okayish, if not below average, in studies and is interested in only hanging around with friends. It is when he leaves his house due to some father-son arguments does he realize 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 reputed school. The institution demands the parents to be literate. As a result, he decides to get her admitted through a quota reserved for those who are economically inferior. The family shifts to a below-average place of living and quits the comforts it was used to. The movie simultaneously depicts the challenges faced by the poor and the rich. You will enjoy the subject and the humor depicted. Spoiler alert but the lesson is that education from a big school does not always result in success. 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. The characters are plagued by 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. With an amazing direction and a plot full of twists, you'll definitely love the film.
IMDB rating: 7.1/10
Release date: 4 June 2010
As the name suggests, Raajneeti is based on political vendetta and vengeance. The political backdrop, the tussle for power, and a formidable cast teach you the challenges and situations one's going to face in a competitive environment.
IMDB rating: 8/10
Release date: 8 February 2013
Movie buffs and entrepreneurs should watch Special 26 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 corporate culture of today. Entrepreneurs could use this movie as a guide for identifying unethical practices to not go astray.
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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
IMDB rating: 8.2/10
Release date: 11 July 2013
This Bollywood movie is a massive inspiration for many of us. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag goes beyond being a biography and teaches a few lessons on dealing with unforeseen 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.
Bollywood is now churning out quality films every other day. The Bollywood movies in the list were some noteworthy attempts at making high-standard films that ooze out inspiration and motivation. Every film out there, be it Bollywood or Hollywood, has a thing or two to teach!