You know, people say a lot of mean things about Bollywood. They say it’s frivolous, there’s much singing and dancing, there’s no realism, etc. But what they don’t understand that Bollywood is actually a treasure trove of useful and not-so-useful life lessons that would really stand you in a good stead, if only you look beyond the obvious. Here are just a few of the obvious ones.

1. Sholay

“If you’re a good guy at heart, you’ll eventually win.”

It doesn’t matter if Basanti chooses to dance in front of the “dogs’ or not.

2. Kaho Na Pyar Hai

“Don’t get disheartened if you don’t end up with the love of your life. God will give you many more chances.”

Who knows? You might just run into the Xerox Copy of your old flame!

3. Band Baaja Baraat

“Jiske saath pyar karo, uske sath kabhi vyapaar na karo!”

In other words, don’t get laid where you get paid…

4. 3 Idiots

“Do what you love and you won’t work another day in your life.”

And your old girlfriend will come till Ladakh to find you. But only if you have a pair of amazing friends!

5. Andaz Apna Apna

“You have to learn to brand and market yourself to make your mark. “


6. Hum Saath Saath Hain

“The family that prays together and  eats together, stays together.”

Of course, it helps to have Alok Nath as the head of the family.

7. Hum Apke Hai Koun?

“A dog is a man’s best friend.”

Tuffy was probably the smartest character in the entire movie.

8. Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, K3G, DDLJ

“If your name is Rahul or Raj, you will always win the girl. Period.”

9. Dil Chahta Hai

“College friends last for a lifetime!”

10. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

“Follow your dreams.”

You can get back the love of your life through a song and dance routine anyway.

11. Ram Leela

“Love knows no boundaries.”

And that pointing a loaded weapon at your crush moves things forward. Wait, what?

12. Queen

“Believe in yourself.”

And sometimes, it’s better to be single.

13. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander

“If you’re looking for love, then look no further than your best friend.”

14. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

“No matter who you look and speak like, the real you will always be more awesome.”

Also, it is surprisingly easy to trick your wife into believing you’re someone else.

15. Dabbang

“Umm…Be Dabbang?”

Oh yeah, aviators rock too!

16. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na…

“If you want something, go after it with all your heart and soul.”

And Airport Security rules don’t apply to you if you are chasing the love of your life.

17. Jism 2

“Breathing can be sexy.”

18. Vicky Donor

“Charity starts at home. But sometimes, you can get paid for it.”

19. Ghajini

“Insaan apni yaadash bhool sakta hai. Par pyaar ka badla lena nahi!”

Classic Bollywood…

20. Dostana

“Do billiyon ki ladai mein, bandar roti le gaya!” (When two cats fight, the monkey ran away with the bread.)Cast: Billiyan – Abhishek & John, Bandar- Bobby Deol , Roti- Priyanka Chopra

21. Humshakals, Xpose, Joker, Tees Maar Khan

“Shit happens…”

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