It’s always difficult for an old generation to understand the new generation. As with changing times, lives become more difficult and complicated. And, that’s the reason why it isn’t easy for parents to understand what their kids go through. If movies can help parents understand their kids a little better, then why not give this a shot? Yes, we are talking about movies that parents should watch to understand the new generation better.
Here are 14 movies all parents should watch, in no particular order:
This is a story that talks about a young lazy boy, Karan Shergill (Hrithik Roshan), who has no aim in life and later transforms himself into a responsible army officer. It features a sensitive performance from Boman Irani as the protagonist’s (played by Hrithik Roshan) father.
While the 12-year-old boy Miguel Rivera loves music, his complete family simply hates it. Only with the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather, he is able to get his family on board with his dreams.
3. Margarita with a Straw
This movie is about an Indian teenager with cerebral palsy who relocates to America to study. On her journey of self-discovery, she unexpectedly falls in love. Throughout the film, her parents especially her mother remain her strongest support.
It’s a powerful yet beautiful story of a family sticking together through adversity. This motivational story revolves around August Pullman, a boy with facial differences, who attends school for the first time. The movie shows how his family accepts and supports him to overcome his problems and failures.
5. Inside Out
This movie is no less than a masterpiece. The movie delivers a life lesson to cope with our several emotions including sadness, anxiety and depression. This movie is a must-watch for parents to not only help their kids handle emotions but also manage their own emotions effectively.
6. Secret Superstar
Revolving around the story of a teenage girl and her dream of becoming a singer, this heartwarming movie is a must-watch. The movie showcases the beautiful relationship between mom and daughter along with important themes of feminism, gender equality, and domestic violence.
In a country, where parents are obsessed with their daughter’s marriage, this movie is an important reminder to every parent that marriage doesn’t complete a woman. Without worrying about societal obligations, how we need to let our daughters lead a life on their own terms.
8. Finding Dory
As Dory embarks on her search for her long-lost parents, everyone in the audience learns a thing or two about the real meaning of family along the way. It is a beautiful story about loss, parental nurturing, friendship, and loving others.
Vikramaditya Motwane’s stellar debut starring a young Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor followed the story of a kid moving back to a house with his emotionally distant father. And how he confronts the physical abuse and stands up to his father, forms the rest of the narrative. Amit Trivedi’s brilliant music was the cherry on top.
10. Hindi Medium
Parents will do anything for their children and Hindi Medium explores this sentiment to the T. Raj and Mita yearn to get their daughter Pia educated at a reputed school. They are willing to go to any length to change their circumstances to make this a reality.
After her stepdaughter is raped, Devki seeks help of a private detective to take revenge on the culprits after they are acquitted by the courts. The story follows the mother’s determination that she would do anything for her family is a must-watch for every parent, everywhere.
12. Tare Zameen Par
Directed by Aamir Khan, this film took on the issue of dyslexia which is widely prevalent in the primary student population in India, but hushed up as a matter. With TZP, not only did we get amazing insight into the world of Ishan Awasthi but also saw Ram Shankar Nikumbh spring into action as the saviour of the specially-abled.
13. Wake Up Sid
Director Ayan Mukerji’s debut film follows the story of the poor little rich boy Sid, a college slacker by all means and how his life changes when he fails his third-year college exams. As Sid goes through the grind of ‘real life’ and discovers his passion for photography, this is an ideal coming-of-age tale.
14. Lipstick Under my Burkha
The film’s bold narrative stars four women between the ages of 18 and 55 from a yesteryear Bhopal. The feminist drama unfolds with the protagonists rebelling in small ways against the taboos of society. The film explores different shades of female desire which makes it a must-watch for every Indian family, especially parents.
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*All images are screenshots from respective movies