Bollywood filmmakers have always ventured into the stories which explore human relationships and their intricacies. Various shades and sides of each relation ranging from husband-wife to brother-sister, films have been made on several stories.
Out of all these relationships, friendship has constantly been one of the most favourite ingredients for creating a film. Films on friends is a recurring theme in Bollywood. As they say, “Ek Se Bhale Do, Do Se Bhale Teen”, several successful films have been made centred on a trio of characters. Three friends, especially three male friends has been a loved trend, of-late.
Some iconic films have made the three characters most memorable. Let’s take a look at 10 of such unforgettable ‘awesome threesome’ movies:
Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
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This black-and-white madcap comedy, remembered for iconic Kishore Kumar song Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si, is probably one of the earliest trio films of Bollywood. It featured Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar and Anoop Kumar as brothers working in garage. Their characters Brijmohan, Jagmohan and Manmohan are remembered even today by the movie buffs.
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
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This classic Manmohan Desai lost-and-found blockbuster starred Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan playing the title roles. These three characters first become good friends and at the end come to know that they are in fact long lost brothers. This super-iconic trio and the film’s signature title song is still etched on everyone’s minds.
Hera Pheri (2000)
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There hasn’t been a comedy movie with a better trio than this one which was directed by Priyadarshan. Shyam, Raju and Baburao are still the most remembered comedy film characters. You can watch the movie a number of times without getting bored even a tiny bit, thanks to the impeccable performances of the actors, especially that of Paresh Rawal.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
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The most-loved friendship film made by Farhan Akhtar seems still as fresh more than a decade after its release. With their class-apart performances from Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna immortalised their characters- Akash, Sameer and Sid. Dil Chahta Hain was a fresh and modern take on friendship, and portrayed male-bonding in the most relatable way.
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This 2004 comedy directed by Indra Kumar about three friends Meet, Amar and Prem portrayed by Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Ritesh Deshmukh triggered the adult comedy genre in Bollywood. Looking for a respite from their monotonous married lives, the three friends look for some extra-marital excitement and things go wrong. The same story was repeated in next Instalments of franchise Grand Masti and the Great Grand Masti.
Hey Baby (2007)
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This Sajid Khan’s directorial venture revolves around three Casanova friends Aarush, Tanmay and Ali who turn into caring and protective fathers of a baby. Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan and Ritesh Deshmukh won everyone’s hearts with their excellent comic timing and equally brilliant performance in emotional scenes
3 Idiots (2009)
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Three college friends who are roommate, who love having fun and who hate the principal- this is probably the most relevant and relatable setting for a trio film which was showcased in this Rajkumar Hirani’s directorial. Rancho, Farhan and Raju were the three iconic characters played by Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi. The film adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone, captured the fun of hostel life but had a critical take on our education system as well.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaraa (2011)
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Three friends Kabir, Imraan and Arjun set off on an adventure that makes them face their fears, change their perceptions, force them to break out of the box and teach them to seize the day. This Zoya Akhtar’s film is all about seizing the moment and living it to the fullest. The film perfectly captured the essence and complexities of modern-day relationships, ambitions and realities.
Delhi Belly (2011)
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Directed by Abhinay Deo it become one of the iconic films in modern Bollywood cinema. The film revolves around three friends Tashi, Nitin and Arup played by Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur and Vir Das. This black comedy showcased the story of these three friends who stay together and how in tough times also, they stick together and fight the odds as real buddies.
Kai Po Che (2013)
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Based on Chetan Bhagat’s book, Three Mistakes of my Life, the movie showed the strong bond between three friends. Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Rajkummar Rao depicted the characters of Eshaan, Omi and Govind whose lives and friendship changes because of riots and communal violence.