Kumar Gaurav, Sanjay Dutt's Naam, Amitabh and Dharmendra's Deewar: Movies that redefined bromance

Updated: 10 July, 2020 20:34 IST | Anshul Vipat
  • Kumar Gaurav, Sanjay Dutt, Naam

    Naam (1986): This Mahesh Bhatt classic had Kumar Gaurav, Sanjay Dutt's brother-in-law in real life, play the role of his brother. Ravi (Gaurav) works hard and arranges money for Vicky (Dutt) who is determined to go to Dubai to make a successful living. However, things don't go as planned, and Vicky ends up working for ruthless international smuggler Rana (Paresh Rawal). Apart from the stellar acting by the reel brothers, the film is best known for the classic Pankaj Udhas song "Chithi Aayi Hai".

  • Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Deewar

    Deewaar (1975): The ultimate brotherhood saga of Bollywood. The Yash Chopra directorial is the story of two brothers (Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor), who are betrayed by the misplaced idealism of their father. The brothers survive in the slums of Bombay and eventually find themselves on opposing sides of the law. Deewaar turned Amitabh Bachchan into an "angry young man" and Salim-Javed into star writers. And remember, money can't buy everything, especially MAA!

  • Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Dharam Veer

    Dharam Veer (1977): One of the classic films of the 70s, Dharam Veer featured Dharmendra and Jeetendra in the titular roles of Dharam and Veer. Separated at birth, the brothers are reunited after some years and soon become best friends without knowing their true lineage. If you think you find the storyline similar to Parvarish, Chacha Bhatija, and Amar Akbar Anthony, then don't be surprised. These three including Dharam Veer were part of Manmohan Desai's "separated then reunited" theme club.

  • Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Trishul

    Trishul (1978): Three years after Deewar, we again saw Amitabh and Shashi, both (again) finding themselves on opposing sides. Unlike Deewar, the duo played the role of step-brothers. Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) is set on a mission to ruin his father's business to avenge the betrayal on his mother. Shekhar (Shashi Kapoor) is caught in the crossfire of Vijay's revenge.

  • Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Suhaag

    Suhaag (1979): This was another one of Manmohan Desai's lost-and-found stories. Kishan (Shashi Kapoor) and Amit (Amitabh Bachchan) are the sons of Durga (Nirupa Roy) and Vikram (Amjad Khan). A rival gangster Jaggi (Kader Khan) steals Amit and makes him a petty criminal and alcoholic. Kishan is the good boy of the film, who becomes a police officer. Full of tragedy, romance, dance, and stunts, the film has a strong moral undertone of good triumphing over evil despite the odds.

  • Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Parinda

    Parinda (1989): One of the Bollywood cult classics, Parinda remains relevant to the audience even now. The Vidhu Vinod Chopra-directorial is a crime drama that revolves around brothers Kishen (Jackie Shroff) and Karan (Anil Kapoor). While Karan leaves for America, Kishen enters a life of crime, falling under the sway of Anna (Nana Patekar), a drug dealer. When Karan decides to return to India to pursue a relationship with Paro (Madhuri Dixit), Kishen tries to keep him away from his criminal life. What follows is both unsettling and heartbreaking.

  • Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Ram Lakhan

    Ram Lakhan (1989): Sibling camaraderie saw roaring success in 1989. One again, the audience saw the great chemistry between "actors-turned-brothers" Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff. The brothers are set on a path to hammer their vile relatives Bhishamber (Amrish Puri) and Bhanu (Paresh Rawal) using diametrically opposite methods. To add to the flavour, Laxmikant-Pyarelal brought in some soulful music which, even 30 years later, we still continue to hum - namely "My Name Is Lakhan" and "Tera Naam Liya".

  • Raj Babbar, Sunny Deol, Ghayal

    Ghayal (1990): Ashok Mehra (Raj Babbar) is tortured and kidnapped after he tries to collect evidence of businessman Balwant Rai's (Amrish Puri) illegal activities. His brother Ajay Mehra (Sunny Deol) sets out to find him. Soon enough, he realises that the roots of evil are very deep and even his near ones have turned hostile towards him. His faith in the law is crushed and he seeks justice in his own way.

  • Aamir Khan, Mamik Singh, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander

    Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992): Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander demonstrated harmless sibling rivalry and brotherly bonds. The love-hate banter between the Lal brothers (Aamir Khan and Mamik Singh) changes course (for the better) when Ratan (Singh) has a terrible accident. An inspired and determined Sanju (Khan) takes his place in the annual cycling race. The film is best remembered for its evergreen songs, thanks to the brilliance of Jatin-Lalit.

  • Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Arjun

    Karan Arjun (1995): Rakesh Roshan brought us the story of brothers taking revenge on the villain with a twist. The brothers' revenge story travels two generations, in which the brothers are reincarnated, 20 years after their slaying. If this doesn't compel you to watch the film, we give you two more reasons - Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, who played brothers in this money-spinning masala. Their ultimate goal is to restore their mother's (played by Rakhee) belief -- 'Mere Karan Arjun Aayenge.'

  • Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001): Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was Karan Johar’s second film as a director. The family drama centred around younger brother Rohan Raichand's (Hrithik Roshan) quest to meet and convince his elder brother Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) to return home. The elder one had left the Raichand mansion after his parents (Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan) objected to his marriage to a girl belonging to a lower socio-economic group. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham emerged as a major commercial success, both domestically and internationally.

  • Bobby Deol, Riteish Deshmukh, Bardaasht

    Bardaasht (2004): How far will you go to get justice for your brother? Bobby Deol even kidnapped and tortured three policemen to avenge his brother's (Riteish Deshmukh) death, who was killed in a fake encounter. Bardaasht received acclaimed critical reception. The film is best known for its hit song, "Janaabe Ali" sung by Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala and Himesh Reshammiya.

  • Shah Rukh Khan, Zayed Khan, Main Hoon Na

    Main Hoon Na (2004): Farah Khan's directorial debut has Shah Rukh Khan return to college but with a twist. He plays an army officer who is undercover as a college student and is tasked to protect an officer's daughter. But he also has a secret mission, i.e. his plan to reconcile with his estranged half-brother, played by Zayed Khan. Main Hoon Na served up masala at its best and freshest, and the film proved it by smashing box office records of the time.

  • Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Race

    Race (2008): Now, in most of the films mentioned above we see (almost) a similar storyline of brothers reuniting after some strenuous circumstances. But this Abbas-Mustan film is slightly different. This thriller has two estranged brothers Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna, trying to kill each other in a game of double-crossing and lust for money. The ultimate saga of brotherhood, love, greed, and money proved to be a major commercial and critical success.

  • Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Dabangg 3

    Dabangg (2010): And while Salman Khan's biggest hit franchise had both romance and action, it also had a flavour of a beautiful love-and-hate relationship between two-step-brothers, Chulbul Pandey and Makkhanchand "Makkhi" Pandey, played by Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan respectively.

  • Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Kapoor and Sons

    Kapoor and Sons (2016): Although Kapoor and Sons was more about the friction between family members, but it also had a deep focus on the bond between two brothers played by Siddharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan. Kapoor and Sons remind us that despite the ups and downs, there will always and only be family to fall back on, regardless of the disagreements.

  • Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Diwale

    Dilwale (2015): The Rohit Shetty vehicle had plenty of entertaining and dramatic moments, but the most interesting part was the relationship between the two brothers, played by Shah Rukh Khan and Varun Dhawan. The film is best known for its soulful song, "Gerua".

  • Imran Khan, Ali Fazal, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

    Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011): What to say about the film that has the name "brother" engraved in its title. Imran Khan turns into a marriage consultant for his brother Ali Fazal and sets out on a journey to find a beautiful and smart sister-in-law. Katrina Kaif enters into the life of the two brothers, and we are treated with the ultimate laughter riot by the trio.

  • John Abraham, Manoj Bajpayee, Satyamev Jayate

    Satyamev Jayate (2018): One brother Veer Rathod (John Abraham) kills corrupt cops by setting them on fire, while another brother Shivansh Rathod (Manoj Bajpayee) is tasked to hunt him down after the body count begins to rise. The story then follows the two brothers in a cat-and-mouse race. The action drama had Aisha Sharma and Amruta Khanvilkar in supporting roles. Satyamev Jayate emerged as a big hit at the box office, and the makers are currently in the process of making a sequel.

  • Tiger Shroff, Ritiesh Deshmukh, Baaghi 3

    Baaghi 3 (2020): In Baaghi 1, Tiger Shroff fought multiple villains and henchmen to rescue his ladylove, going from the ground floor to the 10th. In Baaghi 2, he was in full Rambo mode as he took off his shirt and gunned down countless baddies. Now in the third instalment, he turns into a protective brother to Ritiesh Deshmukh. Farhad Samji, who has penned the dialogues of this actioner, stated that the bonding between Tiger Shroff and Riteish Deshmukh in the film is reminiscent of Ram and Lakhan. Baaghi 3 releases on March 6, 2020.

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Be it Kumar Gaurav and Sanjay Dutt's Naam or Amitabh Bachchan-Shashi Kapoor in Deewaar or Salman Khan-Shah Rukh Khan in Karan Arjun, certain Bollywood films have shown us how strong the bond between brothers can be. On the occasion of Kumar Gaurav's 60th birthday, let's take a walk down memory lane at the various Bollywood films that gave new meaning to brotherly love and set major sibling goals.

First Published: 06 March, 2020 12:00 IST