Nobody does drama better than Bollywood. While love stories have taken the nation by storm in recent years, some of our best movies showcase a very different type of love – the love that siblings have for each other. And since this type of love isn’t your typical filmy love, audiences relate to it on a higher level.  

Prateik Babbar and Genelia D’Souza, Jaane Tu.. Ya Jaane Na

Everyone has experienced the pain of separation when their sibling gets married. The crazy fun in the film, along with Babbar’s endearing brotherly love for Genelia, won us over completely. If you want to feel really old, here’s a not-so-fun-fact: it has already been a decade since Imran Khan made his debut with this film.  

Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra, Dil Dhadakne Do

This film had Singh and Chopra playing siblings without the traditional melodrama Bollywood generally adds. The duo carried off their roles as siblings to near-perfection in Dil Dhadakne Do, which featured an ensemble cast of characters.  

Sushant Singh Rajput and Amrita Puri, Kai Po Che

While Kai Po Che was all about the growing friendship between three best friends, the rivalry and love between siblings – played by Rajput and Puri – stood out in the film. Given all their ups and downs, arguments and eventual reconciliation, we even wondered if maybe their track should have been given more screen time in the critically-acclaimed film.  

Hrithik Roshan and Karisma Kapoor, Fiza

Roshan displays rare maturity in Fiza, his second box-office release, while Karisma is at the peak of her career in her defining role as a sister who seeks to bring back her brother after he mysteriously disappears during the 1993 riots in Mumbai.  

Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Josh

Okay, so SRKhan and Rai Bachchan play taporis in Josh and have names like Max and Shirley to sound ‘oh-so-cool’, but there is no denying that when you put two of the hottest stars of a generation together as siblings, it creates a bond that one is not likely to forget in a hurry.  

Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri, My Brother… Nikhil

Based on the real-life story of AIDS activist Dominic d’Souza, My Brother… Nikhil sensitively portrays the gay community by telling d’Souza’s story from 1987 to 1994, when awareness about AIDS was low and ways of dealing with the disease weren’t documented. Set in Goa during the ’90s, it stars Suri as d’Souza and it focuses on the bond between him and his elder sister, played by Juhi Chawla, which is the high point of the movie. Their struggle against their community, public, and even their own parents, is heart-wrenching to watch, but the emotional bond throughout instils positivity in this otherwise-doomed story.  

Shreyas Talpade and Shweta Basu, Iqbal

Iqbal is that rare movie which shows the importance of a sibling in achieving your dreams. When a deaf-mute young man questions if he is really cut out to play cricket, no one apart from his sister can convince him to follow his chosen path. With powerhouse performances and a compelling storyline, this is a sibling story that deserves more love than it’s received so far.  

Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman, Hare Rama Hare Krishna

Yep, it’s time to rewind to the movie that made Zeenat Aman the hottest hippie in Bollywood at the peak of the international Hare Krishna movement of the ’70s. Dev Anand wanted to show the depravity of hippies and expose their decadence, so he made this film in which he plays dutiful brother out to rescue his sister from the cult of hippies into which she has fallen.

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