When it comes to entertainment and drama, why should films only confine to the interest of adults and not kids?
Kid flicks have their own lure and children love the appeal that these films bring about. Therefore, kids should be given an opportunity to embrace the cinematic lure as much as any other person, irrespective of age. Every generation has its brand of movies that are loved. While growing up, we all had our personal favourites too. It fills us with a brink of nostalgia when we come across those films today.
We quickly started brainstorming the most favourite children movies of all time and arrived at this list.
Directed by Mani Ratnam, ‘Anjali’ stars Raghuvaran, Revathi, Master Tarun, Shruti Vijaykumar and Shamili in the leading roles. The film portrays the story of a family who undergoes emotional trauma because of a dying differently abled child.
‘Bhootnath’, also being a hugely popular flick amongst the kids, is the story of a boy named Banku who moves in with his family to a haunted bungalow. In the bungalow, he meets a ghost named Kailash Nath (Bhootnath) with whom he builds a hilarious, yet affectionate bond. Raised on the back-story of Bhootnath and his death, the film offers great emotional strength to the story, depicting the emotional relation between Banku and Bhootnath.
The National Award winning film features many debuting child artists with eccentric names like “Silencer”, “Panauti”, “Toothpaste”, “Aflatoon”, “Encyclopaedia”, “Shaolin” etc. The film is about a group of kids who lead a carefree life who encounter the big bad world. The movie also features Ranbir Kapoor in the song called “Tai Tai Phiss” which was a big hit.
Koi Mil Gaya
Though not a kid-flick essentially, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ hits the right chords with children, as well as the grown-up. It portrays the story of a boy named Rohit who has a strange encounter with an alien with supernatural powers (Jadoo). He then homes and protects the alien from the authorities who search for it, during which, both Jadoo and Rohit form an extraordinary bond. The most stargazed film of its time, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ still remains a huge favourite among the kids.
‘Makdee’ is one of the most popular films among the kids. It portrays the story of two twin sisters and their encounter with an evil witch who traps innocent children that stumble across her isolated castle. Simple and engaging, ‘Makdee’ makes for an adventurous and fun-filled drama where the kids get grasped in the plot and are suspended in the events of the movie till the end.
The 1983 drama film is directed by Shekhar Kapur and is an adaptation of Erich Segal’s novel, ‘Man, Woman and Child’. The story is about a happily married couple and their two daughters. The happy family then goes through stormy days because they’re confronted with the father’s one mistake.
Stanley Ka Dabba
‘Stanley Ka Dabba’ came across as a film with a very simple narrative but an interesting storyline that appealed to the children. It is the story of a boy named Stanley who isn’t allowed to enter school unless he brings his own lunch box until everybody discovers that he is an orphan. The movie is heart-wrenching and it imparts a very important social message towards the end.
Taare Zameen Par
‘Taare Zameen Par’ is one of the most effective films in Hindi cinema. The dyslexic character of Ishaan appeals not just to the children but also the grown-ups, making us look at him with love and eventually someone we all connect to. His struggle with academics and family, love for art, and his valiant battle against dyslexia in the guidance of his substitute art teacher draws us to the film. While addressing dyslexia, ‘Taare Zameen Par’ portrayed an inspiring story that teaches not only to overcome our own challenges but to believe in our own potential to pursue our dreams.
Directed by Santosh Sivan, ‘Tahaan’ narrates the story of a young boy and his pet donkey in a war led valley of Kashmir. The boy’s pursuit of happiness amidst the existence of war forms the backdrop of the story.
The Blue Umbrella
Based on the novel by Ruskin Bond by the same name, ‘The Blue Umbrella’ is a simple tale about a young girl named Biniya and her attractive blue umbrella. Her umbrella gets stolen and the rest of story is based on Biniya’s investigation. Child actor Shreya Sharma, and Pankaj Kapoor’s actor was highly applauded in the film.