Best Bollywood Teen Movies

In the light of Karan Johar's Student of the Year trailer doing the rounds, I started thinking of the better teen movies Bollywood has produced over the years. Although the new ones that have been recently released are mediocre and forgettable, there have been many instances of Bollywood doing right by the genre.

Here is my take on the Best Bollywood Teen Movies (in no particular order):

Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na

JTYJN was a movie that stayed true to the genre; the romance, the heartbreak, the comedy, the drama all revolved around a group of college friends while the grown-ups played supporting roles. Although the film was formulaic, it was a heartfelt breezy romantic comedy that made Imran Khan an instant star and brought back Genelia D'Souza into the limelight.

Wake Up Sid

A coming-of-age dramedy done right, Wake Up Sid had all its elements in place: a top-notch cast, a debutant director with a fresh vision, and story that was all heart. Ranbir Kapoor effortlessly portrayed the transition from a careless, privileged boy to a mature, independent man and Konkona Sen Sharma struck all the right notes as a catalyst in that transition. The movie was relatable and realistic and left you with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander

A modern-day classic, the movie combined the themes of friendship, love, competition, victory and staying true to oneself. Even though the movie was made 20 years ago, the story, the performances, and the music are timeless and would be just as entertaining no matter how many times you've seen it. JJWS is definitely India's answer to the 80s John Hughes's Teen movies.

Rang De Basanti

RDB is definitely one of Bollywood's best movies and is so much bigger than than 'Teen Movie' genre. A drama with elements of friendship, patriotism, politics, love, and loss, RDB is one of those rare films that make you laugh, make you cry, make you feel, and make you think. The movie doesn't have a happy ending but a hopeful one and it stays with you long after the credits have rolled.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Although not entirely a teen movie, a decent chunk of the film was based in college and it showcased the fun, casual lifestyle of teens and their romance and heartbreaks. SRK as the college hunk and an incorrigible flirt, Kajol as a bona fide tomboy, and Rani as the prettiest girl on campus put heart into their characters and made the film a universal pleaser.

3 Idiots

Although the leads were nowhere close to being in their teens yet set in an engineering university 3 Idiots was not only believable but so well-liked that it is the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time! A unique, relatable, and completely hilarious take on campus life and life-long friendships, 3 Idiots also had something to say about the pressures of excellence in education and creativity and knowledge over grade point averages.

Ishq Vishq

Much like JTYJN, Ishq Vishq stayed true to the genre and was a sweet, fun-filled depiction of young love. The concept might be formulaic; the treatment of the film was fresh and actually managed to capture the essence of teenage love and friendship pretty accurately and effortlessly. The characters were charming and interesting and never seemed to be trying too hard and it brought Bollywood a new male lead in the face of Shahid Kapoor.

Here are the good ones I could think of, sound off in the comments below about your favorite Bollywood teen movies and let me know if I have missed any!

Special Mention: Thank you @Fri, 2012-08-03 09:47 — Anonymous for pointing out Ishq Vishk, completely forgot about that one!

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Luv Ka The End & Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge are both set in colleges with a very young cast

Fri, 2012-08-03 15:19 — Pinkvilla_boy

Rang De basatnti ANYDAY!!!!
that line of Amir Khan "collage kay us per hum life ko nachatay hain , or is per life hamay
nachati ha" was EPIC & so true

Tim lak lak the Tim lak lak! Truly epic, man!Aamir and Sharman were just too good in that movie and so were the rest of the actors. Many dialogues and scenes from RDB are so memorable.

Like these -

"Zindagi jine ke do tareeke hote hain..ek jo ho raha hai hone do..bardasht karte jao..aur dusra ..Zimedaari uthao use badlne ki !!"

"Tum system ko badlne ki koshish karte ho..yeh system khudh tumhe badalta hai."

"Ek pair past pe, aur ek pair future pe, tabhi to hum aaj pe mooth rahe hain!"

RDB is one of my all-time favorite movies, but I don't really consider it a "teen movie".

So, 3 idiots, Jaane Tu, Jo Jeeta and also Ishq Vishq.

Sat, 2012-08-04 08:20 — Voiceswriter

@Mystic Rose: In Hollywood it looks believable because the ppl look young, not like 45-year-old Aamir Khan playing a teenager.


So he didn't look believable to you? First of all, that was not really a teenager role which was shot in some school though typically we start our Engineering or any graduation at the ages of 17-19.

Have you been to college? Many guys look like uncle types let alone a few guys who look even older than some young lecturers. (No offence to them :P)

Aamir looked so young and his mannerisms were just perfect. We (my collegemates and I) went to that movie thrice and not even once we felt that a 45yr old was playing that role. He was just .... well, perfect.

JTYJN is my favorite....... "wake up sid" is also good

Jaane Tu Ya Jaane naa and Wake up sid...Two beautiful beautiful romances and one of my favorites.College,career and love.The best thing about these BW romances is the 'innocence' which HW or any other film industry could never portray.

Hahahaha, except SRK was already in his 30s when he did KKHH.

@Mystic Rose: Funny how your wrote that message to yourself lol! Hehehehehe.

@Mystic Rose: In Hollywood it looks believable because the ppl look young, not like 45-year-old Aamir Khan playing a teenager.

@PizzaPasta, thanks!
I agree, Bollywood hardly gets teen movies right but even with the cliches and obvious formula some manage to stand out! Even at the minimum, the actors who are suppose to play 18/19 year olds are in their 20s.

@Kitty and @DeepikaFan - I'd add Main Hoon Na as a special mention, the only reason I didn't add it to the list is because the 'teen' characters were supporting and the leads were the grown-ups.

@Fiza_Khan, thank you!
Dil Chahta Hai is one of my all-time favorites but its more of a 'youth-oriented' film than a teen film; the characters are not in their teens and it is not in a highschool/college setting!

Good post, but MHN should be added too. Favorite bollywood teen movie has to be Ishq Vishq!

Wake up sid!

Very nice post @Mystic Rose,brings back memories. My fave would be Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander by a shot,closely followed by Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,Wake Up Sid and JTYJN. I still believe that this genre of films is very underdeveloped and overbaked in Bollyood,full of cliches.Plus we hardly have any good actors below 30 except the occasional Ranbir Kapoor,so seeing 40+ Khans(though I luvvv them)play college students is a bit of a turn off for me.

My favorite is wake up sid.

mujhse fraaandship karoge is a teen movie and in some ways ishaqzaade


i would not think to put half of these in the teen genre considering the ages of the actors in them but I understand your reasoning! my favourites have to be JTYJN, JJWS, WUS and RDB! I definitely have a soft sport for Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander though...

I like all of these movies over here!
Lovely Post @ Mystic Rose!

Main Hoon Na was also a great movie! Amrita Rao & Zayed Khan acted their "BEST" in tht movie! & can't believe how SEXY Sushmita was looking! I love "Dil Chahta Hain"! Dunno if it can be included as a teenage movie?

ISHQ VISHK was a teen film!!! And indeed my favourite. Made me fall in love with Amrita Rao.

*face palm* I'm so spaced out today!

LOL @Mystic Rose, yes 3 Idiots was a teen movie! It happens in Hollywood too; Rachel McAdams was well into her 20s when she played the 15 year old Regina George in Mean Girls, Tobey Maguire was late 20s in Spider Man 1, Oliva Newton-John was also late 20s in Grease, Paul Walker in mid-20s in Varsity Blues etc.

jou jeeta wohi sikander was a classic i have seen it more than 1000 times no one can beat that movie

seriously none but Ishq Vishhk!!

I loved all of these mentioned above! :P my favorites probably were ishk vishq & 3 idiots,though.
oh and I agree with Kitty,you should add Main Hoon Na! another one of my favorites.zayed and amrita were just too cute in this,and there were a lot of ROTFL moments in that school,like how SRK was swooning over his chemistry teacher. ;) haha

Main Hoon Na! :) So cute.

Aw haha! this made me remember all the great times i had watching these! add zindigi na milegi dobara!

@Fri, 2012-08-03 09:25 — Anonymous
lol, sure Baazigar can be a teen movie.

What about Ishq Vishq???

Ishq Vishk was my fav back then....the entire cast was young and fresh. hence i look forward to SOTY as well since the cast is new!

Ishq vishk is my fav teen movies

half of these aren't even teen movies... they're more like young adults o.O

I loved all these films ! :) Another favorite of mine is Luv Ka the End ! :)

Hmmm....except Ishq Vishq ...none of them r teen movies

3 Idiots

3 idiots and mjhse frandhip karoge


andaz apna apna ???

Only if teens were cast to play teens ! :D

Rang De basatnti ANYDAY!!!!
that line of Amir Khan "collage kay us per hum life ko nachatay hain , or is per life hamay
nachati ha" was EPIC & so true

Wake up sid.

RDB was set in Delhi University and 3 Idiots was an in IIT-like instituition, yes the cast were a lot older but they were technically teen movies. Forgot about Ishq Vishq, thank you anon!!

Jab we meet should include hahah:D

Jo jeeta wahi sikander and Jaane tu ya jaane na...
RDB wasnt exactly a teen movie!

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikhandar was a great teen movie.

umm.. i don't know about 3 idiots and rang de basanti. Those two films weren't really a teenage movie. It was more college/societal type of film.

Teen movie would be: Mera Pehla Pehla Pyar, Teree Sang, Ishq Vishq, Maine Pyar Kiya.....etc.

Ishq Vishk too!!

Is Baazigar a teen movie ??? coz i LOVE that !

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