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Best Hindi films to stream on Netflix

Films such as Andhadhun, 3 Idiots, Masaan and Swades are some of the best Hindi movies on Netflix

Best Hindi films to stream on Netflix

Poster images of 3 Idiots, Queen and Barfi!

Last Updated: 04.20 PM, Apr 01, 2024


Bollywood has produced some cinematic gems over the years which are hard to miss, including 3 Idiots, Masaan and Barfi. Earlier, these gems could be seen only on the silver screens but after the advent of OTT platforms, you can reminisce about those good old days by rewatching some of these iconic gems on OTT platforms. From Gully Boy to Swades, here is our list of top ten Hindi films to stream on Netflix.

Best Hindi films to stream on Netflix

Andhadhun (2018)

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Anil Dhawan and Radhika Apte

Director: Sriram Raghavan

Running time: 2 hours 18 minutes

Helmed by Sriram Raghavan, Andhadhun is a comedy thriller film, starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte. The 2018 film follows the life of Akash, a pianist who is pretending to be visually impaired. His life turns upside down when he witnesses a crime, as he gets involved in a series of twisted incidents. The thriller drama film promises to keep you on the edge of the seats.

Dangal (2016)

Cast: Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra

Director: Nitesh Tiwari

Running time: 2 hours and 41 minutes

Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra- starrer Dangal is one of Bollywood’s cult classic films. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, the 2016 film is based on the real-life story of the Phogat sisters. The film showcases Mahavir Singh Phogat training his daughters, Geeta and Babita, over the years and the struggles the family overcomes, while fighting against society’s prejudices. From stellar performances to outstanding music and motivation to push yourself forward, the film is a must-watch to understand the nuances of wrestling and familial bonds.

Gully Boy (2019)

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Kalki Koechlin

Director: Zoya Akhtar

Running time: 2 hours and 28 minutes

Directed by Zoya Akhtar, Gully Boy, starring Ranveer Singh, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin, is inspired by the lives of Indian street rappers Divine and Naezy. The 2019 film follows Murad as he attempts to carve his identity in the world of hip-hop. The relatable movie that explores the theme of pursuing one's ambition amid financial strains was much loved by the audience.

Barfi! (2012)

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Ileana D'Cruz

Director: Anurag Basu

Running time: 2 hours and 31 minutes


Barfi!, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Ileana D’Cruz, is a romantic comedy film that is sure to leave you teary-eyed. The 2012 film centres around the life of Barfi, a deaf and dumb boy, whose heart gets broken by Shruti, but eventually finds love in Jhilmil, a mentally challenged girl. The innocent chemistry between the two becomes a pleasing scene to watch on screen. Anurag Basu’s direction brings an old-world charm to the silver screen while seamlessly blending romance, comedy and intense drama, making it a must-watch on our list.

Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Aamir Khan and Akshaye Khanna

Director: Farhan Akhtar

Running time: 3 hours and 3 minutes

Farhan Akhtar’s 2001 film Dil Chahta Hai is another cult classic film that follows the lives of three friends, played by Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna, as they navigate love, friendship, and adulthood. The film begins by showcasing their adventures in Goa and their evolution of friendship over the years, as the three navigate their personal lives. From portraying different shades of love to bringing back nostalgia of the good old days, the film is a must-watch with your gang.

3 Idiots (2009)

Cast: Aamir Khan, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Boman Irani

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Running time: 2 hours and 50 minutes

3 Idiots, starring Aamir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi, is another cult classic film that showcases the depth of friendship amid tough times. The 2009 film is set in a competitive engineering college where the trio navigates financial struggles, familial chaos and romantic relationships. From witty dialogues to an impeccable soundtrack, 3 Idiots promises to bring back the essence of your college days.

Queen (2013)

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao

Director: Vikas Bahl

Running time: 2 hours and 26 minutes

Helmed by Vikas Bahl, Queen is a female-led cult classic film that garnered Kangana Ranaut the title of ‘Queen of Bollywood.’ Starring Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao, the 2013 film follows the life of Rani who goes on her solo honeymoon to Europe and finds her voice. Watch the acting prowess of Kangana Ranaut in this comedy-drama film that is sure to leave an impression on you.

Swades (2004)

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi and Kishori Ballal

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker

Running time: 3 hours and 9 minutes

Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Swades is an intense drama film that challenges the notion of westernisation and development. The film follows Mohan, a NASA employee, who goes to find Kaveri Amma in a local village in India. As he lures Kaveri Amma to accompany him to the US, Mohan questions his own beliefs about his motherland and understands the change he can make in the lives of the local people. Witness the incredible story on screen with Shah Rukh’s impeccable performance.

Masaan (2015)

Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Shweta Tripathi, Richa Chadha, Sanjay Mishra and Pankaj Tripathi

Director: Neeraj Ghaywan

Running time: 1 hour and 49 minutes

Helmed by Neeraj Ghaywan, Masaan is an intense drama film, focusing on the lives of multiple characters from Varanasi while exploring the meaning of love, loss and friendship. The 2015 film features Devi (Richa Chadha), a woman who is ridiculed by society and is dealing with the loss of her lover. Then there is Deepak and Shalu (Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi) who navigate their love story amid caste differences. How these characters overcome the sadness of their loss is worth exploring on screen.

Drishyam (2015)

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Saran and Ishita Dutta

Director: Nishikant Kamat

Running time: 2 hours and 43 minutes

Directed by Nishikant Kamat, Drishyam, starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Saran and Ishita Dutta, is a crime drama film. The 2015 film showcases Vijay Salgaonkar, a man from Goa, who is willing to go any lengths to protect his family. The cat-and-mouse chase between Vijay and Inspector Genral of Police (played by Tabu) becomes the plotline of the film.

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