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Best Bollywood movies with OTT festive scenes

by Stewart Cole

Jaya Bachchan inside Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. (Image courtesy: dharmamovies)

New Delhi:

It is that time of year when the lights come out of the warehouse, sweets are circling and abundant wishes are exchanged. Like everything else in our country, Bollywood has been inspired by Diwali, to create some magical moments on the screen. From the return of the prodigal son to the recognition of the first pains of love, the festival of lights has served as the perfect setting for many beautiful cinematic moments. This Diwali, we revisit some iconic clips from the Bollywood library, edited especially for you.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham marked the Indian festivals with a highlight. From Diwali to Eid, the film was a celebration of the country’s diverse culture and our cinematic hero Shah Rukh Khan is introduced to the Diwali scene. The iconic scene features Nandini Raichand posing as Jaya Bachchan feeling that her son, Rahul Raichand (Shah Rukh Khan), has returned home to Diwali as he sets foot in their (large) house complex.

Ham Aapke Hain Kun ..!

Hm Aapke Hai Kun ..! is another movie that celebrates life to the fullest. Diwali finds a place in one of the most popular songs in the movie, Dictana. The assumption is that Renuka Shahne’s character, Pooja, gave birth to a boy and the family celebrates the arrival of the little one and Diwali in a big big celebration. With crackers, song and dance, Diwali is the perfect setting to welcome the newcomer.


Another famous Diwali scene that has a great song is from the movie Μοχαμπάτειν. In Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai, the cast of the ensemble uses the setting of the song to flirt and fall in love a little.

Taare Zameen Par

Another that Diwali has but in a rather gloomy light is Taare Zameen Par. The scene of the festival shows Ishaan Awasthi impersonating Darsheel Safary thinking of his horror of having to go to a boarding school. The happiness experienced by others at the festival is offset by the growing terror in Ishaan’s heart.


The role of Sanjay Dutt as a gangster in Vaastav is one of his most famous performances. The hard film uses Diwali as a backdrop for a shocking moment between Raghu (Sanjay Dutt) and his mother (Reema Lagu). It is in this scene that the famous delivers, “Yeh deh fat all”Dialogue.


Diwali has never looked more fashionable than the protagonist Sonam Kapoor-Abhay Deol Aisa. With great scenery, trendy clothes and family reunions above all, the film uses Diwali to focus on Aisha who is experiencing some jealousy pains in Arjun’s new relationship.

Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya

The film, which includes a cast of Tabu, Juhi Chawla, Govinda and Chandrachur Singh, includes a song focusing on Diwali and the festivities. The title number Aayi Hai Diwali shows the whole community gathered on a street with diya light.

Chachi 420

Who can forget the movie starring Kamal Haasan disguised as a nanny? In the film, what helps Jaiprakash Paswan (Kamal Haasan) also known as Shrimati Lakshmi Godbole enter the house of Tabu’s ex-wife is that he saves their daughter Bharti from a crack.

Watch the scene here.

Tell us in the comments your favorite Bollywood Diwali scene. Happy Diwali.

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