In 1998, the Hindi film industry saw a star kid taking the cinephiles by surprise when he made a movie that gained a massive cult following within a short period. The movie starred three superstars and an actress fresh off the success of another superhit. The star kid is Karan Johar, the movie is Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (his directorial debut), and the actors are Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, and Salman Khan. Cut to 2023, which marks the movie’s 25th anniversary. It’ll make a generation of kids feel old. And, so will movies like Ghulam, Dushman, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, or Hollywood gems like Blade, The Truman Show, Good Will Hunting, and Rush Hour among several others. If you are wondering what to watch today, here are some more movies turning 25 this year.
7 iconic movies that are turning 25 in 2023 like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai & others; to watch on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix & more
1. Dil Se – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video
Dil Se stars Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala in lead roles with Preity Zinta making her Bollywood debut. It is set against the backdrop of Assam’s turbulent time during the insurgency. The plot follows an All India Radio executive, who falls in love with a beautiful woman, Moina/Meghna, during his visit to Assam. She rebuffs him at first but falls for him, although never discloses her true feelings, she too takes a liking to him. However, Moina has a secret that leads to their tragic ending. The intriguing plot line keeps you hooked with the amazing tracks (Satrangi Re, Dil Se Re, anyone?) uplifting the watching experience.
2. Satya – Sony Liv, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video
The movie stars J D Chakravarthy, Urmila Matondkar, and Manoj Bajpayee in pivotal roles. The action-crime thriller follows Satya (Chakravarthy), an immigrant, working at a dance bar for a job in Mumbai. His life takes a deadly turn when he befriends a local gangster Bhiku Mhatre. He is thrown into the dangerous world of crime, slowly rising the ladder in Bhiku’s gang. He falls in love with an aspiring singer Viyda (Urmila) and gets caught in a web of deceit, leading to his downfall.
3. Zakhm – Amazon Prime Video
Featuring a star-studded cast comprising Pooja Bhatt, Nagarjuna, Ajay Devgn, Sonali Bendre, and a very young Kunal Kemmu, this poignant tale will tug at your heartstrings. The movie oscillates between the past and the present and is told from the perspective of Ajay Desai (Ajay Devgn/Kunal Kemmu), a music director. Set against the backdrop of the Mumbai riots, Ajay’s life is upended when he learns that his mother was burnt alive by rioters while leaving a temple. He then flashbacks to the past, reminiscing about his childhood days to his brother, revealing his inter-faith upbringing – a Hindu father and a Muslim mother. In the present, the brothers have to fight local leaders who have turned his mother’s death into a political gimmick.
4. Bade Miyan Chote Miyan – JioCinema, Disney+Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video
Two superstars – Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda – take us on an epic laughter ride. The movie features the two in double roles – police officers Arjun (Amitabh) and Pyare (Govind), and thieves Bade Miya and Chhote Miyan. When Arjun and Pyare get framed for crimes they didn’t commit, they launch an investigation that leads them to their doppelgangers. And, what follows is absolute chaos.
5. The Mask of Zorro – Amazon Prime Video, YouTube
This action-packed and highly entertaining swashbuckler adventure flick features Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas in lead roles. Set in 1821, the movie starts with a masked man called Zorro, fighting for the poor. It is later revealed that the masked man is Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins), a Spanish nobleman, seeking vengeance for the death of his wife and kidnapping of his infant daughter, During a public execution, he rescues a thug Alejandro (Antonio) and trains him to take his place as Zorro. As Zorror, Alejandro fights to put an end to the corrupt, anti-people government by causing the downfall of the former governor.
6. Armageddon – Disney+Hotstar, Apple TV, Google Play Movies
Boasting powerhouse talents like Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson, and Liv Tyler among others, the edge-of-the-seat action thriller will keep you hooked till the very end. The movie follows a group of deep-sea drillers hired by NASA to embark on a deadly space odyssey which entails drilling on a massive asteroid that’s en route to Earth. The collision would spell the end of humanity. The tension-filled and heart-pounding narrative ensures there’s never a dull moment as you follow the group of misfits carrying out one of the deadliest space missions ever.
7. The Parent Trap – Disney+Hotstar, Apple TV, Google Play Movies
Hallie and Annie (Lindsay Lohan) are identical twins who were separated when they were toddlers following their parents’ divorce. They grow up unaware of the other’s presence till they meet at a summer camp. Their animosity turns into friendship when they realise they are sisters. Together they set out to right the wrong and reunite their parents. The girls swap places and set in motion their mission. The sweet, funny family drama will warm your heart, leaving you wanting more at the end.