Everything seems to be surreal on the big screen and many times, despite movies appealing the masses, stories miss a connection with reality. However, certain reel characters from Bollywood movies seemed extremely real and believable. As they were roped in the stories, we knew we had bumped into them here or there, just like that. Just like these 10 characters in Bollywood films.

1. Kundan Shankar from Raanjhanaa

The obsessive one-sided lover who eventually manages to get some sympathy by the end of the movie is every girl’s teenage nightmare. There has been at least one Kundan who has sworn his life to you in real life and no matter how many times you marry, this one would hope for the best!


2. Justice Sunderlal Tripathi from Jolly LLB

Ever stepped inside a real-life court? Well, Jolly LLB was probably the only movie that did not set up a cliched Adalat scene because no court looks like the quintessential Damini set. And yes, no matter how grave the case is, you will probably bump into a Justice Sunderlal Tripathi on your very first day! God forbid if you have to talk to him while he takes a lunch break!


3. Laxman from Waqt: The Race Against Time

Remember this one? Our relationship with our domestic help is one bittersweet bond. We have all had at least one Laxman in our lives who was too innocent and naive for this world to handle! Let’s just not get into the whole process of getting things done!


4. Sugandha’s Mother from Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

Seema Pahwa’s portrayal of a coming-of-age mother has been extremely relatable, breaking the cliched miserable woman to a lady who knows freedom. But the winner is Sugandha’s mother who’s metaphorical explanation to sex education is as interesting as Alibaba’s gufa.


5. Bhashkor (Baba) from Piku

If there was someone that took us back to the time when the only way one could have a decent conversation with one’s ailing grandparents was while discussing constipation and Kayam Churan, it had to be Bhashkor from Piku. That sense of possession on kids, hypertension and the delusion that the world revolved around a toilet seat is nothing new!


6. Shashi from English Vinglish

Taking care of the whole family and still being second in line to the head of the family, the father, is a daily woe of every mother. Whether it’s dealing with children who sabotage her weakness to a husband who unknowingly pulls off sarcastic remarks, Shashi was every middle-class Indian woman trying to find her voice. In fact, for most of us, it was our very own mother.


7. Kamal Kishore Khosla from Khosla Ka Ghosla

The cast was beautifully plucked from a random Karol Bagh household and was authentic in every sense. Every middle-class family thrives on Roohafza, rajma chawal and a father like Kamal Kishore Khosla.


8. Vijay from Queen

Rajkummar Rao’s character from Queen reminds us of the good old days of our first love. Though not all of us have been ditched at the altar, we have at the rejection spot, despite the fact that the man did everything possible to woe us in the first place. We cried for nights thinking how we would ever move on but guess what, one day we did!


9. Aisha from Aisha

We all have that extremely rich, glamorous and extravagant friend that is always conspiring to hitch us with someone we have no interest in. From imposing her own fashion sense to our wardrobe to selfishly making everything about herself, Aisha is a frequent highlight of college corridors!


10. Siddheshwar Maharaj from OMG! – Oh My God!

Mithun Chakraborty’s character in the Paresh Rawal starrer OMG – Oh My God!  was too real to be mistaken as an on-screen godman. Be it the babas who suggest worshipping a banana tree or the ones who claim to cure cancer, flip through a few TV channels and you would find him somewhere for sure.


Isn’t Bollywood nothing but a glimpse of our real lives?