Movies spell a charm of their own and have the ability to paint characters on screen that mesmerize the audience to such a great extent that they wish to be like them. These characters are often identifiable as they relate to the ingredients that make our everyday life. One such slice of life is the aspect of friendship portrayed in films. With time, even Bollywood has reinvented the meaning of friendship and has moved forward from the days of “Ye dosti hum nai todenge”.

One of the most famous trends in Bollywood has been the friendship trios that began with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Admit it – we all wanted to be either Rahul, Tina or Anjali in our own group of friends.

But this trend was not new to Bollywood even at the time, as there had been exceptional movies in the past that had a similar approach. Let us look at some of the best awesome threesomes we have been blessed with by Bollywood.

Dil Chahta Hai
dil-chhahta-hai-2-compressedAll we did after watching Dil Chahta Hai was forming a trio of friends and proclaiming ourselves as Samir (Saif Ali Khan), Aakash (Aamir Khan) or Sid (Akshaye Khanna). The next thing was planning a trip to Goa, obviously. Dil Chahta Hai was not just a movie with career defining performances by the lead cast but also became big part of the popular culture then. Farhan Akhtar’s trio was a whiff of new air that completely overwhelmed the audiences.

3 idiots
3-idiots-compressedRajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots, one of the biggest hits in Bollywood’s history, doesn’t need any introduction. Rancho (Aamir Khan), Raju (Sharman Joshi) and Farhan (R. Madhavan) gave friendship a new meaning with their distinct nature, honest emotions (like the one where Raju and Farhan are actually jealous of Rancho) and a partaking in each other’s life decisions. How moved were we to see Rancho and Farhan struggling to make Raju happy while the latter is in coma? The cherry on the cake was definitely the climax of the movie, where the trio successfully, using their engineering knowledge, deliver a baby.

Hera Pheri
hera-pheriHow we all died laughing while watching this one! The hilarious threesome comprising Baburao (Paresh Rawal), Raju (Akshay Kumar) and Shyam (Suniel Shetty) do not need anyone else when they are together. Set in a humble setting, you find Raju and Shyam always on the verge of killing each other with the innocent hick, Baburao, always misunderstanding things in a bit more hysterical way. This has to be one of the best Bollywood comedies in the recent times.

Chashme Buddoor
fotorcreatedThis movie was about three friends Siddharth (Farooq Shaikh), Omi (Rakesh Bedi) and Jomo (Ravi Baswani), who are also roommates and how their friendship flips 180 degree when a girl (Deepti Naval) enters their equation. This classic had some really memorable characters that can neither be recreated on screen nor can their innocence be captured on camera today. The awesome trio, while leaving us in loud giggles, also send across vital friendship lessons.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
zindagi-na-milegi-compressedA trio decides to go to Spain for a holiday and reinvent themselves at the end of it only due to the special, deeper bond that develops between them. The movie takes time to build the friendship around the trio as initially it is Kabir (Abhay Deol) who tries to bring the other two, Arjun (Hrithik Roshan) and Imran (Farhan Akhtar), closer to each other. Though a bit elitist in its approach, the movie is laden with numerous scenes that will remind you about your exploits within your friend circle.

Delhi Belly
delhi-bellyA rather offbeat display of friendship goals, this movie narrates the ordeal of three roommates who find themselves in dangerous but hilarious situations. The trio still stays together facing all extremities of life when they become the target of a ruthless gangster.

Pyar Ka Punchnama
pyar-ka-punchnama-11a1-compressedWhen everything goes wrong, friends are still there to make these problems look small. A trio of friends, Rajat (Kartik Aaryan), Nishant (Divyendu Sharma) and Vikrant (Raayo Bakhirta), stick together from the beginning till the end as they feel the highs and lows of their developing love stories.

Go Goa Gone
go-goa-gone-hardik-luv-and-bunny-compressedWhat will you do on a zombie island with a bunch of friends who, at any point, can become blood craving monsters? Go Goa Gone is a movie about three friends who visit Goa for a rave party but find themselves in a zombie infested island. The camaraderie between Luv (Vir Das), Hardik (Kunal Khemu) and Bunny (Anand Tiwari) and some of the scenes where their friendship will just make you go awe make this trio the funniest yet the most relatable.

–Gladis Monteiro