Motivating Movies for College Students

A select set of movies that deal with education, student life, etc.




"You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling." Quite motivating? How often do we get inspired by the dialogues from our favourite stars? We all are chapfallen at some point in our lives and seek for that small pinch of motivation which can re-assure our confidence. Now, hearing something like the above dialogue from Inception surely motivates us.  Movies are something which everyone relates to and learn a lot from. Dear students, here are a set of movies which can make you feel that Aal izz well... 

  1. THE INTERNSHIP (2013, English, Spanish, Tagalog, Cantonese, Mandarin) 

Cast & Crew-  Director: Shawn Levy, Music: Christophe Beck, Producer: Vince Vaughn

Lead Roles: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Max Minghella

Plot- Salesmen Billy and Nick find themselves unemployed in the digital world. In a bid to prove their competence, they land an internship at Google and try to beat some tech-savvy geniuses.

  1. 3 IDIOTS (2009, Hindi)

Cast & Crew- Director: Rajkumar Hirani, Music: Shantanu Moitra, Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Lead Roles: Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, Omi Vaidya

Plot- In college, Farhan and Raju form a great bond with Rancho due to his positive and refreshing outlook to life. Years later, a bet gives them a chance to look for their long-lost friend whose existence seems rather elusive.

  1. SUPER 30 (2019, Hindi)

Cast & Crew- Director: Vikas Bahl, Music: Ajay Gogavale & Atul Gogavale, Producers: Anurag Kashyap, Sajid Nadiadwala, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena Varma

Lead Roles: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Virendra Saxena, Pankaj Tripathi, Aditya Shrivastava 

Plot- Anand Kumar, a mathematician from Patna, India, works his way through challenges towards success before running the Super 30 programme for IIT aspirants in Patna. 

  1. CHHICHHORE (2019, Hindi)

Cast & Crew- Director: Nitesh Tiwari, Music: Songs: ‎Pritam‎; Score: Sameer Uddin, Producer: ‎Sajid Nadiadwala

Lead Roles: Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Naveen Polishetty, Prateik Babbar, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Saanand Verma

Plot-  Following a group of friends from university as they progress into middle-age life and go their own separate ways.

  1. GOWTHAM SSC (2005, Telugu) 

Cast & Crew- Director: P A Arun Prasad, Music director: Anup Rubens, Producer: Y. Sonia Reddy

Lead Roles: Navdeep, Sindhu Tolani, Bhanupriya 

Plot- Gowtham is not his father's favourite because he has no plans for his future, unlike his brothers who lead responsible lives. However, with some help from two well-wishers, he decides to turn his life around. 

  1. AARAKSHAN (2011, Hindi)

Cast & Crew- Director: Prakash Jha, Music‎: ‎Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Producer: A. A. Nadiadwala(Presenter), Firoz Nadiadwala, Prakash Jha (Executive Producer)

Lead Roles: Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, Deepika Padukone, Prateik Babbar

Plot-  A respected college principal is sacked after publically backing the Supreme Court's decision to grant educational opportunities to underprivileged children. He fights back by teaching small groups of disadvantaged children at a local cowshed.

  1. WAITING FOR SUPERMAN (2010, English) 

Cast & Crew- Director: Davis Guggenheim, Music‎: ‎Christophe Beck, Producers: Lesley Chilcott, Michael Birtel

Lead Roles: Geoffrey Canada

Plot- This film investigates the public school system in the United States, and uncovers the many ways in which education in America has declined. Rather than relying largely on statistics and expert opinions, Guggenheim focuses on five students, portraying their own individual struggles and triumphs within problem-plagued academic settings where there are no easy solutions to the myriad issues that affect them.

  1. NAMMAVAR (1995, TAMIL)

Cast & Crew-  Director: K. S. Sethumadhavan, Music director: Mahesh Mahadevan, Producer: R. Venkatarama Reddy

Lead Roles: Kamal Haasan, Gouthami, Nagesh, Srividya, Karan

Plot- Selvam, the new vice-principal of a college, tries to transform the behaviour of troublemaking students while fighting an inner war.

  1. TAARE ZAMEEN PAR (2007, Hindi)

Cast & Crew- Director: Aamir Khan, Music: Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Producer: Aamir Khan

Lead Roles: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma, Sachet Engineer, Tanay Chheda

Plot- Ishaan, a student who has dyslexia, cannot seem to get anything right at his boarding school. Soon, a new unconventional art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, helps him discover his hidden potential.

  1. A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001, English) 

Cast & Crew- Director: Ron Howard, Music: James Horner, Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard

Lead Roles: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, Christopher Plummer

Plot- A human drama inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., and in part based on the biography "A Beautiful Mind" by Sylvia Nasar. From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery.

Have you ever got inspired by a movie? Which is it? Drop your comments ;)

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