Back to School: Top 10 Bollywood Movies Based in Schools

By on August 23, 2015

It is back to school season! Time to buy all that stationery, get the uniforms ready and look forward to another more exciting, (hopefully) less challenging year at school.

Indian movies rarely base their stories in a school. It is always at college, university or work that the overdone love story takes place. Being back to school season, we took up the task of finding Bollywood movies based in schools. So as you prepare for your next academic year, here is a list of the top 10 back to school movies from Bollywood.

Back to School

Always Khabhi Khabhi (2011)

Always Kabhi Kabhi is about four students and their adventures as they complete their final year at St. Mark’s School. The movie starred Ali Faizal (Joy Lobo in 3 Idiots) and Brazilian model Giselli Monteiro (Harleen Kaur in Love Aaj Kal) and debutants Zoa Morani and Satyajeet Dubey.


Luv Ka The End (2011)

Inspired by many American high school movies, Luv Ka The End was the first production of Y-films under the YRF banner. Starring Shraddha Kapoor in just her second movie, the story revolved around a girl seeking revenge on a cheating boyfriend.


Mohabbatein (2000)

This movie brought the superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan together for the first time. Apart from having Amitabh Bachchan back on the big screen after his hiatus, the movie also introduced six new stars which created a lot of buzz back in 2000. Mohabbatein is about the conflict of love and discipline. No prizes for guessing what wins.


Rockford (1999)

Back in 1999, this coming-of-age school movie gained a lot of popularity courtesy the cute Rohan Dey who was the protagonist as well as the the gorgeous Nandita Das who played the teacher. Nagesh Kuknoor, fresh off the success of Hyderabad Blues, directed this school movie in English with a delightful soundtrack. Remember Yaaron by KK? You can watch the full movie here.


Bumm Bumm Bole (2010)

Directed by Priyadarshan, Bumm Bumm Bole is an adaptation of the 1997 Iranian film Children of Heaven. The movie is about a brother and sister from a poor family who share their only pair of shoes for school. You can watch the full movie here.


Student Of The Year (2012)

Karan Johar went back to school with Student Of The Year. Introducing Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan as students at St. Teresa’s High School, this movie was a box-office spinner with the good looking star cast, peppy songs and the Dharma touch.


Gippi (2013)

Gippi is a 14-year old, overweight and awkward teenager who is grappling to handle the woes of adolescence. Starring the lovely Divya Dutta and newcomer Riya Vij, this is a perfect movie to watch as you laze over the weekend.


 Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)

This movie is about Stanley, a little boy in school with no dabba. His friends decide to share their lunch with him as Stanley is a much loved kid. However, this does not go down too well with the dabba-stealing teacher. This heartwarming story directed by Amole Gupte is a must watch!


 Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992)

A list about Bollywood movies based in school can not be complete without the mention of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. This movie is about girls, boy, dancing, sports and rivalry between schools in Dehradun. The simplicity of the movie, brilliant performances by the leading star cast and the music stole many hearts. Made in a time when movie trailers and promotions were almost non-existent, have a look at this retro video from the premiere of Jo Jeet Wohi Sikander.


Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Ishaan is an eight-year-old dyslexic child who is sent away to boarding school to improve his academic performance. At the boarding school the art teacher, played by Aamir Khan, encourages Ishaan’s artistic flair, slowly helping him overcome his disability. Darsheel Safary’s acting skills welled up quite a few eyes in the theatre.

Let us know which is your favourite back to school Bollywood movie.

Vibha Karnik
Vibha is a compulsive planner, a published writer, a Bollywood lover, a social media addict and a travel enthusiast. A marketeer with a career spanning 9 years in both India and Hong Kong, Vibha decided that it was time to take the risk, break the monotony and do something new. Her recently acquired skills now include the ability to paint a room, speaking basic Mandarin and helping people plan their travels.
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