I hope you have a wonderful Children’s Day! The stars discuss the movies that inspired them as kids.

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Find out what these famous people watched on repeat as youngsters, from Aanand to Masoom!

Nicolai Nanda:

My earliest cinematic recollection is of the film Masoom. The portrayal of the child’s effort to fit in with his or her new stepfamily was very moving. For these reasons, and more, it has become my all-time favorite film. About 5 or 6 years ago, I caught it on television. However, I still hold this dear. I can’t get Lakdi Ki Kathi out of my head.

On special days like Children’s Day and Republic Day, my school frequently held movie days. Once or twice a year, they’d take us to the theater to view an old movie that was suitable for kids. Do Aankhen Barah Haath was the highlight of Children’s Day one year. It was encouraging to think that one individual could make a difference. Later in life, I revisited it, and once again, I was struck away by how straightforward the plot was. I believe school has a significant role in moulding children and mine did well by me.

Mr. Solanki, Ms. Anupama

We used to celebrate Bhai Dooj just like Raksha Bandhan when I was a kid, but I haven’t done so in the previous six or seven years because of how busy life has gotten. In the past, I have wished my phone friends a happy Bhai Dooj over the phone. My shoot and my brother’s office employment have reduced the number of surprises in my life, but I still get a thrill just thinking about my youth and how lucky I am to have had that magical time. Border, starring Sunny Deol, is my all-time favorite movie. My dad is in the military, thus I have a special place in my heart for all things Indian (Desh Bhakti). As someone whose father served in the military, I was exposed to various wartime circumstances growing up. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham are two other of my all-time favorite films.

Ms. Megha Sharma:

The movies I watched as a kid are seared into my memory. Home Alone, Baby’s Day Out, Matilda, and Mean Girls are just a few examples. I also enjoyed seeing all the holiday films. They were humorous and instructive without being heavy. When I’m feeling low, I still watch a whole bunch of these movies on Netflix.

I’m Mehul Vyas.

For a young cricket fan like me, Lagaan was the first movie I saw that was about the game. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen the movie. Even now, I never miss an episode when it airs. Lagaan’s underdog theme, in which a band of farmers triumph against impossible odds by working together, has inspired countless viewers. Many people find encouragement in the film because of its message of perseverance, togetherness, and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The story’s depth and power come from its setting, which involves a cricket tournament as a means of protesting British colonial control. Recently, I viewed the Film once more. The effect was so powerful that it gave me the confidence to face any obstacle head-on.

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