Seems like we're gonna be celebrating Rakhi a little bit differently this year. If you are lucky enough and are living with your family, the festival will still be lively enough, granted you can't visit your cousins or extended family. But, if you are living in a different city or country than your siblings or family, it might be difficult not to feel sad on such a special day. As we don't have anywhere to go right now and you will probably spend your whole day inside, why not do something fun together? If you and your brothers/sisters are all movie buffs, you can spend the day binge-watching movies. The best thing is you don't even have to be at the same place to do it. Make sure to make your own popcorn as you can't steal your younger siblings food over the phone.
1. Thor: Ragnarok
Starting our list on a lighter note, we can't say anything about this masterpiece that hasn't been said yet. To explain the plot badly somebody posted - 'Guy destroys his planet because his goth sister broke his favourite toy', honestly we couldn't have explained it better. The thunder god, goddess of death and the god of mischief, what could go wrong?
2. Knives Out
3. The White Balloon
The White Balloon, Jafar Panahi's debut film, follows a brother and sister in their adventures to procure a new goldfish for the New Year’s celebration. The story unfolds as Razieh gets the sum from her mother, losing it down a sewer grate, reclaiming it with the help of her brother and an Afghan kid after a series of empty conversations with the adults who were not helping.
4. The Sound of Music
The Von Trapp siblings (Liesl, Louisa, Friedrich, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta and Gretl), contrive pranks to drive their current nanny Maria away, but they really just want their strict military father’s love and attention. Maria brings joy and singing to the house, and the siblings blossom with the sound of music. If you or your sibling enjoy musicals, this is definitely a must-watch.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
While playing, Lucy and her siblings find a wardrobe that lands them in a mystical place called Narnia. Here they realise that it was fated and they must now unite with Aslan to defeat an evil queen. A tale of betrayal, sibling rivalry and ultimately their unbreakable bond, this movie can be watched with your little brother or sister.
6. The Skeleton Twins
The Skeleton Twins is sad but also a strangely uplifting movie. It depicts Milo and Maggie, twins who become distant and do not speak for a decade. That is, until the night they both coincidentally end up considering suicide. They move in together for support and to find strength in one another. If you are a long time SNL fan, it'll be a joy to watch Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig together on the screen again.
7. Bum Bum Bole
Pinu, a young boy, misplaces his sister, Rimzim's shoes at a vegetable shop. However, in fear of their parents, Pinu asks Rimzim to share his pair of shoes until their father can afford new ones.
8. What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
Gilbert Grape cares for his morbidly obese mother, as well as his 18-year-old mentally challenged brother Arnie. At 24-years-old, the responsibility of caring for a special needs sibling proves to be overwhelming at times, but the deep love and strong bond between the brothers is undeniable. The amazing performance by Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio will leave you with much to talk about.
9. Little Women
The story follows the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—and details their passage from childhood to womanhood. The movie is based on the book of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. There has been a bunch of big-screen adaptations but the newest one has Timothée Chalamet, so there's that.
10. Grave Of The Fireflies
Get your tissue boxes ready for this one y'all! Perhaps the most emotional Ghibli film ever made, "Grave Of The Fireflies" details the hardships of siblings Setsuko and Seita in war-torn Japan. Their tale of survival is as heartbreaking as it is true to life. The siblings rely completely on each other and struggle against all odds to stay together and stay alive.
If you'll miss out on meeting your sister this year, show her some love by sending her a rakhi gift or if you want to send rakhi to your brother, we can help you with that too. Hit us up for a handwritten note to accompany your gift for a little personal touch.
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