7 Best Bollywood Movies Based on a Reincarnation or Punarajanam Story

Reincarnation seems to have captured the thoughts of many and the idea receives regular mentions in feature films, popular books, and popular music.

Films spinning around Re-birth and reincarnation are very trendy in Bollywood. Right from the ’50s and to date, reincarnation has been the main theme in numerous films. Let’s count on the top 5 Bollywood movies on reincarnation.

Best Bollywood Movies on Reincarnation

Karz (1980)

Karz 1981 movie on reincarnation Rishi Kapoor Tina Munim

The film was directed by the ‘Bollywood Showman’ Subhash Ghai, starring Rishi Kapoor and Tina Munim in lead roles. Film’s music was given by legendary composer duo Laxmikant Pyarelal, who also won the Filmfare Best Music Director Award for the scores ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Dard-E-Dil’.

The story of the film is based on Kamini (Simi Garewal), who seduces, marries and eventually murders Shanta Prasad’s son Ravi to overtake his vast estate.

Twenty-five years later, Monty Oberoi (Rishi Kapoor), a pop singer visits the estate, where he experiences powerful hallucinations. Bothered by the visions, he sets out to expose the truth about Kamini and the meaning of his nightmares.

Om Shanti Om (2007)

Om Shanti Om movie on reincarnation Shahrukh Khan

Om Shanti Om is a Bollywood romantic thriller directed by Farah Khan, starring Shah Rukh Khan and debutant Deepika Padukone coupled with Arjun Rampal, Shreyas Talpade and Kirron Kher.

The story of the film is set in the 70s, when a small-time actor Om (Shah Rukh Khan) falls in love with superstar Shanti (Deepika Padukone), but the two of them are later killed in a distrustful on-set fire. Reincarnated 30 years later, Om is determined to rebuke the person who ignited the blaze.

Mahal (1949)

Mahal Movies on reincarnation 1949

Mahal is India’s first reincarnation thriller film directed by Kamal Amrohi. The film stars Ashok Kumar and Madhubala. Mahal is one of the greatest films ever made in Bollywood film industry and the all time great song ‘Aayega aane wala…’ adds to its suspense.

The story of the film revolves around deep love from two estranged lovers, brought together in the mansion, who do not even know each other, but who have been hit by the obsession of love.

Neel Kamal (1968)

neel kamal based on reincarnation

Neel Kamal is a reincarnation based story starring Raaj Kumar, Manoj Kumar and Waheeda Rehman. It was a brilliant take on a reincarnation story.

A Sleep walking girl her habbit is linked to the previous birth and she gets married but her problem stays same.

Songs like “Tujhko Pukare Mera Pyar” is still loved by the people.

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Karan Arjun (1995)

Karan Arjun movie on reincarnation shahrukh khan salman khan

Karan Arjun is a Bollywood action thriller directed by Rakesh Roshan. The star cast of the film includes Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rakhee, Mamta Kulkarni, Kajol, Amrish Puri and Ranjeet.

The story of the film portrays Durga (Rakhee Gulzar) and her two sons Karan (Salman Khan) and Arjun (Shahrukh Khan) who were murdered by Amrish Puri. But thanks to Durga’s devoutness for the goddess Kali, the boys are reincarnated and flashbacks from their former lives at last reunite them with their mother, and together they plot revenge.

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Madhumati (1958)

Madhumati Dilip Kumar Movie on reincarnation

Madhumati is one of the earliest films to deal with the reincarnation. The film is directed by Bimal Roy, starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala coupled with Pran and Johny Walker.

The story of the film is based on Devendra, who when takes shelter in a palace to break away from heavy rains, begins to think that he has been there before.

When he talks of a picture on the wall, the old keeper affirms there was one. The film won 9 Filmfare Awards, including the Best Film and Best Director for Bimal Roy.

Housefull 4

housefull 4 best film on reincarnation or punarjanam

Housefull 4 is the part of Housefull Series although it is not linked to the any other 3 films of the housefull franchise, Farhad Samji directed film Housefull 4 has earned around 280 crores at the box office.

The film was criticized heavily by the critics due to illogical comedy scenes, but audience is the king, they totally loved the film.

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