Off-beat must-watch movies
Bollywood's latest release 'Pink', starring Amitabh Bachchan, is another example of a well-narrated movie with a social cause that is considered as a 'taboo' in our society. Time and again Bollywood has narrated some heart wrecking stories that have left the audience spell-bound. Some of them continue to be cult movies over the years with their sheer presentation and execution of the story. Regardless of their success at the box office, these movies continue to be the 'Best of Bollywood'. If you do not have a list of such movies, then consider watching our collection of cult Bollywood movies.
Monsoon Wedding (2001): Though the title suggests an entertaining romantic movie but in analysis it deals with the hypocrisy of the society. The movie deals on how the fascia of being modern and forward is actually shallow and the loopholes still prevalent in the society. The movie is a potential social satire.
Lakshmi (2014): Starring Monali Thakur, a Nagesh Kukunoor film is based on human trafficking and child prostitution. It is an assertive fictional movie that highlights the reality of prostitution when a little girl is thrown in the web. It is a story of courage, as she fights back and exposes the disturbing truths and realities of the exploitation of women in prostitution.
3 idiots (2009): The movie depicts how our education system is fraught with faults. It also shows how parental pressure can sometimes be extreme, and lead a child to attempt ending his/her life. An extremely important message in the movie is that, all any child needs is an opportunity for good education.
Oh my god! (2012): Using the hilarious backdrop of the protagonist's decision to sue God, the movie questions everything that we have come to believe in the past couple of years. It exposes the people who have commercialised God and faith, and play with emotions of simple, many times poor, Indians.
Water (2005): Water is one of the elemental trilogies by Deepa Mehta which is so poetical and symbolic, a complete work of art. It talks about the water-like fluidity of life and set on the sacred banks of Ganges, it talks about widowhood and the oppression and exploitation of a widow. It portrays the plight and innocence of the without-any-crime-guilty widows and the hollow customs and beliefs of society.
Well done Abba! (2005): Wrapping in strong social messages, it is a socio-political satire about a common man's fight for justice against an all-pervasive corrupt system. Corruption has plagued the entire pyramid of our system and the movie puts it across and how citizens have to jump hoops for what is rightfully theirs.
Matrubhoomi: A nation without women (2003): Similar to its title, the movie brings into light a future of our country when due to killing of girl child, the women would be extinct. This is one social cause, India is still battling with, and the brutal honesty of film will hit home the atrocious patriarchal discriminations that exist in our nation. Though the movie does not end on a positive note but conveys a strong message.
Rang de Basanti (2006): With accolades and critical acclaim it garnered, the movie is one, that everyone knows about. 'Rang De Basanti' is probably one of the movies with the largest social impact in terms of the reach. The movie did what many had tried earlier and failed at, waking up the sleeping giant: the youth. Our youth realized the power they had in their hands and this realization prompted a youth mass movement which has only grown since then.
Dor (2006): The movie touches upon the pitiful condition of widowed women at the hands of some orthodox sections of society in some pockets of rural India, right from forcing women to adopt a certain outfit of a certain colour, to giving up the even the basic luxuries, like sleeping on a bed. The movie makes the audience understand these are very 'real' problems and that, while we have progressed as a country, there are people who are being stripped of their basic rights.
-Compiled by Pavani Kodati