It’s not always a necessity that a typical Bollywood movie must have aspects like dance, peppy music, a male & female lead, romance, etc. Now you must be thinking, everything that a B’town movie has, that I have excluded already, now what to look for? Well, let me introduce you to gems that were produced by Bollywood, which didn’t have the glitzy shine that normally every movie has, but still outshone them. Put them on your watchlist if you haven’t already.
1. Tumbbad (2018)
Tumbbad is a horror-period-drama which shows Greed, gold and the curse of a demon god very minutely. Directed by R.A. Barve & Adesh Prasad this movie is a visual treat. It is much more than just horror, it is psychological drama which teaches the audience about greed & its downfall very brutally. This movie was a breakthrough hit!
2. Attacks Of 26/11
Okay! The plot of this movie isn’t original at all agreed, but the direction, cinematography & depiction of the entire ordeal is praiseworthy. 26/11 is a dreadful memory for not only Mumbaikars but the entire nation. Catching alive one terrorist (Ajmal Kasab) & interrogating him, till the day he is hanged; every minute detail is taken into consideration. I believe that’s why this movie made it into this list.
3. Manto (2018)
This movie is a biography on Sadat Hasan Manto, who was a Pakistani writer, playwright born in Ludhiana – British India. It focuses on the writer’s right to write, & how he is torn between two countries, India & Pakistan. The movie’s backdrop being the time during India’s partition, it focuses on how the partition was tyrannical on commoners. Nawazuddin Siddiqui nailed his role as Manto!
4. Newton (2017)
Based on the political insurgency in Naxal districts of interiors of India, Rajkummar Rao portrays the role of a rookie clerk. He’s sent on election duty in war-torn Naxal region, where he tries to conduct free & fair elections despite knowing the odds are against him. The movie depicts how ignorant the Naxals are regarding polling etc. Newton won many accolades for itself in India & abroad alike.
5. A Death In The Gunj (2016)
The directorial debut of Konkona Sen Sharma, this is a feature film is a thriller for its audience for sure. A family which has come from Kolkata for vacations in McCluskieGunj, in Bihar. There one of the characters comes to terms with a dead body, unsure of what to do with it. The movie bagged many awards for its screenplay & direction.
6. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
Based on true story of an athlete of the same name, Tomar was in the Indian Army & represented India at many international level sports event. Later he was forced to become a dacoit. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, the movie is a perfect example of drama, humour, & tragedy blending together.
This movie is not only & only about romance & true love. It is about to what extent casteism & social stigma can ruin a person’s life. There are two protagonists in this movie, both suffered already enough in their life. It showcases how brutally society can kill someone mentally & physically (sometimes). The movie has amazing storytelling feature, which garnered critical acclaim.
So, these were the movies which I recommend you all to watch & acknowledge the fact that Bollywood is more than just dance numbers & romantic dialogues. If you have more to add to this list, mention them in the comments below.