There’s a lot more to Bollywood that meets the eye. A lot of movies go underrated because they don’t have a glamorous star cast or if the movie is made on a low budget. These movies are too good to overlook and should be appreciated for story lines that are different and stand out.
Travel to Hawai Manzil in Bhopal’s crowded alleyways, a building shared by four women who have four interspersing stories. Their plights are different, but the constant backlash and tyranny they face have a universal quality. Debutante director Alankrita handles countless taboos. Unapologetically bold and opinionated in its treatment of grave woman issues, the film shockingly managed to elicit laughter rather than empathy from quite a chunk of the audience.
Based upon the tragic situation of acrid lack of rainfall in the Bundelkhand region of Central India and the extreme measures devout farmers undergo as a consequence. One of the most haunting films this year, courtesy stellar performances by Sanjay Mishra and Ranvir Shorey, this is a film which NEEDS the attention ‘Padmavati’ is getting.
Konkana Sen Sharma, one of the finest actors of her generation, sits in the director’s chair for the first time for a coming-of-age story, well, kind of. ADITG is the story of how Shutu, a shy student’s life spirals downward during a family holiday. Vikrant Massey does a stellar job of stepping into the shoes of a man who himself navigating the blurred lines of what is accepted in society and questions his own space within the world.
Irrfan Khan and his movies are like a breath of fresh air. They are different from the basic Bollywood style of movies. Hindi Medium targets the primary education system. Shot in the gullies of Delhi, it shows to what extents parents can go to get their child admitted to a prestigious school. The methods that the couple chooses are extreme and later on makes them realize their mistake. The humor is also good just like in any other Irrfan Khan movies, it’s worth a watch.
Newton’s principles and patience are put to test when he runs into Aatma Singh (Pankaj Tripathi), the armed officer responsible for providing security to Newton and his three colleagues which includes Gondi-speaking Malko (Anjali Patil). It is very well written and Rajkummar Rao has done justice to the role completely. Amit Masurkar’s Newton, after traveling to over 40 international film festivals and winning prizes in Berlin and Hong Kong, releases in India. And it’s fully worth taking a trip to the cinemas to watch this thought-provoking and amusing little indie, which follows a day in the lives of people involved in the painstaking process of conducting elections in a dangerous area deep in the jungles of Chhattisgarh.
Starring Akshay Kumar and Bhoomi Pednekar, this movie brings us to the ugly truth of villages in India.
While the song and daughter-in-law voice their concerns for constructing a toilet in the house, they’re both ridiculed for debunking the traditions of ancient India. It’s an interesting story based on the real-life situation of a woman who left home on the next day of her marriage because of the absence of a lavatory inside their home.
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