The Indian film Industry produces a few hundred Bollywood movies every year. Most of the movies are beaten to death track, in terms of content. Dominated heavily by budgeted Masala movies that resort to slapsticks and outrageously unrealistic action scenes for popularity, there are few notable productions that are immune to this dominance and stand out from the crowd to deliver to the audience, an enthralling and real picture of the story portrayed.
Movies which are entertaining, engaging, provoking and yet firmly grounded on reality are quite uncommon in Indian cinema. Here we are listing 10 such movies, which have come out different from the stereotype of mainstream Bollywood cinemas and which will surely instill lots of hopes in you towards the Indian cinema.
10. Raghu Romeo
Director: Rajat Kapoor | Writer: Rajat Kapoor (screenplay), Saurabh Shukla (dialogue)
Cast: Vijay Raaz, Nishikant Dixit, Sadiya Sidiqqui, Maria Goretti, Saurabh Shukla
Raghu Romeo is the brainchild of critically acclaimed director and also talented actor Rajat Kapoor. The movie is about Raghu, a 30 year old man who comes from a lower-middle-class family. He’s a guileless human being hand pecked by his mother, he works as a waiter in a dance bar in Mumbai. A man heavily confused between real and reel life, Raghu is insanely in love with Neeta but the problem is Neeta is not real.
Raghu Romeo is a striking comedy because the director keeps himself from using slapstick clichés. He makes us laugh at his characters and the picture of reality they present through their performance. Raghu Romeo also boasts a unique economic endeavor in Indian cinema because it gathered its financial sources from crowd funding.
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Writer: Nagesh Kukunoor (screenplay, story), Mir Ali Husain (story), T.A. Razak
Cast: Ayesha Takia, Shreyas Talpade, Gul Panag
Nagesh Kukunoor’s fascinating movie, Dor, is a story of two women, one in the desert of Rajasthan and the other in the hills of Himachal brought together by a common cause of loss and forgiveness. Though the movie is remake of the Malayalam film “Perumazhakkalam”, Kukunoor is able to create distinctive cinematic experience through elegant writing and strong portrayal of characters.
A simple story about a woman who’s seeking forgiveness to save her husband’s life, who’s an expat working in Saudi Arabia, Dor presents its characters as complex individuals in chaotic circumstances. The melodramatic situations in the movie are enthused with subtle performances by talented cast that makes Dor one of the most captivating Bollywood movies of 2010.
8. Miss Lovely
Director: Ashim Ahluwalia | Writers: Ashim Ahluwalia (story), Uttam Sirur
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Niharika Singh, Anil George
Miss Lovely is a drama film directed by Ashim Ahluwalia that explores the criminal extent of Mumbai’s C-grade movie industry. Miss Lovely revolves around the story of the Duggal brothers who produced sordid sex-horror films in the 1980s.
One of the best Bollywood movies of the decade, Miss Lovely has everything that a Bollywood audience does not have an appetite for. It takes you to into the dark stinky lanes of C grade horror-porn movie industry where the smell actually reaches your nostrils. The movie’s depiction of story is so pragmatic, that watching this movie is uncomfortable, painful and at some points horrible.