Bollywood is known for its larger-than-life stories. But there are plenty of Bollywood movies which are serious and relatable without trying to hard to be anything other than honest. Here are some amazing Bollywood movies which deserve more recognition.
Ship of Theseus
The movie is a 2013 Indian drama directed by Anand Gandhi. Three very different stories of a monk, a photographer and a stock broker are brought together in this immensely beautiful movie. It deals with various aspects of life like death, justice and its meaning. It is a very different movie as compared to other mainstream Bollywood movies, and it is going to change the way you perceive the world. The movie explains the Theseus theory through three different stories.
Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, Masaaan is a drama film. Two different stories are mingled together in the film beautifully. It deals with two societal stigmas. The first one involves the struggle of a father and his daughter to lead a normal life, as she has indulged in pre-marital sex. The second story deals with the caste system that exists in India.
Shahid is a 2013 movie based on the life of an Indian Lawyer Shahid Azmi. He fought for those people who were convicted in various terrorist cases despite lack of evidence. The movie is impactful and Rajkumar Roa won a National award for the movie.
Ugly is a psychological thriller directed by Anurag Kashyap. It is a very complicated thriller which deals with the kidnapping of a girl, and the whole web of lies gets uncovered. As the movie progresses, you may find yourself questioning the motive of each character.
Raincoat was released in 2004 and won a National award. The movie has Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgn as the main leads. Despite being critically acclaimed, the movie is still unknown to the audience who feasts on commercially appealing and heavily promoted Bollywood movies. But this movie is worth watching, as the simple tone and easy-going acting skills of both the leads will touch your heart.
My Brother… Nikhil
The movie casts Juhi Chawla. It deals with two taboo topics together: HIV AIDS and gay relationships. It was a bold step against conservatism, especially in the year 2005, when there was no awareness regarding these issues. The movie was critically acclaimed.
Aligarh is a 2016 movie which has Rajkumar Rao and Manoj Bajpayee in the main leads. This movie also deals with the lack of LGBT rights in India and how people are discriminated on the basis of their sexual orientation. Such a sensitive topic is handled very well, and you may find yourself questioning: Why something as ordinary like sexual orientation is seen in such a taboo way?
Ankhon Dekhi is a very simple yet strange movie. It has Sanjay Mishra as the main lead. He plays the role of a man who refuses to believe in the things he has not seen. It causes a huge change in his lifestyle, as he not only stops worshiping God but also quits his job. Watch the movie to have your mind opened to a vast array of ideas.