When you think of Bollywood, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Trash remixes? OTT Rohit Shetty action footage? Actresses dancing in chiffon saris and heroes endlessly repeating a different take on the same dialogue. Right?
As stereotypical as we may be of Bollywood for producing countless films with the same plot but different cast, we can’t deny the few times it managed to hit the mark with films that surprised us.
Here are 5 movies that came out of Bollywood that surprised us for being as brilliant as them:
1. Beats of Jhankar
A rather underrated gem out of Bollywood, this movie starring Rahul Bose, Juhi Chawala, Sanjay Suri and Riya Sen was a breath of fresh air even back then.
It takes us through the personal struggles of three friends and bandmates who juggle love, life, and music.
2. Delhi Belly
A film that stood tall and broke through all the barriers that Bollywood had put on creating authentic and real content.
This film starring Irfan Khan was one of the rawest and most entertaining movies out there, with dark comedy and gritty punchlines. This movie not only spawned many memes, it also spawned a new genre in Bollywood.
This film was a shock to audiences, not only with the storyline that followed Saif Ali Khan’s character as someone who benders after realizing he has a terminal illness, but also because that it showed how nuanced life is and was topped with just the right amount of humor and wit.
One of Ayushmann Khurranna’s masterpieces, this movie kept audiences hooked until the very last moment and was laced with a dark, gritty humor unlike any other Bollywood film.
With actors like Radhika Apte, Tabu and Ayushmann, this film will not disappoint.
A light and moving film starring Mithila Palkar, Irrfan Khan and Dulqer Salman, Karwan managed to unearth emotional layers of relationships.
It wasn’t your typical boy-girl kind of movie, but it managed to make an impact that stayed long after you watched it.