Do you remember being banned from watching certain movies as a child? Today, you know that it was due either to their explicit content or to the seriousness of the violence that was manifested in them.
Powerful movies like Matrubhoomi and Chandni Bar reflected the crude truths and vile mindsets of society in a painfully brilliant way. Here are five of those gripping movies you can add to your watchlist if you haven’t already.
1. “Chandni Bar”
Located in the slums of Mumbai in the 1990s, Chandni Bar is one of Tabu’s best and critically acclaimed films. The actress embodies a character forced into the profession by her uncle, who also rapes her. Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, Chandni Bar is based on the lives of bar dancers in Mumbai, taking us through the bloody reality of their lives.
2. ‘Hey Ram’
With Kamal Haasan and Rani Mukerji in the lead roles, Hey Ram tells an alternate history of the partition of India and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The National Award-winning film shows the horrific riots that broke out during the partition between Hindus and Muslims. The protagonist (Kamal Haasan) loses his wife Aparna amid the riots. He unwittingly ends up being part of the plot to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi.
3. “Black Friday”
black friday is an adaptation of Hussain Zaidi’s book, Black Friday: The True Story of the Mumbai Bombings. The film caused a lot of controversy around its release. It is a harrowing and realistic account of the investigation into the first recorded terrorist attack in India – the Bombay explosions in 1993. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the film was initially banned and only allowed to be released after three years after its original release date.
4. “Matrubhoomi: A nation without women”
Matrubhoomi: a nation without women is one of those Indians film that did not receive due recognition. Starring actors like Tulip Joshi, Sushant Singh, Piyush Mishra and Pankaj Jha, the 2003 film is based on the extreme consequences of female feticide and infanticide in India. Set in a remote village in Haryana, the film documents the atrocious state of the village whose female population has completely perished. Desperate to marry off his sons, Ramsharam (Sudhir Pandey), a wealthy villager, ends up buying a “wife” for his five sons. It doesn’t bode well for her when she becomes a pawn of revenge in a violent communal conflict.
5. “Monsoon Wedding”
The 2001 BAFTA-winning film, directed by Mira Nair, monsoon wedding is one of the roughly Underrated Bollywood Movies. Its central story revolves around a huge and expensive wedding that is about to take place. The film takes us through romantic entanglements, the hard-hitting reality of sexual abuse at the hands of a parent, the financial troubles that creep in when planning a big Indian wedding, and the emotional baggage that comes with reuniting a long family.
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