Indian cinema is the world’s largest film industry, with an annual production of nearly 2000 feature films. Bollywood (Hindi cinema) produces several hundred films every year and represents more than 40 percent of the Indian net box-office revenue. However, audience tastes are changing -- along with increased access to a larger variety of international films and TV shows via streaming services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix -- and only a selected number of titles are able to impress the audience each year. However, Indian filmmakers are also experimenting with new concepts, subjects and styles of storytelling. Streaming giant Netflix gives access to a good variety of these new (and some old) Hindi movies. Here’s a list of the 10 best ones that are worth a rewatch:
This is a 2018 thriller, co-written and directed by Sriram Raghavan, which will keep you on the edge of your seat up until the very last scene. The story revolves around Akash (Ayushman Khurrana), a visually-impaired piano player, who gets entangled in the murder of a former film actor Pramod Sinha. The film also stars Tabu as Simi, Pramod’s wife, and Radhika Apte as Sophie, Akash’s love interest.
This is a 2016 biographical sports drama film starring Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former amateur wrestler. The story is loosely based on how Mahavir trained two of his daughters, Geeta and Babita, to do freestyle wrestling and how the two girls went on to receive international success and recognition despite various obstacles.
3. Jab We Met
A 2007 romantic-comedy, written and directed by Imtiaz Ali, Jab We Met is the story of a lively, talkative girl, Geet (Kareena Kapoor) -- who is planning to elope with her boyfriend -- and her chance meeting with a wealthy but depressed businessman Aditya Kashyap (Shahid Kapoor) -- who has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. They meet during a train journey and this leads them to new routes and perspectives.
A 2012 mystery-thriller directed by Sujoy Ghosh, it has Vidya Balan playing the lead role of Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman from London, who arrives in Kolkata during the Durga Puja festivities, in search of her missing husband, Arnab Bagchi, who seems to have vanished into thin air.
A 2001 epic sports film, written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the film starred Aamir Khan as Bhuvan, an inhabitant of the small town of Champaner in Gujarat. The story is based in the Victorian period of the British Raj in India and revolves around a cricket match -- a wager to avoid taxes -- between an Indian team, led by Bhuvan, and some British officers.
This is a 2016 social thriller, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, revolving around the themes of feminism and consent. It stars Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang as three close friends who get entangled in an assault case with three affluent men. Amitabh Bachchan plays their lawyer Deepak, who raises several important questions about consent when defending the three women.
A 2014 satirical comedy-drama film, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film stars Aamir Khan as PK, a humanoid alien who lands on Earth on a research mission and gets stranded. While trying to find his way back to his planet, PK meets a journalist, Jaggu (Anuskha Sharma) who agrees to help him. While being entertaining, PK is a commentary on blind belief in spiritual leaders and old customs and traditions.
A 2014 comedy-drama by director Vikas Bahl, Queen is the story of Rani Mehra (Kangana Ranuat), a meek girl who embarks on her honeymoon alone and goes to Paris and Amsterdam, after her fiance Vijay (Rajkummar Rao) calls off their wedding. A coming-of-age movie, Queen is Rani’s journey towards self-love and independence.
A 2018 biographical film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju is based on the life of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt (played by Ranbir Kapoor). It details how the actor struggled with drug addiction and criminal cases. The movie also stars Paresh Rawal as actor Sunil Dutt, Manisha Koirala as actress Nargis Dutt and Anushka Sharma as a biographer.
A 2015 romantic drama, written and directed by Imtiaz Ali, Tamasha stars Ranbir Kapoor (as Ved) and Deepika Padukone (as Tara) in the lead roles. While Tamasha is a love story between Ved and Tara -- the two meet in Corsica, then separate despite mutual attraction, only to reunite a few years later -- it is also the story of the agonising process of self-discovery which Ved goes through, after being miserable in his corporate job for a long time and on facing rejection from the woman he loves.
These are just a few of the many great Bollywood movies that are available for anybody to watch from the comfort of their own home this Eid. Be sure to get your family, friends and loved ones together to binge-watch these flicks together!