Unconventional Indian cinema

by sweetnirvana | created - 19 Apr 2012 | updated - 08 Jun 2012 | Public

Some remarkable Indian films

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1. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 7,233 | Gross: $2.08M

A controversial film about life of street children and the people they encounter in everyday life in Mumbai.

2. Pushpak (1987)

125 min | Comedy, Romance

8.7
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A silent movie about an unemployed young man.

Director: Sigitham Srinivasa Rao | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Amala Akkineni, Tinnu Anand, Narayana P.L.

Votes: 2,706

3. Anjali (1990)

Not Rated | 150 min | Family, Drama

8.3
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Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she ... See full summary »

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Revathy, Raghuvaran, Prabhu, Saranya Ponvannan

Votes: 1,995

This beautifully made movie shows the struggle faced by a small middle class Indian family when an autistic child is born to the parents. The story revolves around how this child is first hated, then accepted and later loved by her siblings and a group of their friends.

4. Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007)

143 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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A comic thriller about two people who miss the last local train at 1:40 am and how missing of their train changes their course of life forever.

Director: Sanjay M. Khanduri | Stars: Abhay Deol, Neha Dhupia, Amit Mistry, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Votes: 3,873

5. Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010)

108 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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Om Shastri, a recession victim comes to India to sell his ancestors property to clear is debt. On reaching he comes to know that selling the property will make his family homeless in India. Later he is kidnapped by goons thinking a rich NRI.

Director: Subhash Kapoor | Stars: Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Sanjay Mishra, Manu Rishi Chadha

Votes: 4,209

6. Padamati Sandhya Ragam (1987)

142 min | Romance

7.7
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The story of an Indian girl falling in love with an American in 80s USA.

Director: Jandhyala | Stars: Vijayshanti, Thomas Jane, Gummaluri Sastri, Sivamani

Votes: 218

7. Vedam (2010)

135 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A terrorist threat puts five people in jeopardy.

Director: Krish Jagarlamudi | Stars: Anushka Shetty, Manoj Kumar Manchu, Allu Arjun, Manoj Bajpayee

Votes: 4,172

5 different people's lives and circumstances that bring them together on new year's eve.

8. Prahaar: The Final Attack (1991)

166 min | Drama, Thriller, Action

8.0
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Prahaar is the story of Major Chavan, a tough and stern soldier, trained to destroy the enemy. He can see the enemy on our borders but is unaware of the invisible enemy within ourselves. ... See full summary »

Directors: Subhankar Ghosh, Nana Patekar | Stars: Makrand Deshpande, Madhuri Dixit, Gautam Joglekar, Dimple Kapadia

Votes: 1,607

9. Lakshya (2004)

Not Rated | 186 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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An aimless, jobless, irresponsible grown man joins the army and matures into a battlefield hero.

Director: Farhan Akhtar | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Om Puri

Votes: 15,599 | Gross: $0.75M

A young man with no aims or ambitions whiles away his time until some incidents dramatically change his view of life and he realizes his true purpose.

10. In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989 TV Movie)

112 min | Comedy

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Annie struggles to to clear his bachelor's degree with one final hurdle-The Thesis. It's his final attempt to clear it. Can he?

Director: Pradip Krishen | Stars: Roshan Seth, Arjun Raina, Arundhati Roy, Rituraj

Votes: 1,204

A funny take on the trials and tribulations faced by a group of architecture students in the early 80's Delhi.

11. Sarfarosh (1999)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.2
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After his brother is killed and father severly injured by terrorists, a young med student quits his studies to join the Indian Police Service to wipe out the terrorists.

Director: John Mathew Matthan | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Khan, Sonali Bendre, Mukesh Rishi

Votes: 19,985

12. Vamsa Vriksham (1980)

Drama

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Director: Bapu | Stars: Somayajulu J.V., Anil Kapoor, Jyothi, Mukkamala

Votes: 25

Story of a young widow who leads a meaningless life in a nondescript south Indian village until a young man falls in love with her and gives her hope in life.

13. Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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A school-teacher, who forces children to share their food with him, forbids one from entering the school until he brings his own Tiffin/Lunch-box.

Director: Amole Gupte | Stars: Partho A. Gupte, Numaan Sheikh, Abhishek Reddy, Sai Shara Shetty

Votes: 4,663

14. A Wednesday (2008)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday.

Director: Neeraj Pandey | Stars: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill, Deepal Shaw

Votes: 57,000

A story of how a common man reacts to the terrorist activities that threaten to destroy fabric of life on the city of Mumbai

15. Virumandi (2004)

175 min | Action, Drama, Romance

8.3
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A temperamental farmer gets embroiled in a bloody clan feud in a southern Tamil Nadu village.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Abhirami, Pasupathy, Napolean

Votes: 3,053

16. Hyderabad Blues (1998)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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The protagonist of Hyderabad Blues is Varun, played by the director, Nagesh Kukunoor. The movie revolves around his visit home after 12 years in the USA and his resulting culture shock.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Nagesh Kukunoor, Rajshri Nair, Vikram Inamdar, Elahe Hiptoola

Votes: 839

A young NRI struggles to adjust to the life back home when he returns from USA after a gap of 8 years

17. Traffic Signal (2007)

130 min | Drama

6.6
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Silsila is the "manager" of one traffic signal, that is he collects the "hafta" (protection tax) from each signal squatter plying his trade. There's Tsunami, a little scavenger boy, there's... See full summary »

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Kunal Khemu, Neetu Chandra, Upendra Limaye, Ranvir Shorey

Votes: 1,227

18. Chandni Bar (2001)

150 min | Crime, Drama

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A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Tabu, Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav, Shri Vallabh Vyas

Votes: 2,079

19. Taare Zameen Par (2007)

PG | 165 min | Drama, Family

8.5
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte | Stars: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tanay Chheda, Sachet Engineer

Votes: 115,116 | Gross: $1.20M

20. Lajja (2001)

Unrated | 202 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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The lives of four women from different places are the victims of male chauvinism and marital abuse. They decide to fight for their rights and dignity against the social norms and injustice.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Rekha, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit

Votes: 2,148 | Gross: $0.38M

A young woman trapped in an unhappy marriage tries to escape from her husband and in the process encounters several people, not all of whom are friendly.

21. Kabul Express (2006)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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A thrilling story spanning 48 hours of five individuals linked by hate and fear but brought together by fate to finally recognize each other.

Director: Kabir Khan | Stars: John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Salman Shahid, Hanif Hum Ghum

Votes: 2,689 | Gross: $0.30M

22. Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)

96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.4
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In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra (1913), India's first feature-length B&W silent film.

Director: Paresh Mokashi | Stars: Nandu Madhav, Vibhawari Deshpande, Atharva Karve, Mohit Gokhale

Votes: 1,549

23. Ankuram (1993)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

8.1
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The story of a woman trying to return the child of a naxalite to him.

Director: Uma Maheswara Rao | Stars: Revathy, Sarath Babu, Balaiah M., Om Puri

Votes: 44

24. Shor in the City (2010)

112 min | Crime, Drama

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Various residents and career-criminals face challenges in crime-laden Mumbai.

Directors: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru | Stars: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Tusshar Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi, Preeti Desai

Votes: 2,998

25. Flavors (2003)

118 min | Comedy

7.2
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46 Metascore

Flavors tells the stories of 13 different main characters in 5 parallel story lines.

Directors: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru | Stars: Reef Karim, Anjan Srivastav, Bharti Achrekar, Pooja Kumar

Votes: 415 | Gross: $0.09M

26. Raakh (1989)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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A poor, young man teams up with a burnt out cop to avenge the humiliation of his former girlfriend by a gang of goons.

Director: Aditya Bhattacharya | Stars: Aamir Khan, Supriya Pathak, Pankaj Kapur, Jagdeep

Votes: 822

27. Kshana Kshanam (1991)

158 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A high-profile bank robbery in the city wreaks havoc in the life of an unsuspecting regular young woman when she's caught in the line of fire between the villains and the police.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Sridevi, Venkatesh Daggubati, Paresh Rawal, Rami Reddy

Votes: 1,121

28. Manichithrathazhu (1993)

169 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

8.9
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When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Suresh Gopi, Vinaya Prasad

Votes: 4,608