Not so Bollywood, Bollywood films!

Bollywood films that are not bollywood

When you think of Bollywood, your mind automatically thinks: boy meets girl, a displeased family leading to a depressed protagonist, a change of heart of the parents and finally, a happily ever after; all this with an item song, loud dialogues, and a few laughs thrown in there, and you can pretty much sum up most B’town films! However, there are a few films out there that break these norms (thankfully!). We present to you, such a list of Bollywood movies, that aren’t so ‘Bollywood’.

  1. Shaitan

Bollywood films that are not bollywood

For those of you who have not seen Anurag Kashyap’s directorial debut Paanch, have missed out on something. The fact that it is still not allowed to be released proves that his ideologies are still ahead of time, even in today’s day and age and let’s just say that Shaitan follows the same path. While the latter merely copies the idea of self-kidnapping from the former, the themes of conflict behind every character are totally new. The thing most commendable about Anurag in this film is probably his incorporation of the yesteryear song Khoya Khoya Chand amidst a runaway sequence despite the song having no connection with the scene whatsoever. It is so beautifully edited and incorporated that it compellingly compliments the onscreen antics!

  1. No Smoking

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
This Anurag Kashyap film shows the existence of a hypocritical and crime enriched society in today’s day that has removed the possibility of a peaceful and creative society EXACTLY like how Baba Bangali pulls the plug off on the possibility of individual freedom by torturing and killing K’s soul. This is one of the many interpretations of the film. The ending of this film has confused almost everybody who has seen it and maybe the only way to know what Kashyap’s motto was for the film would be to ask him that directly!

  1. Love Sex aur Dhokha

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
In a country where the usage of the word ‘sex’ raises eyebrows and makes one the victim of angry stares and an automatic evaluation of their character, director Dibakar Banerjee came out, in 2010, with the film LSD (Love, Sex aur Dhokha) that portrayed his versions of what the three words in the title meant according to him, through a ‘hidden-camera’ capture. The film tells three stories, one of honour killing, a topic that is very much hushed especially in the north; the second of an MMS scandal and finally the last one, the incidence of the casting couch in the entertainment industry.

  1. Roy

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
Roy is one Bollywood film that is clearly misunderstood as a ‘bad’ film or a film that ‘puts one into snoresville’, mainly because not many of its viewers completely understood it. Vikramjit made his directorial debut with this romantic thriller. The film has an amazing story-line, however its direction could have been better; nonetheless, this film is a must watch for all the unorthodox Hindi film lovers.

  1. Vicky Donor

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
Like we mentioned above, we live in a country where talking about sex still remains a taboo and people cannot even think of making films on such topics. This is where director Shoojit Sircar stepped in to become a promoter of the avant-garde, by making a comedy about sperm donation! The film talks about the owner of a fertility clinic-cum-sperm bank who is in search of a healthy sperm donor. This search ends when he meets Ayushmann Khurrana aka Vicky Arora. The film is witty and made beautifully to address a subject that, according to many Indians, is a big no-no.

  1. Margarita, with a Straw

Bollywood films that are not bollywood

Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar brought to us a film about a young girl who ends up falling in love. Now, you may ask how this film is different from your typical B’town flicks. Well, to start off, the girl is suffering with cerebral palsy and is bound to a wheelchair. She leaves India and travels to New York to study and unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery. The film has a lot of heart and is backed up by a very strong performance by Kalki Koechlin, who has done a good job of miming the physicality of someone with cerebral palsy; what’s truly remarkable is the lack of artifice in her expressions, while playing the character of Laila.

  1. Angry Indian Goddesses

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
This film has been called an Indian spin-off version of the film Bridesmaids, due to the fact that it is based around a bachelorette party. What makes this Pan Nalin film stand out is the surprising turns that upend genre expectations and explore the pressing issue of sexism in contemporary Indian society. Yet another minute detail about the film that was very much appreciated was the diversity of the group of girls, which portrayed a very vivid snapshot of today’s day and age: Su (Sandhya Mridul), a businesswoman and mother; the engaging Nargis (Tannishtha Chatterjee); Jo (Amrit Maghera), an aspiring Bollywood actress; Pammy (Pavleen Gujral), a housewife; Mad (Anushka Manchanda), a singer-songwriter; and the house servant, Lakshmi (Rajshri Deshpande).

  1. Delhi Belly

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
The song ‘D.K Bose’ caused quite the stir when this film was going about its promotions, and we could get a quick sneak-peek into what is to be expected from the film. The graphic images and language may not seem very crude to people who are exposed to the Western television scene, however it was pretty unusual to see something of that degree in Indian cinema. The film was shot in English and later also dubbed in Hindi. The film is a must watch simply for the fact that it was able to instil the flavours of indie-films into something that was part of mainstream cinema.

  1. That Girl in Yellow Boots

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
It seems as though Anurag Kashyap loves making films that are completely opposite one’s Bollywood diktat. This was his seventh feature and he is said to be a leader of a growing independent film movement in India; we couldn’t agree more. That Girl in Yellow Boots is a thriller starring Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah. It showcases a young woman who, in the bustling city of Mumbai, is in search of her father who had abandoned her during her childhood. Kalki Koechlin, who co-wrote the script with her then husband Anurag Kashyap, created the image of a woman who is sad and old, way beyond her years.

  1. Khamosh

Bollywood films that are not bollywood

A movie about movie making, Khamosh is a film very different from the ones releasing during its time mainly for the fact that the film showed the actors portraying themselves on screen. The opening credits feature a pitch-black background punctuated with the film’s motif and Vanraj Bhatia’s low-note riff; the credit sequence continues, sans any glamour. The opening scene is a perfect contrast to the credits. It shows a spot that comes across as a tourist location, where Amol Palekar and Shabana Azmi, are participating in a shoot. Mysterious murders are taking place on the sets of this Bollywood movie. Who is behind all these murders? Watch this 1985 film to find out.