When you think of Bollywood movies, all that comes to your mind is songs strewn in between the story line, hero and heroine running around the trees in slow motion, and a hero who bashes up hundreds of villains. Sadly, the best part of Bollywood has not left such an impact on our minds as the commercial films. We remember Mithun Chakraborty as the disco dancer and Aamir Khan as the hero of Ghajini; but tend to forget their amazing films like Mrigayaa and Taare Zameen Par. Bollywood can be proud of bringing out some of the rare gems of cinema from time to time. Some of them have done well at box-office as well. Here is the list of 7 best art films ever made in Bollywood, though there will be other good enough movies vying for the honor on close heels.
7. Peepli Live (2010)
This is one of those rare art films that click at the box office as well. The film had a satirical take on the suicides of farmers which is just another headline in paper for general public. The film has done more for the burning issue than any documentary ever could do. The director Anusha Rizvi brought out a great movie which is inspiring, awakening and entertaining at the same time. Though bitten by a few controversies, this is one of the classic movies of Bollywood you should not miss.
6. Black (2005)
Charged with superb performance by two of the top commercial artists, Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherji, Black was path breaking film which portrayed the challenges faced by a girl with multiple disabilities. The movie was recognized not just in India, but all over the world and was selected the film as one of the 10 Best Movies of the Year 2005 from across the globe by Time Magazine.
5. Nishant (1975)
The movie was released at the time when Bollywood was watching in awe the rise of its superstar Amitabh Bachchan. As expected it did not do well in the box office but was recognized by the critics and won several awards in 1975. The film depicts the suppressed hatred and anger towards the oppressive zamindars who play havoc in their lives. Finally when the volcano erupts it kills the unjust as well the innocents. An intense drama that shows the hapless condition of women in the patriarchal society, where they are reduced to mere objects of pleasure rather than being humans with dignity.
4. Mandi (1983)
Mandi is the film which held mirror to the market place where flesh trade takes place. Women are the commodities of this Mandi. Comprising some of the versatile actors of Bollywood like Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah, this movie takes on politics, prostitution and hypocrisy of our society. The film is proof for the genius Shyam Benegal is. Somehow in the end the only real and moral people we feel for are the prostitutes, whereas the rest of the moral policing characters look superficial.
3. Sparsh (1980)
The film could capture and portray the feelings of the children in blind school and their visually challenged principal in a manner which is rare in Bollywood films. Sai Paranjpe brought out the best in Naseeruddin Shah in the film, where he shined in the role of Anirudh Parmar who does not allow his impairment to bind him down. Neither does he allow others to pity or sympathize with him. Only with his intensity of acting could Naseeruddhin Shah put soul into the much demanding role.
2. Aakrosh (1980)
When you have a theater actor like Om Puri, you expect powerful dialogue delivery from him, but in this amazing movie, he expresses his helplessness by saying nothing. Besides national award for best film, it bagged 6 Filmfare awards. Naseeruddin Shah shined as a helpless lawyer waging a futile war against injustice and exploitation of the poor. The film is not for weak hearted as the naked truth of our society can send shiver through our bones. The film has dared to end without punishing the villains and not making heroes out of the lead actors. Hats off to the director for bringing reality on screen!
1. Ardh Satya (1983)
Even though many cops have bashed baddies in bunches, it is the film Ardh Satya that is considered to be the landmark and best cop film to come out of Bollywood. The movie depicts the story of an honest cop who fights against corruption in the system, only to fall victim to it due to circumstances. There are some epic scenes in the movie, including the one where Om Puri reads the poem Ardh Satya, which have left a haunting feeling in the hearts of the viewers. The film bagged 2 National Awards for Best Hindi Feature Film and Best Actor- Om Puri. In addition it won 3 Filmfare Awards in the category of Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor.