With the commencement of 21st century, a new-age cinema was born in India, breaking away from the routine song-and-dance histrionics and replacing slapstick comedies too. These films were relatively small in length but they fascinated movie buffs with original and interesting storylines. Exploring a unique segment of cinema which appeals to a particular class, TopYaps presents a countdown of top 10 off-beat Bollywood movies.
10. Khosla Ka Ghosla:
In the film Khosla Ka Ghosla, a Delhi-based retired middle-class person is trying to get his land back from a treacherous real-estate agent. His efforts were complimented by the help of his sons and their friends. The film is directed by Dibakar Banerjee and its cast included veteran actors like, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani and Parvin Dabas.
9. Mr. & Mrs. Iyer:
In this 2002 Aparna Sen directed film, a religious Brahmin woman shelters and saves a Muslim man as communal rioting breaks out during the bus journey. The film stars Rahul Bose and Konkona Sen Sharma in the lead roles.
8. Hazaron Khwaishein Aisi:
This political drama is beautifully directed by Sudhir Mishra. The film’s storyline goes like this, the protagonist, charming and suave beauty Geeta Rao has two distinctive admirers, Siddharth Tyabji and Vikram Malhotra. Film’s plot is set in 1969 West Bengal and it has fine actors like Shiney Ahuja, Kay Kay Menon and Chitrangada Singh.
This is a typical Vishal Bhardwaj film.While on the run from local goons, a man and his nephew can’t help themselves, falling in the love-trap of a kidnapper’s seductive widow. The seductress in question is none other than Ooh-la-la fame, Vidya Balan, while her lovers include Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Varsi.
In this one of the most brilliantly made films by Anurag Kahyap, a law student is exposed to the trials and tribulations of the Rajputs, trickery, murder, and crime, while he’s being elected as the general secretary of his college.
5. A Wednesday:
In this film, a man calls up the Mumbai police, telling them, that he’s plotted five bombs in different parts of the city and all set to go off any time from now. What he wants is the handing over of four terrorists in return. The film keeps you on the edge, from start to the end and it is directed by Neeraj Pandey.
4. The Namesake:
The film is directed by celebrated NRI filmmaker, Mira Nair. In this film, American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, is a happy-go-lucky lad, in tune with those living in the bustling city of New York. Some tragedy happens in his traditional family and things changes amazingly different. Irfan Khan and Tabbu were extraordinarily good as Gogol’s parents and Kal Penn justified the role of Gogol.
In this Vikramaditya Motwani directed and Anurag Kashyap co-scripted film, a teenage boy, expelled from his school, returns home to his abusive and strictly disciplinarian father. The film’s cast includes Rajat Barmecha, Sanjay Gandhi and Ronit Roy.
2. Dev D:
One of the early successes of critically acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. In this film, a young man finds solace in drugs, after parting ways with his childhood girlfriend. In the other part of the film, a teenage girl is caught in the world of prostitution. Whether they will be destroyed or will they find redemption? The film answers all your adventurous thoughts.
1. Gangs of Wasseypur I & II:
This is again an Anurag Kashyap film, a milestone in his film-making journey so far, and without which any list of off-beat bollywood movies would be futile. In this film, a clash between two warring goons, Sultan and Shahid Khan, leads to the eviction of Shahid Khan from Wasseypur, and thus begins a fatal blood warfare traversing through three generations. Known for a long list of powerful characters, Gangs of Wasseypur is superbly supported by its star-cast, where Manoj Bajpai and Nawazuddin Siddiqui need extra mention.