Beyond the glitz and glamour of Bollywood, there are movies which we overlook. Made outside the grasp of the studio systems, these movies are the result of the parallel cinema movement, which started a couple of decades ago. Devoid of any dance numbers or the typical Bollywood formula of storytelling, these films showcase the true artistic vision of a filmmaker. Here’s the list of best Indian indie movies, which are uncompromising, realistic and sometimes disturbing.
10. Shuttlecock Boys (2011)
Directed by Hemant Gaba, ‘Shuttlecock Boys’ is coming of age drama that tells the story of four boys, who take a journey that is less taken. One thing that kept the boys together was their friendship and more importantly the game of Badminton. Through this beautiful game, they decide to do something of their own challenging the norms and conventions of the Delhi Middle-class society. The movie is a perfectly told tale of friendship, determination and lastly, the entrepreneurial spirit in the minds of today’s youth.
9. Liar’s Dice (2013)
A road drama, made by Geetu Mohandas, ‘Liar’s Dice’ is a perfect example of immersive storytelling. Here, a young mother from a humble tribal community along with her 3 years old daughter, embarks on a journey from their native land in order find her missing husband. A socio-political commentary, the movie is a beautiful take on the theme of migration in India and how it is changing the fabric of human relationships. It stars Geetanjali Thapa and Nawazuddin Siddique in lead roles so power packed performances are to be expected.