15 Philosophical Bollywood Movies That Will Make You Think

Bollywood is regarded as the house of Masala films all over the world. The argument is beyond the scope of our understanding. Among hundreds of films produced every year, there are some films that try to question the societal superstitions and try to induce some philosophy into the minds of people. Philosophy is not everyone’s cup of tea as it was considered a slow and boring genre. Over the decades, the technique of story-telling improved, thanks to the geniuses of writers and directors. Now, philosophy can also be told in an entertaining way. Following is the list of some of the best Philosophical movies made in Bollywood.


15. A Wednesday! (2008)

Neeraj Pandey’s directorial debut, A Wednesday!, was nothing short of a sensation. Inspired by A Common Man, this film tells the story of a ‘common man’ who decides to take on the system. An edge-of-the-seat thriller that keeps you until the end, A Wednesday is much more than that. The film personifies the thinking of a common man and also proves that ‘he’ is the most powerful man.


14. Vicky Donor (2012)

Vicky Donor is one of the boldest films to have come out of the Indian Cinema. Shoojit Sircar awed everyone with his movie that not only broke several taboos, but also tried to educate the people on infertility and sperm donation. Vicky Donor was critically acclaimed for its witty dialogues and the lead actors’ performances.


13. Upkar (1967)

The then Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri, enthused director Manoj Kumar to make a movie based on the powerful and a popular slogan, “ Jai Jawaan Jai Kisan”. In turn, Manoj Kumar made a movie named Upkar. The movie deals with the themes of patriotism, social responsibilities of a citizen. It is also one of the few films that portrayed the difficulties faced by the farmers in our country. Upkar also features the famous patriotic song, “Mere Desh ki Dharthi”, which still resonates in the hearts of Indian citizens.


12. Swades (2004)

After the trend-setting Lagaan, Ashutosh Gowariker came up with a cult-classic, Swades. The movie dealt with the issues of poverty, and grassroot reality in Indian villages. A beautiful story and an excellent cinematography made sure that the message is catered to the masses. Amazing performances by Shahrukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi and a stellar soundtrack by AR Rahman added the necessary mileage.


11. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Rang De Basanti is a film showed the sacrifices made by freedom fighters and tried to reignite the spark of patriotism in today’s youth. Aamir Khan, Siddarth, Atul Kulkarni, Kunal Kapoor acted in this patriotic drama. A poetic transformation of young boys into heroes was critically acclaimed. There are some potentially charged thought-provoking dialogues that made it a blockbuster.

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