Once upon a
time, parallel cinema was at its peak with directors like Guru Dutt and Bimal
Roy making movies with hard hitting concepts wrapped in a realistic portrayal
of the story without the coat of glamour and masala such as Pyaasa
(1957) and Do Bhiga Zamin
(1953). Alongside movies
with social messages, parallel cinema also had movies like Mausam
and many more which focused on stories based on human lives and the
complications they faced. But around 1990s parallel cinema took a nosedive as
commercialization came to the fore and Bollywood became more about cash registers
and less about intellectually challenging movies.
though, due to some effort from directors and story tellers, parallel
has seen a resurgence in the last decade. Parallel cinema, also called
art cinema, is rising from the background and catching the eyes of
generation movie goers. With our focus being parallel cinema this month,
BollyCurry brings to you five such movies that have left an impact on
audiences in the last few years.
Black Friday (2004)
Black Friday is a crime film based on a book
written by Hussain Zaidi of the same name. Directed and written by Anurag Kashyap, the
movie focuses on the 1993 bombings without sugar coating the story. The story is
narrated from different points of view with the focus on the events that lead to
the bombings. Winner of Grand Jury Prize at Indian Film Festival at Los Angeles,
this movie is not for the weak-hearted!
Kukunoor, a well known figure in the world of parallel cinema, directed the
sensible but heart warming movie Dor. The
movie is about two women, who are totally different from each other, from their nature to
their backgrounds to the places they live. And the reason behind the world of
these two diverse ladies colliding with each other forms the crux of the story.
Produced by Elahe Hiptoola and written by T.A. Hazak, this movie is proof
that even without glamour and dance, a movie can draw audiences to the theaters!
Dhobi Ghat (2011)
Dhobi Ghat is a movie that shows us the life of
four people and how they impact each other's lives through their aspirations
and expectations. Directed by Kiran Rao and produced by Aamir Khan, Dhillin
Mehta and Tshephel Namgyal, this movie shows us the actual world of Mumbai and how
different people from different strata of society are connected to each other. Showing
us the Mumbai we have never really seen, its unique way of direction has made this
movie a fine example of parallel cinema.
Ship of Theseus (2012)
Directed by Anand
Gandhi and produced by Soham Shah, Mukesh Shah and Amit Shah, this movie
follows three different stories, each leaving us with a question in our
Questioning our beliefs and thinking seems to be the theme of this
flick. Winner of the Best Feature Film at the 61st National Film Awards,
this is a movie
that simulates our brain and makes us think!
The Lunchbox (2013)
A movie that
created curiosity among all Indians, The Lunchbox is directed by Ritesh Batra and produced by various film studios
including DAR Motion Pictures, UTV Motion Pictures, Dharma Productions,
etc. A simple movie that shows how a mistaken delivery of a lunch box
change people's lives, it was one of the few parallel movies that got
from every Indian, whether he was a movie-lover or not. This film has
awards including Best Screenplay at Asia-Pacific Film Festival and Best
Debuting Director at Filmfare Awards.
concludes our list of recent movies that have played a role in reviving parallel cinema and generating interest
in the field from current audiences. These are not the only movies from art
world; there are many more that are not mentioned here due to obvious reasons. But
that should not stop you from making your own list. If you think any other
movie should be added to this list, then let us know through your comments!
We hope that
parallel cinema continues to thrive and people continue to
appreciate these simple but meaningful movies!
Editor(s): Peehu A. and Gunia K.
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