Most people in the West have a mistaken image of Bollywood films. They see extracts of the popular extravaganzas – with their music, dancing and glamorous costumes – and believe that these are typical of the Indian film-making industry. However, this is far from true. To prove this, we have picked our top 3 tips for Bollywood films that break the mold.
Among the many choices on offer, we have selected a thriller, a comedy-drama, and biographic drama to show that Bollywood encompasses many more genres than just musicals. All 3 films also convey important messages about the human condition which transcends country, culture, and religion.
A Wednesday (2008)
Directed and written by Neeraj Pandey, ‘A Wednesday’ is narrated by a police commissioner (played by Anupam Kher) who is about to retire and all the action takes place in 4 hours on a Wednesday afternoon. He tells the story of how an unnamed man (Naseeruddin Shah) had threatened to set off 5 bombs around Mumbai unless 4 terrorists were released from prison. Although this thriller has been compared to the ‘Die Hard’ films, it has a moral ambiguity which does not exist in this Hollywood series. Despite its low budget, its strong storyline and the unexpected ending made this film the hit of the year.
Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year (2009)
Directed by Shimit Amin, this comedy-drama is must-have viewing for anyone who dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. Starring Ranbir Kapoor in the leading role, it questions the work ethics which are necessary to survive in the cut-throat world of business. Through humor, the screenplay (written by Jaideep Sahni) shows how perseverance, honesty, teamwork and an emphasis on building human relationships with clients can lead to success.
BhaagMilkaBhaag (2013) (translation: Run Milka Run)
Based on the best-selling book ‘The Race of My Life’, this biographic/sports drama tells the story of the Olympic runner, Milkha Singh who became popularly known as the ‘Flying Sikh’. The title refers both to his athletic career but also to his personal life. ‘BhaagMilkabhaag’ is quoted at key moments in the film such as when his family is massacred during the partition of India and Pakistan. The screenplay (written by Prasoon Joshi) concentrates on the durability of the human spirit and overcoming personal tragedy. This means that it will appeal to a wider audience than just sports fans.
Milkha Singh sold the film rights to his best-selling autobiography for just 1 rupee, but only on the condition that his share of the profits would be donated to the ‘Milkha Singh Charitable Trust’. He set up this foundation to help sportspeople who were in need of financial assistance.
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