1. Shatranj Ke Khiladi- 1977
Shatranj Ke Khiladi, a
as the Nawab of the Indian State of Awadh, named as Wajid Ali Shah. Set at the period of the British Rule in the country of India, the film is about two noblemen Mirza Sajjad Ali and Mir Roshan Ali, played by
respectively, being obsessed with the game of Chess to an extent that they move far away from realism- neglecting their respective wives, failing to protect their kingdom from the East India Company, and abandoning their families to shift to a village for their passion towards Chess. With a motive of showcasing the detachment of the ruling classes of India, thus helping the British to win over, Shatranj Ke Khiladi is a film with a gripping plot and excellent performances.
2. Aakrosh- 1980
, Aakrosh is a film featuring
. This film that majorly focuses on violence and corruption is apparently based on a true story. The plot is about the atrocities that a peasant, along with his family, has to go through because of the torture caused by the foremen. From traumatizing the peasant to such an extent that he becomes unstable enough to not be able to speak a word, to raping the peasant’s wife, Aakrosh is filled with harsh and realistic incidents that take place in the Indian Society. Owing to its real plot and extraordinary performances, the film has left its mark.
The Mahesh Bhatt film Arth starred
, Smita Patil,
in pivotal roles. With groundbreaking concept and a contemporary and real storyline, Arth was a cinematic and musical brilliance.
Bazaar, directed by Sagar Sarhadi, was a film that featured Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah,
and Smita Patil. Bringing forth the concept of bride selling in India, the movie was set in the city of Hyderabad. With an excellent conceptualization and supreme level of acting, the film had left its mark.
Directed by Gulzar, Ijaazat was a critically acclaimed film starring Naseeuddin Shah, Rekha, and
. With soulful music from R.D. Burman, Ijaazat possesses a strong plot that revolves around feminism and patriarchy that was present in India in those days. Dealing with these soft issues with utmost care, the film is about a married couple and how life changes their relationship.
6. 'Fire'- 1996 (Released in India on November 5, 1998)
, Fire was a bold and courageous film starring Shabana Azmi and
in the lead roles. One of the first films in India to bring homosexuality on the screen, Fire had one of the most strong and powerful storylines in the history of Indian cinema. In spite of the powerful plot and brilliant performances, the content was criticized by the political parties that existed in India then.
Dor, a film by
. Well received by the Indian critics, Dor takes woman power to a whole new level with the two leading ladies delivering their career-best performances- both of them were awarded for the same, and Shreyas Talpade perfecting his character. Showcasing the struggles of a woman in the India, and eventually strengthening them, the film is beautifully made cinematically, technically, and musically.
Written, produced, and directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, Swades is a 2004 drama starring
Shah Rukh Khan
. The critically acclaimed film was about an NRI, Mohan, who returns to his village in India and uses his knowledge to improve the standards of living of the people residing there. The connection with ones roots is portrayed brilliantly in the film and the film’s performances and music earned it several awards in India.
The sports drama set at the times of British rule in the nation was in the news for getting nominated at the prestigious Academy awards, but that never happened. There were multiple speculated reasons that came up. With powerful performances and an exceptionally well scripted direction from
starrer was said to be the most deserving winners at several International Festivals.
10. 'Manjhi: The Mountain Man'- 2015
The Nawazuddin Siddiqui and
starrer Manjhi- The Mountain Man was a movie that was based on a true story revolving around the life of a man named Dashrath Manjhi. The man had constructed a 30 feet wide and 360 feet long path through a hill singlehandedly with just two instruments- hammer and chisel. The man realized the need of the path when he found out that his ill wife had to climb the mountain to reach the medical centre at the other side. The labor and hard work was brought onto the screen brilliantly by the actors.