Every time we think about Bollywood we get a picture of larger than life sets with lots of colours, dance and music which are quite right to some extent; yet there are few Bollywood films which are not in this same league and has entertained us with such topics which we never thought. These films brought social issues to the silver screen and delivered a message to the audience. These are Bollywood's path-breaking films. Take a look:
One of the iconic Bollywood films, Sholay was released in 1975. All the aspects of this film make it a masterpiece. After around 43 years the film is still loved by many for the significant performances.
A fine performance by Shah Rukh Khan, the movie focuses on the issue of brain drain and Indians moving abroad for greener pastures. The story revolves around the life of an NRI who works for NASA and how his visit to a village changes his life along with hundreds of other villagers. The movie inspired a lot of NRIs to come back to the roots and work for the country. The movie gives a message that a little help from the fortunate and educated ones can help the underprivileged to a great extent.
My Brother Nikhil
The movie deals with the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS as well as the coming out of a closeted gay relationship. The film was highly appreciated worldwide. The film director stated that the film is based on true historical fact, and the standard disclaimer about fictitious content was just a compromise with the Indian government to gain permission to make the film.
A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday.
Farmer suicides are a perennial of Indian rural life, with thousands of deaths every year. Anusha Rizvi lets this stand as a quiet fact at the heart of her cartwheeling black-comic farce, focusing scorn instead on the electoral exploitation and media sensationalism around this phenomenon. Omkar Das Manikpuri's smallholder, promised government aid for his family if he kills himself, becomes a national celebrity as politicians, caste leaders and journalists manipulate him to reverse his decision for their own ends. As the screwball frenzy tightens, he remains almost mute; an inverted symbol of the overlooked masses.
The film was officially selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Glance) category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Udaan was first Indian film to be part of Cannes' official section in seven years. Udaan tells the story of thousands of youths from India's middle-class families, who want to break free and follow their dreams.
Gangs of Wasseypur
One of the best films of the Indian film industry, Gangs of Wasseypur, is a crime drama film. The film has two parts. The film is very different from other contemporary Bollywood films. The film has a rural feel with lots of cuss words in it.
OMG is a film in which a shopkeeper takes God to court when his shop is destroyed by an earthquake. The film is a satirical comedy-drama film, which addresses the issue of superstitions in our society.
Aamir Khan is Bollywood's leading progressive, his midlife surge to megastardom made partly on the back of light satire and earnest social commentary. Aamir has always tried to bring social issues to his films. In 2014, Aamir Khan teamed up with Rajkumar Hirani and came up with PK, the film tackles the social issue of superstitions.
Toilet: A Love Story
Akshay Kumar is probably the most hard-working and competitive actor of Hindi film industry. He always tries his best to bring a social issue to his films. In 2017, Akshay came up with one of the most concerned issues of India, open defecation. There are around 600m Indian people still unable or unwilling to use toilets. In his film, Toilet: A Love Story he has tried to educate people about this issue.
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