Five Offbeat Hindi Film that you #MustWatch
“Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire - it tells you how to desire.”
Old, new, Global, regional...I love Films. Films complete me...there are times when I cannot express self to me, I watch a film or many films. Good, bad or offbeat...I feel every film should be seen..sometimes some movies needs to be seen by the maker's eyes, his/her vision and that my friend will make all the difference.
I have grown up watching films from different languages, different genres and different part of cities. I knew my masala pot boiler from my artsy reckonings. If i watched the gracious Mani Ratnam rolling a story in is tamil hit "Alay Payuthe", I also enjoyed watching Satyajit Ray's "Gopi Gayan, Baga Bayan". My generation happily gorged on platter full of masala films starring Mithun Chakraborthy, Govinda to masterpieces of parallel cinema like Arth, Saaransh, Mirch Masala, Katha, Mandi and so on. Circa 2000, my list has only increased but suddenly my appetite went down seeing the quality of films that were being churned in name of parallel cinema. It gave some consolation that few makers are trying hard to bring back that glory. What went amiss is originality of the concept well narrated by likes of Roy, Gulzar, Sai Paranjape, Rituporno Ghosh, Shyam Benegal among others. However, still there's hope.
So when Blogadda and Makers of "Miss Lovely" asked to blog about 5 of my most favorite offbeat films, I went in to tizzy...how to chose just 4 in my list of many? Nevertheless, "TOP of Mind Recall" prevailed on me and here's my list of five favorite offbeat films
1) Pushpak 
Pushpak changed the way we watched our films. It was a silent black comedy film written & directed by S Sreenivasa Rao starring Kamal Hassan, Amla, Ramya and Tinu Anand. The story was about an unemployed man who kidnaps a rich guy and instead of asking a ransom, starts living his life using the latter's identity. He does it all to woo a magician's daughter but after seeing the stark reality of life unfold, in front of him, he condemns his act and change his path to set the things straight.
The film was also about mistaken identity and metaphors like the rich hotel owner dying poor and poor beggar dying rich were quite stark and signified the dark truth of life. My most memorable scene from the film was when police men who came to dispose the dead beggar's body, leaves him to rot on road and get busy to amass his huge money left under the rug. Watch this film to see the cinematic marvel of story telling without using a word!
This film taught me how silence speaks many a things when words fail us.
Udaan starring Rajat Barmecha, Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy is a story of a 17 year old teen Rohan who was thrown off from his boarding school as punishment for watching an adult movie along with his friends. He returns home to an abusive & stern father and a half brother whose existence was not known to him.
The movie is a real life story [Anurag Kashyap] of his tryst with a stern father, an innocent half brother and supporting uncle who in spite of his best efforts could not bring truce between the former two.The film is all about his flight of dreams and flight of freedom against the tyranny.The film was shot at Jamshedpur, has beautifully captured the city and woven the tale around it in a poignant yet captive way.
3) Lunch Box 
The film starring the multi-talented Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawajuddin was a delight for the sensible film goers in India. In a simple way, it told the story of a widower Sajan (Irrfan) who is on verge of retirement and a neglected housewife Nimrat Kaur and their chanced relationships through letters via a mistaken delivery by the famous "Dabbawalas" of Mumbai city. The film very beautifully and in a subtle manner captured the essence of loneliness and lack of companionship via it's simple and people next door characters.
4) Rudaali 
Directed by Kalpana Lajmi, the film created it's own niche with powerful performances by Dimple Kapadia, Rakhi and the likes of Raghuveer Yadav, Sushmita Mukherji and Raj Babbar. It was also the last film of late actor- Amjad Khan. The story involved around a fateful Shanichari [a mourning professional] who was hired to mourn the death of upper class males and her life long misfortunes starting from her birth to death of her husband and her unconditional relationship with local landlord. It essentially essayed the plight of women in society that how relations fails their responsibilities in name of tradition, astrology and face of adversity.
The film' song- Dil Bhoom bhoom kare and Jhooti Mooti Mitwa were chartbusters.
5) Ek Ruka hua Faisla 
A courtroom drama and remake of Golden Bear award winning- 12 Angry men, this 1980s film is a muct watch for all courtroom drama lovers who do not miss their daily dose of "Boston legals". Without giving away the plot, this film was a story of confusion over taking a judgement against a slum dweller bnoy who has killed his father. Will they solve the case or no? Do watch the film to know more. The film starred stalwarts of parallal cinema like Pankaj Kapoor, Annu Kapoor, KK Raina, MK Raina, SM Zaheer among others. The movie was directed by Basu Chatterjee.
Well that was it folks! Let me know your views and comments on the same. Also, do not forget to add your own favorite in the comments below.
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