10 Fantastic Indian Movies You, Probably, Haven’t Seen

I don’t get to see every single movie, but I strive to watch each good film, from art house and independent films to mainstream blockbusters, particularly those made in India. Here’s a list of recent great Indian movies I’ve watched, and you might have missed them. These 10 movies share nothing in common except for the fact that they’re exceptional.

1. Aaranya Kandam (Tamil)

Very few people outside the state have heard of this movie. I discuss this film, its script, music, and camera work with everyone I talk to about movies. It’s insanely fresh and overwhelmingly recommended. Thiagarajan Kumararaja, if you’re reading this, PLEASE make your second film soon.

2. Court (Marathi)

Superbly directed, it’s certainly an unusual monster. It’s an important film! Just watch it. Just do it.

3. Chotoder Chobi (Bengali)

The film explores the world’s coldness toward little people and their perspective on life. The scene where the female lead performs the last rites of her father leaves a lasting impact on your heart. It’s not just a movie; it’s a soulful experience.

4. Thithi (Kannada)

Screened at various international film festivals and recipient of numerous awards, including the National Film Award, this film resonates with viewers in the most profound ways.

5. Deool (Marathi)

Every film should aspire to be as outstanding as this one. “Deool” delves into the themes of man, religion, and globalization. A contemporary masterpiece with stunning cinematography, it imparts lessons you may not have been ready to hear and care about.

6. Antaheen (Bengali)

Starring Rahul Bose, Aparna Sen, Sharmila Tagore, and Radhika Apte, this movie is a must-watch. It explores the lives of various characters as they find love amidst the broken pieces of life.

7. Kammattipaadam (Malayalam)

This is mainstream filmmaking at its best! The cinematography, art, and performances are beyond words. A recent favorite and a bona fide masterpiece, no less. (review here)

8. Black Friday (Hindi)

Anurag Kashyap’s “Black Friday” grabs your attention from the start and keeps you gripped till the end. It powerfully recreates an incident that shook India, featuring unforgettable scenes and images. The film played a pivotal role in establishing Anurag Kashyap’s fame.

9. Visaranai (Tamil)

Could it have happened to me too?!

10. Asha Jawar Majhe (Bengali)

A glimpse into the lives of a married couple working to make ends meet during times of recession. The movie features no dialogues or names yet encompasses everything. It works with a soothing background score, accompanied by some classic old songs thrown in now and then.
I hope you will love them too.

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PS Arjun
Cinephile. Learning the art of filmmaking. Writer. Filmmaker.