Seven Spectacular Must See Bollywood Movies (1996-2016)

When it comes to Bollywood, renowned for Shah Rukh Khan’s romantic tales and Salman Khan’s action-packed comedies, there exist hidden gems that rival global cinema in quality. An exemplary masterpiece is ‘Ship of Theseus,’ helmed by Anand Gandhi, showcasing India’s prowess in delivering world-class filmmaking. Discover a diverse cinematic landscape beyond the mainstream, where brilliance meets utmost quality.

Here I am listing seven must see spectacular Hindi movies which are released between 1996 and 2016.

1. Company

The film, based on the biggest Gang War in India, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, leaves you wanting to know more about what happened to the lead characters. Ajay Devgan delivers a marvelous performance of a character who is calm and patient yet heart-stopping ferocious at some points, fearless and ambitious but likable as always. I don’t like to give 5 ratings to movies, because it’s hard to find a movie that is excellent, but this one is.

2. Black Friday

This is Anurag Kashyap’s finest achievement in film to this day. To summarize this movie in a few words would be impossible. There is no other movie in India like this. This is the most impressive and realistic movie I have ever seen about the police, of course along with Vetrimaran’s Visaranai. It’s really weird to see a movie with an impact and an intensity as big as in Black Friday. The movie is full of action, suspense and mystery as the cops try to figure out who is behind the most shocking bomb blast ever happened in independent India. It gave me chills from start to end.

3. Sathya

Anurag Kashyap reaches the pinnacle of his cinematic prowess with “Black Friday,” an unparalleled achievement in Indian film history. Summarizing this cinematic masterpiece is an impossible task – it stands alone in its uniqueness within the Indian cinematic landscape. Alongside Vetrimaran’s “Visaranai,” this film provides the most impressive and realistic portrayal of the police force. The impact and intensity of “Black Friday” are nothing short of astonishing, weaving a narrative filled with action, suspense, and mystery. As the police navigate the aftermath of the most shocking bomb blast in independent India, the film delivers a chilling experience from start to finish.

4. Gangs of Wasseypur

A powerful crime movie featuring stellar performances by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpai, and Anurag Kashyap in peak form. Delve into the depth of this cinematic gem; take your time to savor its intensity – it demands a deliberate appreciation. Anurag Kashyap, the maestro of Bollywood, stands as the epitome of filmmaking in this generation. The puzzling oversight of National Awards snubs for his brilliance remains a perplexing mystery.

“Zindagi jeene ke do hi tarike hote hain, ek jo ho rha hai hone do, bardaast karte jao. Ya fir zimmedari uthao use badalne ki” Rang De Basanti

5. Rang De Basanti

“Rang De Basanti,” featuring an incredible cast including Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, and more, unfolds its plot with seamless transitions. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster as the characters, portrayed truthfully, make you think, evoke anger, and ignite a desire to fight. This film is a masterpiece that not only captivates but also sparks meaningful conversations. Don’t be surprised if “Rang De Basanti” leaves an indelible mark on your thoughts.

6. Haider

Prepare to be enthralled by Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of Hamlet; that’s a promise. The stunning cinematography and intense, realistic action will leave you amazed. This movie is a multi-layered masterpiece, offering a plot and action so rich that one viewing might not be enough to capture all its intricacies. Brace yourself for an unforgettable cinematic experience.

7. Gangajal

Directed by Prakash Jha and starring Ajay Devgan, this film is arguably the best cop-based Hindi movie, comparable to Shimit Amin’s Ab Tak Chappan. A gripping, entertaining, and enduring crime thriller, it stands out as one of Prakash Jha’s finest works, featuring outstanding performances. Immersive, hypnotic, and engaging, the movie operates on multiple levels, skillfully giving equal weight to each aspect of its narrative.

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