10 Remarkably well-made Indian films that are relatively unknown


  1. Parched (2015): This Radhika Apte starrer showcased at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and produced by Ajay Devgn. Set in the arid landscape of Rajasthan, the film explores the personal and cultural tribulations faced by four women. The film was presented at several international festivals and won awards at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles(2016), Indian Film Festival(Stuttgart), and Stockholm Film Festival. The film won awards in the domestic film festivals as well.
  2. Court (Marathi, 2014): Winner of a number of awards at national and international film festivals, Court is a Marathi drama film which sheds light on the Indian legal system through the trial of an aging folk singer at a sessions court in Mumbai. Directed by newcomer, Chaitanya Tamhane, the film won the Best Feature Film award at the 62nd National Film Awards in 2014.
  3. Jalam Kond Murivetaval (One who was wounded by the water, Malayalam, 2006): The film is an Award Winning Documentary shot by RS Vimal in July 2006 at Mukkam (Kozhikode). The subject of this documentary is the famous Kanchana-Moideen love story. Based on the same story, RS Vimal directed the critically acclaimed 2015 super hit “Ennu Ninte Moideen” starring Prithviraj and Parvathy
  4. Visaranai (Interrogation, Tamil, 2015): The story is based on the lives of four immigrants who travel to Andhra Pradesh from Tamil Nadu in search of work. These four migrant workers are detained by the local state police, tortured, and forced to admit to a crime they haven’t commited. When hope seems to be lost, a policeman from their hometown speaks at the court hearing and helps set them free. The policeman asks for a favor in return that forms the next part of the story.
  5. Killa (The Fort, Marathi, 2015): Winner of two awards at the Berlin Film Festival, Killais the story of an 11-year-old boy who copes with the death of his father while starting in a new school. The film won the Best Feature Film in at the 62nd National Film Awards.
  6. Inshallah, Football (2010): Directed by Ashvin Kumar, an Oscar nominated filmmaker about Basha, an 18-year-old aspiring football player who was denied the right to travel abroad on the pretext that his father was a Pakistan-trained militant in the 1990s. The movie was filmed in 2009 in
  7. Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love, Bengali, 2014): This National Award winning film casts a light on the problematic reality of unemployment in Kolkata by depicting the life of a young couple that works different shifts.
  8. Thithi (Funeral, Kannada, 2015): Set in a remote village in South India, the film explores how three generations react to the death of Century Gowda. The three story lines intertwine before converging at Century Gowda’s “Thithi,” the final funeral ceremony eleven days after death.
  9. Natasamrat (The King of Acting, Marathi, 2016): The film revolves around Ganpat “Appa” Belwalkar (Nana Patekar), a successful veteran theatre actor who garnerings fame and fortune acting in plays based on various works, especially William Shakespeare’s. The film explores how Appa  becomes the victim of old age alienation and estrangement in his old age.
  10. Mithunam (Couple/Astrological Sign, Telugu, 2012): Married for over fifty years, Appadaasu and Buchchi Laxmi fill their retired days with petty squabbles and deep love for one another. Their children live abroad and like any other couple, they have their share of ups and downs. What life has in store for them forms the rest of the story. The film is directed by ace comedian, Tanikella Bharani.

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