10 Indian Movies on Netflix That’ll Make you Fall in Love With Bollywood
Bollywood, the Indian cinema, is one of the largest film industries in the world and currently has more viewers than Hollywood. Its actors are idols not only in Asia, but also in Africa and Europe.
We’ve searched the catalog of the streaming service and gathered a list of ten movies for those who want to know a little more of the Indian cinema. All selected titles received good reviews from users and from critics. Among them stand out “Man – Absorbent” (2018), by R. Balki; and “Like Stars on Earth” (2007), directed by Aamir Khan.
1. Love Per Square Foot (2018), Anand Tiwari
Close friends Sanjay and Karina have never been able to raise money to buy their own homes. They still live with their parents and are bothered by the lack of privacy. Willing to have a home of their own, they then come together in an improbable marriage for convenience. The duo just did not expect to live under the same roof could change their lives completely, creating an affective bond difficult to undo.
2. Pad Man (2018), R. Balki
The film tells the true story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who invented the machine that produces cheap women’s pads so that the poorest women in India could have access to the product. In rural areas of the country, menstruation was seen as a taboo, and Arunachalam faced prejudice and hardship until he became a successful man.
3. Sanju (2018), Rajkumar Hirani
The film explores some of the most crucial chapters of the controversial life of the Indian movie star Sanjay Dutt, known as Sanju. The actor has appeared in more than 150 films and received the most important awards in his country, such as the Bollywood Movie Awards. But in addition to his success as an artist, Sanju has had a life marked by drug problems, arrests, and accusations of terrorism.
4. Mom (2017), Ravi Udyawar
Devki married a widower and cares for his stepdaughters with much dedication. Arya, the eldest daughter, asks to go to a party and the parents allow. The girl is kidnapped at the door of the ballad by a group of boys who rape her and then throw her into a river. The crime shocks the population, but the criminals are not condemned. Disgusted by the situation, Devki resolves to take revenge.
5. Toilet – Ek Prem Katha (2017), Shree Singh
Keshav, a bicycle mechanic, marries Jaya, a younger girl, who came from a wealthy family. After the marriage, Jaya moves to the place where the husband lives with his parents. But there are no toilets in Keshav’s house and all the women in the village do their needs in the field. For Jaya, this is shameful. Afraid of losing his wife, Keshav goes out of his way to build a bathroom. The film is a critique of sanitation conditions in India.
6. Dangal (2016), Nitesh Tiwari
Based on a true story, the film chronicles the life of former fighter Mahavir Phogat. After leaving wrestling, Mahavir dreams of having a son who earns a gold medal for India. But, his wife gives birth to four girls. Then, Mahavir decides to train Babita and Geeta, his older daughters. The two win the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and become the most famous fighters in the country.
7. Dear Zindagi (2016), Gauri Shinde
Kaira is a young cameraman who dreams of directing her own films. After finishing the courtship and being evicted from her apartment, she decides to move in with her parents. Feeling unable to solve her problems, Kaira looks for Jug, an unconventional thinker and psychologist who teaches her to see life with a new perspective. Alongside Jug, Kaira realizes she needs to mature.
8. Masaan (2015), Neeraj Ghaywan
The film tells the story of four people who face the prejudice and rigidity of the caste system in India. Deepak is a poor young man who falls madly in love with a woman from another caste. Devi is a student who lives with a sense of guilt over the disappearance of her first love. Pathak, Devi’s father, is a victim of police corruption. And Jhonta is a young orphan looking for a family.
9. Queen (2014), Vikas Bahl
Rani is abandoned by the groom two days before his marriage, with the justification that she is very prude to him. Being from a traditional family, the young woman is devastated not to marry. But a few days later, she decides to make the honeymoon trip alone and goes to Paris and Amsterdam. Far from her culture, she meets different people, gets new experiences, and discovers the woman within herself.
10. Like Stars on Earth (2007), Aamir Khan
Ishaan has a hard time focusing on his studies and can barely write the alphabet. After dozens of complaints from the school, Ishaan’s father decides to send the boy to boarding school. In the new college, Ishaan feels increasingly sad and lonely. But, everything changes when he meets Nikumbh, a substitute Arts teacher. Nikumbh realizes that the boy is dyslexic and helps him understand the world of reading and writing.