Bollywood has produced a number of films that are truly unique. Movies that the audience didn’t see coming and were wowed by the plots. Some of them discussed homosexuality, a taboo subject in our society, while others discussed abortions, menstruation, and other topics. These types of films always raise a lot of awareness and have a positive impact on people. Here’s a rundown:
1. Padman – 2018
Padman pays tribute to Arunachalam Muruganantham, a Coimbatore real-life hero and social entrepreneur. He talks about how he notices his wife using a dirty rag and how he tries to disseminate hygiene in a cost-effective way, which eventually leads him to manufacture his own pad. Everyone who believes he’s a nasty, pervert, insane man insults and thwarts him. How he maintains his desire to finally come up with a fantastic concept for creating sanitary pad machines. How he earns the admiration of millions of people.
2. Toilet Ek Prem Katha – 2017
The film’s overall message is positive, and it should be commended for tackling such a difficult subject in such a fun way. Except that entertainment should not include inciting girls and women to be harassed in order to gain their attention. Unlike in movies, it has serious implications in the majority of cases in real life.
Inquire of your sister or daughter who attends school, college, or works in an office. Now, on to the movie’s major theme: the importance of having toilets at home for India’s hygiene and women’s empowerment.
It’s tough to understand the difficulties when we may “go” practically anywhere and at any time, yet women in Indian villages must plan ahead, get dressed long before dawn, and can only “go” once a day. In open regions, in the sun, rain, and cold, with perverts lurking, insects, and snakes in the vicinity, and facing such difficulties. It is, without a doubt, a severe problem that requires assistance. Thanks to this film, this will now be discussed more freely, which can only help the situation.
3. Lipstick Under My Burkha – 2016
This is an articulate attempt to clarify any airs concerning some who took this film as ‘vulgar’ (citing A-certification and such), or something as fundamental as condemning a working woman for stepping out of a well-off family, from the pulsing cry to end dress code or the right to earn a wage. In the process of becoming a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, or a sister, that discrepancy in our current, modern society cannot be neglected. Not international dominance, but at the very least, ordinary independence should be more affordable.
When asked about her ever-increasing fortune and popularity, Priyanka Chopra said to Kapil Sharma, “Since us, women have to put four times the effort as men to earn the same; consequently, I’ll work harder to earn as much as you.” Even Kapil couldn’t help but smile in the middle of tremendous ovation.
4. Ki And Ka – 2016
Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, who play themselves in R. Balki’s “Ki & Ka,” discuss gender role reversals in one of the film’s sequences. Jaya inquires if Amitabh would have been content to be a stay-at-home husband while enabling her to continue acting after their marriage. Big B clumsily retorts that he’d be happy with such arrangement, but his expression and body language suggest otherwise. That funny moment pretty much sums up Balki’s fourth feature film’s core concept.
Balki, whose films are almost always driven by a solid premise rather than a strong screenplay, puts a nice twist to our society’s gender expectations — it’s the ladKA who earns the bread and the ladKI who butters it. Balki’s KA or Kabir (Arjun Kapoor), in a role reversal, chooses to be the househusband to his KI or Kia (Kareena Kapoor), who toils away in corporate boardrooms.
They meet on a dull flight and, despite a three-year age difference (Kia is older than Kabir), decide to be life partners out of their own free will. She wants to be a CEO, whereas he wants to be like his mother, despite being an IIM top student. Kabir’s millionaire builder father (Rajit Kapur) erupts in rage, while Kia’s mother (Swaroop Sampat) questions their sexual compatibility. Marriage, in any case, occurs, and with it, issues and misunderstandings arise.
The fact that the film does not waste time and gets right to the point appeals to you right away. The ongoings keep you engrossed because to an amusing camaraderie between Akshay and the other characters. He is THE performer that seamlessly slips into the skin of the character, allowing you to quickly identify with him. The music is also in line with the film, with superb lyrics that beautifully and poetically convey the events.
5. Prem Rog – 1982
Mr. Rishi Kapoor is known for his acting, simplicity, and emotions, and this is a fantastic true concept portrayed by an excellent actor. Shammi Kapoorji, Om Prakash, Padmini Kolhapuri, Tanuja, Nandaji, and Raza Murad are among the excellent performers who have portrayed Indian rural love and culture.
6. Margarita with a Straw – 2014
A fantastic film on differently-abled people in which we see them as real people rather than tools to further the plot. Although the film’s timing is odd, the performers make up for it with their impressive performances in their roles. The mom being very cold for dramatic effect didn’t work for me because it’s been proved that Laila is self-sufficient and capable of looking after others. (How would she get about in such a large city as New York if she didn’t?) It’s admirable that the film discusses her sexuality in a wholesome manner.
The way Khanum was written is the one thing that bothers me. Despite the fact that she isn’t the major character, most of her motivations were so hazy that every time I saw her in a scene, I had more questions about her.
Finally, the metaphor is a little heavy-handed, but it fits the context perfectly, and it stuck with me for a few days.
7. Kya Kehna – 2000
The concept was excellent! Showing how a lone girl child in a family is treasured in real Indian beliefs. She ended up in a relationship with a rich brat womaniser despite her innocence. The film dealt with the taboo of pre-marriage pregnancy in Indian society, when the entire society turns against a lady and boycotts the entire family.
Even her friends, but notably her dearest friend, stayed with her to the end (one-sided lover). It depicts what a girl goes through in such circumstances. The main characters did an excellent job, but the secondary characters were completely absent in several parts of the plot. Overall, it’s a must-see.
8. Fire – 1996
The film depicts genuine love and how a woman can make decisions without regard for social conventions or biases. It is extremely significant in today’s society since it broadens our perspectives. It also demonstrates how sexist people regard women as objects for their pleasure. It is written in a straightforward and comprehensive manner.
9. Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women – 2003
The portrayal of women in rural India is quite captivating. Female protagonists’ limited (or non-existent) discourse defines the tyranny she suffers. The script and director are the two most important parts of the movie. The long-term consequences of female infanticide, men’ perplexing s3x drive, and caste disparities are all accurately described. The producers secured a top-notch acting performance by carefully selecting the theatre professionals.
10. Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh – 2005
The film was fantastic, especially Rajpal’s portrayal of a man suspicious of his wife and her friend for cheating on him and going through an existential crisis. When the comedy king starts grieving for what he has done to his happily married life after confronting his wife and realises he was wrong the whole time, the movie touched my heart and gave me chills.
11. My Brother Nikhil – 2005
Such a lovely and underappreciated film. It would have been more well-received if it had been released today, especially by Sanjay Suri, who is great! He is the sole owner of this film. In the end, I sobbed uncontrollably.
I’m so delighted we live in a period where HIV/AIDS sufferers are no longer vilified, as they were previously, and our society has finally accepted homosexuality.