BEST OF PARALLEL CINEMA

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1. 27 Down (1974)

115 min | Drama

7.6
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Sanjay is on a pilgrimage journey to Varanasi and remembers his life in flashbacks.

Director: Awtar Krishna Kaul | Stars: Sudhir Dalvi, Rakhee Gulzar, Sadhu Meher, M.K. Raina

Votes: 74

2. Aakrosh (1980)

144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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A public prosecutor discovers the harsh realities about life of the scheduled tribes in India during 1980s while defending a case of a tribesman charged of murdering his wife.

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Om Puri

Votes: 571

3. Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai (1980)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A man from Mumbai (then Bombay) is angry about various issues in different circumstances.

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Dilip Dhawan

Votes: 308

4. Ardh Satya (1983)

130 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality.

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdar

Votes: 1,281

5. Arth (1982)

138 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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A film-maker who is having an extra-marital affair with an actress decides to leave his wife. Arth is the story of this women's search for her identity.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Smita Patil, Raj Kiran

Votes: 974

6. Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

7.4
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Arvind Desai is the only son of a rich businessman who deals in luxury handicraft products. His feelings for his father are mixed. While he hates his dominating nature, he admires his power and lack of scruples.

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Dilip Dhawan, Anjali Paigankar, Shreeram Lagoo, Sudha Shivpuri

Votes: 69

7. Bhumika (1977)

142 min | Drama

7.5
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Coming from a poor and destitute family, Urvashi is encouraged by her mother, Shanta (Sualbha Deshpande) to be on more than friendly terms with a much older male, Keshav Dalvi (Amol Palekar... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Smita Patil, Anant Nag, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri

Votes: 382

8. Bazaar (1982)

120 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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Najma and Salim are in love, but their's is a platonic relationship, as Salim is a deep thinker and prefers that women like Najma be financially independent, and not be dependent on men. On... See full summary »

Director: Sagar Sarhadi | Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Supriya Pathak

Votes: 331

9. Chakra (1981)

140 min

7.1
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Amma lives in Bijapur with her husband and son, Benwa. When a man attempts to sexually molest her, he is killed by her husband, the trio flee, but the husband is shot dead by the police. ... See full summary »

Director: Rabindra Dharmaraj | Stars: Savita Bajaj, Arun Bakshi, Suresh Bhagwat, Ranjit Chowdhry

Votes: 102

10. Disha (1990)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.3
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The Sarpat family, who live in Bhukari, consist of Parsaram, who has been involved in digging a well for the past over 12 years and is now called 'Pagal Parsa'; his brother, Soma, who gets ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nana Patekar, Raghuvir Yadav, Rajshree Sawant

Votes: 129

11. Drishti (1990)

171 min | Drama

7.3
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Sandhya and Nikhil have been married for 8 years and live a wealthy lifestyle in Bombay, along with a daughter, Rashmi. On their 8th anniversary, they invite several friends, chief amongst ... See full summary »

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Dimple Kapadia, Shekhar Kapur, Mita Vasisht, Vijay Kashyap

Votes: 58

12. Droh Kaal (1994)

162 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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Riveting suspense thriller about a dedicated cop who leads an under-cover squad against a group of terrorists. He manages to capture their leader, but finds himself and his family mentally ... See full summary »

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Mita Vasisht, Annu Kapoor

Votes: 303

13. Duvidha (1973)

82 min | Drama

7.2
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Film is Based on Duvidha by Vijayadan Detha, it's about merchant's son, whose relationship with his young bride, Lachhi is thwarted by his work and a ghost who falls in love with her, resulting in the ghost soon impersonating the husband.

Director: Mani Kaul | Stars: Hardan, Manohar Lalas, Ravi Menon, Raisa Padamsee

Votes: 178

14. Ek Din Achanak (1989)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

6.9
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One day a retired professor (Dr. Sreeram Lagoo) decides to go out for unknown work but don't come back, even there is no clue left behind. Family members, relatives and friends try hard but unable to come up with any satisfactory result.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Shreeram Lagoo, Aparna Sen, Uttara Baokar

Votes: 151

15. Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.4
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After years of painstaking research at the cost of his domestic pleasure, Dr. Dipankar Roy discovers a vaccine for leprosy. The news is flashed over television and overnight, an ... See full summary »

Director: Tapan Sinha | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Pankaj Kapur, Irrfan Khan, Deepa Sahi

Votes: 861

16. Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986 TV Movie)

Drama

8.3
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One dissenting juror in a murder trial tries to influence the verdict with his personal prejudices and biases

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Deepak Kejriwal, Amitabh Srivastava, Pankaj Kapur, S.M. Zaheer

Votes: 1,138

17. Garm Hava (1974)

146 min | Drama

8.1
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In post-partition India, a Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights in a country which was once their own.

Director: M.S. Sathyu | Stars: Balraj Sahni, A.K. Hangal, Gita Siddharth, Jamal Hashmi

Votes: 487

18. Ijaazat (1987)

137 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.3
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Mahendra is in love with Maya and would like to marry her. But Maya is a woman of the 20th century, who does not believe in marriage, but would like to continue having a relationship. ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah, Anuradha Patel, Ram Mohan

Votes: 1,038

19. In Custody (1994)

PG | 126 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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An editor asks Deven, a teacher who loves Urdu poetry, to interview poet Nur Shahjehanabadi, an aging whale of a man. Deven goes to Bhopal from Mirpur to meet Nur, of whom he is in awe. He ... See full summary »

Director: Ismail Merchant | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Sushma Seth

Votes: 296 | Gross: $0.09M

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20. Kalyug (1981)

152 min | Drama

7.8
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This movie tells story of fierce and total competition of two related business families in the days of license raaj India.The overall plot is based on Mahabharat.This movie shows that how ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Raj Babbar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Votes: 406

21. Katha (1983)

141 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Rajaram P. Joshi (Naseeruddin Shah) is a middle-class Clerk living in a chawl in Bombay. He is secretly in love with his neighbor, Sandhya Karnik (Deepti Naval) but is unable to disclose ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Jalal Agha

Votes: 883

22. Kamla Ki Maut (1989)

95 min | Drama

7.5
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Sudhakar Patel meets with young Anju and both fall in love with each other. Hoping to get married soon, both get intimate, resulting in a pregnancy. Both do not have the means to look after... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Dimple Arora, Radha Asrani, Mrinal Deo, Harshada Desai

Votes: 99

23. Kissaa Kursee Kaa (1978)

142 min | Drama

7.7
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The story of an evil politician.

Director: Amrit Nahata | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Raj Babbar, Chaman Bagga, Raj Kiran

Votes: 83

24. Mandi (1983)

167 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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This classic film is based on a classic Urdu short story 'Aanandi' by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas. It deals with a brothel at the heart of a city, in an area that some politicians want ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri

Votes: 531

25. Masoom (1983)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, Family, Musical

8.5
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A happy family goes through turbulent times because of a big mistake by one of the family members.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Tanuja, Jugal Hansraj

Votes: 2,876

26. Mausam (1975)

156 min | Musical, Romance

8.1
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A medical student, Amarnath meets and falls in love with the daughter of a herbal medicine healer, Chanda while preparing for his exams in Darjeeling. He returns to Calcutta to sit his ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Om Shivpuri, Agha

Votes: 686

27. Mirch Masala (1987)

128 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confident woman whose ... See full summary »

Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Ram Gopal Bajaj, Benjamin Gilani, Mohan Gokhale, Nina Kulkarni

Votes: 873

28. Namkeen (1982)

112 min | Drama, Family

7.7
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Dhaniram brings a trucker named Gerulal to Jugni's house so that he can rent a room. Jugni lives in dilapidated house with three young daughters, all of whom are of marriage age. The eldest... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Vairale

Votes: 306

29. Naseem (1995)

89 min | Drama

7.6
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The delicate relationship between a 15-year-old girl and her grandfather is used to describe how the growing political tensions between Muslems and Hindus in 1992 led to the destruction of ... See full summary »

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Kaifi Azmi, Mayuri Kango, Seema Kelkar, Kay Kay Menon

Votes: 68

30. Nishant (1975)

140 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest brother of the powerful and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri). The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Girish Karnad, Shabana Azmi, Anant Nag, Amrish Puri

Votes: 369

31. Paar (1984)

141 min | Drama

7.3
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This is Goutam Ghose's speculative commentary on poverty and exploitation in rural Bihar, based on Bengali story Paathi.

Director: Goutam Ghose | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Utpal Dutt, Anil Chatterjee

Votes: 229

32. Rajnigandha (1974)

110 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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A Delhi-based woman in a steady relationship with her boyfriend is forced to come to terms with her true feelings when a job interview in Mumbai brings an old flame back in her life.

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Vidya Sinha, Amol Palekar, Dinesh Thakur, Ranjita Thakur

Votes: 399

33. Satah Se Uthata Aadmi (1980)

114 min

8.3
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Director: Mani Kaul | Stars: Gopi, Vibhuti Jha, Satyen Kumar, M.K. Raina

Votes: 35

34. Sparsh (1980)

145 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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Anirudh Parmar is blind, but he does not let this impairment bind him down. He runs a school for the blind as a Principal. He meets with social worker, Kavita. Kavita is attracted to him, ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Sudha Chopra, Mohan Gokhale

Votes: 480

35. Trikal (Past, Present, Future) (1985)

137 min | Drama

7.1
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Set in 1961 Goa, this is a story of a rich and influential Goan family and what happens to them over a period of time. The movie is narrated in past-tense by one of the friends of the ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Leela Naidu, Neena Gupta, Anita Kanwar, Soni Razdan

Votes: 143

36. Uski Roti (1970)

110 min | Drama

6.8
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A woman waits for her truck driver husband, everyday, with his daily bread. Her concern for their dying relationship and her sister grows fast as she starts to doubt his loyalty.

Director: Mani Kaul | Stars: Savita Bajaj, Garima, Lakhanpal, Gurdeep Singh

Votes: 136

37. Utsav (1984)

145 min | Drama, History

7.0
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Based on the circa 2nd century BCE to 2nd Century CE, Sanskrit play "Daridra-Charudatta" by the famous Indian playwright Bhasa, "Utsav" faithfully follows Bhasa's story-line. Vasantasena, a... See full summary »

Director: Girish Karnad | Stars: Rekha, Amjad Khan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Shankar Nag

Votes: 282

38. Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.8
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Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, had sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal

Votes: 2,452

39. The Seventh Horse of the Sun (1992)

130 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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A man shares some lazy memories about his friend, Manek Mulla, who had a knack for telling stories. On this particular afternoon, Manek narrates a 'unique' love affair with the help of ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Rajit Kapoor, Raghuvir Yadav, Siraj Ahmed, Rakesh Dhar

Votes: 560

40. Aavishkar (1974)

107 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.0
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Amar and Mansi are in love, and decide to get married. They do so, and still continue to be in love. They get to their first wedding anniversary, and decide to hire a taxi-cab for a day, ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Bhattacharya | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Dina Pathak, Dennis Clement

Votes: 138

41. Raincoat (2004)

Unrated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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All he wanted was to see her just once. Manu was from a village in the backwoods. Neeru was the girl next door, his lost love.

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Annu Kapoor, Mouli Ganguly

Votes: 3,174

42. Mithya (2008)

110 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

7.1
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A two-bit actor faces challenges after he is asked by Police to impersonate a look-alike gangster.

Director: Rajat Kapoor | Stars: Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Naseeruddin Shah, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 1,770

43. Dastak (1970)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Musical

7.4
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Tells the story of newly weds Hamid and Salma. They move into a rental flat next door to the local red light district. The flat had been the former home of a well known mujra and qawali ... See full summary »

Director: Rajinder Singh Bedi | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Rehana Sultan, Shakeela Bano Bhopali, Anwar Hussain

Votes: 95