The Alternate/ parallel Cinema

Some of the most acclaimed Alternate indian cinema movies. Most of the people dont even know about most of these movies. I was lucky enough to see all of these in the list and added only those.
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1.
Bandit Queen (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994... (119 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
“ Winner of 2 filmfare awards and 1 national award. ” - SammyManiac
 
2.
Sardari Begum (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Police are called to investigate the death of a woman during a riot. The woman was killed by a stone thrown by an agitated person...
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
3.
Dhobi Ghat (mumbai diaries) (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The lives of four people intersect in Mumbai: a washer-man who wants to become an actor, a banker-turned-photographer, a painter looking for inspiration, and a newly-married immigrant who journals her experiences on home video. (100 mins.)
Director: Kiran Rao
 
4.
Silent Waters (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
1979. A village in Pakistan. A widow sees her 17 years old son being attracted to Islamist militants. It brings her past back... (99 mins.)
Director: Sabiha Sumar
“ It is actually a pakistani movie...but deserves to be mentioned here in my opinion.Winner of 7 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
5.
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out. (120 mins.)
Director: Aparna Sen
“ Winner of 5 international and 2 national awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
6.
Peepli (Live) (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media. (95 mins.)
“ Won 1 international award. ” - SammyManiac
 
7.
Road, Movie (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young man's journey across the mythic Indian landscape becomes a life changing odyssey. (95 mins.)
Director: Dev Benegal
 
8.
Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Rajasthan-based Satyaveer Singh Randhawa works as a Junior Engineer with Lahkot Municipality's Public... (137 mins.)
Director: Navdeep Singh
 
9.
Firaaq (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Chronicles the devastating impact on vulnerable Muslims in Gujarat after riots. (101 mins.)
Director: Nandita Das
“ winner of 5 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
10.
A Wednesday (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday. (104 mins.)
Director: Neeraj Pandey
“ One of the most spectacular movies of this decade. ” - SammyManiac
 
11.
Bombay (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where the have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart. (141 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ won 6 filmfare awards and 1 national award. ” - SammyManiac
 
12.
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return... (113 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
“ Nominated for OSCARSand BAFTA.Won at Cannes festival and 8 international awards. Also won 2 national awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
13.
Dor (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two woman --different backgrounds, miles apart, and strangers to each other-- are linked by tragedy. Their new-found friendship is tested as one holds the fate of the other's husband in her hands. (147 mins.)
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
 
14.
Gulaal (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college. (140 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
15.
Bawandar (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Shoba T. Mathur works for the Central Government in India and her job is to create awareness against... (125 mins.)
Director: Jagmohan
“ Winner of 3 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
16.
The Namesake (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways. (122 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
“ Won 2 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
17.
15 Park Avenue (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An exploration of the impact of schizophrenia on a young woman and her family in today's Calcutta. The... (116 mins.)
Director: Aparna Sen
 
18.
Fire (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side... (108 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
“ Winner of 7 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
19.
Earth (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence. (110 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
“ Won 1 filmfare award. ” - SammyManiac
 
20.
Water (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. (117 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
“ Nominated for OSCAR. Won 13 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
21.
Shor in the City (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Various residents and career-criminals face challenges in crime-laden Mumbai. (112 mins.)
 
22.
Udaan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father. (134 mins.)
“ Winner of 7 filmfare awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
23.
Aashayein (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man meets with assorted characters in a nursing home after being diagnosed with cancer. (120 mins.)
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
 
24.
Meridian Lines (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A poor road worker sets off a chain of events that bring karmic balance to seven very troubled strangers...
Director: Venod Mitra
 
25.
Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement. (135 mins.)
 
26.
Thanks Maa (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A homeless petty thief attempts to find the biological mother of an abandoned baby. (120 mins.)
Director: Irfan Kamal
 
27.
Kagaar: Life on the Edge (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Naive, simple-minded, and illiterate Bhaskar Sarnaik (Amitabh Dayal) comes to Bombay from his far-off village...
Director: N. Chandra
 
28.
Godmother (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When an imminent drought threatens to ruin their crop, Rambhi and her husband Veeru move from their village to the city... (150 mins.)
Director: Vinay Shukla
“ Winner of 5 national awards and 1 filmfare award. ” - SammyManiac
 
29.
Maya (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
MAYA is a coming of age story set against an 'imaginary and unrealistic' brutal practice of ritual rape which never seemed to happen in any part of India. (105 mins.)
Director: Digvijay Singh
“ Winner of 2 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
30.
Mithya (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A two-bit actor faces challenges after he is asked by Police to impersonate a look-alike gangster. (110 mins.)
Director: Rajat Kapoor
 
31.
Hari-Bhari (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ghazala (Shabana Azmi) has been married to Munirmiya (Srivallabh Vyas) for several years, and has given birth to a daughter... (134 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
32.
Dubai Return (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Ten years ago, small time crook Aftab Angrez made a hit-man's dream debut in the Mumbai underworld with a shocking...
 
33.
Patang (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the old city of Ahmedabad, amid India's largest kite festival, a family duels, spins and soars like the countless kites in the skies above. (93 mins.)
 
34.
Mannat (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After the Indian Government ordered troops into the Soni Darbar in Amritsar, angering Sikhs worldwide... (165 mins.)
 
35.
Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Five people whose lives are affected by the 2006 Mumbai train bombings. (134 mins.)
Director: Nishikant Kamat
“ Won 3 filmfare awards and 2 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
36.
Kabuliwala (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Rahmat a middle-aged fruit seller from Afghanistan, comes to Calcutta to hawk his merchandise and befriends a small Bengali girl called Mini. (116 mins.)
Director: Tapan Sinha
“ Winner of 1 international award. ” - SammyManiac
 
37.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The film, which is about the last five years of the Indian leader Subhas Chandra Bose's life, also includes his life's story in flashback sequences. However, it does not cover the controversy surrounding Bose's death. (208 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
“ Won 1 national award. ” - SammyManiac
 
38.
Raincoat (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (117 mins.)
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
“ Won zee-cinema award. ” - SammyManiac
 
39.
Choker Bali: A Passion Play (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The book, Binodini, is the story of a young woman, who is left to her own devices when her sickly husband dies soon after they are married... (167 mins.)
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
“ Nominated for 2 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
40.
Aparajito (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ Nominated for Bafta awards. Won 11 international awards. Included in the TIMES magazine's All-time 100 greatest movies list. ” - SammyManiac
 
41.
Pather Panchali (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. (125 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ Nominated for BAFTA awards. Won 7 international awards and 2 national awards. Included in TIMES magazine's All-time 100 greatest movies list. ” - SammyManiac
 
42.
Nayak: The Hero (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences. (120 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ Won 3 international awards and 1 national award. ” - SammyManiac
 
43.
The Chess Players (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Wazed Ali Shah is the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country... (129 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ 3 filmfare awards winner. ” - SammyManiac
 
44.
Teen Kanya (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Based on popular Indian stories of great writer Rabindra Nath Tagore, these short films reveal definitive moments in the lives of three young girls. (173 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
45.
Black Friday (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Black Friday is a film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen. (143 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
46.
Dil Se.. (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary (163 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ Winner of 6 filmfare awards and 1 international award. ” - SammyManiac
 
47.
Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the hope of earning enough money to pay off his debts and save his land, a poor farmer becomes a rickshaw puller in the Calcutta and faces many difficulties. (131 mins.)
Director: Bimal Roy
“ Winner at CANNES film festival. Also won 2 filmfare awards and 1 national award. ” - SammyManiac
 
48.
Three Walls (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a documentary movie-maker who films the reformation story of three hardened criminals within the prison walls - and in the process, finds redemption in her own life. (115 mins.)
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
“ Won filmfare award. ” - SammyManiac
 
49.
Ardh Satya (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality. (130 mins.)
Director: Govind Nihalani
“ Winner of 5 filmfare award and 1 national award. ” - SammyManiac
 
50.
Morning Raga (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Morning Raga is about the meeting of worlds. It is a story that brings the modern and traditional together... (110 mins.)
Director: Mahesh Dattani
“ Won 1 international award. ” - SammyManiac
 
51.
Patang (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Patang (English: The Kite) is a 1993 Indian Hindi drama film directed by Goutam Ghose, starring Shabana Azmi... (100 mins.)
Director: Goutam Ghose
 
52.
Ramchand Pakistani (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A 7 year old Pakistani boy and his father belonging to the untouchable Hindu caste accidentally cross the border and spend years in an Indian jail while the mother on the other side doesn't know what has happened to them. (103 mins.)
Director: Mehreen Jabbar
“ A pakistani movie and a winner of 5 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
53.
Provoked: A True Story (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
It's the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who leaves India to marry a London-based guy, only to be badly abused. She ends up in prison for murdering her abusive husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Jag Mundhra
 
54.
Pitaah (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A small town in rural India gets to witness a confrontation between two fathers - one a rich, powerful... (126 mins.)
 
55.
Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata, and only child, a son, Brati, live a middle-class existence in Calcutta... (186 mins.)
Director: Govind Nihalani
 
56.
Rockford (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The movie chronicles the arrival of a (Hindu) student to a strict all-boys Christian boarding school in India and his assimilation into the school... (102 mins.)
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
 
57.
Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, her family eventually agrees to take her to Sri Lanka, where they are abducted by the terrorist group known as the Tamil Tigers. (123 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ Winner of 6 national awards and 2 filmfare awards. Also won 3 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
58.
I Am (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Four traumatic and life-changing stories in various parts of modern secular India. (95 mins.)
Director: Onir
 
59.
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India. (114 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
“ Nominated for BAFTA and GOLDEN GLOBES. Won % international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
60.
The Coffin Maker (????)
Based in a small village in Goa, "The Coffin Maker" is about Anton Gomes who comes from a family of... (123 mins.)
Director: Veena Bakshi
 
61.
Amal (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Autorickshaw driver Amal is content with the small, but vital, role he serves - driving customers around New Delhi as quickly and safely as possible... (101 mins.)
Director: Richie Mehta
“ Winner of 3 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
62.
Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An old couple, Mohan Joshi (Bhisham Sahni) and his wife (Dina Pathak), sues their landlord (Amjad Khan)... (130 mins.)
 
63.
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man from Mumbai (then Bombay) is angry about various issues in different circumstances. (110 mins.)
“ Won 1 filmfare award. ” - SammyManiac
 
64.
Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Salim has been born lame, and lives with his mom, dad, and a sister who is old enough to be married... (111 mins.)
“ Won 1 national award. ” - SammyManiac
 
65.
“ Winner of 1 filmfare award. ” - SammyManiac
 
66.
The Morning Breeze (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The delicate relationship between a 15-year-old girl and her grandfather is used to describe how the... (89 mins.)
 
67.
Encounter: The Killing (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Inspector Sam Bharucha (Naseeruddin Shah) is an honest and diligent Police Inspector. He frequently comes across youth gangs...
Director: Ajay Phansekar
 
68.
People of Allah (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two impoverished youth take to crime, are held in a juvenile home, and become gangsters after being discharged. (123 mins.)
Director: Faruk Kabir
 
69.
Mandi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This classic film is based on a classic Urdu short story 'Aanandi' by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas... (167 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
“ One of the best masterpieces of the Great Shayam Benegal. ” - SammyManiac
 
70.
Saaransh (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An old couple lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues. (137 mins.)
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
“ Won 3 filmfare awards and 1 international award. ” - SammyManiac
 
71.
36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After the marriage of her niece, Rosemary, Anglo-Indian school-teacher Violet Stoneham lives a lonely... (122 mins.)
Director: Aparna Sen
“ Won 3 national awards . Nominated for bAFTA award. Also won 2 international awards. ” - SammyManiac
 
72.
Roja (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Roja lives in a Tamil village, and her sister is about to marry a man from the city, who decides to marry Roja instead and gets a job assignment in Kashmir, where some militants decide to kidnap them. (137 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam