The Alternate/ parallel Cinemaby SammyManiac | created - 19 Jun 2012 | updated - 02 May 2013 | Public
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)
119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. During five years she was prosecuted by the Indian police and turned into a ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,701 | Gross: $0.40M
Winner of 2 filmfare awards and 1 national award.
2. Sardari Begum (1996)
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. The woman killed is known in the community as "Sardari... See full summary »
3. Dhobi Ghat (2010)
TV-14 | 100 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 10,778 | Gross: $0.58M
4. Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters (2003)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama
1979. A village in Pakistan. A widow sees her 17 years old son being attracted to Islamist militants. It brings her past back...
Votes: 970 | Gross: $0.01M
It is actually a pakistani movie...but deserves to be mentioned here in my opinion.Winner of 7 international awards.
5. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)
120 min | Drama
During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.
Winner of 5 international and 2 national awards.
6. Peepli (Live) (2010)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media.
Votes: 10,057 | Gross: $0.75M
Won 1 international award.
8. Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)
Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Rajasthan-based Satyaveer Singh Randhawa works as a Junior Engineer with Lahkot Municipality's Public Works Department and lives a middle-class lifestyle with his wife, Nimmi, and son, Raju... See full summary »
9. Firaaq (2008)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, History
Chronicles the devastating impact on vulnerable Muslims in Gujarat after riots.
winner of 5 international awards.
10. A Wednesday (2008)
Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
One of the most spectacular movies of this decade.
11. Bombay (1995)
130 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.
won 6 filmfare awards and 1 national award.
12. Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama
The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,271 | Gross: $2.08M
Nominated for OSCARSand BAFTA.Won at Cannes festival and 8 international awards. Also won 2 national awards.
13. Dor (2006)
147 min | Drama
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.
15. Bawandar (2000)
125 min | Drama
Shoba T. Mathur works for the Central Government in India and her job is to create awareness against child-marriage and other social evils that prevail due to general misinterpretation of ... See full summary »
Winner of 3 international awards.
16. The Namesake (2006)
PG-13 | 122 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 17,523 | Gross: $8.66M
Won 2 international awards.
17. 15 Park Avenue (2005)
116 min | Drama
An exploration of the impact of schizophrenia on a young woman and her family in today's Calcutta. The narrative pivots around the relationship of two sisters, older sister Anjali is a ... See full summary »
18. Fire (1996)
Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance
Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side. Ashok's extended family includes his wife Radha, his brother Jatin, their ailing mother ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,122 | Gross: $0.40M
Winner of 7 international awards.
19. Earth (1998)
Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War
It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.
Votes: 6,456 | Gross: $0.53M
Won 1 filmfare award.
20. Water (I) (2005)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance
A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is ... See full summary »
Votes: 13,234 | Gross: $3.22M
Nominated for OSCAR. Won 13 international awards.
22. Udaan (2010)
Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama
Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father.
Votes: 36,145 | Gross: $0.01M
Winner of 7 filmfare awards.
24. Meridian Lines (2013)
A poor road worker sets off a chain of events that bring karmic balance to seven very troubled strangers. KARMAYA simplifies the complexities of the karmic mechanisms that bind present ... See full summary »
25. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Biography, Crime
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.
Votes: 26,854 | Gross: $0.04M
27. Kagaar: Life on the Edge (2003)
Naive, simple-minded, and illiterate Bhaskar Sarnaik (Amitabh Dayal) comes to Bombay from his far-off village, to look for his missing brother, Raghuvir. He comes in contact with ... See full summary »
28. Godmother (1999)
150 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When an imminent drought threatens to ruin their crop, Rambhi and her husband Veeru move from their village to the city. Through threat, violence and blackmail, Veeru makes a career as a ... See full summary »
Winner of 5 national awards and 1 filmfare award.
29. Maya (I) (2001)
105 min | Drama
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.
Winner of 2 international awards.
31. Hari-Bhari (2000)
134 min | Drama, Family
Ghazala (Shabana Azmi) has been married to Munirmiya (Srivallabh Vyas) for several years, and has given birth to a daughter, Salma (Rajeshwari Sachdev) Munir is unhappy that Ghazala has ... See full summary »
32. Dubai Return (2005)
Ten years ago, small time crook Aftab Angrez made a hit-man's dream debut in the Mumbai underworld with a shocking, high-profile killing. Much to his bad luck, the credit was attributed to ... See full summary »
33. Patang (2011)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
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.
34. Mannat (2006)
165 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After the Indian Government ordered troops into the Soni Darbar in Amritsar, angering Sikhs worldwide, leading to the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during 1984, followed by ... See full summary »
35. Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)
134 min | Drama
Five people whose lives are affected by the 2006 Mumbai train bombings.
Votes: 4,798 | Gross: $0.01M
Won 3 filmfare awards and 2 international awards.
36. Kabuliwala (1957)
116 min | Drama
Rahmat a middle-aged fruit seller from Afghanistan, comes to Calcutta to hawk his merchandise and befriends a small Bengali girl called Mini.
Winner of 1 international award.
208 min | Biography, Drama, History
The film, which is about the last five years of the Indian leader Subhas Chandra's life, also includes his life's story in flashback sequences. However, it does not cover the controversy surrounding Bose's death.
Won 1 national award.
38. Raincoat (2004)
Unrated | 117 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Won zee-cinema award.
39. Chokher Bali (2003)
167 min | Drama
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. She returns to her village and lives there for a ... See full summary »
Nominated for 2 international awards.
40. Aparajito (1956)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.
Votes: 8,414 | Gross: $0.17M
Nominated for Bafta awards. Won 11 international awards. Included in the TIMES magazine's All-time 100 greatest movies list.
41. Pather Panchali (1955)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama
Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.
Votes: 16,804 | Gross: $0.54M
Nominated for BAFTA awards. Won 7 international awards and 2 national awards. Included in TIMES magazine's All-time 100 greatest movies list.
42. Nayak (1966)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama
En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences.
Won 3 international awards and 1 national award.
43. Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)
Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History
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 »
3 filmfare awards winner.
44. Teen Kanya (1961)
Passed | 114 min | Comedy, Drama
Based on popular Indian stories of great writer Rabindra Nath Tagore, these short films reveal definitive moments in the lives of three young girls.
Votes: 1,041 | Gross: $0.08M
45. Black Friday (2004)
Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 13,876 | Gross: $0.03M
46. Dil Se.. (1998)
Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance
The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary
Winner of 6 filmfare awards and 1 international award.
47. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
131 min | Drama
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.
Winner at CANNES film festival. Also won 2 filmfare awards and 1 national award.
48. 3 Deewarein (2003)
Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Won filmfare award.
49. Ardh Satya (1983)
130 min | Crime, Drama
A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality.
Winner of 5 filmfare award and 1 national award.
50. Morning Raga (2004)
110 min | Drama
Morning Raga is about the meeting of worlds. It is a story that brings the modern and traditional together, unites the past with present, Carnatic music with Western music, as never before ... See full summary »
Won 1 international award.
51. Patang (1993)
100 min | Drama
Patang (English: The Kite) is a 1993 Indian Hindi drama film directed by Goutam Ghose, starring Shabana Azmi, Shafiq Syed, Om Puri and Robi Ghosh. The film is set in small railway station ... See full summary »
52. Ramchand Pakistani (2008)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama
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.
A pakistani movie and a winner of 5 international awards.
53. Provoked: A True Story (2006)
Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
54. Pitaah (2002)
126 min | Action, Drama
Thakur Avadh Narayan Singh rules Shekhapur village.Due to his fear villagers don't dare to go against him for his wrong doings.His son Bhola and Bacchu are also to follow his part who spend... See full summary »
55. Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998)
186 min | Drama
Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata, and only child, a son, Brati, live a middle-class existence in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, circa early 1970s. Sujata is a quiet, ... See full summary »
56. Rockford (1999)
102 min | Family, Comedy
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. The change is quite dramatic to the ... See full summary »
57. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, War
A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.
Winner of 6 national awards and 2 filmfare awards. Also won 3 international awards.
59. Monsoon Wedding (2001)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 21,178 | Gross: $13.88M
Nominated for BAFTA and GOLDEN GLOBES. Won % international awards.
60. The Coffin Maker (II) (2013)
123 min | Drama
Based in a small village in Goa, "The Coffin Maker" is about Anton Gomes who comes from a family of accomplished carpenters and takes up coffin making when difficult circumstances render ... See full summary »
61. Amal (2007)
101 min | Drama
When Amal impresses an eccentric millionaire with his humility and humanity, he unknowingly becomes the old man's beneficiary.
Winner of 3 international awards.
62. Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984)
130 min | Drama
An old couple, Mohan Joshi (Bhisham Sahni) and his wife (Dina Pathak), sues their landlord (Amjad Khan) for not maintaining their 'collapsing' apartment building. For this, they hire two ... See full summary »
63. Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai (1980)
110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A man from Mumbai (then Bombay) is angry about various issues in different circumstances.
Won 1 filmfare award.
64. Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)
111 min | Crime, Drama
A tapori's dream to become a bigshot, but after the reality-check; dose of education opened his eyes and he begins to question his own existence.
Won 1 national award.
65. Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama
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.
Winner of 1 filmfare award.
66. Naseem (1995)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama
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 »
67. Encounter: The Killing (2002)
Inspector Sam Bharucha (Naseeruddin Shah) is an honest and diligent Police Inspector. He frequently comes across youth gangs, calling themselves "bhai". He also has marital problems with ... See full summary »
69. Mandi (1983)
167 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
One of the best masterpieces of the Great Shayam Benegal.
70. Saaransh (1984)
Not Rated | 137 min | Drama
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.
Won 3 filmfare awards and 1 international award.
71. 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)
122 min | Drama, Romance
After the marriage of her niece, Rosemary, Anglo-Indian school-teacher Violet Stoneham lives a lonely life in her single room flat located at 36 Chowringhee Lane in Calcutta, with only a ... See full summary »
Won 3 national awards . Nominated for bAFTA award. Also won 2 international awards.
72. Roja (1992)
137 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy - until he gets kidnapped by militants.