My favourite Unconventional Bollywood movies

by rsthbu | created - 10 Nov 2012 | updated - 10 Nov 2012 | Public

Unconventional Bollywood movies you should not miss according to me.

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1. Pushpak (1987)

125 min | Comedy, Romance

8.7
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A silent movie about an unemployed young man.

Director: Sigitham Srinivasa Rao | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Amala Akkineni, Tinnu Anand, Narayana P.L.

Votes: 2,706

2. Dasvidaniya (2008)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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A man who loves to make "to-do lists" makes one last bucket list when he realizes he is about to die.

Director: Shashant Shah | Stars: Vinay Pathak, Sarita Joshi, Rajat Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 4,876

Before Dev D, it was Dasvidaniya. I found both the movie strikingly similar. But, for me, Dasvidaniya was far better than Dev D.

3. A Wednesday (2008)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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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.

Director: Neeraj Pandey | Stars: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill, Deepal Shaw

Votes: 57,015

4. 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

5. Mera Naam Joker (1970)

224 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Raju is a joker, a clown. It is what he is and what he always shall be. As his life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets, he must always make ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Manoj Kumar, Simi Garewal, Achala Sachdev, Rishi Kapoor

Votes: 3,911

6. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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78 Metascore

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 »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 7,233 | Gross: $2.08M

7. The Blue Umbrella (2005)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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Young Biniya lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in the mountainous and snowy region of Himachal Pradesh in India along with her widowed mom and wrestler brother. She entertains ... See full summary »

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Pankaj Kapur, Shreya Sharma, Deepak Dobriyal, Rahul Kumar

Votes: 1,458

8. Udaan (2010)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father.

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane | Stars: Rajat Barmecha, Sanjay Gandhi, Ronit Roy, Manjot Singh

Votes: 35,928 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Peepli (Live) (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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69 Metascore

An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media.

Directors: Anusha Rizvi, Mahmood Farooqui | Stars: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuvir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffar

Votes: 9,986 | Gross: $0.75M

10. Antardwand (2008)

114 min | Drama

7.3
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A young man is kidnapped by a local strongman with the intention of forcing him to marry his daughter to secure a family alliance.

Director: Sushil Rajpal | Stars: Raj Singh Chaudhary, Swati Sen, Akhilendra Mishra, Vinay Pathak

Votes: 372

11. Rui Ka Bojh (1997)

117 min | Drama

7.3
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Kishan Shah is a self-respecting, wise old man who has divided his property amongst his family and now lives with his youngest son, Ram Sharan. However he is not able to get along with him and his family for too long.

Director: Subhash Agrawal | Stars: Pankaj Kapur, Reema Lagoo, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 131

12. 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

13. Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984)

130 min | Drama

7.2
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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 »

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Bhisham Sahni, Dina Pathak, Mohan Gokhale, Deepti Naval

Votes: 110

14. Rudaali (1993)

128 min | Drama

7.2
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In a small village in Rajasthan, India, a woman named Shanichari was born - so named, as shortly after her birth her father died; & her mother, Peewli, ran away with a rich lover, the owner... See full summary »

Director: Kalpana Lajmi | Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 386

15. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)

120 min | Drama

8.0
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50 Metascore

During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhisham Sahni, Surekha Sikri

Votes: 4,296

16. 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: 862

17. Dharm (2007)

105 min | Drama, History

7.9
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The movie is about a Hindu priest Pandit Chaturvedi (Pankaj Kapur) who is one of the most highly respected priests in the entire city of Varanasi. A man who lives for his religion, soaked ... See full summary »

Director: Bhavna Talwar | Stars: Pankaj Kapur, Supriya Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi, Daya Shankar Pandey

Votes: 823

18. Lamhe (1991)

Not Rated | 187 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.5
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A young nobleman sacrifices his love but 20 years later, finds himself developing romantic feelings for his now dead ex-love's daughter.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Anupam Kher, Waheeda Rehman

Votes: 2,104

19. Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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A school-teacher, who forces children to share their food with him, forbids one from entering the school until he brings his own Tiffin/Lunch-box.

Director: Amole Gupte | Stars: Partho A. Gupte, Numaan Sheikh, Abhishek Reddy, Sai Shara Shetty

Votes: 4,663

20. Jagte Raho (1956)

153 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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In hopes of improving his lifestyle, a poor peasant re-locates to Bombay virtually penniless. It is late at night and he is thirsty, and he is unable to find water anywhere. A singing drunk... See full summary »

Directors: Amit Mitra, Sombhu Mitra | Stars: Pradeep Kumar, Sumitra Devi, Smriti Biswas, Pahadi Sanyal

Votes: 716

21. Road to Ladakh (2003)

50 min | Drama

6.3
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Road To Ladakh is a suspenseful tale of falling in love with the wrong kind of mysterious stranger near the borders of India and Pakistan. A road-movie that drew the talents of a ... See full summary »

Director: Ashvin Kumar | Stars: Deepak, Rimpoche Dorje, Thuptan Gelek, Pankaj Gupta

Votes: 133

22. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Biography, Crime

8.3
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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.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Ravi Bhushan Bhartiya, Hemendra Dandotiya, Mahie Gill

Votes: 26,653 | Gross: $0.04M

23. Aamir (2008)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A doctor of Indian origin returning to Mumbai from London is forced to participate in a terrorist plot.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta | Stars: Rajeev Khandelwal, Aishwarya, Vasan Bala, Chinkal

Votes: 8,624

24. Straight (II) (2009)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

5.9
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After being rejected by women, a restaurant-owner attempts to deal with homosexuality.

Director: Parvati Balagopalan | Stars: Vinay Pathak, Gul Panag, Anuj Chaudhary, Sid Makkar

Votes: 334

25. The Bypass (2003)

17 min | Short, Crime

7.6
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A bypass somewhere in Rajasthan, two violent muggers and a corrupt police officer but it seems there is something more to the story.

Director: Amit Kumar | Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sundar Dan Detha, Irrfan Khan, Manorama Goswami

Votes: 729

26. 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

27. Godhuli (1977)

Drama

8.0
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Set in an underdeveloped village in the vast rural hinterland, the story opens with Public Works Department workers taking measurements for construction of a road that is to pass through ... See full summary »

Directors: B.V. Karanth, Girish Karnad | Stars: Sita Kadlekop, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Lakshmi Krishnamurthy, Paula Lindsay

Votes: 22

28. 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

29. Hyderabad Blues (1998)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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The protagonist of Hyderabad Blues is Varun, played by the director, Nagesh Kukunoor. The movie revolves around his visit home after 12 years in the USA and his resulting culture shock.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Nagesh Kukunoor, Rajshri Nair, Vikram Inamdar, Elahe Hiptoola

Votes: 839

30. Road, Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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A young man's journey across the mythic Indian landscape becomes a life changing odyssey.

Director: Dev Benegal | Stars: Abhay Deol, Satish Kaushik, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Mohammed Faizal

Votes: 1,541

31. Mixed Doubles (2006)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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To spice up his life, a husband asks his wife to swap him for another male, while he swaps her for the other male's wife.

Director: Rajat Kapoor | Stars: Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Koel Purie, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 578

32. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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67 Metascore

A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan

Votes: 152,442 | Gross: $11.90M

33. Amu (2005)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

7.4
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54 Metascore

Amu is the story of an Indian American woman who returns to India. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju learns that a horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins.

Director: Shonali Bose | Stars: Konkona Sen Sharma, Yashpal Sharma, Brinda Karat, Ankur Khanna

Votes: 723 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Kahaani (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.2
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A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him.

Director: Sujoy Ghosh | Stars: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee

Votes: 46,568 | Gross: $1.04M

35. That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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A British woman faces challenges while attempting to locate her father in India.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Prashant Prakash, Naseeruddin Shah, Gulshan Devaiah

Votes: 2,890

36. Fire (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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64 Metascore

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 »

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani, Ramanjeet Kaur

Votes: 5,110 | Gross: $0.40M

37. English, August (1994)

118 min | Drama, Comedy

7.1
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Agasyta, an urban bengali who seamlessly shuttles between Ella Fitzgerald and Rabindra Sangeet, joins the Indian administration service and gets posted in the lap of India's hinterland - a ... See full synopsis »

Director: Dev Benegal | Stars: Tanvi Azmi, Rahul Bose, Shivaji Satam, Veerendra Saxena

Votes: 124

38. Dev.D (2009)

144 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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After breaking up with his childhood sweetheart, a young man finds solace in drugs. Meanwhile, a teenage girl is caught in the world of prostitution. Will they be destroyed, or will they find redemption?

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Kalki Koechlin, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 23,779 | Gross: $0.01M

39. Page 3 (2005)

139 min | Drama

7.4
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A look at Mumbai's socialite party circle world through the eyes of a Page 3 journalist.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Konkona Sen Sharma, Atul Kulkarni, Sandhya Mridul, Tara Sharma

Votes: 5,762

40. Zakhm (1998)

125 min | Drama

8.0
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Amidst religious riots, a son deals with his mother's life-threatening injuries, and her last request.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Kunal Khemu

Votes: 2,369