My favourite Unconventional Bollywood movies

Unconventional Bollywood movies you should not miss according to me.
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1.
The Love Chariot (1987)
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A silent movie about an unemployed young man. (125 mins.)
 
2.
Dasvidaniya (2008)
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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. (113 mins.)
Director: Shashant Shah
“ Before Dev D, it was Dasvidaniya. I found both the movie strikingly similar. But, for me, Dasvidaniya was far better than Dev D. ” - rsthbu
 
3.
A Wednesday (2008)
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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. (104 mins.)
Director: Neeraj Pandey
 
4.
The Chess Players (1977)
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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
 
5.
Mera Naam Joker (1970)
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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... (224 mins.)
Director: Raj Kapoor
 
6.
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
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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
 
7.
The Blue Umbrella (2005)
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Young Biniya lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in the mountainous and snowy region of Himachal... (90 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
 
8.
Udaan (2010)
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Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father. (134 mins.)
 
9.
Peepli (Live) (2010)
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An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media. (95 mins.)
 
10.
Antardwand (2008)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: Sushil Rajpal
 
11.
Rui Ka Bojh (1997)
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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. (117 mins.)
Director: Subhash Agrawal
 
12.
Katha (1983)
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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... (141 mins.)
Director: Sai Paranjape
 
13.
Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984)
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An old couple, Mohan Joshi (Bhisham Sahni) and his wife (Dina Pathak), sues their landlord (Amjad Khan)... (130 mins.)
 
14.
Rudaali (1993)
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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... (128 mins.)
Director: Kalpana Lajmi
 
15.
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)
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During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out. (120 mins.)
Director: Aparna Sen
 
16.
Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990)
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After years of painstaking research at the cost of his domestic pleasure, Dr. Dipankar Roy discovers a vaccine for leprosy... (122 mins.)
Director: Tapan Sinha
 
17.
Religion (2007)
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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... (105 mins.)
Director: Bhavna Talwar
 
18.
Lamhe (1991)
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Viren, on a visit to India, falls in love with Pallavi, who happens to be older than he is. Her age doesn't bother him but as Dai Maa points out... (187 mins.)
Director: Yash Chopra
 
19.
Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Amole Gupte
 
20.
Jagte Raho (1956)
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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... (153 mins.)
 
21.
Road to Ladakh (2003)
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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... (50 mins.)
Director: Ashvin Kumar
 
22.
Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
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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. (135 mins.)
 
23.
Aamir (2008)
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A doctor of Indian origin returning to Mumbai from London is forced to participate in a terrorist plot. (99 mins.)
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
 
24.
Straight (2009)
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After being rejected by women, a restaurant-owner attempts to deal with homosexuality. (110 mins.)
 
25.
The Bypass (2003 Short Film)
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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. (17 mins.)
Director: Amit Kumar
 
26.
Mirch Masala (1987)
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In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes... (128 mins.)
Director: Ketan Mehta
 
27.
Godhuli (1977)
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28.
Bhumika (1977)
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Coming from a poor and destitute family, Urvashi is encouraged by her mother, Shanta (Sualbha Deshpande)... (142 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
29.
Hyderabad Blues (1998)
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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. (85 mins.)
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
 
30.
Road, Movie (2009)
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A young man's journey across the mythic Indian landscape becomes a life changing odyssey. (95 mins.)
Director: Dev Benegal
 
31.
Mixed Doubles (2006)
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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
 
32.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
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A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
33.
Amu (2005)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: Shonali Bose
 
34.
Kahaani (2012)
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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 her husband. (122 mins.)
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
 
35.
That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010)
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A British woman faces challenges while attempting to locate her father in India. (103 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
36.
Fire (1996)
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Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side... (108 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
37.
English, August (1994)
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(118 mins.)
Director: Dev Benegal
 
38.
Dev D (2009)
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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? (144 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
39.
Page 3 (2005)
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'Page 3' takes a behind-the-scenes look at A-list celebrity lifestyles through the eyes of a female entertainment journalist... (139 mins.)
 
40.
Zakhm (1998)
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Amidst religious riots, a son deals with his mother's life-threatening injuries, and her last request. (125 mins.)
Director: Mahesh Bhatt