Offbeat Bollywood movies with a difference

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1. No Smoking (2007)

128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.2
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A surreal story about a man, his addiction of smoking, and a mysterious and powerful organisation, which claims to cure such addictions, though through very unusual ways.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Paresh Rawal, Ranvir Shorey

Votes: 4,753

2. 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: 56,148

3. 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: 8,551

4. 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: 46,125 | Gross: $1.04M

5. 3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13 | 170 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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67 Metascore

Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 256,397 | Gross: $6.53M

6. Taare Zameen Par (2007)

PG | 165 min | Drama, Family

8.5
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte | Stars: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tanay Chheda, Sachet Engineer

Votes: 113,169 | Gross: $1.20M

7. Bubble Gum (II) (2011)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

7.3
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A teenager faces interfering parents, a sibling, and a rival for the girl he loves.

Director: Sanjivan Lal | Stars: Apoorva Arora, Apporva Arora, Tanvi Azmi, Delzad Hiwale

Votes: 404

8. Shor in the City (2010)

112 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Various residents and career-criminals face challenges in crime-laden Mumbai.

Directors: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru | Stars: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Tusshar Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi, Preeti Desai

Votes: 2,991

9. Khosla Ka Ghosla! (2006)

Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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A Delhi based retired middle class man tries half-heartedly to get his land back from a swindling property dealer with the help of his sons and their friends.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Parvin Dabas, Tara Sharma

Votes: 16,826 | Gross: $0.03M

10. Do Dooni Chaar (2010)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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A middle class family in India tries to buy a new car.

Director: Habib Faisal | Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Aditi Vasudev, Archit Krishna

Votes: 4,065

11. Dor (2006)

147 min | Drama

8.0
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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.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Ayesha Takia, Shreyas Talpade, Gul Panag, Girish Karnad

Votes: 4,781

12. Udaan (2010)

Not Rated | 134 min | 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: 35,691 | Gross: $0.01M

13. 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: 4,853

14. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

155 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged.

Director: Zoya Akhtar | Stars: Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, Naseeruddin Shah, Farhan Akhtar

Votes: 51,340 | Gross: $3.08M

15. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

PG | 224 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical

8.2
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84 Metascore

The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Aamir Khan, Raghuvir Yadav, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley

Votes: 83,632 | Gross: $0.07M

16. 3 Deewarein (2003)

Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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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.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Juhi Chawla, Nagesh Kukunoor

Votes: 1,892

17. Gulaal (2009)

140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Jesse Randhawa, Deepak Dobriyal

Votes: 10,916

18. Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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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 »

Director: Navdeep Singh | Stars: Abhay Deol, Gul Panag, Raima Sen, Sarika

Votes: 4,808

19. 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

20. Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008)

125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A burglar reflects on his life and loves; while the media speculates how he managed to pull off so many heists.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra, Archana Puran Singh

Votes: 12,925 | Gross: $0.08M

21. Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007)

143 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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A comic thriller about two people who miss the last local train at 1:40 am and how missing of their train changes their course of life forever.

Director: Sanjay M. Khanduri | Stars: Abhay Deol, Neha Dhupia, Amit Mistry, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Votes: 3,856

22. Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007)

118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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Six newly-married, diverse, honeymooning couples face marital bliss and discord, finding out more about themselves, their significant others and life in this happy-go-lucky, quirky drama.

Director: Reema Kagti | Stars: Ranvir Shorey, Dia Mirza, Abhay Deol, Minissha Lamba

Votes: 1,878

23. Via Darjeeling (2008)

104 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.4
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A couple on their honeymoon is about to return to the city. On the last day, one of them disappears. The mystery returns to Calcutta one night...via Darjeeling. Faces are unmasked. New discoveries made.

Director: Arindam Nandy | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Sonali Kulkarni, Parvin Dabas, Vinay Pathak

Votes: 149

24. Shaurya: It Takes Courage to Make Right... Right (2008)

149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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A army lawyer goes out of his way to defend an army officer charged with the homicide of a decorated officer.

Director: Samar Khan | Stars: Rahul Bose, Javed Jaffrey, Minissha Lamba, Seema Biswas

Votes: 2,851

25. Chalo Dilli (2011)

155 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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Enroute to her destination via plane, a busy executive gets stranded with a middle-classed fast-talking male.

Director: Shashant Shah | Stars: Vinay Pathak, Lara Dutta, Yana Gupta, Akshay Kumar

Votes: 2,541

26. Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi? (2009)

Comedy, Drama

6.3
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Following a wild party, a married man meets with his friends in order to try and remember his indiscretions.

Director: Saurabh Shukla | Stars: Aamir Bashir, Anil Chaudhary, Makrand Deshpande, Neha Dhupia

Votes: 489

27. Oh, My God!! (2008)

Comedy, Drama

5.5
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An employee puts more time trying to get people to invest in a novel money-making scheme.

Director: Sourabh Shrivastava | Stars: Vinay Pathak, Saurabh Shukla, Divya Dutta, Harsh Chhaya

Votes: 250

28. Bheja Fry (2007)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Ranjit, who makes fun of idiots, gets completely annoyed when he invites a tax inspector and a singer to his house.

Director: Sagar Ballary | Stars: Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Sarika, Milind Soman

Votes: 8,955

29. Black Friday (2004)

Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 13,499 | Gross: $0.03M

30. Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003)

120 min | Drama

8.0
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Geeta Rao has two admirers - one is Siddharth Tyabji and the other is Vikram Malhotra circa 1969 West Bengal that is witnessing it's struggle against the ruling Congress party, joining ... See full summary »

Director: Sudhir Mishra | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Shiney Ahuja, Chitrangda Singh, Ram Kapoor

Votes: 4,132