non-cliched films from the motherland

by basedindian | created - 02 Aug 2013 | updated - 19 Aug 2015 | Public

Because, you know, there's more to Indian cinema than breaking out in song and dance every ten minutes.

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1. Theeviravaathi: The Terrorist (1998)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama

7.2
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68 Metascore

A young female terrorist goes on a suicide assassination mission, but her resolve to complete it is put to the test.

Director: Santosh Sivan | Stars: Ayesha Dharker, K. Krishna, Sonu Sisupal, Vishwas

Votes: 1,813 | Gross: $0.14M

2. 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

3. Maryan (2013)

150 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A contract worker in Sudan is abducted by mercenaries and his lover in India awaits his return.

Director: Ganapathy Bharat | Stars: Dhanush, Parvathy, Salim Kumar, Appukutty

Votes: 2,222

4. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, War

8.5
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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.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan, Nandita Das

Votes: 5,285

5. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.8
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71 Metascore

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.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

Votes: 6,428 | Gross: $0.53M

6. Water (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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77 Metascore

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 »

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Sarala Kariyawasam

Votes: 13,199 | Gross: $3.22M

7. 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

8. Midnight's Children (2012)

TV-14 | 146 min | Drama

6.2
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56 Metascore

A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Rajat Kapoor, Vansh Bhardwaj, Anupam Kher, Neha Mahajan

Votes: 2,506 | Gross: $0.14M

9. 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: 35,918 | Gross: $0.01M

10. My Brother... Nikhil (2005)

120 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.4
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Famous swimmer Nikhil Kapoor (Suri) deals with the repercussions of announcing the fact that he has HIV/AIDS.

Director: Onir | Stars: Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla, Purab Kohli, Victor Banerjee

Votes: 807

11. I Am (II) (2010)

95 min | Drama

7.0
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Four traumatic and life-changing stories in various parts of modern secular India.

Director: Onir | Stars: Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Radhika Apte, Nandita Das

Votes: 651

12. 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: 115,083 | Gross: $1.20M

13. Guzaarish (2010)

126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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A paralyzed Magician-turned-Radio Jockey files a Petition in Court seeking permission to end his life.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shernaz Patel, Aditya Roy Kapoor

Votes: 13,713 | Gross: $1.02M

14. Anbe Sivam (2003)

Not Rated | 160 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.9
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Two men, one young and arrogant, the other damaged - physically but not spiritually - by life, are thrown together by circumstances, and find that they are in some ways bound together by fate.

Director: Sundar C. | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Madhavan, Kiran Rathod, Nassar

Votes: 10,404

15. Unnaipol Oruvan (2009)

106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A common man tries to fight terrorism by making anonymous calls to cops. Will he succeed?

Director: Chakri Toleti | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal, Venkatesh Daggubati, Lakshmi

Votes: 4,130

16. Raam (2005)

154 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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The movie begins with Rama Krishna (Jeeva) being arrested by police on charges of murdering his mother Saratha (Saranya), a school teacher. The rest is a flashback. Rama Krishna is a ... See full summary »

Director: Ameer Sultan | Stars: Gajala, Jiiva, Saranya Ponvannan, Prathap Pothen

Votes: 864

17. Anjali (1990)

Not Rated | 150 min | Family, Drama

8.3
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Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she ... See full summary »

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Revathy, Raghuvaran, Prabhu, Saranya Ponvannan

Votes: 1,994

18. Kabul Express (2006)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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A thrilling story spanning 48 hours of five individuals linked by hate and fear but brought together by fate to finally recognize each other.

Director: Kabir Khan | Stars: John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Salman Shahid, Hanif Hum Ghum

Votes: 2,690 | Gross: $0.30M

19. No One Killed Jessica (2011)

136 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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A journalist, who is more of an activist teams up with the sister of a murdered model, as she gets interested in the case and wants to bring justice to her case.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta | Stars: Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan, Myra Karn, Neil Bhoopalam

Votes: 8,851 | Gross: $0.44M

20. Ayitha Ezhuthu (2004)

PG-13 | 160 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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Three men and their accidental meeting on Napier Bridge will change their lives forever.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Suriya, Madhavan, Siddharth, Meera Jasmine

Votes: 2,449

21. Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | 145 min | Crime, Drama

8.8
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A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Delhi Ganesh, Janagaraj

Votes: 10,645

22. Being Cyrus (2005)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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"Being Cyrus" is a dark, comedic venture by the debutante director Homi Adajania that spins around the Sethnas - a Parsi family.

Director: Homi Adajania | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Saif Ali Khan, Boman Irani

Votes: 2,334

23. 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: 46,555 | Gross: $1.04M

24. 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: 259,639 | Gross: $6.53M

25. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

321 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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89 Metascore

A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia

Votes: 57,629

26. Barfi! (2012)

Not Rated | 151 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.

Director: Anurag Basu | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D'Cruz, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 62,908 | Gross: $2.80M

27. English Vinglish (2012)

Not Rated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter every day because of her inability to speak and understand English.

Director: Gauri Shinde | Stars: Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou, Priya Anand

Votes: 26,731 | Gross: $1.67M

28. Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)

134 min | Drama

7.8
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Five people whose lives are affected by the 2006 Mumbai train bombings.

Director: Nishikant Kamat | Stars: Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Madhavan

Votes: 4,790 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Black (2005)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.2
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The cathartic tale of a young woman who can't see, hear or talk and the teacher who brings a ray of light into her dark world.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor

Votes: 28,361 | Gross: $0.73M

30. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

Not Rated | 186 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

8.3
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The truth behind the ascension of Milkha "The Flying Sikh" Singh who was scarred because of the India-Pakistan partition.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra, Art Malik

Votes: 48,971 | Gross: $1.63M

31. Vicky Donor (2012)

Not Rated | 126 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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A man is brought in by an infertility doctor to supply him with his sperm, where he becomes the biggest sperm donor for his clinic.

Director: Shoojit Sircar | Stars: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor, Dolly Ahluwalia

Votes: 31,697 | Gross: $0.17M

32. Swades (2004)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama

8.3
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A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal, Smit Sheth

Votes: 67,628 | Gross: $1.22M

33. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Not Rated | 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: 51,857 | Gross: $3.08M

34. 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: 56,984

35. 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: 84,303 | Gross: $0.07M

36. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Drama, History

8.3
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The story of six young Indians who assist an English Woman to film a documentary on the extremist freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long forgotten saga of freedom.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 86,837 | Gross: $2.20M

37. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)

Not Rated | 156 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.2
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A gangster sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Sunil Dutt, Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Gracy Singh

Votes: 57,127

38. 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: 26,649 | Gross: $0.04M

39. Rockstar (2011)

Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, Music, Musical

7.6
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Janardhan Jakhar chases his dreams of becoming a big Rock star, during which he falls in love with Heer.

Director: Imtiaz Ali | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, Shammi Kapoor, Kumud Mishra

Votes: 30,780 | Gross: $0.99M

40. Wake Up Sid (2009)

138 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A spoiled young adult living in Mumbai experiences a change in his lazy ways when he meets a woman at a party, who inspires him to "wake up".

Director: Ayan Mukherjee | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Supriya Pathak, Anupam Kher

Votes: 22,153 | Gross: $0.72M