non-cliched films from the motherlandby 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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4. 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.
5. Earth (1998)
Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War
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.
Votes: 6,428 | Gross: $0.53M
6. 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: 13,199 | Gross: $3.22M
7. 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: 5,110 | Gross: $0.40M
8. Midnight's Children (2012)
TV-14 | 146 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 2,506 | Gross: $0.14M
12. Taare Zameen Par (2007)
PG | 165 min | Drama, Family
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.
Votes: 115,083 | Gross: $1.20M
13. Guzaarish (2010)
126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A paralyzed Magician-turned-Radio Jockey files a Petition in Court seeking permission to end his life.
Votes: 13,713 | Gross: $1.02M
14. Anbe Sivam (2003)
Not Rated | 160 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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.
16. Raam (2005)
154 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
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 »
17. Anjali (1990)
Not Rated | 150 min | Family, Drama
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 »
18. Kabul Express (2006)
Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A thrilling story spanning 48 hours of five individuals linked by hate and fear but brought together by fate to finally recognize each other.
Votes: 2,690 | Gross: $0.30M
19. No One Killed Jessica (2011)
136 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 8,851 | Gross: $0.44M
21. Nayakan (1987)
Not Rated | 145 min | Crime, Drama
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.
23. Kahaani (2012)
Not Rated | 122 min | Mystery, Thriller
A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him.
Votes: 46,555 | Gross: $1.04M
24. 3 Idiots (2009)
PG-13 | 170 min | Comedy, Drama
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".
Votes: 259,639 | Gross: $6.53M
25. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
321 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations.
26. Barfi! (2012)
Not Rated | 151 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.
Votes: 62,908 | Gross: $2.80M
27. English Vinglish (2012)
Not Rated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
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.
Votes: 26,731 | Gross: $1.67M
29. Black (2005)
Not Rated | 122 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 28,361 | Gross: $0.73M
30. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
Not Rated | 186 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The truth behind the ascension of Milkha "The Flying Sikh" Singh who was scarred because of the India-Pakistan partition.
Votes: 48,971 | Gross: $1.63M
31. Vicky Donor (2012)
Not Rated | 126 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 31,697 | Gross: $0.17M
32. Swades (2004)
Not Rated | 189 min | Drama
A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots.
Votes: 67,628 | Gross: $1.22M
33. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Not Rated | 155 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged.
Votes: 51,857 | Gross: $3.08M
34. 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.
35. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
PG | 224 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical
The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.
Votes: 84,303 | Gross: $0.07M
36. Rang De Basanti (2006)
Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 86,837 | Gross: $2.20M
38. 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: 26,649 | Gross: $0.04M
40. Wake Up Sid (2009)
138 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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".
Votes: 22,153 | Gross: $0.72M