Movies for Thinking about Communal Violence in Indiaby RRHowell41 | created - 06 Oct 2010 | updated - 27 Nov 2010 | Public
Communal violence has been a difficulty in India since partition and before. It has been considered in many ways in Indian cinema.
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1. Dev (2004)
172 min | Drama
Joint Commissioner of Police Dev Pratap Singh, a duty-bound, self-righteous officer, and Special Commissioner Tejinder Khosla, the balancing force between the political interests of Chief ... See full summary »
Loosely related to the Gujarati riots.
2. Delhi-6 (2009)
Not Rated | 141 min | Comedy, Drama
A story about love, hope and self-discovery set in the walled city of Delhi (zip code 6) and its chaotic but touching life that forces us to ask questions about ourselves.
Votes: 6,118 | Gross: $0.88M
A fantasy scenario where religious violence does not quite erupt, but in which you see how it could.
3. Khakee (2004)
174 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A team of police force escorts an alleged terrorist from Chandangarh to Mumbai. However their trip turns into a deadly survival when an ex-cop tries to stop them to reach Mumbai.
A Muslim doctor is implicated in the starting of religious violence.
4. Destroyed in Love (2006)
Not Rated | 168 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A sweet blind girl Zooni meets a flirty Rehan. She ignores her friends' warnings. It's her time to discover life. Is she making the right love choice?
Votes: 27,741 | Gross: $2.10M
This has to do with Kashmir, and the situation there.
5. Firaaq (2008)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, History
Chronicles the devastating impact on vulnerable Muslims in Gujarat after riots.
An excellent movie about the aftermath of the Gujarati riots. The main action starts about a month after, with people rebuilding their lives.
6. Amu (2005)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 770 | Gross: $0.01M
A college aged girl comes back to India, having left as a child, searching for her roots, and discovers the history of the Delhi massacres of the Sikhs.
7. Zakhm (1998)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama
Amidst religious riots, a son deals with his mother's life-threatening injuries, and her last request.
Very powerful movie about people coping with inter-religious violence and past personal secrets.
8. Black & White (I) (2008)
Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A spy living in the house in disguise, who has a heart transformation.
Movie about a Muslim terrorist who comes to Delhi to commit a suicide bombing, and who sees a different picture of life in India than he had expected.
9. Krantiveer (1994)
Not Rated | 159 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Disowned by his parents at a young age Pratap Narayan Tilak ended up in a small time village controlled by underworld dons and some very powerful and influential politicians. Lazy, ... See full summary »
Asks questions about what really fuels religious violence in India.
10. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)
120 min | Drama
During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.
A Muslim man and a Hindu woman thrown together as travelling companions in a very difficult situation.
11. Y.M.I. Yeh Mera India (2008)
137 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Lives of several people intertwine during an eventful day in Mumbai.
This movie starts by saying, in effect, India has a lot of problems, but only God could see her through them as well as has been done.
One day in Mumbai.
12. Dharm (2007)
105 min | Drama, History
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 »
A conservative Brahmin struggles with prejudice in himself and in his community.
13. Pinjar (2003)
188 min | Drama
In the days leading up to Partition, a Hindu woman is abducted by a Muslim man. Soon, she finds herself not only forced into marriage, but living in a new country as the borders between India and Pakistan are drawn.
Issues of women separated during the partition, and issues of repatriation and its problems. Shows only one side of what was definitely a situation that had a mirror image, but still extremely valuable.