Film Noir from India

by sadfilmophile | created - 08 Dec 2012 | updated - 08 Dec 2012 | Public

This is a list of examples of film-noir from India.

I'm basically creating a very specific watchlist based on searches done on the internet. I havent watched any of these (except one) and so cannot vouch for them to be proper noir or neo-noir.

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1. Baazi (1951)

143 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

An ace gambler is forced to join a gambling syndicate in order to pay for the treatment of his ill sister and is framed for murder when he expresses his desire to get out.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Dev Anand, Geeta Bali, Kalpana Kartik, Roopa Verman

Votes: 263

2. Kohraa (1964)

153 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

In this re-imagining of Du Maurier's Rebecca, a recently wed woman discovers the ghost of her husband's first wife still haunts their home.

Director: Biren Nag | Stars: Biswajit Chatterjee, Waheeda Rehman, Lalita Pawar, Tarun Bose

Votes: 100

3. Woh Kaun Thi? (1964)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

One stormy night, a doctor offers a ride to a ghostly woman he meets on the side of the road. Later, he discovers his intended bride is identical in appearance to the ghost. Who was she and why does she haunt him?

Director: Raj Khosla | Stars: Sadhana, Manoj Kumar, Parveen Choudhary, K.N. Singh

Votes: 693

4. Hatya (1988)

151 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After the passing away of his wife, Sheila, and child, Raja, Sagar takes to drinking as well as singing and dancing at weddings and special occasions. Intoxicated heavily after one such ... See full summary »

Director: Kirti Kumar | Stars: Govinda, Neelam Kothari, Raj Kiran, Anupam Kher

Votes: 309

5. Satya (1998)

Not Rated | 170 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An innocent man is embroiled in underworld after being falsely charged and sets out to punish the perpetrators who subjected his life to misery.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: J.D. Chakravarthi, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Bajpayee

Votes: 11,477

6. Maqbool (2003)

132 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The intrigue of the Shakespearean tragedy 'Macbeth' is transposed to the Mumbai underworld.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah

Votes: 7,574

7. Being Cyrus (2005)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

"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: 2,449

Supposedly a dark comedy, so probably a neo-noir.

8. Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 5,646

9. Johnny Gaddaar (2007)

135 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Police officers recount a tale of missing money which results in lies, deceit, betrayal and death.

Director: Sriram Raghavan | Stars: Dharmendra, Rimi Sen, Ashwini Kalsekar, Neil Nitin Mukesh

Votes: 10,176

10. Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007)

143 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

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: 4,218

Supposedly a dark comedy, so probably a neo-noir.

11. No Smoking (2007)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

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: 5,567

12. Mithya (2008)

110 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A two-bit actor faces challenges after he is asked by Police to impersonate a look-alike gangster.

Director: Rajat Kapoor | Stars: Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Naseeruddin Shah, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 1,813

13. Maharathi (2008)

114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A street-smart newly recruited chauffeur partners with his late employer's wife to pocket a hefty insurance claim.

Director: Shivam Nair | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Boman Irani, Paresh Rawal

Votes: 814

14. 99 (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A gangster deputes two of his men to recover money from an out of town compulsive gambler.

Directors: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru | Stars: Kunal Khemu, Boman Irani, Soha Ali Khan, Cyrus Broacha

Votes: 2,454

15. Kaminey (2009)

130 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The desperate lives of two estranged twin brothers converge over missing drugs, politics, racial prejudice, corrupt cops and an unplanned pregnancy.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Deb Mukherjee, Shivkumar Subramaniam

Votes: 15,156 | Gross: $1.29M

16. Ishqiya (2010)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

While on the run from goons, a man and his nephew fall for a kidnapper's seductive widow.

Director: Abhishek Chaubey | Stars: Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Salman Shahid

Votes: 9,089

17. Gandu (2010)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama

Gandu is an angry young man who raps about his hatred of life, and of his mother. He and his rickshaw-puller friend enter the world of smack, rap, porn and horror. Reality and fiction, ... See full summary »

Director: Qaushiq Mukherjee | Stars: Anubrata Basu, Joyraj Bhattacharya, Rii Sen, Kamalika Banerjee

Votes: 2,002



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