Movies Addressing Pressing Social Topics

bard huangJanuary 30, 2024

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Bollywood films have long tackled social issues head-on, challenging norms and biases. Where these movies were once seen as art films apart from the mainstream, they have now found acceptance and commercial success within it.

Their portrayals show the profound impact of art and film. By addressing social challenges forthrightly on screen, they have meaningfully pushed for positive change. Let us explore some excellent Bollywood movies that stirred discussion of important topics.

Bravely shedding light on marginalized groups and pressing concerns, these films stimulated thoughtful dialogue and awareness. In doing so, they advocated change through their storytelling. While addressing discrimination and injustice directly, they still located universally relatable human themes. As such, they reshaped perspectives and understanding for the better.

Previously risking classification outside the mainstream, these movies now attain both commercial returns and cultural influence. Their enduring examples demonstrate how media can drive social progress through open discourse that challenges bias.

Thappad

Thappad

Amrita’s life gets shattered into pieces when her husband slaps her at a party and this particular action raises several questions as to what her relationship stands for.

Chhapaak

Chhapaak

A true story based on acid attack survivor Malti’s (Laxmi Agarwal) grueling and glorious journey from her medical treatment, court proceedings leading to her emotional healing.

Peepli Live

Peepli Live

Natha decides to commit suicide to get the farmers’ compensation. However, the media and politicians learn about his intentions and descend on their village to capture the rare event.

Rang De Basanti

Rang De Basanti

After a group of friends graduate from Delhi University, they listlessly haunt their old campus, until a British filmmaker casts them in a film she’s making about freedom fighters under…

Bandit Queen

Bandit Queen

Born a lower-caste girl in rural India’s patriarchal society, “married” at 11, repeatedly raped and brutalized, Phooland Devi finds freedom only as an avenging warrior, the eponymous Bandit Queen. Devi…

Sholay

Sholay

After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture the bandit.

Bandini

Bandini

During the British Raj of the 1930s, a prison-doctor falls in love with a convict who eventually reveals the story of her past and her connection to a freedom fighter.

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