We all know that feeling when we realize there are a plethora of films we totally mean to watch, but just didn’t have the time. So here’s some Indian cinematic gems you might even know about but just didn’t get the chance to binge watch.
Ram Singh Charlie (Sony LIV)
Directed by Nitin Kakkar and starring the incredible Kumud Mishra, Ram Singh Charlie is many things. This cinematic gem of a film, is a celebration of what is to be an artist. Ram might be a circus performer but that doesn’t take away from his talent for making people laugh. He does what he knows best with this sincerity that only an experienced artist like Mishra can bring out. In one scene, Ram tells his son, ‘Asli artist sab ke liye nahi, apne liye perform karta hai.’
Ankhon Dekhi (Sony LIV)
Written and directed by actor Rajat Kapoor the story gloriously finds beauty in the life of a lower-middle-class family in Delhi and how it slowly falls apart. Watch it for the brilliant Sanjay Misra and and Seema Pahwa, who plays his harassed wife.
Bedabrata Pain’s Chittagong is an extremely well-made labour of love. One Bollywood cinematic gem of a film that should have been made to depict the armed revolt against the British in India, then it is this one. There is a captivating and honest storyline that is uplifted by its exceptional cast of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee, and other legends. We are eagerly awaiting a sequel.
Kaamyab (Amazon PrimeVideo)
Kaamyaab is an emotionally moving and engaging film that showcases the life of a struggling artist and how his inability to acquire success how that has completely destroyed his innate spirit. And Sanjay Mishra is faultless as the lead character, nothing short of magnificent.
Dhanak (Netflix India)
The story of this set of two siblings: Chottu and his elder sister Pari is something that will surely touch your hearts. The two children set on a journey on foot across Rajasthan to restore Chottu’s eyesight. Their bonding, unique challenges that come their way, and the sheer innocence displayed makes for a delightful film.
Ship of Theseus (YouTube)
Anand Gandhi‘s film, Ship of Theseus is by far the most original, remarkable, and most thought-provoking film we have been given as audiences in longer than I care to remember. The film brilliantly asks just one endearing question: if you dismantle a ship, plank by plank, and reassemble it, does it remain the same ship? Watch to know it.
A Death in The Gunj (YouTube)
Konkona Sen Sharma’s film and her directorial debut, A Death In The Gunj are all things marvelous. A striking but insanely talented cast- think Vikrant Massey, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh, Ranvir Shorey, Om Puri among prominent ones. But where the film truly wins is its portrayal of a real-life family that anyone would instantly connect with because it catches onto your vulnerability. Make time for it.
Soni (Amazon PrimeVideo)
The film Soni doesn’t have a plot that can be described. Maybe because being a female cop in the Delhi Police guarantees you an incredible story. Powerful and revolutionary, the lead characters of Soni deliver ground-breaking performances that will make you effortlessly answer why women aren’t safe in the country’s capital, New Delhi.
The Cinema Travellers (Netflix India)
A film that truly captures the magic of cinema and why we hoard into cinemas to watch films, it has to be The Cinema Travellers. It was also showcased at Cannes and received a standing ovation so we don’t need to sell you just how great the movie is. But here is a little nudge to watch it because it will take you to great places.
The Lunchbox (YouTube)
Shakun Batra creates magic and a story so grounded in a reality that almost anyone will relate to it. Irrfan Khan (Saajan Fernandes) delivers one of his career-defining performances and will hit home to anyone who has ever experienced loneliness. Nimrat Kaur‘s debut is delightful and as a woman in a loveless marriage, she is clearly to watch out for.
Masaan (Netflix India)
If you actually want to witness the acting prowess of Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadha, Sanjay Mishra, Shweta Tripathi, and Pankaj Tripathi, Masaan has to be your next watch. With such a captivating storyline and performances that hit home, don’t do yourself a disservice any longer and watch Masaan, you will not stop thanking us for pushing you to watch this cinematic gem.