Gujarati cinema, normally referred to as Dhollywood or Gollywood, is one of the major regional and vernacular film industries of the Indian cinema. Since its inception, it has produced more than one thousand films. The subject of Gujarati movies revolves around relationship, family-oriented subjects, human aspirations and Gujarati family culture. It is these subjects that make Gujarati movies highly appreciated and a must-watch with family! If you’ve been curious about Gujarati movies and don’t know where to start, then worry not! Here is a list of top Gujarati movies you can enjoy during the lockdown.
Manvi Ni Bhavai- 1993 [IMDB Rating: 8.8]
Released in 1993, Manvi Ni Bhavai is a drama movie based on the novel originally written by Pannalal Patel in 1947. The story revolves around a farmer and his struggle to make a living during the famine. The novel has received the Jnanpith Award and is also translated in English under the title Endurance: A Droll Saga. The movie starred Upendra Trivedi and Anuradha Patel in lead roles. It also won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Gujarati.
Mister Kalaakar- 2019 [IMDB Rating: 8.8]
Released in 2019, Mister Kalaakar revolves around the story of Jigar Majumdar, who aspires to become an actor, but his dream is not supported by his father who is a lawyer by profession. To fulfil his aspirations, he must overcome various challenges and problems that put him in difficult situations. Directed by Firoz Irani, the movie starred Akshat Irani, Pooja Jhaveri, Manoj Joshi, Adi Irani and Ragi Jani in lead roles. The audience praised this movie for its direction, brilliant cast performance, background music and songs.
Chal Man Jeetva Jaiye- 2017 [IMDB Rating: 8.7]
Released in 2017, Chal Man Jeetva Jaiye is a gripping tale about a business family that find themselves in a tough spot, where one wrong decision can cost them their business empire. The story takes place in just one room with around 10 to 12 family members after facing huge financial loss due to the bad decisions taken by the men in the family. The movie depicts the debate between a father and a son who have different approaches to tackle the crisis. Directed by Dipesh Shah, the movie starred Krishna Bharadwaj, Hemen Chauhan, Rajeev Mehta, Dharmendra Gohil and Harsh Khurana in lead roles. The audience appreciated this movie for its story, dialogues, cast performance and direction. A sequel, too, was announced at the end of the movie. It is one of the good Gujarati movies to watch with your friends or family.
Best of Luck Laalu- 2017 [IMDB Rating: 8.7]
Released in 2017, Best of Luck Laalu is a comedy movie revolving around a 16-year-old boy Amatya aka Laalu Modi studying in SSC. His mother, Daksha Modi is a middle-class working woman who dreams of seeing her son in the merit list so that he can build a better future for himself. Laalu, too, being a dedicated son and a student wants to fulfil his mother’s wish. But like every other teenager, his life is like a rollercoaster ride filled with fun, troubles and the pressure to score well. On his journey, his grandfather Haresh Modi is his companion adding the much-needed fun to his pressure-filled life. To add to the havoc that is the SSC exams preparation, Laalu has a love interest- Forum. Directed by Vipul Mehta, the movie starred Smit Ganatra, Supriya Pathak Kapur, Muni Jha and Simran Natekar in lead roles. If you want to share a good laugh with your family during the weekend, then this is one of the best Gujarati comedy movies to watch.
Carry On Kesar- 2017 [IMDB Rating: 8.7]
Released in 2017, Carry On Kesar is a Gujarati social comedy film. The film revolves around a traditional elderly childless couple, Shyamji and Kesar Patel, who live in a small town of Gujarat. Annie, a fashion designer based out in Paris, stumbles upon Kesar’s artistic work and decides to become her disciple and learn art from her. However, the story takes an unexpected turn and urges Kesar to confront her past. Shyamji and Kesar decide to become parents at an age when most couples are grandparents. Directed by Vipul Mehta, the movie starred Supriya Pathak Kapur, Darshan Jariwala, Avani Modi and Rittesh Mobh in lead roles. The extraordinary performances of seasoned actors Supriya Pathak and Darshan Jariwala touched the hearts of the audience. Without a doubt, Carry On Kesar is one of the best Gujarati movies to watch.
Hellaro- 2019 [IMDB Rating: 8.7]
Released in 2019, Hellaro is an Indian period drama movie set in 1975. The story revolves around a young girl named Manjhri who is married off to a small village in the Rann Of Kutch. She joins a group of women who are suppressed by patriarchy. Their only escape is when they go out to fetch water at a waterbody far away. On one such morning, they find someone in the middle of a dessert and their lives are changed forever. Directed by Abhishek Shah, the movie starred Shraddha Dangar, Jayesh More, Tejal Panchasara and Shailesh Prajapati in lead roles.