The past decade has seen mainstream Bollywood movies create records by minting hundreds of crores. But the same decade has also seen a rise in the production of independent or indie movies and the audience has been more than welcoming in watching these movies. So in a time when content is King, has the indie cinema movement gotten big enough to challenge the Bollywood powerhouse that is made up of larger than life movies? Let's find out.
1. Village Rockstars (2017)
A film that is the result of extensive work done by Rima Das, Village Rockstars is the coming-of-age story of a 10-year old Assamese girl who wants to start a band with the local kids. The film was shot over a span of 3 years.
2. Buddha.mov (2017)
A documentary/work of fiction, this film follows the life of a cricketer Buddhadev Mangaldas. Lured by the chance of starring in a documentary, the flamboyant cricketer starts allowing access to the most private parts of his life.
3. Bulbul Can Sing (2018)
A touching film by Rima Das, Bulbul Can Sing is a coming of age story of three teenagers in an Assamese village who are struggling to find their sexual identities amidst the pressure by their peers and families.
4. Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2018)
Directed by Vasan Bala, this film chronicles the life of a young man who suffers from a rare medical condition that enables him to register any pain. He uses this ability to learn martial arts.
5. Jonaki (2018)
Penned and directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Jonaki is the story of a 80-year old woman on her death-bed who's searching for love in a world of painful memories. The cinematography of this movie is surreal and is definitely worth experiencing.
6. Jaoon Kaha Bata Ae Dil (2018)
An Aadish Keluskar directorial, Jaoon Kaha Bata Ae Dil revolves around the conversation a couple is having on a wide range of topics with an end you just can't predict. Ironically, named after a romantic song, this movie is anything but romantic.
Chuskit is the story of a fiesty 6-year old Himalayan girl who wants to attend school but first she has to convince her grandfather who is big on tradition. It is directed by Priya Ramasubban.