This decade has proved extremely fruitful for Indian Cinema, plays, indie productions, and mainstream movies alike, it has made a huge amount of progress. The decade has seen issues and topics never spoken about, and some new takes on the already existing plots.
It's only fair to look at these movies and reminisce the time and era it was made in. Here are some of the most influential Indian movies of this decade:
1. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
If there was a film that defined friendship and wanderlust for the millennial generation, it would have to be Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. This film is a testament to Zoya Akhtar's powerful storytelling and screenplay. Because despite a topic as common (though timeless) as friendship, she managed to deliver a film that was refreshing and relatable in all the right ways.
2. Love Sex Aur Dhoka
As far as Hindi-anthologies go, Love Sex Aur Dhokha was definitely an unexpected film. It was a 'path-breaking' film in terms of both, its treatment of the subjects and its style of filmmaking (it was shot in a digital format with different cameras - CCTV, spycam, and a steady cam). What truly sets the film apart is how it left the audience reeling with emotion.
The movie is presented in a realistic manner and does not wander into the typical melodramatic or traditional norms of what we have been witnessing in our Hindi films. There are many fantastic scenes related to Kirti Kulhari, Taapsee Pannu, Piyush Mishra, Angad Bedi and Amitabh Bachchan. There are many iconic scenes in the film but the final verdict by Amitabh Bachchan overpowers everything.
4. Delhi Belly
Delhi Belly holds the status of being one of the few black comedies to have attained a cult status and widespread appeal - because it was wacky, unusual, and actually hilarious. It isn't always that a heist comedy manages to deliver on topics like romance, friendship, and the dark side of smuggling. But then again, Bollywood hasn't delivered many comedies like Delhi Belly.
5. Lipstick Under My Burkha
Alankrita Shrivastava does something uncommon in Lipstick Under My Burkha — she finds compelling stories where you thought none would exist; in the lives of four ordinary women in Bhopal, rather in the secret lives, they lead as a reaction against the every day repressions. It’s only in a parallel world that they can truly be their real selves, with total freedom and abandonment, and can seize happiness with both hands. It’s where they can brew a million mutinies against any tyranny or subjugation.
6. Gangs Of Wasseypur 1 And 2
A violent tale of revenge and betrayal spread across two films and some truly iconic characters. From the colloquial dialogues to the regional music, Gangs of Wasseypur redefined the gangster era.
He drinks and insists his own son address him as “Sir” and mocks the adolescent’s poetic ambitions. Vikramaditya Motwane’s sparkling debut introduces a father like no other in the movies – but like many, we know in real life. Rajat Bharmecha turned out a fine performance as the sensitive Rohan, but Ronit Roy, as the volatile patriarch, was this movie’s, stone-cold heart.
The film's take on Indian society's parochial set-up- with no sign of romanticism-left a deep impact on the audience. This film is also one of the Hindi film industry's rare adventure into exploring the multifaceted side of grief.
The film had no hero or villain, but rather was an exploration of pragmatism vs. puritanism. And the film's subject raised questions we still don't seem to be any closer to answering.
From the cinematography to scriptwriting, to editing, and the background score, this was a film that revived our dying faith in good Hindi-language thrillers.
11. Gully Boy
The movie, inspired by the lives of rappers Naezy and Divine, along with a whole host of their contemporaries, have scored a super soundtrack for the film. There’s a reason the film feels legit and that’s down to the fact that real rap artistes worked on this film. The treatment and the visual finesse of the film are on par with anything you’ve seen from Hollywood or anywhere around the world.
12. Ankhon Dekhi
The never-ending "existential crisis" issue is dealt with wonderfully in this film, the over 50 years old protagonist held a unique response to the issue, and helped us al relate and solace ourselves. Insightful and dramatic, Ankhon Dekhi is a film that will stay relevant for years and generations to come.
Apart from being a young girl's journey to independence and self-reliance, Queen is also the budget traveller's introduction to Amsterdam and Paris. It's a feel-good movie to its very core, that doesn't let you down.
14. Kapoor and Sons
The film's highlight was the depiction of characters that weren't perfect or noble, and yet extremely likeable and relatable. It focused on the struggles of coming out to your family, which was a first in mainstream Bollywood.
Honest, relatable, heartwarming, and innocently hilarious. While it was also an ode to all things Bengali, the film's discerning quality lay in its ability to capture the reality of ageing parents, but without the spectacle and drama that Bollywood is so famous for.
This decade was ever so wonderful for creators, and we're sure we've missed out plenty, what are your picks for the decade?