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Top 10 Off-Beat Bollywood Films Totally Worth Watching

10. Matrubhoomi (2003)   Matrubhoomi   Matrubhoomi film is set in a village where there are no women left due to the high rate of female infanticide and female foeticide. The story parallels real-life instances where many Indian villages are largely populated by men. Matrubhoomi is like a future dystopia where gender imbalance is giving rise to bride buying and fraternal polyandry. Matrubhoomi was widely raved and shown in festivals. At the 2003 Venice Film Festival, the film was presented at the Critic’s Week and later it received the FIPRESCI Award.     9. Aamir (2008)   Aamir   Aamir is a psychological crime thriller directed by Raj Kumar Gupta. It’s set in Mumbai, where Dr. Aamir Ali (Rajeev Khandelwal), a young Muslim doctor returning from the United Kingdom finds himself at the mercy of Islamic extremists who wants him to carry out a devastating mission. Aamir was raved by both critics and audiences for Rajeev Khandelwal’s performance and Raj Kumar Gupta’s fine directorial work. The film was a debut work for a number of cast and crew members due to which it had a weak opening but later gained widespread word of mouth publicity and was commercially successful too.     8. 3 Idiots (2009)   3-idiots   3 Idiots film revolves around two friends (played by R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi) trying to find their lost buddy (Aamir Khan) who had inspired them to think differently despite the world branding them as ‘idiots’. 3 Idiots was lauded by Indian as well as international audiences. In overseas they garnered more than US$65 million becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in overseas markets.     7. Udaan (2010)   Udaan   Udaan is a coming of age drama by Vikramaditya Motwane. Regarded as a cult classic in Indian cinema, the film is said to be roughly based on Anurag Kashyap’s life who also happens to be have produced the film. The story revolves around Rohan (Rajat Barmecha) who after being ex-pulsed from school returns home to an unloving father whom he hadn’t meet in 8 years. Udaan was officially selected in 2010 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Glance) category. Udaan’s excellent music was composed by Amit Trivedi.     6. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)   zindagi na milegi dobara   Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara story follows three childhood friends (Abhay Deol as Kabir, Hrithik Roshan as Arjun and Farhan Akhtar as Imraan) setting off to Spain on a bachelor’s trips where they learn essential life-lessons. Shot in Indian, Spain, Egypt and UK, the film was a massive critical and commercial success. It was nominated and won awards in various categories.     5. English Vinglish (2012)   English-Vinglish     English Vinglish is about a regular housewife (Sridevi) who decides to learn English after failing to place a simple order in a restaurant. English Vinglish marked Sridevi’s return to cinema after a gap of 15 long years. The film received wide critical acclaim and swept away a large portion of awards that year. It was shortlisted as India’s official entry for the Academy Awards in Best Foreign Language Film category.     4. Lunchbox (2013)   LunchBox   Lunckbox is an epistolary romantic film by Ritesh Batra. A lonely housewife (Nimrat Kaur) wanting her neglectful husband to take notice decides to send him a box of lunch to this workplace. The delivery goes astray and ends up into the hands of a widower (Irrfan Khan). Critics unanimously praised Lunchbox and it was nominated for the Film Not in the English Language category in the 2015 British Academy Film Awards.     3. Queen (2014)   queen   Directed by Vikas Bahl, Queen is a comedy-drama film. When Rani’s (Kangana Ranaut) fiancee calls off their marriage, she embarks on a honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam all by herself. Widely regarded as one of the best films of 2014, it garnered critical and commercial praise. Lauded for writing, direction and Kangana’s performance, Queen won the Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress awards at the 60th Filmfare Awards. It also was named the Best Hindi Film and Kangana, the Best Actress awards at 62nd National Film Awards ceremony in 2014.     2. PK (2014)   PK   Pk is a satirical sci-fi comedy film directed by Rajkumar Hirani. It is the story of an alien (Aamir Khan) who lands in on Earth on a research mission but gets stuck. Faced with troubled circumstances he begins questioning human religious dogmas and superstitions. On its release PK had an extremely positive reception and became one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.     1. Piku (2015)   piku   Piku is an endearing journey of a dysfunctional father (Amitabh Bachchan), his keep-up independent daughter (Deepika Padukone) and a cab driver (Irrfan Khan) caught in their crazy life when he decides to drive them to Kolkata. Deepika had to learn Bengali so as to look natural when saying the Bengali line. Eminent Bengali actors like Moushumi Chatterjee and Jishu Sengupta were in supporting roles. Anupam Roy composed beautiful music for this film. Piku opened to worldwide critical acclaim.