By Admin

Oct 12, 2017


Parallel Cinema has become a genre in Bollywood. The talented lots have time and again given us amazing films to sit and ponder about. Parallel Cinema is film movement in Indian Cinema, which has its roots in West Bengal. It is a fresh alternative to the mainstream commercial films. It deals with realism and social issues.


Today, here at fresh box office, we list 10 best parallel cinemas of this decade.


1.     Ankhon Dekhi

Directed by the very talented Rajat Kapoor, it stars some of the best in this field : Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Pahwa, Namit Das and Ranvir Shorey. It was released in India in 2014.

The movie revolves around Raje Bauji, played by Sanjay Mishra who after an incident with his daughter decides that he will only believe what he sees with his eyes.


2.     Udaan

It is a brilliantly written film which is loosely based on the life of Anurag Kashyap and directed by Vikramaditya Motwane.

The story is about a 17-year-old boy Rohan, who returns home after being expelled from his boarding school to his alcoholic and abusive father. He has a half brother who is also being abused. It’s a story about gaining freedom and flying away from his father to pursue his own dreams!


3.     Aligarh

It is  a 2016 biographical drama directed by Hansal Mehta staring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao in the lead roles. It is set in the city of Aligarh and is about a homosexual Marathi professor in Aligarh Muslim University. It is based on the life of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended from his job for his sexual preference.



4.     Qissa : The Tale of a Lonely Ghost

It is a Indian- German drama film written and directed by Anup Singh. It stars Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome and Tisca Chopra in the lead roles. The story is about, Umber Singh who loses everything during the partition and is forced to leave his homeland. He wants a male heir, but when his daughter is born he goes into delusion and decides to wage a war against his fate!




5.     Masaan

It is set in Varanasi, and revolves around two separate stories that converge eventually.

One story involving a father-daughter plagued by the orthodox mentality of the society and another story about a young couple in love from different castes.

It is directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and stars, Richa Chaadda, Vicky Kaushal, Sanjay Mishra and Shweta Tripathi. The music of the film is given by Indian Ocean.



6.     Angry Indian Goddesses

A star cast comprising Sandhya Mridul, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sarah-Jane Dias, Anushka Manchanda, Amrit Maghera, Rajshri Deshpande and Pavleen Gujral. It is the first female buddy film in India.

The film is about a bunch of close friends who gather together for a wedding and countless secrets come out. It is a comic-drama film addressing various social stigmas and directed by Pan Nalin.


7.     The Lunchbox

Film directed by Ritesh Batra stars, Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur in the lead and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a side.

It is the an epistolary between Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) and Illa (Nimrat Kaur). The lunchbox by Illa to her husband lands at Saajan’s hand due to some mistake by the Mumbai “dabbawalas” and then starts this beautiful and tender story between them via letters.


8.     Margarita With a Straw

The movie talks about the struggle of a bisexual celebrant palsy teenager played by Kalki Koechlin.

It also stars Revathi and Sayani Gupta. The protagonist travels to New York to study and the various incidents happen. It takes us in the path of a breathtaking journey to self discovery.


9.     Titli

Film written and directed by Kanu Behl stars Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial, Shashank Arora, Lalit Behl and Shivani Raghuvanshi.

The movie revolves around a Titli, the youngest member of the violent car-jacking brotherhood who plots his escape but gets married. But, he finds an ally in his wife, who helps him in this plan.


10.  Court

It’s a legal drams film written and directed by Chaitanya Tamhane.  The story is based on a suicide of sewage cleaner, which leads to the arrest of a Dalit singer. He is being held on grounds of abetting the suicide through his lyrics.



Let the binge watch begin!

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