Editors' Choice: 7 Powerful Political Dramas

by imdb_india_editors | last updated - 6 months ago

Discover the seven movies our editors' chose that powerfully portray a political issue with a point of view.

The following movies are works of fiction, loosely based on real life events or based on a true story.

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Garm Hava (1974)

Garm Hava directed by M.S. Sathyu

Plot: In post-partition India, a Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights in a country which was once their own.

Trivia: Garm Hava was nominated for a Palme D'or at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival.

Anil Kapoor in Nayak: The Real Hero (2001)

Nayak directed by S. Shanker

Plot: A man accepts a challenge by the chief minister of Maharashtra to run the state for one day, and is so succesful that he challenges the political establlishment. Nayak is a remake of S. Shanker's Tamil movie Mudhalvan.

Trivia: The song "Chale Chalo Mitwa" features imagery of all four elements: wind, water, earth and fire. The song was shot over fifteen days across locations from Ladakh to Kanyakumari.

Maachis (1996)

Maachis directed by Gulzar

Plot: A realistic, hard-hitting portrayal of the youth uprising in Punjab after the 1984 riots.

Trivia: Actor Jimmy Shergill made his movie debut in Maachis.

Gulaal (2009)

Gulaal directed by Anurag Kashyap

Plot: Set in a fictional town in Rajasthan, A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as general secretary of his college.

Trivia: In the movie, many scenes are shot during Indian festivals to save on set lighting and extras in the shot.

Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji in Yuva (2004)

Yuva directed by Mani Ratnam

Plot: Michael, Arjun and Lallan, three men from three different stratas of society, cross paths one morning in Calcutta and change one another's lives forever.

Trivia: The original title for the film was Howrah Bridge.

Madhavan, Prakash Raj, and Keerthana Parthiepan in A Peck on the Cheek (2002)

Kannathil Muthamittal (a.k.a. A Peck on the Cheek) directed by Mani Ratnam

Plot: A man reunites a young girl with her birth mother during the Sri Lankan civil war.

Trivia: Scenes in the movie that are depicted as taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, were actually shot in Puducherry (formerly known as Pondichery), India. Also, the first few minutes of the film depicting the civil war in Sri Lanka were shot in the forests of Kerala, India.

Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003)

Hazaron Khwaishein Aisi directed by Sudhir Mishra

Plot: Set during the 1975 Emergency, 3 Delhi University students' lives take a drastic shift due to the political and social climate.

Trivia: Director Sudhir Mishra and executive producer Sushil Datta appeared in small cameos in the film.