Bollywood Movies to win Global Recognition

The pre conceived notion about the movies originating from India is that there would be a plethora of dance sequences along with a few action scenes with a paper thin plot. But off late, the Indian movies have been pushing the envelope in terms of movies with waterproof story lines. With the advent of the new age directors like Anurag Kashyap, Dibaker Banerjee and many more like them, Bollywood has been churning out insanely good movies. And not only the directors, with mainstream actors like Irrfan Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshay Kumar not shying away from experimenting, the quality of the movies coming out of Bollywood has largely improved. There are more female centric movies being directed which has led to the actresses not relying on just a few scenes in the entire movie to make their mark. Actresses at all stages of their careers like Radhika Apte, Anushka Sharma, KalkiKoechelin and ShabanaAazmi are starring in more women centric quality movies. And therefore, we have decided to list down 8 of these stupendous movies which were good enough to catch attention of the whole wide world and did not just limit their audience to Indians.


8Margarita With A Straw (2014)

Margarita with a Straw was a breath of fresh air in 2014. It was an Indian drama movie directed by Shonali Bose. It has in the starring role,KalkiKoechlin who plays Laila, a teenager with cerebral palsy.The movie was produced by ShonaliBose in partnership with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.The movie was co-written by Bose and NileshManiyar.Revathi and William Moseley also had supporting roles in the movie.Shonali Bose hit upon the idea for the movie during a tet-a-tete with her cousin and a disability rights activist regarding her desire to have a normal sex life.

Laila played by KalkiKoechlin, is a teenager suffering from cerebral palsy who is studying at Delhi University. She is a budding writer and a composer who writes music for a band at the university. She inculcates a crush for the lead singer of the band but is dejected when the lead singer does not have mutual feelings. She is able to put the dejection behind her as she receives a scholarship from New York University and moves to Greenwich Village with her orthodox mom, played by Revathi.

She is an aspiring writer and also composes music for an indie band at the university. Laila develops feelings for the lead singer, but is heartbroken when she is rejected. Moving on from the experience, Laila is overjoyed to receive a scholarship for a semester’s study at New York University. Despite her father’s reservations, she moves to Greenwich village, Manhattan with her orthodox Maharashtrian mother Shubhangini (Revathi).

In New York, Laila meets an attractive guy named Jared who is assigned to her to help her in the creative writing class. She also meets Khanum, who is a blind girl of Pakistani Bangladeshi descent. Laila develops strong feelings for Khanum as the two fall in love with each other. But Laila is still confused about her sexuality as she likes Jared too and ends up having sex with him without telling Khanum. Oblivious of their affair, Laila’s mom invites Khanum to spend the winter vacation with them back in Delhi. Back in Delhi, Laila tells her mother about her sexuality and Khanum about her one off sex with Jared and is able to alienate both of them. Khanum breaks off the relationship and leaves Delhi for New York. Laila’s mother is diagnosed with advanced colon cancer which has relapsed after previous surgeries. Laila, putting her differences apart tends to her mother at the hospital and the two are reconciled again. Laila plays a recorded speech at her mother’s funeral telling how much she loved her and how she was the only one who ever understood her. She is later seen enjoying a day in the country, all by herself.

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  1. With due respect to the author of this article and to the Indian movie industry, these excellent 11 movies you listed, which won well deserved acclaim the world over, are not ‘Bollywood films’ (although Bollywood actors may have worked in some of them) but artistic movies made at substantial financial risk by dedicated filmmakers who want to show us slices of real life. Whereas Bollywood currently makes only glamorous dreams packaged as commercially successful movies, with the notable excellent exception of “Black” by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Aamir Khan’s “Taare Zameen Par.” Although made in the south, Baahubali is a “Bollywood film”.


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