Must watch films to understand the Indian Culture

Must watch films to understand the Indian Culture

Art is a reflection of life, and Indian movies have utilized their spellbinding scripts to portray the diversity and highlights of Indian culture, time and again. India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions, and to understand the true beauty of this great nation you have to watch some of the blockbuster movies whose scripts teach a lot about the way of Indian life.  So, we present before you a list of six must watch movies: 

Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

Set on a massive scale, this romantic historical movie is a must watch to experience the grandeur of Mughal rule in India. It depicts the relationship between Muslim king Akbar and his Hindu wife Jodhaa Bai. Apart from giving a sneak peak into the life in those times, it also shows peaceful co-existence of Hindus and Muslims. 

Lagaan (2001)

Indians love cricket! The script of this movie blends India's love for cricket and shows the true colours of pre-Independence rural India. "Lagaan" meaning tax, is the main theme for the movie. The villagers are forced to participate in a game of cricket against their rulers (Britishers) in hope of avoiding the payment of unfair taxes. The movie culminates with the villagers turning out triumphant against the Britishers.

Pather Panchali (1955)

Satyajit Ray, arguably, was the best film director India has ever produced and this small budget film was his debut to the silver-screen. The way he depicts the pastoral life of Bengal through a poor family and its members is praiseworthy. His depiction of India's rural beauty won the hearts of one and all. Meaning the “Song of the Little Road,” Pather Panchali showcases the culture and life of rural India. 

Passage to India (1984)

Based on the classic by E.M. Forster, the film provides glimpses into the true relationship between the oppressed (people of India) and the oppressors (Britishers). Set some years before Independence of India, the plot revolves around Mrs Moore and how she sees the true India. 

Gandhi (1982)

This movie, directed by David Attenborough and starring Ben Kingsley as Gandhi, was a rage at the Oscars of 1982. Dramatizing the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his non-violent struggle against the British rule, this was an epic biographical movie. It showed the world how non-violent agitation can be a powerful weapon against the strong-handed rulers. 

Rang de Basanti (2006)

Let us jump to modern India, and this classic shows us the plight of modern India. Though the Britishers have left, they have been replaced by a new group of oppressors in the form of corrupt politicians. A British woman, whose grandfather was a police officer in India, visits India with the goal of making a documentary around famous freedom fighters - Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and their contemporaries. She meets with a bunch of fun loving youths and soon finds herself in the middle of a crisis. The movie throws a light on corruption and its effects. 

If you want to know more about the concepts and ideas that are shaping modern day Indian films then you have got to attend the Tomorrow's India Global Summit 2017, and especially attend the session to be taken by Rajat Kapoor on Indian Cinema and short films.