The caste system in India has always been a long-standing issue of society. This issue has been a part of India for a very long time and even now in the modern age, the caste system might not be talked about as much, but it is an issue that still persists. Over the years, Bollywood has also made many films that talk about the caste system as an attempt to spread awareness about the problems that arise out of a society divided by caste. Here are five Bollywood movies on caste system you should watch:
Directed by Shyam Benegal and the debut of Ananth Nag and Shabana Azmi, Ankur is based on a true story. The film revolves around a poor Dalit couple and it addresses many social issues beyond casteism such as alcoholism and religious differences.
Directed by Satyajit Ray, Sadgati was based on a short story written by Munshi Premchand. It is a harsh criticism of the caste system and it was about a low caste villager named Dukhi who is exploited by the priest to work without pay.
Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986)
Directed by Basu Chatterjee, Chameli Ki Shaadi stars Anil Kapoor and Amrita Singh in lead roles. It was a comedy which took a satirical approach to highlighting the evils of the caste system. The film has gone on to become one of the director’s most popular works.
Bandit Queen (1994)
Bandit Queen is a biopic about Phoolan Devi directed by Shekhar Kapur and starred Seema Biswas in the lead role. The film shows the life of the famous dacoit and the troubles she endured in her life including exploitation by higher caste men that would lead her to choosing the infamous life.
This film deals with the issue of reservation of seats for the lower caste and was directed by Prakash Jha. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, and Deepika Padukone, it shed light on an important political issue that arises from the caste system that is still relevant today.
Article 15 is another Bollywood movie that addresses the topic of discrimination based on the caste system which will be releasing on 28th June in theaters and has already become a topic of discussion due to its subject.