Raw, unadulterated emotions and the struggles of real human lives. That’s what documentary filmmaking is all about. And that’s why everyone needs to watch some. So kickstart your viewing journey with these acclaimed Hindi documentary movies:
Bombay: Our City (1985)
The daily battle for survival of the four million slum dwellers of Bombay who make up half the city’s population.
Father, Son and Holy War (1994)
Anand Patwardhan’s two-part documentary (Trial by Fire & Hero Pharmacy) looks at the link between the Hindu nationalist movement and sexual violence against women along with a look at masculinity in urban India.
War and Peace (2002)
Director Anand Patwardhan examines the incessant conflict between India and Pakistan and how both countries resort to pursuing nuclear weapons in the name of peace.
Born Into Brothels (2004)
Through the inspiring non-profit foundation Kids With Cameras, this documentary chronicles the lives of the children in Kolkata’s red light district.
Children of the Pyre (2008)
Follow seven children as they work under extreme circumstances in India’s busiest cremation ground.
Gulabi Gang (2012)
The pink sari-clad women of the Gulabi Gang demand their rights and raise the issue of injustice against women and Dalits, teaching them how to defend themselves.
Menstrual Man (2013)
Arunachalam Muruganatham aka the Menstrual Man is a visionary who fought to provide low cost sanitary towels to rural Indian women.
In Kanpur, where power cuts last up to 15 hours, follow Loha Singh a local electricity thief (katiyabaaz) and Ritu Maheshwari the chief of the electricity company who tries to tackle rampant electricity theft.
An Insignificant Man (2016)
This documentary follows Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party as he confronts the corruption in Indian politics.
A Suitable Girl (2018)
Three young Indian women struggle to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married.