Set aside Hollywood and Bollywood for a minute and think about the plethora of other movies that release every week. More often than not, these movies are overshadowed by Bollywood or Hollywood big budgets not only in terms of the production value but also the publicity. Amidst all the chaos, regional movies often work their charm on their audience silently, garnering appreciation from fans and critics alike. This write-up is solely dedicated to these off beat, groundbreaking regional movies from different languages in the past decade that you definitely MUST know about.
Bey Yaar (2014) (Gujarati)
Bey Yaar, which released back in 2014 was considered a high risk by many considering the influx of money. Producing a big budget Gujarati movie without proper knowledge of marketing campaigns, promotion and distribution were always a bit dicey but the producers of Bey Yaar thought otherwise. The chalked a unique story for the film along with centrally placed campaigns that worked like a charm. The film ran for 50 weeks and went on to screen at New York Indian Film Festival making it the first Gujarati film to do so.
Sairat (2016) (Marathi)
Another adolescent love story? Not really. It runs deeper into the socio-political set up in rural Maharashtra. A lower caste boy falls in love with an upper-class girl which leads to a dramatic end. The film was breathtaking and the raw dialect of rural Maharashtra only made it an amazing cinematic experience.
Angrej (2015) (Punjabi)
Directed by Simerjit Singh, this refreshing take on period drama/comedy was well received by the audience. A striking feature of the film was it paid attention to detail, something which is amiss in most movies. The crew spent a lot of time in doing extensive research and setting up characters that finally come to fruition on the silver screen. Angrej is a story about a man who falls in love with a clever but greedy woman named Maarho who prefers someone else over him. A simple story that blows you away when the characters come alive.
Antaheen (2009) (Bengali)
Antaheen is a modern outlook at relationships in an urban setting. Starring Rahul Bose and Radhika Apte in the lead, the film is a critique of modern society where sometimes relationships are beyond repair and it’s just best to let it go. Three parallel stories run throughout the movie that culminates into a fitting finale. The film went on to win the National Award for Best Film in 2009.
Drishyam (2013) (Malayalam)
We are not talking about the Bollywood adaptation but its original version. The original Malayalam film graced itself on the silver screen back in 2013 and broke all records. Deemed as the best thriller ever, Drishyam managed to captivate the audience with its gripping narrative along with a plot twist towards the end. Currently sitting at 8.9 rating on IMDB, this movie is its truest sense was groundbreaking.
Aadukalam (2011) (Tamil)
Let’s break down the film in certain parameters. Casting – a perfect blend of some damn good actors like Dhanush, Tapsee Pannu, Jayabalan and the likes who do justice to their roles. Dialogues – no cringe-worthy OTT one liners that add an extra punch or masala. Music – no over the top romantic songs that seem out of place. Story – a unique story about rearing roosters and using them for fights in order to learn a livelihood. When all the pieces falling perfectly in place, you’ve got a masterpiece of a movie.
Gamyam (2008) (Telugu)
Gamyam is such a gem of a movie. It’s a story about two guys, one a thief and the other filthy rich, meet each other in a journey started by the latter in search of his love. The film is genuinely funny and emotional as you watch the relationship between the two lead characters develop on screen. This is a light-hearted movie you should not miss.
Ulidavaru Kandante (2014) (Kannada)
An episodic take on an incident that unfolds itself like the layers of an onion through different perspectives. The 2014 crime-drama is almost flawless when it comes to the screenplay, editing, and direction. The movie adds its own style and at the same time preserving the authenticity of the native regions. The end, however, is open to interpretation.
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