Cinema is a powerful medium of communication and it derives its strength from us i.e. the audience. The moving pictures that we see on celluloid are not just images but a creative outlet through which one can speak their innermost thoughts and feelings. Amidst all the Bollywood masala, there have been directors who have tried to produce content that will not just entertain but also give you a reality check alongside a strong social message. Talking about responsible cinema, let us look at the best films that tried to break the mold.

3 Idiots

This Aamir Khan starrer movie needs no elaboration as it not just exposed the sad state of our education system but also gave an interesting mantra to live by – All Iz Well.

Streaming on: Netflix, Prime Video, SonyLive

Peepli Live

An Aamir Khan production and India’s official entry for the 83rd Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category, Peepli Live talks about one of India’s gravest social issues that is farmer suicides and the subsequent response the event gets from politicians and the media. It introduced a lot of people to the farmer crisis India is facing since some years now.

Streaming on: Netflix

Jolly LLB

A black comedy, Jolly LLB ripped out the Indian legal system’s apathy towards the weak and tried to expose the dark reality of what goes on in a courtroom. Every citizen must watch this film at least once.

Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar


A Rani Mukerji film all the way, Mardaani deals with the issue of human trafficking and child prostitution. The daredevil character of a police officer Shivani Shivaji Roy played by Rani was definitely the film’s strongest point.

Streaming on: YouTube


We don’t need to explain what kind of social issue Pink touched upon. One of the best films of 2016, the powerful acting by the film’s lead cast including Amitabh Bachchan made everyone question our society’s deteriorating mindset about women.

Streaming on: Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar

Hindi Medium

Hindi Medium depicts the invisible line that divides the urban rich and poor – those fluent in English and those who are not. The film plays upon the urban reality with a lot of situational comedy to keep the tone lighter but in the end, delivers a sharp social message.

Streaming on: Prime Video

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Direct by Shree Narayan Singh, this Akshay Kumar starrer deals with the issue of lack of proper sanitation in the rural parts of India. In this film, Akshay Kumar‘s character is determined to build a toilet in his village to save his marriage.

Streaming: Netflix, Zee5

Pad Man

This is another Akshaya Kumar movie that strives to break the taboo around menstruation. It sheds light on the need for sanitary pads to be cheap and accessible in rural India.

Streaming on: Netflix, Zee5

Article 15

Ayushmann Khurrana plays the role of a police officer in Article 15. Through a crime investigation, this film highlights the plight of the lower caste and the evils of the caste system that still prevail in our society. Directed by Anubhav Sinha this is a powerful film that needs to be watched.

Streaming on: Netflix