7 Greatest Philosophical Films of Indian Cinema

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Mukti Bhawan (2016) - Disney+ Hotstar

This is an independent drama film, written and directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani. It follows the story of a reluctant son who takes his father to the holy city of Varanasi, where the father believes he will live his last days and attain salvation. 

Ship of Theseus (2012) - YouTube

This is a drama film written and directed by Anand Gandhi. The film explores philosophical themes, telling the interwoven story of an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and a young stockbroker.

Anbe Sivam (2003) - aha

Spearheaded by Sundar C, this film featuring Kamal Haasan explores the themes of love, compassion, and the quest for purpose in life. It challenges conventional societal standards and underscores the significance of empathy and comprehension.

Pariyerum Perumal (2018) - Prime Video

Directed by Mari Selvaraj, This societal narrative delves into the entrenched social hierarchy within society. It prompts inquiries about bias, inequity, and the quest for fairness. The movie offers a compelling critique of societal issues and the necessity for transformation.

Ankhon Dekhi (2013) - JioCinema

A introspective journey of a man who decides to believe only what he sees, challenging societal norms and redefining his understanding of truth and reality.

Astu (2013) - N/A

The film revolves around the life of Professor Chakrapani Shastri, a former director of an Oriental Research Institute in Pune who is leading a solitary life after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Highway (2014) - N/A

Directed by Imtiaz Ali, The film explores freedom in captivity. Both Veera and her captor, Mahabir, undergo emotional transformations as they confront their past traumas and vulnerabilities.

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