7 Indian Films That Were Ahead of Their Time

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Jukti Takko Aar Gappo (1974)

This is a interesting and experimental film directed by Ritwik Ghatak. The film follows the story of Nilkantha, an alcoholic who abandons his wife and child. Eventually, he goes on a journey through the countryside and the interactions he has change his perspective entirely.

The Japanese Wife (2010) 

This is a romantic drama film directed by Aparna Sen. The story revolves around a young school teacher and his Japanese penfriend. They build an unlikely and special relationship over letters and remain true to each other without ever meeting in person. 

Anantaram (1987) 

This is a film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. The story is structured like a monologue, with the protagonist narrating a story which seems to be an account of his psychosis. The film is an extremely experimental and interesting watch. 

Pinjra (1972) 

This drama film directed by V. Shantaram, based on the set up of folk musical theatre in Maharashtra. The story follows a morally righteous school teacher who wants to help and reform a performer but ends up falling in love with her during the process. 

Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) 

This is a drama film directed by Abrar Alvi based on Bimal Mitra's novel of the same title. The story focuses on an unlikely relationship between a man who meets the lonely wife of a zamindar and how the wife’s condition spirals into despair eventually. 

Gaman (1978) 

This is a drama film directed by Muzaffar Ali. The plot follows Ghulam Husan, an unemployed man who relocates to Bombay from Lucknow in search of work. The film tells the story of struggle and loneliness that a family faces for the sake of survival. 

Pushpaka Vimana  (1987) 

This is a black comedy film written and directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. The film has no dialogue and is very experimental in technique. The story is about an unemployed graduate who takes a drunk rich man hostage and steals his lifestyle.

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