Bollywood Films That Explored Caste Dynamics

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Ankur (1974)

The Shyam Benegal film sketches out the abuse of power by Oppressor caste groups and the lack of justice the Oppressed receive through the story of a landowner who sees nothing wrong in coveting his household help.

Bandit Queen (1994)

The biopic of Chambal rebel Phoolan Devi, the Shekhar Kapur film details extensively the oppression meted out to her on account of being a woman and belonging to an Oppressed caste, which made her an easy target who got no justice till she took the law into her own hands.

Omkara (2006)

Vishal Bhardwaj worked caste dynamics into his recreation of Othello, making it an imperative part of the narrative and why characters respond to their fellows in particular ways.

Eklavya (2007)

The palace intrigue drama by Vidhu Vinod Chopra draws parallels between the film's royal bodyguard who may have fathered the heir apparent and the legendary figure from Hindu mythology.

Mukkabaaz (2017)

The boxing drama by Anurag Kashyap examined caste through two lenses: the generic Bollywood love story lens, and also the manner in which it finds its way into sports administration on various levels.

Sonchiriya (2019)

While the Abhishek Chaubey film is more overtly about deliverance and rebels in the Chambal ravines, it also examines the caste dynamics within rebel groups and the police force and how that informs the day-to-day occurrences in the ravines.

Article 15 (2019)

Directed by Anubhav Sinha, this crime drama looked at a police investigation mounted into the abuse and murder of two girls from Oppressed Castes, opening a pandora's box of systemic abuse.

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