Films to Get Started with Indian Cinema

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Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) 

This is a black comedy crime film directed by Anurag Kashyap. The film is centred on the coal mafia, politics and vengeance between the local crime families. The film is a cult classic with its experimental style and soundtrack. 

Tumbad (2018) 

This is a folk horror film directed by Rahi Anil Barve. This is a mythological tale of how the universe came into existence and symbolizes the give and take relationship of human greed and excesses. 

Charulatha (1964) 

This is a drama film written and directed by Satyajit Ray, based upon the novel Nastanirh by Rabindranath Tagore. The story is of a bright and charming Charu, who leads a lonely life. When her husband’s cousin, Amal comes to visit them, Charu begins to share a special bond with him, exploring literature, art and new experiences. 

Bahubali (2015) 

This is an epic action fantasy film co-written and directed by S. S. Rajamouli. In the kingdom of Mahishmati, a man raised by the people finds out about his true legacy and the conflicted history of his family. 

Pyaasa (1957) 

This is a drama film directed by Guru Dutt, who also plays the role of a poet in the film, Vijay. Dismissed by the publishing industry, Vijay encounters a golden-hearted prostitute, Gulabo who inspires his work and leads to his eventual success. 

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) 

This is a satirical black comedy film directed by Kundan Shah. It is a take on the rampant corruption in Indian politics, news media and business, told through the story of two friends who are trying to be successful as photographers in Mumbai.

Swathi Muthyam (1986) 

This is a romantic drama film, written and directed by K. Viswanath. The film follows Sivayya, a soft hearted, slow man. He lives in a village with his grandmother and his life takes a turn when he marries a widow, Lalitha. He does this to help her avoid the challenging life of widowhood that their community followed as norm.  

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