15 Bollywood Movies that Changed the Course of Indian Cinema

Movies worth a round of applause! 

15 Bollywood Movies that Changed the Course of Indian Cinema

Right at this moment, we all agree to the fact that the dynamics of Indian cinema have changed. Don't we? 

In this changing scenario, Bollywood movies just don't work because of the leading stars and the money invested. They work because of the talented people who have changed the definition of acting and powerful scripts which the majority of the audience could relate to. Movies in India have now become more receptive towards content-driven cinema.

Hindi film industry has also given us some outstanding Bollywood movies that do not have Khans and Kapoors or exotic foreign locations, yet have managed to do pretty well at the box office. 

Let's recall these movies once again that you would have definitely watched in theatres.

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#1. Nil Battey Sannata

Nil Battey Sannata

Nil Battey Sannata, a simple movie that has an interesting idea, engaging story and some brilliant performances. It is a story of a 10th standard student, Apeksha who loses interest in her studies as she feels that she can only become maid like her mother, who tries hard to get her educated and finally succeeds.


#2. Masaan


This film begins with a woman watching porn followed by sex and death. The first 15 minutes are so startling and sad that you sit up and wonder, what's coming next? A wonderful story about how a girl deals with the tragedy and the things which follow, how the situation leads her to greed.

#3. Manjhi: The Mountain Man

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Based on a true story, this movie depicts the efforts of an enraged determined man who, after facing a huge loss, sets out on an incredible journey. This is an inspiring, powerful love story that showcases hard-hitting performances by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte. 

#4. Dhanak 

#4. Dhanak 

With a strong will, you can achieve anything. Dhanak shows that it is a unique story that looks at the world from the perspective of a child. A tale of orphaned siblings Pari and Chhotu who embark on a journey to meet Shah Rukh Khan who can help Chhotu regain his eyesight.

#5. Tahaan


How do you imagine a child's psyche? Tahaan is a beautiful story about how a child sees the world and his perception of the mundane. This boy's pet donkey is taken away by the local moneylender in lieu of an unpaid loan. He goes to retrieve it and meets a terrorist who gives him a grenade to commit a terrorist act.

#6. Udaan


An inspirational movie about a boy, Rohan, who is the son of an abusive and oppressive father, gets expelled from his school. He is forced to return home where he finds out he has a step-brother. He is forced to work at his father's factory even though he wants to be a writer.

#7. A Wednesday

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A remarkable thriller where the police face a considerable threat on a Wednesday afternoon. The movie questions the injustice which was done to a common man, when innocents meet their end, following bomb blasts. 

#8. Life In A... Metro

life in a metro

Life In A... Metro is an Indian drama about nine people and their stories, living in Mumbai, each with different issues and problems. Their interesting stories provide a glimpse of how love and heartbreaks are a part of modern-day urban life.

#9. Gulaal


A splendid political drama film by Anurag Kashyap in which Dilip, a law student, is assaulted and abused by a gang led by Jadhwal. The movie shows how Dilip somehow gets embroiled in politics in a bid to avenge the humiliation.

#10. Black Friday

black friday

Black Friday is a film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, narrated through different stories of the people involved - police, conspirators, victims, middlemen.

#11. Maqbool


A thrilling drama film in which Maqbool, a man whose superior is a powerful crime boss, Abbaji. Maqbool falls in love with Abbaji's mistress who instigates him to kill the don and become the new leader. 

#12. The Lunchbox

the lunchbox

An unusual friendship develops between two strangers because of a mistaken lunch box. One of my favourite parts of The Lunchbox is when a character buys himself a painting. Truly creative script with an amazingly talented cast (Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur) who have added icing to the cake.

#13. Dedh Ishqiya

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Dedh Ishqiya is definitely smarter, funnier, richer and way more gorgeous than its predecessor. If you're a fan of clever dialogues, great writing, masterful direction and Urdu poetry, Dedh Ishqiya hits your sweet spot. The script of this movie is truly magical.

#14. Shahid


A story of a Human Rights legal representative Shahid Azmi, who is an average citizen with a bizarre obligation to impartiality. The odd casting of the film comprises of Rajkummar Rao, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, and Prabhleen Sandhu.

#15. Dil Dosti Etc

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This movie targets the youth and shows the choices they make at the end. Two college guys with a can-do attitude towards life, face challenges.

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