Bollywood Movies That Dared to Do Something Risky

Nowadays when we talk about experimentation in Bollywood films even with a social message they take a subtle dig at social problems rather than directly beating the bush they beat around the bush to create awareness may be due to financial reasons or the way CBFC is behaving these days but still we say that the film industry has finally grown a spine to stand on its own and not get bogged down under social pressures.

Here is the list of those Bollywood movies that actually dared to do something risky. These listed films do have a social message for the Indian society and the youngsters. There was pressure from the Censor Board of India, still than, these films not only sustained but did a very good business too.

1. Rang De Basanti

This movie needs no introduction. Rang De Basanti revolves around lives of a group of students who protest against the government and the fighter MIG planes used by the Air Force after the death of their friend in a plane crash. This thought-provoking movie created a huge impact socially with the candle lighting sequence which is often used in real life even now by citizens for protesting an issue.

2. Chak De India

Chak De india is one movie that played an important role in reviving popularity of hockey, especially women hockey in India. One of the finest performances by Shah Rukh Khan, Chak De! India talks about religion, sexism, India partition, regional prejudice, emotions and lot more through field hockey.

Former hockey player, Aslam Sher Khan, stated in an interview, “We have to make a Team India as you have seen in bollywood blockbuster Chak De! India. There are players from several parts of the country. We have to unite them to make a powerful force.”

3. Taare Zameen Par

The movie beautifully captures life of Ishaan, a dyslexic kid who struggles everyday to do simple things of life. As simple as tying a shoe lace. It spread a message to all those families who want their kid to excel in everything – every kid is different and has different needs..

4. 3 idiots

The revolutionary movie that gave a whole new twist to the Indian education system. The movie gives a message that education doesn’t require money, uniform, big schools and colleges, all it requires is the strong will to study. The story also focuses on how the education system should look beyond high grades and should focus on what a kid wants to do.

5. Swades

A fine performance by Shah Rukh Khan, the movie focuses on the issue of brain drain and Indians moving abroad for greener pastures. The story revolves around the life of an NRI who works for NASA and how his visit to a village changes his life along with hundreds of other villagers. The movie inspired a lot of NRIs to come back to the roots and work for the country. 

6. Prem Rog

The movie focuses on the sensitive topic of widow remarriage. Released in 1982, the movie has Rishi Kapoor (Devdhar) and Padmini Kolhapure (Manorama) as lead actors. Devdhar tries to revive the life of his childhood friend Manorama after she loses her newly wed husband. At the time of a conservative India, when widows were boycotted from the community and were expected to spend the rest of their lives in misery, the movie comes as a breath of fresh air and portrays a better life for a widow.

7. OMG! Oh My God

India is a religious country. With 330 millions Gods to worship, it has become a business for some.The movie released in 2012 starred Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Mithun Chakravborty. In spite of touching on a sensitive subject, the movie received a great response from both audience and critics. Without being preachy and boring, the film teaches us how we should not look for God in idols and be blind-folded by those who try to play with people’s emotions in the name of God.

8. Damini

The story is of how a woman fights against society for justice. The film is considered to be the best woman-centric film ever made in Bollywood along with Mother India. Extra ordinary performance by Sunny Deol as a lawyer won him a National award that year. Meenakshi Sheshadri portrays the role of a strong woman who fights against her own family for raping the house maid.

9. Udaan

The film was officially selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Udaan was first Indian film to be part of Cannes’ official section in seven years. Udaan tells the story of thousands of youths from India’s middle-class families, who want to break free and follow their dreams.

10. Black Friday

The film is based on the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai which many believe were organised as retaliation for the Bombay riots which left over 300 people dead and more than 1500 people injured. The film has been appreciated by critics all over the world.

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