With time, Bollywood has become less escapist, and as a result, movies on caste bigotry, communalism, classism have formed the content of Bollywood, since these are more hot-button topics for India. Not Racism.
Even though Bollywood protagonists are routinely placed in a foreign setting or Europe or North America, movies delineating contemporary experiences on race-relations are hard to come across.
The primary problem a cinephile would run into while answering this question, is to do justice to that succession of words being placed in a single sentence: “some, good, Bollywood, racism”.
Purab Aur Pachhim (1970)
The film starts out in black and white, pre-independence, just as young Bharat is about to be born. Bharat’s father is wanted by the English and Pran, his brother – at his dastardly best – sells him out for a nice price. Bharat’s mother is left a widow, Pran leaves with his blood money and his son, Pran’s wife is left a virtual widow, and Guru-ji, head of the family, played by Ashok Kumar, swears that he will not make a pilgramage until Pran returns with the grandson.
Namastey London (2007)
Indian-born Manmohan Malhotra (Rishi Kapoor) re-located to London, England, established himself, returned to India, got married to Bebo (Nina Wadia), and after four years got a visa for her so that she could live with him. Shortly thereafter, she gave birth to Jasmeet (Katrina Kaif). Manmohan was always embarrassed by Bebo as she was fat and could not speak English. As a result, he always left her out of important occasions, while he socialised. Bebo did not want Jasmeet to end up like her, so she got her educated in an English school, encouraged to mingle with British friends, and Jasmeet was transformed into Jazz – a beautiful young woman, modern in looks, talk, habits, and heart. Read More
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Lagaan tells the story of a small village in India during the reign of the British Empire, who have to pay an excessive tax, called Lagaan, to the overly confident and harsh British officer Captain Andrew Russell (Paul Blackthorne). This tax is impossible to pay due to a drought that has fallen on the village. Read More
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
This is a story set in the backdrops of Indian independence. This is a story of a man who single handedly raised an armed resistance against the British rule. The execution of this hero raised an uproar amongst the masses where Mahatma Gandhi was accused of dishonesty and colluding with Britishers to kill him.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005)
The movie depicts the last five years of the life of the Indian independence leader “Netaji” Subhash Chandra Bose. It starts out at the point where Bose resigns from his position as the president of the Indian National Congress (I.N.C.) to the meeting with Italians by crossing Afghanistan’s rugged terrains and entering into Europe.
A valid explanation for the film still being the best is that buyambiencheap it was made by the people who were much more closer to that actual era than the later ones. As a matter of fact there wasn’t enough published research material available on the subject for the writers at that time, if compared with the present. So it was largely made on the story content compiled with the help of Bhagat Singh’s mother & other members of his family as also mentioned in the film’s credits. “Shaheed” won three national awards wherein Manoj Kumar invited Bhagat Singh’s mother to receive them on the stage and the crowd gave her a standing ovation, showing their immense love & respect towards her son.