It is good to see that Bollywood has come the long way and now they are making movies on social issues. The art of cinema is used to narrate awesome stories related to society that held a mirror and forced us to watch the cruel world we are living in.
We have created a list of 12 beautiful cinemas that sparked powerful debates against the social evils.
1. My Brother Nikhil
Sanjay Suri is famous for picking debatable topics like Filhaal and Jhankaar Beats. In the movie My Brother Nikhil, the concept of AIDS was used to inform people how they should treat AIDS patients.
By adding the element of homosexuality in the movie made it more debatable. There aren’t many movies in Bollywood that speak about AIDS and homosexuality.
2. Kya Kehna
Now there are many movies in Bollywood that dealt with the issue of single motherhood out of marriage. The concept was first used in 1975’s Julie.
In the movie Paa, the same concept was used. However, Kya Kehna faced a lot of backlashes because the audience was not prepared to accept such stories.
3. Prem Rog
Many Raj Kapoor films contain themes related to social issues. Prem Rog is an example of such films. This film was based on the topic of widowed women.
The main cast of the film was Padmini Kolhapure and Rishi Kapoor. This film criticizes and condemns the poor treatment of widowed women by society.
4. Ki & Ka
In society we are living in, some works and roles are defined based on gender. Well, Ki & Ka attempted to say what if gender roles were switched.
This movie is a dream come true for every ambitious girl and every man who loves to stay home. Such movies help to define and change a certain perspective.
In 1996, Deepa Mehta directed a film titled Fire. It was the first attempt by Bollywood to depict Homosexuality on Big screen.
The complete acceptance of homosexuality by the general Indian audience may still take years to happen. Nevertheless, it did set the debates on the issues. It also paved a way for freedom of speech.
6. Doosri Dulhan
The film is based on the story of a childless couple who hires a prostitute (Shabana Azmi) as a surrogate. The film was directed by Lekh Tandon.
The same movie was remade as Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, but the fact that Bollywood made a film on such an issue in 1983 was breaking a stereotype. Filhaal is another Bollywood film that is based on the same theme of surrogacy subtly.
7. Toilet Ek Prem Katha
In a country like India, Toilets are a big issue and even the Prime Minister spoke about it in his public speeches.
Akshay Kumar starrer Toilet speaks about the necessity of having a toilet in every house in a very comical and quirky way.
8. Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women
The movie is a brave step as it shows the issue of female feticide. The makers are walking on the two-edged sword.
However, Matrubhoomi comes with a fresh take on the impact of an uneven sex ratio.
9. Margarita with a Straw
The movie gives strong messages even if it makes you uncomfortable. The movie sends you into the life of a teen with cerebral palsy who tries to get a normal life with bisexuality. It is something we don’t see in Bollywood movies every day.
10. Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh
The heights are always an issue and people get a lot of body shaming if you are short. However, our society operates in an unspoken rule that a man must be taller than his wife.
In the movie, Main’ Meri Patni Aur Who shows this inferiority complex by Rajpal Yadav’s character. It was very surprising that the movie failed at the box office even when it is very relatable.
11. Lipstick Under My Burkha
Sexuality and women have never been used in the same sentence, without abusing them. This man’s world is very judgmental of the desires and needs of women.
This topic is untouched in Bollywood until 4 women from different phases of life were bought together and they are allowed to talk about it.
The movie is inspired by an incredible real-life event of a man who revolutionized the use of Pads in India.
The movie focuses on women’s problems related to menstruation and Indian traditions that make women sick.