Bollywood movies have created their own niche in the hearts of the Indian audience, however, there is a section of the audience which has learnt to appreciate film as an art and as a means of expression. Indie films and independent films have, of late, picked up a favourable audience. Whether it was the critically acclaimed Masaan which showed the nuances of stigma in a small town or it was the hopeless state of the judiciary in India depicted in Court, these films have managed to gather quite a few accolades abroad. Not just winning awards at International Film Festivals, these films have managed to create an impact by becoming the talk of the town, especially in the critically acclaimed quarters.
#1. Masaan (2015)
The directorial debut of Neeraj Ghaywan was screened at the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival winning two awards. Starring Richa Chaddha and Vicky Kaushal, the movie beautifully depicts four bruised lives.
#2. Titli (2014)
This story of a dysfunctional family was the directorial debut of Kanu Behl and was premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival 2014.
#3 Court (2015)
This courtroom drama directed by Chaitanya Tamhane won the Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival. It was also India’s official submission for the 88th Annual Academy Awards.
#4 Ugly (2013)
This neo-noir film by Anurag Kashyap was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. It also opened in the 2014 New York Indian Film Festival.
#5 The Lunchbox (2013)
The Irrfan Khan-Nimrat Kaur starrer won the Grand Rail D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie was also screened at International Critics’ Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
#6 Black Friday (2004)
Anurag Kashyap’s 2004 movie about the Mumbai Blasts was a critical hit even though it invited controversy and acclaim on an international scale. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was a nominee for the Best Film award at the Locarno International Film Festival.
#7 Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
Anurag Kashyap won us 4 nominations at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival for this one. The Hollywood Reporter even went ahead to compare it with a Tarantino style flick, while Variety noted the Coppola-like influences inherent in the mafia flick.
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