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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Offbeat is the new Beat.



Movies are an integral part of our lives and society. Movies are all around in our life. Right from festivals to love at first sight, marriages to agonies, we always have a movie or a song to associate with. My first infatuation in school life is book marked with Hum Apke Hain Kaun Songs. Even today when I happen to listen to those melodies I instantly laugh out at those times of stupidity.
As a school boy I only admired movies with high star cast and action pack scenes. But as i grew up I started developing fondness for Offbeat Cinema. My first ever encounter with Offbeat Cinema was Masoom (1983) by Shekar Kapur. And to this date I have not seen a movie of that stature. That was my first affair with off beat Cinema and to be honest it was a very serious one. In the past one decade that followed I have made at least 100 more like me. And the good news is that the community of offbeat cinema makers and viewers both are on a spinning high like never before. We have some very talented directors who have created milestone movies and lured audience to watch it and applaud it with equal ease. As a result even the main stream Bollywood actors are showing keen interest in doing Offbeat Cinema and explore new dimensions of their acting dexterity. Though they don't make a 100 or a 200 crore business at the box office but qualify an actor with unmatched acknowledgement and appreciation world wide.

Here is a list of Five Offbeat Cinema of Bollywood. A must watch for every movie buff.1.  Masoom ( 1983)  



Directed byShekhar Kapur
Produced byChanda Dutt
Devi Dutt
Screenplay byGulzar
Based onMan, Woman and Child
by Erich Segal
StarringNaseeruddin Shah
Shabana Azmi
Music byR D Burman


The movie is a magnum opus of Indian Cinema. A movie much ahead of its time. Meticulous handling of the subject and content makes this movie a cult. Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi did edge cutting role and took this film to new level of perfection. It is a story about how a wife copes with an illegimate son of his husband. The movie will simply touch your heart and soul.

2. Swadesh


Directed byAshutosh Gowariker
Produced byAshutosh Gowariker
Ronnie Screwvala
Story byM. G. Sathya
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Gayatri Joshi
Kishori Balal
Music byA. R. Rahman


Set in modern day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issues that development throws up on a grass root level. It is to this India, which is colorful, heterogeneous and complex that Mohan Bhargava Shah Rukh Khan, a bright young scientist working as a project manager in NASA, returns to on a quest to find his childhood nanny. The film uses the contrast between the highly developed world of NASA, which has been at the forefront of advances in space research, and this world back home in India, which is at the crossroads of development. Mohan's simple quest becomes the journey that every one of us goes through in search of that metaphysical and elusive place called "home".

3. A Wednesday

Directed byNeeraj Pandey
Produced byRonnie Screwvala
Shital Bhatia
Anjum Rizvi
Screenplay byNeeraj Pandey
Story byNeeraj Pandey
StarringAnupam Kher
Naseeruddin Shah
Jimmy Shergill
Deepal Shaw
Aamir Bashir
Music bySanjoy Chowdhary


An angry common man wages his war against the system in 'A Wednesday'. Now, here's a flick that could make your day. It doesn't send you home romping with joy and crooning sweet songs shot at scenic locales in some distant continent. A Wednesday has none of that Bollywood guck.

4. Dev D

Directed byAnurag Kashyap
Produced byRonnie Screwvala
Screenplay byAnurag Kashyap
Vikramaditya Motwane
Story byAnurag Kashyap
Vikramaditya Motwane
Based onDevdas
by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay
StarringAbhay Deol
Mahie Gill
Kalki Koechlin
Music byAmit Trivedi


I've always thought Devdas could only be told in black and white. For it is a bunch of flabbergastingly unidimensional characters -- drunkard, pining lover, courtesan -- that populate Sarat Chandra Chatterjee's essentially simplistic story, remarkable only for its wonderfully amoral, irredeemable titular protagonist. Ushering colour into these monochromatic silhouettes has proved to be disastrous thus far, but Anurag Kashyap trailblazers in with a defiant new version that has only one aim, that to make your jaw drop. Coolth drips from every frame, but we already knew this director as a man of extreme visual flair.

5. The LunchBox


Directed byRitesh Batra
Produced byAnurag Kashyap
Guneet Monga
Karan Johar
Siddharth Roy Kapur
Arun Rangachari
Written byRitesh Batra[1]
StarringIrrfan Khan
Nimrat Kaur
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Music byMax Richter
CinematographyMichael Simmonds


In an age when instant messaging, email, and various social media have made communication easier and quicker, debutant writer-director Ritesh Batra relies on scribbled notes tucked in tiffin boxes to deliver a charming, old-fashioned love story in 'The Lunchbox'. There's a simple line in this sumptuous film that captures its essence beautifully: "Sometimes even the wrong train can take you to the right destination." It's a line that might help interpret the film's open ending, but one that also nicely sums up its unique premise.The film, set in Mumbai, revolves around a mistaken delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service) of Mumbai, which leads to a relationship between Saajan, a lonely widower close to retirement, and Ila, an unhappy housewife, as they start exchanging notes through the daily lunchbox.


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