Watch these 6 “hatke”, not-so-popular Bollywood movies if you are tired of watching typical masala flicks

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India is on it’s dream run in Bollywood. Producers & distributors are earning ten digit mullahs from superstars like Salman Khan, Rajnikanth, Aamir Khan in regular basis. The steady Indian economy and the increasing urge of Indian middle-class to get entertained with “Happy Ending” is ultimately ending at multiplexes in big cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata.

The trend of running to multiplex theaters to experience the typical Bollywood masala movies is now also getting shifted to lower middle-class families. Whereas, the higher middle-class, some of which are bored with typical heroism based cliché plots, are experimenting watching some different hindi movies which are used to get tagged as “hatke” movies. The decent business statistics created by the movies like “Kahaani”, “Drishyam”, “Maadari”, “Piku”, “Talwaar” and mass rejection of so-called “born to be a block-bluster” like “Dilwale” are letting us witness the changing phase in Bollywood. Producers and distributors are staking more on some low budget movie with unique scripts. Hard-core commercial actors like Shah Rukh Khan are getting courageous to publicly announce the list of “hatke” films in their bucket for next two years.

But, if we go back few years in time, there were already some interestingly good “hatke” but “not so popular” movies, some of which were rejected by producers-distributors and some were rejected by box-office just because of not having so called superstars shaking booty in some typical “masala” item song.

Here I am prescribing six such kind of “hatke” and “not so popular” Bollywood movies, which will for sure force you to fall in love again with Bollywood.

 

The President Is Coming


Plot summary: In 2006, George Bush, President of The United States, visited India. In addition to the many diplomatic and political things on the agenda was a rather unique event - a meeting with one of ...
Runtime: 90 minutes
Production year: 2009
Director:
Actors: Konkona Sen Sharma, Shernaz Patel, Shivani Tanksale, Anand Tiwari
Mohandas


Plot summary: Born in a poor family, young Mohandas lands an important job at the 'Oriental Coal Mines'. However, his success story is brutally disrupted when somebody steals his identity and takes his ...
Runtime: 112 minutes
Production year: 2009
Director:
Actors: Sonali Kulkarni, Sharbani Mukherji, Sushant Singh, Nakul Vaid
Manorama Six Feet Under


Plot summary: Rajasthan-based Satyaveer Singh Randhawa works as a Junior Engineer with Lahkot Municipality's Public Works Department and lives a middle-class lifestyle with his wife, Nimmi, and son, Raju...
Runtime: 137 minutes
Production year: 2007
Director:
Actors: Abhay Deol, Gul Panag, Raima Sen, Sarika
Aamir


Plot summary: A doctor of Indian origin returning to Mumbai from London is forced to participate in a terrorist plot.
Runtime: 99 minutes
Production year: 2008
Director:
Actors: Rajeev Khandelwal, Aishwarya, Vasan Bala, Chinkal
Maharathi


Plot summary: A street-smart newly recruited chauffeur partners with his late employer's wife to pocket a hefty insurance claim.
Runtime: 114 minutes
Production year: 2008
Director:
Actors: Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Boman Irani, Paresh Rawal
Shree


Plot summary: Shree, an ordinary man, works at a telecom company. In love with Sonu but cannot marry yet as need to make some basic money. Randhawa, a wealthy businessman, in his ceaseless pursuit of ...
Runtime: minutes
Production year: 2013
Director:
Actors: Hussain Kuwajerwala, Paresh Ganatra, Rio Kapadia, Shivani Tanksale

Information courtesy of IMDb (http://www.imdb.com).

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Ullas

Ullas is a guest-writer based in India. He is working in software industry for a decade and he is also part of guest advisory team of few online start-ups. He had some of his Bengali short stories and poems published in Ananda Bazar Patrika, Sananda, Unish Kuri etc.

One thought on “Watch these 6 “hatke”, not-so-popular Bollywood movies if you are tired of watching typical masala flicks

  • September 26, 2016 at 6:01 am
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    I liked the last one.

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