Has Netflix changed our lives, or what?! Gone are the days when we had to throw ourselves into a frantic search over the interwebs to catch our favourite indie film. Or worse, scour Torrentz. Netflix comes in as the bright summer sun after a long spell of grey days, for filmmakers as well as film lovers. If you love excellent films and want to get your steady supply of some mind-blowing Indian indies, don’t go any further than this list we’ve curated for you. There’s something for everyone!
Inshallah, Kashmir directed by Ashvin Kumar, is a documentary story of contemporary Kashmir. It follows a series of contradictory testimonies, the heartbreaking coming-of-age of ordinary people; warped and brutalised by two decades of militancy and its terrible response.
Based on the initial years of Rajneesh Osho, Rebellious Flower is the debut project of Krishan Hooda. The film takes you on young Raja’s journey within himself, and with the three mentors he meets along the way.
IMDB Rating: 8.3 Fandry is Nagraj Manjule’s directorial debut. The story focuses on a young boy's infatuation amidst caste-based discrimination. Set against a hard-hitting background, this is one of those films that stays with you long after you’ve watched it.
Written and directed by Anand Gandhi, Ship of Theseus, the plot of the film follows questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through the stories of an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and an enterprising stockbroker.
Directed by Madhureeta Anand, Kajarya deals with the long fought for topic of sex selection and female infanticide in India. This is a docu-drama thriller about two women - one who kills babies for a living, and another an opportunistic journalist.
Mirch Masala directed by Ketan Mehta, released in a 1987 starring, Naseeruddin Shah and Smita Patil in the lead roles. The plot follows the struggles of a woman who fights against her powerful oppressor. The film won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. In the centenary year of Indian cinema, Forbes included Smita Patil's performance in the film on its list of "25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema".
Written and directed by Richie Mehta, Amal originally released as a short film. All is well in Delhi-resident autorickshaw driver Amal’s small life, until his sense of duty is put the ultimate test by an unusual customer.
Shuruaat Ka Interval is an anthology of 8 short films mentored and curated by Imtiaz Ali, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Anand Gandhi. The film follows the theme of an interval, and is directed in segments by - Aarti S. Bagdi, Amrit Raj Gupta, Krishan Hooda, Shishir Jha, Atanu Mukherjee, Rukshana Tabassum, Ankit Tripathi and Palash Vaswani.
Kya Dilli Kya Lahore is actor-director, Vijay Raaz’s debut project. The film, set in 1948, deals with the subject of Indo-Pakistan partition. The film revolves only and only around two characters. It’s a brave and first of its kind anti-war film that you just can’t miss.
One day, all of a sudden, a retired professor goes out for some unknown work, and never returns. There’s no clue left behind and his loved ones are completely clueless about what happened. Based on a Bengali novel - Beej, Ek Din Achanak is a 1989 art film directed by Mrinal Sen.
Anhe Ghore Da Daan, directed by Gurvinder Singh, is based on the Punjabi novel of the same name. It portrays the plight and problems of Punjabi farmers, rural working class, as well as the landlords. The film won National Awards for Best Direction, Cinematography and Best Feature Film in Punjabi.
Kshay is a black-and-white psychological film written and directed by Karan Gour. This is the story of a woman who sets her eyes on an unfinished sculpture, and starts becoming obsessed with the need to own it.
A girl moves to the big city of Mumbai and lives with her friends while she hunts for a job. One day a painter comes in to paint a wall in their house, where he faints. Thus starts a thriller and a search for identity, like none other. This is Kamal K. M.’s debut venture, and an excellent one at that.
Written and directed by Gyan Correa, The Good Road, is an interesting film narrated entirely in a hyperlink format (meaning, they’re multi-linear in narrative). Several stories run together in this film, the centre at it all is the highway in rural Gujarat near the old town of Kutch. Unique and absolutely relatable to every kind of audience!
Directed by Amit V. Masurkar, SulemaniKeeda is an independent slacker comedy about two struggling writers who are going about peddling their screenplay in Bollywood. Very few Indian films capture urban angst and struggle with such hilarity.
Delhi in a Day is a Comedy/Drama directed by Prashant Nair. The film talks about the uncomfortable realities of contemporary life in a country that has been transformed in many ways in just two decades of economic growth.
Spiced with dark humour, the story follows an elephant keepers journey to recover his missing elephant. Written and directed by Srinivas Sunderajan, the film won the Jury Prize for the Best Narrative Feature.
Champions of a college quiz team are competing at the all-India finals, and are on a mission to lose their virginities while they are travelling through Kolkata for the championship. Directed by the funny perversion of Q, the film that released on 7th of July on Netflix is already an Internet sensation.