Examples of meaningful cinema

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Examples of meaningful cinema

Some movies entertain you, some movies intellectually please you, some movies emotionally move you while some movies leave an indelible imprint on your mind.

Movies have the power to transport you, they terrifically embody stories - powerful stories.

Meaningful cinema has the power to prod us to look back on life, ask questions, ponder and awaken endless possibilities about our life. Thought-provoking movies leave us endlessly thinking and meaningful cinema ends up teaching us a life lesson or two. These are the films that are made with their creative visions intact and well-preserved souls.

Here are some meaningful Hindi movies that are a must-watch:

Lagaan (2001)


Nominated for an ‘Academy Award’ that year, Lagaan will remain one of the finest films of Indian cinema. Based on sports and patriotism as a theme, Lagaan is a periodic film that will not only keep you hooked to your seat but will also evoke an emotion of patriotism.

Swades (2004)


Shah Rukh Khan starrer Swades is possibly the only film that addresses the issues of ‘brain drain’ sensibly and without being preachy. This critically acclaimed film too kindles love your country in spite of its imperfections.


Black Friday (2005) 


Based on serial bomb blasts of Mumbai in 1993, Anurag Kashyap’s award winning ‘Black Friday’ was a critical hit that received critical acclaim as well drew a lot of controversy due to the sensitive nature of the film.

Rang De Basanti (2006)


National award winning ‘Rang De Basanti’ deals with social issues like rampant corruption in politics, administration and invokes urban patriotism and inspires the youth.

Chak De India (2007)


Shah Rukh Khan starrer Chak De India was critically acclaimed and went to win all the ‘Best Film’ awards of the year. An out and out sports-based film, Chak De India delicately touches upon common issues around religious bigotry, personal redemption and patriotism.

Taare Zameen Par (2007) 


Aamir Khan’s directorial debut ‘Taare Zameen Par’ as the title suggests - highlights the sensitive and emotional needs of differently abled children. This movie also beautifully brings out the parental pressures experienced by most Indian households.

3 Idiots (2009)


Released in 2009, ‘3 Idiots’ not only garnered box office success but also huge critical acclaim for highlighting the loopholes of Indian educational system using humour as an underlying theme.

My Name is Khan (2010)


Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘My Name is Khan’ has attempted to touch upon a sensitive socio-political issue about the perceptions of ‘Islam by the western world’.


English Vinglish (2012)


A lot of senior and international film critics have helmed this Sridevi’s comeback film as a ‘must watch’. A subject not covered in commercial films, English Vinglish concentrates on women’s independence, respect and individuality of Indian women.

Oh My God (2012)


Using satirical humour as a driving force, ‘Oh My God’ is an honest film with a strong message. It explores the blind faith of in man made religion and how religion has become a business run by so-called-godmen.


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