You may have seen hundreds of Bollywood masala movies that can be thriller, action or comedy but there are few desi movies that are made with the real essence of Bollywood. Most of these desi movies have come in the 2000s because the real evolution of Bollywood took place in 2000s when Indian audience started to accept the change in world cinema. While there may have come many super-hit Bollywood movies that are your favourites but today, we will be talking about the Desi movies that became the soul of Bollywood and redefined the Indian film industry. Let’s have a look at these brilliant-executed desi flicks below.
1. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
There is only one movie before the 2000s that managed to be on this list and it is none other than the epic Indian historical drama movie, Mughal-E-Azam. Mughal-e-Azam is a benchmark when we talk about the evolution of Bollywood. The movie is often considered to be a milestone of its genre and had earned the reputation for being the face of Indian cinema for a long time.
2. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
There came hundreds of desi movies from the 1960s to 1990s but the real movies that became part of the evolution of Bollywood came in 2000s. The first movie in the 2000s that managed to strike the chord of the heart of young India was Dil Chahta Hai. This youth-driven became the face of modern India as the youth in the country loved this movie. Dil Chahta Hai came at the exact time when the Indian youth was going through a transition.
3. Swades (2004)
Swades is one of the subtle Bollywood movies that are so nice and worth watching. It is a very sweet and simple type of desi movie that it has managed to gain the Cult status. Although the movie was not such a big hit at the box office but it got huge critical acclaim. Swades is inspired by the real story of an NRI couple who returned to India to help electrify Indian villages.
4. Rang De Basanti (2006)
We are short of words in describing this classic Indian movie, Rang De Basanti. It is a youth-oriented movie and the Indian youth still connects with the movie. It doesn’t matter if you have seen this movie once or twice, you are going to love the movie everytime you watch it. This movie proves that the sense of patriotism in Indian youth hasn’t blurred and is still there, waiting for the time when the country will need it.
5. A Wednesday! (2008)
Can you imagine a hit Bollywood movie without songs? Yes, you heard that right. Well, A Wednesday! is that movie for you, now you can imagine that how good this movie is. The movie has acquired the cult status over the years and it is one of the few desi movies that actually inspired a Hollywood flick.
6. 3 Idiots (2009)
Despite being one of the best movies of Bollywood, it is also one of the highest-grossing Bollywood movies. This comedy-drama movie takes on the education system of India and it will make you question the things that are going around you. It is one of those desi movies that has inspired many people to change their thinking about the conventional things. That’s the reason we recommend all of you to watch this movie at least once.
7. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
Gangs of Wasseypur is a two-part Indian crime movie and we don’t recommend to watch this movie with your kids. This is one of those unconventional Bollywood movies that changed the perception of Indian Cinema. No India fan would have thought that one day Bollywood would be producing this kind of movie. It is a very different kind of movie that you usually don’t see in Bollywood.
8. Queen (2013)
If you are a complete desi at heart, you are going to love this Bollywood flick, Queen. It is a young women oriented movie that created a buzz at the time of its release. The young Indian woman breaking all the stereotypes and orthodox thinking of Indian society embarks on her honeymoon alone, making this movie as a must-watch for all of us.
9. Pink (2016)
With increasing rapes and crime-rate in India, this desi movie released just at the right time. This brilliant-written movie takes on the women’s rights and dignity in India. It is one of the best desi movies of 2016 and this Indian courtroom drama is a must-watch for all of you. Pink movie shows that the Bollywood has evolved over the years and the Indian audience is ready to accept the change.
10. Dangal (2016)
The last and latest movie comes with the brilliant performance of the perfectionist, Mr. Aamir Khan. The movie tells the real-life story of a man who fought against all the odds by training his daughters to win medals for India in wrestling. The movie changed the perception of Indians who think that their daughter is a burden on them and should be married at a young age. We recommend you to watch this movie with your parents.
Do let us know which of these desi movies are your favourite one? Also, suggest us any other movie that you would like to see on this list.