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 If you are tired of watching Bollywood’s senseless movies and stupid characters, then these off-beat intelligent Bollywood movies are going to provide you a good break. These Bollywood movies are timeless and ingenious. Thanks to some courageous makers, Bollywood has gifted us some of the finest movies that could have a deep impact on our lives. We hope Bollywood would appreciate these movies and give us some more meaningful movies, rather than giving us sexist, misogynist, patriarchal movies and characters!

Here are some of the most intelligent and best off-beat Bollywood movies that are must-watch:


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1. Masaan (2015)
Richa Chadha, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal

Along India’s Ganges River, four people face prejudice, a strict moral code and a punishing caste system as they confront personal tragedies. Beautifully written and directed, with top-notch performances, it’s a must-watch movie!

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2. The Blue Umbrella (2005)
Pankaj Kapur, Shreya Sharma, Deepak Dobriyal

Vishal Bharadwaj is the master of adaptations. Based on Ruskin Bond’s short story, the story captures the simple life of a small hill-town and tells the story of a girl whose favourite blue umbrella gets stolen. Not only the little girl is adorable but a great performance by Pankaj Kapoor makes the film an extraordinary one.

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3. Andhadun (2018)
Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Radhika Apte

This movie revolves around a series of mysterious events that change the life of a blind pianist, who must report a crime that he should technically know nothing of.

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Screengrab from Andhadhun

4. Jai Bhim (2021)
Suriya, Lijo Mol Jose, Manikandan

When a tribal man is arrested for a case of the alleged theft, his wife turns to a human-rights lawyer to help bring justice.

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5. Black Friday (2004)
Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra

This amazing movie, by Anurag Kashyap, is based on the investigations following the 1993 serial bomb blasts. With brilliant performances and direction, this movie is a must-watch.


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6. Dor (2006)
Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag

A simple yet hard-hitting movie of two simple women, who are very different from each other but are linked by a tragedy. The movie beautifully shows how they build their friendship. Showcasing how women are treated in the urban and rural areas, Dor is a movie about the struggle of a widow.

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7. Gulaal (2009)
Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary

Anurag Kashyap is the master-maker of offbeat movies. The movie is about a law student, who witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college.


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8. Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)
Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan

A heart-wrenching portrayal of the 2006 train bombings in Mumbai, this drama movie shows the interconnected stories of several strangers. The cast is just perfect and you’d miss a lot if you haven’t watched this movie yet!

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9. Lakshya (2004)
Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta

A few offbeat movies ever cast a popular hero. This is one such movie that established Hrithik as a brilliant actor and more. Also, it proved that Farhan Akhtar is an even brilliant director. It’s the story of a good-for-nothing, jobless, grown man who joins the army and turns his life around.


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10. Udaan (2010)
Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Manjot Singh

With brilliant story-telling, Udaan will leave you spellbound and amazed. The movie captures the story of a 16-year-old boy, who is expelled from his school and returns home to his abusive and oppressive father. Nobody can play the character of an ultra-strict father better than Ronit Roy and Rohan’s journey of freedom is a must-watch.

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11. The Lunchbox (2013)
Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin, Nimrat Kaur

This brilliant movie tells the simple tale in the most amazing way. The movie captures the story of two people whose paths cross because of wrong delivery. With brilliant performances of Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin and Nimrat Kaur, this movie is a must-watch!


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12. A Wednesday (2008)
Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill

This fantastic movie is about a case that keeps haunting a retired police officer, the case of a man and a Wednesday.

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13. Swades (2004)
Sharukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi

Another offbeat, brilliant movie starring a famous star! The movie is about a successful Indian scientist, who returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots. The movies shows the life of rural India and honestly, in the end, will make you hopeful.

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14. Stanley ka Dabba (2011)
Partho A.Gupte, Numaan Sheikh, Abhishek Reddy

If you think this is a movie for kids, then please throw your preconceived notions out the window. This beautiful movie revolves around a teacher who forces students to share their tiffins with him and forbids one from entering the school until he brings his own Tiffin.

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15. Maqbool (2003)
Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur

The brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ to Mumbai’s underworld, Vishal Bharadwaj’s fantastic movie is a must-watch.


16. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)
Rahul Bose, Konkana Sen Sharma

Not really famous, but a great movie that Indian cinema produced. The story about a devout Hindu woman who protects a Muslim man when communal riots break out. With the great performances of Rahul Bose and Konkana Sen Sharma, you can’t miss watching this movie.

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17. I Am Kalam (2010)
Gulshan Grover, Harsh Mayar, Pitobash

This beautiful and heart-touching movie is about a boy who calls himself Kalam with the hope of becoming like Abdul Kalam someday. Capturing the story of poor India and the struggles of uneducated masses, this movie is a must-watch.

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18. Iqbal (2005)
Shreyas Talpade, Naseeruddin Shah, Shweta Basu Prasad

This must-watch movie is about the journey of a deaf and mute boy with a passion for cricket.

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Did we miss any gems? Do let us know in the comments!


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