The regional film industries of India are as versatile and unique as the people here, with Bollywood being the largest film industry in the whole wide world.
Films are being made and released here every day. But while mainstream box-office-driven films get an abundance of attention, independent films are left behind in terms of recognition and praise.
These indie films are equally important, and some might even say more. The primary reason for this is a very obvious one – it’s the creative freedom the makers of indie films enjoy.
The lack of big names to back these films comes with the flexibility and freedom to speak the truth the filmmakers want to. They don’t have to consistently live with the fear of hard censorship, and that helps them prioritise their art of filmmaking and storytelling.
Independent films also give voices to the marginalised, the thinkers, the ones who don’t fit and those who don’t want to. These films fearlessly question the norms and the society and demand answers.
India has been producing these indie films for a long time now, but they haven’t got the recognition they truly deserve. Things have started to look up a little, ever since Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox came out in 2013.
In 2001, when Dil Chahta Hai was released, an independent attempt by Farhan Akhtar, a change was set in motion, which saw a positive change after a long stagnancy in 2013 with Batra’s film.
Here are 5 such Indian independent films that will convince you to pay more attention to the indie film scene in India, if you are still uninitiated.
Watch these films, but don’t limit yourself to them. The ocean of indie films is deep enough for you to get lost in.
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