Bollywood has come a long way. Every once in a while we come across a movie that revives our ray of hopes that in the never ending competition of a 100 crore movie in the box office, Bollywood has come up with a social issue not merely for the sole purpose of entertainment but in order to highlight the bitter truths of our society that still holds true even in the 21st century. These are some movies that will be always remembered because of the social message that was given in spite of having more or less impact on the society.
Here are 14 movies regardless of being underrated that have talked about the social evils perpetuating in the society even today.
Received award for Best Film on Other Social Issues, Padman focuses on the problems faced by women during menstruation and how it is still a ‘taboo’ in today’s society to talk about it in front of men. Inspired by the life of a real social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, from Tamil Nadu, it has engrossed the use of sanitary pads for maintaining menstrual hygiene during periods.
A 2020 movie directed by Anubhav Sinha, showcasing the plight of women this movie has absorbed the issue of domestic violence. The movie ended with a ray of hope after Taapsee Pannu fights against her husband and his family and files a divorce against him. Movies like Lajja, Agni-Sakshi have also talked about the issues of domestic violence.
The movie was released in 1972, written and directed by Kamal Amrohi, the movie centers on the mental plight of a prostitute and her longing to be loved, accepted and respected by society.
- Gulaab Gang
Released in 2014, the movie was based on a fearless woman, Sampat Pal, who along with other gutsy members of her group, called the Gulaab Gang, geared up to fight gender violence, caste oppression and corruption: the three deep rooted evils in our society.
Starring Taapsee Pannu, the movies showcased the plight of three women facing stereotypes against men and their dominance. “ No means No”. The film also starring Amitabh Bachchan in a lead role made everyone question our society’s deteriorating mindset about women.
- OMG! Oh my god
In a country where religion is like an opium for the masses, this film, showed common man’s faith being exploited for commercial purposes. The movie focused on the thin line between bind faith and faith. In spite of touching on a sensitive subject, the movie gained a great audience support.
- Table no. 21
This movie is named after Article 21 of the constitution touching upon the relevant social issue of ragging. Although under rated, the movie depicts how ragging may be fun for someone but can affect a person’s life and make it hell.
It is directed by Pradeep Sarkar and is produced by Aditya Chopra. A women centric Bollywood movie starring Rani Mukheerje, the movie unravels the mysteries of human trafficking and child trafficking. A fierce woman police officer who is on a mission to track down the group which is involved in child trafficking and drug abuse. The police officer single-handedly bashes the villains and rescues the girls.
- Matrubhoomi – A Nation Without Women
A 2003 movie directed by Manish Jha, this movie depicts the future of an Indian village populated exclusively by males due to female infanticide over the years. It tells about the tale of the crooked sex ratio in a village. The film ends when the protagonist Kalki is killed for bearing a child by the men of the village.
- Shubh mangal zyda saavdhan
Released in 2020, the movie leads a story about male sexuality and same sex marriage, A gay couple who have trouble convincing the former’s parents of their relation. Although the topic of homosexuality has gained importance, homosexuality is still not fully accepted by people.
- Prem Rog
A 1982 movie, it has focused on the subtle topic of widow remarriage. The film explored the adversity of widows in conventional India when they were prohibited from the community and pushed into a life of gloom. The movie encouraged for wiping out aged old ethnicities and customs in the favour of widows.
- Kya Kehna
The film dealt with the issue of taboo of pre marital pregnancy and was not taken very well by the audience. Starring Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan, the movie has focused on how unmarried pregnant women should be given love and respect and admired equally.
- Lipstick Under My Burkha
The movie released in 2016, shows the secret lives of four women who are in search of their freedom. Even after facing all the odds and obstacles in their way, they still manage to find their way to claim their desires through small acts of courage.
- Ki and Ka
Starring Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor, written, directed and produced by R. Balki, the movie has talked about division of labor and role reversal. The film follows a young, married couple contradicting the gender roles placed upon women and men in Indian society, by making the man as the wife and the lady as the husband. A dream come true for every girl with ambition and for a man who loves staying at home.