Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984)
Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! is an interesting tale of an elderly man who frustrated with the bad maintenance of his locality by the landlord takes the matters into his own hands. He takes his landlord to the court, however, doesn’t get the justice he seeks, thanks to the corrupted system. The film is directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza who narrates the life of Bombay in the 80s brilliantly.
Massey Sahib (1985)
Today, many conservative minded people criticize western fashion and habits in India. Here comes the story of a man set in 1929 when India was under the British rule. Released in 1985, Massey Sahib tells the story of the titular character who despite being an India considered himself as no different as the British, thanks to his religion. He makes every amends to please his British superiors and lives in an illusion believing that they treat him as their own. Directed by Pradip Krishen, the film features Raghubir Yadav in the titular role.
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986)
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla is courtroom drama film that follows a particular case where the jury has to make the final decision. Directed by Basu Chatterjee, the film is a remake of 1957 Hollywood film 12 Angry Men.
Mirch Masala (1987)
Mirch Masala is a women centric film featuring Smita Patil as the protagonist and Naseeruddin Shah as the antagonist. Directed by Ketan Mehta, the film is set in the colonial India and tells the story of remote Indian village exploited by the subedar. For her brilliant portrayal of Sonbai, Smita Patil’s performance is named among the 25 Greatest Acting Performance of Indian Cinema.
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Salaam Bombay! is a Mira Nair film narrating the stories of Children living on the streets of Mumbai set in the late 80s. The film draws our attention to lives of many street children in India’s largest city. The film was also India’s second film nominated for the Oscars for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film category.
A story of desires set in the historical era, Trishagni is a film inspired from Buddha’s Fire Sermon. The story takes place in 200 B.C. and is adapted from a historical short story penned by Saradindu Bandopadhyay. The film is directed by Nabendu Ghosh where he narrates a story about the inner desires burning within us.
Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)
Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro is a 1989 film set in the era when Hindutva mobilization was on the rise. Through the life of Salim Langda, one of the main leads and the titular character, the director tries to show us the plight of young Muslim men from working class segment in Mumbai. Directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza, the film depicts a story suggesting what could have been the triggering point for the development on Mumbai underworld.
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Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990)
Directed by Tapan Sinha, Ek Doctor Ki Maut is a film featuring the life of a doctor portrayed by Pankaj Kapur. The film brilliantly narrates how the life’s work of a doctor is neglected and his achievements are ridiculed and humiliated in the public, thanks to jealousy and bureaucratic negligence in the country. Shabana Azmi plays the doctor’s wife in the film.
Mammo is an interesting story of a lovely relationship between two elderly women and their grandson. Directed by Shyam Benegal, the film revolves around the titular character Mammo played by Farida Jalal. While we know Farida Jalal as one of the iconic Bollywood moms, her character portrayal of Mammo displays a completely different shade of her acting skills.
Rui Ka Bojh (1997)
Rui Ka Bojh is a 1997 Hindi drama film featuring Pankaj Kapur, Raghubir Yadav, and Reema Lagoo in the lead roles. The film depicts the story of an elderly man and his life with his youngest son and daughter-in-law. Directed by Subhash Agrawal, the film tries to draw our attention towards the modern generation losing affection for the older generation.
That’s it. Between the early 50s to the late 90s, many popular, as well as budding directors and actors, have displayed their cinematic art through parallel cinema and many films were produced by NFDC. Some of these films have gained nationwide acknowledgment and even worldwide recognition in some cases. However, many of the movies from parallel cinema are lost among the modern trends of masala commercial flicks.
By creating this list, we are trying to draw our readers’ attention towards these cinematic marvels. If you are also a fan of parallel cinema then don’t forget to let us know your favorite films from this category.