Looking Back At Bollywood Films That Were Way Ahead Of Their Time


My Brother Nikhil (2007)

My Brother Nikhil talked about HIV AIDS and homosexuality when these topics weren't a part of mainstream cinema. The film followed Nikhil whose life turns upside down after he is diagnosed with HIV.

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Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

The film didn't always enjoy the cult following that it does today. But thanks to social media, this 80s gem has finally found a special place in pop culture. The satire told the tale of two photographers who come across corruption, bureaucracy and dirty politics.

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Monsoon Wedding (2001)

Besides being a wedding extravaganza, this Mira Nair directorial also shed light on child abuse and the hesitancy that revolves around it.

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No Smoking (2007)

Even as the film was a Bollywood disaster, the film explored a thin line between reality and illusion. It was a piece of art that offered something surreal with each viewing.

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Lamhe (1991)

With award winning performances from Anil Kapoor and Srivedi, Lamhe remains one of the most unconventional and boldest love stories that Yash Chopra ever helmed.

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Parched (2015)

With growing impact of OTT, the Indian audience has adapted nudity quotient in cinema. However, it wasn't always the case. At that time, this Radhika Apte-starrer showed unfiltered female body, that too, without sexualizing it.

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Cheeni Kum (2007)

A first of its kind romance, Cheeni Kum showed romance blooming between a 64-year-old chef and a 34-year-old woman. The film broke age-related stereotypes.

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Masoom (1983)

The film followed a happy family who was handed over a child from past-affair with the father. The story handles the suffering of children born out of wedlock.

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Kya Kehna (2000)

A single young woman is forced to into motherhood with her former boyfriend nowhere in sight. Her best friend comes to her rescue when her own family leaves her.

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Pyaasa (1957)

The Guru Dutt-starrer was perhaps the first film to show decent portrayal of sex workers. Pyaasa was decades ahead in its portrayal of women and relationships.

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