1. Matrubhoomi: A Nation without women

The film examines the impact of female foeticide and female infanticide on the gender balance and consequently the stability and attitudes of society. Its plot bears some similarity to real-life instances of gender imbalance and economics resulting in fraternal polyandry and bride buying in some parts of India. It depicts a future dystopia in an Indian village populated exclusively by males due to female infanticide over the years.


2. Masaan

It’s a story of how four lives intersect along the Ganges and that gives an insight into love, life and death. This film is also known as Fly Away Solo in English. The film is directed by Neeraj Ghaywan with Richa Chadha, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal as the lead cast.


3. Parzania

The film is inspired by the true story of a ten-year-old Parsi boy, Azhar Mody, played in the film as Parzaan Pithawala in the film, who disappeared after the 28 February 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre during which 69 people were killed and which was one of many events in the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002. The film traces the journey of the Pithawala family while trying to locate their missing son. The film featured Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika in the lead roles.

4. Udaan

Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and alcoholic father and a 6-year-old half-brother. This film is roughly based on the real life of Anurag Kashyap. The film was officially selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

5. The Lunchbox

It stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. The storyline of the film – A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.