We go to the movies expecting three hours of entertainment, some singing, dancing, action and comedy. And we come out of theaters feeling mildly satisfied that three hours were well spent in an air conditioned room with some fun.
But, there are a few times we feel a lot more than that. We feel a sense of having witnessed something historical, something that touches a deep chord. This is when we come across movies which leave a greater impact on the society. Some actually manage to change a couple of lives while some help to speed up pending justice, some fill you with emotional turmoil and some give your life a complete new direction.
Cinema plays an important role in our lives, even more than we notice. Here is the list of 12 Indian movies which were much more than just entertainment- movies that led to a bigger social impact:
1- 3 Idiots
The story focuses on how the education system should look beyond high grades and should focus on what a kid wants to do.
2- A Wednesday
A Wednesday is the best reflection of the challenges faced by the common Men in India due to the increased rate of crime and the fear it has instilled in everyone’s mind.
3- Gabbar Is Back
Angry and merciless, Gabbar takes on the corrupt system and politicians in his own style in the film. The movie teaches us that society doesn’t deteriorate because of the activities of evil men. But it does with the inactivity of good men.
The movie shows how an honest police officer deals a corrupt politician and his team of goons.
5- Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
The movie shows two reporters who try to expose the cartel of politicians and businessmen.
6- Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Sanjay Dutt stars as an underworld don, who begins to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi. Through his interactions with the image of Gandhi, Munnabhai begins to practice what he calls Gandhigiri (Satyagraha, non-violence, and truth) to help ordinary people solve their problems.
7- Oh My God
Without being preachy and boring, the film teaches us how we should not look for God in idols and be blind-folded by those who try to play with people’s emotions in the name of God. As rightly pointed out, we should be God-loving, not God-fearing.
8- Peepli Live
An offbeat movie that puts another pressing problem right in the middle of the plot – farmer suicides, government policies, corruption and vote bank politics.
A thought provoking movie that aims to remind the audience that the universal message of God is one and how fraud Godmen have tried to commercialize religions to exploit the common man.
10- Rang De Basanti
This movie dealt with the issues of corruption in bureaucracy but it also served as an inspiration to the youth. It reminded them that there was a time when the youth fought to the independence of India and now is also a time when the youth can change the country.
11- Taare Zameen Par
The movie beautifully captures life of Ishaan, a dyslexic kid who struggles everyday to do simple things of life.
It is a movie about a son whose mother was Muslim and father was Hindu and his problems that he faced burying his mother during communal riots in Mumbai.