These days’ new films that come from Bollywood, uncheck the clichés and sequins of big productions sans loud music and songs intended for the general masses, but with offbeat contemporary films that addresses sensitive issues with interesting and effective narrative styles. Here are my picks:
'Peepli Live', written and directed by Anusha Rizvi, and produced by actor Aamir Khan, with virtually unknown actors, set in a small village bring in a satirical comedy about the sporadic suicides of farmers in the agricultural states of India has attracted appreciation at home and abroad for his acute reflections on rural society of India and the deadly mechanisms that regulate the media in India as in the rest of the world.
Suicides among farmers end up in misery because of crop failures which are unfortunately a disconcerting reality in some states of India especially the region of Vidharbha in the state of Maharashtra, the one with the worst situation, with an estimated 4,000 suicides each year, or 10 per day.
I like the film because it touched on the topic of suicide for the indebted poor farmers and the sensationalism of the news by television channels looking for viewers, where the film face a serious issue in a lighter mood, more like a comedy that eventually leaves a bitter taste in the mouth and that makes you think.
No one killed Jessica
Equally heavy is the story of a real life situation that inspired the movie 'No one killed Jessica', directed by Rajkumar Gupta, starring Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan showcase the story of a young model murdered in cold blood in 1999 by the son of a powerful politician simply because she refused to serve him drinks, while she was a waitress in a local bar. Although at first there were many eyewitnesses, but the man was saved thanks to the political protection and corruption of witnesses. Only after several protests, judges re-opened the case and sentenced the murderer to life imprisonment in 2006.
I like the film because the film is unusual in the film scene of India, as for the spirit of continued agitation, which was nearly a report on a case of bad journalism and justice, although unfortunately not isolated. Short-circuiting the media that is created around the protagonist is instead a global phenomenon that has been happening at every latitude risky and heavy with consequences for people's lives.
Dear Friend Hitler
'Dear Friend Hitler', directed by debutant director Rakesh Ranjan Kumar starring Anupam Kher and Neha Dhupia, is an unusual theme for the film industry in Mumbai that rarely goes out of scope of the musical movies, than to produce historical documentaries.
The film captures the personality of Adolf Hitler and his insecurities, his charisma and his paranoia during the last days of his life. In particular, the film also show the love of' Hitler towards India and its indirect contribution towards Independence from the colonial British as, also deal with the dark themes of the Azaad Hind Fauz of Subhas Chandra Bose, the controversial leader during India’s Independence, who went to fight alongside the Nazis in Germany along with the role of Mahatma Gandhi.
I like the film because for the first time a film of Bollywood engages in the difficult task of analyzing the figure of Hitler and, in particular, his last days in the Berlin bunker with Eva Braun, in a project that sparked heated debates.
Taare Zameen Par
'Taare Zameen Par', written by Amole Gupte and in the dual role of actor and director is Aamir Khan, is a wonderful movie about dyslexia and a film that has little to do with those naive all colourful ballets, typical in Indian film
A film for children, but especially to their many abilities the film infact denote this aspect that all children are special and wonderful who are like stars on earth. This particular aspect gave inspiration for the title. The film explores the life and imagination of a child of eight years, who although excels in art, but his poor academic performance compels parents to send him to a boarding school. At the beginning it will not be easy for him to adjust to the new environment, but the new art teacher suspects almost immediately dyslexia in the child, and will help him overcome his difficulties making it clear to parents and other teachers that, in reality, the child is very intelligent, but who simply processes information differently from other children of his age.
I like the film because the film has raised awareness of the problem of dyslexia, and prompted more open discussions between parents, schools, activists and politicians and to show how threats and coercion are not able to find the potential deeply rooted in children, and that teachers should instead recognize and classify their strengths and weaknesses where our first priority should be to get to know the child before making any effort to fill him or her with knowledge and skills.