This week has been a historical one for Bollywood with Dhoom 3 joining the likes of Mother India, Mughal - E – Azam, Sholay and Hum Aapke Hai Kaun in the list of All-Time Blockbusters and earning Rs 500 crores plus in a span of just 3 weeks. While 2013 saw Chennai Express overtaking 3 Idiots, Krrish 3 overtaking Chennai Express and now Dhoom 3 overtaking every Bollywood movie in terms of gross collections. No doubt, this is a new era in Bollywood with movies re-writing history every quarter but there has been another subtle development. Filmmakers have become bolder and have started experimenting with off-beat movies. Guaranteed that most of the movies in the 100 crore club are remakes of the South movies but there exists a group of filmmakers who want to be known for their quality work rather than the box-office records of their movies.
Over the years, we have seen critically acclaimed movies have a dismal showing in the box-office but they attain cult status when released on DVD or show on television. I’m going to mention my top favorite 5 off-beat movies which blew my mind away.
5. Mumbai Matinee
Mumbai Matinee (2003) is a romantic comedy in which Rahul Bose (Debu Chatterjee) stars as a 32 year old virgin. Having kept all women at a respectable distance all along, he finds himself in his thirties and still a virgin. Not able to tolerate such a barren existence anymore he decides to take help from Baba Hindustani (Vijay Raaz), with hilarious consequences. Despite being a virgin, he ends becoming a porn star and a repeated sex offender. When Rahul Bose hits rock bottom, he gets rescued by Perizaad Zorabian and romance blooms between the two. Despite the comical absurdity maintained throughout the movie and the movie being a bit of a drag, it does make a point about how taboo an issue sex is in the Indian society.
4. No Smoking
No Smoking (2007) is abstract art at its best. Anurag Kashyap (probably the best Indian director after the great Satyajit Ray) has always made movies in his own different way. This movie is no different. The protagonist K (portrayed by John Abraham) is a narcissist chain smoker who joins an institution after his wife (portrayed by Ayesha Takia) threatens to leave him. Little did K know that joining the Prayog Shala, a tyrannical institution, to get rid of his addiction would change his life forever. While John Abraham pulled off a commendable performance, it was Paresh Rawal who steals the show away. This movie is an eye-opener and has a clear message. People would definitely think 10 times before lighting the next cigarette. ‘No Smoking’ is an unbelievably dark classy cult movie which deserves to be watched and appreciated by the masses.