Bollywood is famous for its dramatic larger-than-life song and dance formula films. But outside of this territory are several films that are reality based and wonderfully inspirational, often educational too. Many of these Bollywood films were probably not commercial successful and you probably haven't even heard of them unless you're an Indian. These fabulous Bollywood films are termed off-beat films and are totally worth your time.

10. Queen (2014)

Queen (2014)

Directed by Vikas Bahl, Queen is a comedy-drama film. When Rani’s (Kangana Ranaut) fiancée calls off their marriage, she embarks on a honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam all by herself. Widely regarded as one of the best films of 2014, it garnered critical and commercial praise. Lauded for writing, direction and Kangana’s performance, Queen won the Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress awards at the 60th Filmfare Awards. It also was named the Best Hindi Film and Kangana, the Best Actress awards at the 2014 62nd National Film Awards ceremony.

9. Aamir (2008)

Aamir (2008)

Aamir is a psychological crime thriller directed by Raj Kumar Gupta. It’s set in Mumbai, where Dr. Aamir Ali (Rajeev Khandelwal), a young Muslim doctor returning from the United Kingdom finds himself at the mercy of Islamic extremists who wants him to carry out a devastating mission. Aamir was raved by both critics and audiences for Rajeev Khandelwal’s performance and Raj Kumar Gupta’s fine directorial work. The film was a debut work for a number of cast and crew members due to which it had a weak opening but later gained widespread word of mouth publicity and was commercially successful too.

8. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Literally meaning 'You won’t get another life', this coming-of-age comedy-drama is directed by Zoya Akhtar. The story follows three childhood friends (Abhay Deol as Kabir,   Hrithik Roshan  as Arjun and   Farhan Akhtar  as Imraan) setting off to Spain on a bachelor's trips where they learn essential life-lessons. Shot in Indian, Spain, Egypt and UK, the film was a massive critical and commercial success. It was nominated and won awards in various categories. Zoya Akhtar has voiced her desire to make a sequel of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara . Music and score was composed by the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

7. English Vinglish (2012)

English Vinglish (2012)

A comedy-drama by Gauri Shinde, English Vinglish is about a regular housewife (Sridevi) who decides to learn English after failing to place a simple order in a restaurant. English Vinglish marked Sridevi’s return to cinema after a gap of 15 long years. Following the release of the film, Sridevi was hailed as the ‘female Rajinikanth in Japan’ and the ‘Meryl Streep of India’. Amitabh Bachchan had a cameo appearance in the film. The film received wide critical acclaim and swept away a large portion of awards that year. It was shortlisted as India’s official entry for the Academy Awards in Best Foreign Language Film category.

6. Lunchbox (2013)

Lunchbox (2013)

Lunckbox is an epistolary romantic film by Ritesh Batra. A lonely housewife (Nimrat Kaur) wanting her neglectful husband to take notice decides to send him a box of lunch to this workplace. The delivery goes astray and ends up into the hands of a widower (Irrfan Khan). Critics unanimously praised Lunchbox and it was nominated for the Film Not in the English Language category in the 2015 British Academy Film Awards.


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