Movies are the best way to reach a large set of audience and bring awareness. Movies are most of the time made to target the mass audience for commercial purposes. But, in between these there are some directors and actors who not only create films for entertainment but also has included a strong social message in the film. Today Grand Tourio has brought a list of 10 Bollywood movies that came along with a social message for the people and also won hearts with their social message!
Let us look at the best 10 thought-provoking Bollywood movies with a strong social message.
1. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017)
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is a comedy-drama film released on 11th Aug 2017, starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar in a leading role. The film is based on the real-life story of Anita Narre who refuses to go to husband’s home because of no toilet.
The film was made to boost government campaigns related to improving sanitation conditions in India, mainly in rural areas.
It’s the story of wife Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) who leaves husband Keshav’s (Akshay Kumar) house because of non-availability of the toilet. The film shows the struggle of Keshav in building the toilet in spite of strong protest from his father and villagers.
The film conveys the message of proper sanitization and the importance of having a toilet built for women in rural areas
2. OMG – Oh My God! (2012)
OMG – Oh My God! released on 28th September 2012 starring Paresh Rawal in the lead role is a fun take on the existence of God. The films clearly show the difference between faith and blind faith in God. The film also explores how the temples and the pujaris take advantage of the blind faith people have in God and have turned the whole thing into a business.
OMG is a story of Kanji (Paresh Rawal) who’s life takes a turn when a low-intensity earthquake destroys his shop. He then files a case against God and tries to sue him.
3. 3 idiots (2009)
3 idiots released in 2009 is the best example of how a movie can be commercially successful as well thought-provoking at the same time.
The film is a story of three friends Farhan (R Madhavan) Raju (Sharman Joshi) and Rancho(Aamir Khan). The films show the loopholes in our Indian Education System. The film encourages an individual to follow his dreams, interests rather than doing something which pleases society. It also shows how education pressure can have extreme effects such as students ending their life
4. Table No 21 (2013)
Table no 21 is 2013 thriller film with Rajeev Khandelwal and Tina Desai in the main role. The couple Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Siya Agashti (Tina Desai) are on a paid trip to Fiji where they are invited to participate in a live game show by Mr Khan (Paresh Rawal) with winning amount of 21 crores. As the game progress, they realize that the game gets tougher and in the last stage, they have to murder one person. The person is none other than Mr Khan son who had become mentally unstable when Vivaan and his friends ragged him during college days.
The film shows how ragging can have a deep effect on one’s life. It also makes the society to take activities like ragging very seriously as it can lead to extreme consequences. The movie has tried to address this important issue of ragging to the audience and how it can affect a person’s life in many ways.
5. Padman (2018)
Padman released on 9th Feb 2018 is a biographical film based on Arunachalam Muruganantham also known as “India’s Menstrual Man, who developed a low-cost sanitary pad machine.
The film’s star Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte are in the main role. Akshay Kumar plays the role of Laxmikant who becomes very upset when he sees his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte) using unhygienic cloth during her periods. Finally, he decides to develop a sanitary pad machine that could create pad at the very cheap price and make it affordable to buy.
This film was very important in a country like India where even today menstruation is considered as taboo. The movie discusses the issues faced by the girls specifically in rural areas of India and encourages the use of hygienic pads.
6. Peepli Live (2009)
Peepli Live released in 2009 is a comedy film based on “farmers suicide”. The film is about Natha Das, a poor farmer from Peepli village in Mukhya Pradesh who is not able to generate enough money through farming and is on the verge of losing his family farm. As a solution, he decides to kill himself because the government pays a huge amount to families of those farmers who killed themselves.
Though the film is shown to the audience in a humorous manner it shows how the media and politicians handle such sensitive issue and “farmers suicide” remains just a headline for them and nothing more.
7. Rang De Basanti (2005)
Rang De Basanti released on 26th January 2005, is a story of a group of friends graduated from Delhi University who decides to avenge the tragic death of one of their friends.
The film stars Aamir Khan as the lead actor. Rang De Basanti is one of the few films with the most social impact. The movie is full of social influence and social messages. The movie generated a spark in youth to protest which lead to the awakening of a generation. It also highlighted issues like rising corruption in politics and government. The movie gave strength and inspired today’s youth to challenge the system.
8. My Name Is Khan (2010)
My Name Is Khan was released on 12 February 2010 and has Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol as the lead actors.
My Name Is Khan is a story of Rizwan Khan (Shah Ruk Khan) a Muslim child who is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. It is a form of autism in which the person lacks social interaction abilities. Since he is a Muslim, he is arrested post 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US on the grounds of a suspected terrorist. The movie depicts that all Muslims all around are treated badly because of a few people and not all Muslim’s are terrorists. The film deals with a very important social issue – Religious Strife. The movie very beautifully describes that not all the Muslims living in the world are necessarily terrorist.
9. Aarakshan (2011)
Aarakshan is 2011 film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika padukone.
Amitabh Bachchan plays Dr. Anand, principal of STM college where he along with group of students opposes the Supreme Court rule of reserving seats for backward class students.
The film depicts the practice of a caste system which is going on in India from centuries.
It tells how the caste system takes away the opportunities from deserving candidates and is given to others on the basis of reservation. The film marks reservation as a very serious matter and how it is exploiting the right talent in the country.
10. Pink (2016)
Pink released in 2016 is a story of three young women who are molested by a nephew of a rich politician. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan as a lawyer who helps these three women to win a case. The film has Tapsee Pannu as a lead female actor, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang as supporting actress. It is one of the best films of 2016 with the kind of social issue is focussed on.
The movie gives a very simple message that no women should be ever judged and it rightly summed up in the film. The movie totally tears down the male-dominated society where different rules are applied for male and female. Pink delivers a very strong message regarding women’s equal contribution and participation in the society.
These were the 10 Bollywood movies having very powerful messages for the people and which made an impact in everyone’s life somehow or the other.
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