In the field of cinema, there are some stories that go beyond mere entertainment and delve into serious social issues. These movies and series tackle difficult subjects directly, boldly exploring subjects that demand our attention and reflection. From shining a light on social injustices to uncovering inconvenient truths, these stories hold a mirror up to our world and challenge us to face realities we often shy away from. Brace yourself for thought-provoking storytelling, engrossing performances and stories that will leave a lasting impression on your mind and heart.
Here are five must-see movies and series that fearlessly address tough topics:
1. Only One Band is Enough [ZEE5]
Inspired by true events, Sirf Ek Banda Kafii Hai is a courtroom drama directed by Apoorva Singh Karky, starring Manoj Bajpayee and advocate PC Solanki in lead roles. This is the story of an ordinary man – a High Court lawyer who single-handedly fought an extraordinary case against the tallest religious figure of the country and successfully prosecuted him for rape of a minor under the POCSO Act. The battle between the willpower of a common man and the power of a religious leader continued for 5 years, where PC Solanki fought against some of the most eminent lawyers of the country and proved that no religious leader is above the law, and truth always prevails. Will continue A must watch film laced with a powerful story!
2. K-Files [ZEE5]
Based on a true tragedy, this film sheds light on a subject that has been of great importance. It highlights the plight of Kashmiri Pandits [Hindus]A religious minority in the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s who were forced to flee their homes by Islamic militants. Based on the testimony of survivors, the documentary presents a compelling case that the incident was much more than just an escape; Rather, it was a brutal genocide that is still being covered up for political reasons, despite the fact that its survivors were forced to become refugees in their own country. Despite the fact that they have been living in exile for almost 30 years and their houses and shops have been occupied by the local people, Kashmiri Pandits are demanding justice and more importantly, they should be acknowledged . This film throws light on a very important social issue and is a must watch!
3. Delhi Crime [Netflix]
The series is a story about DCP Vartika Chaturvedi as she forms a special squad of officers to find six perpetrators of a heinous crime while battling inadequate infrastructure, bureaucratic red-tapism and mounting public pressure. The series stars Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, Rasika Duggal, Adil Hussain, Gopal Dutt in lead roles. While the series’ focus is on the heinous crime and the criminals behind it, it also highlights the systemic issues and societal attitudes that enable such crimes to happen and leave a mark on your mind and soul.
4. Article 15 [Netflix]
This hard-hitting crime drama film is based in a small town in Uttar Pradesh and the story of Ayan Ranjan [played by Ayushmann Khurrana], a young and idealistic IPS officer. When Ayaan is posted in the city, he is faced with the harsh realities of ongoing caste discrimination and social injustice in the region. He soon learns that three young Dalit girls have gone missing, and their disappearance is met with indifference from the local police and authorities due to their lower caste status. It is a compelling and influential film that sparks conversation about social issues, leaving a lasting impression on audiences and urging them to strive for a more inclusive and equitable society.
5. Pink [Disney + Hotstar]
The courtroom drama revolves around Meenal, who along with her friends tries to register an FIR against a politician’s nephew after being molested. When the next case turns out to be rigged, retired lawyer Deepak helps them fight the case. The film highlights the importance of consent and the importance of understanding boundaries. It delivers a powerful message about the rights of individuals, especially women, to make choices about their bodies and lives. A compelling courtroom drama, this film is sure to hook you!