Must see movies and documentaries about India

The Story of India 2007

BBC documentary series (6 episodes)  written and presented by historian Michael Wood. Woods embarks on a fascinating journey through modern India and chronicles 10 000 year history of the subcontinent, diversity of its cultures and people.

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Faith Connections 2013

Film Director Pan Nalin travels to India to take part in 2013 Kumbh Mela, world’s biggest religious festival, in which Hindus gather to bathe in a holy river.

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Awake: The Life of Yogananda 2014

Unique documentary film about Hindu yogi and guru Paramahansa Yogananda who in 1920 introduced yoga and meditation to the West.

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Monsoon 2014

Canadian documentary film by Sturla Gunnarsson on how  monsoon weather effects the lives of people in India

It’s a girl 2012

Documentary film that reveals the issue of   female infanticide  practice in modern India and China and  other parts of the world. It also shed light on psychological aspect of what it means to be a woman in many parts of the world today.

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Water 2005

Set in 1938 India, still under British rule,  the film tells a story of a group of women condemned by Hindu law for being widows and  forced to spend the rest of their lives at an impoverished ashram in Varanasi, India.

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Gandhi 1982

Oscar Winning British-Indian epic historical drama film based on the life of Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Starring Ben Kingsley.

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Slumdog Millionaire  2008

British drama about a young man from Juhu slums of Mumbai, who is accused of cheating on the Indian version of “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” 

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The Darjeeling Limited 2008

A comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson. A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers set off on a train journey across India in attempt to reunite and bond  with each other. Starring  Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartsman.

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Lion 2016

Biographical drama based on a true story of Saroo Brierley. As a five year  old boy Saroo falls asleep on a train and ends up alone on the streets if Kolkata, thousands miles away from his home. Ultimately he gets adopted by an Australian couple. 20 years later he is determined to find his lost family.

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India: Kingdom of the Tiger 2002

Inspired by the writings  of a British hunter turned-conservationist James Corbett about his efforts to save an Indian village from a man eating tiger in early 1900’s. It also focuses on modern day Bengal Tiger conservation programs.  The film is also a beautiful tribute for this magnificent country of India and its people.


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