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Bollywood movies based on caste system


Bollywood movies based on caste system

Top 12 Indian films based on and around the caste system:

Chauranga (2016): Debutant director Bikas Ranjan Mishra’s film is based on Dalit-Brahmin relations in an unnamed Indian village. The Sanjay Suri and Tannishtha Chatterjee-starrer made ₹ 9 lakh in box office collections.

Fandry (2013): Sairat director Nagraj Manjule’s earlier Marathi film, Fandry, tells the story of a teenage Dalit boy who falls in love with an upper-caste girl. It won the Indira Gandhi National Award for Best Debut Film of a Director.

Shudra: The Rising (2012): Set during the Indus Valley Civilization, the film deals with caste system in ancient India. The Sanjiv Jaiswal directed film that earned ₹ 83 lakh was dedicated to socio-political reformer B.R Ambedkar.

Aarakshan (2011): Director Prakash Jha’s film is a socio-political drama centered on the issue of caste-based reservations in Indian government jobs and educational institutions. The Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone-starrer made ₹ 41 crore at the box office.

Khap (2011): The Om Puri and Yuvika Chaudhary-starrer was based on a real-life honour killing case in Haryana. The Ajai Sinha directed film made Rs. 16 lakh at the box office.

Bandit Queen (1994): Seema Biswas played the low-caste woman exploited by the higher ranked villagers who turns dacoit. The Shekhar Kapur directed film made Rs14 crore in box office collections and was selected as India’s entry to the foreign film category at the Academy Awards that year.

Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986): The Basu Chatterjee directed comedy was a satire on the caste system with Anil Kapoor and Amrita Singh playing lovers belonging to different castes. The film that did average business at the box office, has acquired cult status over the years.

Satgati (1981): The Satyajit Ray directed tele-film tells the story of a poor Dalit, played by Om Puri, who turns around the injustices against lower castes in his village. It was based on a short story of the same name by Munshi Premchand.

Ankur (1974): The Shyam Benegal directed film sees Shabana Azmi play a lower caste woman whom an upper caste landlord falls for. The film won National Awards for Azmi, lead actor Sadhu Meher and for second best feature film.

Sujata (1959): The Bimal Roy film is a romance between an upper caste man and an untouchable woman. The Sunil Dutt and Nutan-starrer was awarded the All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film at the National Awards that year.

Dhadak release on 20 July 2018 is by Karan Johar’s , it is romantic musical movie on cast system.
One of the many criticisms levelled against it is that the film hasn’t really touched on the central issue of caste that the original Marathi blockbuster Sairat, bravely toyed with.

Article 15 release in 2019 is also a must watch movie. Following is the star cast:

Ayushmann KhurranaAyan Ranjan
NassarCBI Officer Panikar (as Nasser)
Manoj PahwaBhramadatt Singh
Kumud MishraKisan Jatav
Isha TalwarAditi
Sayani GuptaGaura
Mohd. Zeeshan AyyubNishad
Shubhrajyoti BaratChandrabhan
Sushil PandeyNihal Singh
Aakash DabhadeSatyendra Rai
Ashish VermaMayank
Ronjini ChakrabortyDr. Malti Ram
VeenAnshu Naharia
Sumbul TouqeerAmali (as Sumbul Touqueer)
Zia Ahmed Khan  
Raju Pandey  
Shikha ValmikiVictim Girl Shanu
Isha VermaVictim Girl Mamta
SuchiVictim Girl Pooja
R.D. SinghSubodh Lal
Uday Vir Singh YadavSukkha Singh
Naman ShuklaYoung Dalit Boy 1
Vikesh BajpaiYoung Dalit Boy 2
Ravi SinghYoung Dalit Boy 3
Vivek YadavNokhai (as Vivek Kumar Yadav)
Ajay Pratap SinghOrderly (Aayan’s House)
Varun TamtaMishra – Cop 1
Kapil TilhariPramod Yadav – Cop 2
Noor Ahmed TubaVijay Seth – Cop 3
Naval ShuklaMahant (as Nawal Shukla)
Shivam SinghBachchu Rai
Tariq IqbalDr. Awdhesh
Shreya AwasthiArchana
Lajjawati MishraOld Lady at Tea Stall
Shivani BhartiyaElisa
Rubal JainBoy at Tea Stall
Shipra SrivastavaNews Reporter
Hitendra Singh WallaCBI Officer 1
Shubhank GoswamiCBI Officer 2
Surendra SahuCBI Officer 3
Rajesh SoniCBI Officer 4
Ram Lakhan PandayCBI Officer 5
Amit SinhaGazal Singer
Rajeev SinghParty Host
Chandra Bhash SinghDrunkard 1
Mukhtar AhmadOld Nukkad Man
AkashNukkad Boy 1
Durgesh Kumar SinghNukkad Boy 2
Shobit RajputNukkad Boy 3
Anju RastogiVictim Girl’s Mother
Mohammed SufyanCop 1 (Nishad’s Encounter) (as Mohd. Sufyan)
Bilal AhmedCop 2 (Nishad’s Encounter)
Satendra KumarCop 3 (Nishad’s Encounter)
M.S. NiyaziCop 4 (Nishad’s Encounter)
Anmol YadavGunner
Iccha ShankarShanti Prasad (Dalit Leader)
Firoz TariqMahant’s Ashram Boy 1
Sachin PatelMahant’s Ashram Boy 2
Alim NaqviRam Lal Naharia
Hari KishanDrain Worker 1
ShahdaabDrain Worker 2
Manoj KumarParty Singer
Rohit MahiParty Instrument Player 1
Udai Bhan SharmaParty Instrument Player 2



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