Other than ‘Article 15’, 5 lesser known Bollywood films on caste divide in India

Ayushmann Khuranna, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa starrer most humming movie ‘Article 15’ will hit theatres this Friday. Ayushmannn’s this movie is based on real events that took place during the Badaun gang-rape case in Uttar Pradesh.

While the story sets in the same space, it borrows from the real events to tell a similar breath taking tale. Apart from this movie there are other lesser known movies, which show the caste discrimination across the country. Let’s have a look:

Dhadak (2018)

Dharma production’s Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter starrer ‘Dhadak’ was a remake of Marathi blockbuster ‘Sairat’ which showed how caste system works in interior parts of Maharashtra even in the 21st century. Dhadak’s movie plot shows how two college youngsters fell in love but the major caste divide creates a hurdle in their love story.

Chauranga (2016)

Debutant director Bikas Ranjan Mishra’s film ‘Chauranga’ is based on Dalit-Brahmin relations in an unnamed Indian village. The movie cast includes Sanjay Suri and Tannishtha Chatterjee, which made minimum collection at the box office.

Massaan (2015)

Richa Chaddha and Vicky Kaushal starrer ‘Massan’ was highly critically acclaimed film which won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. The second narrative of film shows the plot based on caste divide. Varanasi boy falls in love with a girl who belongs to the upper caste family, on the other hand boy belongs to the lower caste whose work is burning corpses on Ghats of Ganga.

Fandry (2013)

Fandry is a Marathi film and Sairat fame director Nagraj Manjule’s directorial debut. The storyline focuses on a young boy's infatuation amidst caste-based discrimination. The film set in a village near Ahmednagar and it is about a teenager from a Dalit (Scheduled Caste) family, who falls in love with an upper caste girl. Which eventually had sad ending which showed how caste discrimination shattered his dreams and love.

Aarakshan (2011)

Prakash Jha’s this directorial piece was entirely based on controversial policy of caste based reservations in Indian government jobs and educational institutions. This movie has Bollywood’s power packed star cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan.

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