Top 10 awesome movies like Ankur: The Seedling that you will enjoy watching

You just finished watching Ankur: The Seedling and you can't get over how good this movie was. Now you want to watch more of such masterpieces. We have curated a list of similar movies which are created by the likes of Shyam Benegal, Shabana Azmi and Sadhu Meher . Here goes the list -

  1. Bhumika
  2. The Churning
  3. Junoon
  4. Damul
  5. Aurat
  6. Kalyug
  7. Dharmputra
  8. Shakespeare-Wallah
  9. Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!
  10. Anubhav
  1. Bhumika

    Bhumika

    Coming from a poor and destitute family, Urvashi is encouraged by her mother, Shanta (Sualbha Deshpande) to be on more than friendly terms with a much older male, Keshav Dalvi (Amol Palekar). Keshav takes a liking to young Urvashi, and encourages her to explore her talents in films, which she does, and does gain popularity, starting as a singer, then accomplishing herself as an actress/singer. She decides to marry Keshav, only to be discouraged by her own mother, but she is strong-willed, and does marry him. She has a baby girl after the marriage, but feels stifled and oppressed with Keshav, and has affairs with her co-star Rajan (Anant Nag), a film producer, Sunil Verma (Naseeruddin Shah), but ends up dissatisfied. Then she meets wealthy Vinayak Kale (Amrish Puri), and decides to settle down with him, little knowing that he is already married to another woman, and also has a son. By the time she finds out it is too late, she has already been accepted in his household, and any woman, whether his own mother(Dina Pathak), his present handicapped wife, and even Urvashi have to follow the rules laid down - no women can leave the house under any circumstances, except after death.

    This movie, created by Shyam Benegal, Smita Patil and Anant Nag, scores 7.5 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  2. The Churning

    The Churning

    Dr.Rao (Girih Karnad) is a Vetinary doc, who comes to this village with the aim of starting a Milk Co-operative society for the welfare of the villagers. But the wealthy businessman Mishraji (Amrish Puri) and Sarpanch (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) are unhappy about this. How Dr.rao succeeds in his mission to make the villagers self reliant, with the help of Bindu (Smit Patil) and Bhola (Naseeruddin shah) is worth watching.

    This movie, created by Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad and Naseeruddin Shah, scores 7.7 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  3. Junoon

    Junoon

    Set during the 1857 War of Independence, an obsessed Indian Nawab desires to wed a young Anglo-Indian woman, but the girl's obstinate mother stands between them.

    This movie, created by Shyam Benegal, Shashi Kapoor and Nafisa Ali, scores 7.6 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  4. Damul

    Damul

    Damul (Bonded Until Death) highlights the ill effects of Bonded Labour System while narrating the story of a bonded labour who is left with no choice but to steal by his landlord.

    This movie, created by Prakash Jha, Annu Kapoor and Sreela Majumdar, scores 6.9 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  5. Aurat

    Aurat

    Radha (Sardar Akhtar) is an indomitable woman, toiling away to feed her three sons and to pay off Sukhilala (Kanhaiyalal), the village's rapacious moneylender. When she learns that she is pregnant again, her husband, Shamu (Arun Kumar Ahuja), runs far away, leaving her to fend for herself against poverty and the lecherous advances of Sukhilala. Later, the two eldest children die, leaving her with only two sons: the straight-laced Ramu (Surendra) and the wild Birju (Yakub). Ramu becomes a bandit which eventually forces Radha to take drastic actions.

    This movie, created by Mehboob Khan, Surendra and Sardar Akhtar, scores 7.0 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  6. Kalyug

    Kalyug

    This movie tells story of fierce and total competition of two related business families in the days of license raaj India.The overall plot is based on Mahabharat.This movie shows that how the pursuit of self serving ideals even legitimizes killing of family members.

    This movie, created by Shyam Benegal, Shashi Kapoor and Rekha, scores 7.8 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  7. Dharmputra

    Dharmputra

    Circa British Rule in India is the tale of two Delhi families, that of Nawab Badruddin and Gulshan Rai. The two families are so close that they virtually share the same house. The Nawab's daughter, Husn Bano, has an affair with a young man named Hamid, & gets pregnant. When the Nawab attempts to arrange her marriage with Hamid, he finds that Hamid has disappeared. Amrit Rai and his wife Savitri assist Husn with the birth of a baby boy, Dilip, and even adopt him and give him their family name. Young Dilip is a cute young child, the apple of the Badruddin and the Rai households. Husn then gets married to another young man, Javed, and moves to another location. In the meantime, while participating in a protest to force the British to leave India, the Nawab gets killed. Years later, Husn Bano and Javed return to a warm welcome by the Rai family. Then she meets Dilip - not the Dilip she had left behind - this Dilip is fascist, a Muslim-hater, who has joined forces with other extremists, in order to force Muslims to leave India, and even go to the extent of burning buildings and killing them. How can Husn and Dilip adapt to each other with so much hate and distrust between them?

    This movie, created by Yash Chopra, Mala Sinha and Shashi Kapoor, scores 7.2 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

    You can watch this on Amazon Prime Video.

  8. Shakespeare-Wallah

    Shakespeare-Wallah

    The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face of India as the old is replaced by the new, Maharajas become hotel owners, sports become more important than culture and the theater is replaced by Bolliwood movies. Based on the travels of Geoffrey Kendal with his daughter Felicity Kendal.

    This movie, created by James Ivory, Shashi Kapoor and Felicity Kendal, scores 6.7 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

    You can watch this on Apple Itunes, Youtube, Fandangonow, Amazon Video and Google Play Movies.

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  9. Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!

    Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!

    An old couple, Mohan Joshi (Bhisham Sahni) and his wife (Dina Pathak), sues their landlord (Amjad Khan) for not maintaining their 'collapsing' apartment building. For this, they hire two cunning lawyers (Naseeruddin Shah and Satish Shah), while Rohini Hattangadi is the opposition lawyer. The court case drags on for years and the lawyers milk the old couple dry, while they become rich. Back home in the society, the old couple is ridiculed for fighting the landlord, but they fight on nevertheless. In the end, when the judge comes to check the condition of the chawl, the landlord's men prop up the place, thus convincing the judge that all is well. Finally, Joshi gathers all his strength and pulls down the temporary supports put up by the men causing the building to collapse on himself.

    This movie, created by Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Bhisham Sahni and Dina Pathak, scores 7.1 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  10. Anubhav

    Anubhav

    Meeta Sen (Tanuja) and Amar Sen (Sanjeev Kumar) have been married for several years. Due to Amar's hectic work schedule, the couple have not had children, as there was no time for intimacy. Meeta decides to take matters into her own hands, gets rid of the servants, save for Hari (A.K. Hangal), and decides to run the household on her own. This gets the couple to be closer, and eventually they do get intimate. And then Meeta's old flame Shashi Bhushan (Dinesh Thakur) not only re-enters Meeta's life, but also gets employed in the same organization as Amar, throwing their marriage again in jeopardy.

    This movie, created by Basu Bhattacharya, Sanjeev Kumar and Tanuja, scores 6.9 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

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