1. Raincoat (2004)
On a rainy afternoon, a lonely wife meets a man she was once engaged with. Both have their set of difficulties but try to help each other out. This film by Rituparno Ghosh won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
2. The Blue Umbrella (2005)
This film by Vishal Bhardwaj is based on Ruskin Bond’s novel by the same name. It is a story of a girl who finds a blue coloured Japanese umbrella and is enamored by its beauty. The umbrella then goes missing and she is left heartbroken, thereby ensuing her search for the thief.
3. The Last Lear (2007)
The Last Lear, directed by Rituparno Ghosh, is the story of an ageing Shakespearean theatre actor, Harish, played by Amitabh Bachchan. The film is based on Utpal Dutt’s semi-autobiographical play Aajker Shahjahan.
4. Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)
This film is the story of an amateur detective (Abhay Deol), in a small, sleepy town in Rajasthan, who finds himself caught in a web of lies, deceit and murder. The film didn’t do well commercially but critics appreciated the film’s brilliantly-written dialogues.
5. Sankat City (2009)
This film is the story of a bunch of petty car thieves who unknowingly get in the bad books of a ruthless gangster. This film was directed by Pankaj Advani and has shades of dark humor.
6. Monsoon Wedding (2001)
This film, directed by Mira Nair, has gained a cult status over the years. Set in the backdrop of a wedding, this film highlights different characters and their stories. Issues like child abuse are also dealt with in the film. The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
7. Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid (2012)
This film, directed by Nila Madhab Panda, stars Harsh Mayar (of I am Kalam fame). This movie is centered on the issue of female foeticide. The film also won MIP Junior Kids Jury Award at Cannes in October 2012.