By Mumbai, For Mumbai – The best movies on Mumbai you must watch
Mumbai and its movies share an inseparable relationship. You cannot imagine one without the other. In no particular order, InOnIt shares its list of the best movies on Mumbai that you must watch. Even as we pen this, this booming metropolis has a new story to be told, new chapters to unfold, new dreams to be fulfilled. You can never write or talk enough about this enigmatic city.
A story that brings light to the murky underbelly of the city, Salaam Bombay by Mira Nair captured the uncharted waters that little kids venture into in search of livelihood and what follows. Nominated for the Academy Awards in 1989, Nair’s film featured street children who had undergone theatre workshops to portray the plight of children whose fragile hopes are crushed under the harsh realities that the city puts before them. This movie set a benchmark for those who wished to tell stories about the darker side of Mumbai.
Taxi No 9211
What happens when you meet a stranger turns life-changer in the oddest of circumstances. You know the ride is going to be bumpy and joyful. Based on a similar story as reflected in the Hollywood flick, Changing Lanes, Taxi No 9211 is a cheeky tale of two polar opposite individuals whose lives may change for the better or for the worse. Starring Nana Patekar who plays a cabbie and John Abraham who is the heir of a millionaire, this movie brings out the unpredictability one encounters in the streets of Mumbai. Watch it for Nana’s brilliant performance as he brings out the arrogance of a taxi driver who dreams big in spite of his humble existence.
Given the recent spate of events that have unfolded in the city, you must be wishing that there were more “Stupid Common Men” in the city. A Wednesday is a must-have in your collection of DVDs. Comprising a fantastic story-line and note-worthy performances by Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher, the movie reminds a Mumbaikar that it is not acceptable to let anyone determine your fate.
Life in a Metro
Personally, this movie is way better than Barfi! Coming from the same director (Anurag Basu), Life in a Metro captures the relationships and tensions that are constantly brewing in every nook and cranny of this city and how they are dealt with. Whether it is a desolate housewife, a crumbling struggler, a ruthless opportunist or a senior citizen nearing the fag end of his life, the city evokes different emotions from different people. Not to forget, the movie’s soundtrack is the ideal playlist that must be with you on those long drives in the rain.
Luck plays a pivotal role for many Jamals in this city. A heart-winning journey of a tea-vendor who wins the biggest gameshow and becomes a millionaire overnight, Slumdog Millionaire traces the story of Jamal Malik whose answers for the questions coincide with the series of events that have unfolded in his life. Having won 8 Academy Awards including the Best Picture, Slumdog Millionaire’s story traverses through the by-lanes of Mumbai, covering the emotions of the socially and economically backward. You can’t complete without saying a huge ‘Jai Ho’ to our music maverick, A.R Rahman for his musical score.
Wake Up Sid
An all-time favorite, Wake Up Sid boasts of the bundle of energy that is present among the youth of Mumbai. Each one beholds a dream to make a living and live the good life. From living independently, doing a job that you love, partying with friends on weekends, to shouldering your own responsibilities, Wake Up Sid leaves you with so much to smile about. But the most beautiful feeling is evoked in the climax when the protagonists express their love to one another underneath the city’s first showers. Rain and romance just keep Mumbai ticking.
Satya, Company, Sarkar
Probably the few illustrious movies in Ram Gopal Varma’s career, the trio digs into the underbelly of the city. These movies acquired a cult status among masses. How can we forget Manoj Bajpayee’s hearty exclamation, ‘ Mumbai ka king kaun? Bhiku Mhatre!’ Or Amitabh Bachchan’s enigmatic portrayal of a politician who is suspected of treachery to his city. These movies made bad seem desirable and portrayed the murkier side of the city that is buried under the glamour.
Do yourself a favor from the money- spinning commercial crap and grab a slice of life from this endearing movie. Starring the most spectacular actors of our times (read Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui), The Lunchbox infuses a breath of fresh air into the grind of the turbulent metropolis, bringing out the hardships faced by the common folklore daily. And yes, it shows you yet again that the way to the heart is through the stomach.
No matter how these movies differ from one another, Mumbai plays the central hero in all of them. The city is a muse that moviemakers love to make the subject of their ideas. Each and every movie only makes the heart grow fonder of your city.
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