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Bollywood's mid-year report card 2014: Small-budget, independent films that got a thumbs-up from the audience

Movies | IBNLive | July 1, 2014, 5:52 pm
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 Directed by Hansal Mehta, 'Citylights' featured Rajkummar Rao and Patraleka in lead roles. It is the story of a hopeful migrant family, who show up in the big city, determined to change their fate.
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Directed by Hansal Mehta, 'Citylights' featured Rajkummar Rao and Patraleka in lead roles. It is the story of a hopeful migrant family, who show up in the big city, determined to change their fate.

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 Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, 'Dekh Tamasha Dekh' revolves around the death and the religious identity of the man who is crushed under a politician's giant poster. A series of comic, tragic and sometimes hilarious events that follow as communal elements, political influences, police interference, angry lawyers and apathetic relatives plunge head-first into the drama.
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Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, 'Dekh Tamasha Dekh' revolves around the death and the religious identity of the man who is crushed under a politician's giant poster. A series of comic, tragic and sometimes hilarious events that follow as communal elements, political influences, police interference, angry lawyers and apathetic relatives plunge head-first into the drama.

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-944243" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/aankhon-jul1-316.jpg" alt="From the '80s cult film 'Om-Dar-Ba-dar', to a fictionalised biography of a soft-porn writer 'Mastram', the first half of 2014 saw many interesting releases.

Rajat Kapoor's latest film 'Ankhon Dekhi' revolves around a single dilemma faced by an old man: How reliable is second-hand knowledge or experience?" /> From the '80s cult film 'Om-Dar-Ba-dar', to a fictionalised biography of a soft-porn writer 'Mastram', the first half of 2014 saw many interesting releases.

Rajat Kapoor's latest film 'Ankhon Dekhi' revolves around a single dilemma faced by an old man: How reliable is second-hand knowledge or experience?[/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_944243"]<img class="size-full wp-image-944243" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/aankhon-jul1-316.jpg" alt="From the '80s cult film 'Om-Dar-Ba-dar', to a fictionalised biography of a soft-porn writer 'Mastram', the first half of 2014 saw many interesting releases.

Rajat Kapoor's latest film 'Ankhon Dekhi' revolves around a single dilemma faced by an old man: How reliable is second-hand knowledge or experience?" />
From the '80s cult film 'Om-Dar-Ba-dar', to a fictionalised biography of a soft-porn writer 'Mastram', the first half of 2014 saw many interesting releases.

Rajat Kapoor's latest film 'Ankhon Dekhi' revolves around a single dilemma faced by an old man: How reliable is second-hand knowledge or experience?[/caption]">
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[caption id="attachment_944243"]<img class="size-full wp-image-944243" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/aankhon-jul1-316.jpg" alt="From the '80s cult film 'Om-Dar-Ba-dar', to a fictionalised biography of a soft-porn writer 'Mastram', the first half of 2014 saw many interesting releases.

Rajat Kapoor's latest film 'Ankhon Dekhi' revolves around a single dilemma faced by an old man: How reliable is second-hand knowledge or experience?" />
From the '80s cult film 'Om-Dar-Ba-dar', to a fictionalised biography of a soft-porn writer 'Mastram', the first half of 2014 saw many interesting releases.

Rajat Kapoor's latest film 'Ankhon Dekhi' revolves around a single dilemma faced by an old man: How reliable is second-hand knowledge or experience?[/caption]

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 Mrityunjay Devvrat's 'Children of War' threw light on the terrifying time in 1971's Bangladesh.
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Mrityunjay Devvrat's 'Children of War' threw light on the terrifying time in 1971's Bangladesh.

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 'Manjunath' is based on the 2005 murder of Manjunath Shanmugam, the 27-year-old Indian Oil employee who'd been threatening to bust the fuel adulteration racket in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. Directed by Sandeep A Varma, the film won over most critics and audiences.
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'Manjunath' is based on the 2005 murder of Manjunath Shanmugam, the 27-year-old Indian Oil employee who'd been threatening to bust the fuel adulteration racket in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. Directed by Sandeep A Varma, the film won over most critics and audiences.

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 'Mastram', written and directed by 'Gangs of Wasseypur' screenwriter Akhilesh Jaiswal, tries to imagine the back-story of the anonymous author of popular pulp fiction and raunchy stories in Hindi, known only as Mastram.
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'Mastram', written and directed by 'Gangs of Wasseypur' screenwriter Akhilesh Jaiswal, tries to imagine the back-story of the anonymous author of popular pulp fiction and raunchy stories in Hindi, known only as Mastram.

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 Director Ashim Ahluwalia's 'Miss Lovely' is set in the Hindi movie business of the eighties...but not the one that features the Khans or the Kapoors. These are the C-grade horror and sex movies, a thriving industry of its own.
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Director Ashim Ahluwalia's 'Miss Lovely' is set in the Hindi movie business of the eighties...but not the one that features the Khans or the Kapoors. These are the C-grade horror and sex movies, a thriving industry of its own.

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 'Om-Dar-Ba-dar' is a post-modernist multi-layered non-linear narrative on the coming-of-age of a boy, Om (Aditya Lakhia), in an idyllic town in Rajasthan. Directed by Kamal Swaroop, the film, which was made in the late '80s, was re-released earlier this year.
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'Om-Dar-Ba-dar' is a post-modernist multi-layered non-linear narrative on the coming-of-age of a boy, Om (Aditya Lakhia), in an idyllic town in Rajasthan. Directed by Kamal Swaroop, the film, which was made in the late '80s, was re-released earlier this year.

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