Gulabo ke khatar patar se…you know the rest. Ever since Gulabo Sitabo released on Amazon Prime Video yesterday, there’s been a little lightness in our homes. Lockdown hasn’t been easy, and the tension has just been rising these days. But, we’re so grateful that we can actually watch the latest movies in the comfort of our homes, which kinda makes up for the loss of the theatrical experience.
Shoojit Sircar is a fantastic filmmaker. His movies have always been edgy, different, and progressive. They’re quieter than most melodramatic Bollywood films, but very hard-hitting with great story and cinematography. Here are 5 other films of his that you have to, have to watch:
Shoojit Sircar’s October can be described in one word: gorgeous. It’s a slow, quiet film, perhaps too slow at times, but has just beautiful visuals and a lovely, gentle story. It stars Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu and Gitanjali Rao, and is described as a “coming-of-age film”. It’s really soft and hits you when you least expect it. You can watch October on Prime Video and YouTube.
All our favourites, Piku was the funniest, most jarring, heart-wrenching movies I’ve ever seen. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan (sigh) in roles that they’ve never played before, Piku was Sircar’s way of proving that Bollywood doesn’t have to be loud and extra just to show love and loss. Watch Piku on YouTube, SonyLiv and VodafoneLive.
Madras Cafe (2013)
Sircar’s foray into the political thriller genre, Madras Cafe is set during the Sri Lankar civil war of the 80s-90s, starring John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri in the leads. The movie was liked, not loved, at the box office. It’s available for streaming on JioCinema and YouTube Premium!
Vicky Donor (2012)
Besides being Ayushmann’s stellar debut film, Vicky Donor was the movie that established Shoojit Sircar as a talented director in the film industry. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam and Annu Kapoor, Vicky Donor was bold and touching, and unlike anything we had ever seen before. You can watch it on Voot, for free!
Yahaan isn’t too famous, but it’s actually a really underrated film. Starring Jimmy Shergill and Minnisha Lamba (yeah, remember them?), this movie was Sircar’s directorial debut. It’s a war drama-romance film, set in Kashmir. While Sircar was praised for his directorial perspective, the film was slow and dragged on, not making it a big hit at the box office. Unfortunately not available to stream just yet.