They who do not love it, do not understand its effect on the soul. Just like a hot, sizzling pizza with a glass of coke makes one salivate almost instantly, a good piece of art makes those who appreciate it, want to take in each bit of it nearly as instantly. In other words, a good piece of art in any form for those who love it, is food for the soul.
Films there are galore. From commercial successes to the ones that do not do as well at the box office but are good nevertheless, each film has something to offer. Be it in terms of the story, the characters, the music, the performances, or the overall experience. While there are some films that entertain you and give you some time away from the monotony of daily life, there are some that you can relish as exquisite pieces of art.
- That girl in yellow boots.
The ordinary pace of the film gives it the characteristic of the story of an ordinary girl. But the extraordinariness of every ordinary story, owing to its uniqueness is what makes this film absolutely incredible. The diverse range of emotions portrayed, within the most mundane background, are effortlessly relatable in some form or the other. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, this one is a sure treat with brilliant performances by Kalki Koechlin, Naseeruddin Shah, and Gulshan Devaiyah. Having been screened at a plethora of film festivals the world over, this thriller leaves you completely enthralled.
This film, just like its name, transports you to an entirely different world. The story of a writer’s journey in and out of his imagination, and into the company of a courtesan who also happens to be one of his most cherished characters, this film is like poetry in motion. It progresses at such a slow pace that it becomes hauntingly beautiful. Directed by Goutam Ghose, the cast comprising Nana Patekar, Rekha, and Deepti Naval, in the lead is what steals the show. For all the parallel cinema fanatics, this one cannot be missed.
- Sita Sings the Blues.
A Nina Paley creation, this film is directed, written, produced, and animated by this ace artist from America. In a stunning three level animation, Paley discusses events and issues from the Ramayana, with Sita at the centre. A feminist approach to the life of Sita, as an individual and as the wife of her husband, this film brings to fore numerous themes in a light hearted, humorous approach. The song sequences, the animation, the innovative style of narration, the music, and the theme, make it a truly exquisite piece of art.
- Dev D.
Written and directed by the favourite of this generation, Anurag Kashyap, this film was released in 2009. A modern take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhay’s novel Devdas, this is one film that can make you fall in love with it in no time at all. Amit Trivedi has added an extraordinariness to the aura of drugs, alcohol, and unrequited love with his music. This black comedy-drama is a must watch for all those who like and appreciate offbeat art.
- Khamoshi-The musical.
If you cry easily seeing emotions flow out of a screen into your own life, this movie is going to make your cry a lot, but leaving you with purged emotions and a sense of peace and bliss. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial debut, this is the story of a girl born to deaf and mute parents, and their journey of bringing music and love into their lives, both metaphorical and literal. This movie is sure to leave you wanting for more.
A musical drama, the performances and the aura the music of the film create is bound to leave the audience mesmerized. A simple story, it says a lot with only a few words, and touches one’s soul.