We have seen them direct some quality films in both Bollywood and Hollywood. But very few of us are aware about some path breaking documentaries made by some of India’s finest film directors.
Here are a few documentaries made by film directors who we love for their feature length films.
1. The Forgotten Army by Kabir Khan.
The Bajrangi Bhaijaan director might be famous for delivering such blockbuster hits, but he is also famous for creating a documentary on Netaji Shubhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army.
2. Satyajit Ray, A Viewpoint by Shyam Benegal.
This national award winning documentary shot by veteran director Shyam Benegal features Satyajit Ray as he tells us what cinema means to him and discusses some of his works. This piece of document is pure gold and is a must watch for every aspiring filmmaker.
You can watch the film here.
3. India Cabaret by Mira Nair.
Directed by one of India’s finest directors Mira Nair, this 1985 documentary follows two Bombay based striptease dancers as they try to analyze woman stereotypes in Indian society.
4. Sonal by Prakash Jha.
The documentary that received a national award in 2002 is based on the life of Padma Vibhushan awardee Sonal Mansingh. Directed by Omkara director Om Prakash Mehra, this documentary showcases the struggles in the personal and professional life of this Odissi dancer who today is considered to be one of the most proficient Indian classic dancers of all time.
More about the film here.
5. Sikkim by Satyajit Ray.
Many of us didn’t know but yes, one of India’s finest directors to ever exist Satyajit Ray, did make a documentary. Titled as Sikkim, Ray showed us his perspective on this Indian state that lies on the Bhutan border.
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