The Top 10 Unique Bollywood Movies to watch during the Corona Quarantine

At the beginning of the year, we had released an episode on the podcast recapping how amazing Bollywood was during the 2010’s & how there is so much to look forward to in 2020. While 2020 has seen some great movies come out, the spread of COVID-19 has effectively put a halt to all social activities which includes going to movies. This means that a lot of us will be spending more time at home than we probably would prefer. All that said, to maximize your time at home with your families or with yourselves (whichever you prefer or are subjected to), we have created a list of the 10 movies you must watch during quarantine. These movies are very diverse, and they are not ranked in any particular order. Also, in this article, we chose to leave off all the movies we referenced in our other article "The Best Bollywood Movies of the 2010 Decade'' & any obvious classics. This list is focused on small movies that may not have made the cut on the other list but are good in their own respect.

Karwaan (2018)

Critics Score: 7.8

Audience Score: 7.5

Box office Score: 5 (Average)

BBroz Score: 6.95

Streaming Partner: Amazon Prime Video

Family Friendly? For sure.

The title of this movie implies that the characters will be going on a journey on the screen. Undoubtedly, that is true. However, this isn't your typical run of the mill "journey" so to speak. This journey consists of two dead bodies, a failed marriage, unfulfilled love, and three individuals you would never put in a car together. All that said, this movie is a must watch for exactly those reasons. You will find yourself laughing hysterically, crying profusely, and likely listening intently.

The Sky is Pink (2019)

Critics Score: 6.8

Audience Score: 7.5

Box office Score: 3 (Flop)

BBroz Score: 6.2

Streaming Partner: Netflix

Family Friendly? Duh.

The Sky is Pink is a movie about a person by the name of Aisha Chaudhry. According to wikpedia, “Aisha was born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). When she was 6 months old, she had to undergo a bone marrow transplant.[4] As a side effect of the medical therapy following bone marrow transplant, she developed a serious illness called pulmonary fibrosis – a type of condition that causes irreversible scarring of the lungs.”[5]. The movie is narrated in a riveting fashion by the character playing Aisha Chaudhry as a teen & it describes her life from her perspective. The story describes, quite admirably, the love story of her parents, and how the family processed Aisha's diagnosis. The beauty in this movie lies in its uniqueness in narration. A must watch, for sure.

OMG – Oh My God! (2012)

Critics Score: 8

Audience Score: 8.1

Box office Score: 8 (Super Hit)

BBroz Score: 8.05

Streaming Partner: Netflix

Family Friendly? Absolutley

Have you ever had an insurance company deny a natural disaster claim because the natural disaster was deemed an "act of god"? Also what even classifies as an "act of god"? And if you can't sue the insurance company for your damages, can you sue God for them? And if in the court of law you are successful in suing god, how will god pay you? Although none of us are asking these questions, because we likely have a thing called "comprehensive insurance" and clauses that include water & ice damage, that wasn't the case for Paresh Rawal in this comedy. If any of those questions piqued your interest, this movie will pique your interest even more.

Good Newwz (2019)

Critics Score: 6.25

Audience Score: 7.2

Box office Score: 7 (Hit)

BBroz Score: 6.89

Streaming Partner: Amazon Prime

Family Friendly? Share at your own risk

The chances of a successful IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) is 39.6% for women under the age of 35. The chances that a couple has their last name mixed up with another couple that happens to be visiting the same place to get their IVF done, and then both couples getting pregnant and having the DNA of the other embedded in their soon to come child has to be close to, if not at 0%, right? Well, this movie hilariously captures that precise scenario, just in case you were wondering.

Section 375 (2019)

Critics Score: 6.4

Audience Score: 8.2

Box office Score: 4 (Below Average)

BBroz Score: 6.7

Streaming Partner: Amazon Prime

Family Friendly? Depends on the fam

Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code defines rape as "sexual intercourse with a woman against her will, without her consent, by coercion, misrepresentation or fraud or at a time when she has been intoxicated or duped, or is of unsound mental health and in any case if she is under 18 years of age (Business Standard)." I am 100% confident that my citation doesn't fit the MLA criteria, but I don't think enough people will read this or care enough to question it. BTW, the reason I wrote the law in this description is because I think that is the most critical piece in the entire plot. This movie not only does an incredible job of highlighting the law, but also bringing to light the gray space in cases like this.

Khoobsurat (2014)

Critics Score: 8

Audience Score: 6.4

Box office Score: 8 (Super Hit)

BBroz Score: 7.2

Streaming Partner: Netflix

Family Friendly? Hell yeah

This movie is about a really rich dude who gets paralyzed from the waist down and loses his will to get better, essentially being content with his paralyzed state. 40 different professionally trained physical therapists are unable to help him out of this rut. BUT, there is one incredibly clumsy and super ditsy PT in India by the name of Milli who gets assigned the task. The story then morphs into how amazing she is, and becomes a total rom-com as she and the royal son of the rich family catch feelings. A Bollywood related list is always incomplete without a cute little rom-com, right?

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019)

Critics Score: 7.5

Audience Score: 5.5

Box office Score: 3 (Flop)

BBroz Score: 5.375

Streaming Partner: Netflix

Family Friendly? Should be, but that depends on your family

As the title implies, a young man falls in love with a girl at first sight. He sees that she is being chased by what appears to be really bad guys, and he helps her escape. After helping her, she returns home, and he longs to see her. The title also claims to be "the most unexpected romance of the year". You're probably wondering, this is every Bollywood movie ever created in the early 2000's... how in the world is this unpredictable? Well, I can't tell you that. But, I can tell you that they don't end up together, and I'd highly recommend you watch the movie to find out what really happens. Trust me, even if you don't enjoy it.. you will applaud it.

Tumhari Sulu (2017)

Critics Score: 8.6

Audience Score: 7

Box office Score: 8 (Super Hit)

BBroz Score: 7.65

Streaming Partner: Amazon Prime

Family Friendly? Sure

Most of us dread going to our 9 to 5 job every single day. We complain about it before going to work, during the job, and 100% after the job until we go to sleep and repeat the same cycle. Sulu on the other hand, dreams about being able do all of this. Being an uneducated woman in India automatically relegates you to being a housewife, unfortunately. Well, that is until she gets the chance to be an RJ, and seemingly all problems that didn't exist before, exist now. I'd watch the movie, just to see Vidya act in this but also because watching Sulu's character is hella compelling.

Special 26 (2013)

Critics Score: 8.6

Audience Score: 8

Box office Score: 7 (Hit)

BBroz Score: 7.9

Streaming Partner: Netflix

Family Friendly? Yes, unless your family doesn't like a little suspense and a little bloodshed

Raise your hand if you want to bust every politician, celebrity, and businessperson that has earned their wealth by doing really shady stuff? All your hands should be raised. The issue is, not all of us are CBI Officers (India's version of FBI). Well in this mystery thriller based on true events, we see a group of individuals led by two superstar CBI officers successfully raid the homes of famous people in efforts to take the money away from the cheating elite of India. That said, their intent is slightly questionable, and this movie does an amazing job of confusing both the audience & the characters in the movie with respect to who the hero truly is. BTW, THIS IS A MUST WATCH, and I don't think my description did that justice. Just saying.

Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019)

Critics Score: 4.2

Audience Score: 5.9

Box office Score: 7 (Hit)

BBroz Score: 5.75

Streaming Partner: Amazon Prime

Family Friendly? This was literally made to be watched with a group of people, so yes

A middle class, working man by the name of Chintu was living the dream life. He was working in a high ranking government job (I use high very loosely here), was married to a beautiful woman, and had also purchased a sedan to prove it. Soon enough though, the same job, the same lunch, and the same life got a little too boring for our average Joe. Enter the "woh". This movie is an extremely amusing rendition of a very overused love triangle. Although the critics probably hate this movie, if you need a two hour laugh, this has you covered.

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