From 'Shahid' to 'Ship Of Theseus': Here are five offbeat Indian films to watch on Netflix

Enakshi Sharma

Jan 11, 2016 17:03:39 IST

So, the Netflix is here and people are already debating whether it is worth the money or no.

The prime reason for this debate is the fact that in India, Netflix doesn't offer all the shows that are available in the US. We only have access to 7% of their whole library so far.

But wait a second before you protest this. There is no need to lose your mind beause let's be realistic, you can't consume so much media in your lifetime and it is better to pick the best among what is available. So, here are a few offbeat Indian films now available on Netflix, that is surely worth your time:

Shahid (2013)

Shahid, You-Tube screen grab

Shahid, You-Tube screen grab


After a promising debut, Hansal Mehta had nearly disappeared from the scene for a few years. But he made a strong come back through Shahid, a film that tells the important story of Shahid Azmi, the unlawfully arrested every-man turned terrorist trainee turned lawyer turned victim of an assassination. It is driven by a phenomenal lead performance by Rajkumar Rao and asks some uncomfortable questions.

Aankhon Dekhi (2014)

Aankhon Dekhi 2014, BookMyShow

Aankhon Dekhi 2014, BookMyShow


Ankhon Dekhi is probably the finest Hindi film over the last decade. It is a tragedy that it received such a limited release and almost nobody watched it. Sanjay Mishra leads an excellent ensemble cast that makes you get lost in the narrow alleys of Old Delhi and soak in the aura that is gradually getting lost in this increasingly mechanized world.

Chaar Sahibzaade (2014)

Official Film Poster of Chaar Sahibzaade from YouTube

Official Film Poster from YouTube

Do you remember Harry Baweja? Yes, the producer director who once launched his son in Love Story 2050, alongside Priyanka Chopra? Even before that film, he had delivered many turkeys in Bollywood. So, it was a surprise to see him back in action with a completely different film like Chaar Sahibzaade and finally gain immense critical acclaim, that too in a different language.

Chaar Sahibzaade is the story of four sons of Guru Govind Singh who laid down their lives fighting against the tyrannical forces of Aurangzeb. This rousing animated tale of valour was a huge hit in Punjab, but the rest of the country can watch it too now.

Ship of Theseus (2013)

Ship of Theseus (2013),

Ship of Theseus (2013),


Ship Of Theseus is probably the most popular film in this list. However, its release was limited and surely a lot of people missed out on it. Anand Gandhi’s debut film has its share of detractors and still, you don't always get to see an Indian film talk about philosophy and the meaning of life. The film also introduced us to talents like Neeraj Kabi and Sohum Shah.

Mirch Masala (1987)

Mirch Masala (1987),

Mirch Masala (1987),


Netflix seems not to have explored Indian art house cinema systematically so far. The one major film it does offer is Ketan Mehta's Mirch Masala. Mehta's films like Magal Pandey, Rang Rasiya and Maanjhi have been underwhelming off late, but there was a time when he used to be a path-breaking director. Mirch Masala is a towering film from the golden era of Indian parallel cinema, starring two of its biggest stars, Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah.

Updated Date: Jan 11, 2016 17:03:39 IST