Acclaimed filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane’s latest drama series, “Jubilee,” has captured the hearts of many viewers since its release on Amazon Prime Video this month. This ten-episode masterpiece is a thrilling yet poetic tale set against the backdrop of an old Bollywood in newly independent India. It weaves an intricate narrative around an ensemble of characters who are willing to take risks in pursuit of their dreams, passion, ambition, and love. The series delves into the film industry in the mid-1940s, which is transitioning into a new era post-Independence.
With an incredible ensemble cast, “Jubilee” has received widespread critical acclaim for its masterful exploration of the human condition. And if you can’t get enough of Indian cinema, we’ve got you covered with our curated list of movies that share similar themes and offer a vibrant film industry landscape. From the romantic comedy-drama “Om Shanti Om” to the hard-hitting reality of the industry in “Luck By Chance” and the dark reality of the industry in “The Dirty Picture,” each film showcases the beauty and complexity of life in India. So grab some popcorn, sit back, and prepare to be transported to the world of old Bollywood!
1. Rangeela (1995)
Rangeela is a 1995 Bollywood film directed by Ram Gopal Varma. It revolves around Mili, a young girl who dreams of becoming a movie star. She gets her chance when she meets a famous actor, but soon realizes the price of fame and fortune. The film offers a fascinating look into the Bollywood film industry, showcasing the glitz, glamour, and cutthroat competition that drives it. With memorable performances by Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar, and Jackie Shroff, Rangeela is a must-watch for any movie lover interested in the Indian film industry.
2. Page 3 (2005)
Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, the film takes a look at the glamorous and cut-throat world of page 3 journalism and how it is closely linked to the film industry. The movie features Konkona Sen Sharma in the lead role, along with other talented actors like Atul Kulkarni and Sandhya Mridul.
3. Parineeta (2005)
A romantic drama set in the 1960s, the movie revolves around the love story of two childhood sweethearts – Lalita and Shekhar. The film showcases the magic of old Bollywood and features stunning performances by Vidya Balan and Saif Ali Khan.
4. Om Shanti Om (2007)
A romantic comedy-drama that pays tribute to old Bollywood, the movie follows the journey of a struggling actor who is in love with a popular actress. The film features Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles and is known for its catchy music and extravagant dance sequences.
5. Luck by Chance (2009)
Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the movie explores the dreams and struggles of newcomers trying to make it big in Bollywood. It portrays the harsh realities of the industry and how success is often based on luck rather than talent. The movie features an ensemble cast including Farhan Akhtar, Konkana Sen Sharma, and Rishi Kapoor, who deliver powerful performances.
6. The Dirty Picture (2011)
A biographical musical drama, the movie is based on the life of South Indian actress Silk Smitha. The film portrays the rise and fall of a female superstar and how she defies the norms of the patriarchal film industry. The film stars Vidya Balan in the lead role and features Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi, and Tusshar Kapoor in supporting roles.
7. Heroine (2012)
Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, the movie portrays the dark side of the film industry and the price that actors pay for fame and success. The film stars Kareena Kapoor in the lead role and features an impressive supporting cast that includes Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda, and Divya Dutta.
8. Bombay Talkies (2013)
An anthology film that brings together four renowned directors – Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Anurag Kashyap. Each of the four stories in the film is connected by the theme of cinema and explores different aspects of the film industry. The film features actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Katrina Kaif in pivotal roles.
9. Qala (2022)
A Netflix original movie that explores the themes of love, loss, and redemption. The movie is set in the film industry and features an ensemble cast that includes Babil Khan, Tripti Dimri, and Swastika Mukherjee. The film is directed by Anvitaa Dutt and promises to be a unique take on the Bollywood genre.
Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.