Bollywood Documentary Films on Netflix:
Netflix is one of the largest online streaming sites and its presence in India is gaining a lot of weight. From Hollywood to Bollywood, Netflix has it all, the latest movies, documentaries and tele series. Documentaries are often mirror the realities of life and people from up close and personal quarters. These documentaries document real incidents, political problems, crimes and just about anything that is happening around you. Netflix has some watch worthy documentaries that will give you a firsthand account of things around you.
Here is a list of Bollywood documentary films on Netflix:
- One in a Billion:
- The documentary is about a man from Punjab who made his way through the NBA, Satnam Singh. It is about his journey through all the hardships that is beautifully portrayed in a touching manner in this documentary. The documentary is an insight into his dreams and the way he achieved them.
- Celluloid Man (Released: 2012)
Director: Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
The documentary is a peek into the life of PK Nair, warmly remembered as the preserver of Indian cinema and founder of National Film Archive of India. He is credited with the task of saving nine films from the silent era. The documentary pays a tribute to the Indian cinema legend whose love for celluloid has inspired filmmaker’s time immemorial.
- The ’80s India (Released: 2013)
The documentary sketches some of the most historic moments and people that were the newsmakers in India during the rocking 80’s.
- My Friend Hussain (Released: 2013)
Director: Bhavana Sresht
Often called the Picasso of India, the documentary is a biography, docu-drama of the life of M F Hussain. The documentary travels through his life journey touching upon his struggles, achievement, art and journey with friends. The documentary sees the likes of Raza, Kishan Khanna, Ram Kumar and others speak about the great painter.
- Meet the Patels (Released: 2014)
Director: Geeta Patel
This documentary is a hilarious take on the Indians living abroad who are torn between traditions and family and their personal choices. It tails the journey of a soon-to-be 30, Indian-American Ravi Patel and is based on situational hilarity for its comedy. Interestingly, the film is based on real-life experiences of actor Ravi Patel and is directed by his sister, Geeta Patel.
- Born into Brothels:
This Academy Award-winning documentary is about the lives of children who were born in Kolkata’s red light area. Based on the travails of a documentary photographer who visited their homes and started recording their everyday lives. The trials and the tribulations faced by these children in everyday life is portrayed in this documentary. The money earned through the film was used in the schooling of these kids.
- Placebo (Released: 2014)
Director: Abhay Kumar
The documentary is based on the India’s prestigious medical college, AIIMS. It explores the flawed education system of the country and how it affects the students involved therein. The rat race and its effects on the young minds.
- Inshallah, Football( Released: 2014)
Director: Ashvin Kumar
Inshallah, Football is a documentary about Kashmir from the eyes of a young football player. It exposes the struggles and dilemmas of an 18-year old Kashmiri boy who aspires to play football in Brazil. How his dreams are shattered due to militancy and the ensuing disconnect of the younger generations.
- The ’90s: India Rediscovered (Released: 2015)
The 90’s in India saw the sway of Indian beauty on the International arena, the rise of pop culture while the political potboilers led to violence and killings. The documentary features special moments with Dia Mirza, Raveena Tandon, P Chidambaram, Ram Gopal Varma, Prahlad Kakkar, Nandita Das and Shekhar Suman, to name a few.
- Fireflies in the Abyss (Released: 2015)
Director: Chandrashekhar Reddy
Fireflies in the Abyss is a documentary that takes you into a world of Nepali immigrants, who earn a livelihood in the rat hole mining in the unregulated coal mines of Meghalaya. The documentary presents a dark grim world of the industry that not only employed child labor but also posed health and environment hazards.
- Saeed Mirza – The Leftist Sufi (Released: 2016)
Director: Kireet Khurana, Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy
Based on the story of Saeed Mirza, the movie follows the man’s poetic vision which has contributed to parallel cinema in India from the ’70s to the ’90s. The film explores his ideologies and discovers his flashes of epiphany.
These Bollywood documentary films on Netflix present the filmmakers first-hand view of the goings on of the world around him.