Bollywood Documentary Movies

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Indian film makers have made documentaries on a wide range of topics.

Have a look at the Bollywood Documentary Movies

The World Before Her : Written and directed by Nisha Pahuja, the film explores the complex and conflicting environment for young girls in India by profiling two young women participating in two very different types of training camp — Ruhi Singh , who aspires to become Miss India, and Prachi Trivedi, a Hindu nationalist with the Durga Vahini.

Katiyabaaz : This Hindi documentary film is directed by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa about the problem of power theft in Kanpur. Released The film is shot in Kanpur city, which faces long power cuts, giving rise to the profession of Loha Singh, a local electricity thief or katiyabaaz in localities like Chaman Ganj. He provides illegal electricity connections to people, while Ritu Maheshwari, MD of KESCo, Kanpur Electricity Supply Company, tries to tackle the issue of rampant electricity theft.

Gulabi Gang : Gulabi Gang is a 2012 Norwegian-Indian –Danish co-production documentary written and directed by Nishtha Jain and co-written and produced by Torstein Grude at Piraya Film. In Bundelkhand, India, a revolution is in the making among the poorest of the poor, as Sampat Pal Devi and the fiery women of her Gulabi Gang empower themselves and take up the fight against gender violence, caste oppression and widespread corruption. They want to change the unchangeable with an organised social action and unification. It’s a picture of rural India and a story about underprivileged, especially a story of Indian women.

Celluloid Man : This is a 2012 documentary film directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur that explores the life and work of legendary Indian archivist P. K. Nair, founder of the National Film Archive of India and guardian of Indian cinema. P. K. Nair’s fascination with cinema began as a child and he watched his first few films lying on the white sand floor of a cinema in Trivandrum. He was a collector even then – collecting ticket stubs, lobby cards, even weighing machine tickets sporting pictures of the stars of the day.

Supermen of Malegaon : Supermen Of Malegaon is a 2012 Hindi documentary film written and directed by Faiza Ahmad Khan. Supermen of Malegaon revolves around the passion which residents of Malegaon, a city in Maharashtra India, have for film making. The town is fraught with communal tensions, poverty and hardship. To get away from all this, residents of Malegaon take to making spoofs on Bollywood movies. This documentary is a journey through that movie making process.

War and Peace : Director Anand Patwardhan examines how the decades-long conflict between India and Pakistan propels both countries to pursue nuclear weapons. Despite seeing the traumatizing aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pakistan and India continue to develop lethal weaponry in the name of peace and self-defense. Citizens, politicians and protesters from both countries offer their opinions and reflections on the increasingly dangerous state of affairs.

Fire in the Blood : Fire in the Blood is an internationally acclaimed 2013 documentary by Dylan Mohan Gray depicting the mass devastation brought about in Africa, Asia and other parts the global South due to intentional obstruction of low-cost antiretroviral drugs used for treatment of HIV/AIDS from reaching people in these countries, spearheaded by Western pharmaceutical companies armed with patent monopolies and the governments (above all those of the United States,European Union and Switzerland) doing their bidding. The documentary also shows how the battle against this blockade, estimated to have resulted in ten- to twelve million unnecessary deaths, was fought and (at least for the time being) won.

Bombay-Our City : This is a 1985 documentary film directed by Anand Patwardhan on Mumbai.

When Hari Got Married : Modernity and globalization meet age-old traditions in India as Hari, a cabdriver, goes through an arranged marriage.

Jai Bhim Comrade : Jai Bhim Comrade is a 2011 documentary film directed by Anand Patwardhan. The film begin with a description of police violence in the 1997 Ramabai killings. It goes on to explore various aspects of the lives and politics of Dalit people in Mumbai.

Inshallah, Kashmir : It is a 2012 documentary film directed, produced and written by Ashvin Kumar. It is the story of contemporary Kashmir. A series of counterpointed testimonies, the heartbreaking coming-of-age of ordinary people; warped and brutalised by two decades of militancy and its terrible response.

Check out some more Bollywood Documentary Movies…

Baavra Mann : Baavra Mann is a documentary film on the Indian filmmaker Sudhir Mishra directed by Jaideep Varma. Though ostensibly a biographical film, it is equally a portrait of the decline of the Indian creative and intellectual scene as touched by Sudhir Mishra’s life, especially with regard to Sagar University, the theatre scene in Delhi and the film culture of Mumbai.

Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told : Directed by  Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist, this documentary film is a montage of scenes paying tribute to Bollywood’s vibrant film industry.

Bomgay : Directed by Riyad Vinci Wadia and Jangu Sethna, this 1996 film is often regarded as India’s first gay film and is known for its controversial gay sex scene in a library.


India’s Daughter : Filmmaker Leslee Udwin examines the society and values of India after a 23-year-old medical student is raped and murdered on a bus.

Dilli : Dilli is a multiple-award winning documentary film that explores issues of urbanization, development and space through the narratives of people living in Delhi, capital to the world’s largest democracy.

One Crazy Ride : One Crazy Ride is a 2009 Indian documentary film based on a 2002 route-charting expedition in India.

Yes Madam, Sir : Filmmaker Megan Doneman recounts the life of India’s first elite female police officer and most controversial revolutionary, Kiran Bedi.

Final Solution : Final Solution is a 2004 documentary film directed by Rakesh Sharma concerning the 2002 Gujarat pogrom in which both Hindu and Muslims are targeted in the state of Gujarat by political extremists.

Siddheshwari  : Siddheshwari is a 1989 Hindi documentary film directed by Mani Kaul. It is a cine-profile of Siddheshwari Devi, a well-known classical singer from Varanasi.

Ram ke Naam  : Ram ke naam is a 1992 documentary by Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan. The film explores the campaign waged by the Hindu-nationalist Vishva Hindu Parishad to build a Ram temple at the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, as well as the communal violence that it triggered. A couple of months after Ram ke Naam was released, VHP activists demolished the Babri Masjid in 1992 provoking further violence.

Children of the Pyre : Seven children are shown working under extreme circumstances in India’s busiest cremation ground.

Journey from Zanskar : Two dedicated Buddhist monks take on the dangerous task of transporting 14 poor Zanskari children and their parents to new homes at a Tibetan school.

A Pestering Journey : A Pestering Journey is a documentary film directed by K.R. Manoj. A voyage through two similar pesticide tragedies in post independent India, Pestering Journey interrogates the legitimate forms and technologies of killing available in a culture.

Menstrual Man : A poor and uneducated man makes it his mission to provide low-cost sanitary pads and education about proper hygiene to women across India.

Bhopali : Victims of an industrial accident fight for justice and corporate responsibility.

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