10 Gujarati movies to watch during the lockdown

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Written by Komal RJ Panchal
| Mumbai |

Published: May 18, 2020 12:53:36 am


If you have been curious about Gujarati films, the lockdown is the ideal time to get started. Going a list of 10 Gujarati movies, from National Award winners to family dramas.

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1) Hellaro (MX Player)

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Hellaro, directed by Abhishek Shah, won the 66th National Award for Best Feature Film. Based in a village in Gujarat, the movie tells the story of a group of women who break the shackles of patriarchy.

2) Wrong Side Raju (Netflix)

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Bankrolled by Phantom Films, Wrong Side Raju, inspired by a hit-and-run case, is a thriller directed by Mikhil Musale, who recently helmed the Rajkummar Rao-starrer Made In China. Wrong Turn Raju won the 65th National Award for Best Feature Film in Gujarati.

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3) Reva (MX Player, Amazon Prime Video)

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Reva, based on the Gujarati novel Tatvamasi, is about how an unexpected situation can prompt a spiritual journey within. The film has been lauded for its storytelling and music.

4) Love Ni Bhavai (Netflix)

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This 2017 romantic drama is directed by Sandeep Patel. The love triangle holds your interest throughout the film.

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5) Shubh Aarambh (Netflix)

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Shubh Aarambh is all about the changing dynamics of marriage and what makes a relationship stronger. This film stars Harsh Chhaya and Prachee Shah in the lead roles.

6) Kem Chho (Amazon Prime Video)

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Directed by Vipul Sharma, Kem Chho is a comedy-drama about the weight of expectations on a middle-class man and his struggles to balance responsibilities.

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7) Karsandas Pay & Use (ZEE5)

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The premise for the film, directed by Krishnadev Yagnik, is similar to Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. A romantic comedy, the story is more Gujarat-centric and entertains even as it touches upon topics like sanitation and the class system.

8) Dhunki (Amazon Prime Video)

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Directed by Anish Shah, Dhunki tells the story of a man who wants to leave his white-collar job and turn entrepreneur to follow his passion for cooking. His wife, however, is strongly against him leaving a white-collar job for something as “menial as a tiffin service”.

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9) Thai Jashe! (Amazon Prime Video)

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Nirav Barot directorial Thai Jashe !, starring Manoj Joshi, Malhar Thakar and Monal Gajjar, is a coming-of-age film where a reckless but driven man finally realizes his true calling, as he sets about his dream of buying a home in Ahmedabad. Involving an inspirational story of coping with challenges life throws at you.

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10) Pappa Tamne Nahi Samjaay (ZEE5)

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Pappa Tamne Nahi Samjaay, directed by Dharmesh Mehta, is a lighthearted film starring Manoj Joshi, Ketki Dave, Johnny Lever and others. The story explores the evolving relationship between a father and son, and how millennials get embarrassed with their parents because of the generation gap.

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