It is not easy to imagine a Bollywood film without any song or a dance sequence. Many hit songs have made Bollywood films successful.
That is why most of them are equated with musicals, as they have songs and dance sequences to carry the plot or make them more entertaining. Some even have ‘item numbers’ to attract a larger audience.
However, some movies have taken a plunge to avoid including songs or dance sequences in them. We will discuss ten such films that are not musicals in our listicle.
Iqbal is an excellent movie that tells the tale of a young boy from a remote village who is hard of hearing and without speech. He has a passion for cricket and dreams of playing on the Indian cricket team.
He takes a step toward it by seeking training from an alcoholic (a role played by Naseeruddin Shah) who was once a great cricketer. This 2005 film is an emotional movie where you watch Iqbal (a character played by Shreyas Talpade) strive for his goals even with the many obstacles in his path that only get worse to achieve because his father disapproves of it. Iqbal’s director is Nagesh Kukunoor.
Watch Iqbal on ZEE5 – here
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Kundan Shah’s black comedy, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is a satire on bureaucracy and corruption. It is a cult classic starring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Kaushik, Neena Gupta, Ashok Banthia, etc.
In this 1983 film, two friends – Vinod (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir Mishra (Ravi Baswani) start their photo studio and are eventually employed by a newspaper editor of “Khabardar” to expose the scandalous activities of the rich and famous.
They start working with the Editor on a story exposing some shady dealings. One day, they accidentally photograph a murder and must fight to reveal the guilty.
Watch Jaane Bhi Do yaaro on Amazon prime video – here
The Lunchbox is a 2013 film written, edited, and directed by Ritesh Batra in which an unlikely mistake by Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system called dabbawalas sparks an unusual friendship between a housewife, Ila, and an older man, Saajan, who is a widower.
When Ila prepares a delicious meal for her husband, Rajeev Sehgal, and sends it via the Mumbai dabbawalas, the lunchbox gets delivered to Saajan Fernandes instead due to a mix-up.
Because of this Ila writes a letter to Saajan about the confusion and sends it in the lunchbox, which marks the beginning of their friendship. This film’s main cast stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
watch the lunchbox on Netflix – here
A young woman (Urmila Matondkar), alone in her house, becomes afraid when she hears her doorbell ring while she watches the news of a serial killer on the loose.
She then meets two strangers (Manoj Bajpayee and Sushant Singh) at her door who may or may not be who they claim to be.
Kaun (which translates to “Who?” in English) is a 1999 psychological thriller movie written by Anurag Kashyap. It is directed by Ram Gopal Varma and features actors Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpayee, and Sushant Singh.
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla is a 1986 drama/thriller that follows a murder trial. Twelve jury members debate over this trial, and only one juror is convinced that the convict is not guilty of the crime.
So, he tries to convince the rest of the jurors of the same. Ek Ruka Hua Faisla is directed by Basu Chatterjee and stars Pankaj Kapur, Annu Kapoor, K.K Raina, Amitabh Srivastava, and more are a part of the main cast.
Pushpak Vimana (Flower Chariot in English) is a 1987 silent film written and directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao.
It was released with different titles for different regions – with its original title ‘Pushpaka Vimana’ in Karnataka, ‘Pushpak‘ (which means Flower in English) in Hindi-speaking regions.
It is a black comedy film which revolves around an unemployed young man who dreams of living a luxurious life. He encounters a drunk rich man unconscious lying in the sewer.
However, things change when he takes his identity after keeping him prisoner to get a taste of his lifestyle. Pushpak Vimana stars Kamal Haasan leading an ensemble cast that includes Amala Akkineni, Samir Khakhar, Tinu Anand, and more!
Directed by Neeraj Pandey, A Wednesday is a 2008 thriller about a retiring police officer Prakash Rathod who recalls the most memorable case of his career and narrates the sequence of events that unfolded on a Wednesday.
This case continues to haunt his memories as it was never filed or recorded on any official paperwork but yet remains in the minds of those individuals involved, willingly or unwillingly.
Its main cast featured Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill, Deepal Shaw, and Aamir Bashir. This film was a sleeper hit because of word of mouth, which means when word spread about the quality of this film, people started going to the theaters to see it.
A Wednesday also inspired a Sri Lankan English remake titled ‘A Common Man’ (2013), as well as the Tamil and Telugu simultaneously made films ‘Unnaipol Oruvan’ and ‘Eeenadu’ (both 2009).
Watch a Wednesday on Netflix – here
This Amitabh Bachan and Rani Mukherjee starrer follow the relationship between a girl (who cannot see or hear) and her elderly teacher who eventually develops Alzheimer’s disease.
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Black is a 2005 film wherein Amitabh Bachchan’s character (Debraj Sahai), who plays a teacher, explores the potential of Michelle McNally (Rani Mukherjee) and attempts to bring a ray of light into her dark world.
watch black on amazon prime video – here
Vikram (John Abraham), an Indian Intelligence Agent visits Sri Lanka on a secret mission in this 2013 Thriller/Action movie. This movie was directed by the ‘Piku’ (2015) and ‘Vicky Donor’ (2012) Director Shoojit Sircar.
It is set in the early 1980s and late 1990s when Vikram travels to a war-torn coastal island and finds himself entangled in a civil war as well as a conspiracy to kill the former Prime Minister of India.
Madras Café stars John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Raashi Khanna, Siddharth Basu, Prakash Belawadi, and Ajay Rathnam among others.
Watch Madras Cafe on Netflix – here
Khosla Ka Ghosla
This movie is Dibakar Banerjee’s directorial debut and features film stars including Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Tara Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, and more in the lead roles.
‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ which translates to ‘Khosla’s Nest’ is a black comedy that follows Kamal Kishore Khosla (Anupam Kher), his family as well as friends’ efforts to reclaim their plot of land that has been seized by a greedy man named Khurana (Boman Irani).
Khosla Ka Ghosla is about Khosla’s dream to own a house, alike every middle-class person. But, he is cheated when he attempts to make his dreams come true.
Following this, the Khosla family and friends come together to regain the property from the land-grabber Khurana.
Watch Khosla Ka Ghosla on Google Play – here
There are a great many musical movies in Bollywood with catchy songs and iconic dance sequences. However, there are some that do away with them and our listicle mentions some that entice the masses with their amazing storyline, fascinating plot, and excellent cast.