Politics and cinema are the most powerful and co-related subjects in any nation. Generations are always curious to know about their predecessor’s political life.
We have seen very few movies around these topics, usually, filmmakers and producers avoid sensitive topics to make films, but still, some people dare to make them.
Sometimes filmmakers deal with sensitive issues like Naxals and some Social Issues and then they have to keep every aspect in their mind before presenting anything on the screen. There are many Films made on the Naxal’s Issue but only a few deal properly with them. Here is a list of Indian movies about Communists, Maoists, and Naxalites.
Best Indian Movies About Communists, Maoists, and Naxalites
Chakravyuh is an Indian political war film by director Prakash Jha. The star cast of the film includes Arjun Rampal, Esha Gupta, Manoj Bajpai, Kabir Bedi, Anjali Patil, and Abhay Deol. The story of the film is inspired by the 1973 Bollywood film Namak Haraam directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee starring then superstars Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. The film brings out the finest performances from all the actors and features a very susceptible issue in an unbiased way. The tears in the eyes of sensitive people after watching the film are itself a victory for the film. Overall, the film is a beautiful blend of serious cinema with entertainment.
Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai (2015)
Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai is a Tamil political action thriller film directed by S. P. Jananathan. The star cast of the film includes Arya, Shaam, Vijay Sethupathi, and Karthika Nair. The story of the film is really good and makes the viewers think about the current political structure of our nation. The film is revolutionary for this genre as it provides an insight to the common man with no knowledge of the past or about communism and he could gain a lot after watching the show.
Ko is an Indian Tamil political thriller film directed by K. V. Anand. The film stars Jiiva, Ajmal Ameer, Karthika Nair, and Piaa Bajpai. The story of the film portrays the lives and struggles of Photographer journalists and speaks about the press autonomy coupled with all desi masala in an attractive manner. The grand success of Ko can be understood by the fact that a sequel to the film is going to release on Diwali 2015 with another cast and crew titled Ko 2.
Pratidwandi is a Bengali drama film directed by Satyajit Ray. The story of the film is based on a young college graduate who is struggling to find a job. The film is set during the period of the Naxalite movement in Bengal. The film is also the first one of Ray’s ‘Calcutta Trilogy, which includes ‘Pratidwandi’, ‘Seemabaddha’ and ‘Jana Aranya’.
Red Alert: The War Within (2009)
Red Alert is an Indian film based on the true story of a poor tiffin-supplier Narsimha who gets caught up in a conflict between police and Naxalites and is then forced to join a band of Naxalites. The film is really amazing and drops a golden message in the end – find another way (other than violence). It must be existing.
Lal Salam (1990)
Lal Salam is a Malayalam political film directed by Venu Nagavalli. The film stars Mohanlal, Murali, Geetha, and Urvashi in lead roles. Lal Salam gives an insight into the journey of the Communist movement in the ’50s and ’60s. The story of the film is loosely based on the real-life story of members of the Communist Party of India – Thomas Vaidyan and Gowri Amma. The story tells about the two different phases of the lives of Sakhav Nettoor Stephen, Sakhav T. K. Antony, and Sakhav Sethulakshmi which includes the transition of Communists from being barred outlaws to the corridors of power.
Sindooram is a Telugu thriller film directed by Krishna Vamsi, starring Ravi Teja, Sanghavi, and Brahmaji in the lead roles. The story of the film showcases the complexity of Naxalism in Andhra Pradesh. The film also won the National Film Award for the Best Feature Film in Telugu.