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    Insider Favourites: Best Documentaries About India

    With Independence Day around the corner and a long weekend to spare, it seems like a good time to find out a little more about the country. Covering people, places, traditions, history and cultures that say ‘India,’ these documentaries share some interesting stories. This year, skip the Sholay tv screening and watch these instead.

    India's Frontier Railways (2015)

    A BBC production, this one is a three-part series marking a significant infrastucture milestone. The documentary talks about trains crossing borders in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, reconnecting families, cultures and history.

    Jashan-e-Azadi (2007)

    In Srinagar, August 15 has often been marked with sullen and cold acts of protest by the public. Jashn-e-Azadi shows the uprising for freedom in Kashmir and explores what freedom means to them.

    Cobra Gypsies (2015)

    Made by musician and filmmaker Raphael Treza, the film sheds light on the Kalbeliya community, the gypsies of Rajasthan.

    Forest Man (2013)

    Forest Man is the story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who single-handedly planted nearly 1400 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli. A short film, but with heaps of inspiration.

    I AM OFFENDED (2015)

    A Being Indian production, the film explores the thriving stand-up comedy scene in India and the problems faced by them, thanks to the political parties of the country.

    Katiyabaaz (2013)


    In Kanpur, an electricity thief provides Robin Hood style services to the poor in the face of day long power-cuts. Meanwhile the first female chief of the local electricity supply company has vowed to put an end to all illegal connections, for good.

    Hotel India (2014)


    Shedding light on Indian hospitality, the film shows all that goes on at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai.

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    Written by Radhapriya