Netflix has a fairly large library of Hindi movies. However, most Hindi movies on Netflix belong to this decade, and it’ll be hard for you to come across extremely old, classic titles from the golden era. That said, the streaming platform has done an excellent job of accumulating some lesser-known but brilliant independent and original Hindi films. You will also find several Hindi box-office hits and timeless titles that never get too old to revisit. So here’s a list of the best Hindi movies on Netflix: ones that you might have missed but ought to watch, and those that could do with a rewatch.
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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Hindi movies on Netflix regularly as new ones are announced, added, or removed.
Chopsticks is a feel-good Hindi movie on Netflix starring Abhay Deol and Mithila Palkar. Deol plays a conman named Artist who is well versed in the underbelly of Mumbai. Palkar dons the role of Nirma, an introverted and under-confident girl. Their worlds clash when Nirma’s car gets stolen and someone refers her to Artist for help in retrieving it. As the duo begin their hunt for the vehicle, they start admiring each other’s contrasting personalities.
2. Rajma Chawal
Named after the most popular North Indian meal, Rajma Chawal is a comedy film starring Rishi Kapoor, Anirudh Tanwar, and Amyra Dastur. The Netflix movie explores a father-son relationship after the death of the matriarch in the family. Raj Mathur (Kapoor) and his son Kabir (Tanwar) move to their old family home after the death of Kabir’s mother. The youngster resents his father for the move and denies his friend request on Facebook. To keep in communication with his son, Raj decides to pose as Tara (Dastur) and starts speaking to his son through the fake account. What follows is a series of hilarious and heartwarming events.
3. Lust Stories
Lust Stories is a Netflix original Hindi movie that features four different stories directed by Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Karan Johar. It also has a stellar cast with the likes of Radhika Apte, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Neha Dhupia, and Sanjay Kapoor appearing in separate stories. The movie explores the themes of love, lust, loss, and taboo relationships.
Soni is an original Hindi movie on Netflix that revolves around the life of a young policewoman in Delhi. Together, she and her superintendent, Kalpana, take on a growing crisis of violent crimes against women in the city. However, their partnership suffers a blow when Soni is transferred for alleged misconduct on duty. Her estranged husband also comes back to add to her problems. The film was very well received by critics for the performances by the two lead characters as well as for its commendable direction.
Guilty is a Netflix original Hindi movie and an edge-of-your-seat thriller that revolves around the crime of rape. A tight-knit group of college friends is left in disarray when one of them is accused of raping a common acquaintance. The group refuses to believe that their friend could commit such a crime, but the plot twists when his girlfriend starts recalling details about the incident that she thought she had forgotten.
6. Music Teacher
This Hindi movie is a heartwarming story about an emotionally troubled music teacher who gets a chance to come to terms with his bitterness with an estranged student and lover, now a renowned celebrity singer. He vows to get back everything he lost in the past, risking all his achievements of the present day and ignoring the advances of his neighbor who happens to appreciate his talents more than anyone ever did. A brilliantly directed film, Music Teacher is definitely worth your attention and time, not only for its unique subject but also its tremendous performances.
This period drama on Netflix is a slow-burn tale of revenge. It tells the story of a girl named Bulbul (Tripti Dimri) who is married off as a child to a grown man (Rahul Bose) from a wealthy Bengali family. While growing up, she forms a close bond with her husband’s youngest brother (Avinash Tiwary) who is also a child. Years go by and one day, out of jealousy, Bulbul’s husband beats her and renders her incapacitated. While recouping from her wounds, Bulbul is raped and killed by her husband’s mentally challenged twin brother. But curiously, she comes back to life, more powerful and confident than ever. One by one, she starts taking revenge on the culprits and also those who seek to harm other women and children. They say “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” and you get to see this in action in Bulbul.
8. Ankahi Kahaniya
Three stories interconnect in the buzzing city, as characters seek out love and connections around them. Directed by three different filmmakers — Abhishek Chaubey, Saket Chaudhary, and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari — the different segments explore the complexities of love, longing, connection, and loss in unique ways. Ankahi Kahaniya stars Abhishek Banerjee, Rinku Rajguru, and Delzad Hiwale.
9. Kaali Khuhi
This chilling Netflix original horror film tells the story of a haunted village. In Kaali Kuuhi, a 10-year old girl has to face off with a vengeful spirit that has cursed her village. The village’s dark history of female infanticide adds a complex layer to the spirit’s actions, but the girl must nonetheless keep her family safe. The film is directed by Terrie Samundra, written by Terrie Samundra and David Walter Lech, and stars Shabana Azmi, Sanjeeda Sheikh, Riva Arora, and Satyadeep Mishra.
In a refugee camp in Afghanistan, a former army doctor who lost his wife and son in a bombing teaches local kids to play cricket. Set against war and the training of children as suicide bombers, this action thriller stars Sanjay Dutt, Nargis Fakhri, and Rahul Dev. Torbaaz tackles ongoing conflicts and the concept of martyrs in times of war.
11. Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai
What will you do if the kitchen sink pipe in your house starts spouting bundles of cash? That’s exactly what happens to a low-income family of three living in Mumbai. Sarita Pillai and Sushant Pillai are a married couple and are trying to make ends meet when one night Sarita discovers wads of cash emerging from a choked drain under her kitchen sink. Since she works in a bank, she slowly starts replacing the mysterious bills with legitimate cash from the bank. Little does she know that democratization is on the horizon and her scheme is soon going to fall apart.
12. Tribhanga: Tedhi Medhi Crazy
A Netflix original Hindi movie, Tribhanga boasts a stellar cast including Kajol, Tanvi Azmi, and Mithila Palkar. It’s the story of a dysfunctional family and three generations of women. The plot of the film revolves around a self-made single mom (Kajol) and her strained relationship with her estranged mother (Azmi) as well as complications with her own daughter (Palkar).
A newly married woman loses her husband in a tragic, untimely incident. Dependent on him and his middle-income family, she slowly comes to terms with her departed spouse’s hidden secrets, discovering her self-worth in the process. The film perfectly captures a typical orthodox Hindu family in grief and its nuanced approach to relationships, and perfectly delivered performance makes it a delight to watch.
14. Ajeeb Daastaans
Produced by Karan Johar, Ajeeb Daastaans is an anthology of four stories that delve into fractured relationships and unexplored spaces. The Netflix movie explores jealousy, entitlement, prejudices, and toxicity, which are often entangled within the heart of relationships. Each story promises to take you on a journey where one would struggle with the moral dilemma of what’s right and what’s wrong.
15. Skater Girl
This is the heartwarming and inspiring story of a young girl from rural Rajasthan who discovers her passion for skateboarding. She fights against all odds and social norms to achieve her dreams. The Hindi film is full of great performances, especially from newcomer Rachel Sanchita Gupta. If you’re looking for something to uplift your mood, you should give this title a watch.
This Netflix thriller tells the story of a couple, who after an arranged marriage, find it hard to find their spark. However, when the woman takes on a lover, things spiral out of control and she finds herself entangled in the murder of her own husband. Starring Vikrant Massey and Taapsee Pannu, the movie will keep you engrossed right up till the end. However, the very absurd and over-the-top ending might end up disappointing some viewers. Nevertheless, it’s a fun watch for when you have some time to kill.
This indie film on Netflix tells the solemn tale of a bereaved, middle-aged truck driver named Ghalib, who is coping with the consequences of a personal tragedy. Since he’s aging, he’s also facing the threat of losing his job to a younger recruit. The movie brilliantly captures the struggles of the labor class and Ghalib’s bleak existence. The events in the story come together as Ghalib’s truck touches the 500,000 kilometers mark — a record at his company.
Starring Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, and Andrea Tariang, Pink tells the story of a woman wrongfully charged with the attempted murder of the man who sexually assaulted her. Now, a retired lawyer takes on her case in the hopes of changing India’s rape culture in this tense, timely legal drama.
So those are our current top-18 Hindi movies on Netflix. If you’re a fan of Indian streaming content, you can also check out the links below.