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 or added.
1. Garbage (2018)
A product of Director Qaushiq Mukherjee’s (more popularly known as Q) imagination, Garbage is a dark and twisted, yet important narrative about how Indian society treats women. The story revolves around two main characters — a young woman who finds herself in a precarious position after her sex tape leaks on the internet and a taxi driver who secretly imprisons a tribal woman. The two characters cross paths in the beach city of Goa and the film juxtapositions their respective lives, leading viewers into a place of uncomfortable realizations.
2. Game Over
Game Over was originally shot in Tamil and Telugu but was also dubbed in Hindi by Netflix. The psychological thriller casts Taapsee Pannu in the lead. Pannu plays a wheelchair-bound woman who has Nyctophobia (fear of darkness). She’s also dealing with post-traumatic stress and keeps reliving a violent incident from her past. Her worst fears are realized when a gang of intruders invades her home. However, something sinister is brewing as she keeps waking up in the same spot after being murdered multiple by her home invaders.
Chopsticks is a feel-good Hindi movie on Netflix starring Abhay Deol and Mithila Palkar. Deol plays a con man named Artist who is well versed with 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 back. As the duo begin their hunt for the vehicle, they start admiring each other’s contrasting personalities.
4. 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 communicating with his son, Raj decided 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.
5. 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.
This Hindi movie on Netflix tells the story of a forbidden relationship between a school teacher (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and his teenage student (Shweta Tripathi). Siddiqui plays Shyam, a teacher in a village who takes advantage of his student Sandhya’s (Tripathi) circumstances. Since Sandhya comes from a broken family with a drunk for a father, she is instantly taken by Shyam’s mature advances. She tries to look for stability in the relationship, but things go very wrong when two of her classmates discover the secret affair.
7. Article 15
Another grim tale based on caste discrimination in rural India, Article 15 is the story of a police officer (Ayushmann Khurrana) who wants to break prejudiced perceptions in a village community. He is stationed at Laalgaon village, where he comes across a strange case of missing girls. He soon discovers that the village cops are hand-in-glove with a rich and influential local family to suppress the investigation.
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.
9. The Blue Umbrella
This Hindi movie on Netflix is perhaps one of the best film adaptations of a Ruskin Bond novel. It also won the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film in its time. The story is set in a small hill station. It’s the tale of a little girl called Binya and her umbrella. One day, the girl gets a beautiful blue umbrella as a gift from some foreigners. A local shopkeeper gets obsessed with Binya’s umbrella and tries to buy it from her. She refuses, setting off a chain of events that eventually land the umbrella in the shopkeeper’s possession.
This Hindi movie is Anurag Kashyap’s modern take on the classic Bengali romance novel Devdas. Abhay Deol plays the scorned lover who was barred from marrying the love of his life Paro (Mahi Gill). Dejected, he takes to alcohol and womanizing. That’s when he meets Chanda (Kalki Koechlin), a student turned sex worker. Dev.D is still highly regarded for its outstanding music and screenplay. It’s definitely one to save for that rewatch list.
11. Kapoor & Sons
Kapoor & Sons is one of the most mature movies in Indian cinema. The story revolves around the messed-up family dynamics of the Kapoor family, a mixed bag of individuals who struggle with their own identities and that of other members of their clan. The plot of the Hindi movie revolves around two estranged brothers who return to their hometown to their dysfunctional family after their grandfather takes ill. Things become complicated as the two discover hidden secrets about each other and their parents. The cast of the film includes big Bollywood names like Sidharth Malhotra, Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Fawad Khan. All their performances are nothing short of commendable and earnest, and the movie is a breath of fresh air in a film industry full of run-of-the-mill song-and-dance productions.
12. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
If the phrase “You Only Live Once” was a movie, then Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD) embodies it perfectly. One of the best Hindi movies to date, ZNMD tells the story of three friends who embark on a holiday adventure before one of them takes the marital plunge. Embroiled in their mundane lives, the three have forgotten what it’s like to really enjoy the smaller moments of life. Theirs is a journey of self-discovery and of self-realization, one that not many people get to experience in their lifetime. Watching ZNMD will make you reflect on your own decisions and what it means to have a life beyond the obvious rigmarole of work and family. The star cast is of the movie is also top-notch, including Hritik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, and Abhay Deol, with cameos from Kalki Koechlin, Katrina Kaif, and Naseeruddin Shah.
Guilty is a Netflix original Hindi movie and an edge-of-the-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.
14. 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.
Based on a true story, Talvar is a Hindi movie that chronicles the infamous and puzzling murder of 13-year-old Arushi Talwar. The teenager was gruesomely killed under mysterious circumstances, after which her parents became the primary suspects in the case. Who is right and who is actually responsible? Was the case handled properly by the authorities? Watch the movie and find out.
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 from her 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.
17. 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 those legitimate cash from the bank. Little does she know that democratization is on the horizon and her scheme is soon going to fall apart.
18. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 and 2
Gangs of Wasseypur is probably one of the best titles in this entire list of Hindi movies on Netflix. It’s a series of crime thrillers consisting of two explosive films directed by Anurag Kashyap. The movie series is based on the rivalry between three families and centered around the coal mafia of Dhanbad. The cast is also a brilliant one with lead roles portrayed by Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi, Huma Qureshi, and Richa Chadda. This one is a must-watch and if you haven’t seen it yet, be prepared to get your mind blown.
Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu, and Amrita Singh, Badla is a Hindi thriller on Netflix that’s sure to capture your attention right till the end. A young woman (Pannu) gets caught in a web of accusations surrounding the mysterious death of her lover. She hires a renowned lawyer (Bachchan) to help her maneuver her legal troubles, but little does she know that the lawyer has his own personal agenda of revenge against her.
Andhadhun is a 2018 crime thriller with a twist of comedy, featuring Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, and Radhika Apte in lead roles. A young man fakes being blind to improve his piano skills, but in this pursuit, he starts taking advantage of his perceived disability. One day, he unwittingly witnesses a murder and all hell breaks loose as he isn’t technically supposed to know anything about it.
21. Is Love Enough? Sir
A forbidden love story, Is Love Enough? Sir beautifully explores India’s deeply rooted class divide. A wealthy, single man named Ashwin falls for his live-in domestic help Ratna after she pulls him out of his emotional dump with her pleasing personality and hopeful outlook towards life. However, their relationship is one that society would frown upon and Ratna knows this all too well. Ashwin, on the other hand, rejects societal prejudice and pursues Ratna despite their overwhelming differences.
22. 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 as well as perfectly delivered performance makes it a delight to watch.
24. 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.
25. 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.
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