You can watch all the comedies, rom-coms, thrillers and movies from other possible genres. But more often than not, it is hard to beat an expertly created drama movie. Such is the beauty of this genre that it keeps you hooked throughout. So, if you are looking for good movies to watch from this category, then here is a list of the 20 best drama movies on Zee5 India (in no particular order) that you can watch now.
Mulk is a brilliant take on how intolerance towards a particular community can make things worse. It is a courtroom drama that shows how a Hindu daughter-in-law tries to save her in-laws accused of having ties with terrorist organisations. Tapsee Pannu as the lawyer and Rishi Kapoor as the father-in-law have delivered top-class performances in this courtroom drama, making it one of the best drama movies on Zee5.
Here is a drama that tries to solve one of the biggest political mysteries in India, the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of the country. A panel of people from different professions is set up to investigate whether it was a natural death or a planned assassination. The drama created by good acting performances adds to the suspense of the movie.
Chintu ka birthday is a comedy-drama film that takes a unique path to show how one should find ways to cherish life, even in the direst of circumstances. It takes you through a day in the life of an Indian family of five living in Iraq in the hope of a better lifestyle. All is good and merry, and it is Chintu’s birthday, but things turn when American soldiers barge into their house to look for terrorists. Watch the movie to find out what happens next.
One of the top drama films on Zee5, Mukkabaaz, is a film about an aspiring boxer. However, he has a strained relationship with the head of the boxing federation. Things go from bad to worse when he falls in love with his niece. The movie has political connotations and is a realistic take on the current state of things in the country. Director Anurag Kashyap has weaved his magic once again, and solid performances from Vineet Kumar Singh, Jimmy Shergill, Zoya Hussain and Ravi Kishan add to the sheen of the film. Definitely a must-watch.
Here is a take on how a respected economist becomes the prime minister of the country amid political chaos in 2004. The movie takes you through what happens during his two terms as the top decision-maker of the country. Anupam Kumar and Akshaye Khanna have given stellar performances and practically carry the movie on their shoulders. If you are interested in political dramas, then you will surely enjoy this movie.
Nail Polish is one of the latest dramas you can watch on Zee5. It stars Arjun Rampal, Manav Kaul, Anand Tiwari and Rajit Kapoor in the leading roles and is a courtroom drama with many twists and turns. It is one of those few movies that not only has a great story but is equally backed by brilliant performances, which should make it an interesting watch for everyone out there.
Saand ki Aankh is a biopic on the lives of two interesting grandmothers in their 60s. Living in a patriarchal society, sisters Prakashi (Tapsee Pannu) and Chandro Tomar (Bhumi Pednekar) discover that they are good at shooting. The movie recounts how they battle various odds to perfect their natural talent to participate in various competitions and win, to everyone’s astonishment. If you are looking for a family entertainer to watch on the weekend, this is a great choice.
Next on this drama movies list is Pareeksha, a classic underdog story where a rickshaw driver works tirelessly to give his son the best possible education. Adil Hussain, as the father, has delivered a measured and layered performance and makes you instantly feel for the character. Priyanka Singh as the wife and Shubham Jha as the son do a terrific job, bringing a range of emotions on the screen. Also, the movie is helmed by Prakash Jha, making this the latest movie after a three-year gap.
Here is a Marathi movie that grabbed the headlines for its bold topic, but the movie has all the qualities of being a top pick in this genre. It follows the life of a young mother who has moved to Mumbai to escape from her abusive husband. She works as a cleaner at an art school and is determined to give her son a good education. To earn more money, she starts posing as a nude artist. Kalyanee Mulay has done a terrific job in the lead role, and one should watch this movie just for her performance. The film also stars Naseeruddin Shah in a short role.
Kedarnath is a classic Bollywood film with bits of romance, comedy and drama. Mansoor (Sushant Singh Rajput), a local porter, falls in love with Mukku, the fun, quirky and rebellious daughter of a Hindu priest. They not only have to face the misunderstandings created by circumstances but also the wrath of nature. Will their love survive? Watch the movie to find out. The film has strong visuals, and good acting performances from the lead pair keep the movie afloat.
Kaagaz is one of the most recent drama movies on Zee5 that is sure to make you feel inspired by its story. Yes, it does rely on a few clichés, but Pankaj Tripathi’s acting prowess carries the movie and makes you forget about them. It is a simple drama that you can watch with your family over the weekend. The comedic scenes (well-written by Satish Kaushik) make the movie an easy watch.
Here is one of the best Hindi drama movies in recent times that did not get the appreciation it deserved. Manmarziyaan stars Tapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead roles, and it is safe to say that all three of them have performed exceptionally well. Director Anurag Kashyap has done a terrific job at making an entertaining film that also has good content. The story revolves around Rumi, who is in love with Vicky but has to marry Robbie when her parents pressure her to get married, and Vicky does not commit. Will she be able to form a bond with Robbie? Find out by watching this movie on Zee5.
Beyond the Clouds marked the debut of Ishan Khattar and Malavika Mohanan in Bollywood. The movie, helmed by the critically acclaimed director Majid Majidi, tells a tale about a brother and a sister in dire circumstances. Amir is a street hustler who sells drugs to make a living, but his life changes when the police raid one of his drug dealings and he has to run for his life. In the process, Tara gets imprisoned while saving him, and everything turns upside down in Amir’s world. Brilliant direction and acting performances throughout the movie is what makes this drama a must-watch.
Tamasha is a drama that takes you through the journey of Ved and Tara, two strangers who meet during a holiday in Corsica. They make a pact that they won’t reveal their true identities and have a blast during the trip. However, they fall in love but return to their respective lives. Tara finds Ved after many years only to find out he is a totally different person in real life. The movie then takes you through the story of Ved trying to find his true self and Tara helping him out. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have given stellar performances in the lead role, and the amazing score given by A R Rahman makes the movie a must-watch.
Haseena is a biopic drama based on the life of Haseena Parkar, the sister of the dreaded don, Dawood Ibrahim. The movie shows you how she manages to lead a life when Dawood flees to Dubai after the 1993 Mumbai blasts. The movie gives you an idea about the charismatic character of Haseena, brilliantly played by Shraddha Kapoor. If you are interested in watching titbits of the Mumbai mafia, then this is a decent watch.
Arguably the greatest adaptation of Hamlet as a movie, Vishal Bhardwaj has delivered his best work as director and music director in this 2014 flick. Haider is the story of a boy looking for his father in the hostile environment of Kashmir in the 90s. The state politics overpowers him and offers him no help regarding this. His ties with his mother get complicated in the process. Shahid Kapoor has delivered the best performance of his career in this movie. Hindi film industry’s top actors like Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Irrfan Khan also star in the film and have delivered top-notch performances. Watch the movie to know how good it really is.
One of the top Hollywood drama movies in recent times, Hotel Mumbai takes you through the nerve-wracking incident of the 26/11 attack on Hotel Taj Mahal Palace. Dev Patel, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs, Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi are some of the top actors who star in this thriller drama. The story is about how the hotel staff risk their lives in order to save the guests under extraordinary circumstances.
Aligarh is a beautiful yet tragic drama that takes you through the life of a professor named Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, on whom a sting operation is done to identify his sexual orientation. A journalist tries to cover this story and soon forms a special bond with the professor. Thanks to the brilliant performances from Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkumar Rao, and perfect direction by Hansal Mehta, this is one of the best movies of this genre out there.
If you are in for a hard-hitting drama, then this movie about how the locals of a village hit by global warming are trying to survive is a good watch. Sanjay Mishra and Ranvir Shorey are at their absolute best in the movie. The realistic portrayal of the situations in the movie is what makes this a compelling watch. It also won the Special Jury award at the National Film Awards in 2018, giving you a fair idea of how good a movie this is.
If you love watching soft emotional dramas, then Darbaan is a great movie to watch. The movie is about a special bond between a servant and his master and how he can do anything to keep the family that feeds him happy. In the ultimate act of loyalty, he even gives up his son. Brilliant acting performances by Sharad Kelkar, Sharib Hashmi, Flora Saini and Rasika Dugal carry the movie forward, and a measured approach on the part of the director Bipin Nandkarni is what makes this movie so special.