5 Small-Town Stories In Films Like Pareeksha And Dream Girl That Reflect Our Society

Small town stories have made a big impact in Indian cinema and these popular films with Bollywood stars and acclaimed directors on ZEE5 are proof.

Kenneth Carneiro

August 1, 2020


3 min


In the recent past, the most positive change in Indian cinema has been the space that the stories from small towns have made for themselves on the big screen. Popular stars and acclaimed directors are bringing us these emotional and human stories. Even during the lockdown, these stories found a way to reach the audiences through OTT platforms. Here are some of the best small-town stories we loved watching in the recent past on ZEE5.

1. Pareeksha

Pareeksha on ZEE5
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Pareeksha, directed by Prakash Jha has an inspiring story about the class divide in our society. Adil Hussain plays the role of a rickshaw puller and father. His son is extremely bright and deserves to be in the top school but his class keeps him behind. This film talks about having a more merit-based education system that is fair to everyone.


Ghoomketu on ZEE5
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Ghoomketu stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a struggling writer in a small town who comes to Mumbai to become a scriptwriter in Bollywood. This film shows the divide between the rural and urban areas in the country and the culture shock people go through while trying to fulfil their dreams in this big city.

3. Bamfaad

Bamfaad on ZEE5
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Bamfaad is an epic and passionate love story set in Allahabad. Nasir (Aditya Rawal) and Neelam (Shalini Pandey) play a romantic couple but the society they live in doesn’t want them to live together. Vijay Verma who plays the role of Jigar Fareedi a powerful local politician is the main thorn in their love story.

4. Dream Girl

Dream Girl on ZEE5
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Ayushmann Khurrana’s film Dream Girl was one of his biggest films of 2019. He plays the role, disguising himself as a female call girl who uses his talent to talk like a girl to make money by talking to lonely men. The kind of relationships and characters shown in the film, depict the lives of people across all parts of society.

5. Saand Ki Aankh

Saand Ki Aankh on ZEE5
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Saand Ki Aankh is another film that premiered on ZEE5 in late 2019. Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar play the role of women who decide to take up shooting as a sport in their 60s. They defy society who judge them for their gender or their age and prove there is no age limit to follow their dream.

Watch more films like Kedarnath, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shukranu streaming only on ZEE5.

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