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Bareilly Ki Barfi To Bamfaad: 10 Movies That Perfectly Capture The Essence Of Life In Small Towns

Isha Khatu

November 19, 2020

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Several movies and shows in recent times are set up in a small town. Here are some of the masterpieces that showcased small-town lives.

ZEE5 streams several entertaining movies and films that you could relate to. The recent change that has taken place in Indian content is that filmmakers are now making films that explore lives in smaller towns and simpler families. Many popular stars and acclaimed actors look forward to playing small-town characters which the viewers could relate to and not someone staying in a lavish bungalow. Here are some of the shows and movies streaming on ZEE5 that have explored the charm of small-town and its human stories

1. Exploring middle-class families of Salma and Sohail in Ek Jhoothi Love Story 

Ek Jhoothi Love Story is a ZEE5 original that explores the lives of Salma and Sohail’s families. They face issues like any other middle-class families such as financial constraints or daughters not getting the right proposals. The show is set in a small town in Karachi and showcases how the two families overcome these circumstances. The show also talks about various social issues like toxic masculinity, women empowerment and obsession for marriage.

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2. Killa showcases the struggle Chinmay and his mother 

Killa revolves around Chinmay who is forced to adapt to a new life in a small town in Ratnagiri. He and his mother move to the small town from Pune as she is transferred to her workplace. The film revolves around how Chinmay finds it difficult to cope with others at school and is treated as an outsider. It also showcases the struggles of his mother as a single mother and at her workplace in the small town in Konkan.

3. Pareeksha focuses on the class divide in our society

Pareeksha directed by Prakash Jha is a story of a Rikshaw puller and his son. His son is extremely bright and deserves to be at an elite school but his lower caste keeps him behind. The film highlights about giving importance to the merit-based education system. If you’re looking for a small town touching story,  Pareeksha is the perfect option.

4. Ghoomketu revolves around a small town struggling writer 

The film features Nawazzudin Siddique in the lead role as a struggling actor who moves to Mumbai from his small town to fulfil his dreams. The story focuses on how there is a divide between the rural and urban areas in the country. It also shows how the lead goes through a culture shock after moving to a bigger space.

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5. Bamfaad focuses on a couple in a small town 

Bamfaad is an epic love story of Naseer and Neelam played by Aditya Rawal and Shalini Pandey, who live in a small town of Allahabad. The plot revolves around how society doesn’t want them to be together and tries to separate them. Vijay Verma plays the local politician who creates problems for them.

6. Dreamgirl shows the life of a middle-class father-son duo 

Dreamgirl features Ayushmann Khuranna who uses his talent of speaking like women to earn money. The movie was one of the big films in 2019 and showcased the life of a middle-class father-son duo. The kind of relations and emotions the characters go through are depicted like those experienced by people living across the country.

7. Saand Ki Aankh focuses on small-town women 

Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar play the role of two women from a small town who decide to take up shooting as a sport in their 60s. The film revolves around how they break all the stereotypes around women and sports and defy the society that judges them for age and gender. The film was one of the greatest hits of 2019 and you should watch it on ZEE5.

8. Batti Gul Meter Chalu revolves around a small town business which is charged a huge electricity bill

The film features Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha in the lead roles. Shahid Kapoor plays the role of a small-town lawyer who rejects a businessman to fight his case because he insults SK played by Shahid. He commits suicide as he finds no other solution to solve his problem after which Shahid’s character decides to fight his case.

9. Naal showcases the lives of a small town Marathi family

Naal revolves around the life of Chaitanya, who lives with his family in a remote town in Maharashtra. When the truth about himself is revealed, he loses attachments wit his parents. The movie showcases the simples lives of the small-town family.

10. Bareilly Ki Barfi showcases a small-town love story 

Bareilly Ki Barfi showcases the lives of Bitti, Chirag and Pritam played by Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao respectively. They live in the small town of Bareilly and the story revolves around their love life. If you’re looking for a small-town fun story, Bareilly Ki Barfi is the best option.

Catch more such films and shows, streaming now, only on ZEE5 Originals!


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