It is true that each one of us has never looked the Hindi film industry for the films that truly reveal authenticity. But is the sole reason why all of us love to indulge in exaggerated dramatics, songs and dance numbers that arty flicks bring with them. Have you ever watched Bollywood art movies? The world of art has mostly been removed from the conventional approach followed in Indian cinema. We are here to prove this wrong. Here is a list of five Bollywood art movies in which art goes middle-of-the-road and is as Bollywood as it can be!

Taare Zameen Par

This award-winning film has it all, art as a therapy, language, and an expression. This movie shows a dyslexic child, Ishaan who fails at school and is relentlessly rebuked by his father and teachers. In spite of his thoughts being rich, profound and beautiful, he finds it difficult to express it to everyone around him. This film discovers the growth of Ishaan and his artistic talent under the tutoring of his art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh.

The whirling pied on Ishaan’s canvas reflecting his view of himself sitting alone by a river and gazing the fish is particularly heart-wrenching. Later he submitted it in the painting competition in which famous artist, Lalitha Lajmi, plays as the judge of the competition. It is the art that helped Ishaan to feel free and showed him that he can also have a bright future ahead.


Whilst we are talking about art in Hindi film industry, can we lose our focus on the art heists far away? Ranbir Kapoor plays the nominal character of Roy, who is an International art thief and has been dodging the eyes of police for years now. One of the missions of Roy is to steal paintings owned by a woman named Tia. He arranges a get-together with her at an art auction and soon the love blossoms between the two.

During one of the nights at Tia’s house, Roy becomes successful in stealing the paintings and elopes. Later, he realizes that he was in love with Tia and returns the artwork to her. All is well that ends well and Tia and Roy gets back together.

Dil Chahta Hai

This movie has been considered as a cult classic by everyone since it was released. Dil Chahta Hai is a story of three buddies. Akshay Khanna plays a budding artist, Sid. He is charismatically drawn to Tara, his neighbor. As soon as the chemistry between the two becomes intense, he asks her to allow him to make her portrait. The song Kaisi Hai Ye Ruth speaks of his love as he makes her portrait.

Dhobi Ghat

This one is a romantic and melancholic flick which outlines the lives of four people; Munna (washer-man who wants to become an actor); Shai (a banker who turned into a photographer); Arun (painter) and Yasmin (a newly-married lady who makes videos about her life).

Shai and Arun grow closer and his life as an artist is mentioned in the film. There are a few particulars such as an impending art exhibition or a gallery inaugural in Sydney. Later, Arun becomes fascinated by the videos of the new bride and they become the series of artwork by him.


When it comes to Bollywood art movies, you can never miss Ittefaq. This amazing movie has Rajesh Khanna playing as an artist whose wife dislikes the time he spends on his work. In an argumentative scene, he kills her in anger when she snatches his brushes away. Then he gets arrested and was sent for psychiatric assessment. Thus begins the thriller directed by Yash Chopra, who also won the Filmfare award for this film.