Top 15 must watch urban Gujarati movies


Top 15 must watch urban Gujarati movies

9 April 1932, first ever Gujarati film Narsinh Mehta was released. Since its inception, Gujarati cinema witnessed major ups and downs. Gujaratis of our generation started watching Gujarati films after Abhishek Jain’s Kevi Rite Jaish. Not that urban Gujarati films weren’t made before Kevi Rite Jaish, but the way film was packaged and promoted lured the audience to the theaters. And audience started believing in Gujarati cinema once again. There was no looking back. Year after year, urban Gujarati movies started releasing and Gujaratis accepted the change wholeheartedly. Four years ago, filmmakers had to convince audience to watch their films and now audience wait for Gujarati movies to release. Today, as Gujarati cinema celebrates its anniversary, we present to you, the list of Top 15 Urban Gujarati movies you should not miss.

Top 15 Urban Gujarati movies

15. Chaar

  • Release year: 2011
  • Director: Naitik Raval
  • Genre: Action Drama

First ever urban Gujarati movie, directed by Naitik Raval, Chaar was released in December 2011. Story of the movie revolves around four friends and college politics. Chaar was first Gujarati film who’s rights were sold to make Tamil- Telugu version.

14. Hutututu

  • Release year: 2015
  • Director: Shital Shah
  • Genre: Drama

Hutututu is the first urban Gujarati movie directed by a female. Story of the film is based on youth, relationships, ambitions and the twist of destiny.

13. Aapne To Dhirubhai

  • Release year: 2014
  • Director: Haritrushi Purohit
  • Genre: Comedy

Directed by Haritrushi Purohit, Aapne To Dhirubhai is a comedy film which revolves around a college guy (played by Vrajesh Hirjee) who wants to be as rich as Dhirubhai Ambani. The same creates multiple business blunders and brings laughter riot for the audience. Aapne To Dhirubhai is second Gujarati film to have sold rights to south.

12. Saptapadii

  • Release year: 2013
  • Director: Niranjan Thade
  • Genre: Drama

Saptapadii is the first Gujarati movie produced by Amitabh Bachchan corporation. The movie stars Manav Gohil and Swaroop Sampat in lead roles. Story of the movie revolves around a contemporary Gujarati woman who risks her settled married life of 20 years to do what she believes in. The film was selected in 7 film festivals across 5 countries.

A must watch for cinema lovers.

11. Whisky is Risky

  • Release year: 2014
  • Director: Dhaval Patel
  • Genre: Drama

Whisky is Risky, directed by Dhaval Patel, is a tale of six individuals who live different lives but their paths collide because of a single choice that each of them made. The movie shows politics, crime, corruption, relationship and friendships. Plus point of the film is its music.

10. Romance Complicated

  • Release year: 2016
  • Director: Dhwani Gautam
  • Genre: Love Story/ Comedy

Romance Complicated was the first high budget Gujarati film. First Gujarati movie to be shot abroad. Directed by Dhwani Gautam, Romance Complicated, also known as RomCom is a love story of two youngsters. A must watch for youngsters.

9. Premji

  • Release year: 2015
  • Director: Vijaygiri Bawa
  • Genre: Drama

Premji depicts story of a boy who belongs to a Kutchi village who comes to Ahmedabad with a tragic past and struggles to know who he really is. Music and cinematography are plus points of Premji.

8. Bas Ek Chance

  • Release year: 2015
  • Director: Kirtan Patel
  • Genre: Drama

Bas Ek Chance is about a youngster who wants to make his career in film industry. It is about a guy who is waiting for the next big break and fighting with the family to follow his passion at the same time. The movie stars Aditya Kapadia, Rajeev Mehta, Falguni Dave and Bhakti Kubavat in lead roles. Cinematography and music are plus points of the film.

7. Kevi Rite Jaish

  • Release year: 2012
  • Director: Abhishek Jain
  • Genre: Drama

Kevi Rite Jaish is a story of a Gujarati family who wishes to send their son to US. The film is a satire on the obsession of Patels to migrate to US. The story revolves around Harish Patel’s struggle to get visa to USA. Kevi Rite Jaish was the first urban Gujarati film which was packaged very well. From poster launch to music launch to social media promotions, this was the first Gujarati film to be treated like a bollywood film.

6. Chhello Divas

  • Release year: 2015
  • Director: Krishnadev Yagnik
  • Genre: Comedy Drama

Chhello Divas is a film about eight friends and their college life. How they attend lectures, tease each other, fell in love, and everything we experience during our college time. Chhello Divas is one of the most watched Gujarati films and the most loved film by youngsters.

5. The Good Road

  • Release year: 2013
  • Director: Gyan Correa
  • Genre: Drama

The Good Road was selected as the Indian entry for the best foreign language film in 86th Academy Awards (Oscars) and that was the reason, it is the most talked Gujarati movie in Hindi film industry. The film won national award for best Gujarati film. The film tells multiple stories with the center of the action being a highway in Kutch (Gujarat).

4. Gujjubhai The Great

  • Release year: 2015
  • Director: Ishaan Randeria
  • Genre: Comedy Drama

Siddharth Randeria is one of the most loved faces of Gujarati theatre and Gujjubhai the Great is his debut movie. Directed by his son Ishaan Randeria, the film is a comedy drama based on super-hit Gujarati plays Gujjubhai. Gujjubhai the Great is one of the most loved family entertainers, loved by audience of all age groups.

3. Polam Pol

  • Release year: 2016
  • Director: Tejas Padiaa
  • Genre: Comedy Drama

Tejas Padiaa’s second Gujarati film which was launched recently is a story of two friends who aspires do go big in entertainment industry. How they meet second duo of the films and how they all try to achieve big in their fields is the center point of the film. The way Polam Pol conveys message of woman empowerment in between all the jokes is the beauty of this film. Witty one liners, music and cinematography are plus points of the film.

2. Happy Familyy Pvt Ltd

  • Release year: 2013
  • Director: Raghuvir Joshi
  • Genre: Comedy Drama

What would life be like without the concept of money? Happy Familyy Pvt Ltd is the early comedy film of the urban Gujarati era, which revolves around the Mehta family, who visits a village where everything functions off a barter system. Happy Familyy Pvt Ltd is the most entertaining Gujarati film, hands down.

1. Bey Yaar

  • Release year: 2014
  • Director: Abhishek Jain
  • Genre: Drama

Bey Yaar is one of the most successful Gujarati films and is the most well received from both the audience and critics. The story revolves around two friends who want to make easy money. The movie shows how these two best friends almost break their friendship, how they are trapped by the antagonist and finally how they get out of it. Bey Yaar is a complete package. From music to direction to story to cinematography, Bey Yaar has it all.

What do you think? 

Did we miss anything? What are your views? Which movies are you planning to watch after reading this article? Tell us in comments below.

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Nishit Jariwala

Foodie, photographer, traveler, cinemaholic, storyteller and dreamer are just a few words to describe Nishit. He is captain at BuddyBits.

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  1. The Good Road was the completely crap movie. worst acting ever. No wonder it wasn’t nominated for oscar.

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