This list of the best documentaries about India has been ranked by the community and includes popular and recognizable titles, along with independent films. What is the best documentary about India? Vote up your favorites below.
As you vote, the order of the list will be changed to see which documentary about India comes out on top. If you do not see your favorite on the list, add it along with the titles below so that others can vote on it as well. This list currently includes titles such as Fire in the Blood, Superman of Malegaon, and Celluloid Man.Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate those watching the film. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.
Fire in the BloodFire in the Blood is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Dylan Mohan Gray.... more
- Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids is a 2004 Indian-American documentary film about the children of prostitutes in Sonagachi, Kolkata's red light district. The widely acclaimed film,... more
BomgayRahul Bose, Kunal Kapoor
Directed by: Riyad Vinci Wadia"Based on the queer poetry of R. Raj Rao, "BOMGaY" is a collection of six vignettes that depict the underground gay identity of 90s urban India" Quoting the description from the 2010 Kashish-Mumbai... more
Celluloid ManCelluloid Man is a 2012 documentary film directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur that explores the life and work of legendary Indian archivist P. K. Nair, founder of the National Film Archive of India... more
PowerlessKatiyabaaz is a 2014 Indian Hindi documentary film directed by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa about the problem of power theft in Kanpur. Released in India on August 22, 2014, the film is shot in... more
The Rat RaceThe Rat Race is a 2011 documentary drama film written by Arghya Lahiri, Mathew Menacherry, and Miriam Chandy Menacherry, and directed by Miriam Chandy Menacherry...
- One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das is a 2012 documentary film directed by Jeremy Frindel about Krishna Das, the U.S. vocalist best known for is performances of Indian devotional music called... more
Cherub of the MistCherub of the Mist is a documentary film based on the life of two Red pandas, namely, Mini and Sweety, who were released into the Singalila National Park in the Darjeeling District, India. The... more
Directed by: Keith MeltonMystic India is a 2004 large format film about India's culture, people, and traditions. It is told through the 12,000 km barefoot journey throughout 18th century India undertaken by the Hindu... more
Riding Solo to the Top of the WorldRiding Solo to the Top of the World is a documentary film on the Chang pas of Ladakh, in India, about a journey of self-discovery.... more
The House That Ananda BuiltThe House That Ananda Built is a 1968 Indian short documentary film directed by Fali Bilimoria. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.... more
- Gotoma the Buddha is a 1956 Indian documentary film directed by Rajbans Khanna. It was entered into the 1957 Cannes Film Festival, where it won a Special Mention for Best Director and was nominated... more
- Shores of Silence: Whale Sharks in India is a landmark film by Mike Pandey that brought about major legislative changes to protect whale sharks worldwide. This documentary depicts the needless... more
A Little DreamShobana
Directed by: P. DhanapalA Little Dream is a 60-minute documentary film in English capturing the journey of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's life from Rameswaram to Rashtrapati Bhavan. It was produced by Minveli Media... more
Supermen of MalegaonSupermen of Malegaon is a 2008 documentary film directed by Faiza Ahmad Khan.... more
- The Sun Behind the Clouds looks at China's occupation of Tibet from the perspective of the vocally secessionist Tibetan youth, and from that of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, whose reaction... more
Children of the PyreChildren of the Pyre is a 2008 documentary film directed by Rajesh S. Jala.... more
Journey from ZanskarJourney From Zanskar is a 2010 documentary film written, produced, and directed by Frederick Marx, for Warrior Films. It tells the emotional story of 17 small children who leave home and family,... more
Naga Story: The Other Side of SilenceNaga Story: The Other Side of Silence is a 2003 documentary film by Indian film maker Gopal Menon. The film provides an introduction to the history of the Struggle by Naga people in North- East... more
A Pestering JourneyA Pestering Journey is a documentary film directed by K.R. Manoj. A voyage through two similar pesticide tragedies in post independent India, Pestering Journey interrogates the legitimate forms and... more
RangbhoomiK. N. Singh, Nigar Sultana
Directed by: Mohan Dayaram BhavnaniRangbhoomi is a 1946 mystery crime fiction film directed by Mohan Dayaram Bhavnani....
Papa 2Papa 2 is a film about the notorious interrogation centre, Papa 2. This interrogation center was run by the Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir till 1996. Officially, over 2000 - unofficially, over 8000 -... more
Jai Bhim ComradeJai Bhim Comrade is a 2011 documentary film written and directed by Anand Patwardhan.... more
Amar LeninAmar Lenin is a 1970 black and white documentary film directed by legendary film director Ritwik Ghatak made for Government of West Bengal in the centenary year of the birth of Vladimir Lenin. The... more
SalmaSalma is a 2013 drama, biographical, and family documentary film written by Oliver Huddleston and directed by Kim Longinotto....