8 excellent bollywood movies based on student/campus politics

Youths involved in politics always show a lot of passion. There are many stories one can gather from the campus. And, such stories have often been the picks for the filmmakers in bollywood. There are numerous movies already made on this subject. Given below are some of the best movies based on student politics.

Dil Dosti Etc:

This movie directed by Manish Tiwary (produced by Prakash Jha) is one of the finest movies to understand the attitude, mindset, and approach of the student politicians. Though not typical bollywood politics movie, Dil Dosti Etc certainly provides the realistic approach of student affairs those occur in campuses. The movie stars Imad Shah (son of Naseeruddin Shah) along with Shreyas Talpade and Ishita Sharma in various roles.


Depicted as one of the best political bollywood movies, Gulaal provides a perfect picture of incidences those occur within top universities. This is another much commended Anurag Kashyap directorial. The movie delivers absolutely powerful performances from some of the incredible actors in tinsel town like Kay Kay Menon, Piyush Mishra, Abhimanyu Singh, Mahi Gill, and others.


The 2004 political drama is indeed one of the best political movies ever made. Staying ahead of stereotypes of its genre, the movie certainly takes a futuristic approach that makes it distinguishing. Legendary director Mani Ratnam’s excellence in screenplay and direction can be thoroughly evident through the flick. Abhishek Bachchan has given the performance of his life in the movie. However, Ajay Devgan, as usual, has just nailed it in the movie as a student leader. Vivek Oberoi has done perfect justice as well.


This Tigmanshu Dhulia directed movie was the biggest boost in Irfan Khan’s career. Irfan won filmfare award in the category of best actor in a negative role category. Among others, the movie includes some of the incredible actors like Jimmy Shergil, Ashutosh Rana, Rajpal Yadav and others in the movie. Though it was not a huge hit in box office, but Haasil got cult status in following years after its release.


Though this one is not strongly based on politics as of the above, but definitely provides significant picture of contemporary student or campus politics. Well, politics holds a strong relation in the movie. This is another movie for which you have to accolade Abhay Deol’s choice of works. Dhanush’s debut in B-town got inspiring box office success as well. Raanjhana is no doubt one of the best movies of Sonam Kapoor.

Rang De Basanti:

Rang De Basanti is a gem of Indian movies. The movie perfectly depicts the exuberance of the students in Delhi University. RDB is considered an exemplary flick for all those who want to make a career in direction. The way it has portrayed the inner knack of politics of the specific characters, can’t simply be made any better. It is no doubt one of the finest movies by Aamir Khan, but unarguably south star Sidhdharth won many hearts through the gravity in his performance.


Shiva is another incredible movie by old Ram Gopal Verma. It is based on student politics both written and directed by Verma. The movie is a remake of Siva, which is the first movie of Verma in Tollywood. Both Telugu and Hindi version of the movie did superbly well in box office. It is considered a blockbuster in Telugu, and bagged critical commendations as well. It stars Nagarjuna in lead.

Hazaron Khwaishein Aisi:

This Sudhir Mishra directorial is a fantastic film in this genre. The movie is based on the emergency phase during 70s in India, the time when the nation was witnessing major political changes. The movie stars Kay Kay Menon, Chitrangada Singh, Shiney Ahuja, Saurabh Shukla, and Ram Kapoor in leads.

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