Why only go for the usual family entertainers when you can switch things up a bit this Diwali? Watch movies with unconventional plots that normalize important conversations with our parents!
Finding a movie to watch with your parents can be tough as it is. Because of the generational gap, there’s so much you disagree on when it comes to watching content. Having said that, movies can also be a perfect way for our parents to understand us. They serve as the best messengers to subtly say what we feel and or just simply open their minds to a newer world that’s more accepting of issues like mental health, heartbreaks, sexuality and so much more. Movies with unconventional plots seem like the best way to ease them into it. They're definitely not something most of our parents would pick to watch on a boring Sunday afternoon. But since Diwali is just around the corner and that goes hand in hand with spending time together, how about we take this as an opportunity to show them movies with topics that are usually considered taboo? After all, if our folks don’t understand us better, who else will?
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Here’s building a better future with our parents, one movie at a time!
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga - Netflix
Representing a story from the LGBTQIA+ community, this film is a rather important one to watch with our parents. Let them educate themselves about everything there is to know about various sexualities and the fact that rom-coms are not always the quintessential boy-meets-girl love stories. There’s so much more to explore.
Dear Zindagi - Netflix
Unfortunately, mental health is still an alien concept to many. The movie shows how wrong parenting can lead to unhappy individuals who have to seek therapy for their own good. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help and parents need to understand that now more than ever!
Lipstick under my Burkhan- Prime Video
The film’s bold narrative shows four women between the ages of 18 and 55 who rebel against the ridiculous norms that society has set for women. It highlights the various shades of female pleasure and is a must-watch for Indian parents!
Dead Poets Society - Apple TV
Allowing your kids to pursue what they love is still something Asian parents are struggling with. Being a doctor, lawyer or engineer might be a very noble career but it’s not always the first choice for most of us. The world is our horizon and it’s high time parents see that!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Prime Video
It’s a coming-of-age story where a young adult comes to a new high school and with the help of his eccentric group of friends, confronts his difficult past. The movie is a good insight into the life of a teenager and everything that goes through their minds.
Badhaai Ho - Disney+Hotstar
This a good reminder for the elderly that just because you’re in the 50+ club now doesn’t mean you have to put a stop to your sexual desires.
Mimi - Netflix
Yes, people are open to opting for other ways to start a family and surrogacy is one of them. While the movie takes a completely different turn by the end, it’s still a good eye-opener for how surrogacy really works in India.
Look Both Ways - Netflix
In a time where women are often given unsolicited advice about their bodies, Look Both Ways is a good film about what a pro-choice life for a woman can look like. Whether she chooses to have a child out of wedlock or chooses her career, both parallels should be completely acceptable and totally her decision to make.
Inside Out - Apple TV
Another gem on mental health, Inside Out shows you exactly how our mind reacts to every situation. How every emotion is important and how it all really works up there. It deals with everything from Depression to Anxiety in the most relatable and easy way possible.
Which of these movies with unconventional plots would you want to watch with your parents this Diwali? Let us know in the comments below!
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