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Movies Based on College Politics

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The politics of the University of Delhi is fascinating; a list of movies has been based on the same. College politics is recurrent in these films and relatable for many DU students. Here is a list of must-watch movies.

University of Delhi (DU) is quite famous for its college politics. The entire voting process is reported and covered by all major news agencies throughout the country. It is only when we reach the University of Delhi that we perhaps realize how important a role the college politics plays. This is the first time we come across people fighting for a set of beliefs. It is also the first time when we are introduced to the darker side of politics. Here are some of the movies which best capture the essence of college politics.

1) Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi

Hazaaron Khwaishei Aisi, directed by Sudhir Mishra, traces the story of Siddharth Tyabji, Vikram Malhotra, and Geeta Rao studying at Hindu College, University of Delhi. Siddharth is a revolutionary who raises his voice against caste discrimination, poverty and wants to bring about social justice. Geeta is enchanted and in love with his ideology but at the same time sceptical of establishing a life with him because of them. Vikram, who’s in love with Geeta, wants to be as removed from all the politics as he can. Interestingly it is his character that suffers the most in this web of politics.

2) Yuva

Yuva, directed by Mani Ratnam, has a stellar cast of Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, and Kareena Kapoor. It follows the life of Ajay Devgan and Vivek Oberoi standing for college elections. However, obstacles are constantly thrown in their paths by Lallan Singh- a goon, played by Abhishek Bachchan. This movie won the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Critics Award Best Movie.

3) Raanjhannaa

Raanjhannaa directed by Anand L. Rai became one of the hits when it was released and still holds a really special place in the hearts of the people. People remember it for the character of Dhanush. His acting left a big impression on the minds of the youth. However, people also remember it for the college politics as was shown in the movie. This movie comes closest in showcasing the environment at the time of DU elections. Every year when we have elections, the film and its vivid portrayal of student politics comes to mind.


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Anukriti Mishra

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