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5 Wonderful Business Movies from India Everyone Should Watch

Debayan Ganguly (Dev Ayan) is an MBA with 2 years of experience in B2B sales. He likes to write and spread his learnings through blogs.

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Introduction

You love business movies and want to see stories come out of the corporate world? Here's a list of 5 movies that you can watch anytime to glimpse the corporate machinery, ethics in business, starting from zero, and stock market thriller.

Business movies show corporate culture, are about successful business people, show a part of businesses, etc. In this list, I try to list my favourite movies from India that show one or more business sides.

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Guru

Can one man change the way a country sees entrepreneurship?

Loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Industries, Guru Chronicles the beginning and rise of an Industrialist. Directed by Mani Ratnam, this movie tells the story of a young entrepreneur who keeps on increasing his business and leaves no stones unturned to grow. In his journey, he faces many hurdles from journalists, unions, and many such foes trying to bring him down.

Adding to the plot, we have lovely music by AR Rahman to enhance our movie-watching experience.

  • Director: Mani Ratnam
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mithun Chakrabarty, Vidya Balan, Sushant Sharma
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Corporate

How far would you go for your company?

Competition, Rivalry, Ethics, Marketing form the core of this Madhur Bhandarkar directorial. This movie shows two rival FMCG companies. When Sehgal group of industries comes to know about Marwah Group's, their rival's, intention to launch a mint-based soft drink in the coming months, Vinay Sehgal, the CEO, announces to launch his version of the drink even sooner. Sehgal, who lost to Marwah's bid in the auctioning of a PSU, is ready to go to any extent to claim his throne. Will he compromise on ethics and overlook the quality issues of his product and go ahead with his launch, and the ramifications of his decision becomes the crux of the plot.

Snippets of this movie were shown to us during our MBA. We had fun discussing this movie, the characters, and the subtext. The questions of ethics and professionalism are repeatedly asked, and it has elements of David vs Goliath, making it a must-watch for everyone.

  • Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Cast: Rajat Sharma, Raj Babbar, Bipasha Basu, Kay Kay Menon, Harsh Chaya, Minisha Lamba, Lillete Dubey
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Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year

Earning Profits vs Providing Value, Which one would you choose?

Rocket Singh shows a journey of a below-average commerce graduate, Harpreet Singh Bedi, who knows what to do with life: SALES. After getting a job by somehow convincing the interviewer, he joins a company and thus begins his career in his dream job. But a few days down the line, Bedi decides to start his own company using his existing company's resources and customer base. He has only one thing in mind - to serve his customers no matter what. And the customers his company would have refused, he used to serve them. Slowly his team within the organisation increases, one member at a time. He sees everyone in his team as his partner instead of an employee.

How he serves his customers makes his reputation in the market at the risk of getting caught becomes the movie's whole plot.

  • Director: Shimit Amin
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Gauhar Khan, Manish Chaudhary, Neeraj Sood, Mukesh S Bhatt
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Bazaar

Does money justify the means?

Bazaar is a story of a stock market tzar Shakun Kothari and his protege Rizwan Ahmed, who comes to Mumbai to follow his dreams of earning money in the stock market and impresses Kothari. Kothari then offers him a job at his firm and what leads next is a series of stock market manipulation, insider trading, lies, deceit, and every other wrongdoing in the book. When Rizwan realises that he was just a pawn in Shakun Kothari's bigger scheme of things, he has two options: to commit suicide or to take action and expose Kothari.

  • Director: Gaurav Chawla
  • Release Year: 2018
  • Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Rohan Mehra, Radhika Apte, Chitrangada Singh
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Seemabadha (Company Limited)

Will you hesitate to use adversity to make an opportunity? Even crossing the lines of ethics?

This is the oldest movie on the list and is the best of the lot. Based on the Bengali novel by Mani Shankar Mukherjee, Seemabadha, is a Satyajit Ray directorial that tells the story of a corporate employee, Shyamal, on the verge of a huge promotion. His sister in law arrives to stay with them for a few days, and he shows her around the city.

During this time, his company realises that the shipment they were supposed to deliver has a technical flaw. They can neither ship the defective goods nor delay the delivery as per the clause. How Shyamal uses the flaw in the contract and creates a fake labour emergency to legally delay the shipment while using the time to manufacture improves goods is the story's plot.

  • Director: Satyajit Ray
  • Release Year: 1971
  • Cats: Barun Chanda, Sharmila Tagore, Paromita Choudhury

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Comments

Debayan Ganguly (author) from Kolkata, India on July 02, 2021:

Thanks a lot, Swati.

Debayan Ganguly (author) from Kolkata, India on July 02, 2021:

Thank you. I am happy you liked them.

Swati Sharma from India on July 02, 2021:

An Interesting article by the author.

All given movies are too good to watch.

Rawan Osama from Egypt on July 02, 2021:

Amazing hub!

Debayan Ganguly (author) from Kolkata, India on July 02, 2021:

Thank you

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 02, 2021:

Nice compilation.

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