Best Five Documentary Films to Watch Online before 2015 Ends

Since I watched Satyajit Ray’s documentary on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, I have been in love with documentary films. I mostly watch free online documentaries on history, heritage, art and real life issues. Of late, I came across a great selection of documentary films on, a portal of rare documentaries and short films, supported by Naseeruddin Shah, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ketan Mehta, Shabana Azmi, Hansal Mehta, Rajkumar Rao, Sudhir Mishra, Vishal Bhardwaj and others. I would like you to watch the following five documentary films of my choice. I am sure you won’t be disappointed. Read on to know WHY….

Rani Hindustani 

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Rani Hindustani by Priti Chandriani is one of the rare documentaries to watch on It depicts the journey of a woman who breaks loose from male insensitivity, defies heartless social traditions and discovers her own identity to live a life on her own terms. She chooses to have a name independent of the surnames of her father and her husband. She takes up a male-dominated profession – truck driving – to earn a living. Watch the documentary to see how her journey of discovery, independence and survival is.

Ashgari Bai

Lauded by media, Ashgari Bai is not just another documentary. It is a take on the eventful life of Ashgari Bai, one of the oldest exponents of Dhrupad, a dying art form of Hindustani Classical music. Once honored with several awards including the Padamshree for her contribution to this austere form of Indian music, Ashgari Bai exists in the wilderness in the current decade. The documentary penetrates her life in a small town of Madhya Pradesh to depict how she copes with the odds of loneliness by means of her indomitability. Ashgari Bai documentary is a must watch on

Pancham Unmixed

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One of the best documentary films to watch online free is Pancham Unmixed on the rare artistry and lonely inner being of RD Burman, one of the most versatile music composers in the entertainment industry of India. He had revolutionized the music of Bollywood in the late 60s, which is impactful even today. Pancham Unmixed is one of the few music documentaries, which explores the larger than life persona of the legendary musician through interviews of his contemporaries and admirers in the music industry. It is available only on

Occam’s Razor

If you are fond of documentary films on grim sociopolitical affairs, then Occam’s Razor should not be a miss. This documentary exposes the duality around the killing of a 19year old college going girl from a Mumbai suburb by the Gujarat police in a 2014 encounter. The charges against her that she was a member of some terrorist group and that she was tasked to assassinate the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi have not yet been substantiated by solid proofs. Voted as one of the best documentaries on real life issues, Occam’s Razor seeks to raise questions about the way encounter killings are conducted in India.         

 Hallucinogen Honey Hunters

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Recently, I watched Hallucinogen Honey Hunters out of a selection of best documentaries online. The documentary depicts the ordeals of earning a living that the Gurungs, a tribe of honey hunters in Nepal, go through in the process of colleting honey from the hive of giant Himalayan bees in a thick jungle surrounding their village. Shot meticulously, the documentary Hallucinogen Honey Hunters shows how these tribal people develop a mystical connect with the bees and extract the magic honey from the hive without taking protective measures.

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