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    12 Indian Films That Represent Folk Culture And Local Folktales

    Akshay Kumar’s Ram Setu and Ajay Devgn’s Thank God might have clashed at the box office this Diwali, but the film that everyone is raving about and going bonkers over remains to be Kantara, the second highest grossing Kannada movie of 2022 and third highest grossing Kannada movie of all time.

    While all three films are rooted in Indian culture, Kantara is winning the praises. 

    From Kantara to Tumbbad, here are some others movies that represented Folk culture and local folktales. 

    1. Tumbbad (IMDb rating: 8.2)

    Tumbbad is based on the folktales of the hinterlands of Maharashtra. A film by Sohum Shah, Tumbbad is based on the story of a family who builds a temple for Hastar, the devil God who should never be worshipped.

    2. Kantara (IMDb rating: 9.3)

    Rishab Shetty’s Kantara Is Unstoppable; Beats KGF To Become 2nd Biggest Kannada Film Ever Made
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    Kantara is set in coastal Karnataka. The movie deals with the issue of land politics and man vs forest, and adds elements of local folklore and beliefs in Daivas, regional demigods. The movie also shows Bhoota Kola, a cultural practice.

    3. Stree (IMDb rating: 7.5)

    The plot of the horror comedy movie is based on urban legend Nale Ba about  a witch who abducts men at night when they are alone and only leaves their clothes behind. The movie stars Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor alongside Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee.

    4. Churuli (IMDb rating: 7.1)

    A film by Lijo Jose Pellissery, Churuli is a science fiction horror film which is based on short story Kaligeminarile Kuttavalikal from the book Mullaranjanam written by Vinoy Thomas. The plot follows a monk who is in pursuit of an evil forest spirit. The movie also deals with time loops and aliens. 

    5. Bakita Byaktigato (IMDb rating: 7.8)

    The Bengali movie revolves around a documentary filmmaker who goes to a village to shoot for a movie on true love when he gets to know about a village where everyone readily falls in love.

    6. Mirzya (IMDb rating: 4.6)

    A film by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Mirzya is an mordern-day adaptation of Punjabi folklore Mirza and Sahibaan. The movie stars Saiyami Kher and Harshvardhan Kapoor. 

    7. Vikram Vedha (IMDb rating: 8.3)

     The movie that originally starrred R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathy is inspired by the Indian folktale Baital Pachisi. The Hindi remake of the movie stars Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan. 

    8. Bulbbul (IMDb rating: 6.5)

    The supernatural thriller starring Tripti Dimri is based on on rural Bengal tales of female ghosts and tales from the cult of Kali.

    9. Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana (IMDb rating: 8.4)

    Starring Kantara actor Rishab Shetty in lead role, Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana. Garuda Gamana referes to Lord Vishnu who is known to ride Garuda, as his vehicle. Vrishaba Vahana refers to Shiva who is known to ride Nandi as his vehicle. The two characters in the movie are similar to the Gods that they are named after.

    10. Jallikattu (IMDb rating: 7.3)

    Jallikattu is a traditional event that involves releasing a bull into a crowd of people where participants attempt to grab its hump and ride it for as long as possible. The movie is based on the short story of Maoist by Hareesh and  follows a bull that escapes from a slaughterhouse in a hilly remote village and the entire village men gathering to hunt down the animal.

    11. Karnan (IMDb rating: 8.1)

    Starring Dhanush in the lead role, Karnan reportedly draws parallel with Mahabharata.  Directed by Mari Selvaraj, the movie is loosely influenced from the 1995 Kodiyankulam caste violence.

    12. Paheli (IMDb rating: 6.3)

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    Based on Rajasthani folk tale, the Amol Palekar movie stars Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji. The story revolves around a ghost who falls in love with a woman and takes the disguise of her husband.  

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