The year 2001 began with South film genius Shankar (maker of Rajinikanth film Robot series) made a really Hat Ke film called Nayak – The Real Hero starring Anil Kapoor. The film depicted a common man ruling the state for one day and trying to outburst corruption, red-tapism, and all illegal activities. The movie had Anil Kapoor playing T.V. journalist who interviews the state chief minister and on the question to why the C.M. is unable to tackle corruption, the C.M. challenges him to became C.M. for one day and eliminate all dirty elements in society. The movie had a message for the common man that honest and true patriotic citizen should enter politics only than we can have a clean government.
In 2003 popular filmmaker and multiple National Award winning directors, Madhur Bhandarkar made Satta starring Raveena Tandon in the lead role. The film presented Women Power and showed a wife entering into active politics after her husband lands up in jail. The film is remembered as Raveena Tandon‘s powerhouse performance.
Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia‘s Haasil (2003) presented the student politics in Allahabad in all its roughness. The character of Irrfan Khan as an upper caste student leader who falls in love and does all he can do to win his girl was highly appreciated.
Film director Mani Ratnam is famous for his bold and innovative subjects, in 2004 he made a powerful film Yuva staring three top stars Ajay Devgn, Vivek Oberoi and Abhishek Bachchan all three from a different section of society. Through the film, Mani Ratnam propagates that youth of the country should join politics and clean-up the dirty politics.
In 2005 filmmaker Sudhir Mishra came up with a masterstroke film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. The film told the story of three individuals in the backdrop of the emergency period in the ’70s when the country witnessed political turmoil and new changes.
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma inspired by the charisma of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and the Hollywood film Godfather made two films in series viz. Sarkar (2005) and Sarkar Raj (2008). Both the film depicts the clan -type political family residing in Mumbai and ruling over the city.
Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra‘s Rang De Basanti (2006) was an emotional and powerful political thriller starring Aamir Khan in the lead. The film was a politically sensitive film for the youth of the country. The film won National Award for its breathtaking subject.
Anurag Kashyap‘s Gulaal (2009) was another hard-hitting movie that focused on student politics versus separatist politics. In this film actor, K.K. Menon won fame for his brilliant performance. Though Gulaal was not box office hit but it won critical acclaim for its bold take on politics.