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New Delhi: Last week’s release Zubaan tries to belie the perception that Indian films are not particularly sensitive when it comes to portrayal of differently abled people. The film features newcomer Vicky Kaushal as a stuttering ambitious small-towner out to prove his worth in the big bad world. Here’s a list of ten other Hindi films dealing with disability.

1. Margarita with a Straw (2015)- Kalki Koechlin plays the lead in Shonali Bose’s tale of a cerebral palsy-afflicted teenager’s route to self-discovery. The film was lauded for pushing the envelope when it came especially to sexual desires of the differently abled. It made more than 4 crore at the box office.

2. Barfi! (2012)- The romantic comedy directed by Anurag Basu was set in the 1970s and told the story of a deaf and mute Darjeeling boy (Ranbir Kapoor) and his relationship with two women, including an autistic heiress (Priyanka Chopra). The fun, frothy film won several awards that season and earned more than 100 crore at the box office.

3. My Name Is Khan (2010)- Karan Johar brought together the much-loved Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in this intense drama that was quite a departure from the love stories they are known for. Khan plays Rizwan, diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome who sets out on a journey to meet the President of the United States. The film made more than 82 crore in collections.

4.Taare Zameen Par (2007)- The educational drama produced and directed by Aamir Khan was based on a dyslexic child (Darsheel Safary) who is belittled by his parents and peers for his academic struggles. The film conquered both the critical and commercial circuit, winning the National Film Award for Best Film on family welfare and making collections of more than 37 crore.

5. Black (2005)- Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s drama inspired from the life and struggles of American author Hellen Keller revolved around a blind and deaf girl (Rani Mukerji) and her relationship with her teacher (Amitabh Bachchan) who later develops Alzheimer’s disease. The film opened to rave festival and theatrical reviews, making more than 8 crore at the box office despite a limited release, besides winning national awards for best feature film in Hindi and best actor.

6. Iqbal (2005)- Nagesh Kukunoor’s sports drama tells the story of a young deaf and mute boy who fulfills his dream of playing for the Indian cricket team. Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shreyas Talpade and Shweta Prasad, the film made close to 3 crore in box office collections.

7. Koi Mil Gaya (2003)- Rakesh Roshan’s science fiction film was the story of a mentally handicapped boy who befriends an alien, modeled quite evidently on the 1982 Hollywood hit E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The Hrithik Roshan-starrer made more than 18 crore in box office collections and spawned two sequels- Krrish and Krrish 3 — becoming the first of the Krrish film series.

8. Aankhen (2002)- The heist thriller drama, based on three blind men robbing a bank, was inspired by director Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s own Gujarati play. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Sushmita Sen and Paresh Rawal, the film made more than 10 crore at the box office.

9. Sadma (1983)- A car crash forces a young woman (Sridevi) to regress to childhood in filmmaker Balu Mahendru’s Hindi remake of his 1982 Tamil film Moondram Pirai. She is eventually befriended by a young school teacher (Kamal Hassan) who falls in love with her. The film made about 2 crore at the box office and is regarded as a cult classic today.

10. Koshish (1972)- Director Gulzar’s tearjerker is considered a landmark portrayal of the differently abled. Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bachchan play a deaf and mute couple struggling to lead a regular life in a desensitized society. The film won Kumar the national award for best actor.

All figures have been sourced from movie websites Bollywood Hungama and IBOS Network.

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