Over the last three years there has been an attempt in Indian cinema to make films more meaningful. This may be seen as a departure from mainstream commercial cinema in Hindi and other regional languages that uphold status quo, meaning moribund social values, and thrive on sex and mindless violence. Masaan (2015) was the first in this period to attempt something different. An Indo-French co-production directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, it is set in Banaras. It questions in two separate episodes so