Best India Documentaries

A look at the best FREE India documentaries.

India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia. The nation's capital city is New Delhi.

Interesting Facts about India

  1. As the world's seventh most populous country, it is also the second-most populous democracy. Its land borders are with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.

  2. Over 55,000 years ago, humans arrived on the Indian subcontinent from Africa. The Indus Valley Civilisation, situated in the western margins of the Indus river basin, evolved into the Maurya and Gupta Empires, which exported their religious cultures to Southeast Asia.

  3. A megadiverse country with four biodiversity hotspots, India is governed by a democratic parliamentary system, has a population of 1.211 billion, a nominal per capita income of US$64 annually, a literacy rate of 16.6%, and a space programme that includes several extraterrestrial missions planned or completed.

  4. It follows that the name "India" is derived from the Classical Latin India, which in turn derives from Hellenistic Greek India, ancient Greek Indos, Old Persian Hindush, and, finally, its cognate, the Sanskrit Sindhu.

  5. There were the first devotional hymns composed in the Tamil language between the 6th and 7th centuries, which were mimicked across India. The Indian royal family patronized temples, and Indian culture and political systems were exported throughout the region.

  6. It is estimated that India emits about 7% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions as a result of its coal usage. However, its renewable energy is competing strongly with coal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  7. It is estimated that 8 million people live in different forms of modern slavery in India, including 10.1 million child laborers.

  8. As the second-most populous country in the world, India has 1,210,193,422 residents, 940 females per 1,000 males, and a median age of 28.7.

  9. Indian literature began in the Sanskrit language between 1500 BCE and 1200 CE. It experienced drastic change during the 14th to 18th centuries, as more attention was paid to social questions and psychological descriptions.

  10. There is a strong emphasis on family values in India, and multigenerational patrilineal joint families are the norm, although nuclear families are becoming more popular in urban areas. Female infanticide and foeticide are common, as well as dowry, which is widespread, but illegal.

  11. As the world's second-largest education system, India's system offers significant affirmative action opportunities to historically disadvantaged students.

  12. Traditionally, India's traditional dress was draped, with women wearing the sari and men wearing the dhoti.

  13. Indian meals usually consist of steamed rice, chapati, idli, or dosa, along with flavourful savoury dishes, and may also include poultry, fish, or meat.

  14. A platter, or thali, is used for eating, with the cooked cereal at the center, and flavourful accompaniments around it.

  15. The Indian Premier League is the most watched cricket league in the world, ranking sixth among all sports leagues.

Best India Documentaries

Here are the best India documentaries ordered based on date of publishing:

1. India’s Celebrity Hunters | 101 East

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Duration 25:01
Date Published September 15, 2022
Views 1078+
Channel Al Jazeera English

India is obsessed with its stars - from the entertainment world to cricket. An insatiable thirst for celebrity gossip and glimpses into their personal lives means there is never a shortage of paparazzi hovering close by, ready to capture that candid moment. The photographers are often poorly paid and subject to violent tirades by those they follow, but many revel in the adrenaline of the chase. While some celebrities have a combative relationship with the paparazzi, there is a growing realisation that they need the photographers to help them curate their image. 101 East meets the paparazzi behind the lens.

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2. India Turns 75: Has The Nation Lived Up To Its Promise? | Insight | Full Episode

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Duration 47:04
Date Published August 29, 2022
Views 18029+
Channel CNA Insider

India turned 75 on the 15th of August 2022. Can it finally fulfil the promise of a free and prosperous nation, set out by its founding fathers? India turned 75 on the 15th of August 2022. From its painful birth, marred by violence over the partition, to becoming the fastest growing large economy, India has come a long way. On the back of a booming IT sector, India could become the third largest economy by the 2030s. But at the same time, communal tensions and persistent poverty in some parts of the country threaten to derail its momentum. On the

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3. India: An emerging superpower - Climate, equality, space (2/2) | DW Documentary

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Duration 51:54
Date Published August 12, 2022
Views 100032+
Channel DW Documentary

India, the world’s largest democracy, turns 75. With his special brand of non-violent resistance, Mahatma Gandhi paved the way for the country’s independence. He campaigned for a pluralistic, secular state and equal opportunities for all. What remains of those ambitions, today? How far has India distanced itself from the ideals of equality and non-violence espoused by Mahatma Gandhi and other founding fathers? How are democracy, human rights and social justice faring today - and where is India headed? These are the questions that form the basis for this film’s narrative. The film focuses on people still working today to keep

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4. India: An emerging superpower - Democracy, development, displacement (1/2) | DW Documentary

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Duration 51:54
Date Published August 12, 2022
Views 141773+
Channel DW Documentary

India, the world’s largest democracy, turns 75. With his special brand of non-violent resistance, Mahatma Gandhi paved the way for the country’s independence. He campaigned for a pluralistic, secular state and equal opportunities for all. What remains of those ambitions, today? How far has India distanced itself from the ideals of equality and non-violence espoused by Mahatma Gandhi and other founding fathers? How are democracy, human rights and social justice faring today - and where is India headed? These are the questions that form the basis for this film’s narrative. The film focuses on people still working today to keep

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5. India's hysterectomy scandal | DW Documentary

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Duration 42:26
Date Published July 21, 2022
Views 60932+
Channel DW Documentary

In India, unscrupulous private doctors are tricking women into unnecessary hysterectomies. The women undergoing these expensive procedures are, on average, 34 years old. The loss of the uterus has serious medical and financial consequences. Unnecessary hysterectomies not only burden these women‘s families with heavy debts, they also lead to premature menopause, often leaving the women debilitated and unable to work. In the sugar-growing region of Beed, one in three women has had her uterus removed. Many of them, including Prabarvati, went to the doctor with period pains, back pain or bladder infections and were diagnosed with cancer. The doctors' only

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6. India on Fire: Facing the Climate Crisis | 101 East Documentary

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Duration 25:01
Date Published June 30, 2022
Views 178363+
Channel Al Jazeera English

In India’s capital, New Delhi, mountains of rubbish are on fire. Blazes are breaking out in slums, residents are suffering heat stroke and dehydration, and there are shortages of electricity and water. This is life when an extreme heatwave hits. New Delhi and parts of northwest India have been facing unprecedented heat, with temperatures up to 10 degrees hotter than normal. 101 East meets the residents bearing the brunt of India’s heatwave and the first responders desperately trying to put out the fires. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our

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7. The Super-Rich Royals of India: The Secret Lives of the Maharajahs | Indian Wealth Documentary

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Duration 01:00:59
Date Published May 17, 2022
Views 919078+
Channel Java Discover | Free Global Documentaries & Clips

In Rajasthan, otherwise known as ’The Land of Kings’, the Maharajahs have lost none of their famed prestige. Century-old traditions are held true even today, and royal legacy is of utmost importance. Common people kiss the feet of their princes and offer small amounts of money to those millions times richer than themselves as signs of respect and submission. Danenjay Singh, heir to the throne of Khimsar, is getting married. The team of reporters has been invited to the week-long ceremony to document the extravagant proceedings. On the seventh day, the young prince will climb aboard an elephant and find

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8. Megacity Mumbai - From slums to skyscrapers | DW Documentary

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Duration 41:57
Date Published January 29, 2022
Views 4268199+
Channel DW Documentary

Mumbai is a city of contrasts. Here, the super-rich and slum dwellers live side by side. As more and more luxury skyscrapers go up, slums are forced to make way for them. Conflicts ensue. So what is life like, in a megacity with 20 million inhabitants? In Dharavi, Asia's largest slum, more than a million people live in extremely crowded conditions. But the neighbourhood is dynamic. We meet Mahesh, 27, who was born in the slum and has never left. Today, he runs a recycling plant that employs about 20 people. Dharavi's shadow economy is said to bring in 800

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9. Is India Home To World's Biggest Slums? | Trashopolis | Earth Stories

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Duration 45:35
Date Published November 17, 2021
Views 17513+
Channel Earth Stories - Climate Change Documentaries

Mumbai, financial center of India, fabled city of empires and fortunes. On a trash heap called Dharavi, over one million people earn pennies a day recycling the city's garbage. Subscribe to Earth Stories to watch more documentaries: http://bit.ly/3iUO7th Trashopolis explores the most enchanting and iconic cities in the world and attempts to unlock their dark, dirty little secrets... through their trash! We travel to places like Paris, Rome, New York, London, and Cairo to see what kind of mess we can get into. This series digs up the unexplored and unique history of these great cities in an effort to

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10. India's Forgotten Majority

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Duration 57:08
Date Published September 28, 2021
Views 961467+
Channel VICE News

The Social Distance casts a look at how COVID-19 has exacerbated the complex demographic and vast inequalities of class & caste in India. Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo #VICENews #News

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11. The Rich Origins Of India & The Oldest Civilisation With Michael Wood | Our History

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Duration 47:22
Date Published August 22, 2021
Views 63070+
Channel Our History

Michael Wood visits India, the largest democracy on earth and home of the oldest continuously surviving civilisation.. Subscribe to Our History: https://bit.ly/3v5mKBG Looks at the roles played by religion and philosophy, the cultural continuity which connects a modern industrial state to its ancient roots, and the importance of village life in the Twentieth Century. Also explores the country's religious diversity by visiting Hindu, Islamic, Christian and Jewish communities, examines the philosophical ideals of unity and tolerance expounded by the Buddha, Emperor Ashokar, Emperor Akbar and Mahatma Gandhi, and touches upon the disastrous effects when these ideals are disregarded. The highlight

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12. Goa: India’s Hidden Treasure | World Class | TRACKS

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Duration 22:40
Date Published November 22, 2020
Views 41887+
Channel TRACKS

World Class is a series featuring the best of the international hotel industry. When the richest people in the world stay beneath your roof everything is possible. Absolute professionalism and unbridled luxury have a price of course. We are talking seriously fine and seriously expensive hotels and how the guests use their leisure time. Big game fishing perhaps, or polo, golf, or the casino. Subscribe to see more full documentaries every week: https://bit.ly/2lneXNy TRACKS publishes unique, unexpected and untold stories from across the world every week. From "World Class" Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TRACKSTravelChannel/ Content licensed from Big Media to Little Dot Studios.

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13. Welcome to India Episode 2 Full Documentary Reel Truth Science

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Duration 58:41
Date Published June 29, 2020
Views 41293+
Channel bgm digital

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14. The Sikhs - Between India and Pakistan | DW Documentary

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Duration 27:16
Date Published January 21, 2020
Views 934353+
Channel DW Documentary

India and Pakistan traditionally have hostile relations, but there is hope on one front, at least. In order to enable the Sikhs from India to make a pilgrimage to one of their holiest shrines, a "peace corridor" has been opened between India and Pakistan. Urdu and Hindi subtitles are available. Sikhs constitute the fourth largest religious community in India, but find themselves caught between India and Pakistan, between Hindus and Muslims. The majority of Sikhs worldwide live on the Indian subcontinent. The hostile relations between India and Pakistan since partition in 1947 meant that for decades Sikhs from India had

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15. Secrets of India: The Economic "Miracle" (Poverty Documentary) | Real Stories

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Duration 47:17
Date Published April 30, 2019
Views 132331+
Channel Real Stories

Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy travels across India to investigate the underbelly of the Indian economic miracle. Underneath the glittering surface of India's economic boom lie the ugly realties of modern day India: a rise in Hindu nationalism, discrimination against Muslims and a caste system which condemns millions to a life of servitude. Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RealStoriesChannel Instagram - @realstoriesdocs Twitter: https://twitter.com/realstoriesdocs Content licensed from TVF International. Any queries, please contact us at: [email protected] Want to watch more full-length Documentaries? Click here: http://bit.ly/1GOzpIu

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