New Delhi: Drug is a sensitive subject in most cultures all around the world; government institutions turn every landscape inside out to scrutinise the movement of illegal drugs and other contrabands in the country. Yet, even with such harsh scrutiny, these illegal substances proliferate — cross-dressing itself into new boundaries by crawling through the pit of human greed. In the wake of the Udta Punjab movie controversy where characters delve into the menace of drugs and its debilitating effects on a society, we focus on five widely acclaimed international movies which explore the unemotional anatomy, the crooked narrative and the inherent acceptance of drugs.


1.       City of God (2002)

Two boys are brought up in a sadistic neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. They adopt diverse professional paths, with one of them becoming a photographer and the other boy becoming a drug dealer. (IMDB)


2.       Traffic (2000)

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America’s escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron’s wife attempts to carry on the family business. (IMDB)


3.       Breaking Bad (TV series) (2008-2013)

Walter White, a chemistry teacher, discovers that he has cancer and decides to get into the meth-making business to repay his medical debts. His priorities begin to change when he partners with Jesse.


4.       Training Day (2001)

On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn’t what he appears.


5.       Scarface  (1983)

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.



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