Wow, I love my work! This afternoon our Product Director asked me for a list of Top 25 must watch Indian movies. How nice, since he normally disturbs my browsing schedule with bug reports! So here we go! The list is not in any order.
The Apu Trilogy (Bengali) - Made by Satyajit Ray, Honorary Oscar winner - TIME All-time 100 list.
Pyaasa (Hindi) - Made by Guru Dutt - TIME All-time 100 list.
Nayakan (Tamil) - Made by Mani Ratnam who also made Roja and Bombay in the 90s - TIME All-time 100 list.
Sholay (Hindi) - Most famous Hindi movie ever - Released in 1975 is still running in a cinema in Mumbai! - Stars Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Dharmendra and Hema Malini (who married in real life too!) - Music by R. D. Burman.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Hindi) - Popular and trend setting movie in the 90s starring the famous Shah Rukh and Kajol pair.
16 Vayathinile (Tamil) - Most famous Tamil movie ever - Made by Bharathiraja - Starring Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth and Sridevi - Music by Illayaraja.
Satya (Hindi) - Best work of Ram Gopal Varma.
Shiva (Telugu) - Popular Telugu movie - Debut work by Ram Gopal Varma.
Salaam Bombay (Hindi) - Made by Mira Nair whose other films include The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, Kamasutra, Vanity Fair and the upcoming Shantaram (starring Johnny Depp) - Nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar.
Lagaan: Once upon a Time in India (Hindi) - Nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar - Starring Amir Khan and music by A R Rahman.
Dil Chatha Hai (Hindi) - My personal favorite! - Starring Aamir Khan, Preity Zinta and others - Best Hindi movie in recent times.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (Hindi) - Recent popular comedy - Mahatma Gandhi's memory guides a gangster! - Funnily the person who played gangster, Sanjay Dutt has been convicted and sentenced in the Mumbai blast case which killed around 300 people in 1993. (And the actress Vidya Balan visits me in my dreams!)
Sagara Sangamam (Telugu) - Highly acclaimed movie made by K. Vishwanath - Starring Kamal Hassan as a Indian classical dancer.
Earth (Hindi) - Second of the Trilogy Fire, Earth and Water made by Indian born Canadian director Deepa Mehta. Water was nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar from Canada last year. Stars Nandita Das.
Anand (Hindi) - Famous work of Hrishikesh Mukherjee starring Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan.
Mughal-E-Azam (Urdu) - Most famous Urdu movie ever - Starring Prithviraj Kapoor and Madhubala.
Shri 420 (Hindi) - Starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis - The famous song "Mera Joota Japani".
Mother India (Hindi) - India's first nomination for Best Foreign Language Oscar - Starring real life pair of Nargis and Sunil Dutt.
Hanuman (Hindi) - Animated movie.
Manichitrathazhu (Malayalam) - Made by Fazil starring Mohan Lal and Shobana - Even its remakes in other Indian Languages were box office hits!
Elippathayam (Malayalam) - Famous work of Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
Dweepa (Kannada) - Famous work of Girish Kasaravalli.
The Making of the Mahatma (English) - Movie on Mahatma Gandhi's early life in South Africa by Shyam Benegal.
Bandit Queen (Hindi) - Based on the real life story of Bandit Phoolan Devi - Made by Shekhar Kapur who also made Oscar winning British movie Elizabeth.
Ardh Satya (Hindi) - Made by Govind Nihalani - Stars Om Puri, Amrish Puri and Naseeruddin Shah.