Friday, September 21, 2007

Top 25 must watch Indian movies!

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.


Arun said...

so many hindi movies???

16 vayathinile? wtf!
btw most famous movies in tamil wud have been kalidaas or haridas. but that prob. wudnt count as there mite have been no other movies during the time.

watever it is, im sure ur product director is not going to make it past the first few,by the time the 1045 unwanted songs are over.

FlyingHigh said...

Have you seen all of those? I'd add Mr and Mrs. Iyer to the list.


Balaji said...


>> so many hindi movies???

well, he asked me for 'Bollywood' movies. I first had to disabuse him of the notion that Bollywood means India. Although I don't think I have chosen any undeserving Hindi movie, its a list for my company business! I can't impose my whims and fancies on that!


No, I haven't seen all of them especially the old ones. Mr and Mrs. Iyer just missed out. I feel its an amateurish movie with cliches. Besides the western audience may miss the whole point of the movie (the difficulties in man/woman relationship in India) and can barely appreciate the awesome performance of Konkana Sen as a South Indian girl.

Arun said...

> I can't impose my whims and fancies
yeah, they will think u r retarded then.

Anonymous said...

Then you probably didnot watch or hear about "Maachis". Surprising that "Lage Raho Munna Bhai" is in your 25 must watch list.

Balaji said...

Ofcourse I have seen Maachis. I do like it. Its also true that I didn't remember movies like Maachis, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro etc when I wrote this list.

Lage Raho is a contemporary comedy. Guess that should be part of a suggested list for Western audience. In anycase, a person who says Vidya Balan's movie shud not be included is committing blasphemy in this part of the web!

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