There is a countless list of favorite Indian films, ranging from road trip horror to rioting and comedies.
They are undoubtedly the most famous and outrageously amazing movies. Making it onto a list of the world’s all-time greatest films, on the other hand, is a very different story and one that denotes a completely different level of success and helps you learn more about India.
Here are the most famous movies of India:
Pyaasa is the first word that comes to mind. Guru Dutt’s film is about a striving and struggling poet in India after independence. It was a critical hit, and Time magazine named it one of the 100 best films of all time, calling it “the soulfully romantic” film.
Watch this epic period movie about Prince Salim and court dancer Anarkali’s Mughal love story to understand the Indian fascination with unfulfilled or forbidden love.
It is one of the most well-known Bollywood films in the world, and it recounts their love journey despite Emperor Akbar’s wishes, as well as its eventual demise. It’s also the first Hindi film to be digitally colored from a black-and-white source.
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Bobby depicts the relationship between two Mumbai teenagers from opposite socio-economic classes—wealthy Raja and poor Bobby—in yet another heartbreaking narrative of forbidden love.
Bobby, a romantic musical that set the tone for decades of films to come, explores how class, religion, and other divisions continue to affect India, both urban and rural.
Anthony Amar Akbar, 1977
One of India’s most important mottos is “unity in diversity”. This humorous comedy from the 1970s is a tribute to the country’s religious variety, presented through the story of three brothers who were separated at birth and raised separately as Hindus, Christians, and Muslims.
The film depicts their reunion many years later and their joint effort to avenge those who had originally separated them.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is a Hindi film directed in 1983. Making jokes about government incompetence is a big part of being Indian, and few films do it better than this cult classic from the 1980s.
This Naseeruddin Shah-starrer is a must-see satire on corruption in Indian politics, bureaucracy, and media.
Mohan, a non-resident Indian who works at N.A.S.A., returns to India to see his nanny and becomes engrossed in the affairs of the village where she now lives.
His encounters with a diverse array of characters—including young and old peasants living in abject poverty, a young teacher determined to bring education to all, and religious defenders of the ancient caste systems—leave him questioning the point of his return to N.A.S.A. and the United States.
Rang De Basanti, 2006
When a group of indifferent youthful college graduates making a documentary about India’s independence fight are touched by a personal tragedy involving governmental corruption, their patriotism is reawakened.
Rang De Basanti is a tremendously influential film portraying India’s pain from its colonial past as well as its discontent with present corruption. It is not to be missed.
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Taare Zameen Par, 2007
The inadequacy of India’s highly competitive and pressurizing school system to accommodate specific needs or learning difficulties is the subject of this rich and humorous film.
It’s the perfect movie to watch with kids since it’ll make you laugh and cry.