Best Indian Movies

Best Indian Movies which show the culture
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Bollywood Calling (2003)
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An alcoholic, cancer-ridden American film-maker decides to produce a Bollywood movie.
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
“ A light-hearted movie, which takes us into this mad Bollywood film industry. ” - maurafallon
 
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Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004 Documentary)
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Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district. (85 mins.)
“ Academy Award-winning documentary about a photographer who went into brothels in Calcutta and taught the children there photography. ” - maurafallon
 
3.
Earth (1998)
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It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence. (110 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
“ About one of the greatest tragedies that the South Asian sub continent has ever experienced: Partition. Part of Mehta’s Elements Trilogy: Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005) –powerful, deep, evocative. ” - maurafallon
 
4.
English, August (1994)
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(118 mins.)
Director: Dev Benegal
“ A landmark in contemporary Indian cinema. A humorous and irreverent study of bureaucracy and the Indian Generation X,. Won several awards at international film festivals. Based on a novel by the same name, English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee. ” - maurafallon
 
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Fire (1996)
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Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side... (108 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
“ Speaks out against the misogyny and homophobia in the society; extremely controversial in India. Part of Mehta’s Elements Trilogy: Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005) –powerful, deep, evocative. ” - maurafallon
 
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Gandhi (1982)
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Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. (191 mins.)
“ Biography of a man who will always remain inextricably linked with India. Won eight Academy Awards. ” - maurafallon
 
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Hyderabad Blues (1998)
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The protagonist of Hyderabad Blues is Varun, played by the director, Nagesh Kukunoor. The movie revolves around his visit home after 12 years in the USA and his resulting culture shock. (85 mins.)
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
“ The dilemma many Indian Americans face – understanding India and who they are now. ” - maurafallon
 
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The Mahabharata (1989 Mini-Series)
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Jealousy and hatred is what separates the Pandava and Kaurava. The Kaurava fear the Pandava are after the throne of their father. Yudhishthira of the Pandava gets told by the deity Krishna that he will become king. A war is inevitable. (318 mins.)
“ Incredible production of one of the most important Indian epics (the other being the Ramayana). More accessible to western audiences than the Bollywood versions. Peter Brooks is brilliant! ” - maurafallon
 
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Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)
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During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out. (120 mins.)
Director: Aparna Sen
“ The story of a married South Indian woman and a young wildlife photographer who meet on a bus journey. Meenakshi, played by the directors daughter, Konkana, is a Hindu Tamilian (from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu) whose worldview and perceptions change as she witnesses communal strife during her journey. ” - maurafallon
 
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Monsoon Wedding (2001)
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A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India. (114 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
“ Colourful story of family relationships during a chaotic Punjabi Indian wedding including the several parties surrounding the wedding,. Beautiful costumes. Her most popular work. ” - maurafallon
 
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A Passage to India (1984)
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Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator. (164 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Based on E.M Forster’s novel; this takes place in the time of the Raj, British colonization of India and relations between the colonizers and the colonized. Slow paced, nevertheless important to understanding the history of India. Judy Davis is a young Englishwoman who travels to India in the 1920s and sees the derogatory way the British treat the Indians. ” - maurafallon
 
12.
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
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The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return... (113 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
“ The gritty side of Bombay, the commercial capital of India. Abandoned children, prostitutes and drug addicts-- It is survival of the fittest. Shot entirely in the slums of Bombay with a largely nonprofessional cast from the same streets, this movie earned Nair the Caméra D'Or at Cannes in 1988 and an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. ” - maurafallon
 
13.
Train to Pakistan (1998)
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Seen from the eyes of Hukum Chand the District Magistrate it is an account of the turmoil faced by the inhabitants of village Mano Majra in Punjab on the Indo-Pak border during the period of partition after India attained independence. (111 mins.)
Director: Pamela Rooks
“ Based on the novel “A Train to Pakistan”, by Khushwant Singh. Captures the mounting tension, animosity, and violence that was characteristic of Partition in India. ” - maurafallon
 
14.
Water (2005)
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The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. (117 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
“ About the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. Part of Mehta’s Elements Trilogy: Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005) –powerful, deep, evocative. ” - maurafallon
 
15.
The Waiting City (2009)
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A mystic-infused love story that follows a young couple's journey to India to collect their adopted baby. (100 mins.)
Director: Claire McCarthy
“ She arrives in a suit and ends up in Fab India) ” - maurafallon
 
16.
City of Joy (1992)
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Hazari Pal lives in a small village in Bihar, India, with his dad, mom, wife, Kamla, daughter, Amrita... (132 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
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Bombay Boys (1998)
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Krishna alias Kris Sahani lives in New York, U.S., but decides to travel to his homeland in order to act in a movie... (105 mins.)
Director: Kaizad Gustad
 
18.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
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The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team (soccer in America). (112 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
 
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Bride & Prejudice (2004)
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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice gets a Bollywood treatment. (122 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha