Indian Films in English

Some films on this lists are, strictly speaking, not Indian by origin, e.g. Mississippi Masala, Outsourced, Amal etc. But all of them have strong Indian content and Indian connections. The sole purpose of this list is to establish that Indianness which is omnipresent in these films and to bring them under one list. Readers are requested to consider the word Indian in that context and not as Country of Origin.
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1.
The River (1951)
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Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier. (99 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
2.
Rabindranath Tagore (1961 Documentary)
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(54 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
3.
The Householder (1963)
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A young Indian newlywed finds his independent wife troublesome and seeks help and advice from his overbearing mother, a supposedly worldly wise friend, an American seeker of enlightenment and a swami. (100 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
4.
Shakespeare-Wallah (1965)
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The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays... (120 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
5.
Sikkim (1971 Documentary)
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An educational and controversial look into the Kingdom of Sikkim through the eyes of the greatest film maker from the Indian Sub-Continent, Satyajit Ray (55 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
6.
Siddhartha (1972)
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The story of a young Indian who embarks upon a journey to find the meaning of existence. Based on the novel by Hermann Hesse. (89 mins.)
Director: Conrad Rooks
 
7.
The Inner Eye (1972 Documentary)
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The life & works of a famous bengali artist named Benode Behari Mukherjee, who lost his eyesight completely, though he was one the pioneers of British Indian modern art. (22 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
8.
36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)
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After the marriage of her niece, Rosemary, Anglo-Indian school-teacher Violet Stoneham lives a lonely... (122 mins.)
Director: Aparna Sen
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
The Perfect Murder (1988)
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Police Inspector Ghote lives a middle-class life in Bombay along with his wife, Pratima. He has been employed with the Bombay Police for many years... (93 mins.)
 
11.
In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989 TV Movie)
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Annie struggles to to clear his bachelor's degree with one final hurdle-The Thesis. It's his final attempt to clear it. Can he? (112 mins.)
Director: Pradip Krishen
 
12.
Mississippi Masala (1991)
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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes... (118 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
13.
Electric Moon (1992)
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Director: Pradip Krishen
 
14.
English, August (1994)
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(118 mins.)
Director: Dev Benegal
 
15.
A Mouthful of Sky (1995 TV Series)
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'A Mouthful of Sky' is the first serial in English to be produced in India. The serial deals with the lives...
“ A Mouthful of Sky was the first serial in English (and to my knowledge the only one till date, correct me if I am wrong)to be produced in India, by the state owned Doordarshan. It was a huge step towards the urbanisation of the media in India, hence I included it in this list though it was not a film. ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
16.
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
 
17.
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
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Two girlhood friends become sexual rivals at maturity. (117 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
18.
The Making of the Mahatma (1996)
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One of two feuding Mohammedan cousins living in Britain but of Indian origin seek the assistance of... (144 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
Rockford (1999)
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The movie chronicles the arrival of a (Hindu) student to a strict all-boys Christian boarding school in India and his assimilation into the school... (102 mins.)
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
 
22.
Split Wide Open (1999)
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A search for a lost street girl in midst of exposés of modern sexual behaviour in Bombay and a water mafia in the city, this is a real 'split wide open' of the Indian glamour capital. (103 mins.)
Director: Dev Benegal
 
23.
Snip! (2000)
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Director: Sunhil Sippy
 
24.
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
 
25.
Everybody Says I'm Fine! (2001)
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A hair stylist, who can read the minds of those whose hair he cuts, decides to act on his gathered information. (103 mins.)
Director: Rahul Bose
 
26.
American Desi (2001)
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College freshman Krishna Reddy, who has never cared for his Indian-American cultural heritage, looks... (100 mins.)
 
27.
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
 
28.
Bollywood/Hollywood (2002)
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After Rahul's white pop-star fiancée dies in a bizarre levitation accident his mother insists he find another girl as soon as possible... (105 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
29.
Let's Talk (2002)
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(98 mins.)
Director: Ram Madhvani
 
30.
Mitr: My Friend (2002)
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A lonely and neglected wife seeks e-friendship on the chat room while her rebellious daughter suspects her of having an affair with their neighbor. (104 mins.)
Director: Revathy
 
31.
Mango Souffle (2002)
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Gay fashion designer Kamlesh, still reeling from a recently-ended relationship, invites a group of friends for dinner for a special announcement... (90 mins.)
Director: Mahesh Dattani
 
32.
Leela (2002)
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Leela is a film based on the South Asian-American experience. By providing a dynamic expression of the... (97 mins.)
Director: Somnath Sen
 
33.
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
 
34.
Freaky Chakra (2003)
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There has been an increase in movies falling in the genre of Indian-hinglish movies that are being made...
 
35.
Joggers' Park (2003)
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Jenny is a young, beautiful, vibrant girl and darling to everyone. She flits between glamorous professions... (133 mins.)
Director: Anant Balani
 
36.
Boom (2003)
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Three female models are unwittingly thrown into the Bombay underworld when they accidentally stop a diamond delivery to the Middle East. (100 mins.)
Director: Kaizad Gustad
 
37.
Stumble (2003)
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38.
Morning Raga (2004)
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Morning Raga is about the meeting of worlds. It is a story that brings the modern and traditional together... (110 mins.)
Director: Mahesh Dattani
 
39.
Bow Barracks Forever (2004)
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Bow Barracks Forever is a film about the triumph of the human spirit. It is not easy to fight back the march of progress... (118 mins.)
Director: Anjan Dutt
 
40.
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.)
 
41.
Shadows of Time (2004)
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Ravi has settled in his dreary fate as indented boy-laborer in a textile plant outside Calcutta, making... (122 mins.)
 
42.
15 Park Avenue (2005)
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An exploration of the impact of schizophrenia on a young woman and her family in today's Calcutta. The... (116 mins.)
Director: Aparna Sen
 
43.
Amu (2005)
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Amu is the story of an Indian American woman who returns to India. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju learns that a horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins. (102 mins.)
Director: Shonali Bose
 
44.
Parzania (2005)
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A parsi family struggles to find thier son in a genocide carried out by vested interests outfits during 2002, commonly known as Gujarat riots, where more than 2000 Muslims died in the Indian state of Gujarat. (116 mins.)
Director: Rahul Dholakia
 
45.
The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)
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Based on the life and times of Mangal Pandey, 1857: The Rising is a film about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule. (150 mins.)
Director: Ketan Mehta
 
46.
Being Cyrus (2005)
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"Being Cyrus" is a dark, comedic venture by the debutante director Homi Adajania that spins around the Sethnas - a Parsi family. (90 mins.)
Director: Homi Adajania
 
47.
Sins (2005)
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A Catholic priest becomes romantically involved with a young woman. (138 mins.)
Director: Vinod Pande
 
48.
The Namesake (2006)
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American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways. (122 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
49.
The Bong Connection (2006)
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The film is based on the lives of Bengali's across the world, especially on those settled abroad. It... (131 mins.)
Director: Anjan Dutt
 
50.
Outsourced (2006)
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After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement. (103 mins.)
Director: John Jeffcoat
 
51.
Quest (2006)
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A woman discovers a secret about her husband. (116 mins.)
Director: Amol Palekar
 
52.
Provoked: A True Story (2006)
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It's the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who leaves India to marry a London-based guy, only to be badly abused. She ends up in prison for murdering her abusive husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Jag Mundhra
 
53.
Before the Rains (2007)
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A English spice baron settles in South India during the waning years of the Raj. (98 mins.)
Director: Santosh Sivan
 
54.
The Last Lear (2007)
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An aging Shakespearean actor takes on one of the bard's most challenging roles. Based on Utpal Dutt's play "Aajker Shahjahan". (130 mins.)
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
 
55.
The Great Indian Butterfly (2007)
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While on vacation, a bickering couple attempt to locate a rare butterfly. (110 mins.)
 
56.
Amal (2007)
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Autorickshaw driver Amal is content with the small, but vital, role he serves - driving customers around New Delhi as quickly and safely as possible... (101 mins.)
Director: Richie Mehta
 
57.
Loins of Punjab Presents (2007)
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A ruthless philantrophist. A bhangra rapper. An over-protected prodigy. A reckless actress. A lovelorn businessman... (88 mins.)
Director: Manish Acharya
 
58.
Heaven on Earth (2008)
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Chand, a young Punjabi woman, travels to Canada to marry a man she has never met. They live in a crowded suburban house and Chand has to also put up with her husband's abusive behavior. (106 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
59.
Smile Pinki (2008 Documentary)
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A destitute Indian child meets a social worker who makes it possible for her to obtain free surgery to cure her cleft lip. (39 mins.)
Director: Megan Mylan
 
60.
Dasvidaniya (2008)
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A man who loves to make "to-do lists" makes one last bucket list when he realizes he is about to die. (113 mins.)
Director: Shashant Shah
 
61.
Road, Movie (2009)
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A young man's journey across the mythic Indian landscape becomes a life changing odyssey. (95 mins.)
Director: Dev Benegal
 
62.
Quick Gun Murugun: Misadventures of an Indian Cowboy (2009)
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A once-dead vegetarian cowboy is sent back to life to battle a beef-eating villain. (97 mins.)
Director: Shashanka Ghosh
 
63.
The President Is Coming (2009)
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In 2006, George Bush, President of The United States, visited India. In addition to the many diplomatic... (90 mins.)
 
64.
The Japanese Wife (2010)
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Pen pals decide to get married and carry-on a long-term relationship. (105 mins.)
Director: Aparna Sen
 
65.
Gangor (2010)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Italo Spinelli
 
66.
Dhobi Ghat (mumbai diaries) (2010)
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The lives of four people intersect in Mumbai: a washer-man who wants to become an actor, a banker-turned-photographer, a painter looking for inspiration, and a newly-married immigrant who journals her experiences on home video. (100 mins.)
Director: Kiran Rao
 
67.
Delhi Belly (2011)
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Three struggling room-mates unknowingly become potential prey of a ruthless gangster. (103 mins.)
 
68.
Sengadal (2011)
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Dhanushkodi, the Indo-Sri Lankan border town, is the crucible wherein History is brewing this concoction of defeated lives and exhausted dreams... (100 mins.)
 
69.
Ship of Theseus (2012)
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The film explores questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and a young stockbroker. (140 mins.)
Director: Anand Gandhi
 
70.
The Lunchbox (2013)
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A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. (104 mins.)
Director: Ritesh Batra