Indian Panorama: Beyond Bollywood

by Renegade_Blaze | created - 19 Jul 2011 | updated - 16 Feb 2014 | Public

"Bollywood"....a self-derogatory and insulting term coined by the Bombay Film Industry to describe themselves, in a tasteless effort to compare themselves with "Hollywood". Needless to say therefore, that majority of the films which they churn out, year after year, are just product of shameless plagiarism. Films which are not lifted from other sources are almost always worthless. After being fed on this on-going rubbish for years after years, people now do not know how to distinguish a good film from a bad film; they were never given a chance to develop a good taste. No one really cares, be it the industry people or the audience. Film as a business is doing really great in India, but film as an artistic expression is almost non-existent. Plagiarized films like “Black” and “Bheja Fry” are considered to be achievements. The audience has no idea that they are being scammed and cheated by the film-makers and are happy to shell out their hard-earned money to watch these films made on stolen plots. Once in a blue moon there comes a refreshingly original film, e.g. Udaan, but they are so rare that they can be considered as negligible exceptions. Majority of the Indian audience are unaware of films by Ray, Ghatak, Sathyu, G. Aravindan, Gopalakrishnan, Kasaravalli, Shaji Karun, Jhanu Barua among others (forget Bergman, Tarkovsky, Mizoguchi, lol). After going through numerous lists of Indian films (mostly Bollywood, hence nothing to talk about) on IMDb, I came across maybe a couple of lists which had the genuine intent to portray quality Indian films (and I appreciate their effort), but I was not completely satisfied. And that’s when I decided to publish my own list of Indian cinema. This is my humble effort to present the truly artistic, original, uncompromising and exceptional (and in some case almost unknown gems) films from India, which represent the whole of India(not just Mumbai) irrespective of language and style, and undoubtedly beyond the offensive and limiting term of “Bollywood”. I hope this list comes in handy for film students like me doing research on Indian cinematic art, and other film connoisseurs in India and abroad. Fans of Bollywood, nothing against you personally, Cinema just means different things to us.

P.S. Few of the films are not of purely Indian origin as they are produced by other countries, but the films are Indian in content and subject matter. Also featured on this list are 6 TV series, which were incredibly well made IMO, therefore deserve their place in Indian Panorama.

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1. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

131 min | Drama

8.4
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In the hope of earning enough money to pay off his debts and save his land, a poor farmer becomes a rickshaw puller in the Calcutta and faces many difficulties.

Director: Bimal Roy | Stars: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar, Murad

Votes: 1,340

2. Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

8.4
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi

Votes: 16,449 | Gross: $0.54M

3. Aparajito (1956)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.2
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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee

Votes: 8,240 | Gross: $0.17M

4. Jagte Raho (1956)

153 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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In hopes of improving his lifestyle, a poor peasant re-locates to Bombay virtually penniless. It is late at night and he is thirsty, and he is unable to find water anywhere. A singing drunk... See full summary »

Directors: Amit Mitra, Sombhu Mitra | Stars: Pradeep Kumar, Sumitra Devi, Smriti Biswas, Pahadi Sanyal

Votes: 713

5. Mother India (1957)

172 min | Drama, Musical, Family

8.1
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53 Metascore

In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code.

Director: Mehboob Khan | Stars: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar

Votes: 6,683

6. Pyaasa (1957)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.5
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A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Mala Sinha, Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman

Votes: 4,101

7. Kabuliwala (1957)

116 min | Drama

7.7
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Rahmat a middle-aged fruit seller from Afghanistan, comes to Calcutta to hawk his merchandise and befriends a small Bengali girl called Mini.

Director: Tapan Sinha | Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Oindrila Tagore, Radhamohan Bhattacharya, Manju Dey

Votes: 208

8. Paras-Pathar (1958)

111 min | Comedy

7.8
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An underpaid middle-aged clerk finds a 'parash pathar', a stone that changes iron to gold on touch.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Tulsi Chakraborty, Kali Bannerjee, Ranibala, Gangapada Basu

Votes: 751

9. Madhumati (1958)

110 min | Musical, Mystery, Romance

8.1
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While driving his car on a rainy night, Anand's car breaks down, and he goes to seek shelter in a nearby house. He is let into the house by the servant, and he is permitted to stay until ... See full summary »

Director: Bimal Roy | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Johnny Walker, Pran

Votes: 925

10. Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957)

143 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Progressive, reform-minded young warden gets permission to take six surly murderers from prison to dilapidated country farm, to rehabilitate it and themselves through hard work and kindly guidance.

Director: Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre | Stars: Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, Sandhya, Ulhas, B.M. Vyas

Votes: 1,393

11. Ajantrik (1958)

102 min | Drama

7.8
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Bimal is a taxi-driver in a small town. His taxi is his only companion and, although very battered, it is the apple of Bimal's eye. The film shows the love of taxi driver Bimal and his pathetic vehicle Jagaddal.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Kali Bannerjee, Gangapada Basu, Satindra Bhattacharya, Tulsi Chakraborty

Votes: 377

12. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)

173 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.1
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Three woman-hating brothers face changes in their respective lifestyles when two of them fall in love.

Director: Satyen Bose | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Madhubala, Anoop Kumar, Kishore Kumar

Votes: 1,059

13. Jalsaghar (1958)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Music

8.1
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Depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu, Bismillah Khan

Votes: 4,021 | Gross: $0.09M

14. Apur Sansar (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

8.3
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This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Votes: 8,430 | Gross: $0.02M

15. The River (1959)

151 min | Drama

7.6
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This is one of the best films of great director Rajen Tarafdar. He has beautifully portrayed the life of fishermen and their relation with the river. Bilas a poor fisherman who had lost his... See full summary »

Director: Rajen Tarafder | Stars: Ujjwal Bandyopadhyay, Durgadas Bannerjee, Shefali Bannerjee, Bhabatosh Bhattacharya

Votes: 23

16. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

148 min | Musical, Romance

8.2
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Suresh Sinha, a famous director, discovers star potential in Shanti, a woman he stumbled into one rainy evening, and casts her as the lead in a film. In a twist of fate, Shanti becomes a superstar and Suresh faces a decline in his career.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Kumari Naaz, Johnny Walker

Votes: 1,527

17. Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960)

126 min | Drama, Musical

8.1
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A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya

Votes: 1,709

18. Devi (1960)

93 min | Drama

8.0
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A young woman is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal land-lord, has a dream envisioning her as an avatar of Kali.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee, Chhabi Biswas, Karuna Bannerjee

Votes: 1,453 | Gross: $0.09M

19. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Not Rated | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.4
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A 16th century prince falls in love with a court dancer and battles with his emperor father.

Director: K. Asif | Stars: Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Durga Khote

Votes: 4,885 | Gross: $0.16M

20. Komal Gandhar (1961)

134 min | Drama, Musical

7.1
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A highly critical look at the role of "progressive" art and artists in a changing society.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Supriya Choudhury, Abanish Banerjee, Anil Chatterjee, Satindra Bhattacharya

Votes: 165

21. Anuradha (1960)

141 min | Drama, Family

6.8
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A lonely housewife, who gave up her promising singing career to marry an idealistic village-doctor, begins to regret her decision.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Balraj Sahni, Leela Naidu, Abhi Bhattacharya, Nasir Hussain

Votes: 124

22. Abhijaan (1962)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama

8.0
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A taxi driver attempts to introduce his cab service in rural Bengal against many odds.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Gyanesh Mukherjee

Votes: 813

23. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)

152 min | Drama, Musical

8.4
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A lowly servant, Bhootnath gets close to the wife of his employer, and narrates her story through his eyes and perspective.

Director: Abrar Alvi | Stars: Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt, Rehman, Waheeda Rehman

Votes: 1,232

24. Half Ticket (1962)

168 min | Musical, Comedy, Romance

7.4
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A diamond thief hides his loot on an innocent child, but the child turns out to be an adult posing as a youngster to purchase a half-priced train ticket. Now, the thief will have to outwit the eccentric in a series of wacky misadventures.

Director: Kalidas | Stars: Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Pran, Shammi

Votes: 370

25. Bandini (1963)

157 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.7
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During the British Raj of the 1930s, a prison-doctor falls in love with a convict who eventually reveals the story of her past and her connection to a freedom fighter.

Director: Bimal Roy | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Nutan, Dharmendra, Raja Paranjpe

Votes: 612

26. Charulata (1964)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Shyamal Ghoshal

Votes: 3,769 | Gross: $0.08M

27. Haqeeqat (1964)

184 min | Action, Musical, War

7.8
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A platoon of Indian soldiers encounters harsh realities while fighting in the Sino-Indian War of 1962.

Director: Chetan Anand | Stars: Balraj Sahni, Dharmendra, Vijay Anand, Indrani Mukherjee

Votes: 364

28. Subarnarekha (1965)

143 min | Drama

7.8
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A man (Abhi Bhattacharya) opposes the love between his sister and the orphan (Satindra Bhattacharya) they adopted years earlier.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Madhabi Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya, Abhi Bhattacharya, Indrani Chakrabarty

Votes: 617

29. Guide (1965)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.5
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A tour guide falls in love with a married woman, and helps her rediscover her love for dance.

Director: Vijay Anand | Stars: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Leela Chitnis, Anwar Hussain

Votes: 5,114

30. Kanchenjungha (1962)

102 min | Drama

8.0
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An upper-class Bengali family is on vacation in Darjeeling, a popular hill station and resort near Kanchenjungha.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Karuna Bannerjee, Pahadi Sanyal, Anil Chatterjee

Votes: 732

31. Through the Eyes of a Painter (1967)

Short

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Director: M.F. Hussain

Votes: 20

32. Apanjan (1968)

135 min

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Director: Tapan Sinha | Stars: Chhaya Devi, Swarup Dutt, Samit Bhanja, Romi Choudhury

Votes: 29

33. Padosan (1968)

Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.1
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A simple man from a village falls in love with his new neighbor. He enlists the help of his musical-theater friends to woo the lovely girl-next-door away from her music teacher.

Director: Jyoti Swaroop | Stars: Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Mehmood, Kishore Kumar

Votes: 4,735

34. Bhuvan Shome (1969)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Bhuvan Shome is a lonely widower, a proud old man and a strict disciplinarian. Looking back on the trodden path, strewn with staunch determination and drab attitudes, Bhuvan Shome, a ... See full summary »

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Utpal Dutt, Suhasini Mulay, Shekhar Chatterjee, Sadhu Meher

Votes: 249

35. Atithi (1966)

112 min | Drama

8.5
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Director: Tapan Sinha | Stars: Ajitesh Bannerjee, Basabi Bannerjee, Samita Biswas, Salil Dutta

Votes: 37

36. Sara Akash (1969)

100 min | Drama

7.2
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A collegian becomes embittered after being forced to marry.

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Madhu Chakravarty, Nandita Thakur, Rakesh Pandey, Dina Pathak

Votes: 40

37. Uski Roti (1970)

110 min | Drama

6.8
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A woman waits for her truck driver husband, everyday, with his daily bread. Her concern for their dying relationship and her sister grows fast as she starts to doubt his loyalty.

Director: Mani Kaul | Stars: Savita Bajaj, Garima, Lakhanpal, Gurdeep Singh

Votes: 135

38. Pratidwandi (1970)

110 min | Drama

8.2
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A young college graduate is struggling to find a job. He lives in a flat with his younger, employed sister, revolutionary brother and widowed mother. The strain of the situation ultimately causes him to hallucinate.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Asgar Ali, Arabinda Banerjee, Soumitra Banerjee

Votes: 1,085

39. Sagina Mahato (1971)

148 min | Drama

8.0
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Sagina Mahato, a factory laborer,an aggressive, honest and lovable character who was the first to fight against the tyranny of the British bosses in the Tea gardens of North-Eastern India.

Director: Tapan Sinha | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, Anil Chatterjee, Bhanu Bannerjee

Votes: 22

40. Calcutta 71 (1971)

132 min

7.6
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An angry young man on trial in 1971,a rainstorm in a slum in 1933,a lower-middle-class family during the 1943 famine,teenage smugglers in 1953 and a middle-class group in a posh hotel in 1971.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Madhabi Mukherjee, Gita Sen, Binota Roy, Ranjit Mallick

Votes: 131

41. Interview (1971)

101 min

7.7
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Ranjit cannot get a middle-class job just because he cannot get hold of a suit.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Karuna Bannerjee, Ranjit Mallick

Votes: 94

42. Anand (1971)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.9
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The story of a terminally ill man who wishes to live life to the full before the inevitable occurs, as told by his best friend.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Ramesh Deo

Votes: 18,064

43. Maya Darpan (1972)

107 min | Drama

6.9
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Director: Kumar Shahani | Stars: Aditi, Iqbalnath Kaul, Anil Pandya, Kanta Vyas

Votes: 50

44. Pakeezah (1972)

147 min | Musical, Romance, Drama

7.5
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The story of a prostitute, with a pure heart (PAKEEZAH), and grand dreams...

Director: Kamal Amrohi | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar, Veena

Votes: 1,201

45. Koshish (1972)

125 min | Drama

8.7
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Romantic drama spaning nearly 20 years involving a deaf-mute couple, Haricharian and Aarti. Deaf and dumb bicycle messenger Haricharian meets equally deaf Aarti, and persuades her to go to ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri, Asrani, Seema Deo

Votes: 1,161

46. A River Called Titas (1973)

Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, Family

7.5
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A 1973 Bangladeshi film it describes the life of the fishermen on the bank of the Titas River in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Rosy Samad, Farid Ali, Fakrul Hasan Boiragi, Narayan Chakraborty

Votes: 692

47. Abhimaan (1973)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Musical

8.0
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A popular singer convinces his new wife to enter show-business, but his pride is wounded when she outshines him.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Asrani, Bindu

Votes: 2,128

48. Ankur: The Seedling (1974)

131 min | Drama

8.2
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Laxmi lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in India along with her husband, Kishtaya, who is a deaf-mute. Both husband and wife work for the wealthy landlord. The landlord's son, Surya... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Sadhu Meher, Anant Nag, Priya Tendulkar

Votes: 681

49. Rajnigandha (1974)

110 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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A Delhi-based woman in a steady relationship with her boyfriend is forced to come to terms with her true feelings when a job interview in Mumbai brings an old flame back in her life.

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Vidya Sinha, Amol Palekar, Dinesh Thakur, Ranjita Thakur

Votes: 396

50. Sholay (1975)

Not Rated | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.2
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After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture the bandit.

Director: Ramesh Sippy | Stars: Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan

Votes: 42,050

51. Deewaar (1975)

174 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Vijay struggles as a dockworker. Eventually, he becomes a leading figure of the underworld, while his younger brother, Ravi, is an educated, upright policeman. This divide causes problems in their relationship.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Nirupa Roy

Votes: 7,797

52. Chhoti Si Baat (1975)

123 min | Comedy, Romance

8.4
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Arun (Amol Palekar) is a shy accountant in Bombay who dreams of romancing Prabha (Vidya Sinha), but never gets past following her around without managing to actually speak up. While Arun ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Vidya Sinha, Amol Palekar, Asrani

Votes: 2,889

53. Chupke Chupke (1975)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.5
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A newly wedded husband plays a practical joke on his wife's family with full support from his wife and friends.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri

Votes: 8,434

54. Aandhi (1975)

133 min | Drama, Romance

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J.K. is a hotel Manager in a scenic location in India. One day he gallantly comes to the rescue of a drunk daughter, Aarti, of a politician, and chooses to be discrete about it. When she ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Suchitra Sen, Sanjeev Kumar, Om Shivpuri, Manmohan

Votes: 1,063

55. Garm Hava (1974)

146 min | Drama

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In post-partition India, a Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights in a country which was once their own.

Director: M.S. Sathyu | Stars: Balraj Sahni, A.K. Hangal, Gita Siddharth, Jamal Hashmi

Votes: 483

56. Nishant (1975)

140 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest brother of the powerful and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri). The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Girish Karnad, Shabana Azmi, Anant Nag, Amrish Puri

Votes: 367

57. Chameli Memsaab (1975)

144 min

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Director: Abdul Majid | Stars: George Baker, Anil Chatterjee, Abha Dhulia, Rakhee Gulzar

Votes: 7

58. Duvidha (1973)

82 min | Drama

7.2
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Film is Based on Duvidha by Vijayadan Detha, it's about merchant's son, whose relationship with his young bride, Lachhi is thwarted by his work and a ghost who falls in love with her, resulting in the ghost soon impersonating the husband.

Director: Mani Kaul | Stars: Hardan, Manohar Lalas, Ravi Menon, Raisa Padamsee

Votes: 177

59. Manthan (1976)

134 min | Drama

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Dr.Rao (Girih Karnad) is a Vetinary doc, who comes to this village with the aim of starting a Milk Co-operative society for the welfare of the villagers. But the wealthy businessman ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Abha Dhulia, Rajendra Jaspal, Girish Karnad, Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Votes: 318

60. Balika Badhu (1976)

111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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In a village circa the British rule in India, lives a young school-going male named Amal, who is shortly to get married to a girl named Rajni. The traditional ritual-filled marriage takes ... See full summary »

Director: Tarun Majumdar | Stars: Sachin, Rajni Sharma, Asrani, A.K. Hangal

Votes: 140

61. Kabhie Kabhie (1976)

177 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.5
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Kabhi Kabhie is a movie about the love story of generations and how a chain of events brings together old lovers as friends.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Rakhee Gulzar, Waheeda Rehman

Votes: 1,521

62. Chitchor (1976)

Not Rated | 105 min | Musical, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Meera, who lives in Bombay writes her parents about a prospective bridegroom for her youngest sister Gowri. Pitambar Chaudhry and his wife are overjoyed by the prospect of marrying Gowri ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Zarina Wahab, Vijayendra Ghatge, A.K. Hangal

Votes: 417

63. Ghashiram Kotwal (1976)

108 min | Biography, History

6.9
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This was the first movie made by this group (see Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978), a collective effort in direction and cinematography. The story tells the tale of Nanasaheb Phadnavis, ... See full summary »

Directors: K. Hariharan, Mani Kaul, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Kamal Swaroop | Stars: Mohan Agashe, Rajani Chavan, Vandana Pandit, Om Puri

Votes: 56

64. Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.8
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Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, had sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal

Votes: 2,433

65. Mrigayaa (1977)

119 min

7.7
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Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Ajit Banerjee, Samit Bhanja, Mithun Chakraborty, Shekhar Chatterjee

Votes: 80

66. Oka Oori Katha (1977)

116 min

7.6
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The father of a son living on the fringes of a village believes that working is a fools game, for the lord takes what little the workers make. When a young woman enters their home tensions begin to rise and their idle life is threatened.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Krishna A.R., Pradeep Kumar, G. Narayana Rao, M.V. Vasudeva Rao

Votes: 53

67. Sandhya Raag (1977)

159 min

7.1
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Director: Bhabendra Nath Saikia | Stars: Ajit Baishya, Karuna Bannerjee, Hemen Barman, Shakuntala Barua

Votes: 7

68. Bhumika (1977)

142 min | Drama

7.6
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Coming from a poor and destitute family, Urvashi is encouraged by her mother, Shanta (Sualbha Deshpande) to be on more than friendly terms with a much older male, Keshav Dalvi (Amol Palekar... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Smita Patil, Anant Nag, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri

Votes: 376

69. Gharaonda (1977)

141 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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A story young, middle-class urban working couple wanting to get married and their tribulations in finding a house in the city of Mumbai.

Director: Bhimsain | Stars: Amol Palekar, Zarina Wahab, Sadhu Meher, Shreeram Lagoo

Votes: 138

70. Safed Haathi (1977)

Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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Unsuccessful film-maker (Vijay Arora) chronicles the story of two orphaned children, Shibu (Ashwani), and his elder sister, Rani (Gayetri Sharma), who live with their abusive maternal uncle... See full summary »

Director: Tapan Sinha | Stars: Vijay Arora, Ashwani, Utpal Dutt, Gayatri

Votes: 44

71. Donkey in a Brahmin Village (1977)

90 min | Drama

7.3
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A donkey strays into a village dominated by the upper caste Brahmins.

Director: John Abraham | Stars: S. Gopal, Krishnaraj, Sri Lalitha, Savithri Rajan

Votes: 93

72. Gol Maal (1979)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

8.6
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Ramprasad is a recent college graduate who finds a job with a finicky man, Bhavani Shankar, who believes that a man without a mustache is a man without a character. Bhavani Shankar is also ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Deven Verma, Shubha Khote

Votes: 12,937

73. Baton Baton Mein (1979)

112 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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Rosie Perreira is an overly anxious widow, living with her guitar-obsessed son, Sabhi, and a lovely daughter, Nancy, who she would like to get married to a wealthy young man. Her helpful ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Tina Ambani, Asrani, David Abraham

Votes: 799

74. Junoon (1979)

141 min | Drama

7.6
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Set during the 1857 War of Independence, an obsessed Indian Nawab desires to wed a young Anglo-Indian woman, but the girl's obstinate mother stands between them.

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Jalal Agha, Nafisa Ali, Tom Alter, Shabana Azmi

Votes: 402

75. The Ritual (1977)

120 min | Drama

7.6
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A young Brahmin Vedic school student, who is from an aristocratic family, befriends his school master's daughter who is a pregnant widow. The boy tries but fails in concealing his friend's ... See full summary »

Director: Girish Kasaravalli | Stars: Narayan Bhatt, Ramaswamy Iyengar, Janganath, Ajith Kumar

Votes: 91

76. Dooratwa (1979)

96 min

7.1
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Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Mamata Shankar, Pradip Mukherjee, Ajoy Banerjee, Snigdha Banerjee

Votes: 18

77. Esthappan (1980)

94 min

7.2
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Director: Govindan Aravindan | Stars: Rajan Kakkanadan, Catherine, Francis David, Gemini Ganesan

Votes: 33

78. Khubsoorat (1980)

Not Rated | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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Nirmala Gupta runs her household and family in a very strict and authoritarian manner. While most of her family resent this, they do obey her and carry out her instructions, so as to be on ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Rekha, Rakesh Roshan, Shashikala

Votes: 1,157

79. Sparsh (1980)

145 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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Anirudh Parmar is blind, but he does not let this impairment bind him down. He runs a school for the blind as a Principal. He meets with social worker, Kavita. Kavita is attracted to him, ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Sudha Chopra, Mohan Gokhale

Votes: 478

80. Chashme Buddoor (1981)

145 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

8.0
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Two womanizing slackers, Omi and Jai (Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani respectively) attempt to woo the new girl in the neighbourhood, and fail - miserably. Their third room-mate, shy, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Saeed Jaffrey, Rakesh Bedi

Votes: 1,835

81. Pokkuveyil (1981)

106 min

4.9
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Director: Govindan Aravindan | Stars: Balachandran Chullikadu, Kalpana

Votes: 9

82. Umrao Jaan (1981)

145 min | Drama, Musical

7.9
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In Faizabad, British India, Daroga Dilawar is sentenced to several years in prison after Amiran's dad testifies against him. After his discharge around 1840, he extracts his vengeance by ... See full summary »

Director: Muzaffar Ali | Stars: Rekha, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar

Votes: 806

83. Silsila (1981)

Not Rated | 182 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.4
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Can an unconventional love that runs afoul of societal expectations survive?

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Jaya Bhaduri, Rekha

Votes: 2,119

84. 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)

122 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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After the marriage of her niece, Rosemary, Anglo-Indian school-teacher Violet Stoneham lives a lonely life in her single room flat located at 36 Chowringhee Lane in Calcutta, with only a ... See full summary »

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Jennifer Kendal, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Debashree Roy, Geoffrey Kendal

Votes: 312

85. Chakra (1981)

140 min

7.3
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Amma lives in Bijapur with her husband and son, Benwa. When a man attempts to sexually molest her, he is killed by her husband, the trio flee, but the husband is shot dead by the police. ... See full summary »

Director: Rabindra Dharmaraj | Stars: Savita Bajaj, Arun Bakshi, Suresh Bhagwat, Ranjit Chowdhry

Votes: 98

86. Naram Garam (1981)

Not Rated | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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An impoverished employee tries to prevent his superiors and employers from marrying his sweetheart.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Swaroop Sampat, Utpal Dutt, A.K. Hangal

Votes: 681

87. Khatta Meetha (1978)

Comedy, Drama, Family

7.5
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Factory worker with 4 sons marries middle aged woman with 2 sons and a daughter

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Rakesh Roshan, Bindiya Goswami, Raju Shrestha

Votes: 612

88. Rat-Trap (1982)

121 min | Drama

7.5
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The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him.

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Jalaja, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Rajam K. Nair, Sharada

Votes: 345

89. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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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.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox

Votes: 189,543 | Gross: $52.77M

90. Shakti (1982)

166 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A scrupulously honest cop refuses kidnappers' demands at grave risk to the life of his son. The son is rescued but lives forever scarred by his father's willingness to sacrifice his own son... See full summary »

Director: Ramesh Sippy | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, Smita Patil

Votes: 1,558

91. Arth (1982)

138 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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A film-maker who is having an extra-marital affair with an actress decides to leave his wife. Arth is the story of this women's search for her identity.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Smita Patil, Raj Kiran

Votes: 969

92. Nadiya Ke Paar (1982)

143 min | Drama, Family

8.0
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Chandan (Sachin) lives with his elder brother and uncle. One day while going across the river to get some medications for his uncle, he meets with Gunja (Sadhana Singh), and both eventually... See full summary »

Director: Govind Moonis | Stars: Inder Thakur, Mitali, Savita Bajaj, Sheela David

Votes: 545

93. Bemisal (1982)

142 min | Drama, Family

7.1
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When two twin brothers Sudhir and Adhir get orphaned upon the death of their father, Magistrate Chaturvedi adopts them and brings them up like his own children. Though Adhir goes insane ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, Vinod Mehra, Deven Verma

Votes: 292

94. Angoor (1982)

Not Rated | 131 min | Comedy

8.4
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Based on Shakespeare's 'A Comedy of Errors', this is a story of identical twins (2 pairs) and mistaken identities.

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Moushumi Chatterjee, Deven Verma, Aruna Irani

Votes: 3,986

95. Bazaar (1982)

120 min | Drama, Family

7.2
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Najma and Salim are in love, but their's is a platonic relationship, as Salim is a deep thinker and prefers that women like Najma be financially independent, and not be dependent on men. On... See full summary »

Director: Sagar Sarhadi | Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Supriya Pathak

Votes: 328

96. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light.

Director: Kundan Shah | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah

Votes: 9,795

97. Masoom (1983)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, Family, Musical

8.5
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A happy family goes through turbulent times because of a big mistake by one of the family members.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Tanuja, Jugal Hansraj

Votes: 2,859

98. Arohan (1983)

144 min | Drama

7.5
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Story of a poor farmer who suffers under a cunning and cruel landlord, amidst rising Naxalism in the 60s.

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Victor Banerjee, Noni Ganguly, Pankaj Kapur, Sreela Majumdar

Votes: 61

99. Ardh Satya (1983)

130 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality.

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdar

Votes: 1,274

100. Katha (1983)

141 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Rajaram P. Joshi (Naseeruddin Shah) is a middle-class Clerk living in a chawl in Bombay. He is secretly in love with his neighbor, Sandhya Karnik (Deepti Naval) but is unable to disclose ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Jalal Agha

Votes: 881