The Alternate/ parallel Cinema

by SammyManiac | created - 19 Jun 2012 | updated - 02 May 2013 | Public

Some of the most acclaimed Alternate indian cinema movies. Most of the people dont even know about most of these movies. I was lucky enough to see all of these in the list and added only those.

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1. Bandit Queen (1994)

119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. During five years she was prosecuted by the Indian police and turned into a ... See full summary »

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey, Rajesh Vivek, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 3,701 | Gross: $0.40M

Winner of 2 filmfare awards and 1 national award.

2. Sardari Begum (1996)

Drama

6.9
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The Police are called to investigate the death of a woman during a riot. The woman was killed by a stone thrown by an agitated person. The woman killed is known in the community as "Sardari... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Amrish Puri, Kiron Kher, Smriti Mishra, Shri Vallabh Vyas

Votes: 147

3. Dhobi Ghat (2010)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama

7.1
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Kiran Rao | Stars: Prateik, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra, Aamir Khan

Votes: 10,778 | Gross: $0.58M

4. Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters (2003)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

7.6
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64 Metascore

1979. A village in Pakistan. A widow sees her 17 years old son being attracted to Islamist militants. It brings her past back...

Director: Sabiha Sumar | Stars: Kiron Kher, Aamir Ali Malik, Arshad Mahmood, Salman Shahid

Votes: 970 | Gross: $0.01M

It is actually a pakistani movie...but deserves to be mentioned here in my opinion.Winner of 7 international awards.

5. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)

120 min | Drama

8.0
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50 Metascore

During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhisham Sahni, Surekha Sikri

Votes: 4,300

Winner of 5 international and 2 national awards.

6. Peepli (Live) (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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69 Metascore

An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media.

Directors: Anusha Rizvi, Mahmood Farooqui | Stars: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuvir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffar

Votes: 10,057 | Gross: $0.75M

Won 1 international award.

7. Road, Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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A young man's journey across the mythic Indian landscape becomes a life changing odyssey.

Director: Dev Benegal | Stars: Abhay Deol, Satish Kaushik, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Mohammed Faizal

Votes: 1,542

8. Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Rajasthan-based Satyaveer Singh Randhawa works as a Junior Engineer with Lahkot Municipality's Public Works Department and lives a middle-class lifestyle with his wife, Nimmi, and son, Raju... See full summary »

Director: Navdeep Singh | Stars: Abhay Deol, Gul Panag, Raima Sen, Sarika

Votes: 4,878

9. Firaaq (2008)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, History

7.4
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Chronicles the devastating impact on vulnerable Muslims in Gujarat after riots.

Director: Nandita Das | Stars: Inaamulhaq, Nassar, Shahana Goswami, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Votes: 1,533

winner of 5 international awards.

10. A Wednesday (2008)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday.

Director: Neeraj Pandey | Stars: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill, Deepal Shaw

Votes: 57,728

One of the most spectacular movies of this decade.

11. Bombay (1995)

130 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.1
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A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Tinnu Anand, Akash Khurana

Votes: 8,792

won 6 filmfare awards and 1 national award.

12. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 7,271 | Gross: $2.08M

Nominated for OSCARSand BAFTA.Won at Cannes festival and 8 international awards. Also won 2 national awards.

13. Dor (2006)

147 min | Drama

8.0
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Two woman --different backgrounds, miles apart, and strangers to each other-- are linked by tragedy. Their new-found friendship is tested as one holds the fate of the other's husband in her hands.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Ayesha Takia, Shreyas Talpade, Gul Panag, Girish Karnad

Votes: 4,814

14. Gulaal (2009)

140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Jesse Randhawa, Deepak Dobriyal

Votes: 11,133

15. Bawandar (2000)

125 min | Drama

7.1
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Shoba T. Mathur works for the Central Government in India and her job is to create awareness against child-marriage and other social evils that prevail due to general misinterpretation of ... See full summary »

Director: Jag Mundhra | Stars: Nandita Das, Raghuvir Yadav, Deepti Naval, Rahul Khanna

Votes: 261

Winner of 3 international awards.

16. The Namesake (2006)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

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.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Jacinda Barrett

Votes: 17,523 | Gross: $8.66M

Won 2 international awards.

17. 15 Park Avenue (2005)

116 min | Drama

7.2
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An exploration of the impact of schizophrenia on a young woman and her family in today's Calcutta. The narrative pivots around the relationship of two sisters, older sister Anjali is a ... See full summary »

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rahul Bose, Dhritiman Chatterjee

Votes: 899

18. Fire (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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64 Metascore

Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side. Ashok's extended family includes his wife Radha, his brother Jatin, their ailing mother ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani, Ramanjeet Kaur

Votes: 5,122 | Gross: $0.40M

Winner of 7 international awards.

19. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.8
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71 Metascore

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

Votes: 6,456 | Gross: $0.53M

Won 1 filmfare award.

20. Water (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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77 Metascore

A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Sarala Kariyawasam

Votes: 13,234 | Gross: $3.22M

Nominated for OSCAR. Won 13 international awards.

21. Shor in the City (2010)

112 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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Various residents and career-criminals face challenges in crime-laden Mumbai.

Directors: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru | Stars: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Tusshar Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi, Preeti Desai

Votes: 3,006

22. Udaan (2010)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father.

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane | Stars: Rajat Barmecha, Sanjay Gandhi, Ronit Roy, Manjot Singh

Votes: 36,145 | Gross: $0.01M

Winner of 7 filmfare awards.

23. Aashayein (2010)

120 min | Drama

7.1
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A man meets with assorted characters in a nursing home after being diagnosed with cancer.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: John Abraham, Anaitha Nair, Girish Karnad, Farida Jalal

Votes: 1,018

24. Meridian Lines (2013)

Drama

6.9
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A poor road worker sets off a chain of events that bring karmic balance to seven very troubled strangers. KARMAYA simplifies the complexities of the karmic mechanisms that bind present ... See full summary »

Director: Venod Mitra | Stars: Arjun Rampal, Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Raima Sen

Votes: 81

25. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Biography, Crime

8.2
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The story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Ravi Bhushan Bhartiya, Hemendra Dandotiya, Mahie Gill

Votes: 26,854 | Gross: $0.04M

26. Thanks Maa (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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A homeless petty thief attempts to find the biological mother of an abandoned baby.

Director: Irfan Kamal | Stars: Master Shams, Master Salman, Master Jaffer, Master Fayaaz

Votes: 647

27. Kagaar: Life on the Edge (2003)

Crime, Drama

6.3
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Naive, simple-minded, and illiterate Bhaskar Sarnaik (Amitabh Dayal) comes to Bombay from his far-off village, to look for his missing brother, Raghuvir. He comes in contact with ... See full summary »

Director: N. Chandra | Stars: Om Puri, Nandita Das, Amitabh Dayal, Aditya Kotdar

Votes: 40

28. Godmother (1999)

150 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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When an imminent drought threatens to ruin their crop, Rambhi and her husband Veeru move from their village to the city. Through threat, violence and blackmail, Veeru makes a career as a ... See full summary »

Director: Vinay Shukla | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Milind Gunaji, Nirmal Pandey, Govind Namdeo

Votes: 186

Winner of 5 national awards and 1 filmfare award.

29. Maya (I) (2001)

105 min | Drama

7.0
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MAYA is a coming of age story set against an 'imaginary and unrealistic' brutal practice of ritual rape which never seemed to happen in any part of India.

Director: Digvijay Singh | Stars: Anant Nag, Mita Vasisht, Nitya Shetty, Nikhil Yadav

Votes: 269

Winner of 2 international awards.

30. Mithya (2008)

110 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

7.1
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A two-bit actor faces challenges after he is asked by Police to impersonate a look-alike gangster.

Director: Rajat Kapoor | Stars: Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Naseeruddin Shah, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 1,774

31. Hari-Bhari (2000)

134 min | Drama, Family

7.1
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Ghazala (Shabana Azmi) has been married to Munirmiya (Srivallabh Vyas) for several years, and has given birth to a daughter, Salma (Rajeshwari Sachdev) Munir is unhappy that Ghazala has ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Rajit Kapoor, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Surekha Sikri

Votes: 95

32. Dubai Return (2005)

Comedy

7.6
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Ten years ago, small time crook Aftab Angrez made a hit-man's dream debut in the Mumbai underworld with a shocking, high-profile killing. Much to his bad luck, the credit was attributed to ... See full summary »

Director: Aditya Bhattacharya | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Vijay Maurya, Razak Khan, Divya Dutta

Votes: 39

33. Patang (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

6.2
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67 Metascore

In the old city of Ahmedabad, amid India's largest kite festival, a family duels, spins and soars like the countless kites in the skies above.

Director: Prashant Bhargava | Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mukkund Shukla, Seema Biswas, Sugandha Garg

Votes: 261

34. Mannat (2006)

165 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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After the Indian Government ordered troops into the Soni Darbar in Amritsar, angering Sikhs worldwide, leading to the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during 1984, followed by ... See full summary »

Director: Gurbir Singh Grewal | Stars: Jimmy Shergill, Kulraj Randhawa, Kanwaljit Singh, Rupinder Rupi

Votes: 94

35. Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)

134 min | Drama

7.8
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Five people whose lives are affected by the 2006 Mumbai train bombings.

Director: Nishikant Kamat | Stars: Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Madhavan

Votes: 4,798 | Gross: $0.01M

Won 3 filmfare awards and 2 international awards.

36. 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: 211

Winner of 1 international award.

37. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005)

208 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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The film, which is about the last five years of the Indian leader Subhas Chandra's life, also includes his life's story in flashback sequences. However, it does not cover the controversy surrounding Bose's death.

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Vinay Anand, Ila Arun, Pankaj Berry, Nicolas Chagrin

Votes: 759

Won 1 national award.

38. Raincoat (2004)

Unrated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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All he wanted was to see her just once. Manu was from a village in the backwoods. Neeru was the girl next door, his lost love.

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Annu Kapoor, Mouli Ganguly

Votes: 3,192

Won zee-cinema award.

39. Chokher Bali (2003)

167 min | Drama

6.9
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The book, Binodini, is the story of a young woman, who is left to her own devices when her sickly husband dies soon after they are married. She returns to her village and lives there for a ... See full summary »

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Prasenjit Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Lily Chakravarty

Votes: 1,083

Nominated for 2 international awards.

40. 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: 8,414 | Gross: $0.17M

Nominated for Bafta awards. Won 11 international awards. Included in the TIMES magazine's All-time 100 greatest movies list.

41. 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: 16,804 | Gross: $0.54M

Nominated for BAFTA awards. Won 7 international awards and 2 national awards. Included in TIMES magazine's All-time 100 greatest movies list.

42. Nayak (1966)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

8.3
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En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bireswar Sen, Somen Bose

Votes: 2,143

Won 3 international awards and 1 national award.

43. 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: 2,466

3 filmfare awards winner.

44. Teen Kanya (1961)

Passed | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Based on popular Indian stories of great writer Rabindra Nath Tagore, these short films reveal definitive moments in the lives of three young girls.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Chandana Banerjee, Aparna Sen, Sita Mukherjee

Votes: 1,041 | Gross: $0.08M

45. Black Friday (2004)

Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.6
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76 Metascore

Black Friday is a film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 13,876 | Gross: $0.03M

46. Dil Se.. (1998)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 22,490

Winner of 6 filmfare awards and 1 international award.

47. 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: 1,354

Winner at CANNES film festival. Also won 2 filmfare awards and 1 national award.

48. 3 Deewarein (2003)

Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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The story of a documentary movie-maker who films the reformation story of three hardened criminals within the prison walls - and in the process, finds redemption in her own life.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Juhi Chawla, Nagesh Kukunoor

Votes: 1,909

Won filmfare award.

49. 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: 1,289

Winner of 5 filmfare award and 1 national award.

50. Morning Raga (2004)

110 min | Drama

6.8
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Morning Raga is about the meeting of worlds. It is a story that brings the modern and traditional together, unites the past with present, Carnatic music with Western music, as never before ... See full summary »

Director: Mahesh Dattani | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Prakash Kovelamudi, Lillete Dubey, Perizaad Zorabian

Votes: 282

Won 1 international award.

51. Patang (1993)

100 min | Drama

7.1
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Patang (English: The Kite) is a 1993 Indian Hindi drama film directed by Goutam Ghose, starring Shabana Azmi, Shafiq Syed, Om Puri and Robi Ghosh. The film is set in small railway station ... See full summary »

Director: Goutam Ghose | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Shafiq Syed, Om Puri, Rabi Ghosh

Votes: 16

52. Ramchand Pakistani (2008)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

7.6
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A 7 year old Pakistani boy and his father belonging to the untouchable Hindu caste accidentally cross the border and spend years in an Indian jail while the mother on the other side doesn't know what has happened to them.

Director: Mehreen Jabbar | Stars: Nandita Das, Rashid Farooqi, Syed Fazal Hussain, Hassan Niazi

Votes: 1,135

A pakistani movie and a winner of 5 international awards.

53. Provoked: A True Story (2006)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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39 Metascore

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.

Director: Jag Mundhra | Stars: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Miranda Richardson, Naveen Andrews, Ray Panthaki

Votes: 1,866

54. Pitaah (2002)

126 min | Action, Drama

6.5
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Thakur Avadh Narayan Singh rules Shekhapur village.Due to his fear villagers don't dare to go against him for his wrong doings.His son Bhola and Bacchu are also to follow his part who spend... See full summary »

Director: Mahesh Manjrekar | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Nandita Das, Sachin Khedekar, Tanvi Hegde

Votes: 557

55. Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998)

186 min | Drama

7.2
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Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata, and only child, a son, Brati, live a middle-class existence in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, circa early 1970s. Sujata is a quiet, ... See full summary »

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Jaya Bhaduri, Anupam Kher, Seema Biswas, Milind Gunaji

Votes: 240

56. Rockford (1999)

102 min | Family, Comedy

7.4
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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. The change is quite dramatic to the ... See full summary »

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Rohan Dey, Jayant Kripalani, Nandita Das, Ulrika Krishnamurti

Votes: 1,213

57. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, War

8.5
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A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan, Nandita Das

Votes: 5,367

Winner of 6 national awards and 2 filmfare awards. Also won 3 international awards.

58. I Am (II) (2010)

95 min | Drama

7.0
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Four traumatic and life-changing stories in various parts of modern secular India.

Director: Onir | Stars: Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Radhika Apte, Nandita Das

Votes: 656

59. Monsoon Wedding (2001)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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77 Metascore

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.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shah, Vijay Raaz

Votes: 21,178 | Gross: $13.88M

Nominated for BAFTA and GOLDEN GLOBES. Won % international awards.

60. The Coffin Maker (II) (2013)

123 min | Drama

7.3
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Based in a small village in Goa, "The Coffin Maker" is about Anton Gomes who comes from a family of accomplished carpenters and takes up coffin making when difficult circumstances render ... See full summary »

Director: Veena Bakshi | Stars: Apoorva Sharma, Benjamin Gilani, Randeep Hooda, Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal

Votes: 21

61. Amal (2007)

101 min | Drama

7.6
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When Amal impresses an eccentric millionaire with his humility and humanity, he unknowingly becomes the old man's beneficiary.

Director: Richie Mehta | Stars: Rupinder Nagra, Naseeruddin Shah, Seema Biswas, Koel Purie

Votes: 1,637

Winner of 3 international awards.

62. Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984)

130 min | Drama

7.2
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An old couple, Mohan Joshi (Bhisham Sahni) and his wife (Dina Pathak), sues their landlord (Amjad Khan) for not maintaining their 'collapsing' apartment building. For this, they hire two ... See full summary »

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Bhisham Sahni, Dina Pathak, Mohan Gokhale, Deepti Naval

Votes: 110

63. Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai (1980)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A man from Mumbai (then Bombay) is angry about various issues in different circumstances.

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Dilip Dhawan

Votes: 313

Won 1 filmfare award.

64. Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)

111 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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A tapori's dream to become a bigshot, but after the reality-check; dose of education opened his eyes and he begins to question his own existence.

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Pavan Malhotra, Makrand Deshpande, Ashutosh Gowariker, Rajendra Gupta

Votes: 287

Won 1 national award.

65. Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

7.4
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Arvind Desai is the only son of a rich businessman who deals in luxury handicraft products. His feelings for his father are mixed. While he hates his dominating nature, he admires his power and lack of scruples.

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Dilip Dhawan, Anjali Paigankar, Shreeram Lagoo, Sudha Shivpuri

Votes: 70

Winner of 1 filmfare award.

66. Naseem (1995)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

7.6
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The delicate relationship between a 15-year-old girl and her grandfather is used to describe how the growing political tensions between Muslems and Hindus in 1992 led to the destruction of ... See full summary »

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Kaifi Azmi, Mayuri Kango, Seema Kelkar, Kay Kay Menon

Votes: 69

67. Encounter: The Killing (2002)

Crime, Drama

6.7
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Inspector Sam Bharucha (Naseeruddin Shah) is an honest and diligent Police Inspector. He frequently comes across youth gangs, calling themselves "bhai". He also has marital problems with ... See full summary »

Director: Ajay Phansekar | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Tara Deshpande, Akash Khurana

Votes: 101

68. Allah Ke Banday (2010)

123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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Two impoverished youth take to crime, are held in a juvenile home, and become gangsters after being discharged.

Director: Faruk Kabir | Stars: Varun Bhagwat, Vikram Gokhale, Zakir Hussain, Bharat Jha

Votes: 273

69. Mandi (1983)

167 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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This classic film is based on a classic Urdu short story 'Aanandi' by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas. It deals with a brothel at the heart of a city, in an area that some politicians want ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri

Votes: 531

One of the best masterpieces of the Great Shayam Benegal.

70. Saaransh (1984)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

8.2
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An old couple lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt | Stars: Rohini Hattangadi, Anupam Kher, Soni Razdan, Madan Jain

Votes: 1,402

Won 3 filmfare awards and 1 international award.

71. 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: 314

Won 3 national awards . Nominated for bAFTA award. Also won 2 international awards.

72. Roja (1992)

137 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

8.2
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A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy - until he gets kidnapped by militants.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapur, Nassar

Votes: 8,707