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1.
Shala (2011)
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Set in the 70's in rural India, four 9th grade kids were writing their destiny. Joshi (14) is madly in love with Shirodkar (14) a beautiful Indian looking girl. Both study in the same class. The age old question "What is love anyway?" (108 mins.)
Director: Sujay Dahake
 
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Dev D (2009)
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After breaking up with his childhood sweetheart, a young man finds solace in drugs. Meanwhile, a teenage girl is caught in the world of prostitution. Will they be destroyed, or will they find redemption? (144 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
3.
Udaan (2010)
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Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father. (134 mins.)
 
4.
Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)
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In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra, India's first feature-length B&W silent film. (96 mins.)
Director: Paresh Mokashi
 
5.
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
 
6.
Chandni Bar (2001)
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A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster. (150 mins.)
 
7.
Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003)
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Geeta Rao has two admirers - one is Siddharth Tyabji and the other is Vikram Malhotra circa 1969 West... (120 mins.)
Director: Sudhir Mishra
 
8.
Black (2005)
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The cathartic tale of a deaf, mute and blind girl, and her teacher who brings a ray of light into her world of BLACK. (122 mins.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
Like Stars on Earth (2007)
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be lazy and a trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school. (165 mins.)
Director: Aamir Khan
 
11.
Pyaasa (1957)
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A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world. (146 mins.)
Director: Guru Dutt
 
12.
The Chess Players (1977)
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Wazed Ali Shah is the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country... (129 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
13.
Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
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A popular director recruits a new actress to work for his Movie. The popularity of the movie spills... (148 mins.)
Director: Guru Dutt
 
14.
The World of Apu (1959)
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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 as he lives through poverty, and the unforeseen turn of events. (105 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
15.
Pather Panchali (1955)
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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. (125 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
16.
Aparajito (1956)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
17.
The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (1969)
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Goopy wants to sing, and Bagha wants to play the dhol. They meet accidentally and are helped by King of Ghosts... (132 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
18.
The Stranger (1991)
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A well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle... (120 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
19.
The Seventh Horse of the Sun (1992)
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A man shares some lazy memories about his friend, Manek Mulla, who had a knack for telling stories. On this particular afternoon... (130 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
20.
Junoon (1979)
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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. (141 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
21.
Night's End (1975)
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Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest brother of the powerful and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri)... (140 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
22.
Ankush (1986)
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Four unemployed young men befriend their new neighbors, but soon tragedy strikes and everything is shattered. (149 mins.)
Director: N. Chandra
 
23.
Bandit Queen (1994)
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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... (119 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
 
24.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
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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. (132 mins.)
Director: Kundan Shah
 
25.
Jagte Raho (1956)
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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... (153 mins.)
 
26.
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
 
27.
Dhobi Ghat (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
 
28.
Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II (2003)
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After being asked to leave by his Policewoman fiancee, Agni Sinha (Sandhya Mridul), Punit Sanyal (Arshad... (137 mins.)
Director: Shashanka Ghosh
 
29.
Khamosh (1985)
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When a starlet is murdered on a film location, her detective brother arrives there to solve the mystery. (101 mins.)
 
30.
Swades (2004)
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A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots. (210 mins.)
 
31.
Bhoot (2003)
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Vishal (Ajay Devgan), a stock analyst, and his wife Swati (Urmila Matondkar). The two are in search for a flat in Mumbai... (113 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
 
32.
Gulaal (2009)
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A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college. (140 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
33.
7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
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Susanna's quest for love leads to a series of marriages, each ending in the mysterious death of her latest husband. (137 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
 
34.
LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (2010)
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A video camcorder, a store security camera, and concealed cameras candidly expose lives in three loosely-linked tales. (155 mins.)
 
35.
Mirch Masala (1987)
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In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes... (128 mins.)
Director: Ketan Mehta
 
36.
Pathetic Fallacy (1958)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: Ritwik Ghatak
 
37.
Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (2003)
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A woman, attended by two midwives, is giving birth in a small village in India. When the child's cry rings... (99 mins.)
Director: Manish Jha
 
38.
Jogwa (2009)
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Two strangers are forced into a life of servitude to the local deity. They fall in love and want to start a new life but will the wrath of a highly superstitious community let them live in peace? (114 mins.)
Director: Rajeev Patil