Favourite South Asian Movies

by Bengalifob | created - 04 Jul 2013 | updated - 02 Feb 2014 | Public

Hindi movies that I highly recommend in no particular order. Note: I should probably replace 'Bollywood' with 'South Asian' since there are a few non-hindi films in this list. But I won't. :)

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1. Black (2005)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.2
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The cathartic tale of a young woman who can't see, hear or talk and the teacher who brings a ray of light into her dark world.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor

Votes: 28,339 | Gross: $0.73M

2. 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: 1,076

3. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Not Rated | 177 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.7
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During their college years, Anjali was in love with her best-friend Rahul, but he had eyes only for Tina. Years later, Rahul and the now-deceased Tina's eight-year-old daughter attempts to reunite her father and Anjali.

Director: Karan Johar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Farida Jalal

Votes: 38,890 | Gross: $2.10M

4. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

Not Rated | 186 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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54 Metascore

Naina, an introverted, perpetually depressed girl's life changes when she meets Aman. But Aman has a secret of his own which changes their lives forever. Embroiled in all this is Rohit, Naina's best friend who conceals his love for her.

Director: Nikkhil Advani | Stars: Preity Zinta, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Jaya Bhaduri

Votes: 52,485 | Gross: $1.79M

5. Barfi! (2012)

Not Rated | 151 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.

Director: Anurag Basu | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D'Cruz, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 62,860 | Gross: $2.80M

6. Swades (2004)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama

8.3
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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.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal, Smit Sheth

Votes: 67,548 | Gross: $1.22M

7. Bol (2011)

165 min | Drama

8.3
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A female convict on death row, her last wish is to tell her story to the media.

Director: Shoaib Mansoor | Stars: Humaima Malik, Manzar Sehbai, Shafqat Cheema, Iman Ali

Votes: 7,781 | Gross: $0.15M

8. Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006)

132 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Bengal-speaking Siddharth Bose lives a middle-classed lifestyle in Delhi along with his mother, and sister, Shalini. Their dad had abandoned them years ago. Shalini gets married to Kapil ... See full summary »

Director: Saket Chaudhary | Stars: Rahul Bose, Mallika Sherawat, Ranvir Shorey, Sharat Saxena

Votes: 2,678 | Gross: $0.03M

9. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Not Rated | 183 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.2
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Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension.

Director: Farhan Akhtar | Stars: Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta

Votes: 55,892 | Gross: $0.30M

10. Darr (1993)

Not Rated | 178 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.9
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Darr is a girl's (Kiran) story caught between one man's (Sunil) love and another man's (Rahul) obsession.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Sunny Deol, Anupam Kher

Votes: 18,475

11. Bollywood/Hollywood (2002)

PG-13 | 105 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

6.0
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35 Metascore

After Rahul's white pop-star fiancée dies in a bizarre levitation accident his mother insists he find another girl as soon as possible, preferably a Hindi one. As she backs this up by ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Rahul Khanna, Moushumi Chatterjee, Dina Pathak, Lisa Ray

Votes: 2,315 | Gross: $1.49M

12. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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66 Metascore

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Votes: 95,375 | Gross: $32.54M

13. Chak de! India (2007)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Family, Sport

8.3
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68 Metascore

Kabir Khan is the coach of the Indian Women's National Hockey Team and his dream is to make his all girls team emerge victorious against all odds.

Director: Shimit Amin | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge, Shilpa Shukla

Votes: 59,417 | Gross: $1.11M

14. Hum Tum (2004)

Not Rated | 142 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A novel look at the eternal battle of the sexes and the trials and tribulations of Karan and Rhea and their attempts to understand each other.

Director: Kunal Kohli | Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kiron Kher, Rati Agnihotri

Votes: 11,424 | Gross: $0.35M

15. 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: 6,749

16. Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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A school-teacher, who forces children to share their food with him, forbids one from entering the school until he brings his own Tiffin/Lunch-box.

Director: Amole Gupte | Stars: Partho A. Gupte, Numaan Sheikh, Abhishek Reddy, Sai Shara Shetty

Votes: 4,657

17. Pakeezah (1972)

147 min | Musical, Romance, Drama

7.4
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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: 1,209

18. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Drama, History

8.3
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The story of six young Indians who assist an English Woman to film a documentary on the extremist freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long forgotten saga of freedom.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 86,733 | Gross: $2.20M

19. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Not Rated | 188 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.6
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Nandini has to choose between Sameer, the man who taught her to fall in love; and Vanraj, the man from whom she learnt how to abide and fulfill promises of love.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Zohra Sehgal

Votes: 13,631

20. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

Not Rated | 213 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.6
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69 Metascore

A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Poonam Sinha

Votes: 24,039 | Gross: $3.44M

21. 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: 1,863

22. Bunty Aur Babli (2005)

PG | 170 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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A small town pair become the legendary Bunty and Babli as caper after caper they turn the world on its head. Till they meet a very upset cop.

Director: Shaad Ali | Stars: Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Amitabh Bachchan, Kiran Juneja

Votes: 5,164 | Gross: $0.90M

23. Dhoom (2004)

Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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A mysterious gang of bikers are on a robbing spree. ACP Jai gets Ali, a mechanic, to assist him in the case. With the clock ticking, it's up to them to nab the thieves red handed.

Director: Sanjay Gadhvi | Stars: Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, John Abraham, Esha Deol

Votes: 15,133 | Gross: $0.25M

24. Main Hoon Na (2004)

Not Rated | 179 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.0
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An army major goes undercover as a college student. His mission is both professional and personal: to protect his general's daughter from a radical militant, and to find his estranged half-brother.

Director: Farah Khan | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Sunil Shetty, Zayed Khan

Votes: 26,876 | Gross: $1.72M

25. Saathiya (2002)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.9
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A couple elopes to get married and set up home hoping that just love will do the trick - but that's just the beginning of their story.

Director: Shaad Ali | Stars: Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukerji, Shah Rukh Khan, Tabu

Votes: 5,848 | Gross: $0.07M

26. No One Killed Jessica (2011)

136 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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A journalist, who is more of an activist teams up with the sister of a murdered model, as she gets interested in the case and wants to bring justice to her case.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta | Stars: Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan, Myra Karn, Neil Bhoopalam

Votes: 8,840 | Gross: $0.44M

27. Salaam Namaste (2005)

Not Rated | 158 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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A quirky take on life and relationships as it looks at a fairy tale with a bit of a squint and an endearing look at what being in love really means.

Director: Siddharth Anand | Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey

Votes: 5,571 | Gross: $1.41M

28. Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008)

155 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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Two best friends being convinced that they are not in love search for each other's love.

Director: Abbas Tyrewala | Stars: Imran Khan, Genelia D'Souza, Manjari Phadnis, Ayaz Khan

Votes: 21,174 | Gross: $0.60M

29. Aankhen (2002)

165 min | Comedy, Thriller, Crime

7.6
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After a temperamental man is unceremoniously stripped of his duties as a bank manager, he decides to seek revenge by robbing the bank. He trains three blind men to do this risky task for him.

Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen, Arjun Rampal

Votes: 9,786

30. Bhoothnath (2008)

Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.3
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Moving into a new house, a family witnesses an unfriendly ghost who wants to drive them away from the house. However, he befriends a little boy who changes his outlook forever.

Director: Vivek Sharma | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Satish Shah, Rajpal Yadav

Votes: 5,592

31. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)

Not Rated | 210 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.5
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Yashvardhan Raichand lives a very wealthy lifestyle along with his wife, Nandini, and two sons, Rahul and Rohan. While Rahul has been adopted, Yashvardhan and Nandini treat him as their own... See full summary »

Director: Karan Johar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan

Votes: 35,636 | Gross: $2.90M

32. 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: 4,295