Best Indian Cinematographyby aditya_vashisht | created - 14 Jan 2011 | updated - 02 Dec 2012 | Public
The list includes the movies which according to me are the best Indian ones in terms of cinematography.
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1. Nayakan (1987)
Not Rated | 145 min | Crime, Drama
A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll.
Here the cinematography adds to the drama. A deserving National Award for P.C.Sreeram.
2. Pather Panchali (1955)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama
Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.
Votes: 17,264 | Gross: $0.54M
3. Iruvar (1997)
140 min | Biography, Drama
The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.
All Mani Ratnam movies are cinematography marvels.
4. Dil Se.. (1998)
Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance
The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary
Santosh Sivan is a genius.
5. Trikal (Past, Present, Future) (1985)
137 min | Drama
Set in 1961 Goa, this is a story of a rich and influential Goan family and what happens to them over a period of time. The movie is narrated in past-tense by one of the friends of the ... See full summary »
Ashok Mehta brought visuals of international standards to Indian screens. He deserves to be recognized. Just watch the scene in the movie shot completely in candlelight. Piece of art.
6. Junoon (1979)
141 min | Drama
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.
Had we sent, would definitely have won an Oscar.
7. Kaminey (2009)
130 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
The desperate lives of two estranged twin brothers converge over missing drugs, politics, racial prejudice, corrupt cops and an unplanned pregnancy.
Votes: 14,416 | Gross: $1.29M
A whole new generation of cinematographers rising up.
8. Dev.D (2009)
Not Rated | 144 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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?
Votes: 24,293 | Gross: $0.01M
Breaks the stereotype and has a style of its own.
9. Rang De Basanti (2006)
Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 92,908 | Gross: $2.20M
Hats off to Binod Pradhan.
10. Vijeta (1982)
151 min | Drama
Vijeta (The Victor) is the coming of age story of Angad (Kunal Kapoor). Confused like any other teenager trying to find himself and caught in between the marital problems of his mother ... See full summary »
The only Indian film with aerial shots of jet planes. Don't know why the movie is forgotten.
11. Road, Movie (2009)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
A young man's journey across the mythic Indian landscape becomes a life changing odyssey.
Is a desert so beautiful? This tribute to cinema was shot beautifully.
12. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Biography, Crime
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.
Votes: 27,321 | Gross: $0.04M
13. Agni Natchathiram (1988)
Not Rated | 146 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Two men having the same father , but different mothers hate each other and often get into fights. But they are forced to join hands when their father's life is endangered.
14. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
148 min | Musical, Romance
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.
16. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, War
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.
18. Sholay (1975)
Not Rated | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
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.
19. Tahaan (2008)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama
A tender fable about childhood innocence amid the realities of war is set against the rugged landscape of Kashmir, so long a flash point for the territorial claims of neighboring India and ... See full summary »
20. Roja (1992)
137 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
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.
21. Kutty Srank: The Sailor of Hearts (2009)
127 min | Drama
Kutty Srank is a short-tempered, lonely, but law-abiding boatman whose work leads him to travel the back waters of Kerala. One day, when the local police station discovers an unidentified ... See full summary »
First ever National Award or any other awards to an Indian female cinematographer. Kudos to Anjuli Shukla.
22. Virasat (1997)
Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, Family, Musical
After completing his studies in London, England, Shakti Thakur returns home to India in a small town where his family resides. Accompanying him is his leggy girlfriend, Anita, who he is in ... See full summary »
24. Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities (2004)
Drama, Musical, Romance
Delving into the limitless world of creative endeavors, and vicissitudes in the way of such endeavors, this tale of an artist and his muse, like a painting, leaves itself open to interpretations and readings by every viewer...
25. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Romance
A crazy love story full of lies, deceits and a complicated quadrangle where each one has to think quickly and dance around each other's emotions.
Votes: 2,735 | Gross: $0.70M
A special mention for Ayananka Bose.
26. Shaitan (2011)
Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Five substance-abusing friends decide to fake a kidnapping in order to bribe a police constable for covering-up a hit-and-run accident.
27. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Not Rated | 155 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged.
Votes: 53,517 | Gross: $3.08M
28. Anjali (1990)
Not Rated | 150 min | Family, Drama
Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she ... See full summary »
29. Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)
Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
As the kingdom of Devigarh comes apart at the seams, an aging bodyguard attempts to protect the Royal Family, as well as keep its darkest secrets from ever coming to light.
Votes: 2,826 | Gross: $1.10M
30. Chak de! India (2007)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Family, Sport
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.
Votes: 61,239 | Gross: $1.11M
31. Tamas (1986– )
297 min | Drama
This TV miniseries ("Darkness" in English) became famous in India in the mid/late 80s for its realistic depiction of the partition of the Indian subcontinent. In 1947, the sub continent ... See full summary »
32. Delhi-6 (2009)
Not Rated | 141 min | Comedy, Drama
A story about love, hope and self-discovery set in the walled city of Delhi (zip code 6) and its chaotic but touching life that forces us to ask questions about ourselves.
Votes: 6,007 | Gross: $0.88M
34. Swades (2004)
Not Rated | 189 min | Drama
A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots.
Votes: 69,322 | Gross: $1.22M
36. Morning Raga (2004)
110 min | Drama
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 »
37. Hey Ram (2000)
Not Rated | 186 min | Crime, Drama, History
Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.
Votes: 9,306 | Gross: $0.27M
38. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Not Rated | 213 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
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.
Votes: 24,722 | Gross: $3.44M
39. Bhumika (1977)
142 min | Drama
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 »
40. Moksha: Salvation (2001)
An idealistic lawyer wants to help the poor get justice, but lacks finance, so plans to rob a bank, alongside his love interest. His black n white emotional nature, leads to an unforgivable deed, which he severely repents.
41. New Delhi Times (1986)
123 min | Drama, Mystery
When a politician is killed, a journalist discovers that a member of parliament had the man assassinated. As his editor digs deeper, the complicity of higher-placed politicians comes to the... See full summary »
42. Moondram Pirai (1982)
143 min | Drama, Romance
A young woman regresses to childhood after suffering a head injury in a car crash. Lost, she ends up trapped at a brothel before being rescued by a lonely school teacher who falls in love with her.
44. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Not Rated | 183 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 57,338 | Gross: $0.30M
45. Bombay (1995)
Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
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.
46. Shakespeare-Wallah (1965)
120 min | Drama
The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face... See full summary »
Votes: 503 | Gross: $0.00M
47. Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)
Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History
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 »
48. Barfi! (2012)
Not Rated | 151 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.
Votes: 64,291 | Gross: $2.80M
49. Duvidha (1973)
Not Rated | 82 min | Drama
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.
50. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
321 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations.