Without a doubt, Bollywood has always successfully united the diverse cultures of India together. The Indian Film Industry or Bollywood is the main masala ingredient of Indian lifestyle and the impressions are quite noticeable. The film industry has been a prominent part of Indian lifestyle since 1930 and has produced some of the most entertaining movies on the silver screen. So, let’s take look at top 15 movies from the Indian Film Industry that has made Bollywood proud.
15. Lunchbox (2013)
Written and directed by Ritesh Batra, ‘Lunchbox’ is epistolary romantic film, which revolves around a young housewife and an older man due to a mistaken lunchbox delivery. The movie won several awards and nominations at Asia-Pacific Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, London Film Festival, and Reykjavik International Film Festival 2013.
14. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ is a series of two movies based around the events and story of coal mafia in Dhanbad. The first part of the series was released at the Cannes in May 2012 and was vastly appreciated by the global audience. The movie won awards for different categories at Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Asia-Pacific Film Festival and Filmfare Awards 2013.
13. Udaan (2010)
The movie revolves around a 17-year-old boy who is expelled from school and returns back home to live with his obnoxious father and a six year old step brother. ‘Udaan’ was officially selected to compete in the Cannes Film Festival, Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Deauville Film Festival 2010.
12. A Wednesday! (2008)
Written and directed by Neeraj Pandey, the movie is small budget thriller drama with Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in the lead roles. ‘A Wednesday’ is fictional concept which has an inspiration from 11 July 2006 Mumbai blasts. The movie won the National Award for Best Director and was nominated at 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
11. Taare Zameen Par ,(2007)
‘Taare Zameen Par’ plots around an eight-year-old Ishaan, who suffers from dyslexia and faces problems in studies at school but excels in creative arts. Directed and produced by Aamir Khan, the movie won the Filmfare Best Film Award for 2008 and was also India’s official entry for the 2009 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film.
10. Rang De Basanti (2006)
The movie revolves around a British Film maker student who comes to India and starts her work with a group of university students. RDB received a Filmfare Award for Best Film award and won the 2007 International Indian Film Academy and a nomination for the 79th Academy Awards and 2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.
9. Devdas (2002)
Based on the novel Devdas, the movie is romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. The movie was India’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2003 and won ten awards at the 2002 Filmfare Awards and five national awards in the same year.
8. Lagaan (2001)
‘Lagaan’ is an Indian epic sports drama film, which has been set in the backdrop of the early colonial British Raj in India. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the movie got a overwhelming response from Indian as well as international audiences. The movie was nominated for the best foreign language film at the Academy Award and won eight National Film Awards that year.
7. Hey Ram (2000)
Set in the backdrop of India’s Partition, the movie was simultaneously made in Tamil and Hindi language by Kamal Haasan. Although the movie couldn’t earn much at the Indian box office, it was universally appreciated and was nominated for the Best Foreign Film category at 73rd Academy Awards and won three awards at National Film Awards 2000.
6. Bandit Queen (1994)
Directed by Shekhar Kapoor, ‘Bandit Queen’ is the saga describing the life of Phoolan Devi (Seema Biswas) – The Lady Dacoit of Chambal. The movie won Critics Award for Best Movie, Best Director at the Filmfare Award and was India’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 67th Academy Awards.
5. Salaam Bombay! (1988)
The movie revolves around an abandoned boy Krishna, who travels to Mumbai and recognizes the bitter taste of poverty while working at a tea stall. ‘Salaam Bombay’ was directed by Mira Nair and won the Audience award and Golden Camera award at Cannes. The movie too won prestigious awards like National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and Most Popular Film at Montréal World Film Festival.
4. Guide (1965)
Based on the eponymous novel, ‘Guide’ is romantic drama where the titular character falls in love with a married woman but is jailed for stealing money from her. The movie had Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in lead roles and was India’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 38th Academy Awards.
3. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
The story revolves around the Mughal Empire and developing differences between Emperor Akbar and his self-indulgent son Prince Salim who falls in love with court-dancer Anarkali. The movie broke box office records in India and won the awards for Best Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Dialogue at 1961 Filmfare Awards.
2. Mother India (1957)
Directed by Mehboob Khan, Mother India was an epic melodrama film which portrays the denigrated features of the Indian society and an effort of a woman to survive against the narcissistic society. The movie won Filmfare Best Film Award for 1957 and was the first Indian movie to be nominated for the Oscars.
1. Do Bigha Zameen (1953)
Directed by Bimal Roy, ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ portrays the difficulties a rickshaw puller in Calcutta has to face in order to save his land and pay off his debts. The movie won the award for Best Film and Best Director at 1st FilmFare Awards and won the Best Film award at 7th Cannes Film Festival.