Indian Cinema has a different variety of classics. My list is not by ranking. I want to make everyone clear of one thing about Indian cinema. Indian cinema doesn’t randomly add music, we never had the concept of musicals. After watching 100s of movies since childhood, I have come to understand that music enhances a particular scene or an emotion. The songs can be a way to lighten up the mood or make you feel the feelings of the character. Alas! This has transitioned to catchy tunes with no meaning to it or remix of old classic songs. Music carries a lot of meaning and emotion, I will mention my favourite concert in the end. Sadly I cannot link the video because of copyright issues. But you can go search for it.
Please don’t watch these in dubbed version !! Watch them in their original language, use subtitles if you have to, but don’t watch a dubbed version.
A classic Amol Palekar movie, I think its better to not say anything about the plot. It is a fun movie to watch. This movie is hilarious.
I wanted to share the wonderful theme of this movie. Nonetheless you can look it up its called “Golmaal hai bhai sab Golmaal hai” song.
2. Jodha Akbar
It is a difficult job to take historic events and recreate it. Of course there will be inaccuracies but we get to watch this beautiful movie about Akbar, a Mughal emperor being married to a Hindu rajput princess, Jodha-bai. The real love story of two religions, two different people coming together when India was ruled by Mughals.
Is he blind? Or isn’t he? A super interesting suspense thriller. Ayushman Khurana is a self made actor who has brought back the art of storytelling.
3. Dil Chahta Hai
A coming of age cinema classic. Ahead of its time. A timeless movie to watch. Brings out the nostalgia of early 2000s. 3 friends taking us through their journey of love, life and giving us a wonderful soundtrack.
3. 3 Idiots
Comedy mixed with reality of competitive race. Adding humour to competitive nature and rat race of Indian society. Perform or perish has a different twist.
4. Andaaz Apna Apna
A light hearted comedy by the duo Aamir Khan and Salman Khan.
5. Jab We Met
What happens when a dramatic lively girl meets a serious burned out boy?
6. Hera Pheri
Its about comedy trio getting a phone call and a kidnapping.
7. Veer Zaara
Love blooms between an Indian pilot, Veer, and a Pakistani girl, Zaara. As Veer spends his years in a Pakistani prison, Zaara believes him to be dead and devotes her life to his village in India.
A comedic way of showcasing women crimes in a reverse gender story where a ghost kidnaps men in a small town called Chanderi.
9. Mard ko Dard Nahi Hota
Title speaks for itself. The age old notion of ‘Real men don’t feel pain.’
A man wronged is up for revenge. It has amazing soundtrack.
A story between a doctor and his patient and their wonder friendship.
12. Mera Naam Joker
Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan, Uske Bina Jana Kahan. Error the words of Indian languages contain so much emotion in them that if you translate it. It takes away its power. Old movies are just a feeling. One cannot speak of it without experiencing it.
A women comes to India in pursuit of finding her missing husband. This is a suspense thriller where Vidya Balan takes us on a journey of uncovering shocking truth.
Jodi keu kotha na keu, ore ore o obhaga
keu kotha na
Jodi shobai thake mukh firaee shobai kore bhoe—
Tobe poran khule…
Tobe poran khule…
O tui mukh futey tor moner kotha ekla bolo re
O tui mukh futey tor moner kotha ekla bolo re
Jodi tore dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re.
India is not about just one language and one culture. No it is full of diversity.
14. Vicky Donor
People are very stereotypical towards the notion of anything foreign to them. This movie breaks stereotypes about donating sperm. The song Pani Da Rang from Ayushmann Khurana has become a classic.
15. Wake Up Sid
A over protected child who grows up to be very clueless, starts to change after his life turns out to give him a wake up call.
This is a story of Sehmat Khan, an Indian undercover RAW agent, who is married into a Pakistani family by her father. She takes us on the journey of her real life events. This is a true story.
17. English Vinglish
How world deems value and worth based on ones ability to speak english. This is a story about a women who is suppressed and judged based on her ability to speak one language. We can see a lot of sexism and stereotypes one has to face in being an Indian housewife.
18. Kai Po Che
Based on a book called ‘The 3 Mistakes of my life’ by author Chetan Bhagat. We have 3 underrated and talented actors come together to tell this story, Rajkumar Rao, Sushant Singh Rajput and Amit Sadh. The song Manjha is just lovely.
Ye jo des hai tera
Swades hai tera
Tujhe hai pukaara…
A real story of Neerja Bhanot, an air hostess who saved as many lives as she could on a terrorist hijacking.
Lagaan was a tax for Indians to in the British-raj (British colonisation). This is a story where an Indian farmer challenges the Britishers on an epic game of cricket for paying no taxes.
Kitne aadmi thee??? is the most famous line said by Gabbar- Amjad Khan. Sholay is age old classic with Amitabh Bacchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Sanjeev Kumar bringing us this wonderful film.
23. Gangs of Wassypur
If you dont like slangs, violence, gore movies, this ain’t for you. This movie has the most talented actors of India.
24. Mughal E Azam
A story of forbidden love between a courtesan Anarkali and Prince Saleem. Madhubala was the most beautiful actress and is the most beautiful actress of all time.
25. My Name is Khan
A story of a man with Asperger’s living in the post events when the twin tower attack happened. He embarks on a journey in changing everyone’s perspective on muslims.
A light hearted romantic comedy of a deaf, mute man and an autistic girl.
27. Chak De India
Shahrukh Khan has made a lot of wonderful movies. This movie is not only the truth about sports and perception of the masses. This is an women empowering movie representing that our teachings make a strong team which is deemed not as important or not as valuable.
Most movies are about breaking stereotypes and so is this one.
I think I added too many, and there are many movies. Indian cinema is diverse, we have it in different languages, different people coming from different parts of India, having different religions, all coming together in one place to make us laugh, make us feel pain, bring tears of sadness as well as joy. The songs make our hearts ignite with fire and make us dance to the tunes of the sounds of our nation.
The songs representing different cultures of India as well as different regions. The language changes but the beauty to capture our hearts that don’t change. I tried to put a lot of timeless songs but Youtube was not letting me post it. I wish everyone would listen the soundtracks of movies and enjoy the songs as we do. Here is one for you all.
The concert is called Sound of Nations uncut by Amit Trivedi.
Hope you enjoy watching Indian movies. I will add more to this list later on.