10 movies which make Indians feel proud: Blockbusters of all time

by Ashish on July 1, 2009

India is the world’s largest producer of films, producing close to a thousand films annually out of which 600 are made in Hindi and Telegu and rest in other regional languages.From 1913 when the first Hindi feature film Raja Harishchandra was released till date the industry has produced thousands of films  which generated billions of dollars,received accolades from every part of world and allures many foreign production houses to invest in Indian cinema.A compilation of few movies which were blockbusters and break several records which shows blend of creativity and great work from artist which Indians can always boasts of…

pather P Pather Panchali (1955)

is a Bengali feature film directed by Satyajit Ray and produced by the Government of  West Bengal in 1955.The first film of The Apu Trilogy, it depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu in the rural countryside of Bengal in the 1920s.It was made with

just $3000 Pather Panchali won “Best Human Document” at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival,establishing Satyajit Ray as a major international filmmaker.

pyaasa Pyaasa(1957)

Made in  1957 Pyaasa was  produced and directed by Guru Dutt. The film tells the story of struggling poet, Vijay (Guru Dutt), trying to make his works known in post-independence India in her first major leading role in Hindi cinema, a prostitute with a heart of gold eventually helps him get his poems published.In 2005, Pyaasa was rated as one of the 100 best films of all time by Time Magazine.

Mother_India Mother India(1957)

Mother India is a 1957 Bollywood film directed by Mehboob Khan and starring Nargis and Sunil Dutt .The film is about the struggle of a widow lady who brought up 2 son coping with poverty and ill-fate and paying debt to  moneylender  and kills her own younger son to keep her promise with villagers at the end of the film.The film ranked #3 in the list of all-time box office hits.The film was India’s first submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1958 but lost to Nights of Cabiria by a single vote.

mughal-e-azam Mughal-e- Azam(1960)

Set in the 16th century AD,the movie is about the doomed love affair between the Mughal Crown Prince Saleem and the beautiful, ill-fated court dancer,Anarkali whose fervor and intensity perpetrates a war between the prince and his father the great Mughal Emperor Akbar.It took  9 yrs for director K. Asif to finish this film. The film broke box office records in India when released and held the record for the highest grossing film ever until the 1975 film Sholay broke its record.A colored version was also created in 2004.This is  arguably one of the biggest box office hit movie in Indian cinema.The movie’s net revenue would put it on top of all Bollywood movies released until March 31, 2009.

sholay-vcd Sholay(1975)

Sholay is an Indian “Curry Western” film directed by Ramesh Sippy. It is the biggest hit in the history of Bollywood.It is a story of a  Police Officer, whose family was killed by a bandit named Gabbar Singh and he decides to fight fire with fire and recruits two convicts, Jai(Amitabh Bachchan) and Veeru(Dharmendra)who tries to capture the ruthless dacoit . It is the highest grossing film of all time in Indian cinema. It has earned $ 160 million, after adjusting for inflation.In 1999, BBC India declared it the “Film of the Millennium” and was also awarded the trophy of Filmfare Best Film of 50 Years.

salaam-bombay Salaam Bombay(1988)

directed by Mira Nair, The film narrates the day-to-day life of children living on the streets of Mumbai(formerly known as Bombay). It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, the National Board of Review Award for Top Foreign Film, the Golden Camera and Audience Awards at the Cannes Film Festival, and three awards at the Montréal World Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.It is a superb film that gives the viewer a bird’s eye view into the plight of India’s urban street children.

lagaan Lagaan(2001)

Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and produced by Aamir Khan, who also played the lead role the movie is set in the Victorian period of the British Raj and revolves around the peasants from a barren village who are oppressed by high taxes imposed by the British.It shows peasants beating Britishers in the game of cricket and showing them exit.The film received critical acclaim and awards at various international film festivals, as well as many Indian film awards. It also became the third Hindi-language film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

rang_de_basanti Rang de Basanti(2006)

Written and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Aamir Khan plays the protagonist.A British documentary filmmaker who is determined to make a film on Indian freedom fighters based on diary entries by her grandfather, a former officer of the British Army in India.In the film both the 1930′s British India and the India Today run parallel and intersect with each other at crucial points.It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2006 BAFTA Awards.

Lage Raho Munna Bhai Lage Raho Munna Bhai(2006)

Directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra where a Mumbai underworld don,who begins to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi. Through his interactions with the image of Gandhi,don begins to practice what he calls Gandhigiri (Satyagraha, non-violence, and truth) to help ordinary people solve their problems.It received many awards including four National Film Awards and was the first Hindi film to be shown at the United Nations.


Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Though it’s not an Indian movie and many Indians still don’t feel proud as it shows the poor and darker side of country but somewhere down the line  this British film by Danny Boyle made on Indian soil casting children from Mumbai slums and other Indian actors has put Indian cinema and its artist(A.R. Rehman and Resul Pookutty) on  global map.Written by Simon Beaufoy, and co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan it is an adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup.The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight, the most for any film of 2008, including Best Picture,Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also won seven BAFTA Awards (including Best Film), five Critics’ Choice Awards, and four Golden Globes.

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hindicinema 07.10.09 at 1:40 am

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Mayur 07.19.09 at 9:05 pm

The above list is really an awesome collection and depicts the era of Indian film Industry.
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animesh1988 07.26.09 at 5:22 pm

We are supposed to be proud of these movies http://tinyurl.com/lmlg6f the last one is not even #bollywood

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Ashish 09.04.09 at 9:07 pm

@animesh1988 Its about movies that makes Indians feel proud..Its not a compilation of Bollywood movies :) but yes 9 out of 10 movies are produced by Indians..

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