Indian Cinema at it's best

by asc642 | created - 18 Jun 2013 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

My goal here is to focus on Indian Cinema and what goes beyond the norm (music and dance) and here I wanted to list films that focus on the daily struggle and the lifestyle of humans. Here through directors like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Girish Kasaravalli,Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani, Aparna Sen, Rituparno Ghosh, Jahnu Barua,and Goutam Ghosh. Even todays prodigies like Deepa Mehta, Mira Nair,Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj, Srijit Mukherjee, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Dr. Biju, and Bala. And Actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Nandita Das, Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Manoj Bajpai, Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and many many more. Though I am not an Indian my goal is to understand Indian cinema a bit more through language (Hindi, English, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Oriya, and many more), Art, and Culture from India to the diaspora (Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the US). If you have any recommendations for any film comment below. Rate and Comment please on any film and also a saying "If there's no struggle, no progress" Thank You P.S: I would like to see a rating for films like Investment, The Bastard Child (more will come) And Happy New Years and support the LGBT community

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1. Gangoobai (2013)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Family

Gangoobai, a Maid-in-Matheran, has lived a life with simple aspirations, until one day she finds a new purpose of buying a designer sari. She follows her dream to the big city of Mumbai.

Director: Priya Krishnaswamy | Stars: Sarita Joshi, Purab Kohli, Mita Vasisht, Raj Zutshi

Votes: 288

2. Black Friday (2004)

Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 17,034 | Gross: $0.03M

3. Udaan (2010)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama

Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father.

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane | Stars: Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Manjot Singh, Ram Kapoor

Votes: 40,005 | Gross: $0.01M

4. Omkara (2006)

Not Rated | 155 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity in this adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Othello'.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor

Votes: 17,878 | Gross: $0.79M

5. Maqbool (2003)

132 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The intrigue of the Shakespearean tragedy 'Macbeth' is transposed to the Mumbai underworld.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah

Votes: 8,173

6. Company (2002)

Not Rated | 155 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-time gangster named Chandu teams up with Malik, a low-level enforcer for a criminal syndicate. Together they eliminate all their enemies, becoming the most feared gangsters in Mumbai.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Mohanlal, Manisha Koirala, Seema Biswas

Votes: 13,675

7. Special 26 (2013)

Not Rated | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A gang of con-men rob prominent rich businessmen and politicians by posing as C.B.I and income tax officers.

Director: Neeraj Pandey | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee, Jimmy Sheirgill

Votes: 47,282 | Gross: $1.08M

8. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

Not Rated | 321 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

89 Metascore

A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia

Votes: 73,102

9. 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?

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Kalki Koechlin, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 27,023 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Being Cyrus (2005)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

"Being Cyrus" is a dark, comedic venture by the debutante director Homi Adajania that spins around the Sethnas - a Parsi family.

Director: Homi Adajania | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Saif Ali Khan, Boman Irani

Votes: 2,522

11. Monsoon Wedding (2001)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shah, Vijay Raaz

Votes: 22,579 | Gross: $13.88M

12. Fire (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani, Ramanjeet Kaur

Votes: 5,439 | Gross: $0.40M

13. Satya (1998)

Not Rated | 170 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An innocent man is embroiled in underworld after being falsely charged and sets out to punish the perpetrators who subjected his life to misery.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: J.D. Chakravarthi, Manoj Bajpayee, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal

Votes: 12,245

14. 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.

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

Votes: 63,082 | Gross: $0.30M

15. Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)

134 min | Drama

Five people whose lives are affected by the 2006 Mumbai train bombings.

Director: Nishikant Kamat | Stars: Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Madhavan

Votes: 5,375 | Gross: $0.01M

16. 3 Deewarein (2003)

Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Drama

The story of a documentary movie-maker who films the reformation story of three hardened criminals within the prison walls - and in the process, finds redemption in her own life.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Juhi Chawla, Nagesh Kukunoor

Votes: 2,074

17. Iqbal (2005)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Sport

Iqbal, the deaf and mute son of a farmer, has a passion for the game of cricket and seeks the tutelage of a washed-up, alcoholic ex-player.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Shreyas Talpade, Naseeruddin Shah, Shweta Basu Prasad, Yatin Karyekar

Votes: 15,049

18. In the Name of God (2007)

Not Rated | 168 min | Drama

The movie deals with the difference of opinion between the westernized, educated, modern Muslims and their counterparts who follow their religion and live life in the name of 'God'.

Director: Shoaib Mansoor | Stars: Shaan Shahid, Fawad Khan, Iman Ali, Austin Marie Sayre

Votes: 8,896

19. Hyderabad Blues (1998)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The protagonist of Hyderabad Blues is Varun, played by the director, Nagesh Kukunoor. The movie revolves around his visit home after 12 years in the USA and his resulting culture shock.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Nagesh Kukunoor, Rajshri Nair, Vikram Inamdar, Elahe Hiptoola

Votes: 879

20. Rockford (1999)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

The movie chronicles the arrival of a (Hindu) student to a strict all-boys Christian boarding school in India and his assimilation into the school. The change is quite dramatic to the ... See full summary »

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Rohan Dey, Jayant Kripalani, Nandita Das, Ulrika Krishnamurti

Votes: 1,295

21. I Did Not Kill Gandhi (2005)

100 min | Drama

Widowed Uttam Chaudhary lives a comfortable lifestyle with his college-going son, Karan, a daughter, Trisha, who is in love with a South-Indian youth named Ashish Reddy, and an elder son ... See full summary »

Director: Jahnu Barua | Stars: Anupam Kher, Urmila Matondkar, Parvin Dabas, Rajit Kapoor

Votes: 676

22. 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.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Hemendra Dandotiya, Navneet Gairola, Mahie Gill

Votes: 30,295 | Gross: $0.04M

23. Maachis (1996)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A realistic, hard-hitting portrayal of terrorism and youth in the Punjab after the 1984 riots.

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Om Puri, Tabu, Chandrachur Singh, Kanwaljit Singh

Votes: 1,814

24. Chandni Bar (2001)

Not Rated | 150 min | Crime, Drama

A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Tabu, Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav, Shri Vallabh Vyas

Votes: 2,304

25. Khosla Ka Ghosla! (2006)

Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A Delhi based retired middle class man tries half-heartedly to get his land back from a swindling property dealer with the help of his sons and their friends.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Parvin Dabas, Tara Sharma

Votes: 20,865 | Gross: $0.03M

26. Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A burglar reflects on his life and loves; while the media speculates how he managed to pull off so many heists.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra, Archana Puran Singh

Votes: 15,215 | Gross: $0.08M

27. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)

120 min | Drama

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: 4,547

28. Zakhm (1998)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Amidst religious riots, a son deals with his mother's life-threatening injuries, and her last request.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Pooja Bhatt, Nagarjuna Akkineni, Sonali Bendre

Votes: 2,708

29. Kahaani (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Mystery, Thriller

A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him.

Director: Sujoy Ghosh | Stars: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Indraneil Sengupta, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Votes: 53,931 | Gross: $1.04M

30. Gulaal (2009)

140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Jesse Randhawa, Deepak Dobriyal

Votes: 12,965

31. Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011)

130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Gangsters kidnap the prospective son-in-law of a politician in order to secure the release of an imprisoned gang-member.

Director: Sudhir Mishra | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Chitrangda Singh, Arunoday Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari

Votes: 4,219

32. 15 Park Avenue (2005)

116 min | Drama

An exploration of the impact of schizophrenia on a young woman and her family in today's Calcutta. The narrative pivots around the relationship of two sisters, older sister Anjali is a ... See full summary »

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rahul Bose, Dhritiman Chatterjee

Votes: 957

33. The Making of the Mahatma (1996)

144 min | Drama

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was invited to South Africa in 1893 to settle a case for a wealthy Indian settled there. He expected to return in a few months but instead got involved in the freedom movement and eventually stayed for 21 years.

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Rajit Kapoor, Pallavi Joshi, Keith Stevenson, Paul Slabolepszy

Votes: 148

34. Bombay Boys (1998)

105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Three men from Western origins are embroiled in gang wars, homosexuality and love after arriving in Mumbai with their own motives.

Director: Kaizad Gustad | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Rahul Bose, Alexander Gifford, Naseeruddin Shah

Votes: 528

35. The Namesake (2006)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama

82 Metascore

American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Jacinda Barrett

Votes: 18,306 | Gross: $8.66M

36. The Last Lear (2007)

130 min | Drama

An aging Shakespearean actor takes on one of the bard's most challenging roles. Based on Utpal Dutt's play "Aajker Shahjahan".

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, Shefali Shah

Votes: 1,008

37. Amal (2007)

101 min | Drama

When Amal impresses an eccentric millionaire with his humility and humanity, he unknowingly becomes the old man's beneficiary.

Director: Richie Mehta | Stars: Rupinder Nagra, Naseeruddin Shah, Seema Biswas, Koel Purie

Votes: 1,848

38. Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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: 5,524

39. I Am (II) (2010)

95 min | Drama

Four traumatic and life-changing stories in various parts of modern secular India.

Director: Onir | Stars: Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Radhika Apte, Nandita Das

Votes: 817

40. Dasvidaniya (2008)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

A man who loves to make "to-do lists" makes one last bucket list when he realizes he is about to die.

Director: Shashant Shah | Stars: Vinay Pathak, Sarita Joshi, Rajat Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 5,687

41. A Wednesday (2008)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday.

Director: Neeraj Pandey