Cast: Prithviraj Kapoor, Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Leela Chitnis, K.N.Singh, Shashi Kapoor
About the Film: Awara was directed and produced by Raj Kapoor who also has the leading role. The film centers on the intertwining lives of poor Raj (Raj Kapoor) and privileged Rita (Nargis). In the film, Kapoor's poor, innocent 'little tramp' character references Charlie Chaplin. Music composed by the team of Shankar Jaikishan. The song 'Awara Hoon', sung by Mukesh with lyrics by Shailendra, became hugely popular across the Indian subcontinent, as well as in Russia, Romania, Turkey and China. The film was nominated for the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953
(2)Shree 420 (1955): Director: Raj Kapoor
Cast: Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Nadira
About the Film: The film centers on Raj, a poor, but educated orphan who comes to Bombay with dreams of success. Kapoor's character is heavily influenced by Charlie Chaplin's 'little tramp', with music composed by the team of Shankar Jaikishan. The song 'Mera Joota Hai Japani', became hugely popular and a patriotic symbol of the newly independent India
(3)Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957): Director: V. Shantaram
Cast: V. Shantaram, Sandhya
About the Film: It is considered one of the classics of Hindi cinema and is based on morals of Gandhian philosophy. It won a Silver Bear at the 8th Berlin International Film Festival and it was the first Indian film to win a Golden Globe Award. The film is also remembered for its theme song, 'Aye maalik tere bande hum', sung by Lata Mangeshkar and written by Bharat Vyas. The film was inspired by the story of an 'open-prison' experiment in the princely state of Oundh near Pune, which was recounted by screenwriter G. D. Madgulkar to V. Shantaram.
(4)Pyaasa (1957): Director: Guru Dutt
Cast: Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha, Waheeda Rehman, Johnny Walker, Rehman
About the Film: The film tells the story of struggling poet, Vijay (Guru Dutt), trying to make his works known in post-independence India. Gulabo (Waheeda Rehman in her first major leading role in Hindi cinema), a prostitute with a heart of gold, eventually helps him get his poems published. The music was composed by S.D. Burman.In 2005, Pyaasa was rated as one of the 100 best films of all time by Time Magazine, which called it "the soulfully romantic of the lot."
(5)Mother India (1957): Director: Mehboob Khan
Cast: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar
About the Film: The film is a remake of Mehboob Khan's earlier film Aurat (1940). The film was fifth Indo-Russian co-production, and was preceded by Pardesi (1957), also starring Nargis Dutt. The film was India's first submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1958, and was chosen as one of the five nominations for the category. The film came close to winning the award, but eventually lost to Frederico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria by a single vote
(6)Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958): Director: Satyen Bose
Cast: Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar
About the Film: Kishore Kumar sang many of the songs in this delightful comedy that was apparently influenced by Marx Brothers Movies, along with Asha Bhosle. The music was composed by SD Burman and lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri
(7)Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959): Director: Guru Dutt
Cast: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Baby Naaz, Mahmood, Johnny Walker
About the Film: The film was a box office disaster in its time but was later resurrected as a world cinema cult classic in the 1980s. The film's music was composed by S. D. Burman and the notable lyrics were written by Kaifi Azmi, giving hits like 'Waqt ne Kiya Kya Haseen Situm', sung by Geeta Dutt
(8)Mughal-E-Azam (1960): Director: K. Asif
Cast: Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote
About the Film: With its lavish production, K. Asif's magnum opus took nine years and Rs 10.5 million to finish. 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.
(9)Bandini (1963): Director: Bimal Roy
Cast: Nutan, Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra
About the Film: Bandini stars Nutan giving one of her career's finest performances, along with Ashok Kumar and Dharmendra as leads, and explores the human conflicts of love and hate intertwined in the mind of Kalyani (Nutan). The movie tells the story of Kalyani, the all suffering, selfless, sacrificing, and strong yet weak Indian woman. She must make a choice between two very different men, Devendra (Dharmendra), the loving prison doctor, and Bikash (Ashok Kumar), a man from her past.The film though it received not just critical acclaim but also swept that year's Filmfare Awards, winning six awards in all including the top awards of Best Film and Best Director, as well as Best Actress, and is still considered a landmark movie of the 60s.
(10)Sangam (1964): Director: Raj Kapoor
Cast: Raj Kapoor, Vyjayantimala, Rajendra Kumar
About the Film: Sangam was producer Raj Kapoor's first color film, became a smash hit in India and is considered a classic today. One of the features of the film that became widely used later on in Bollywood is the use of foreign locales for on-location shooting, such as Venice, Paris, and Switzerland for the film's honeymoon sequence. This started the Bollywood trend of shooting songs sequences abroad.
(11)Guide (1965): Director: Vijay Anand
Cast: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman
About the Film: The film is based on the critically acclaimed novel, The Guide, by R. K. Narayan, and is widely considered to be one of the masterpieces of the Indian film industry. The film proved to be a box office hit upon release. This movie proved memorable for its award-winning performances by the lead actors and memorable music by S. D. Burman.The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, 42 years after its release.
(12)Teesri Kasam (1966): Director: Basu Bhattacharya
Cast: Raj Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Iftikhar, Asit Sen
About the Film: The film explores the bond that develops between bullock cart driver Hiraman (Raj Kapoor) and dancer Hirabai (Waheeda Rehman). Teesri Kasam is simple, soulful, and sensible saga based on Phanishwar Nath's short story 'Mare Gaye Gulfam'. Teesri Kasam is poignant study of cultural clashes of lower-middle class and upper-middle class in early 20th century India.One of the most impressive aspects about movie is how its plot unfolds and how it treats two different culture clashes. The story moves at a leisurely yet captivating pace establishing the characters and rustic ambience. The way Hiraman and Hirabai meets, talks, getting closer to each other, and the manner in which they get apart are real heartbeats of this film.Shankar Jaikishan's legendary score over Shailendra's lyrics is considered as one of the greatest music compositions in Hindi cinema. Despite its box office failure, Teesri Kasam won the President's Gold Medal as the Best Feature Film of 1966.
(13)Upkar (1967): Director: Manoj Kumar
Cast: Asha Parekh, Manoj Kumar, Prem Chopra, Pran
About the Film: Manoj Kumar started his Mr Bharat persona and his brand of patriotism with this film. He played a village man, who sacrifices everything to get his brother educated. His brother (Prem Chopra) goes abroad and comes back a selfish man wanting his share of the property. Also stars Asha Parekh as a doctor promoting family planning, Kamini Kaushal and Pran in his first positive character role. The film won the top spot at the box office in 1967 and won several major awards.
(14)Aradhana (1969): Director: Shakti Samanta
Cast: Sharmila Tagore, Rajesh Khanna, Sujit Kumar, Farida Jalal
About the Film: It is a copy of the Hollywood film To Each His Own, a 1946 movie. It was voted best film of the year by the Filmfare Awards. Sharmila Tagore won her first Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role in the film.
(15)Mera Naam Joker(1970):Director:Raj Kapoor
Cast:Raj Kapoor;Rajendra Kumar;Manoj Kumar;Dharmendra;Simi Garewal;Padmini;Rishi Kapoor;Kseniya Ryabinkina(Russian)
Music: Shankar Jaikishan
About the Film:Mera Naam Joker is the story of Raju(Raj Kapoor), whose father was a considered the best circus clown ever.The film is divided into 3 chapters. The first chapter is about the adolescent Raju where he is infatuated with his teacher Mary(Simi Garewal).The 2nd part is adult Raju who is working with Gemini Circus owned by Mahendra Singh(Dharmendra)meets Marina (Kseniya Ryabinkina),a Russian trapeze artist and despite the language barrier he manages to fall in love with her, and dreams of a married life with her. But Raju faces heartbreak once again.In the 3rd and final part, Raju meets Meena(Padmini), a woman who has ambitions of becoming a famous actress who befriends him and manages to win his heart only to dump him in the end due to her lust for success.
The film flopped at the box office,however, the film has garnered critical praise and has also won 4 Filmfare Awards - Best Director(RajKapoor);Best Male Playback Singer(Manna Dey);Best Cinematography(Radhu Karmakar)and Best Music Direction(Shankar Jaikishan)
(16)Anand (1971): Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan
About the Film: The film is about Anand Sehgal (Rajesh Khanna), a cancer patient who, despite knowing that he suffers from an incurable disease, believes in living his life to the fullest. Contrasting Anand is Bhaskar Banarjee (Amitabh Bachchan), a sober doctor, upset with life and the dark reality of his nation. Bhaskar's tête-a-tête with Anand makes him notice the colours behind all the despair and complexity in one's life and teaches him a lesson. After spreading happiness everywhere around himself and changing the lives of many, Anand as destined, leaves them all, which inspires Bhaskar to write a book on his life. The film is a narrative, as Bhaskar writes in his diary about his life before Anand, his first meeting, how his relationship with him changes from a doctor-patient to a friend, and then to a friend for which he can do anything, and how a dying man leaves his thinking changed to such a great extent. Interestingly, the character of Anand was inspired by Raj Kapoor, who use to call Hrishikesh Mukherjee 'Babu Moshay'
(17)Pakeezah (1972):Director: Kamal Amrohi
Cast: Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar, Ashok Kumar
About the Film: Pakeezah is well remembered by generations of its admirers for its touching story of a courtesan, and for its lovely songs and background music by Ghulam Mohammed. It was the magnum opus of the director, Kamal Amrohi who was known for his perfectionism. Pakeezah took nearly 14 years to shoot because of a change in relationship between Meena Kumari and the director from warm to worse and then back to compromise one. Meena Kumari was very ill when filming resumed and can be seen lying down in most of her scenes. For the dance sequences, Padma Khanna was used as a body double and can be seen in the long-shots. Meena Kumari died weeks after the film was released.
(18)Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973):Director: Nasir Hussain
Cast: Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Vijay Arora, Ajit
Music:R D Burman
About the Film: The film was a box office hit. It is still remembered fondly for its soundtrack composed by music director R.D. Burman. One song, 'Chura Liya Hai', sung by Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi, is particularly well-known. It's a classic film of Hindi cinema and among the most remembered of the 1970s
Cast:Rishi Kapoor;Dimple Kapadia
Music: Laxikant Pyarelal
About the Film:The film is a story about the love between two teenagers of different classes – Raj Nath(Rishi Kapoor), son of a rich businessman Mr. Nath (Pran), and Bobby (Dimple Kapadia), daughter of a poor Anglo-Indian Christian fisherman Jack Braganza (Prem Nath).The film was widely popular and a trend-setter in its own right.The film became a "blockbuster" and was the top grossing hit of 1973.Also the film won 5 Filmfare Awards - Best Actor(Rishi Kapoor);Best Actress(Dimple Kapadia);Best Art Direction(A Rangaraj);Best Male Playback Singer(Narendra Chanchal for the song "Beshak Mandir Masjid") and Best Sound(Allauddin Khan Qureshi)
(20)Sholay (1975): Director: Ramesh Sippy
Cast: Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan, Asrani
About the Film: The movie, shot in the rocky terrain of Ramanagara, Karnataka, is the story of two petty criminals hired to capture, for a bounty, a ruthless dacoit by the name of Gabbar Singh. Sholay is one of the highest grossing films of all time in Indian cinema. It ran for 286 weeks straight (more than five years) in one Mumbai theatre, the Minerva. Sholay was the first film in the history of Indian cinema to celebrate silver jubilee (25 weeks) at over a hundred theatres across India. In 1999, BBC India declared it the 'Film of the Millennium'. The judges of the 50th annual Filmfare awards gave Sholay a special award called Filmfare Best Film of 50 Years.
(21)Deewaar (1975): Director: Yash Chopra
Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi
About the Film: The film is thought to be largely based on the life of the smuggler Haji Mastan whose real life story is very similar to Amitabh's role in the fim.The film established Bachchan as the "angry young man" of Bollywood cinema.The film received the Filmfare Best Movie Award of 1975 in addition to six other Filmfare Awards and was a "superhit" at the box office.
(22)Bhumika: The Role (1977): Director: Shyam Benegal
Cast: Smita Patil, Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Anant Nag
About the Film: The film is broadly based on the memoirs of the well-known Marathi Stage and screen actress of the 1940s, 'Hansa Wadkar' who led a flamboyant and unconventional life and focus at an individual's search for identity and self-fulfillment. Smita Patil gave the strong performance of transforming herself in its course from a vivacious teenage girl to a wiser but deeply wounded middle-aged woman. The film won two National Film Awards and Filmfare Best Movie Award.
(23)Don (1978):Director: Chandra Barot
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran, Helen Richardson
About the Film: This Amitabh-starrer has gained cult status in India. Don has elements of Shakti Samanta's film China Town (1962) and is apparently inspired by it. The movie had Shammi Kapoor playing the double roles of both a gangster and his lookalike - a common man turned informer. The film took three-and-a-half years to complete. Director Chandra Barot showed it to his mentor Manoj Kumar, who felt that the film was too tight and needed a song in the midst of the action-filled film, and so 'Khaike Paan Banaraswala' was recorded. The film was released without any promotion on May 12, 1978 and was declared a flop the first week. Within a week, the song 'Khaike Paan Banaraswala' became a big hit, and word of mouth spread, so by the second week, the film was also declared a big hit.
Don was first remade in Hindi as Dav Pech (1989), starring Jeetendra, but failed at the box office.
A second Hindi remake made by Farhan Akhtar (son of Javed Akhtar who co-wrote the original film, and is also credited for contributing to the plot of this remake), Don - The Chase Begins Again (2006), starred Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Arjun Rampal, Isha Koppikar, Om Puri and Kareena Kapoor.
(24)Sathyam Shivam Sundaram (1978):Director:Raj Kapoor
Cast:Shashi Kapoor;Zeenat Aman
About the Film:The movie is set in a village where Roopa(Zeenat Aman)loved three things - God, music and dancing.(As a young child, she was burned by a pot of oil on the right cheek of her face which ruined her facial beauty)is an attractive young lady but very religious and goes to the village Hindu Temple daily and sings hymns and devotional songs.Shashi Kapoor comes as an engineer to oversee and build a major dam.Both meet but Roopa keeps the right cheek hidden by covering it with her Sari. She is afraid that he will turn away when he sees her gruesome side of her face.Shashi Kapoor falls in love with Roopa(Zeenat Aman) and asks her father's permission to marry her. However, she is scared of the consequences. Eventually he marries her only to discover the truth, at which he disowns her and drives her out of the house.They both eventually make love and as a typical storyline, she becomes pregnant. In the climax scene - a terrible storm ravages the village, leading to a flood in whose swirling waters Shashi Kapoor overcomes his fear of ugliness and saves Roopa from drowning.
(25)Aakrosh (1980): Director: Govind Nihalani
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Om Puri
About the Film: Allegedly based on a true incident reported on page 7 of a local newspaper, the film was a scathing satire on the corruption in the judicial system, and victimization of the underprivileged by the able and the powerful. The film starred Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Amrish Puri in lead roles and went to win 1980 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and several Filmfare Awards. It also won the 'Golden Peacock' for the Best Film at the International Film Festival of India.
(26)Kranti(1981):Director: Manoj Kumar
Cast:Dilip Kumar;Manoj Kumar;Shashi Kapoor;Shatrugan Sinha;Hema Malini;Parveen Babi
About the Film: The film takes place in 19th Century British India and is the story of the fight for independence from the British in the years spanning from 1825 to 1875. It tells the story of two men who led the war against British Rule, Sanga (Dilip Kumar) and Bharat (Manoj Kumar) both of whom call themselves Kranti.Bharat and Shakti (Manoj Kumar and Shashi Kapoor) -- who grow up unaware of their blood ties and then engage in a deadly feud before the eventual revelation of their true birthright leads to a dramatic reconciliation.Hema Malini who plays a princess kidnapped by the rebels, and Parveen Babi who portrays the rebel girl sent to stand in for the abducted princess and steals the show with her sexy song-and-dance number "Mara Thumka."
It was costliest movie ever at that time and top-grossing (Hindi) film of the 1980s.
(27)Silsila (1981):Director: Yash Chopra
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Sanjeev Kumar
About the Film: Amit (Amitabh Bachchan) a poet decides to bury his past life along with his love for Chandni (Rekha) when he meets Shobha (Jaya Bachchan). Shobha's life has come to a standstill after her fiancé and Amit's brother Shekhar (Shashi Kapoor) dies in a plane crash. Amit had only come to mourn the death of his brother with Shobha but ends up sacrificing his own love and life in an attempt to give Shobha a new lease of life. When fate brings Amit and Chandni face to face again, both are married to different people - but neither can ignore their feelings for each other. Silsila is the story of a love, thwarted by society's demands, which reappears as adultery. Despite a powerhouse star cast and rumours of a real-life love triangle involving Amitabh, Jaya and Rekha, the film was not well received at the boxoffice.
(28)Umrao Jaan (1981): Director: Muzaffar Ali
Cast: Rekha, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar, Umme Farwa, Shaukat Kaifi, Dina Pathak, Prema Narayan
About the Film: It is based on the Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada (1905), written by Mirza Hadi Ruswa based on the famous Lucknow courtesan. Rekha was praised for her acting, but the box office returns were just average. . The music was composed by Khayyam and the lyrics were penned by Shahryar. Several songs from the film, sung by Asha Bhosle, are considered classics of filmi music: 'Dil cheez kya hai', 'Justuju Jiski Thi', 'In ankhon ki masti', and 'Yeh kya jagah hai doston'. Rekha won the National Film Award for Best Actress while Muzaffar Ali won the Filmfare Best Director Award. Khayyam won the Filmfare Best Music Director award.
(29)Shakti (1982): Director: Ramesh Sippy
Cast: Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee Gulzar, Smita Patil, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Amrish Puri
About the Film: Although the film was only a moderate success at the box office, it was notable for being the first and only film to feature Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.Shakti won the Filmfare Best Movie Award while Dilip Kumar got the Filmfare Best Actor Award for that year.
(30)Ardh Satya (1983): Director: Govind Nihalani
Cast: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdar, Naseeruddin Shah, Sadashiv Amrapurkar
About the Film: Ardh Satya is a 1983 film directed by Govind Nihalani, his second offering after another angst ridden movie Aakrosh (1980). The screenplay of both movies was by Vijay Tendulkar, the noted Marathi playwright; this one was based on a short story, 'Surya', by D.A. Panvalkar.In this acclaimed cop-drama, the protagonist, played by Om Puri, is a policeman struggling both with the evils around him and with his own frailties. The film also stars Amrish Puri, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, and Sadashiv Amrapurkar.Ardh Satya not only won many awards, but also went on to become a landmark film in Indian film history. It is still considered to be one of the best cop films made in India.
(31)Masoom (1983): Director: Shekhar Kapur
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Supriya Pathak, Saeed Jaffrey, Jugal Hansraj, Urmila Matondkar
About the Film: The critically acclaimed film starred Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Tanuja, Supriya Pathak and Saeed Jaffrey, as well as child actors Jugal Hansraj and Urmila Matondkar. The screenplay and dialogues were written by Gulzar and the music was contributed by R.D. Burman. Both Naseer and Shabana brought tremendous sensitivity to their roles as DK, a happily married man whose life is sent into a spin when he comes to know that he has a child outside wedlock, and his wife Indu who sees the child not as an innocent, but as tangible proof of her husband's infedility. DK's struggle to balance his love for the child and for the rest of his family is palpable and makes for great cinema. It is the remake of the Malayalam movie Olangal by Balu Mahendra. The plot was broadly based on Man, Woman and Child written by Erich Segal.Naseeruddin Shah won the Filmfare Best actor award, while RD Burman and Gulzar got Filmfare awards for Music and Lyrics respectively.
(32)Mirch Masala (1985):Director: Ketan Mehta
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Om Puri, Suresh Oberoi, Deepti Naval, Mohan Gokhale
About the Film: This beautiful film, directed by Ketan Mehta tells the story of the struggle of a peasant woman, Sonbai (played by Smita Patil), against a tyrannical tax collector (played by Naseeruddin Shah), whose advances she has spurned...What's so beautiful about this film is Smita Patil's portrayal of a fierce and uncompromisingly proud women who fights for control over her sexuality against great odds
(33)Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988):Director: Mansoor Khan
Cast: Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Dalip Tahil, Alok Nath
About the Film: The film starred Nasir Hussain's nephew, Aamir Khan, along with Juhi Chawla in their first major roles. Upon release, the film became a box office hit and shot its leading stars to fame overnight. The film was also the first major hit for the music-director duo of Anand-Milind and singer Udit Narayan. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak's music, romantic storyline, and young actors shifted the momentum away from the violent and aging ethos that were prevalent in the films at the time.
(34)Maine Pyar Kiya (1989):Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Cast: Salman Khan, Bhagyashree, Laxmikant Berde, Alok Nath, Reema Lagoo, Mohnish Behl
About the Film: Maine Pyar Kiya was the biggest hit of 1989 in India, one of the most successful Bollywood movies of the 1980s, and it established Salman Khan's status in the industry. Maine Pyar Kiya won five Filmfare Awards in 1990, including Best Film for producer Tarachand Barjatya and Best musicc director award for Raamlaxman.
(35)Parinda (1989):Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Cast: Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Nana Patekar, Anupam Kher
About the Film: Parinda is considered by many to be the turning point in reality in Hindi cinema, as the theme of the film discusses the real life of Indian underworld gangsters and the general life of residents in the city of Mumbai.. The film won two National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards, and was India's official entry for the 1990 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
(36)Hum Aapke Hain Koun(1994):Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Renuka Shahane, Mohnish Behl
About the Film: Directed by Sooraj Barjatya, this film was a remake of their own production's earlier movie Nadiya Ke Paar (1982). The film is a story of two Indian families and the relationships between them, celebrating Indian culture using modern production values. It is noted for its lavish depictions of North Indian wedding ceremonies. Its soundtrack, including an unusually large number of 14 songs, was scored by Raam Lakshman. Madhuri Dixit won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her role in this film. HAHK is considered to be among the most successful Bollywood films ever.
(37)1942: A Love Story(1994): Director:Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Cast:Anil Kapoor;Manisha Koirala;Jackie Shroff;Anupam Kher
Music: R D Burman
About the Film:The film is set in 1942, when the British Ruled India and Indians were either working for the British or rallying in underground meetings and protests against them. Naren Singh (Anil Kapoor)son of a loyal British employee falls in love with Rajeshwari(Manisha Koirala) daughter of Raghuvir Pathak(Anupam Kher)a revolutionary fighting against British rule.Shubhankar (Jackie Shroff) was a compatriot of Raghuvir(Anupam Kher).Naren's father Naren into revealing Raghuvir's secret location, and leaks the information to the British authorities. Soon, some police barge into Raghuvir's location and kill him. Rajeshwariwho was out at that time, realizes what has happened and runs away.Soon, she is taken into refuge by Shubhankar and under his tutelage,Rajeshwari too follows her father's path.Naren, who is still clueless about what happened, is distraught by Rajeshwari 's sudden disappearance starts searching for her and soon finds her.However,Rajeshwari now makes it clear to Naren that no British employee or his kin should expect sympathy from her. Naren too pledges that he will even go on to become a protester or revolutionary, if that brings Rajeshwari back to him. Soon,Rajeshwari reconciles with Naren and tells Shubhankar about him. Shubhankar is wary of Naren, but the trio soon find a way to co-exist.
The film was highly acclaimed for its music, songs, picturization, cinematography, lyrics and the portrayal of its leading lady Manisha Koirala, a turning point for her career.The fim won 6 Filmfare Awards -
Best Supporting Actor(Jackie Shroff);Best Lyricist(JavedAkhtar);Best Music Director(R D Burman);Best Editing(Renu Saluja);Best Male Playback Singer(Kumar Sanu for Ek Ladki ko Dekha);Best Femal Playback Singer(Kavitha Krishnamurthy for Pyar hua chupke se)
The film was released some time after the death of the music director R D Burman and become the last music composed film of R D Burman.The film was the first ever to be given a U/A rating while featuring a scene, previously considered inappropriate for young children, showing the actors kissing.
(38)Bombay (1995):Director: Mani Ratnam
Cast: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Tinnu Anand, Nasser, Sonali Bendre, Prakash Raj
About the Film: The film is centred on events, particularly during the period of December 1992 to January 1993 in India, and the controversy surrounding the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Increased religious tensions in the city of Mumbai led to the Mumbai Riots. Eventually becoming one of the highest grossing films of the Chennai film industry, the film caused considerable controversy upon release in India and abroad for its depiction of inter-religious relations. Well received critically and commercially, it was screened at many international film festivals.
(39)Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995):Director: Aditya Chopra
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher
The film became the biggest Bollywood hit of the year, as well as one of the biggest Bollywood hits of all time. The movie remains the longest running film in the history of Indian cinema. In March 2009, the film set a record by completing 700 weeks of continuous play in Mumbai theatres. On October 20th, 2009 the movie completed 15 years of non-stop running. The film was included in the Cinema India showcase, "The Changing Face of Indian Cinema", which toured the United States in July and August 2004.
(40)Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998): Director: Karan Johar
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Salman Khan
About the Film: The film was written and directed by the debuting Karan Johar and stars the popular on-screen pair of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol in their fourth of five movies together. Rani Mukerji features in a supporting role, while Salman Khan has an extended cameo appearance. The film was extremely successful both in India and abroad.
(41)Satya (1998): Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: J.D Chakravarthy, Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai, Shefali Shah
About the Film: The film tells the story of Satya, an immigrant who comes to Mumbai seeking his fortune but instead gets sucked into the Mumbai underworld.Satya was released on July 3, 1998 and was also dubbed in Tamil and Telugu. Made on a shoestring budget of Rs 2 crore (roughly $400,000), the film became a surprise hit at the box office, grossing INR 15.5 crore and becoming the 10th highest grossing Indian film of 1998. The film went on to win six Filmfare Awards, including the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie
(42)Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000): Director: Rakesh Roshan
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Amisha Patel
About the Film: This movie was Hrithik Roshan and Amisha Patel's debut and made Hrithik & Amisha into an overnight superstar in Bollywood. Not only did this movie launch Hrithik's career, but it also launched the careers of the actress Amisha Patel and the singer Lucky Ali. The film was a fan favourite, with crowd-pleasing song and dance numbers like 'Na Tum Jano Na Hum', a BMW Z3 cruising through scenic locations of New Zealand, and star-power of Lucky Ali.
(43)Dil Chahta Hai (2001): Director: Farhan Akhtar
Cast: Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Dimple Kapadia, Sonali Kulkarni
About the Film: The first film written and directed by Farhan Akhtar, it is set in modern-day urban Mumbai and focuses on a major period of transition in the lives of three young friends. The film was critically acclaimed, winning that year's National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. The film was nominated for thirteen Filmfare Awards and won five.It was also a commercial success
(44)Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001):Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne
About the Film: 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. When the peasants attempt to persuade the officers to reduce the taxes, the officers put forth a proposition to the peasants. One senior officer offers to cancel their taxes for three years if their village team beats him at cricket. After accepting his proposition, the villagers face the arduous task of learning the game and playing for a result that will change their village's destiny. 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 after Mother India and Salaam Bombay!. It was one of the biggest hits of 2001.
(45)Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003): Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Jimmy Shergill, Sunil Dutt, Gracy Singh, Boman Irani
About the Film: The story involves protagonist, Munna Bhai, (Sanjay Dutt), a goon, going to medical school. The story is inspired from a hollywood film Patch Adams and some scenes are also based upon One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He is helped by his sidekick, Circuit (Arshad Warsi). It is the first film in the popular 'Munna Bhai' series of Bollywood. It went on to win not only the 2004 National Film Award for Best Popular Film, several Filmfare awards, inclduing the Critics Award for Best Movie, Best Screenplay, but also became the fifth highest grossing Bollywood film of the year
(46)Black (2005): Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Nandana Sen
About the Film: Black revolves around a blind, deaf and mute girl, and her relationship with her teacher who himself later develops Alzheimer's disease. The first half of the film is an adaptation of Helen Keller's autobiography The Story of My Life. The film was screened at the Casablanca Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and eleven Filmfare Awards. Time Magazine (Europe) selected the film as one of the 10 Best Movies of the Year 2005 from across the globe.
(47)Rang De Basanti (2006):Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Cast: Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Siddharth Narayan, Kunal Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni, Alice Patten
About the Film: The story is about 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. Upon arriving in India, she asks a group of five young men to act in her film. They agree, but after they begin filming a friend of theirs is killed in a fighter aircraft crash, with government corruption appearing to be the root cause of the incident. This event radicalizes them from being carefree to passion-driven individuals who are determined to avenge his death. The film was released globally on January 26,2006 and subsequently was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2006 BAFTA Awards. Rang De Basanti also was chosen as India's official entry for the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, though it did not ultimately yield a nomination for either award. A. R. Rahman's soundtrack, which earned positive reviews, had two of its tracks considered for the Academy Award nomination. The film was not only well-received by critics and audiences for its production values,but also a win for Best Movie at the Filmfare Awards
(48)3 Idiots (2009): Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Cast: Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni, Javed Jaffrey
The film is actually a fairly serious take on a cruel examination system that gets passed off for an education system in this country.3 Idiots is the "highest grossing Bollywood movie of all time grossing Rs 315 crore ($70 million) worldwide within 18 days of release
(49)My Name is Khan (2010): Director: Karan Johar
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Jimmy Shergill, Zarina Wahab.
About the Film: My Name is Khan is the story of Rizwan Khan, played by Shah Rukh, who has Asperger's syndrome. This milder form of autism impairs Rizwan's social communication skills and gives him some decidedly odd behavior patterns – he can't stand loud sounds or the colour yellow.
"The film grapples with the most urgent and fraught issue facing humanity: religion. It features a striking performance by Shah Rukh Khan
(50)Peepli Live (2010): Director:Anusha Rizvi
Cast: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Naseeruddin Shah, Raghubir Yadav, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shalini Vatsa, Malaika Shenoy
About the Film: Produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao, Peepli Live is about Natha (played by Omkar Das Manikpuri) a poor farmer from a village named Peepli in the heart of rural India. Natha is about to lose his plot of land due to an unpaid government loan. A quick fix to the problem is the very same government's program that aids the families of indebted farmers who have committed suicide. As a means of survival, Natha can choose to die. His brother is happy to push him towards this unique 'honour' but Natha is reluctant.