One of the largest centres of film production, Bollywood often synonymous with Hindi Cinema is the centre of entertainment in India. Since it’s inception in the first half of the 20th century, Bollywood has since expanded the sphere of influence well outside of Indian subcontinent. Now it shares a major portion of the world motion picture industry.
Action, Comedy, Drama, thriller, all of them(masala), Bollywood never disappoints with its versatility and these movies are it’s best exports:
Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini.
Arguably one of the greatest movie of Bollywood, Sholay, thanks to a masterclass performance by the legendary cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra and Amjad Khan is a timeless masterpiece. Based on the theme of classic Good vs. Evil, Sholay delivers a number of life lessons about friendship, sacrifice, honour, morality, injustice and introduce us to an iconic character, Gabbar Singh. The unmatched fusion of action, comedy, tragedy and romance, Sholay continues to inspire movies to this generation.
2. Gangs of Wasseypur(2012)
Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Zeishan Quadri, Pankaj Tripathi
The first part of Gangs of Wasseypur saga presents us the brutal world of violence, conflicts, vengeance, lust and hatred in a coal-capital of Wasseypur. Anurag Kashyap film with an ensemble cast of Manoj Bajpai, Pankaj Tripathi, Jaideep Ahlawat and co. is a gem of Hindi cinema. The film is dramatic in an unorthodox way; glorification of violence, use of slags, haunting soundtrack and songs, rendering characters are one of the great aspects of this film.
3. 3 Idiots(2010)
Amir khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan
A cult classic, 3 Idiots is a movie of three engineering students with contrasting characters. The plot doesn’t require a summary because we all know about this movie, that’s the legacy it has built. The cast of Amir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi certainly deserves a shoutout for presenting us unforgettable characters in the movie. Special thanks to Rajkumar Hirani for this special gift to cinema lovers around the world.
- 4. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge(1995)
Shahrukh khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri
The big hit by Aditya Chopra is an era-defining romantic film that continues to reside on people’s heart. The fortuitous romance of young couple, Raj and Simran meet setbacks from family. It’s a classic tale of Personal choice vs. Family, a young immature lad and a naive lady with a strict father. The acting feels natural and musical score is a masterpiece.
Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan
When the film has cast of biggest superstar of the time and biggest superstar ever, it has to be good. The film explores the relationship between a dying cancer patient(Rajesh) and his young doctor(Amitabh), two with a different outlook on life. Apart from the performances, the cinematography and musical score are near perfect which is revered to this time. The film has cemented its legacy as an all-time classic.
Amir Khan, Gracy Singh
An Oscar nominee for the best picture, Lagaan is an inspiring movie of a drought-stricken village in 19th century colonial India. A resident of that village, Bhuwan(Amir) assembles a hard-fought cricket team as an acceptance of the challenge for a cricket match. The stakes are high, the life of that village and others nearby depend on that one match. This bold step is first heavily criticised but later everyone is supportive of Bhuwan’s heroism. The acting is top-notch and songs are evergreen, overall movie is a must-watch.
7. Hera Pheri(2007)
Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal
How come a Hindi movie list goes without mentioning this comedy classic? The sequel “Phir Hera Pheri” is equally great but it’s the first one that introduces us with iconic characters of Babu Rao, Raju, Shyam and wonderful chemistry between them. The irrational plot of a house owner and tenants is slowly built with catchy dialogues and funny scenes. Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal are ideal cast for their respective roles.
Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra,
A fairytale-like romance between a deaf-mute guy and autistic girl is a masterwork in Hindi filmmaking. Set in the 1970s Darjeeling, Barfi; our deaf-mute protagonist first has a failed relationship with an educated young girl who leaves him to get married to another guy. Barfi, short of money, kidnaps autistic Jhimili inheritor of large parental wealth. Jhimili happens to be his childhood friend and they later develop an appealing relationship. Both Ranbir and Priyanka are amazing in their role as Barfi and Jhimili. With moving music and brilliant plot, this movie has locked itself as one of the best of its time.
Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi
From the director of Lagaan, Aashutosh Gowariker, expectations were high for Swades. Thanks to intriguing acting, music and lyrics Swades delivers a strong plot that eventually made it a cult classic of Hundi cinema. Mohan Bhargava(SRK), is a Non-Resident Indian(NRI) working at NASA who returns to his homeland and strives to do better for people here. The message of patriotism is perfectly conveyed thanks to spot-on acting and heroic plot.
10. The Lunchbox(2013)
Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddique
An unusual friendship develops between a young housewife and retiring accountant when a tiffin box is misplaced which ignites exchange of letter between two as an apology. The simple yet realistic plot touches every string of our heart. It’s Ritesh Batra debut film starring late Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddique. The conventional theme of the movie is ‘sometimes wrong path leads to the right destination’. The movie is heart-warming and its legacy will grow with time.