As the world’s largest producer of films, India has had its fair share of excellent films. Every year, we get some good ones as well as some really bad ones. Only a few manage to become appreciated around the world, and not just by Indians. These are the films that have stood the test of time to become classics of Indian cinema. While some films on this list were released very recently, their impact shouldn’t be dismissed. It has been argued that one of the reasons why Indian films don’t get the recognition they deserve is due to a lack of exposure. This is true in many cases. A lot of wonderful films made in India never really get the love and admiration they deserve. But for these ten films, the exposure they received was a key factor in their success. These films have been studied and celebrated, not just in India but across the world as well. So, here is the list of 10 Indian movies that won over the world and received international acclaim.
A film that was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best films of all-time, ‘Nayakan’ was inspired by ‘The Godfather’. Taking the basic premise of that film, Mani Ratnam manages to weave magic on the screen. By combining certain real-life elements that gave the film a degree of authenticity. The film features one of Kamal Haasan’s best performances as he completely dives in to the role of the don. The film impressed a lot of foreign critics who liked the atmosphere the film managed to create. It manages to tug at your heartstrings without any of the emotions feeling forced. It remains a true milestone for Indian cinema.
9. Apur Sansar
The films of Satyajit Ray have always been a source of pride for Indian cinema. One of the highlights of his career is undoubtedly The Apu Trilogy. With the final part ‘Apu Sansar’, Ray managed to successfully conclude one of the all-time great trilogies. The film focuses on Apu as an adult and deals with the various trials and tribulations of the protagonist. Almost the entire film feels like a flawless work of art, be it the directing, acting etc. The film cemented Ray’s reputation as one of the leading filmmakers of the world. Apart from winning a lot of awards, the film continues to influence directors today.