One of the world’s largest film producing countries, Indian cinema has given us thousands of films in over a dozen languages. Among them, Hindi cinema has made its mark on worldwide cinema as the prodigious film industry of Bollywood. Bollywood’s all-time greatest artists have continued to churn out countless masterpieces over the decades, from legendary epics to the extravagantly glamourous. The masterpieces are Bollywood at its best. These are the classics –
Mother India (1957)
This list wouldn’t be complete without India’s first nominee for an Academy Award. This Mehboob Khan epic set the template for the portrayal of mothers in Bollywood for the coming decades.
Taking more than 10 years to complete, K. Asif’s extraordinary vision came to life in this extravagant epic. The scene with the spectacular dance in the hall of mirrors goes down in cinematic history.
This Ramesh Sippy film is the underdog of Bollywood classics. It took its time to become a cult classic, but it has everything Bollywood is symbolic of—action, drama, romance, comedy and chart-busting music.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
The 80s gave us some of the best parallel cinema films. This Kundan Shah comedy is one of them. It is made brilliantly entertaining through razor-sharp writing with its social commentary and black humour.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
The embodiment of Bollywood cinema, this film, with its memorable scenes and iconic soundtrack, catapulted superstar Shah Rukh Khan and young director Aditya Chopra into becoming pillars of Bollywood culture.