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Gen-Z Lists Movies For Cinema Lovers In India: Yeh Toh Bas Shuruaat Hai…

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At Desi ChalChitra, what can bring us cinephiles more joy than making a list of movies for cinema lovers in India!

Movies serve us as a multi-purpose need. They at times make us groove on their “Taal” or “Udaan” into a lesser-known world, help us “Taalash” our routes, and at other times make us feel belonged with their “Kahaani”.

Why would anyone refuse such a deal? Right?

But before you speculate anything further, ‘Recommendation abhi baaki hai mere dost.’

Take a look at some of the must-watch movies for cinema lovers in India, kyunki, “Recommending movies is the most beautiful feeling in the world.”

  1. Raja Harishchandra (1913)

India’s first full-length feature film. The story is about a king known for his honesty and integrity. More than the story or the acting, watch it just for the history of filmmaking: equipment used, set design etc. The film is a study of the English Alphabet when it comes to understanding cinema. If this movie wasn’t made, we would have been lagging far behind the world cinema.

  • Duration – 44 Minutes
  • Genre – Silent / Drama
  • Directed by Dadasaheb Phalke
  • IMDb Rating – 7/10
  • Available On Sony Liv 
Raja Harishchandra (1913)

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  1. The Apu Trilogy (1955 – 1959)

Known to be one of the greatest films ever made, The Apu Trilogy encompasses three feature films: Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956), and The World of Apu (1959). The film marked the beginning of what is now known as Parallel Cinema. The film revolutionised regional as well as Indian cinema.

  • Duration – 5 hours 44 Minutes
  • Genre – Drama 
  • Directed by Satyajit Ray   
  • IMDb Rating – 8/10
  • Available On Amazon Prime  
The Apu Trilogy (1955 - 1959)
  1. Mother India (1957)

India’s first official entry to Oscars, Mother India, gave us the confidence to battle the world cinema. Female representation and portrayal of a strong mother set the template for upcoming movies. The film had swept all the awards hosted in the country. 

  • Duration- 2 hours 53 Minutes
  • Genre – Drama / Musical 
  • Directed by Mehboob Khan    
  • IMDb Rating – 8.1/10
  • Available On Amazon Prime
Mother India (1957)
  1. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

A movie everyone should watch before they die, and if you haven’t and are still alive, you certainly have been living under the rock! If this cult romantic film would ever have been released in today’s time, it would have accomplished a business of 1500 crore in the country itself! Such was (and is still) the craze of this movie.

  • Duration- 3 hours 18 Minutes
  • Genre – Romantic / Action  
  • Directed by K Asif   
  • IMDb Rating – 8.2/10
  • Available On Amazon Prime
Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

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  1. Sholay (1975)

The theatres went empty for a week, and the film was outright rejected by the critics–“Par ye toh baarish se pehle ki khamoshi thi…” Sippy’s Sholay has every element that a Bollywood biggie compels: action, comedy, sentiments, revenge, romance, drama. Even after 46 years of its release, we haven’t found another Sholay yet!

  • Duration- 3 hours 44 Minutes
  • Genre – Action / Comedy 
  • Directed by Ramesh Sippy    
  • IMDb Rating – 8.2/10
  • Available On Amazon Prime
Sholay (1975)

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  1. Salaam Bombay (1988)

A very raw and reality-based film directed by Mira Nair, the film is about kids living in the streets of Mumbai (then Bombay). The movie bagged several recognition and accolades, including India’s official entry to Oscars for Best Foreign Film.

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  • Duration- 1 hour 54 Minutes
  • Genre – Drama / Crime 
  • Directed by Mira Nair     
  • IMDb Rating – 8/10
  • Available On Amazon Prime
Salaam Bombay (1988)

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  1. Bandit Queen (1994)

This one was banned from fetching a theatrical release in the cinema. It is a biopic of Phoolan Devi. The movie directed by Shekhar Kapur is powerful and has scenes that can give you goosebumps even after 37 years of its release!

  • Duration- 1 hour 59 Minutes
  • Genre – Drama / Political 
  • Directed by Shekhar Kapur      
  • IMDb Rating – 7.6/10
  • Available On Amazon Prime
Bandit Queen (1994)

via imdb

India is the largest film producing nation. With approximately 1500 films released every year. The roots of this film industry go back before independence. Movies in India have seen their own time for development. They learnt to speak, added flavours and colours in them, established a fantasy world of their own and a lot more yet to witness.

Cinema has come a long way in its journey of providing gems like in our list of must-watch movies for cinema lovers in India. Make sure you watch all the films cited in the list before calling yourself a cinema lover!

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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