Bollywood, often referred to as the land of Hindi Cinema, is the largest film producer in India, representing 43% of the net box office. Bollywood is also one of the biggest film industries in the world today. From monochrome to latest 3D movies, India has grown as a massive cinema loving country. The magic of 35 mm is unbelievable and kindles the feeling of nostalgia. Hats Off to Phalke, Indian film industry has come a long way. Cinema overall has grown leaps and bounds in all the departments of film making in India but let’s now see below, a list of Top 10 Hindi movies one should not miss to watch in their lifetime.
Released in the year 1975, Sholay is an Indian Hindi movie. Ramesh Sippy directed the movie under GP Sippy Company. The film is totally based on two criminals Veeru and Jai, enacted by Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan respectively. The two criminals are called upon by a retired police officer to capture the heartless dacoit, Gabbar Singh. The lady leads are Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri, who play the love interest of Veeru and Jai respectively. Sholay is recognized as an epic Indian film and is chosen as one of the best movies of Hindi cinema from India.
The movie was filmed in rocky landscape of Ramanagara in Karnataka’s southern part. It was shot over a period of two and a half years. The movie is one of the highest box office hit of all time in the Indian cinema. Never miss to watch this All Time Classic Hindi movie.
“3 Idiots” is a present day fun filled movie, which was released in the year 2009. This dramatic movie was co-written, edited and directed by Rajkumar Hirani with Vidhu Vinod Chopra handling the production department. The script was written by Abhijat Joshi. The movie was an adaption of the novel written by Chetan Bhagat. The movie stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni, and Boman Irani in the lead roles.
This movie is one of the highest earning movies in the Indian cinema history. The story is all about three friends who study together in college and their experiences narrated in an entertaining & most engaging manner.
Mother India is a Classic Hindi movie released in the year 1957. Under Mehboob Khan’s epic direction and with a stellar star cast including Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, and Raaj Kumar in the lead roles. The movie is said to be a remake of the 1940 movie Aurat directed by the same director, Mehboob Khan. The movie plot is all about the challenges faced by a poor rural woman called Radha played by Nargis, who severely struggle to bring up her son.
The movie was named Mother India to play down Katherine Mayo’s polemical novel, which was published in the year 1927, which ridiculed Indian culture and tradition.
Mother India is a soulful hindi movie, reflecting the Culture of India.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is a romantic potboiler that captured the imagination of the entire nation. Aditya Chopra’s directorial debut is considered as one of the most successful debuts in the history of Indian cinema. The film had Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles and released in the year 1995. It is a simple love story with stunning songs and plenty of drama.
The movie was filmed in three different locations namely India, London and Switzerland during September 1994 to August 1995. The movie was a huge success at the box office with earnings of over 1.06 billion rupees in India and about 160 million from international screenings. The film also received many accolades including 10 film fare awards and also the national award. It is easily one of India’s most memorable & watched films of Shahrukh Khan, The King of Bollywood.
Lagaan is an ultra classic Indian film, set in the backdrop of Colonial British India. Ashutosh Gowariker has directed and scripted the movie. The movie had Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh playing the lead roles.
The story focuses on a remote village where the natives are tired of paying huge taxes levied on them by the British and struggle to find a solution. An arrogant tax official finally challenges them to win a Cricket match to get a full tax waiver. It is one of those enjoyable films laced with stellar star cast, music and performance. The Music was scored by A.R. Rahman, who went on to win two Academy awards later for the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” in the year 2009.
A sensible movie made with some typical cinematic clichés but watch it for pure solid entertainment.
Mughal E Azam
Mughal E Azam was filmed by K Asif under Shapoorji Pallonji Production. The movie showcases the romantic relationship between Mughal Prince, Salim, and Anarkali, a beautiful ill-fated dancer. Salim’s father disagrees to this relationship. Whether they later unite or not is the main theme of the movie.
The movie had Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, and Durga Khote in the lead roles.
This movie faced a lot of production disruptions due to financial glitches. With 12 songs and a highly expensive budget, this movie is a rare gem in the crown of Hindi cinema history.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Considered to be an iconic comedy film starring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta in the lead roles. It is a simple story of how two friends attempt to start a photo-studio, problems they face because of corruption, and how they manage to find their way out, narrated through brilliant screenplay and comic plots.
Kundan Shah(Director) was awarded the Indira Gandhi Award for the best first film in the year 1984. This movie also holds a special pride in being ranked in the Top 25 movies to watch in Bollywood by Indiatimes.
It is a path breaking Hindi film for all the right reasons.
Gangs of Wasseypur
Gangs of Wasseypur(Hindi) released in the year 2012. This movie was co-written, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap.This movie brings into focus the dark underworld of coal mafia prevalent in Dhanbad and the underlying political turmoil. The story of the movie is set in the time period 1940-2000.
This movie had a sequel and this movie featured in Cannes International film festival. The star cast included Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the lead roles. In spite of not casting big actors, this movie was a huge roaring hit.
OMG:Oh my God!
Released in the year 2012, OMG is a comical genre film with drama content. This movie is set to have been inspired by “The man who sued God”, an Australian movie which released in the year 2001. Under Umesh Shukla’s direction, the movie featured Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles characters and Mithun Chakraborty playing a very important character in this movie.
OMG movie focuses on a shop owner who registers a complaint against God when it was destroyed during the earthquake. He asserts that as the earth quake is considered to be an act of nature and the insurance companies deny compensating him, argues that God must pay for the loss he suffered. Finally, he succeeds in the case. It is an extremely funny, sensible and entertaining movie to watch.
Anurag Basu directed “Barfi” is a movie set in the 70’s. The film follows the life of Murphy “Barfi” Johnson and the way he bonds with two women namely Shruti and Jhimil. Barfi is a dumb and deaf boy who is a Nepali hailing from Darjeeling and the relationship shared with two autistic women is shown in a convincing manner. Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi), Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles, and Ileana D’Cruz along with supporting star cast by Saurabh Shukla, Ashish Vidyarthi, Jisshu Sengupta and Roopa Ganguly.
This movie released in the year 2012 and received critical acclaim. The movie was a huge hit in the box office and it grossed over 1.75 billion rupees.
Watch this movie for some fine acting performances from all the actors, be it small or big.