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Sholay, 1975

Directed by Ramesh Sippy Imagine a movie about which we felt in synthesis what we feel separately for Citizen Kane, Star Wars, The Usual Suspects, and The Princess Bride. This movie is, for Indians, Sholay. It is the Bollywood classic, … Continue reading

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Mother India, 1957

Directed, story, and screenplay by Mehboob Khan Mother India was the first (and only one of two) Bollywood movies to be nominated for a Foreign Film Oscar, and it is well-deserving of such. Nargis starred as Radha, the mother of … Continue reading

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Lagaan, 2001

Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker This is the most recent (as in when it was produced) Bollywood I’ve seen, and I am wary of watching anything more recent. It’s very obvious that something is changing in Bollywood just from seeing Dil … Continue reading

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Taal, 1999

Directed by Subhash Ghai This was the first Bollywood movie I saw. The plot is one of the dumbest, but not in a typical rom-com fashion like in Dil to Pagal Hai—it just goes on forever, following its silly little … Continue reading

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Dil to Pagal Hai, 1997

Directed and co-screenplay by Yash Chopra This movie doesn’t even feel like a Bollywood movie to me, except in its use of the ideas of fate and the gods determining love. Otherwise, the plot is cooked from the same fluffy, … Continue reading

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Hum Aapke Hain Koun, 1994

Directed and screenplay by Sooraj Barjatya This is my favorite Bollywood movie and one of my favorite movies in general (there’s my bias). The film was criticized at the time of release for not having a plot—for being merely a … Continue reading

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Khalnayak, 1993

Directed and story by Subhash Ghai. The title and the title song tell you the main thrust: The word “khalnayak” is villain, but within the villain there is always a hero—“nayak.” Two members of the police force are close to … Continue reading

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