Movies are magic. We realize that moviegoers are as passionate as we are if the enthusiastic response is anything to go by. After considering the suggestions we had received, we have added more movies after our first movies list. And have added more movies on the list.
We have a list of 10 movies chosen by critics. As well as, we have a list of top 9 movies list by popular demand. Without wasting much time, we present the critic‘s list first. And you can share your favorite movies list on Sharehiss as well.
Movies: Top 10 list of movies by critics
- Devdas (2002)
The first movie that makes the cut has to be the story of Devdas. Of all the old movies, this is one story which every Indian knows. This classic tale was retold as many times in every Indian language.
Not many people know about this. But we have a very well appreciated Bimal Roy version starring Dilip Kumar. So, Bhansali is not the first person to make Devdas in Hindi. And wonder why Indians are so hang-up on this tale? Well, as noted director Anurag Kashyap (who also made his own version of Devdas as ‘Dev D’ in 2009) reasoned that Indians love self-pity as they’ve mastered this act all along.
Yes, he’s got a point here. We tend to blame everything around and then ourselves the moment something goes wrong, instead of taking corrective measures. Coming to Bhansali’s version, we believe it was not completely a flawless version.
In pursuit of the grand sets, dances, songs and jewellery something was missing; was it the soul? The pain of Devdas? Maybe. However, we can’t overlook the sheer passion that Bhansali has for movies. This magic no other director could recreate yet.
Here comes one of the most beautiful movies of the decade. It’s about the beauty of fairy tales which is captivating. It was romantic to the core though it was not classified as a romantic movie and the ghost could give run for their money for each other Romeo living or dead.
Paheli has this ingenious poetic touch which adds to the charm of the movie. The beauty of Rajasthan was captured stunningly in this movie with breathtaking visuals and one-of-its-kind music. The music was one of the best ever and the national award winning song ‘Dheerejalna..’ could easily win the best song of the decade title.
It was one of those magical movies where direction, screenplay and good story are coupled with stunning aesthetics. In short, Paheli is one of the finest work of art and you will instantly fall for the overall charm of the ghost and the movie.
Above all, lachi is this beautiful girl who wasn’t afraid of accepting a ghost as a lover in place of her husband who had no interest in her.
Johny Gaddar (2007)
JohnyGaddar is a perfect noir film which is greatly inspired by the thrillers made by Vijay Anand and the novels of James Hadley Chase. Flawless is the first word comes to our mind.
If there’s one recent movie which paid tribute the genre ‘thriller’ then it has to be all of the way, JohnyGaddar. The way the story proceeds is a real pleasure and you would say ‘wah..’ for the fast paced screenplay that’s so engrossing from the word go.
Dev Anand’s movie ‘Johny Mera Naam’ inspired Sriram Raghavan and the title deserves a huge round of applause for giving a noir film which surpasses even Hollywood standards. It’s an original work at the same time and it deserves our special mention.
A Wednesday (2008)
Here comes a movie with a story which nobody could imagine in their wildest dreams. The suspense of this movie was well executed and it was like an incomparable experience. We’ve seen many movies on terrorists and it wasn’t that hard to imagine where the story is heading; most of the time.
A Wednesday was a revelation; a bright talent like Neeraj came and changed the entire grammar of filmmaking. Yes, thecommon man isn’t a fool and terrorists who bring Mumbai under the chilling moments every now and then should realize this, sooner or later, for their own good.
The message is delivered and how powerfully!! A couple of the most talented actors of Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher and Bollywood came face to face and it was difficult to judge who outdone whom. However, we assume it must be Anupam Kher given he has a slight edge over Naseeruddin Shah in the movie; well Anupam needed to underplay most of the time.
Now, Aamir is yet another movie based on Mumbai and terrorism city. In one word it would be described by us as ‘Intense’. It is a whirlwind journey of a man namely Dr. Aamir Ali, who just returned to Mumbai from UK.
He is in the hands of Islamic extremists and they want to carry out a bomb blast in the city with the help of Aamir and for this Aamir’s family has been kidnapped by them. He’s got to make a choice where he meets alarge percentage of theMuslim population, and he is been taken to the poverty ridden streets of Mumbai.
Rajkumar Gupta entered the Bollywood scene with his directorial abilities that were strong and only a good director can pull off such a one line story entirely on the shoulder of a taught screenplay.
Aamir’s difficult journey becomes as we are on the edge of the seat to see what happens next audiences. It’s a hell of a ride with that red bag and you will never forget it. And that is the biggest cinematic achievement of Aamir.
Munnabhai MBBS (2003)
Good movies are those that make you think. And movies are all about how much they can influence you positively. Munnabhai does that effortlessly while providing entertainment that is extremely fun.
Recently, on Koffee With Karan featuring Sanjay Dutt, a group of MBBS students from a Mumbai medical college spoke about the movie in an emotional tone. They were saying how much this movie inspired them to use it for good and to join this profession.
That is the moment the makers should realize how much a goon could teach the people from many walks of life to love each other. It taught in simple words a simple hug can melt even the biggest problems in the life of someones. Stop running after money, its love which is the cure to all of the problems we have and it’s free of coast.
Even Mahatma Gandhi realized that Munnabhai and Circuit are doing what he had left half done. Did Rajkumar Hirani ever realize he’s giving birth to two of the most iconic characters ever on Indian celluloid? And can we ever stop loving them?
Lagaan is undoubtedly one of the best movies on celluloid. And it is Bollywood’s most prized possession. It has achieved classic status in a brief time span itself. Here is a movie which is perfect in every sense and you would wonder if there is another Lagaan possible in another 100 years.
Lagaan is an epic. The grandeur and the scale with which Ashutosh Gowarikar portrayed the plight of the farmers in a village, in the British occupied India, is commendable. The story was a revelation; about the power of goodness and humanity.
It speaks volumes about the collective human spirit and the movie proves that you can move mountains with thehuman spirit that is united. It was a flawless movie and the every aspect of the movie stood shining, be it the authentic sets, costumes by Oscar-winning Bhanu Athaiya.
Music by another Oscar winner A R Rahman, story, screenplay, dialogues, acting (especially, large number of supporting characters), cinematography, choreography and above all Ashutosh Gowarikar’s taut direction.
It is as if many factors came together by magic. And you will see just brilliance on every frame. It is truly one of the best movies of our time.
Here comes the most beautiful, feel-good film of the decade. Yes, it is extremely hard not to fall in love with this particular movie. This movie will leave you thinking and at the same time make you smile.
You’ll secretly end up hoping that you would settle for this type of small village where you will be able to smell the soil and feel secure at home.
- DilChahta Hai (2001)
DilChahta Hai will remain as one landmark film as far as new age movies are concerned. The east-meets-west phenomenon in the cities was hard to neglect after a point and ‘DilChahta Hai’ came at the right juncture.
There needed to be a new kind of movie which looks into the new age sensibilities which are largely veering towards western culture. The kind of male bonding we saw in Sholay was recreated in DilChahta Hai.
Keeping the youth in mind of today like, they are into speed dating or weekend getaways in Goa. Their lives and three friends were captured in a fashion that was really mature and Farhan Akhtar deserves a huge applause for the sensitive, fun treatment of the subject.
Koi Mil Gaya (2003)
Given Bollywood is not that technically advanced compared to the west, a superhero movie was a distant dream. Rakesh Roshan, the man, brought something which was really commendable considering the shoe string budgets we’ve and took this challenge.
It is an Indian adaptation of Speilberg’s ET. And Rakesh Roshan has given his level best to give us a bankable superhero in the form of Rohit (Hrithik). The character of the otherwise ridiculed Hrithik is given a new lease of life with extra powers by an extraterrestrial living object namely ‘Jadoo’ in the movie.
The relation between Jadoo and Hrithik’s character is heartwarming. And the special effects were great.
Movies: Top 9 movies list based on popular demand
- Rang De Basanti (2006)
In the wake of new age movies, Mehra came up with a taut script which was unusual and captivating. The power which comes with the awakening of agroup of people is magnanimous and Mehrashowed it in its full glory. He draws parallels between the freedom fight movements and anti-corruption movements. For the effective execution of the theme, he took the help of few aimless young men who were confused and irresponsible in their life.
- TaareZameen Par (2007)
TaareZameen Par saw Aamir Khan on the director’s seat for the first time and he proved himself that he is a director who is very sensitive. As this feat, could be achieved only by an accomplished director. One who is directing a movie with a child actor as the main protagonist? As mentioned, this is not an easy feat. It required focus and patience. And in addition to it, the movie dealt with the troubles of a dyslexic kid great restraint from the director to present it with sensitivity and at the same time done away with being overly touchy.
Darsheel Safari became the favorite kid of the nation post the release; a superstar in his own right. It was heart-wrenching to see him going through so much inner turmoil in not too many and such a tender age could hold their tears while watching Shankar Mahadevan’s National Award winning song ‘Maa‘.
The questions he asked through that song made all of the eyes moist in the theatre. The movie also made a strong statement about the educational system of today that is all about the grading and the unbearable pressure.
Jab We Met (2007)
Can Bollywood ever stop making those highly romantic movies for which the industry has been known for a long time? We love to fall in love with the quintessential hero and heroine of Bollywood romantic movies.
We want to sing and dance with them and that feeling never changes. Jab We Met is the only typical romantic movie on the list and clearly, defines romance we have seen in the last decade. Indians constantly face the east versus west conflicts, especially the youth in the cities.
On one hand Speed-dating and live in are celebrated. On the other hand we’re not yet ready to leave our tender Indian values and yet relationships are catching on fast. Family, parents and every other age-oldsymbol are dear to us.
Here comes, Imtiaz Ali, the master storyteller who is able to speak non-stop about heart and its little dilemmas for hours, of course after Yash Chopra. He creates an iconic character like Geet who is able to keep you glued to your seat with her inimitable charm and purity.
Movies that made us fell in love: More on Jab we met
It was a time when we thought filmmakers stopped writing beautiful roles for a female actor and a girl who we all have been waiting for was fleshed out by Imtiaz. The typical boy-meets-girl story has its heart set at the right place.
Shahid Kapoor gave ample support in his difficult role which is, in fact, one of his career bests, though it was an out and out Kareena film. It’s not that easy job to stay in the background doing nothing but listening to non-stop Geet.
He had to show that he’s recovering from the past wounds and at the same time hopelessly falling in love with Kareena. The soft-spoken Aditya and chatter box Geet are both extremely like-able. And the audience loves every bit of their interaction. This also has rekindled our faith in love stories all over again.
The following list provides a selection of Bollywood films perfect for all those unfamiliar with Hindi cinema. After watching a few, you may find that a whole new world of filmmaking has opened up to you.
The title translates to “Politics,” so you can expect plenty of intrigue and double-dealing in this Bollywood thriller. Politicians charged with rape are assassinated and forced to choose between power and love. This is an epic tale of greed and ambition starring Nana Patekar and Ajay Devgn.
My Name is Khan (2010)
The movie follows the efforts of autistic Rizwan Khan (Shahrukh Khan) to meet the President of the United States. And utter the following phrase “My name is Khan, and I’m not a terrorist.” And along the way, he informs the FBI of possible terrorist activity assists hurricane survivors. Then, he tries to win back the love of his wife.
3 Idiots (2009)
3 Idiots is one of the most delightful movies ever. It is a wacky comedy about three engineering students who chafe under their school’s strict rules. And based on Five Point Someone that is the best-selling novel from Chetan Bhagat.
- Luck (2009)
Sanjay Dutt stars as a gambler who recruits “lucky” people to participate in his new reality show. What the contestants do not realize is that losing means paying with your life. People who take part include a serial killer, a soldier, and a 16-year-old. But despite the grim subject matter, the filmmakers still find a way to work in some musical numbers.
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)
Ranbir Kapoor shows off his comedic talents as Rocket Singh, a master salesman who decides to start his own company. Oddly enough, he starts it within his own company, using an elaborate series of cons to staying one step ahead of upper management. Rising star ShazahnPadamsee makes her big-screen debut.
- Jodhaa Akbar (2007)
Jodhaa Akbar is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and is set in the 16th century. This lavish romance centers on an arranged marriage between two different Indian cultures and religions. However, despite the long odds, a real romance begins to blossom between the couple played by Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan.
This epic includes huge battles, musical numbers, romance, betrayal, and well-choreographed dance routines. The epitome of what Bollywood cinema is really all about.