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Recently, Time magazine announced its list of the 100 greatest films of all time, and the eclectic selection includes five Indian films.

While none would question the brilliance of the selected Indian classics like Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, Guru Dutt's Pyaasa and Mani Ratnam's Nayakan, decided to ask Indian filmmakers, artistes, technicians and critics what they felt were the best Indian films of all time.

Today, we feature director Vipul Shah, director of Aankhen [Images] and Waqt: The Race Against Time.

Shah believes limiting it to ten films is virtually impossible.

Subhash Ghai's list
Time magazine's selection

Do Bigha Zameen [Images]


Director: Bimal Roy
Cast: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy

Pather Panchali


Director: Satyajit Ray
Cast: Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi, Uma Dasgupta

Mother India


Director: Mehboob Khan
Cast: Nargis [Images], Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar

Kaagaz Ke Phool


Director: Guru Dutt
Cast: Waheeda Rehman [Images], Guru Dutt



Director: K Asif
Cast: Dilip Kumar [Images], Madhubala, Prithviraj Kapoor, Durga Khote

Meghe Dhaka Tara


Director: Ritwik Ghatak
Cast: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Niranjan Ray



Director: Vijay Anand
Cast: Dev Anand [Images], Waheeda Rehman



Director: Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram
Cast: Shreeram Lagoo, Sandhya

Sholay [Images]


Director: Ramesh Sippy
Cast: Dharmendra [Images], Amitabh Bachchan [Images], Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini [Images]

Lagaan [Images]


Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Cast: Aamir Khan [Images], Gracy Singh [Images], Rachel Shelley

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Number of User Comments: 29

Sub: only old movies

It is very unfair to list only one movie after 1975. In fact I have seen only two of them(sholay and guide) out of that ...

Posted by nabachandra

Sub: My Take

Well 1st of all, there's Art and there's the popular entertainment genre. Any person who is well read and aware of "indian" cinema will know ...

Posted by Rahul

Sub: My Ten

1. The Apu Trilogy (Simply the best) 2. Pushpak (This is comedy at its peak) 3. Charulata (An overall masterpiece, not forget the swing shot) ...

Posted by Subhojit

Sub: taal in the list?

well wat can one say abt mr. ghai's selection..seems he stays in a world of oblivion..he has created a travesty of sorts by not including ...

Posted by shounak

Sub: Hello!What about Marathi films?

Yes its truely unfair naming only Hindi films in list.I agree south Indian films should also make up the list.But what about Marathi Films??No one's ...

Posted by Raajiv21


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