Time magazine has announced its list of the 100 greatest films ever.
The selection spans many a country, era, and cinematic genre. Five Indian films made the list.
Here they are, listed chronologically:
1. Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali (1955)
Translated as Ballad Of The Road, Ray's debut film is considered one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces.
Based on a classic Bengali novel by Bibhutibhushan Banerjee, the story revolves around a rural Indian family. The central characters are the daughter of the house, Durga, and a wizened aunt, Indir Thakrun. That is, till Apu is born.
Apu brings exultation to the film, his every screen moment bursting with life. But his joyous adventures don't last. The aged aunt passes away, and, one stormy day, Durga too dies.
The devastated family decides to make a fresh start. The film closes with the husband, wife, and Apu leaving their village in a bullock cart.
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