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, rediff.com decided to ask Indian filmmakers, artistes, technicians and critics what they felt were the best Indian films of all time.
Today, we feature film historian Theodore Bhaskaran.
Bhaskaran told Shobha Warrier: "Many Western film critics and film historians do not have an idea of the complexity of Indian cinema. There is no such thing as Indian cinema; you have Bengali cinema, you have Malayalam cinema, you have Tamil cinema, you have Hindi cinema just as you have French cinema, Spanish cinema, Italian cinema and English cinema. You can't talk about something called European cinema. Indian cinema is like that."
"Though it is very difficult to choose 10 best films, this is my list of 10 all time best Indian films. It is a neck to neck race. The films I have chosen are rooted in the soil, whether it is Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam or Tamil. These films are typically Indian," he said.
Vipul Shah's list | Subhash Ghai's list | Time magazine's selection