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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, rediff.com decided to ask Indian filmmakers, artistes, technicians and critics what they felt were the best Indian films of all time.
Today, we speak to Amol Palekar, unforgettable 1970s leading man and critically acclaimed director, whose Paheli, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji, releases June 24.
"I have a simple yardstick to measure the movies worthy for this list," he explains to Raja Sen. "Each of them is a landmark film and has opened up a new avenue, and given us a new idiom in filmmaking."
"I have also consciously avoided any films that I am associated with, so that the objectivity of the selection is not questioned."
Check out what our top moviemakers say about India's Best Films
Cast: Vishnupant Pagnis, Gauri
Directors: Vishnupant Govind Damle, Sheikh Fattelal
Cast: Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Prithviraj Kapoor, Durga Khote
Director: K Asif
Kaagaz Ke Phool
Cast: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt
Director: Guru Dutt
Cast: Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan
Director: Ramesh Sippy
Cast: Balraj Sahni, Farooque Shaikh, Jalal Agha, Gita Kak
Director: M S Sathyu
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Pankaj Kapur, Om Puri, Satish Shah
Director: Kundan Shah
Cast: Smita Patil, Girish Karnad, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah
Director: Shyam Benegal
Cast: Subir Banerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Chunibala Devi
Director: Satyajit Ray
Meghe Dhaka Tara
Cast: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Niranjan Ray
Director: Ritwik Ghatak
Cast: Charu Haasan
Director: Girish Kasaravalli