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 Malayalam superstar Mohanlal.
When Shobha Warrier asked the National Award-winning actor to list his 10 best Indian films, he was apologetic.
"Unlike the great filmmakers, I don't see all the films India produces," he said. "Very good films are being made in Bengali, Kannada and other languages but I don't get a chance to watch them. I don't go to festivals. The only festival I attended in my life was Cannes where I went with the film that I produced."
"It is unfair on my part to list India's best films. Instead, let me tell you the films I have seen which is mainly restricted to Malayalam films. I feel I should not comment on Satyajit Ray's films. I am too small an actor. My list is not an elitist list one but a layman actor's list."
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