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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 feature Sabu Cyril, one of India's most respected art directors. His latest film to hit the screens is Shankar's Anniyan.

"I am not a film buff at all," he confessed to Shobha Warrier. "I don't watch all the films released in India. So I will not call my list a list of India's best films. It's a list of the best films I have seen, the films that have stayed in my memory. I saw almost all these films when I was not a technician."

Check out what our top moviemakers say about India's Best Films





Thulabharam

I saw this Malayalam film when I was very young, but it still stays in my mind because of the way poverty was depicted. It touched me so much that even after ten years, I felt bad about the people who suffered in the film.

Director: A Vincent





Nayakan

I was in college when I watched this great Tamil film. I liked its technical excellence and look.

Director: Mani Ratnam






Pushpak

If I ever make a film, I want to make it like this silent movie. It could hold the attention of viewers without any dialogues. It was brilliant.

Director: Singeetham Srinivasa Rao





Mouna Ragam

I like the way the story unfolded, its narration. I find this Tamil screenplay perfect.

Director: Mani Ratnam





Raaja Paarvai

One of my favourite films. I found it visually very appealing because of the work of Thotta Tharani, the art director. It was his first film. I like the aesthetic look and the way Thotta Tharani created Kamal's house. Kamal acted as a blind man, and it was an out and out Kamal film. This Tamil film changed my life.

Director: Singeetham Srinivasa Rao





Ormakkayi

I liked the way Bharatan narrated the story. The Malayalam film starts with the heroine's release from jail, and the story unfolds. The title was very apt. The story touched me a lot.

Director: Bharatan





Oru Minnaminuginte Nurungu Vettam

This Malayalam film is about two lonely, retired school teachers played superbly by Nedumudi Venu and Sharada, and how their lives change with the arrival of a young girl. By this time, I had started appreciating films in a different way. It is amazing to see how the director made a film from a very thin thread. A wonderful film.

Director: Bharatan





1942: A Love Story

Aesthetically and art direction wise, a very good Hindi film. I like the way the songs were shot.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra





Netrikkan

A typical commercial film. Rajnikanth has a double role, that of father and son. He has done an excellent job. I didn't expect him to act so well.

Director: S P Muthuraman





36 Chowringhee Lane

As good as any international English film. After I saw Black, I was reminded of 36 Chowringhee Lane, and felt the latter was more apt for the situation and surroundings. I love it.

Director: Aparna Sen


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Number of User Comments: 11




Sub: A good ten movies but still need some improvement.

Good work sabu cyril, atleast i could find one indian to represent south indian movies as well, to Mr.Rakesh who gave his comments, i would ...


Posted by vinod





Sub: Pushpak is one of the best films

I do not know why so many days we did not think about the silent movie "Pushpak". Now we are telling since somebody selected it ...


Posted by Sarajit Mondal





Sub: Pushpak, 1942 India's Best?

Everything is fine. But it is Rajinikant's 'Netrikkann' that is sticking out like a sore thumb in this otherwise fine selection. Rajini has performed much ...


Posted by Thobey Srinivasan





Sub: What the ........!!

Hey Mr. Cyril! Get out of your well in South India and look around! You'll find a whole new world of Indian cinema around. It's ...


Posted by Rakesh





Sub: Nice !

Evethough u didn't see so many films ,ur selection is really nice . All de best & waiting for ur coming works Sithu Wayanad Kerala ...


Posted by Sithu




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