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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, decided to ask Indian filmmakers, artistes, technicians and critics what they felt were the best Indian films of all time.

Today, we speak to star cinematographer Ravi Chandran (Dil Chahta Hai, Koi... Mil Gaya, Black)

"I have made the list from the films I have seen," he told Shobha Warrier.

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


A landmark for photography, set design, music and brilliant performances. It has used minimal dialogues with great effect.

Director: Satyajit Ray

Pather Panchali

With it a great filmmaker like Satyajit Ray and a great cinematographer like Subroto Mitra were born.

Director: Satyajit Ray

Meghe Dhaka Tara

I like its complex use of sound and artistic use of melodrama. Ritwik Ghatak is a pioneer in filmmaking.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak


The best commercial film Indian cinema has produced.

Director: Ramesh Sippy


I like it for V K Murthy's photography, music and lyrics. Guru Dutt's song picturisation has become a guide for all filmmakers.

Director: Guru Dutt


It shows deep understanding of feudalism in Kerala. Adoor is a master in story telling.

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan


It put Tamil cinema on the world map.

Director: Mani Ratnam

16 Vayathinile

It shows true village life in the most original cinematic way. The most original Tamil film. Bharati Raja's style is unique and original.

Director: Bharati Raja


A deep rooted journey through a young poet's mind. Aravindan composed the music first and then matched it with visuals. Very poetically shot by Shaji N Karun. One of the most memorable Malayalam films.

Director: G Aravindan


I chose it because it is Mughal-e-Azam!

Director: K Asif

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Number of User Comments: 4

Sub: forgot something

liked ur top indian list bt at the same time u have forgotton the films like GUIDE DO BEGAH ZAMEEN LAGAAN wuth regards nitin ...

Posted by nitin

Sub: More representative

While masters like Ram Gopal Varma and Adoor chose lists either for sensation or pretention, this seems to me a more representative list. It might ...

Posted by Bragadeesh Srinivasan

Sub: india

come on there are lots of movies in all languages, should consider that before you show a monopoly in only hindi.

Posted by bob

Sub: Mother India

I am a surprised to not find Mother India in the List.

Posted by Master Raju


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