Bollywood is one of the biggest in the Indian Cinema industry and in this article I am going to walk you through the 8 Bollywood Films you should not miss – not the typical masala movies that get released in bunches every year. The films featured in the list are definitely the best in their own terms during the corresponding periods in which they got released. To be honest, there is no scarcity for quality movies in Bollywood, but it’s just the fact that they are overshadowed by the promotional gimmicks by the commercial films.
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Sholay belongs to the list of mega-hit movies of all time. No doubt that this iconic movie ran for many years in theatres continuously. During 2014, this film got re-released in 3D version again. The characters played in this movie are still in mind even after decades. The story revolves around two ex-convicts hired by a retired police-officer who helps him nab the dacoit and kill him finally. In nutshell, it is a complete family entertainer.
Year of Release – 1975
Director : Ramesh Sippy Music : R D Burman
Leading Cast : Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Amjad Khan
2. Rang De Basanti
The story is all about young Indians who help a foreign woman to do a documentary of the past freedom fighters from India and how after acting in this documentary, it changes their emotional and mental thought process for fighting against a good cause in the present scenario. This movie bagged the national film awards, BAFTA awards and it got an entry in to Golden Globe Awards and Academy Awards even though it didn’t get nominated.
Year of Release – 2006
Director : Rakesh Omprakash Mehra Music : A R Rahman
Leading Cast : Aamir Khan, Siddarth, Soha Ali khan, Sharman Joshi, Madhavan
3. English Vinglish
This movie marked the return of Sridevi to movies after a big 15-year break giving goose bumps to her worldwide fan base. She nailed the role in it with ease. She played the role of a home-maker cum small entrepreneur who struggles to speak in English, but eventually learns it and speaks fluently in it. Many can correlate this movie with their day-to-day lives. This movie got a standing ovation in the Toronto International Film Festival.
Year of Release – 2012
Director : Gauri Shinde Music : Amit Trivedi
Leading Cast : Sridevi, Priya Anand, Adil Hussain
4. Dilwale Dulhania LeJayenge
Fondly called in short as “DDLJ” this movie is a perfect example of how all the different components – Top-star cast, perfect script, excellent chemistry and to top it all great music.- of a movie blends together to create a wonderful magic that stays in the people’s heart forever. Even after many years of release, this movie is still shown in one theatre in India daily.
Year of Release – 1995
Director : Aditya Chopra Music : Jatin Lalit
Leading Cast : Shah Rukh Khan, Amrish Puri, Kajol
5. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
This movie is all about three things for which the Indians are die-hard fans. It runs in our blood naturally. They are patriotism, cricket and finally Aamir Khan. This film is all about how a small village in the British Era wins the cricket match against the British and gets rid of the tax imposed on them. This epic movie got nominated for Oscar Awards and won many other filmfare awards as well.
Year of Release – 2001
Director : Ashutosh Gowariker Music : A R Rahman
Leading Cast : Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelly