Of course, Indian cinema is one of the oldest ones, and as per the latest cinema news, it is the largest in terms of output; still, its evolution is small. Compared to the Western or Hollywood, the impression they have regarding Indian cinema is impenetrable and daunting.
But things are changing a bit in the current trend. American and world cinema movie buffs can easily explore and experience the best Indian cinema, especially the massive Hindi language market present in Mumbai, called Bollywood.
Currently, the centennial of Indian cinema is observed this year. This is due to the 1913 feature-length movie 'Raja Harishchandra' that is the adaptation of an old Sanskrit play. Right here, a rich cinematic tradition has started that leads to Indian cinemas being recognized. Their recognition is for the global commercial appeal they have.
Another reason for this is the political influences that lead to the emergence of the Indian film industry. But there has been the role of Indian filmmakers too that helped in evolving into the direct and discrete parallel to the Western counterparts.
Here the golden age of production was somewhat concurrent. This was followed by the new waves in Europe and the emergence of blockbusters somewhere in the 1970s that coincided with the time they took to establish some of America's best movies.
However, in the 21st century, Indian movies have started to follow American and European cinemas' methodologies, where there would be fewer songs, less running times, etc. The whole content would be the same and more engaging which makes the Indian cinema more entertaining
Ten Popular Cinema Movies In India
As per the latest cinema news, the following are some of the major cinema movies produced and created in India –
1) Alam Ara (1931)
The starting point of the song-and-dance cinematic experience in India started with the film Alam Ara. This was directed by Ardeshir Irani and is considered the first talkie (along with being musical) of Indian cinema. As per various cinema news, this starred Zubeida and Prithviraj Kapoor.
2) Apur Sansar (1959)
According to some of the best cinema news, this ranks number 42 in the 1982 Sight And Sound critics poll. Being the final movie of Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, this movie was based on the 1932 Bengali novel. Basically, the movie like in the book focused on Appu's adult life and is considered the best film.
3) Pather Panchali (1955)
No doubt, Satyajit Ray's Bengali drama changed the whole Indian cinema and even the regional ones. This movie was hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time and a trendsetter in Indian cinema. It received even international recognition too.
4) Awara (1951)
Considered as the finest and best films of Raj Kapoor, this is the Indian cinema's greatest exports as per various cinema news. People in Russia, China, and Turkey simply adore this movie.
5) Nayakan (1987)
The classic Tamil movie has been featured on Time Magazine's All-Time 100 list. The crime drama was based on the real-life story of the underworld don in Mumbai called Varadarajan Mudaliar. In the movie, it depicts the basic and hard struggles of South Indians living in Bombay.
6) 3 Idiots (2009)
Currently, this Bollywood movie ranks number 113 on IMDB's top 250 movies of all time. This movie stars the perfectionist Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and is a coming-of-age comedy-drama. It made waves at the time of its release for an unconventional and offbeat theme.
7) Lagaan (2011)
According to various cinema news, this is ranked number 250 on IMDB's top movies of the world. This starts the Bollywood icon Aamir Khan again, and he played the role that immortalized both the game of cricket and the British Hind accent in Indian movies.
Ranked at number 6 on IMDB's highest rating crime film, this is a Malayalam thriller film directed by Jeethu Joseph. Here, the movie follows the story of a family that opts for desperate measures to save themselves from the law's clutches, especially from the inspector general of police.
9) Charulatha (1964)
The premium cinema news ranks this as number 56 in the 1982 Sight and Sound Critics poll. This is a Bengali movie directed by Satyajit Ray and stars Madhabi Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee. It follows a wealthy housewife's life and story residing in a secluded area in Kolkata in the 1870s.
10) Mother India (1957)
This is one of the epic movies of Mehboob Khan and is the first movie to be nominated for an Academy Award for the best foreign-language film category. Here the cinema sets a template for the portrayal of mothers in the coming decades.