7 Indian Films That Gained Popularity Globally

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Pather Panchali (1955)

The film that established Satyajit Ray as a voice on the global stage, the film followed an impoverished family's struggle against the elements in hinterland India.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Aditya Chopra's romance starring Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan established the NRI film as a force to reckon with, gaining immense popularity with Indians abroad just as it did domestically.

Om Shanti Om (2007)

Farah Khan presented two Shah Rukh Khans and introduced Deepika Padukone to the world in this rebirth saga that unabashedly owned its love for all things 70s and 80s Bollywood was about, and that translated to love from cinephiles everywhere.

3 Idiots (2009)

Rajkumar Hirani's takedown of the engineering college obsession in India found takers worldwide, the message of the film resonating across cultures.

The Lunchbox (2013)

Ritesh Batra directed this heartwarming drama about a middle-aged accountant and a young homemaker who bond over food and letters, a conceit that crossed the seas to great response.

Andhadhun (2018)

The proverbial black sheep is Sriram Raghavan's caper, a surprise hit in India and even more so internationally, where it more than doubled its domestic collection and became the kind of talking point the filmmaker had not yet produced.

RRR (2022)

The S.S. Rajamouli historical adventure epic starring NTR Jr. and Ram Charan broke through into overseas markets big time for the scale of production and the sheer entertainment it provided.

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