7 Powerful Groundbreaking Indian Films

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Neecha Nagar (1946) - YouTube

Chetan Anand's film won the Best Film prize at the first ever Cannes festival, and it stands as evidence of the thought and consciousness that went into producing cinema that had something important to say.

Pather Panchali (1955) - Prime Video

Satyajit Ray's film looked inward at India's troubles and brought them out as though he were assembling a visual op-ed, suggesting that there was more to cinema than mere broad entertainment that the medium was always brushed away as being.

Mughal-e-Azam (1960) - ZEE5

K. Asif's film was fourteen years in the making, but when it finally opened, there was not one person who could have said it did not appear worth the effort. He captured the opulence of Mughal India and the heightened but complex emotions of the time with tremendous skill.

Zanjeer (1973) - YouTube

Prakash Mehra and writers Salim-Javed birthed the Angry Young Man with this film, changing forever the course of Hindi cinema and giving rise to the star of Amitabh Bachchan.

Nayakan (1987) - Prime Video

Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan produced an effort that caused people to rethink crime films as a genre and consider them as being capable of evoking as much emotion as a drama and none of the bloodlust of a celebration one often derived from such films.

Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) - Netflix

Anurag Kashyap's inter-generational crime saga became a worldwide phenomenon and unwittingly encouraged a generation of filmmakers to think outside of the narrow box of commercial cinema to produce stories rooted in the cultural fabric of India.

RRR (2022) - Netflix

Anyone who ever held the belief that no Indian film industry could produce an entertainer that wowed audiences the way a Marvel film did was forced to reconsider their words when S.S. Rajamouli delivered this epic historical fiction adventure that celebrated India and her culture with pomp and show.

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