Films That Capture the Charm Of India

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Shree 420 (1954)

Nehruvian socialism and the hopes of a young independent nation are on display in the Raj Kapoor-Nargis-starrer that captures the idealism of 50s India.

Party (1984)

Govind Nihalani used the confines of a dinner party to depict contrasting ideas of a nation and a society within a small, focussed group of people who are very familiar with one another.

Dil Se (1998)

The Mani Ratnam film captured the anxieties, troubles, and beauty of India fifty years after independence, using contrasting ideas and thoughts to create a lethal cocktail of a romance.

Swades (2004)

Ashutosh Gowariker paused to take a look at all that is beautiful about India and also at what about it is difficult through the eyes of an NRI who has returned briefly to his country.

Chak De! India (2007)

The film's concept of bringing together people from the many bits and pieces that make up India to create an illustration of the country as a sports team was what captured the essence of the Republic.

Local Kung Fu (2013)

The Assamese indie by Kenny Basumatary followed Charlie (Basumatary), a young man from Guwahati with stomach trouble and situations involving his girlfriend, an aspiring gangster, and a thief who apparently stalks the streets naked. It was a terrific treat of local talent and new locations on screen which was a testament of the hidden delights in India.

Village Rockstars (2017)

Rima Das' film follows wide-eyed children in Lower Assam with aspirations of making it big as rockstars, and captures the innocence of these children and their environment to great effect.

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