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The only films on your list that I've seen are the ones that comprise the Apu trilogy. But those are excellent choices and several of your other picks sound interesting!

Katherine Matthews

Thanks, Rick -- I'm glad I found the blogathon, because I really would like to introduce people to Indian cinema beyond Ray, which can be challenging when many early films aren't available with subtitles (I actually am a bit sad I couldn't turn up a film in this era from my favourite branch of Indian cinema, Malayalam language films). Amazon Prime in particular is making more and more of these films available, though. I hope one day you take a chance on one of them!

Patricia L Nolan-Hall (CaftanWoman)

Thank you for opening my eyes to a new world of movies.

Virginie Pronovost

Thanks for introducing us to these films! I had heard of the Apu Trilogy. I must watch it!


Great choices. A friend of mine has suggested Mughal-e-Azam given my love for Delhi and history. Maybe the time to watch it is while I'm traveling.

Pather Panchali was the first Indian movie I ever saw and absolutely adored it. Haven't seen the other two yet.

Katherine Matthews

Thanks, Todd -- I probably should have tempered my love for Mr. & Mrs. 55 a wee bit, because it does contain a bit of typical 1950s misogyny (but even that is interesting, because there's this whole line of thinking that views feminism as a western import and perhaps not suitable for India, and it does get us to think about stuff like that, that we're still considering sixty years on).

And I had the great good fortune to see Mughal-e-Azam at the TIFF Lightbox when they did a series of Indian films -- it's really a different experience than watching on a small screen (though I highly recommend it anyway). When Madhubala made her first appearance I think I actually gasped.

Silver Screenings

Aha! I see what you did there with the Apu trilogy. Very clever.

Thanks for sharing your top 5 from the 1950s. I've bookmarked your post so I can return to look at your recommendations. In the meantime, I'll be humming the song from Mayabazar that you posted.

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Totally Filmi's appearances elsewhere

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