Bollywood Special
Bollywood's Best Films
25 leading Indian film directors drew up their personal lists of 10 best Hindi films of Independent India.
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Director: Guru Dutt; Stars: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Baby Naaz, Johnny Walker
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Director: Bimal Roy; Stars: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Ratan Kumar, Sapru, Jagdeep
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Director: Abrar Alvi; Stars: Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman
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Director: Ramesh Sippy; Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan
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25 leading Indian film directors drew up their personal lists of 10 best Hindi films of Independent India.

Bollywood's Best Films

Rank Film Votes
1 Mother India (1957) 15
2 Sholay (1975) 14
3 Mughal-E-Azam (1960) 13
4 Pyaasa (1957) 10
4 Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) 10
6 Do Bigha Zamin (1953) 9
6 Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) 9
8 Deewaar (1975) 8
9 Awara (1951) 7
9 Lagaan (2001) 7
11 Guide (1965) 6
11 Bandini (1963) 6
11 Ganga Jumna (1961) 6
11 Madhumati (1958) 6
15 Sujata (1959) 5
16 Garam Hawa (1973) 4
16 Anand (1970) 4
18 Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) 3
18 Ankur (1974) 3
18 Ardh Satya (1983) 3
18 Bhuvan Shome (1969) 3
18 Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) 3
18 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) 3
18 Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957) 3
18 Manthan (1976) 3
18 Masoom (1983) 3
18 Satya (1998) 3
28 Andaz (1949) 2
28 Bobby (1973) 2
28 Chaudvin Ka Chand (1960) 2
28 Lamhe (1991) 2
28 Mera Naam Joker (1970) 2
28 Navrang (1959) 2
28 Pakeezah (1971) 2
28 Prem Rog (1982) 2
28 Salaam Bombay (1988) 2
28 Shree 420 (1955) 2
28 Uski Roti (1969) 2
39 Aakrosh (1980) 1
39 Aandhi (1975) 1
39 Aap Ki Kasam (1974) 1
39 Abhimaan (1973) 1
39 Agneepath (1990) 1
39 Anupama (1966) 1
39 Arth (1982) 1
39 Bandit Queen (1994) 1
39 Bombay (1995) 1
39 Border (1997) 1
39 Bhumika (1976) 1
39 Chupke Chupke (1975) 1
39 Daddy (1989) 1
39 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) 1
39 Duvidha (1973) 1
39 Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) 1
39 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) 1
39 Hum Paanch (1980) 1
39 Jagte Raho (1956) 1
39 Janam (1985) 1
39 Junglee (1961) 1
39 Kabhi Kabhie (1976) 1
39 Kala Pani (1958) 1
39 Kalpana (1948) 1
39 Kanoon (1960) 1
39 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) 1
39 Mirch Masala (1985) 1
39 Nishaant (1975) 1
39 Namak Halal (1982) 1
39 Namak Haram (1973) 1
39 Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) 1
39 Saaransh (1984) 1
39 Sadak (1991) 1
39 Sant Tukaram (1936) 1
39 Sara Aakash (1969) 1
39 Satte Pe Satta (1981) 1
39 Shakti (1982) 1
39 Sharada (1957) 1
39 Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977) 1
39 Suraj Ka Saatwan Ghoda (1993) 1
39 Teesri Kasam (1966) 1
39 Tere Ghar Ke Saamne (1963) 1
39 Umrao Jaan (1981) 1
39 Waqt (1965) 1
39 Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973) 1

The Jury

Outlook asked 25 leading Indian film directors to draw up their personal lists of the 10 best Hindi films of independent India. They are (in alphabetical order):

Anil Sharma Anurag Kashyap Aparna Sen Farhan Akhtar Gautam Ghose Govind Nihalani John Mathew Mathan Karan Johar Kundan Shah Madhur Bhandarkar Mrinal Sen N. Chandra Rajiv Menon Rakesh Roshan Ramesh Sippy Sanjay Chhel Sanjay Leela Bhansali Santosh Sivan Shakti Samanta Shyam Benegal Subhash Ghai Tanuja Chandra Tinu Anand Vidhu Vinod Chopra Vikram Bhatt

Not all of them named their full quota of 10. This is why the total number of votes is 236, and not 250. Two of our jury included their own films in their lists. These were removed while tabulating the results.

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Director: Ashutosh Gowariker; Stars: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne and a Village
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Director: Raj Kapoor; Stars: Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Prithviraj Kapoor, Leela Chitnis, K.N. Singh
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Director: Yash Chopra; Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh
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Director: Guru Dutt; Stars: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Baby Naaz, Johnny Walker
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Director: Bimal Roy; Stars: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Ratan Kumar, Sapru, Jagdeep
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Director: Abrar Alvi; Stars: Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman
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Director: Guru Dutt; Stars: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha, Johnny Walker, Rehman
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Director: K. Asif; Stars: Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote
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Director: Ramesh Sippy; Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan
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Director: Mehboob Khan; Stars: Nargis, Raj Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Kanhaiyalal
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Well, who needs the truth? Give us any day the shadows on the white screen in a dark hall telling us tales written in light and time...
Sandipan Deb

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