Some popular Bollywood films include “Masoom,” “Chak De! India,” “Sholay” and “Mughal-e-Azam.” These popular films represent some of the best of Indian cinema, ranging from coming of age stories to historical romances.
“Masoom” was the directorial debut of Shekhar Kapur, one of the most critically-acclaimed Indian filmmakers. Released in 1983, this drama focuses on a family torn apart by the discovery of a father’s illegitimate child. The film received many awards for its casting and its score.
“Chak De! India” is a coming of age story that focuses on a young Indian field hockey team. While the movie tells a fairly conventional underdog narrative, “Chak De! India” also turns its gaze on many difficult subjects, including sexism, bigotry and the relationship between Indians and Pakistanis.
The 1975 action epic “Sholay” is one of the most financially-successful and critically-acclaimed Indian dramas ever, ranking first on a 2002 British Film Institute list of the best Indian films. Focusing on two small-time criminals hired to find a fearsome bandit, the film was so influential that it became a permanent part of Indian pop culture.
A historical epic based on the true life love affair between an Indian Prince and a court dancer, “Mughal-e-Azam” was the highest-grossing Indian film upon its release in 1960, a record it held for over a decade. The film is landmark of Indian cinema, celebrated by critics, scholars and directors.