India's 20 greatest films

India's 20 greatest films

The list of 20 greatest Indian films ever made. This list emerged from the 'T20 of Indian Cinema' poll in which 20 experts from around the country - 10 young filmmakers and 10 seasoned critics and scholars - participated.

1. Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960, Bengali), directed by Ritwik Ghatak

Cast: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Bijon Bhattacharya, Geeta Dey

Ritwik Ghatak's most complex melodrama narrates the story of a self-sacrificing woman who puts her wedding on hold because she is the sole breadwinner of a refugee family that barely ekes out a living in Calcutta.

The references to the mythical Durga and Menaka, the innovative use of sound effects and the tempered projection of emotions takes the narrative beyond the story and into terrains of comprehension that are usually beyond the ken of melodramas.