The best films to understand Indian culture



Art reflects life in different forms, be it painting, music, poetry, and even movies. Of all the art forms available, none has more reach than movies. For many years, film producers have used human emotions to captivate and educate people. The Indian Bollywood film industry has been active in this regard, releasing film scripts that show India’s rich culture. Anyone, especially foreigners and foreigners, can tell the beauty of Indian culture. Without setting foot in India, one can say that the important elements of the culture of the country – dance, music, math, language, cooking and, interestingly, gambling. So, to let you see the beauty of Indian culture, we’ve picked out six of the best movies you must see, starting with the oldest ones.

Pather Panchali (1955)

Pather Panchali literally translates to Little road song, and the film is about the culture and life in rural India. This vintage movie is one of the best movies of all time. Director Satyajit Ray is part of the pantheon of the Indian film industry as one of the best Indian directors. Working on a low budget, the film Pather Panchali was his first. Even with the obvious constraints, he was able to portray Bengal pastoral life alongside the needy members of his family. With this true showcase of India’s rural beauty, it was no surprise that Ray captured the hearts of many in India and beyond, even with his big screen.

The great player (1979)

Everyone will agree that gambling is one of the elements of Indian culture. It started years ago, and now it has evolved to a stage where people have direct access to the best casinos in Andar Bahar on the Internet. The Big Player, our next film, was produced at a time when online gambling was almost non-existent. The film was the first action thriller to feature gaming as a central theme. It had one of the largest film budgets of this period as it featured scenes from Venice, Rome, Lisbon, etc. The plot was about an expert player who had never lost a game. To verify that the player was not fraudulent, a police inspector was assigned to investigate the player.

Gandhi (1982)

Research on the culture of India would never be complete if it only contained a few names. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is one such name. During his life, the Indian lawyer fought for the liberation of his people from British colonial rule. This film directed by David Attenborough was to show the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi and his nonviolent struggle for independence. The epic biography film was so good it won a Oscar nomination in 1982 and several awards thereafter. It shows how nonviolent agitation can win a war against impunity and cruelty.

Passage to India (1984)

Nothing shows culture better than a historical documentary film. The next movie on our list is a classic that takes inspiration from another classic written by EM Forster. In this film, you will see the real relationship between the Indian people and their British colonizers. The film, which takes place before India’s independence, examines the suffering of the people and how independence came about. Passage to India explores India through the lens of Ms. Moore, a fictional character in the film, and what she believes to be the real India.

Lagaan (2001)

Indians love cricket. The love runs so deep that cricket has become a part of their culture, like football in England and American football in the United States. This beautiful film correctly portrays the Indian love for this beautiful game of cricket and the beauty of rural Indian life before independence. In English, Lagaan translates to Tax which is the central theme of the film. The film tells of how some villagers in parts of India had to play cricket just to avoid paying unfair taxes to the UK government. Ultimately, people managed to win using the passion and love for the beautiful game of cricket.

Rank of Basanti (2006)

If you’ve had enough of old Indian movies and the cruelty of British colonizers, head back to 2006 as we explore some of the issues facing India today. In this gripping film, a British Indian returns home to make a documentary about a group of freedom fighters called the Bhagat Singh and the Chandrashekhar Azad, and many more. Even though her grandfather was a police officer, she soon became part of the crisis. The film helps you see the new country of India in light of the growing corruption and its impact on the system.


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