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10 Golden Movies of New Indian Cinema

The New Indian Cinema began by late 1950s and last to late 1980s. These are some remarkable movies from all over India which reflected the power of Cinema to others.



Released : 1952
Directed : Ritwik Ghatak

Nagarik the First Neo-realistic Movie from the foremost Realistic Filmmaker of Indian Cinema.The first example of an art film in Bengali cinema, but is deprived of that honor, since it was released twenty-four years later, after Ghatak's death.

The Apu Triolgy

Released : 1955-1959
Directed : Satyajit Ray

Three Movie Series : Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959)
The First landmark Movies of Indian Cinema. The three films went on to win many national and international awards, including three National Film Awards and seven awards from the Cannes, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals. They are today frequently listed among the greatest films of all time.

Mother India

Released : 1957
Directed : Mehboob Khan

This Movie was the first entry to Oscars from India. It is the story of a poverty-stricken village woman named Radha (Nargis) who, in the absence of her husband, struggles to raise her sons and survive against a cunning money-lender amidst many troubles. Despite her hardship, she sets a goddess-like moral example of an ideal Indian woman.

Bhuvan Shome

Released : 1969
Directed : Mrinal Sen

A Master Piece from Sen. The film is considered a landmark in modern Indian cinema.This was the debut film of Suhasini Mulay.


Released : 1972
Directed : Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Directorial Venture of Adoor. This Movie echoed the sound south Indian Cinema to the world. It acclaimed many recognitions from both India and outside.


Released : 1977
Directed : G.Aravindan

The film interprets a story from the Uttara Kanda of the epic poem Ramayana, where Rama sends his wife, Sita, to the jungle to satisfy his subjects. Sita is never actually seen in the film, but her virtual presence is compellingly evoked in the moods of the forest and the elements. The film retells the epic from a feminist perspective.


Released : 1981
Directed : Adoor Gopalakrishnan

This film documents the feudal life in Kerala at its twilight. The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him. The film won the British Film Institute award for Most Original and Imaginative film shown at the National Film Theatre in 1982. The film was shown at a number of film festivals around the world, including the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.




Released : 1988
Directed : Shaji N Karun

Piravi met with widespread critical acclaim upon release. The film was screened and very well received at many film festivals across the world, bagging at least 31 awards in total, including the Caméra d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. It also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film at the National Film Awards in 1989.




Released : 1974
Directed : Shyam Benegal
The debut film of Benegal. Ankur was different from the old hindi movies.The plot is based on a true story that occurred in Hyderabad, apparently in the 1950s. It was filmed almost entirely on location.
Ankur has won three National Film Awards and 43 other prizes, both in India and abroad. It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 24th Berlin International Film Festival.

Salaam Bombay

Released : 1988
Directed : Mira Nair
The film chronicles the day-to-day life of children living on the streets of Mumbai. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, the National Board of Review Award for Top Foreign Film, the Golden Camera and Audience Awards at the Cannes Film Festival, and three awards at the Montréal World Film Festival.