Top 10 Movies About India

Films are the wonderfully directed visual representation of issues, places or things in terms of a story. Are you looking forward to knowing more about India and various issues related to this country? Here are 10 masterpiece movies that throw light on the culture and history of India.

Pather Panchali

A masterpiece by Satyajit Ray, Pather Panchali was released in the year 1955. The film is set in a small Indian village and it shows the life of Apu, a young boy. The film is set amidst the early 20th century and captures the beautiful essence of rural small income family in the village of India. Pather Panchali is actually made in 3 parts named Aparjito released in 1956 and Apur Sanshar in 1959. From this story, you can learn why Indians applaud and celebrate the traditional, rustic life.

Mother India

Mother India released in the year 1957 is a beautifully captured film based on the story of Radha, a woman who is considered the mother of the village. The film is about the struggle of the poor families in India who are forced by the money lenders to pay 3/4th of their crops as interest to the lenders.

Jodhaa Akbar

Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, Jodhaa Akbar is a film depicting the relationship of the Muslim Mughal Emperor Akbar and his Hindu Rajput wife Jodhaa. It is set in the 16th century and a tale of love and conspiracy. You can learn how refined and diverse the Indian culture and civilization has been for thousands of years.


Lagaan, a movie set during the Victorian era is about the tax or Lagaan (as the movie is named) paid to the British rulers by the Indian subjects. It is about the revolt by the villagers due to the overburdens of tax. The revolt by the villagers is given an interesting shape by the director in form of a cricket match which is completely new for the Indian villagers. In spite of an unknown game challenge, how the Indians take it to heart and fight against the Britishers to show their revolt is what you should learn and respect.


Gandhi is an epic movie and the list cannot be complete without it. The biography on the greatest Indian personality of the 20th century, Gandhi is a movie encompassing the cultural, biographical, and historical stories about the Father of the Nation. In this movie, you can learn how Gandhi used passive resistance and non-violence as the powerful tool to make the country free from the rule of the Britishers.

Train to Pakistan

This movie is set during the times of the India Pakistan partition. Train to Pakistan gives you the picture of the day that changed the lives of thousands overnight as they followed a different religion. It shows a black day for the Indians when several bodies of the travelers arrived in a train from Pakistan as they tried to move to the other part of the nation.

Slumdog Millionaire

In Slumdog Millionaire, the director Danny Boyle captures the true essence of India. He captures the truth, the reality of the modern day India where the brutal slums of India are shown. It is the story about the slum dwellers, their life in the Mumbai slums, and their hope which is a powerful elixir.

Monsoon Wedding

It deals with the social issues in the Indian society. Monsoon Wedding shows the wedding preparations in an upper-middle-class family. It is a true depiction of the Indian family weddings with several extended relatives in attendance. It highlights both complexes as well as the fun side of the Indian family weddings.

The Legend of Bhagat Singh

It is a film based on Bhagat Singh, the Indian freedom fighter. Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement impressed the little Bhagat Singh as a child. The Legend of Bhagat Singh shows how the East India Company came as a trader but ended up being the rulers of the Indian nation. It portrays the Jallianwala Bagh massacre where several innocent Indians were killed.



Water released in 2005 and was directed by the critically acclaimed director Deepa Mehta. It shows child marriage and how an 8-years old loses her husband and left to spend her life in worship of God and poverty. It is about this little girl whose head is shaven and left in the ashram alone to lead the life of a widow. The film is set in the 1930s and shows the life of the widow during those years.