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The Most Popular Indian Movies Of The Decade


Bollywood, the world’s largest producer of movies, produces more than a thousand movies every year. While analyzing the most popular Indian movie of the decade, we shall not only take into the commercial success of the movie, but whether it has managed to create any positive impact. We will also see whether the content of the film is still relevant. Some films, such as Do Bigha Zamein, Mother India, Upkar, Guide, Dewar, Sholay, Baazigar, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Lagaan, still manage to captivate the audience. Many actors, such as Amitabh Bacchan , Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, and Aishwarya Rai, have a huge fan following all over the globe.

Indian Movies with a Touch of Class

Since the last two decades, most producers of Indian Movies have taken note of the commercial importance of the NRI community. Non-resident Indians have a cosmopolitan outlook and are greatly fascinated by Indian traditions and values. As a result, most film tries to incorporate the cosmopolitan outlook and message of and love for the homeland. The film Hum Apke Hain Koun! (HAHK) (Who Am I To You?) was a big grosser in the NRI market. HAHK promoted the notion that youngsters have to take parental approval for their marriage. HAHK also promoted the idea of people living happily under the joint family system, where the women often have to sacrifice their own wishes. The message stuck an immediate chord among the non-resident Indian community due to its emphasis on traditional culture and values.

Choosing Good Indian Movies

When selecting the most popular Indian Movie, certain parameters need to be used. These include the way the film reflects popular culture, the hopes and aspirations of the common people, the relationship among the various characters, and relationship of the movie with the audience, and whether the film has left behind any positive impact on society.
With such a huge number of movies released in the last decade, some movies seem to stand out from the rest. Movies like Slumdog Millionaire, Lagaan, Tare Zaamein Mein, Jodha Akbar, Chakde India, Laghe raho Munnabhai, Kaho Na Pyar hai are examples of Indian movies which have not only been commercially successful, but also managed to leave behind the desired impact.   

Of all the movies mentioned, Lagaan (Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar) probably stands heads and shoulders above the rest. “Lagaan” is a film about the injustice that innocent peasants had to face in the hands of the British. These innocent peasants had to face their oppressors with fortitude and dignity.

It is a brilliant integration of the problems facing Indian society before independence and their interrelationship with the hopes and aspirations of the modern day audience. The social network and the relationship between the different protagonists have been wonderfully explored. This film has managed to create community identification in a most wonderful way. It has achieved its objective, both with its commercial success along with the higher-level analysis about what wholesome entertainment should be.

The result is a strikingly multi dimensional exploration of ideas, which is uniquely contemporary and refreshing at the same time. Lagaaan is said to be the most popular movie of the decade, since even after few years of its release it retains its multi-layered cultural charm, which made it so popular in the first place.



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