Top 10 IMDb Movies in India
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Currently, IMDb.com, Inc., an Amazon subsidiary, owns and runs it. Around 10.1 million titles, including television episodes, and 11.5 million human entries were present in the database as of March 2022. In addition, 83 million individuals have registered on the website. The message boards on the website were shut down in February 2017.
India's film business is the biggest in the world in terms of the quantity of movies it produces annually, which is between 1,500 and 2,000. The Indian film industry encompasses a variety of production hubs that create movies in languages other than Hindi, including Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.
Our list of the Top 10 IMDB-rated Indian Movies, which is heavily weighted toward regional films, demonstrates the fact that regional movies are no longer only popular within their respective states.
1. Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (2022)
IMDB Rating - 9.0/10
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is a 2022 Indian biographical drama film written, produced, and directed by R. Madhavan in his feature film debut. The movie is based on the biography of Nambi Narayanan, played by Madhavan, an Indian Space Research Organization scientist who was charged with espionage and eventually cleared.
The narrative begins with Narayanan's time as a graduate student at Princeton University before focusing on his career as a scientist and the erroneous espionage accusations levelled against him. Principal photography began after its formal announcement in October 2018 and took place in numerous nations, including France, Russia, and India. Sam C. S. wrote the original score, while Sirsha Ray and Bijith Bala handled the cinematography and editing, respectively.
Rocketry was simultaneously filmed in Tamil, Hindi, and English.
On May 19, 2022, Rocketry had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. On July 1, 2022, it was theatrically distributed in India. Critics gave the movie generally favourable reviews upon its release, praising Madhavan's performance, his screenplay, and his admirable goal in making the movie. Rocketry, which costs 25 crores to produce, has raked in 50 crores worldwide.
2. 777 Charlie (2022)
IMDB Rating - 8.9/10
777 Charlie is a 2022 Indian adventure comedy-drama film in the Kannada language that was written and directed by Kiranraj K. and made by Paramvah Studios. Sangeetha Sringeri, Raj B. Shetty, Danish Sait, Bobby Simha, Rakshit Shetty, and a labrador dog named Charlie to play the other main characters. The movie chronicles the relationship that develops between a stray labrador puppy and a lonely factory worker.
September 2017 saw the announcement of 777 Charlie. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, principal photography was delayed from June 2018 to October 2021. The movie was filmed in a number of places in the states of Kashmir, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Karnataka. 777 On June 2, 2022, Charlie had a limited theatrical run.
On June 10, 2022, it was released in theatres everywhere. The cast's performances (especially those of Rakshit Shetty and Charlie), script, emotional impact, and direction won the movie a tonne of praise from critics. With over 105 crores (US$13 million) in theatre revenue worldwide at the time of its release, 777 Charlie was the fifth-highest-grossing Kannada movie.
3. Anbe Sivam (2003)
IMDB Rating - 8.7/10
Anbe Sivam, which translates to "Love Is God," is a 2003 comedy-drama movie made in India's Tamil language and produced by K. Muralitharan, V. Swaminathan, and G. Venugopal under the name of Lakshmi Movie Makers. It was directed by Sundar C. Madhan contributed the dialogue, and Kamal Haasan wrote the script.
With Nassar, Santhana Bharathi, Seema, and Uma Riyaz Khan playing supporting roles, Anbe Sivam stars Haasan, Madhavan, and Kiran Rathod. The movie follows the journey from Bhubaneswar to Chennai taken by Nallasivam and Anbarasu, two men with very different personalities.
Anbe Sivam, which had a 120 million rupee production budget, displays Haasan's humanist beliefs while tackling topics like communism, atheism, and selflessness. Vidyasagar composed the soundtrack. The director of photography was Arthur A. Wilson, while the art director was M. Prabhaharan.
The movie opened to favourable reviews from reviewers on January 15, 2003, however it did poorly at the box office.
Despite its initial failure, it has grown in popularity over the years thanks to repeat showings on television networks and is now recognised as a classic of Tamil cinema and a cult classic. In 2003, the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India featured a screening of Anbe Sivam. It got a Special Jury Award and nominations for Best Film and Best Actor (Haasan) at the 51st Filmfare Awards South. At the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in 2003, Madhavan won Best Actor.
4. Gol Maal (1979)
IMDB Rating - 8.5/10
The 1979 Indian comedy film Gol Maal, also known as Messed Up or Hanky Panky, was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and written by Rahi Masoom Raza and Sachin Bhowmick. R. D. Burman composed the music, which was produced by N. C. Sippy. The movie received favorable reviews and several awards.
The movie was remade in several languages, including Tamil (1981), Kannada (1990), Malayalam (1995), Aasegobba Meesegobba (1990), and Sinhala (1995) as Rasa Rahasak. The movie served as inspiration for the 2012 Telugu remake of the Hindi film Bol Bachchan, called Masala (2013).
5. Nayakan (1987)
IMDB rating - 8.5/10
Mani Ratnam wrote and directed the 1987 Indian gangster movie Nayakan in Tamil. With support from Janagaraj, Vijayan, M. V. Vasudeva Rao, Delhi Ganesh, Nizhalgal Ravi, Nassar, and Tara, the Muktha Srinivasan-produced movie stars Kamal Haasan, Saranya (making her feature film debut), and Karthika. It centers on Velu, a common slum resident, and how he develops throughout his life from an outcast to a feared don.
The life of Bombay underworld don Varadarajan Mudaliar and the American movie The Godfather are both loosely based on in Nayakan (1972). When asked to remake the 1970 Hindi film Pagla Kahin Ka for Srinivasan and Haasan, Ratnam declined. Instead, he offered two other tales, one of which Haasan liked and which became Nayakan. P. C. Sreeram handled the cinematography, and B. Lenin and V. T. Vijayan handled the editing. Beginning in late 1986, Madras and, to a lesser extent, Bombay were the primary locations used for filming.
Nayakan was released on October 21, 1987, on Diwali. After playing in theatres for more than 175 days, it achieved both critical and financial success. The National Film Award for Best Actor was given to Haasan for his work. Additionally, the movie won National Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography (Sreeram) (Thota Tharani). The movie was India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award at the 60th Academy Awards in 1988, but it did not make the final list of nominees. It was listed among News18's and TIME's "100 Greatest Indian Films of All Time" and "All-Time 100 Best Films" lists. The movie was dubbed Dayavan in Hindi (1988).
6. Jai Bhim (2021)
IMDB rating - 8.9/10
Jai Bhim is a 2021 Indian Tamil-language legal drama film that was produced by Jyothika and Suriya under the banner of 2D Entertainment and directed by T. J. Gnanavel. Suriya, Lijomol Jose, and Manikandan are the movie's main actors. Rajisha Vijayan, Prakash Raj, Rao Ramesh, and other actors play supporting roles.
A marginalized community is the target of state violence and police bias in the movie. It centres on the lives of Sengeni and Rajakannu, a couple from the Irular tribe, and is based on a real-life incident that occurred in 1993 and involved a case that Justice K. Chandru fought. Police detained Rajakannu, who was later reported missing from the police station. Sengeni asks Chandru, a lawyer, for assistance in her fight for her husband's rights.
The movie started its principal shooting in April 2021 after being officially announced, with many sequences being shot in Chennai and Kodaikanal. The COVID-19 pandemic forced a halt to filming, which started again in July 2021. That September, it was completed. S. R. Kathir and Philomin Raj were in charge of the film's cinematography and editing, respectively. Sean Roldan created the score and music for the movie. The film's title alludes to a B. R. Ambedkar supporter's catchphrase.
As part of a multi-film agreement signed by 2D Entertainment, Jai Bhim was made available on Amazon Prime Video on November 2, 2021, just before Diwali. The story, performances, direction, and social message of the movie all received high praise from critics, and several publications listed it as one of the best Tamil and Indian movies of 2021.
7. Manichithrathazhu (1993)
IMDB Rating - 8.8/10
Manichitrathazhu is a 1993 Indian Malayalam-language epic psychological horror film that Swargachitra Appachan, directed by Fazil produced and written by Madhu Muttam. With Nedumudi Venu, Innocent, Vinaya Prasad, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Sridhar, K. B. Ganesh Kumar, Sudheesh, and Thilakan are supporting players, and the movie stars Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, and Shobana.
The tragedy that occurred in the Nairtharavad family, a prominent Travancore family, in the 19th century served as the basis for the tale. The movie dealt with an uncommon theme that wasn't frequently seen in Indian cinema then. The movie ran in numerous theatres for 300 days. Manichitrathazhu was successfully translated into four other languages: Bengali, Rajmohol, Tamil, and Hindi.
The Kannada translation of the film was Apthamitra, which was then translated into Tamil as Chandramukhi. Dr. Sunny Joseph's role was reprised by Mohanlal in the 2013 spin-off Geethaanjali, which was directed by Priyadarshan. In the years following its release, Manichitrathazhu gained a cult following and was hailed by many critics as one of the greatest Malayalam films ever made.
8. Pariyerum Perumal (2018)
IMDB rating - 8.7/10
Pariyerum Perumal (transl. The God who mounts a Horse) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Mari Selvaraj in his directorial debut and produced by Pa. Ranjith under his production banner Neelam Productions. The film stars Kathir and Anandhi in the leading roles, while Yogi Babu and G. Marimuthu appear in supporting roles. Santhosh Narayanan composed the music for the film, while Sridhar handled the cinematography and Selva R. K. edited it.
Pariyerum Perumal was released on September 28, 2018, to critical acclaim, with critics praising the technical aspects, direction, screenplay, and performances of the film's cast, particularly Kathir's.
The film received four Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards, including Best Story and Best Director for Selvaraj, six nominations at the 8th SIIMA Awards, two wins, four nominations at the 66th Filmfare Awards South, receiving an award for Best Film. The film was honored at the Toulouse Indian Film Festival and the 16th Chennai International Film Festival, receiving an award for the best feature. It was also screened at the 49th International Film Festival of India.
9. Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959)
IMDB Rating - 8.5/10
Apur Sansar, also referred to as The World of Apu, is a 1959 drama film in Bengali that Satyajit Ray produced, wrote, and directed. It is based on Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay's novel Aparajito's second half. The World of Apu is the third and final installment of Ray's The Apu Trilogy, which is about the youth and early adulthood of a young Bengali named Apu in early twentieth-century India.
The first two installments are Pather Panchali (1955) and Aparajito (1956). Starring Soumitra Chatterjee as Apu and Sharmila Tagore as Apu's wife Aparna in The World of Apu, the two would go on to appear in numerous other Ray movies.
10. 3 Idiots (2009)
IMDB Rating - 8.4/10
Rajkumar Hirani wrote, edited, and directed the coming-of-age comedy-drama film 3 Idiots in 2009; Abhijat Joshi co-wrote the screenplay, and Vidhu Vinod Chopra served as the film's producer. The movie, which is loosely based on Chetan Bhagat's novel Five Point Someone, stars Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, and Omi Vaidya in pivotal roles and features Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, and Sharman Joshi iare in the titular roles.
This marks the actors' third reunion since Rang De Basanti (2006). The story follows the friendship of three students at an Indian engineering college and is a satire on the social pressures placed on Indian students. It is told through parallel dramas, one set in the present and the other ten years ago.
Three National Film Awards, including Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, were given to 3 Idiots at the 57th National Film Awards. Additionally, the movie was nominated for 11 awards at the 55th Filmfare Awards, including Best Actor (Khan), Best Actress (Kapoor), and Best Supporting Actor (Madhavan and Joshi). It took home a record-breaking 6 of them (tying Dev.D), including Best Film, Best Director (Hirani), and Best Supporting Actor (Irani).
It received nominations for Best Outstanding Foreign Language Film at the Japan Academy Awards and Best Foreign Film at China's Beijing International Film Festival while winning the Grand Prize at the Videoyasan Award in Japan.