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1947: Earth
Director: Deepa Mehta
Starring: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna
Released: 1999

Earth is part two of Deepa Mehta's trilogy.

Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen
Released: 1982

An epic film, but a rather vague biography of Indian spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi from Richard Attenborough.

Hum Aapke Hain Koun
Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Starring: Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit
Released: 1994

Hum Aapke Hain means "Who are you to me?" The most successful film in Indian movie history tells the simple story of Prem and Nisha, two young people who fall in love and hope for a bright future together. When their older siblings marry each other it is a further sign that this was meant to be. When unforeseen tragedies hinder the lovers plans, no one knows where their futures will lead.

Hyderabad Blues
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Starring: Nagesh Kukunoor, Rajshri Nair
Released: 1999

Simple, honest and crisp, Hyderabad Blues is about the homecoming of an American Indian. The movie is a first time effort of the 28-year-old chemical engineer, Nagesh Kukunoor. Shot in 17 days with a budget of Rs 2 million, it has little known faces as its cast.

Kal Ho Naa Ho
Director: Nikhil Advani
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Shah Rukh Khan
Released: 2003

The story of Naina who is unhappy with her life, she is expected to look after her little sister and brother and help her bad tempered grandmother. When Aman moves to the village he sets out to bring happiness into Naina's life...

Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India
Director: Ashotosh Gowariker,
Starring: Aamir Khan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda,
Released: 2001

Lagaan is a must-see movie for anyone with an interest in Indian cinema or cinema beyond Hollywood. Although very much within the mainstream Hindi cinema of Bombay/Mumbai in terms of its stars, use of song and dance and its length, Lagaan took a gamble with the domestic Indian audience. It breaks all contemporary conventions of Hindi film by being set in an Indian village during the British Raj, far away from the more usual modern metropolitan cities and exotic foreign locations.

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