Nasreen Munni Kabir

Writer/docuemntary filmmaker on Hindi film

Voted for

MR AND MRS '551955Guru Dutt
Pyaasa1957Guru Dutt
Singin' in the Rain1951Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
The Third Man1949Carol Reed
BHARAT MATA1957Mehboob
Lawrence of Arabia1962David Lean
Pickpocket1959Robert Bresson
A Man Escaped1956Robert Bresson
Psycho1960Alfred Hitchcock



1955 India

Though the film has a dubious attitude towards women, the film is very much of its time and is beautifully written. Comedy and satire in Indian cinema are often treated in an exaggerated and unfunny way, this is a rare exception. Great performances by Madhubala, Johnny Walker and Guru Dutt.


1957 India

Regarded as Guru Dutt's greatest work, the film's sensitivity shines through its songs and shot taking. Full of fine Urdu poetry and sophistication with performances by Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman and Johnny Walker that remain in your memory forever.


1949 India

A majestic melodrama that changed the course of Hindi cinema in the early 50s. Brilliant performances

by Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Raj Kapoor. Director Mehboob Khan was years ahead in his vision and masterly storytelling.

Singin' in the Rain

1951 USA

A mood changer! Wonderful depiction of the transition between the silent era and the talkies. Moments of this film are etched forever on one's mind.

The Third Man

1949 United Kingdom

Creates a world all its own with layers of mystery. First appearance of Harry Lime has not been beaten by any other character entry scene — the lighting, the music and Orson Welles's knowing!


1957 India

Nargis steals the show in this Hindi cinema classic. Mehboob mastered large canvas with intimate family drama. Songs work like chapter heading, announcing a new turn/phase in the heroine's life. Majestic film.

Lawrence of Arabia

1962 United Kingdom

Brilliant characterisations. Balance between the epic, yet never losing sight of characterisation, a superb achievement. Even though I have seen it many times, once it starts, am compelled to see it to the end. A monumental work of cinema. Also makes one think — what is the most important aspect of film, the mise en scene etc or the performance?


1959 France

Mesmerising. Watching it feels like being a witness to something on another plane. Everything in it is of one world. Bresson a unique master.

A Man Escaped

1956 France

A lesson in the stillness of internal life while driven to a goal in the exterior.



1960 USA

Brilliant performances and music. Use of black and white in the era of colour is one of the great strengths of the film — so little left to say about Hitchcock and his unique voice.