BFI's 50 Essential South Asian Films

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"This list of films is supposed to be a representative sample of the kinds of films that are produced and consumed in South Asia and elsewhere. It formed part of bfi's South Asian Cinema 2002 programme designed to present to the British public for the first time the immense diversity of South Asian cinema."

This is the list that was compiled by experts. BFI also ran a user poll.

The list is divided into 5 sections:
1-10: Bangladeshi
11-20: Diaspora
21-30: Indian
31-40: Pakistani
41-50: Sri Lankan

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    Titas Ekti Nodir Naam

    1973 — a.k.a. A River Called Titas, in 2 top lists Check
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    Chitra Nodir Pare

    1999 — a.k.a. Quiet Flows the River Chitra, in 0 top lists Check
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    Nadir Naam Madhumati

    1994 — a.k.a. A River Named Madhumati, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shimana Perye

    1976, in 0 top lists Check
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    Beder Meye Josna

    1989, in 0 top lists Check
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    Surja Dighal Bari

    1980 — a.k.a. The Ominous House, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dhire Bohe Meghna

    1973, in 0 top lists Check
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    Rupali Shaikate

    1979, in 0 top lists Check
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    Srabon Megher Din

    2000, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sat Bhai Chompa

    1968, in 0 top lists Check
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    My Beautiful Laundrette

    1985, in 6 top lists Check
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    Monsoon Wedding

    2001, in 6 top lists Check
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    Bhaji on the Beach

    1993, in 2 top lists Check
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    Fire

    1996, in 2 top lists Check
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    Bend It Like Beckham

    2002, in 3 top lists Check
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    Hyderabad Blues

    1998, in 0 top lists Check
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    Earth

    1998, in 2 top lists Check
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    East Is East

    1999, in 2 top lists Check
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    Masala

    1992, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Warrior

    2001, in 1 top list Check
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    Sholay

    1975 — a.k.a. Embers, in 13 top lists Check
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    Pather Panchali

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
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    Mother India

    1957, in 9 top lists Check
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    Pyaasa

    1957, in 8 top lists Check
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    Meghe Dhaka Tara

    1960 — a.k.a. The Cloud-Capped Star, in 11 top lists Check
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    Charulata

    1964 — a.k.a. The Lonely Wife, in 9 top lists Check
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    Subarnarekha

    1965 — a.k.a. The Golden Thread, in 8 top lists Check
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    Mughal-E-Azam

    1960 — a.k.a. The Emperor of the Mughals, in 6 top lists Check
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    Amma Ariyan

    1986 — a.k.a. Report to Mother, in 2 top lists Check
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    Awaara

    1951 — a.k.a. The Tramp, in 6 top lists Check
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    Baji

    1963, in 1 top list Check
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    Heer Ranjha

    1970, in 0 top lists Check
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    Zarqa

    1969, in 0 top lists Check
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    International Gorillay

    1990 — a.k.a. International Guerillas, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bandish

    1980 — a.k.a. The Bar, in 1 top list Check
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    Jago Hua Savera

    1959 — a.k.a. The Day Shall Dawn, in 1 top list Check
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    Haseena Atom Bomb

    1990, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ghoonghat

    1962, in 1 top list Check
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    Aina

    1977 — a.k.a. The Mirror, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mujhe Chand Chahiye

    2000, in 0 top lists Check
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    Pura Handa Kaluwara

    1997 — a.k.a. Death on a Full Moon Day, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ahas Gawwa

    1974 — a.k.a. One League of Sky, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mathu Yam Dawasa

    2002 — a.k.a. Some Day in the Future, in 0 top lists Check
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    Aswesuma

    2002, in 0 top lists Check
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    Anantha Rathriya

    1996 — a.k.a. Dark Night of the Soul, in 0 top lists Check
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    Nidhanaya

    1972 — a.k.a. The Treasure, in 0 top lists Check
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    Me mage sandai

    2000 — a.k.a. This Is My Moon, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chanda Kinnarie

    1998 — a.k.a. Moon Lady, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ponmani

    1977 — a.k.a. Younger Sister, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hansa Vilak

    1980, in 0 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jan 14, 2012; source