Aadukalam, Andhadhun, Sairat, Kammatipaadam, Mahanati, Village Rockstars: 100 great Indian films of the 2010s

Anna MM Vetticad

Jan 05, 2020 16:56:35 IST

Technically, as a friend pointed out to me this week, 2020 is not the start of a new decade, it is the final year of the decade that began in 2011. Still, it feels like a milestone and when the mind wants to look back, it will. So, here is a list of some great films that India produced in the 2010s. I say “great” and not “the greatest” simply to acknowledge the fact that India is the country that produces the largest number of films in the world and no critic, not even the most avid viewer, can possibly watch every single film released across our multiple film industries, so this is a list of my favourite films from among all the ones I watched and loved from 2010 to 2019.

With a few exceptions, the list consists of films that got mainstream theatrical releases, and barring three, they are all fiction features. A majority are now available online, so if you missed them in the year they were released, you can still catch up. Here they are in alphabetical order.

 Aadukalam, Andhadhun, Sairat, Kammatipaadam, Mahanati, Village Rockstars: 100 great Indian films of the 2010s

Andhadhun, Sairat and Kammatipaadam are among the 100 great films of the 2010s.

 

1. Aadukalam / Tamil / 2011

Director: Vetri Maaran

 

2. Aamis / Assamese / 2019

Director: Bhaskar Hazarika

 

3. Aaranya Kaandam / Tamil / 2011

Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja

 

4. Anaarkali of Aarah / Hindi / 2017

Director: Avinash Das

 

5. Andhadhun / Hindi / 2018

Director: Sriram Raghavan

 

6. Angamaly Diaries / Malayalam / 2017

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery

 

7. Article 15 / Hindi / 2019

Director: Anubhav Sinha

 

8. Asuran / Tamil / 2019

Director: Vetri Maaran

 

9. Band Baaja Baaraat / Hindi / 2010

Director: Maneesh Sharma

 

10. Bulbul Can Sing / Assamese / 2019

Director: Rima Das

 

11. Chauthi Koot / Punjabi / 2016

Director: Gurvinder Singh

 

12. Court / Marathi / 2015

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane

 

13. Dekh Tamasha Dekh / Hindi / 2014

Director: Feroz Abbas Khan

 

14. Drishyam / Malayalam / 2013

Director: Jeethu Joseph

 

15. Dum Laga Ke Haisha / Hindi / 2015

Director: Sharat Katariya

 

16. Eeda / Malayalam / 2018

Director: B Ajithkumar

 

17. Eega / Telugu / 2012

Director: SS Rajamouli

 

18. Ee.Ma.Yau / Malayalam / 2018

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery

 

19. Elizabeth Ekadashi / Marathi / 2014

Director: Paresh Mokashi

 

20. Fandry / Marathi / 2014

Director: Nagraj Manjule

 

21. Filmistaan / Hindi / 2014

Director: Nitin Kakkar

 

22. G Kutta Se / Haryanvi, Hindi / 2017

Director: Rahul Dahiya

 

23. Goynar Baksho / Bengali / 2013

Director: Aparna Sen

 

24. Gully Boy / Hindi / 2019

Director: Zoya Akhtar

 

25. Haider / Hindi / 2014

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

 

26. Hellaro / Gujarati / 2019

Director: Abhishek Shah

 

27. I Am / Hindi, English, Kashmiri / 2011

Director: Onir

 

28. Iewduh / Khasi / 2019

Director: Pradip Kurbah

 

29. Irudhi Suttru / Tamil / 2016

Director: Sudha Kongara

 

30. Jallikattu / Malayalam / 2019

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery

 

31. Jigarthanda / Tamil / 2014

Director: Kathik Subbaraj

 

32. Joker / Tamil / 2016

Director: Raju Murugan

 

33. Kaadu Pookunna Neram / Malayalam / 2017

Director: Dr Biju

 

34. Kaaka Muttai / Tamil / 2015

Director: M Manikandan

 

35. Kaala / Tamil / 2018

Director: Pa Ranjith

 

36. Kahaani / Hindi / 2012

Director: Sujoy Ghosh

 

37. Kai Po Che / Hindi / 2013

Director: Abhishek Kapoor

 

38. Kaithi / Tamil / 2019

Director: Lokesh Kanakaraj

 

39. Kali / Malayalam / 2016

Director: Sameer Thahir

 

40. Kammatipaadam / Malayalam / 2016

Director: Rajeev Ravi

 

41. Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) / Hindi / 2016

Director: Shakun Batra

 

42. Kothanodi / Assamese / 2016

Director: Bhaskar Hazarika

 

43. Kumbalangi Nights / Malayalam / 2019

Director: Madhu C Narayanan

 

44. Kutrame Thandanai / Tamil / 2016

Director: M Manikandan

 

45. Lessons In Forgetting / English / 2013

Director: Unni Vijayan

 

46. Lucia / Kannada / 2013

Director: Pawan Kumar

 

47. Mahanati / Telugu / 2018

Director: Nag Ashwin

 

48. Maheshinte Prathikaaram / Malayalam / 2016

Director: Dileesh Pothan

 

49. Manhole / Malayalam / 2016

Director: Vidhu Vincent

 

50. Manjadikuru / Malayalam / 2012

Director: Anjali Menon

 

51. Mayaanadhi / Malayalam / 2017

Director: Aashiq Abu

 

52. Mukti Bhawan / Hindi / 2017

Director: Subhashish Bhutiani

 

53. Munnariyippu / Malayalam / 2014

Director: Venu

 

54. My Name Is Khan / Hindi / 2010

Director: Karan Johar

 

55. Naanu Avanalla...Avalu / Kannada / 2015

Director: B.S. Lingadevaru

 

56. Natasamrat / Marathi / 2016

Director: Mahesh Manjrekar

 

57. Neerja / Hindi / 2016

Director: Ram Madhvani

 

58. Newton / Hindi with Gondi / 2017

Director: Amit V Masurkar

 

59. Nil Battey Sannata / Hindi / 2016

Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

 

60. Njan Prakashan / Malayalam / 2018

Director: Sathyan Anthikad

 

61. Noukadubi / Bengali / 2011

Director: Rituparno Ghosh

 

62. Onaatah / Khasi / 2016

Director: Pradip Kurbah

 

63. Ottaal / Malayalam / 2015

Director: Jayaraj

 

64. Ottamuri Vellicham/ Malayalam / 2018

Director: Rahul Riji Nair

 

65. Ozhivudivasathe Kali / Malayalam / 2016

Director: Sanal Kumar Sashidharan

 

66. Papanasam / Tamil / 2015

Director: Jeethu Joseph

 

67. Papilio Buddha / Malayalam / 2013

Director: Jayan K Cherian

 

68. Pathemari / Malayalam / 2015

Director: Salim Ahamed

 

69. Peranbu / Tamil / 2019

Director: Ram

 

70. Phobia / Hindi / 2016

Director: Pavan Kirpalani

 

71. Pizza / Tamil / 2012

Director: Karthik Subbaraj

 

72. Placebo (documentary) / English / 2015

Director: Abhay Kumar

 

73. Queen / Hindi / 2014

Director: Vikas Bahl

 

74. Raazi / Hindi / 2018

Director: Meghna Gulzar

 

75. Raman Raghav 2.0 / Hindi / 2016

Director: Anurag Kashyap

 

76. Ribbon / Hindi / 2017

Director: Rakhee Sandilya

 

77. Sairat / Marathi / 2016

Director: Nagraj Manjule

 

78. Salt N’ Pepper / Malayalam / 2011

Director: Aashiq Abu

 

79. S Durga / Malayalam / 2018

Director: Sanal Kumar Sashidharan

 

80. Ship of Theseus / Hindi / 2013

Director: Anand Gandhi

 

81. Shor In The City / Hindi with English / 2011

Director: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK

 

82. Soodhu Kavvum / Tamil / 2013

Director: Nalan Kumarasamy

 

83. Super Deluxe / Tamil / 2019

Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja

 

84. Supermen of Malegaon (documentary) / Hindi / 2012

Director: Faiza Ahmad Khan

 

85. Take Off / Malayalam / 2017

Director: Mahesh Narayanan

 

86. Talvar / Hindi / 2015

Director: Meghna Gulzar

 

87. Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru / Tamil / 2017

Director: H Vinoth

 

88. The Lunchbox / Hindi / 2013

Director: Ritesh Batra

 

89. The World Before Her (documentary) / English, Hindi / 2014

Director: Nisha Pahuja

 

90. Thithi / Kannada / 2016

Director: Raam Reddy

 

91. Udaharanam Sujatha / Malayalam / 2017

Director: Phantom Praveen

 

92. Unda / Malayalam / 2019

Director: Khalidh Rahman

 

93. Unmadiyude Maranam / Malayalam / 2018

Director: Sanal Kumar Sashidharan

 

94. Usthad Hotel / Malayalam / 2012

Director: Anwar Rasheed

 

95. U Turn / Kannada / 2016

Director: Pawan Kumar

 

96. Village Rockstars / Assamese / 2018

Director: Rima Das

 

97. Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa / Tamil / 2010

Director: Gautham Menon

 

98. Virus / Malayalam / 2019

Director: Aashiq Abu

 

 

99. Visaranai / Tamil / 2016

Director: Vetri Maaran

 

100. Walking With The Wind / Ladakhi / 2017

Director: Praveen Morchhale

 

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