My top 10 favourite films – Vinay Sinha

“I have grown up enchanted by the magic of cinema and have produced around 15 feature films in the Indian film industry, including the laugh-riot cult-comedy Andaz Apna Apna. I am looking forward to producing a reimagined Andaz Apna Apna Too and putting smiles on the faces of audiences once again. Here are 10 movies that are my all-time favourites (in no particular order) and made me feel a range of emotions,” said Vinay Sinha.

Aradhana: This musical romance changed everything in Hindi cinema and gave us the magic of superstar actor Rajesh Khanna. There was also great music in the movie and moments that remained carved in the cinematic landscape forever. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of a movie that is loved even today.

Mother India: The great Mehboob Khan delivered the first Indian film to get an Oscar nomination. One of the greatest movies ever made anywhere in the world is a powerful story of a woman who fights against all odds righteously. It is sheer woman-power. Nargis delivered a career-defining performance that only a few leading ladies have been able to match.

Chandni: Yash Chopra was the master of romance and delivered this beautiful love story. The amazing Sridevi just created magic on the big screen and won the hearts of audiences with her amazing presence. This was a landmark movie and remains a personal favourite.

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi: Hindi cinema has given audiences wonderful comedies over the years, including this golden great, which starred the fabulous Ganguly brothers, Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar and Kishore Kumar. The power of this movie is perfectly illustrated by the fact that it entertains audiences so many decades later.

Dhool Ka Phool: The great Yash Chopra commenced his extraordinary filmmaking journey with this very emotional and beautifully-made family film. The messages conveyed in this 1959 classic resonate 60 years later and it rightfully remains a revered classic.

Mughal-E-Azam: The K Asif epic starring Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and the great Prithviraj Kapoor created a new benchmark in Hindi cinema. The tragic love story set in an opulent world was colourised decades later and still had the same impact. Recently, the film was turned into a stage musical and continues to impact audiences in a positive way.

Dangal: The record-breaking movie really does deserve all the praise it has received. Although Aamir Khan is just outstanding in it and is his usual brilliant self, the girls playing his daughters are a delight to watch. This is a sports film, a feminist drama and a great father and daughters story rolled into one.

Sangam: Hindi cinema has given us so many love triangles and this is perhaps the finest among all. Vyjayanthimala, Raj Kapoor and Rajendra Kumar injected so much emotion into this eternal love triangle. The music is wonderful too.

Sholay: Pretty much every fan of Hindi cinema will add this iconic movie in their list of all time favourites. The dacoit spectacle about the triumph of good over evil gave birth to the biggest villain of Indian cinema, Gabbar Singh, who was brilliantly played by Amjad Khan. The record-breaking film had a great cast, a huge canvas and so many unforgettable dialogues in it.

Yaadein: The simple, but effective movie was way ahead of its time and showed off the genius of Sunil Dutt, who produced, directed and starred in this masterpiece that only features a single actor.

Vinay Sinha is a Mumbai-based movie producer