Mythology & Movies in India are linked through an intricate umbilical cord, from start to today. Here’s looking at the top Bollywood mythological films — Check the slideshow:
Top 10 Indian Mythological Movies
And so the magical show of Mythological Movies begin..
Raja Harishchandra (1913)
The 1st ever feature film from India by DG Phalke. The film on the story of righteous king set the cash registers jingling, so much so that Phalke had to transfer money in cartloads from all over.
Ram Rajya (1943)
Directed by Vijay Bhatt, the film based on Ramayana was the highest grossing film of its time. Yet, the film is special as it is the only one that Mahatma Gandhi ever saw.
Sampoorna Ramayana (1961)
While Ram Rajya was all about drama, this one was all about special effects, thanks to a sterling work by photographer Babubhai Mistry. This one was a super duper hit of its times.
One of the first super-starrer, this one was directed by Babubhai Mistry, and even had the mighty Dara Singh donning the role of Bheema.
Jai Santhoshi Maa (1975)
A low-budget film on an unknown goddess, this film has become somewhat of a case study on how divinity can be created. Jai Santoshi Maa was one of the biggest grosser for a long time, and even possibly having the best RoI even today.
Shirdi Ke Saibaba (1977)
This film turned a local Saint into a global phenomenon. Legions of believers started visiting Shirdi and worshipping Saibaba post this film. Though the lead actor Sudhir Dalvi could never come out of that image.
Ramayan: The Legend of Prince Ram (1992)
This Indo-Japanese coproduction was special in terms of the animated reinvention of Ramayana, the monsters were not your typical ones as you so often see. And then with Amrish Puri’s voice as the Ravan was classic. Sadly this film did not really work magic at the BO.
This animated film on the Monkey God was different because of the way it reinvented the narrative of Hanuman, placing the story in contemporary times rather than the Satya Yuga of the Ramayana.
Sita Sings the Blues (2008)
This unconventional animated film by American Nina Paley raised quite a few hackles because of how it retold the Ramayana from Sita’s perspective. For all the controversies this one a refreshing take on one of India’ oldest story.
Arjun: The Warrior Prince (2012)
While this one didn’t work at the BO say like Hanuman and else, yet it was much critically appreciated for its superior animation and taut story-telling. It is a must see if you can grab a copy.
Inspired by the Mahabharata, the film is touted as the costliest film ever (Rs. 250 crores) from India. Set on an epic scale, this might not be a mythological film in a true sense, but has whipped up a mytho-storm nonetheless. Will this find a place in the top 10 list, time will tell..