FIPRESCI: Satyajit Ray's 'Pather Panchali' declared best Indian film, Pyaasa and Sholay also in the list

Pankaj Prasad
Pather Panchali
Pather Panchali

According to the press release issued by FIPRESCI-India, the voting was conducted in secret, in which 30 members were involved.

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Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray's feature film 'Pather Panchali' has been declared the best Indian film of all time by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESSI). The 1955 film secured the first position in the top 10 films in the history of Indian cinema, which was announced after a poll conducted by FIPRESCI.

'Pather Panchali' is based on the Bengali novel

According to the press release issued by FIPRESCI-India, the voting was conducted in secret, in which 30 members were involved. The film is based on a 1929 Bengali novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay with the same name as Pather Panchali. This was the first film directed by Ray. It starred Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Uma Dasgupta, Pinaki Sengupta and Chunibala Devi.


The names of these films are also included in the list

In this list, Rithvik Ghatak's 1960 Bengali drama film 'Meghe Dhaka Tara', Mrinal Sen's 1969 Hindi drama film 'Bhuvan Som', Adoor Gopalakrishnan's 1981 Malayalam drama film 'Elippatayam', Girish Kasaravalli's 1977 film Kannada film 'Ghatashraddha', MS Sathyu's 1973 Hindi film 'Garm Hawa', Satyajit Ray's 1964 Bengali film 'Charulata', Shyam Benegal's 1974 Hindi film 'Ankur', Guru Dutt's 1954 Hindi film 'Pyaasa' ' and the 1975 block buster Hindi film 'Sholay' directed by Ramesh Sippy.

FIPRESCI was established in 1930

Significantly, FIPRESCI was established in 1930. It presents awards at film festivals such as Vienna International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival and International Film Festival. No Tamil language film found a place in the top 10, which included five Hindi films, three Bengali films and one Malayalam and Kannada language films each.