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TOP 10 of INdian Cinema - 2021

In a survey to judge the best of Indian Cinema in the year 2021, the IFI requested 07 eminent Film Critics of India to recommend their choice of top 10 Indian films and top three performances by an actor male and female in order of preference. The choices listed by the Critics were given marks by IFI e.g. the film rated by the Critic as No. 1 got 10 marks while the one placed at No. 10 got 01 marks. A similar formula was applied to the Performances by the Actors as well. The objective was to create a country-wide consensus on the Best of Indian Cinema which has largely been achieved if one goes by the Final List. The Final results are as under:  


  1. ‘The Disciple’ (Marathi) directed by Chaitanya Tamhane 

  2. ‘Minnal Murali’ (Malayalam) directed by Basil Joseph 

  3. ‘Joji’ (Malayalam) directed by Dileesh Pothan   

  4. 'Nayattu' (Malayalam) directed by Martin Prakkat, jointly with 'Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana' (Kannada) directed by Raj B. Shetty

  5. 'Milestone' (Hindi) directed by Ivan Ayr

  6. 'Sardar Udham' (Hindi) directed by Shoojit Sircar

  7. 'The Great Indian Kitchen' (Malayalam) directed by Jeo Baby

  8. 'Kala' (Malayalam) directed by Rohith VS, jointly with 'Jai Bheem' (Tamil) directed by T. J. Gnanavel

  9. 'Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam' (Malayalam) directed by Senna Hegde

  10. 'Sherni' (Hindi) directed by Amit V. Masurkar, jointly with 'Pushpa: The Rise – Part 01' (Telugu) directed by Sukumar

best actor 2021 (male)

1. Fahadh Faasil - Malik

2. Vicky Kaushal - Sardar Udham, jointly with Tovino Thomas - Minnal Murali

best actor 2021 (FEmale)

1. Konkona Sen Sharma - Geeli Pucchi, jointly with Nimisha Sajayan - The Great Indian Kitchen

2. Taapsee Pannu- Haseen Dilruba

The survey invited top 07 Film Critics of the country through a rating mechanism where a film rated by the Critic at No. 1 spot got 10 marks while the one placed at No. 10 got 01 mark and so on. The Critics who participated in the Survey included Baradwaj Rangan (Chennai), Sachin Chate (Goa), Siraj Syed (Mumbai), Chandi Mukherjee (Kolkata), Murtaza Ali Khan (New Delhi), Christopher Dalton (Kerala) and Utpal Datta (Guwahati).

Participating Film Critics

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