LAHORE: 1. Guide (1965)
Directors: Vijay Anand, Tad Danielewski
A classic of Hindi cinema with Dev Anand at his best, Guide is possibly the last film where he reached the twilight of his iconic career. Guide’s music was legendary with brilliant storytelling by Vijay Anand.
2. Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Roman Holiday is the Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck classic with the best climax a love story can have.
3. Nahi Abhi Nahi (1980)
Director: Nazrul Islam
This was the best youth film to come out of Pakistan. Directed by Nazrul Islam, the film launched actor Faisal Rehman. The teenage love story was brilliantly told and had some great music.
Director: Penny Marshall
Robert De Niro and Robin Williams are at the top of their game in this true story.
5. Indiana Jones franchise
Pick any Indiana Jones film and chill out. Adventure doesn’t get better than this on celluloid.
6. Shani (1989)
Director: Saeed Rizvi
Shani was the first science fiction film of Pakistan. It was Pakistan’s answer to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and every computer-generated effect of that time. Watch it and you will die laughing at its special effects but back in the 80s, it did the trick in those cinema halls. It was a huge hit.
7. Lagaan (2001)
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
I consider Lagaan as a modern day Hindi cinema classic. Brilliant idea and brilliantly done. The last 40 minutes are still as engaging as they were the first time I saw the film.
8. Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte, Ram Madhvani
Entertainment and message merged in the best possible way, this film will melt your heart every time you view it.
9. Notting Hill (1999)
Director: Roger Michell
Notting Hill is the best rom-com ever. People might disagree but what the hell. It’s my list.
10. The Message (1976)
Director: Moustapha Akkad
Saw it as a child and it still brings out the same emotion as it did back then. I think it’s still the best historical piece about Islam that ever made it to celluloid.
The writer is an actor, writer and host. He wrote ‘Jawani Phir Nahi Ani’, Pakistan’s highest grossing film. He tweets @vasaych
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2016.