Satyajit Ray's 'Pather Panchali' in BBC's Top 100

2nd November 2018

Three years ago BBC Culture ran its first major critics' poll, to find the 100 greatest American films. Two further polls looked for the best films of the 21st Century and the greatest comedies ever made – and those also ended up with films from the US in the top spot. Now it turned heads globally considering every cinema across the world.

BBC asked critics to vote for their favourite movies made primarily in a language other than English. The result is BBC Culture's 100 greatest foreign-language films had only one Indian film and the proudest moment for us as the film stands in higher ranking. It is Satyajit Ray's 1955 classic film 'Pather Panchali' making it to the 15th spot in the BBC list of foreign films. Click here to read the official BBC list 

The film was produced by the Government of West Bengal and proud moment for us as it stands the only Indian film in BBC's list. From the votes of 200 critics for overall 688 different films in total from over 60 different countries, from which they cut down 100 films from 67 different directors, from 24 countries, and in 19 languages.

As per BBC, "27 of the highest-rated films were in French, followed by 12 in Mandarin, and 11 each in Italian and Japanese."  The official BBC link quoted, "One statistic we noted was that a quarter of the films on our list were East Asian: that is, 25 of them were made in Japan (11), China (6), Taiwan (4), Hong Kong (3) or South Korea (1). And the winning film, Seven Samurai, by the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa"