Anbe Sivam ("Love is God") is a 2003 Tamil film directed by Sundar C. and stars Kamal Haasan and R. Madhavan with music composed by Vidyasagar. The picture is about a series of comic clashes between Nalla Sivam (Kamal Haasan), a wise-cracking, handicapped communist and Anbarasu (R. Madhavan), an arrogant young advertisement filmmaker, that occur when both happen to get stuck with each other on their problem-filled trip home to Chennai from Bhubaneshwar. Themes such as globalisation, financial disparity and compassion in present day India are explored around the two protagonists.
3. Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Lage Raho Munna Bhai is a 2006 Indian comedy film directed by Rajkumar Hirani. It is the second film in the popular Munna Bhai series of Bollywood. Sanjay Dutt stars in this film as Munna Bhai, a Mumbai (Bombay) underworld don, who begins to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi. Through his interactions with the image of Gandhi, Munna Bhai begins to practice what he calls Gandhigiri (Satyagraha, non-violence, and truth) to help ordinary people solve their problems. Lage Raho Munna Bhai has had a strong cultural impact in India, popularising Gandhism under Munna Bhai's notion of Gandhigiri. As noted by critics, the film has "stirred the popular imagination", leading to a number of Gandhigiri protests in India and in the United States: "For generations born after Gandhi's assassination, Munnabhai, the eponymous hero of the film, has rendered “Gandhism” passé and “Gandhian” arcane. The new buzzword is “Gandhigiri”, a value, and valuable, addition to the lexicon of a culture suffused with every abominable kind of “Dadagiri” and “Goondagiri”.
4. Rang De Basanti
Rang De Basanti (2006 Indian drama film written and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The film begins with a British documentary filmmaker who is determined to make a film on Indian freedom fighters based on diary entries by her grandfather (a former officer of the British Army in India). She requests a group of youngsters, who are indifferent to the state of affairs in India, to act in her film. After they agree and begin filming, a dear friend's death in a aircraft crash is attributed to government's corruption. This event metamorphosizes them into passion-driven individuals who are determined to avenge his death.
The film's release faced stiff resistance from the Indian Defence Ministry and the Animal Welfare Board due to parts of the film that depicted the use of MiG-21 fighter aircraft and a banned Indian horse race respectively. The film, which released globally on January 26, 2006, was India's official entry for the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film Category, although it was not nominated for either ceremony. However, it was nominated in the same category at the 2006 BAFTA Awards.
5. Taare Zameen Par
Taare Zameen Par tells the story of eight year old Ishaan (Darsheel Safary) who suffers greatly until a teacher (Aamir Khan) identifies him as dyslexic. Both commercially and critically acclaimed, Taare Zameen Par won the 2008 Filmfare Best Movie Award as well as a number of other Filmfare and Star Screen Awards. It was declared tax free by the Government of Delhi. The Walt Disney Company has bought the home video rights for distribution of an international edition DVD for future release in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. This is "the first time an international studio has bought the video rights of an Indian film."
Taare Zameen Par is India's official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film for the 81st Academy Awards.