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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



FIPRESCI’s Top Ten Indian films of all time includes two Satyajit Ray movies

FIPRESCI’s Top Ten Indian films of all time includes two Satyajit Ray movies

FIPRESCI-India (India chapter of the International Federation of Film Critics:

FIPRESCI) conducted a secret poll for making a list of the All Time Ten Best Indian

Films. 30 Members of FIPRESCI-India voted in confidence and on the basis of

maximum number of votes polled in favour of the films the following list was

declared officially:


1. Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road, Bengali, 1955) by Satyajit Ray

2. Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Capped Star, Bengali, 1960) by Ritwick


3. Bhuvan Shome (Hindi, 1969) by Mrinal Sen

4. Elippathayam (The Rat Trap, Malayalam, 1981) by Adoor Gopalakrishnan

5. Ghatashraddha (The Ritual, Kannada, 1977) by Girish Kasaravalli

6. Garm Hava (Scorching Winds, Hindi, 1973) by M.S. Sathyu

7. Charulata (The Lonely Wife, Bengali, 1964) by Satyajit Ray

8. Ankur (The Seedling, Hindi, 1974) by Shyam Benegal

9. Pyaasa (Thirsty, Hindi, 1957) by Guru Dutt

10. Sholay (Embers, Hindi, 1975) by Ramesh Sippy

It is worth noting that the list includes five Hindi films, ranked 3, 6, 8, 9 and 10. Other languages represented are Bengali (3) and one each in the Malayalam and Kannada languages. Time span-wise, the period covered is 1955 to 1981.

Indian master director and the best known Indian director outside India, Satyajit Ray, is the only director to have two films making it to the crème de là crème.

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Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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