Best of Bollywood..... As the South Asian International Film Festival kicks off in New York City, feed your Bollywood fever with TIME's list of the best Bollywood classics Awaara - 1951 Mother India - 1957 Pyaasa - 1957 Guide - 1965 Ankur - 1974 Sholay - 1975 Bombay - 1995 Deewaar - 1975 Aandhi - 1975 Nayagan - 1987 3 Idiots - 2009 Jodhaa Akbar - 2007 Lagaan - 2001 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai - 1998 Dil Se - 1998 Awaara - 1951 Cast: Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Nargis Director-star Raj Kapoor was just 26 when he filmed this tale of sons disowned and justice betrayed. The lefty politics made Awaara a hit in the U.S.S.R. So did a sexy beach scene between Kapoor and his co-star (and lover), the Indian screen legend Nargis. I Mother India - 1957 Cast: Nargis, Sunil Dutt Chic, sultry Nargis went prole — brilliantly — as a peasant mother defending her land and family in Mehboob Khan's blockbuster. It's a left-wing Gone With the Wind but grittier and more volcanic. Better songs, too Pyaasa - 1957 Cast: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha Guru Dutt was Indian film's doomed romantic poet. He plays one here, with gorgeous Waheeda Rehman as his muse-whore, in a movie unmatched for dark tenderness Guide - 1965 Cast: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman A tour guide (Anand) has an affair with a married woman (Rehman); later he is mistaken for a holy man and, miraculously, becomes one. Anand's brother Vijay directed this daring tale of worldly passion and spiritual transcendence Ankur - 1974 Cast: Shabana Azmi, Sadhu Meher Shyam Benegal launched New Indian Cinema with his deft story of a man's love for his maid. Waheeda Rehman turned down the part; Shabana Azmi got it (her debut role) and a great star was born. Sholay - 1975 Cast: Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan Pairing Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra was nearly an excess of testosteronic star quality. There's a complex revenge plot and lots of nifty action scenes in Ramesh Sippy's curry western, but its heart lies with the two outlaw heroes. Maybe the burliest male love story ever made. Bombay - 1995 Cast: Manisha Koirala, Arvind Swamy Tamil director Mani Rathnam and composer A.R. Rahman had an India-wide hit with this political parable of a Hindu man and his Muslim bride in the 1993 Bombay riots. By turns sweet and furious, this is superb melodrama. Deewaar - 1975 Aandhi - 1975 Nayagan - 1987 3 Idiots - 2009 Cast: Aamir Khan, Javed Jaffrey, Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan Years after graduating from engineering school, Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Joshi) go off in search of their disappeared best friend and classmate, Rancho (Khan). The trio — the three idiots of the title — give the movie all the elements that make a Bollywood film so great to watch: a heavy dose of comedy, complex father-son relationships and class-defying friendships. Jodhaa Akbar - 2007 Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan This sixteenth-century love story is based on the real-life marriage between the Muslim Mughal emperor Akbar (Roshan) and the Hindu princess Jodhaa (Bachchan, a former Miss World) — a political alliance forged between the emperor and Jodhaa's father. Akbar falls in love with his new bride, but Jodhaa, who hates being used as a pawn, resents him. To capture the grandeur of the Moghul Empire, 80 elephants, 100 horses and 55 camels were used in the film, along with more than a thousand dancers in traditional clothing. The result is a sweeping piece of cinematic history. Lagaan - 2001 Cast: Paul Blackthorne, Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley In a small village under the British Raj, the cruel provincial ruler, captain Andrew Russell (Blackthorne) has imposed a high tax, or lagaan, on all who serve him. As villagers fret over their ability to pay Kuch Kuch Hota Hai - 1998 Cast: Kajol, Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee Rahul (Khan) and tomboy Anjali (Kajol) are students at Xavier College as well as best friends, until transfer student Tina (Mukherjee) arrives to disrupt their relationship. Dil Se - 1998 Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta On the eve of India's 50th anniversary, journalist Amar (Khan) is on his way to interview a terrorist leader for an assignment when he meets the mysterious Meghna (Koirala) while waiting for a train. She is, of course, a terrorist herself, with a mission to assassinate the prime minister, and disappears before Amar can profess his love for her.