Must-watch Indian Films for Kids

Because it is Satyajit Ray’s birthday, we asked Samina Mishra to make a highly subjective list of her favourite Indian films for kids. Because, like books for kids, we seem to be encouraging a diet almost exclusively foreign!

Samina Mishra likes to tell stories by writing and making films. These days, she is watching Indian children’s films from the 1960s to 1980s for a research project.

So, my platypus friends have asked me to put together a list of children’s films that I have watched and loved, films that I would like to share with kids I know. While some films were easily retrieved from my memory, I did have to push away cobwebs for others. And because I really find it difficult to see things as only for kids–books, films, games– the films on my list may not have all been made especially for children but they are films that I think everyone should see and especially share with kids they love. I saw some of these films as a kid and many of them as an adult-hiding-a-kid. Some are bathed in a hazy memory of love and some I know I will love forever. Share yours?

Hemen Gupta/1961

Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne
Stayajit Ray/ 1969

Haathi Mere Saathi
M A Thirumugham /1971

Angootha Chhaap
Sai Paranjape/1988

Mujh Se Dosti Karoge
Gopi Desai/ 1992

Vishal Bhardawaj/2001

Umesh Kulkarni /2005

I Am Kalam
Nila Madhab Panda /2010

Chhutkan ki Mahabharat
Sankalp Meshram/2006

Daayen Ya Baayen
Bela Negi/2010

We would love it if our readers suggested other Indian films for kids which they have liked. These are some our readers have suggested. Thank you all for your suggestions.

Santosh Sivan

Aamir Khan

Taare zameen par
Aamir Khan

Blue Umbrella
Vishal Bhardwaj | 2005

Mr India
Shekhar Kapoor | 1987

Gulzar | 1972

Annu Kapoor

Jajantram Mamantram

Chota Chetan


Stanley Ka Dabba!



Bhaago Bhoot
Sai Paranjype/ 2000

Karamati Coat



  1. Awesome list! Its quite challenging to figure out what will suit kids to watch and will be educative, at the same time. Do also check out Beetroot.In, an awesome fun collection of toys, games and books for kids that you can rent oon a weekly basis. Novel idea aint it?

  2. Amazing list! Taare zameen par is must for every kid and parents too. Children tends to learn more from pictures and motion graphics than just reading away the books. Thanks for sharing this wonderful collection of movies for kids. 🙂

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