Anupama Chopra is a film critic with New Delhi Television (NDTV 24/7). She is the author of King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema and also writes about Hindi films for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Vogue India.

Chris Kattan valiantly tackles Mumbai cinema in IFC’s new miniseries, Bollywood Hero. But Anupama Chopra says the show lacks the color, music, or masala to rival Slumdog Millionaire.

Now that Slumdog Millionaire has won Best Picture, Hindi cinema stands poised to finally make the international crossover. Anu Chopra reveals the five essential classics any burgeoning Bollywood fan should see.