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Bollywood Films - Classic Revisited

Bollywood Films - Classic Revisited

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  •     Nishant - 1975
    Shyam Benegal’s Nishant was released in1975- the same year when Hindi cinema (It had not received the famous sobriquet-‘Bollywood’ then!) was basking in the success of its greatest commercial film- Sholay- Ramesh Sippy’s Seven Samurai-inspire...
  •     Bhumika - 1977
    Bhumika is a throwback to the era of parallel Hindi cinema of 70s and 80s, which produced many a classic film. Director Shyam Benegal- one of the stalwarts in parallel cinema, has always loved to portray strong and complex central woman characters in...
  •     Guide - 1965
    In one of his interviews, octogenarian and yet evergreen Dev Anand went ballistic against any attempts to remake Guide and I could see his point. How else would you feel if your life’s best work is being tampered with? Even his seemingly boastful s...
  •     Mother India - 1957
    Integrity and idealism; sentiments and sacrifices; ground reality and high melodrama- 1957-classic Mother India combines all these elements to portray the epic life-story a courageous rustic woman. Remade from the 1940-film Aurat, this film has becom...
  •     Sangam - 1964
    Raj Kapoor’s unique place in Indian cinema is not just as a fine actor, in fact his contribution as a film-maker far outweighs his acting contribution. His RK banner created many memorable films and established his reputation as the greatest showma...
  •     Koshish- 1972
    Meaningful silences speak more than meaningless words. This thought repeatedly crosses my mind while watching director Gulzar’s Koshish- an unforgettable bitter-sweet tale of triumph of indomitable spirit over tragedies in life....
  •     Guddi (1970)
    Movie-world has always been a dream factory. Silver screen has been selling dreams since its inception. Imagining the glitzy make-believe screen-world as the reality and lured by the glamour of its glittering stars, many a star-struck fan has been pu...
  •     Abhiman - 1973
    How artiste rivalry and a male-female ego equation in a showbiz marriage (in full public glare) could lead to wounded pride is a theme of this moving film....
  •     Sparsh
    True to its title Sparsh (meaning touch), this movie literally touches you with its sensitivity. Long before Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black portrayed the battle of a visually impaired and physically challenged girl, Sai Paranjape’s Sparsh had cast...
  •     Bandini -1963
    Talents of Bimal Roy and Nutan made Bandini a milestone film....
  •     Anand - 1970
    1970-film Anand ranks amongst the best emotional dramas in Indian cinema. Director Hrishikesh Mukherji’s mastery over portrayal of complex human emotions and his ability to tell a touching tale with multiple well-etched characterizations make this ...
  •     Sholay - 1975
    15th August 1975 is a defining moment in annals of Hindi cinema. It was the day Sholay was released. From that day onwards, any Hindi movie would finally be judged against one film- Sholay. To borrow a quote from the famous director Shekhar Kapoor- ...
  •     Pakeezah - 1971
    In a hurry to catch a leaving train in the middle of the night, a stranger walks into a wrong compartment and is held spellbound by a sleeping beauty- or rather her beautifully decorated feet. The next day, when the lady wakes up, she just finds a n...
  •     Mughal-E-Aazam - 1960
    For nine long years, K. Asif kept saying, “Yeh Mughal- E- Azam ban rahi hai. Koi aisi-vaisi film nahi.” (“This is Mughal-e- azam in the making. Not just any other film!”) But in the end, he proved that it wasn’t just an empty boast. Six dec...
  •     Kaagaz Ke Phool
    Buoyed by the critical and commercial success of Pyaasa (1957), director- actor Guru Dutt decided to go one step further in terms of autobiographical expression and made Kaagaz Ke Phool. Pyaasa had already depicted travails of a struggling artist in ...
  •     Pyaasa - 1957
    Pyaasa is not just a movie- it’s a piece of celluloid history, an experience to behold. It’s a film that has influenced many a latter-day film-maker. Guru Dutt – the enigmatic genius who produced and directed this film made it into an engrossin...
  •     Jewel Thief - 1967
    The hubbub in a swinging party slowly evolves into an altercation. A woman is accusing a man to be her lost fiancé and he is vehemently denying even having met her. Enter the woman’s brother, who after an angry scuffle with the man over the same i...

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