Bollywood Movies- The best of best!
The opinions vary, the tastes differ. When it comes to the best of Bollywood movies, it depends; It depends on who you ask and in what mood they are! There are way too many VERY good movies out there. Here are some of the best ones:
Sholay: Sholay needs no introduction. The dialogues, the story, the cast, the acting…everything is so refreshing. The story moves at its own natural pace. Sholay is the highest grossing film of all time in Indian cinema. When first released, the movie did not win any major awards from the film critics, but it has a cult like following. At the 50th Filmfare, it received the award as the Best Film of 50 Years. The mega cast includes Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan.
Pakeezah: This is another legendary movie from the 70s; with a larger than life appeal. Beautifully directed by Kamal Amrohi, this movie is a combination of good artistic tastes, lovely costumes, a fluid storyline, excellent settings and melodious music. The film is a story of a Lucknow tawaif (courtesan) played by actress Meena Kumari. Raaj Kumar and Ashok Kumar lead the cast. The evergreen and superb music comes from Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad.
Mother India:The first Indian movie to be nominated for Oscar, this is one of the highest ranked Hindi movies in the international film festivals, and for a reason. The cast of Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and Raj Kumar delivers a brilliant acting. Superb music and an evolving storyline are the hallmarks of this classic gem.
Mera Naam Joker: Raj Kapoor spent every penny he had on this movie, and it flopped during the first release – it was just too long with run time over 5 hours. The second release, the re-edited and compressed version, ended up as one of the most successful film of all times. This comic but sad story has something for audiences of all ages. The mega cast includes Raj Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Manoj Kumar, Rishi Kapoor and Dharmendra.
Mughal-e-Azam :This is one of the most expensive Hindi movies ever made of its times. It took more than 9 years to complete this feature. The star cast is ultimate; the dance sets are unparalleled for its time. Some of the famous dance sequences of Madhubala are filmed in the Shish Mahal -The Palace of Mirrors- in Lahore Shahi Qila.
Pyasa: The sad stories of Guru Dutt are hard to gulp, but the artistic and realistic values of its time are depicted so vividly in his movies. The music, the acting and the storyline of Pyasa…are all brilliant and leave a lasting impression. The movie has some of the best evergreen songs. If you like this kind of complicated sad stories with touching music, ‘kagaz ke phool’ is another great movie fro Guru Dutt.
Guide: This is another masterpieces of the Indian film industry. Based on the critically acclaimed novel, ‘The Guide’ by R. K. Narayan, this is a moving and memorable story. The acting from Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman is top-notch, as always. The melodious soundtrack is memorable highlight of this film
Deewaar:Directed by Yash Chopra, starring Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, Deewaar tells the story of two impoverished brothers; and their struggle to survive the streets of Bombay/Mumbai. It was one of the films which established ‘Big B’ as the “angry young man” of Bollywood.
Hum Aapke Hai koun:This film with 14 songs is a great success story of modern days Bollywood. Starring Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit, the movie has a great combo of acting, direction and music – all in one.
Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge: Winner of all kinds of major Filmfare Awards, this romantic flick is one of the biggest Bollywood hits of all time. Supported by the cast of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, the movie is a joy to watch.
Lagaan: Aamir Khan, the lead actor, produced this super-hit because no-one else was willing to put their money on the plot. Lagaan was nominated for the best foreign language film for the 2002 Academy Award. A R Rahman´s background score, combined with great acting and brilliant direction, the movie keeps you entertained for 4 hours !
Monsoon Wedding: This Mira Nair film is not your regular Bollywood flick with expected happy ending. The storyline revolves around the issues with NRI Marriages and Indian wedding extravaganzas, and exposes many flaws of arranged marriages. It has a natural flow, with very realistic social settings.
Now, what is on your list of the best Bollywood movies; or what should MUST be included here? I am sure I left out some good ones. !
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