Top 20 Bollywood Movies of 80s

Top 20 Bollywood Movies of 1980s (1980 to 1989):
Samita Patil was still alive, Dilip Kumar still in action, the Big B showed no signs of grey hair, Naseeruddin Shah was in his prime, Pran was still the bad guy to beat…..you got the idea, right?

Choosing top 20 movies from 80s is almost an impossible task. Should you go with the mega hits from mega stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar, or should you go with the artistic movies supported by Naseeruddin Shah, Samita Patil, Shabana Azmi? The list below is not perfect by any means, but a good mix of the both styles. Depending on your tastes, likes and dislikes, the choice may vary, but here are the top 20 movies from 80s, arranged in a chronological order, by the year of movie-release date:

1. Aakrosh (1980): This is an acclaimed art film. The star power comes from all around brilliant acting of Naseeruddin Shah, Samita Patil, Om Puri and Amrish Puri. The movie is a satire on the corruption in the Indian judicial system, and power abuse of the rich against the poor.

2. Qurbani (1980): A very entertaining family movie, also known for an ensemble of super-stars, excellent music and many ever-green songs. The film stars Feroz Khan, Vinod Khanna, Zeenat Aman, Amjad Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Aruna Irani, Amrish Puri and Kader Khan. Enough said. Continue reading “Top 20 Bollywood Movies of 80s”

Bollywood Quiz 5 – The Idiots and a Dog

The Bollywood Quiz 5 is based on the Bollywood news and movies as of  early 2010.
Some other Bollywood quizzes, if you want to try, can be found as linked below:
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Bollywood Quiz I: Know your Bollywood?: A Bollywood quiz about old movies of yesteryears!
Bollywood Quiz 7 – Evergreen Playback singers of Bollywood movies :A quiz on the most popular playback singers of all times.
Here is the latest – Bollywood Quiz 5; Good luck: 🙂

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In the Bollywood circles, who is known as the 'perfectionist'?





Chetan Bhagat claims that the movie '3 Idiots' is loosely based on his book titled:





Releasing in February, this upcoming movie, is one of the biggest anticipated movies of 2010:





According to his blog, Aamir Khan used to have a dog named Shahrukh!





SHahrukh Khan, the King of Bollywood can be found on Twitter and most recently ‘tweeted’ advice on how to stay healthy and fit.





According to the media reports, at least one person left the '3 idots' movie theater in tears and very upset:









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20 Best Bollywood movies of 90s

20 Best Bollywood movies from 1990 to 1999
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The 1990’s decade produced some the most memorable Hindi films.  It is hard to pick only a handful out of hundreds of movies of the era, but here we go! Here is a list of movies that made a splash in the 90s. The brief description includes main/lead cast, year of release and general genre of each movie.

1. Ghayal (1990): Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, this popular thriller features Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Seshadri in the lead role. It was one of the blockbusters of the year and it also won the Filmfare ‘Best movie’ award.

2. Dil (1990): This is a lovable romantic comedy; it has some of the best music of its time. Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher and Saeed Jaffrey lead the cast and a very superior acting all around.

3. Diksha (1991) Meaning ‘initiation, the Hindi film is based on a novel by famous Kannada writer U. R. Ananthamurthy. The film depicts a complicated story of a Guru and his widowed daughter; it is infused with Indian culture and local traditions. A well told story of human emotions and willpower.

4. Lamhe (1991): This is a classic Yash Chopra film. It stars Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Waheeda Rehman and Anupam Kher in the main cast. The film is critically acclaimed, with exceptionally great music. This romantic drama received the well deserved ‘Best Movie’ Filmfare award.

5. Beta (1992): The movie featured the popular pair of its time – Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor. This is a very entertaining movie with many memorable music numbers, including popular song “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga”.

6. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992): This is Mansoor Khan directed movie; he is more famous for another hit ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. Aamir Khan and Pooja Bedi star in this romantic drama. It was a blockbuster flick of its time and a winner of ‘Best movie’ Filmfare award..

7. Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke (1993) Directed by Mahesh Bhatt, the movies has a wonderful musical score by Nadeem-Shravan. Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla pair well in the lead role. This romantic film has some of the best acting from Juhi Chawla and very popular among critics and laymen alike. Continue reading “20 Best Bollywood movies of 90s”

20 Best Bollywood movies from 2000 to 2009

The top 20 Bollywood movies of last 10 years

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Aishvarya and Madhuri in Devdas

The taste varies; the likes, the dislikes – the opinion varies. However, there are some films we all adore.Here are some of the great Bollywood movies from 2000 to 2009.

1. Lagaan (2001): A refreshing drama, it is a well told story of modern Bollywood days. Set in the Victorian period of the British Empire, the movie is critically acclaimed all around the world. It became the selected few Hindi film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Produced by Aamir Khan, also in the lead role.

2. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham(2001): Very successful romantic and emotional drama. The cinematography, music and costumes are brilliant. A musical blockbuster, the movie is well received at home and abroad. The star-studded cast includes Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor.

3. Rang de Basanti(2006): A movie with great acting and direction. Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, Siddharth Narayan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and British actress Alice Patten is the main cast. A.R. Rahman music adds to the appeal of this light-hearted flick.

4. Devdas (2002): A love story, it is a beautiful remake of old Devdas, based on a famous short novel by the same name. Acting, direction and music are equally admirable. Devdas is one of the most expensive Bollywood films ever produced, with a reported budget of Rs 50 crores. Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Aishwarya Rai star in the leading roles.

5. Veer Zaara (2004): Directed by Yash Chopra – a refreshing acting combines with good story telling and a tasteful direction. It is set in the background of India and Pakistan conflict; the romantic film tells an unfortunate love story across the borders. . This popular movie stars Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji in the leading roles. Continue reading “20 Best Bollywood movies from 2000 to 2009”

Bollywood Quiz IV : Which two stars…

Kurbaan-2009 250x250The quiz is based on the recent movies or related Bollywood stories as of November 2009.
The previous quizzes can be found as linked below:

Bollywood Quiz 7 – Evergreen playback singers of Bollywood :A quiz on popular playback singers.
Bollywood Quiz I: Know your Bollywood?:A Bollywood quiz about old movies of yesteryears!
Bollywood Quiz III-Related to Bollywood movies or stories from August 2009, (and originally published in August 2009)

And, here is the latest quiz: Quiz IV: Which two stars..
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The best Bollywood movies of all times!

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:
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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. Continue reading “The best Bollywood movies of all times!”

Bollywood Abroad: Aishwarya Rai on the Oprah Show

Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan to appear on Oprah Show!

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Aishwairya Rai in ‘Devdas’

The most influential woman in the world, Oprah Winfrey, is back with 2009 season of her world famous and the highest rated talk show. The downtown Chicago area – the Magnificent Mile- was closed to traffic last week as she kicked off the 24th season of Oprah Winfrey Show.

When it comes to the influence of this billionaire, Oprah is a force beyond comprehension. She has single-handedly popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre. Oprah has a very loyal world wide fan base, especially among women. A book lands on the ‘best seller list’ just by her mentioning of it on the show; the cattle ranchers in Texas get nervous if she promotes vegetarian food or says something against beef…..When Oprah talks, people listen!

And look, who is coming back to the Oprah show again- Aishwarya Rai! The popular Indian actress and former Miss World is no stranger to the show; and this time she brings her husband, Abhishek Bachchan, with her.

Aishwarya Rai is supposedly in Chicago with her beau preparing and shooting for the show. It is ‘rumored’ that the couple has been in USA for more than a week. Obviously, they did not get stopped by the immigration, otherwise we would have heard of it. 🙂 Continue reading “Bollywood Abroad: Aishwarya Rai on the Oprah Show”

The Bollywood Quiz: III

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The other quizzes on this site can be found as linked below:
Bollywood Quiz 7 – Bollywood Playback Singers :A quiz on popular Bollywood playback singers.
Bollywood Quiz I: Know your Bollywood?:A Bollywood quiz about old movies of yesteryears!
The Quiz III below relates to Bollywood movies or stories from August 2009, (and originally published in August 2009):

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SRK, “My Name is Khan”…umm… too bad!

Shahrukh Khan goes through additional questioning at USA Customs and Immigration

SRK and Kajol to star together in 'My Name is Khan'
SRK and Kajol to star together in ‘My Name is Khan’

Shahrukh Khan (SRK), the iconic Indian Movie Star and the king of Bollywood, was subject of additional inspection and questioning by the immigration officers at the Newark airport, New Jersey. He was en route to Chicago to attend an event related to Indian Independence day celebrations.

SRK claims that he was singled out due to his Muslim last name – Khan. He added that the immigration officer was not convinced with any of his explanation about the trip.

The US Immigration and Customs office denies that his last name had anything to do with the additional questioning; he was stopped due to missing baggage. As per the statement from the Customs, everything was done professionally and by the book. It is common for a customs officer to ask someone to step aside for additional inspection if they are not satisfied with the interview.

It is ironic that SRK was in USA earlier this year shooting a Hindi movie titled ‘ My name is Khan’. The film is about the experiences of a Muslim in America.

Another remote possibility is that it was all planned by SRK; a thought that I could not resist.Considering how good an actor he is, he may have staged the whole drama. This incident turned out to be a very good publicity for him and his upcoming movie. Everybody is now talking about ‘My Name is Khan’ all of a sudden, which will be released worldwide soon. Continue reading “SRK, “My Name is Khan”…umm… too bad!”

Hire a Bollywood star for your party: Aaja NachLe!

Who would you hire from Bollywood for your wedding party?

Madhuri and Aishvarya in film Devdas
Madhuri and Aishvarya in film Devdas

Have money?… Looking for the knockout punch at your party?….
Well, look towards Bollywood.
Everything has a price, they say. For the right price, you can get almost anything.
So, what is the price for the Baadshah of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan to dance at your party? How about Rs 3 Crores to start with. Shahrukh Khan agreed to put up a show at the wedding of real estate giant Kanti Govani’s nephew for this large sum of money.

Who would you hire for your party?

From yesterday’s stars the stand-outs are:

  • Amitabh Bachhan:- I won’t mind watching him perform to the tune of ‘Pag Ghungroo bandh Meera Naachi thi..’ from Namak Halaal.
  • Helen: The queen of dance numbers..’Mehbooba Mehbooba…’ from Sholay is a heartthrob  of many!
  • Hema Malini: The ‘dream girl’, a trained classical dancer….

Continue reading “Hire a Bollywood star for your party: Aaja NachLe!”

Bollywood Quiz : Know your Bollywood? The Old Days!

Do you know your Bollywood?
Test your Bollywood knowledge of old movies with this quiz!

The other quizzes on this site can be found as linked below:
Bollywood Quiz 7 – Evergreen Playback Singers of Bollywood movies :A quiz on popular playback singers.
Bollywood – Do you know their real names? The Bollywood actors and actresses were not born with these popular and stellar on-screen names. Wanna test your knowledge of their given names? Try this quiz!

Bollywood Quiz 1 : The yesteryears!
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Bollywood + Hollywood = New fans abroad

With realistic stories and settings, Bollywood gaining new fans overseas

Bollywood-the Bombay (Mumbai) movie industry- is one of the biggest film production location in the world. There is no shortage of all-time-classic stories, romance or melodrama in the long history of Indian movies. It is not new that many of the Bollywood movies are churned out with English themes in varying tones; some of the major trends over many decades have been:
1. Indian movies with Indian stars in western settings, with a clear cut bias against western society; as in ‘Purab Aur Paschim’.
2. Patriotic movies linked to Indian freedom movement against British rule; such as ‘Kranti’ and ‘Lagaan’.
3. Movies based in a western country or a western society with local social and cultural issues; like in ‘Bollywood Hollywood’ and ‘The Guru’.
Many of these films have almost same concept with some variation: tell a story linked to a western country; expose the vices of such society and then save the day by renouncing the western culture, with the ending focused on some flavor of Mera Bharat Mahaan (My Great India! slogan)…. All these movies, even though made with substantial overseas locations in many cases, are limited to Indian cast and Indian production. The success of these movies is entirely determined by their showing in India and Indian theaters. Continue reading “Bollywood + Hollywood = New fans abroad”