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Mughal e Azam 1960
When cinema falls in love with history a Magnum Opus like Mughal-e-Azam is produced. Though a tale from an unverified chapter of history, it is known for its opulence and huge sets and big budget. It was truly K. Asif’s work of passion that bought it from the brink of shelving as it took a long time to make. It was started in late ‘40s with a totally different star cast and did not work out as partition took place at the time and many people linked with the film either migrated to Pakistan or died in the process. Mughale-e-Azam was finally green lighted by the famous businessman Shaporji Pallonji, with no cost was spared to bring the story to life on the celluloid. Made with an unheard of budget of Rupees 1.5 Crore at that time, it went on to become a superhit garnering more than seven times over. Though most of the film was shot in Black and white at the time of its release on 5t ....
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Mother India 1957
This magnum opus from Mehboob Khan was a remake of his earlier movie Aurat released in 1940. Mother India is an all time classic and is what defines Indian cinema. It describes the village life in the backdrop of agriculture, which at that time was very much dependent on rainfall with 70% of the Indian population living in the villages and also dependent on agriculture. It was released on 25 October 1957. Mother India captures the Indian ethos of the time. A woman has a prime place in Indian culture and are revered as goddesses. Mother has a special place in every child's life especially in India and this movie celebrates that. The title was deliberately chosen so, as it was also the title of a book by an American author denigrating the Indian ethos and with this Mehboob Khan wanted to put paid to that by showing that the opposite was actually the truth and Indian women had enough gri ....
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Mausam (1975
MAUSAM appears here in the Retro Gems section due to the sheer sensitivity and the on-screen treatment of a mature subject and also due to the stellar performances by the lead actors Sanjeev Kumar and especially Sharmila Tagore who went on to win the Silver Lotus award at the National Awards that year for her role in the movie. It is Gulzar’s ode of love, he has been credited for writing and directing some of the most sensitive movies of Hindi cinema. Mausam is a work of art. To begin with the most striking sequence is the flashback song picturization of ‘Dil dhoondto hai’ which was novel experiment at that time, literally transporting one individual within the song as a spectator. This movie was released on 29th December 1975 that was the year of some grand hits and revolution of sorts in the Indian cinema side by side with the goings on, on the political scape of INDIA. Mau ....
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Masoom - 1982
Released in 1982, Masoom is adapted from the famous novel Man, Woman and Child by Eric Segal. It was Shekhar Kapur’s (Dev Anand’s nephew) debut directorial venture. Masoom is considered to be one of the most sensitively handled project, with the illegitimate child angle. With lyrics and screenplay written by Gulzar it was a formula bound for success. This is one of the projects of Kapur which did see the light of day. Masoom is a story of a child’s innocence and the film has brilliant music by none other than R.D. Burman with “Do naina ek kahani”, “Tujhse naraz nahin zindagi” topping the charts and the eponymous “Lakdi ki Kathi” which became the childhood anthem of sorts. The film was a hit with the middle class audience. With the ensemble cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Saeed Jaffery and Tanuja who were all at the peak of their craft and child brigade led by ....
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Mr India 1987
The first real big hit for Anil Kapoor, but more than his acting it was the element of sci-fi in the story which was the hero, as Anil himself was invisible in half the movie. The big hit that it was, Mr India was also one of the few directorial ventures of Shekhar Kapoor which he actually completed. A subsequent sequel for this movie was also planned with the same actors but was shelved after the death of Sridevi, its heroine. Recently again this movie was in the news as a trilogy was planned which Shekhar has opposed vehemently, even threatening to go to court against the makers. Sridevi an established heroine was paid the highest ever price for any heroine at the time. Actually Mr India could easily be called Miss India for the way Sridev played the character, with the hero being invisible in better part of the movie. Her ‘Hawa Hawaii’ song and the Charlie Chaplin act are a ....
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Married 2 America - movie review
The film opens with a man made disaster. The Dam designed and executed in its erection was carried out by a US multinational and it was headed by a talented NRI Ravi. Married 2 America movie review... Ravi Malhotra, an NRI living in the US, works for the mighty Larsan & Jason, a US based multinational which is into huge infrastructure projects throughout the world. They build dams and bridges. One of its recent contracts was in India - the Dharbhanga Dam project in Bihar in the district of Saurabhpur. It was planned and executed with a hundred years warranty, by their top architect and engineer Ravi Malhotra. But within a few years, three of the dam's gates are burst open, leaving hundreds of people dead, thousands are rendered homeless and public property worth crores washed down in floods. The Indian government is contemplating suing the company for damages worth 2 billion ....
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Miley naa Miley Hum - movie review
Chirag Mehra (Chirag Paswan) is a grown up kind hearted young guy who is always eager to help the poor people. He is a wonderful individual and seems to be liked by one and all. Miley naa Miley Hum movie review... His parents have separated so he has to be half the time with his father Mr Mehra (Kabeer Bedi) who is comfortably rich and owns acres of vineyard. While he is not with his dad, he spends rest of his time with his super-rich mother (Poonam Dhillon) and accompanies her to office and other corporate meets. Chirag wants to pursue his passion for tennis and his heart lies in this sport. But his mother disapproves this sport since it was her former husband’s passion too. So the mom tags him along to the office and her business meetings. He is of an age where usually the guys date girls and have girl friends. But our guy seems to indulge in helping the needy all the time, ....
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My Friend Pinto - movie review
The story of My Friend Pinto revolves around the one night experiences of an innocent boy in Mumbai Twenty-something Michael Pinto (Prateik) has grown up in a small Goan village, believing everyone in the world to be simple, kind and honest, just like him. His world revolves around a doting mother, a passion for music and the memories of a childhood friend, Sameer (Arjun Mathur), who left Goa for Mumbai many years ago and hasn’t replied to his frequent letters ever since. Pinto’s talent for music is only matched by his knack for finding trouble in the unlikeliest of places often resulting in the most outlandish and hilarious situations. When Pinto’s idyllic world is shattered by the sudden demise of his mother he decides to head to Mumbai in search of the only friend he knows. In Mumbai, the bumbling village idiot stands out like a sore thumb in the big city. And yet hi ....
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Mod - movie review
The usual Nagesh Kukunoor films are small budget films, with new stars and having a backdrop of secluded locations, thus they are low cost films, but the films stories linger in your memory. Mod begins well, but as it proceeds, it runs out of breath. Mod is an official remake of a Taiwanese film ‘Chen Shui de Qing Chun’ which means Keeping watch. Mod is a heartfelt, emotional love story between two completely mismatched people. Aranya, a “full-of-life” 25 yr old, lives in the sleepy and idyllic hill station, Ganga. The little town is the home of many colourful characters – Ashok Mahadeo , Aranya’s whacky father who is the head of the local fan club of Kishore Kumar, the fiery Gayatri Garg, “GG”, her aunt, friend, and confidant, who runs ...a restaurant and is a mother figure to Aranya, chubby Gangaram, the local shopkeeper who harbours feelings for Aranya and Ashok ....
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Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge - movie review
As the title appears, Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge is a campus romance with new faces and how their romance blooms, courtesy the Facebook. It has funny dialogues The concept of social networking sites has taken a new turn with Facebook. The film Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge exploits the idea to get in touch with your friends, and you get an opportunity on the Facebook to get introduced to new friends. The ides of this networking site is that you do not have to reveal your identity to start the talks with someone. If Rahul the rockstar has got the voice and the looks, Vishal, the writer has the brains. If Malvika, the fashion design student and biker chick can get heads turning with just her looks, Preity, the photographer, can say a million things with her pretty pictures. What Vishal and Preity can't do, is spell it out to Malvika and Rahul that they ‘heart’ them. Rahul Sareen is ....
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