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Jai Santoshi Maa 1975 film
The most successful film on mythology in India is Jai Santoshi Maa. This movie about an unknown Goddess till then brought about a revolution to the nation thirsting for and searching for hope in Emergency times. The mythological film Jai Santoshi Maa started a trend which was followed for years to come. During 1975 the film grossed over 5 Crore Rupees and in today's value this amounts to Rs 200 Crores. Jai Santoshi Maa is to be credited with the Friday fasts became a rage with almost every woman in India observing the fast. The offering of Jaggery and gram to the Goddess for 16 consecutive Fridays and break the fast was rampant all over the country. Rarely has any other movie caught the fancy of the populace like this movie. Not only did people follow the regimen but there were also myths that if the sequence is broken it will be a bad omen for the person observing the fast and so on. ....
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Waqt 1965
Waqt, a powerful tale of lost and found was one of the earliest multi-starrers on India screens which started the later day trend for the same. Produced by B.R. Chopra and directed by his brother Yash Chopra, Waqt is remembered for the classic song ‘O meri Johrajabin’ picturized on Balraj Sahani serenading his lady love and wife in the movie. B.R. Chopra is a film maker known for his movies with a social message like Naya Daur, Hamraaz etc. This movie also had the message that Waqt or time is most powerful, it makes or breaks fortunes and that one should not be proud of one’s own achievements as they can easily be destroyed by time as it can change anytime. One gets the glimpse of the Yash Chopra style opulent lifestyle of the characters like clubs, high society bungalows etc. as early as in this film which he followed up in movies made by his own YRF studio in the later years. ....
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Awara - 1951
This was the first attempt by Raj Kapoor to model himself on the Charlie Chaplin act in the film Awara, which got more prominent in his later films like ‘Shree 420’. It was a trendsetter of sorts, an iconic movie at the time. Awara is produced and directed by Raj Kapoor himself and it was written by the R.K. loyalist K.A. Abbas who went on to write and also direct many socials. It was a landmark movie which juxtaposed good with the bad. Many of the Kapoor family graced the movie apart from the Protagonists- R.K. (Raj) himself and his father Prithviraj Kapoor, his Grandfather Diwan Basheshwarnath Kapoor and his younger brother Shashi played R.K’s younger self. Awara was released on 14th December 1951, it is considered a path-breaking film for Hindi cinema as it was a huge success not only in India but also abroad in South Asian countries and an overwhelming success in the Sovi ....
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Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge - 1995
First look at the movie - Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge did not evoke the response that it actually got at the hustings. It was a simple tale of young love with the underrated actors namely Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, under-rated because untill then though Shah Rukh had done some hits but was far from the romantic image that he has carved for himself today and was developing more in the villainous mold and Kajol though around for some time had no breakthrough movie to her credit. That the film will create history with its unprecedented run at the Box-Office was unthinkable at the time, it is all in hindsight now. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge has created history and how… it has had a twenty year run at a single theatre-Maratha Mandir a whopping 1000+ weeks, a record, and we thought that Sholay could never be repeated. The audience fell to the trap of now famous open arms of Shah Rukh st ....
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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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Chupke Chupke 1975
Another movie from the buzzing year 1975 but this time a refreshing comedy in the category of an Indian classic. With all the main course servings of 1975 like Deewar, Sholay and all, Chupke Chupke was like the proverbial sweet dish, an icing on the cake for the year. Chupke Chupke is one more social comedy from the Hrishikesh Mukherjee stable with great direction, best actors of that era and melodious music. Based on Upendranath Ganguly’s Bengali tale ‘Chaddobeshi’, the dialogues were written wittingly by Gulzar. With a remarkable star cast of Dharmendra, Amitabh, Sharmila Tagore, Jaya Bhaduri, Asrani, David, Om Prakash and Keshto Mukherjee, the film's music is composed by Sachinda (Sachin Dev Burman). Dr. Parimal Tripathi (Dharmendra) is a Professor of Botany, due to circumstances he doubles as a watchman to a Girls' Botany camping group however his identity is exposed to S ....
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Hum Aapke Hain Koun 1994
Ahem.. Ahem… so the heroine coughed to draw attention in the movie and attention it did draw, that too in hordes. Hum Aapke Hai Koun was the biggest Bollywood blockbuster of all times till then, before DDLJ came along the next year. Released on 5th August 1994. Hum Aapke Hai Kaun - This was the movie responsible to get the audience get back to theatres, as till then the Bollywood Industry was reeling under the onslaught of cable TV and people had almost forgotten to visit the theatres. This hugely successful tale was itself a re-adapted version of Rajshri’s own ‘Nadiya ke Paar’ with Sachin and Sadhana Singh. Steeped in Indian cultural values, Hum Aapke Hai Koun had a good measure of songs and dance associated with a typical North Indian wedding. Some consider it to be a docu-drama on Indian weddings. It sealed the spot for Salman Khan as a superstar. The heroine Madhuri Dix ....
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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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Tell me O Kkhuda - movie review
Tell Me O Kkhuda is the story of a girl’s search for her parents. Else, why, one may ask should she leave the cocoon of luxury and comfort and embark on a turbulent journey to seek her roots? Tell Me O Kkhuda gives a most plausible reason for Tanya to chase her near impractical dreams and what follows is an array of dramatic and dangerous escapades into the wilds of Turkey, the deserts of Rajasthan and the carnival crazy Goa. Tanya Kapoor (Esha Deol) has been brought up by her parents (Farooque Shaikh and Dipti Naval). She has everything in life, a family, nice lifestyle and now, a boyfriend, Jai (Arjan Bajwa). By chance, Tanya comes across some documents which show that she is not the biological daughter of her parents but is rather adopted by them. Crestfallen she is, and so she decides to locate her parents. She finds out from the municipal office that a fire had broken ....
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Jaana Pehchana - movie review
‘Jaana Pehchana’ is a sequel to the Rajshree Productions film ‘Ankhiyon ke Jharokhon se’ (1978), a love story which left us on a tragic note when a young Arun Mathur (Sachin) was left alone after his soulmate Lily Fernandes (Ranjeeta) dies of cancer, leaving him in immense pain. Jaana Pehchana movie review... Now after 32 years, ‘Jaana Pehchana’ reintroduces Arun Mathur, who has battled the agony of his past and has risen to be a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, motivated by the memories of his beloved Lily to do noble work and touch people’s lives. Life has always been one of struggle and loneliness for Arun, who could never let go of his past. One day like a breath of fresh air walks in Asha Dayal (Ranjeeta), a successful writer who is on a mission to write Arun’s biography. Asha lands up at Arun’s office, in spite of being repeatedly warned that h ....
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