Bangalore: Well for every Indian Bollywood holds a special place in their hearts. Every Friday a new movie hits the screens. Bollywood is the world’s largest producer of movies yet there are only a few handful of movies that remained etched in the minds of the viewers forever, in fact across generations. These movies are called classics. Every person either connects with the movie at some level or the story touches them, some characters or dialogues become a part of our daily conversations like “Mogamboo kush hua”, Gabbar Singh’s “kitne admi the” or Raj’s “Bade bade deshon mein aisi choti choti baatein hoti rehti hai senorita” or Rahul’s dialogue from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai “Hum ek baar jite hain, ek baar marte hain, shaadi bhi ek baar hoti hai, aur pyar....ek hi baar ho hai".
Well here are 10 all time memorable movies from Bollywood.
1. Devdas (1955)
Director: Bimal Roy
Star Cast: Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Vyjayanthimala
The famous Bengali novel by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay has always managed to catch the attention of the directors in Bollywood. This can be said with certainty as three movies have been made on the same novel. The one that made it to the most memorable movie was the adaptation done by the director Bimal Roy.
The story revolves around childhood friends Devdas and Paro (Parvati) who have been love forever and even Devdas’s studying stint in England doesn’t reduce the love in fact it only increases it. But when they grow up Devdas’s dad rejects Paro’s proposal because of the class difference between the families and in order to seek revenge Paro’s father marries her off to a richer landlord who is a widower. This lead to Devdas going into depression and drinking and he finally finds comfort in the courtesan Chandramukhi. But he never forgets Paro and he ultimately dies a painful death at the doorsteps of Paro’s house.
What makes this Devdas special is the way Dilip Kumar got under the skin of the character and managed to weave his way into the hearts of the viewers and remain their defeating all the other actors who portrayed the same character.
2. Mother India (1957)
Director: Mehboob Khan
Star Cast: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar
This to date is concerned by everyone as a masterpiece created on the celluloid. The story and the actors capture the situation to perfection. The role played by Nargis who was only 28 when she acted in the movie is considered one of the best and there are many actresses who would give anything to essay the role. Nargis evolves in the film from a young and shy bride who then as the situation demands turns in to the epitome of strength. When her husband loses an arm in an accident, he leaves the village as he doesn’t want to live with pity showered on him by others. This leaves Nargis on her own to look after the house and raise her three children. She loses one of her sons to natural calamity but she shows no sign of weakness. Even at the end when she is forced to kill her own son when he becomes an outlaw and kidnaps a girl. The last scene has her with Sunil Dutt, her son dying in her arms.
This movie is known for Nargis who carried the film on her shoulders and left an ever lasting impression in the minds of the viewers.
3. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
Director: K Asif
Start Cast: Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote
The visuals, the sets, the acting, the dancing and the haunting music. If the movie took nine years to make but it surely didn’t disappoint. This mobile became such a classic that when the colored technology came in this movie was chosen to be remade in colour. But the real movie lover would like to think of this movie in its black and white version, the grandness of the sets, the actors, costumes, the dialogues all seemed better in the black and white version.
Madhubala’s lopsided smile and dancing eyes captured every heart with her portrayal of Anarkali who wins the heart of the Princess, Salim (Dilip Kumar). But because of her status of a courtesan Akbar gets enraged and sentences her to death but with a change of heart Akbar asks her to leave the kingdom and never return to Salim again.
The haunting rebellious song Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya by Naushad has become a classic and in the original black and white movie this was the only sequence shot in colour. This colored song left everyone wishing the whole movie was shot in colour.
4. Deewar (1975)
Director: Yash Chopra
Start Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Parveen Babi, Nirupa Roy, Satyendra Kapoor, Iftekhar, Madan Puri
When we mention the movie Deewar the line that goes through all our minds in “Mere Paas… Ma Hai”. Be it any generation this lien is eternal people may not have watched the movie but this dialogue is known by all.
The movie runs along the tried and tested formula of two borthers who ended by at the two ends of law, Shashi Kapoor becomes a police man and Amitabh Bachchan becomes a smuggler and fate brings them together as Shashi Kapoor hunts Amitabh Bachchan down. In the end when the brothers meet in the final clash Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) dies in his mother’s arms and the Ravi (Shashi Kapoor) is awarded for his justice.
Though many films have been made on this line but what stood out in Deewar was that each actor got under the skin of the character and played them in such a way that it struck a chord with audience and made itself comfortable in the gallery of classic Bollywood movies.
5. Sholay (1975)
Director: Ramesh Sippy
Start Cast: Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan
The baddies of all baddies Gabbar Singh, the “dosti” of Jai and Veeru, the shy Radha and the feisty Baanti and her horse Dhanno. Yes it is the classic Sholay. The movie that set records and broke them as well. It ran for 286 weeks straight in one Minerva theatre of Mumbai. In the year 1999 BBC India went on to calling Sholay “The Film of the Millennium”. In the 50th year of Filmfare awards Sholay was judged the best film of the past 50 years. But the most ironic incident was that the year when it was released it went on to win only one award; Best Film Editor; M.S. Shinde.
The Story revolves around a village which is being terrorized by a dacoit named Gabbar Singh and the ex-policeman Thakur Baldev Singh calls on the goons Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jaidev (Amitabh Bachchan)to save the village. The story then follows how they save the village and along the way Veeru falls in love with Basanti (Hema Malini) and Jai falls in love with the widow Radha (Jaya Bhaduri).
But in the end Jai succumbs to his injuries while fighting the dacoits, but this film goes down in history for the friendship and chemistry shared between Jai and Veeru and the song Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin…
6. Silsila (1981)
Director: Yash Chopra
Star Cast: Amitabh Bachan, Rekha, Jaya Bhaduri, Sanjeev Kapoor
Only Yash Chopra could manage a casting coup, with Amitabh Bachan, Rekha, and Jaya Bhaduri in the love triangle which is believed by many to be also a real life love triangle as well. The onscreen chemistry as well as the off screen chemistry has made this movie go down in the history of Indian Cinema.
The song “Rang Barse” was sung by Amitabh Bachchan himself though at the time of the relases the movie the song recived a lot of criticism and Amitabh Bachchan was the centre of all jokes but with time this song has become a classic Holi number.
Two brothers, Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan are in love with two girls and they decided to get married on the same day. But fate intervens cruelly and Shashi kapoor dies leaving beind a pregnant girl friend Jay Bhaduri. Due to the situations Amitabh Bachchan marries her and asks Rekha to forget him. Heartbroken Rekha marries Sanjeev Kapoor. Years later when Rekha and Amitabh meet again love resurfaces. The story carries on to show how Jaya fights for her husband and in the end everything ends on a positive note with Rekha realizing she loves her husband and she goes back to him.
7. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Start Cast: Salman Khan, Bhagyashree
This movie in 1989 portrayed the innocent teenage love between Salman Khan, and Bhagyashree. This was the movie that set Salman Khan’s career for him and we still have him in the industry almost two decades later churning out the biggest hits with the latest Ek Tha Tiger which can go on to beat the record of 3 Idiots and become the highest grosser Hindi movie in the history of Bollywood.
In the same year the movie went on to win four FilmFare Awards. The movie was then dubbed into English and was called When Love Calls and into Spanish where it was called Te Amo. The movie also proved to be a super hit in Telugu.
The story revolves around the love between Salman Khan who is the son of a millionaire and Bhagyashree who is the daughter of a normal mechanic. Salman Khan’s dad rejects the love and insults Bhayashree’s father. After this she and her father return to their village. But Salman Khan isn’t willing to lose his love her defies his father and follows his love to the village to win her back. And in the end love triumphs and the love birds are united
8. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Director: Aditya Chopra
Start Cast: Shah Ruk Khan, Kajol, Anupam Kher, Amrish Puri
Come… Fall in Love. Raj and Smiran have defined what falling in love and fighting for love is to an entire generation. Mere Khawboon Mein Jo aaye, the Euro Rail, the Swiss Aps, the Sarson Ke keth in Punjab, to the strict father make us fall in love with the movie. No matter how many times you watch the movie you want to watch it again. In fact the movie is still running in a theater in Mumbai.
A simple girl Smiran meets playboy Raj on a trip and towards the end they relasise that they have fallen in love but they don’t tell each other. When Simran’s father comes to know about this he gets angry and he returns to the village with his daughter to get her married to his childhood friend’s son. Raj’s father makes him realize that he has fallen n love and he asks him to go and get his ‘Dulhan’. When Raj releases that Simran has left to Punjab for her wedding he follows her lal the way there and tries to win over the family and in the end love prevails and Raj does get his ‘dulhan’.
The father son relations, the strict father, the mother daughter relationship and finally Raj and Simran’s relations is something that has been etched in the pages of Indian Cinema and will remain in every generations mind forever and for always.
9. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Director: Karan Johar
Star Cast: Shah Ruk Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerjee
Pyar Kya Hai? To which Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) replies, Love is Friendship. The moment when Anjali (Kajol) realizes that she is in love with her best friend Rahul, but Rahul loves Tina (Rani Mukerjee) realizing this Anjali leave hostel and moves out of Rahul completely.
Tina dies at childbirth and she makes Rahul Promise that he would name the daughter Anhjali. Years later through letter Tina tells her daughter about Anjali and also confesses that Anjali was her father’s first love and she makes her daughter promise that she would re unite them.
The rest of the movie follows that track and in the end against all odds Rahul and Anjali who were best friends and were always meant to be together are re united.
A movie that redefined love for an entire generation, a movie that made friendship’s day and friendship bands cool, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai will remain in the list of the most impressive and unforgettable movies for many many years to come.
The list of awards this movie won is endless. The movie literally swept all the award shows that year.
10. Rang De Basanti (2006)
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Start Cast: Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Siddharth, Kunal Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni, Alice Patten
A list of 10 Unforgettable Bollywood Movies and if Rang De Basanti doesn’t find a mention then the list is incomplete. This movie shocked everyone into thinking and standing up fo rteh right. In the words of Ajay (Mahadevan) who is an Air force pilot says “Koi desh perfect nahin hota hai… use perfect bana padta hai.”
A line that made the youth of India think. The movie made us think and act against corruption. The scene in front of the India Gate was emulated in the Jessica Lal case when the entire nation came together to get justice against the mighty and powerful.
The movie effortlessly weaved the history along with the present and at no point of the movie was it preachy or boring. It kept the audience gripped to their seats and in reports of the people leaving the theater after the show was visible. People who otherwise had something to say were silent and many had tears in their eyes.
A movie that will go down in the history of Indian cinema as one of the best movies ever made.