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Greatest Hindi movies which embraced Silver Screen

Hindi cinema is celebrating 100 years in 2013. Over the period of a century, hindi movies has witnessed great actors, directors and of course, movies. Following are the ones which have left an indelible mark on the silver screen. In quest of the greatest hindi movie, there are few candidates. Please give us your take as well.

 Mughal-e-Azam – The one which was made by K Asif. Perhaps the most intriguing tale of its time. Prithiraj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar immortalized Akbar and Salim. Madhubala played
Mughal e Azam

Anarkali. Recently this movie has been rereleased in colour.

Waqt – Sunil Dutt, Rajkumar, Balraj Sahni and Shashi Kapoor were the principal characters of this movie. Rajkumar’s landmark dialogue – “Jaani, yeh chaku hai, lag jaaye to khoon nikal jaata hai” was in this movie. This movie broken all the earning records when it was released. B R Chopra directed this movie. He later directed the famous serial Mahabharat.
Waqt – Hindi Movie
Mother India – This movie was ahead of its times. Nargis was the central character of this hindi movie. Sunil Dutt played the baddie who was her son. Nargis kills Sunil Dutt for his wrong doings. Truly a remarkable film.
Mother India
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge – Aditya Chopra’s directorial venture which set the trend for love stories again in 1990s. Before that, revenge and action were the primary themes of hindi movies, but this movie, made Shahrukhh Khan a romantic hero. Typically in line with Yashraj films, this movie was also shot in foreign locations partially, London and Switzerland. Senorita.
DDLJ
Deewar – Again a Yashraj classic. Yash Chopra fossilized Amitabh Bachchan in hindi movies as Vijay. Dabur sahab, main aaj bhee phenke hue paise nahi uthata became a rage. But no one thought that a four simple words will have that kind of impact which were made by Mere paas maa hai.
Deewar – Yash Chopra
Sholay – No matter wherever, whenever you watch this movie, you will not feel bored for a moment. Every character, every scene had an impact. Gabbar Singh, Thakur, Rahim Kaka, Salim Miyan, Basanti, Veeru and Jai, they are part of folklore. Really “kitne aadmi the”.
Gabbar Singh with Kaalia
I may have missed some of the names, you can contribute here by providing your opinion through the comment form.
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Hand painted posters of hindi movies – Sholay and Mughal e Azam

Hand made posters of Mughal-e-Azam and Sholay (Hindi Movies)

Those who have started seeing movies couple of decades ago or before, will surely relate to the film posters, which were painted by artists. In the hindi movie Mera Naam joker, Raj Kapoor’s heroine played Meenu Master, whose earnings came from painting hoardings. Here are some of them which will surely evoke memories of hindi movies.

Sholay poster

The scene where Veeru is avenging his friend’s death. He was stopped by Thakur.

some more posters from Sholay – again the actors are not recognizable.

Can you identify the actors apart from Amjad Khan? I cannot.

This one is more close to reality. A good piece of art.

Strangely, Jaya bhaduri is available on this poster, a rarity.

another one far from reality

Last but not the least, there is a restaurant in hyderabad made in the name of Sholay.

Sholay restaurant in hyderabad – The famous song yeh dosti is drawn. It is said that it took in excess of 20 days to shoot this song.

Posters of Mughal-e-Azam

K Asif made the one of all time great hindi movie Mughal e Azam. This story revolved around Prithiraj Chauhan, Madhubala and Dilip Kumar. Lot of still remember the dialogues of this movie. The movie started with Main Hindustan hoon.

K Asif’s epic. Can you identify the actors straightaway?
These expressions were never witnessed in the original film. Thanks to the imagination of the artist, we are seeing the raudra roopa of Salim and Anarkali.

 

 

Dilip Kumar and Madhubala immortalized love on celluloid

 

similar image. I doubt if this shot was available in the film

 

Conflict of father and son – was royally put on the screen.

 

The hero looks more like Amjad Khan. Madhubala and Prithvi looked OK though.

hope above pics have evoked good memories.

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A brief history of hindi movies

History of hindi movies

First hindi movie shown in india was Raja Harishchandra. This was produced by Dada Saheb Phalke. The apporximate length of the film was 40 minutes. There were no female actors and the cast was all male. This was a silent movie. Main cast was Dattatraya Damodar Dabke (Raja Harishchandra) and Vishwamitra (G.V. Sane ). This hindi movie was released in Mumbai in 1913.

 The first talking hindi movie was Alam Ara which was the first Indian talking film, on 14 March 1931. This was released by Ardeshir Irani.

in 1936, Achchoot kanya was released. This could be treated as the first blockbuster. Cast were Ashok Kumar and Devika Rani. This film was based on a social cause, a tabboo, which was instantly connected with movie goers. Perhaps people will connect  with Kasturi and Pratap as they would connect with Vijay or a Raj, but these were the household names at that time. This movie was directed by Franz Osten.

Achchut Kanya – Hindi movies – Ashok Kumar -Devika Rani

Golden age of hindi movies

The first coloured hindi movie was made by again Ardeshir Irani, of Alam ara fame. The name of this hindi movie was Kisan Kanya. coloured films did not click initially and they only became popular in late 1950s. Golden Period of Hindi Movies 1940 to 1960 is regarerded as Golden Age” of Hindi cinema. Many of the well known stalwarts have adorned the hindi movie space with their creations. Such was the relevance of their masterpieces that these movies are still remembered and watched in today’s times.

Kagaaz ke phool

Raj Kapoor’s Awaara and Shree 420, Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa and kaagaz ke Phool are some of them.Awaara presented the city as both a nightmare and a dream, while Pyaasa critiqued the unreality of city life. Then we have Mehboob Khan’s Mother India. This hindi movie was nominated for academy award for best foreign language film.

Mother India

Mughal-e-Azam by K Asif is another evergreen favourite. Some of the most famous epic films of Hindi cinema were also produced at this time. Another noted addition was Madhumati, directed by Bimal Roy and written by Ritwik Ghatak, which  popularized the theme of reincarnation. Kamal amrohi and Vijay Bhatt also operated at the same time. Undoubtedly, some of the India’s finest talent was working in this period in hindi movies.Successful actors at the time included Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt, while successful actresses included Nargis, Vyjayanthimala, Meena Kumari, Nutan, Madhubala, Waheeda Rehman and Mala Sinha.

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Mahabharat and Sholay – A resemblance

Mahabharat and Sholay (Hindi movie)

There is atleast one instance, although not significant in whole scheme of things, where Mahabharat (the epic) and Sholay (hindi movie) have similarity. I am discussing the incident when Gabbar Singh killed Salim and asked the villagers to give Jai and Veeru to them.  After a bit of discussion, a decision was taken when Rahim chacha pointed that when he is not turning his back on Jai (Amitabh Bacchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra) even when he has lost his young son.

Jai and Veeru are delivered to Gabbar Singh, at a place specified beforehand. When the robbers of Gabbar Singh’s gang pick them up, they find a note attached on the back of Veeru and Jai. It says – “Gabbar Singh. agar tum ek maroge, hum chaar maarenge”. Though this line is not as famous as other dialogues, but has the intensity. When dacoits turned the bodies of Jai and Veeru, they started firing and killed all dacoits, except one, to tell the happenings to Gabbar.

Jai and Veeru in Sholay – great hindi movie

I find this piece interesting as there is a similar story in the epic Mahabharat. in Ek chakra Nagri, Vakasur used to demand large amounts of grain. He also demanded a person should be sent to him daily to satiate his hunger. When Pandavas were travelling, they reached this place and found the happenings. They decided to do something about this and surely, Bheema was sent with the cart which was sent to Vakasur daily. Soon enough, Vakasur came out and killed by Bheema.

Bheema waiting for Bakasura

 

Bheema killing Bakasura

 

The last scene of this hindi movie Sholay is also important, where Jai dies. This scene can also be compared with the death of Abhimanyu, who died fighting with kauravas, when Arjuna was away. This is similar again as Arjuna was also away and Abhimanyu stepped in time to save the day for pandavas.

Sholay and Mahabharata – similarities

To take this further, parallels can be drawn between Thakur and Shri Krishna also. They did not fight the war themselves, but the war could not have won in absence of them. Their proteges, Pandavas and Jai-Veeru took care of the enemies. And lastly, their stance signified one thing, victory of good over evil.

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Hindi movies inspired by Mahabharat

Hindi movies inspired by Mahabharat

Mahabharat has inspired bollywood. A number of hindi movies are based on this epic and rightly so, because no other epic provides the depth and variety as this does. There are a number of films and serials which have been made on Mahabharat story and in recent times, we see a modernised version of Mahabharat where the story line is inspired by  Mahabharat.

Probably, the first movie based on Mahabharat was A Throw of Dice (Prapancha Pash 1929). This was based on myths and legends drawn from Indian epic Mahabharat. Charu roy and Sita devi were the characters of this film. This was directed by a german filmmaker Franz Osten. This same gentleman has directed the landmark hindi movie, Acchut kanya.

Kalyug – Many people perhaps struggle in remembering this hindi movie, but I reckon this was a commendable effort with actors related to art films. Victor Banerjee played the role of Duryodhana and Yudhisthir was played by Raj Babbar. Though the movie was based on modern times, one can easily relate to the characters. This was directed by Shyam Benegal.

Kalyug – Hindi movie based on Mahabharat

Rajneeti – This is quite recent and the story line appears to be inspired by Mahabharat and The Godfather, a famous novel by Mario Pujo. Ajay Devgan has played Suraj which is Karna in Mahabharat. Manoj Bajpai admirably plays Duryodhana. There is Nana Patekar as Brijgopal or Shri Krishna and Ranvir Kapoor plays the role of Arjuna and Michael Corleone. The story is inspired by The Godfather here, where the elder brother of Ranveer, Arjun Rampal dies in the movie. This is more like Sonny Corleone. Nevertheless, a good attempt, but the surprise factor was not there. To read more about Rajneeti, the hindi movie, visit here.

Mahabharat – This hindi movie was made in 1965 with the same name as of this epic. Dara Singh played the role of Bhima. Abhi bhattacharya as Krishna and most appropriately, Jeevan played Shakuni. We don’t know much about how did this movie fared, perhaps you can help by giving your feedback through comments.

Mahabharat – Hindi movie

Mahabharat, the serial: In 1988, BR Chopra, the famous director – producer of  Waqt fame, did a fantastic job of telling this epic. So beautifully this serial was made, that people used to wait in anticipation. The streets were deserted when this serial was aired on sunday mornings. Dara Singh played a brief cameo of Hanuman. Shri Krishna’s character was made his own by Nitish. Mukesh Khanna is also remembered fondly for his role played as Bhishma Pitamah.

Mahabharat – The serial

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Kitne aadmi the? famous dialogues from Hindi movies

Famous dialogues from Hindi Movies

You may wonder why a blog on indian mythology would have this kind of article. Well, you are right but the temptation is too much for me. Forgive me for thinking that a person who likes mahabharat will also like hindi movies and following post will become interesting for him as well. If you are still with me, then I have struck a note with you. Happy reading!!!

Kitne aadmi the
A still from Sholay

There are few dialogues, which always ring some bells, but there ones, who have defined a whole career of an actor and Gabbar Singh has been defined by the lines “Kitne aadmi the?”. This dialogue from a movie released almost 35 years ago, still fresh in memories. Another famous dialouges from the same film are  “Tera kya hoga Kaalia” and “Bahut yaarana lagta hai”.

Lets go through some more of  them to see if they evoke some memories? “Mogambo khush hua” . This should be easy. The movie was first in india made on science fiction and first hit by Anil Kapoor. Shekhar Kapoor directed this landmark film. Following lines will not so easy to guess, but the author likes them so mentioning here. They may prove to be difficult to guess.

Mughal e Azam by K Asif – Hindi Movies

Yeh dhandha hai to beimaani ka, lekin hum karte imaandari ke saath hain.

This dialogue was said by Nana Patekar in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s movie.

Jahe naseeb, kaanton ko murjhaane ka khauf nahi hota.

Above is an old classic from hindi movies which had actors Madhubala and Dilip Kumar.

Dong kabhi wrong nahin hota.

Amrish Puri said above words.

Parina – Hindi movies

 

Topi sambhalo Dinkarrao, hawa tej chalta hai.

Agle hafte ek aur majdoor hafta dene se inkaar karne waala hai, Rahim chacha!

Above two films have acquired cult status in hindi movies. Following lines have been taken from a Amitabh Bachchan classic whose remake has been made recently.

Aaj 6 baje apun ka maut ke saath appointment hai.

Jab dushman apni chaal kahatam kar le, tab main apni chaal shuru karta hoon.

Amitabh Bachchan in Hindi movies – Agneepath

Following dialogues from Hindi movies should be again easy to identify with.

Yeh Dhai kilo ka haath jab padta hai to aadmi uthta nahin, uth jaata hai.

Don ka peecha to gyarah mulkon ki police kar rahi hai………..

Holi kab hai. Again by Amjad Khan.

Yeh haath nahin , phaansi ka phanda hain?

Shakaal kya nahi kar sakta.

Pistol jail mein aa chuka hai.

Above lines are taken from Sholay, Shaan and Damini.

Following are recent favourites:

Thappad se dar nahin lagta babujee, pyar se lagta hai. and I like the following as well:

Mujh par ek ehsaan karna, ki mujh pe koi ehsaan na karna.

Hindi movies have given us few unforgettable lines over the years and fans definitely identify with these. I forgot one another which is hilarious as well.

“Tumhara naam kya hai Basanti?”

Gabbar Singh with Kaalia

But perhaps the most defining and effective dialogue was told in the hindi movie, Deewar.

“Mere paas Maa hai”

Deewar – Amitabh and Shashi’s landmark film

This article is one of the most read articles of this blog. Overwhelmed, the author is adding few more golden nuggets. I have deliberately not mentioned the name of the movie, may be you can exercise your memory.

1. Mogambo Khush hua

2. Dong kabhi wrong nahi hota.

3. Jani ye chaku hai, lag jaaye to khoon nikal jaata hai.

4. Hamare desh mein kaam dhoondna bhi ek kaam hai

Mere baap ne do shadiyan ki hai, do … ek meri maa ke saath … aur ek apni naukri ke saath

5 Nasik ho yah Bambai … ladkiyan ladkiyan hoti hai, patane ka tarika aana chahiye … pyar kiya nahin jaata, karvaya jaata hai

6 Agar main tere liye mar sakta hoon, toh tujhe maar bhi sakta hoon

7 Yeh tum janti ho ki yeh revolver khali hai … main janta hoon ki yeh revolver khali hai … lekin police nahin janti ki yeh revolver khali hai

8 Giraftaar hone ki aadat mujhe bilkul nahi hai

9 Mujhe do tarah ki ladkiyan pasand nahi aati … ek woh joh mere pass aane mein bahut derr lagaye … aur ek woh joh bahut jaldi aa jaye