Thanks for subscribing! In London, Raj (Khan) is an immature young man, while straight-laced Simran (Kajol) is all set for a marriage arranged by her domineering father. After a video of herself singing a song while wearing a niqab to protect her identity goes viral, she has to either face her father’s wrath or give up her dream. When he kills a small-time thief, he is forced to seek protection from the same politician he loathes. [1] He won the award for Best Lyricist at the 63rd National Film Awards in 2015. It follows the hardships faced by Radha (Nargis), a village mother of three sons who is abandoned by her husband and forced to toil the paddy fields to survive. Three years after making his debut with the sleeper hit, ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’, director Rajkumar Hirani brought back the lovable gangster Munna Bhai (Dutt) – for the best sequel ever made by Bollywood. The big sceneRaj is lured to a party by Maya (which means desire), with the song ‘Mudh Mudh Ke Na Dekh’ (‘Don’t Look Back’), as Vidya (which means education) cries outside the venue. Rohan also has a young stepbrother he knew nothing about. The big sceneWhile demanding a ransom from the rich grandfather of a kidnapped girl, Baburao makes a rough calculation of all his expenses and asks for ‘paune bara’ (Rs11.75 lakh, or about £12,000). The poem is written by Akhtar’s screenwriter father, Javed (‘Sholay’, ‘Deewar’). The big sceneWhen the lovers reunite in a Pakistani courtroom after being apart for over two decades. ‘Satya’ was among a slew of gangster films that hit screens in the late ’90s, and director Ram Gopal Varma has lately come to be associated with the genre. The big sceneYou’re bound to feel an emotional tug every time you hear the song ‘Sitam Ki Andhi’ (‘Who has hit you?’) sung by Bollywood stalwart Hariharan. It’s the ultimate love triangle: Rohit (Kapoor) and Chandni (Sridevi) meet at a wedding and fall in love. Leading Bollywood critics and experts help us pick the best mainstream Indian movies. It’s widely considered to be one of Indian cinema’s most romantic scenes. It’s widely considered to be one of Indian cinema’s most romantic scenes. The big sceneIn front of a huge crowd, Ram saves the life of his younger brother, who’s about to fall to his death from the roof of the university. Time Out is a registered trademark of Time Out Digital Limited. Lead actor and director Raj Kapoor modelled his on-screen persona in ‘Shree 420’ and other films after Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp. The result is an uplifting, colourful and soulful gem. Cast: Salman Khan, Bhagyashree, Alok Nath. interested in Muslim people and culture) became a blockbuster in Hindu-centric India. Rich Hindu adolescent lad Raja (Kapoor) falls for Bobby (Kapadia), the 16-year-old granddaughter of his Goan Catholic nanny. The big sceneWhen the mine siren sounds, the entire workforce and surrounding village rush to help. The big sceneSanjay is attacked by gangsters and suffers short-term amnesia. The film was a runaway hit, best remembered for Khan and Kajol’s sizzling chemistry and Jatin-Lalit’s music. The big sceneThe three characters enter a villain’s den in disguise to rescue their respective loves, at the same time singing the film’s title track, each of their names signifying the religion in which each was raised – Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Try another? Long before director Anurag Kashyap broke on to the international scene with films like 2012’s ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, he struggled to release this controversial real-life drama about the infamous 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai – arguably his best film to date. Inspired by the Hollywood weepie ‘No Man of Her Own’ (1950), Shakti Samanta’s film addresses the still-taboo theme of widows remarrying. Ashutosh Gowariker, director of the Oscar-nominated ‘Lagaan’, executes a perfect balance of spectacle, performances, ideas and story, never sacrificing the entertainment factor and allowing us to bask in the costumes and production design. This 1990s blockbuster was directly responsible for audiences in India and elsewhere returning to Bollywood after a drastic drop in attendance in the 1980s due to video piracy and disillusionment with the crude action films of that era. ‘Jab We Met’ established Imtiaz’s trademark filmmaking style, which includes conversational romance and travel. Nothing else really happens, yet its shameless lavish depiction of every celebration of a perfect north Indian family, and especially their elaborate colourful Hindu wedding rituals, sucked audiences into cinemas again and again. Director Bimal Roy’s rare foray into commercial cinema was a heady cocktail of revenge, romance and reincarnation, with a supernatural element thrown in. A shattered Karan is left holding his best friend’s lifeless, bullet-ridden body. The big sceneA 12-minute medley of songs from other films. It’s three hours of decadence, with loose gems, fast women and a hero on the run. Raj Kapoor’s attempt to portray the conflict between the sacred and the profane, and to show that beauty is only skin deep, is an admittedly patchy affair. The big sceneThe bike chase scene, with the duo jumping over a moving train while dodging bullets. But for all its flaws, this is no-holds-barred epic filmmaking with a moving soundtrack. Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Batia, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nassar. Shambhu (Sahni) is a villager whose ‘do bigha’ (two-thirds of an acre) of land sits in the way of a plan to build a new mill. Mohan Bhargav (Khan, in one of his best performances) is on a short break from his job at Nasa in the States and visits his hometown in India. Amitabh Bachchan broke on to the scene with the role of angst-ridden cop Vijay in ‘Zanjeer’ (1973). Balraj Sahni’s noble performance will move you to tears, and the issues are equally relevant to India today. The big sceneThe song ‘Dil cheez kya hai’ sees Rekha, wearing a now-legendary red outfit, dancing with iconic choreography to the music of Khayyam. Translated as ‘You only live once’, this buddy-meets-mid-life-crisis movie sees three friends take a road trip in Spain: Arjun (Roshan) is a workaholic; Imraan (Farhan Akhtar) wants to track down his biological father; and Kabir (Deol) is unsure about his upcoming wedding. The big sceneWhile Shai takes pictures in the middle of the night, she spots Munna, who moonlights as a rat killer. ‘Ankur’ is the film that kickstarted an ‘arty-indie’ parallel film movement in Hindi cinema in the 1970s and early ’80s. She plays a pregnant woman, Vidya, who head to Kolkata in search of her missing husband. Pure star power, frequent songs, and scenic black-and-white cinematography of rural Bihar (the monochrome was a deliberate choice, as India’s first colour film was in 1964) combine to sustain interest in this progressive culture-class-clash love story. This is true epic filmmaking, with magnificent sets, huge battle scenes with hundreds of real elephants, elaborate costumes, an evergreen score and naturalistic acting. The big sceneAnand thinks that Madhumati’s lookalike is extracting a confession from Ugaranarayan and then realises it’s actually her ghost. This story of kids living on the streets of Bombay isn’t Bollywood in the traditional sense. Vijay is an honest policeman who gets entangled in an operation that involves transferring a terrorist from a small village to the city. The big sceneDrunken Pooja and Kavita finally meet in person, and chauvinist Inder has no option but to see exactly what’s happening in his life as the film takes a feminist turn. Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn. The big sceneAn exploitative and dated rape sequence in which the baddie manhandles the leading lady and exposes her underwear. Sat on a park bench, Rahul asks Rohan questions about things they had talked about when Rohan was just a kid. Told in three ‘chapters’, this overlong film is awash with iffy symbolism about the meaning of life, exhibits a questionable attitude towards women and is burdened with a mother-fixation subplot. Tushar Kanti Ray’s cinematography and Gustavo Santaolalla’s background score both beautifully complement this story about different classes of people co-existing in Mumbai. The big sceneThe ‘Kaate Nahin Kat Te’ song is regarded as perhaps the definitive sexy ‘wet sari’ song sequence in the history of Bollywood. Cast: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan. The six-minute scene is said to have inspired Danny Boyle when he made ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. In a bizarre case of life imitating the movies, actor-director Guru Dutt died in an apartment in 1964 after allegedly consuming a concoction of sleeping pills and alcohol: his unsuccessful relationship with actor Waheeda Rehman was said to be one of the things that caused him to fall into depression. Known as The Show Man, Raj Kapoor’s most famous film is a grand Oedipal melodrama exploring the nature-versus-nurture debate. Sounds like a tall task. Just. The big scenePritam’s score was hugely derivative but proved massively popular. Cast: Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil. What sets ‘Satya’ apart from other gangster films is the realistic portrayal of the criminals’ daily lives and Varma’s unrestrained, gloomy treatment of the subject. The big sceneWhen the grandmother hides away in order to stay in her ‘home’. In 2017 Varun Grover released Beete Dino Ke Geet[15] - a song in collaboration with US-based producer Krishna Chetan. Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor. The big sceneAny scene with lead actress Zeenat Aman: she is practically topless for most of the film. ‘Mr India’ is huge fun, especially Mogambo’s catchphrase ‘Mogambo Khush Hua’ (‘Mogambo is happy’) which became a national craze. Amitabh Bachchan excels as the simmering Vijay, who turns to criminality to provide for his mum, while brother Ravi (Kapoor) becomes a cop. 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Cast: Raj Kapoor, Vyjayanthimala, Rajendra Kumar. Boasting opulent production design, lavish musical set pieces and an orgy of superstars, ‘K3G’ (as the film came to be known) is guilty-pleasure Bollywood at its best. He has been married to Neha since February 23, 2005. Cast: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Johnny Walker. Cast: Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna. What made the film doubly successful was that its two stars were former lovers in real life, lending them a special chemistry onscreen. © 2021 Time Out England Limited and affiliated companies owned by Time Out Group Plc. Arun is an unconfident man who fantasises about wooing Prabha (Sinha). These blockbusters play like the Bollywood ‘Black Panther’. The big sceneThe great actor Motilal appears in one scene of the film, drunkenly singing the song ‘Zindagi Khwab Hai’ (‘Life is a dream’). Cast: Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan. An epic crime movie, it’s loosely based on the life of Varadarajan Mudaliar (here becoming Velu Nayakan, played by Haasan), a real mafia slumlord in Bombay, and also explores the struggle of south Indians living in the city. Kashyap made ‘Part Two’ at the same time. After all, ‘dil to pagal hai’ (‘the heart is crazy’), right? This ultimate romance also raised the bar impossibly high for guys chasing girls. Chopra’s attempt to romanticise adultery via tuneful songs results in a somewhat sleazy film with a traditional cop-out ending. One onlooker nicknames him ‘Rambo’. Cast: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Adil Hussain. The city is the big, bad villain of the piece – Shambhu migrates to Calcutta in order to earn money and save his land, but he’s sucked deeper into a pit of poverty and depression. Kapoor’s unnamed character moves from one part of the building to another, coming across several people, all of whom hide murky secrets. Its cult has grown over the years, spawning fan clubs and websites and ensuring record television ratings time after time. We already have this email. Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan. This, as well as glimpses of hidden India – like Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya, in Delhi – and the last appearance of Bollywood legend Shammi Kapoor (‘Junglee’) make ‘Rockstar’ a noteworthy addition to the rock biopic pantheon. However, Raj’s need to make quick money leads him to collaborate with corrupt businessman Dharmanand (Nemo) and his associate, the temptress Maya (Nadira). This isn’t the classic idea of Bollywood, but it’s a strong film nevertheless. The film explores his relationship with his doctor, Bhaskar, played by a young Amitabh Bachchan (who would famously oust Khanna from the box-office top spot a few years later). ‘Udaan’ offers a realistic set-up, a simple story familiar to many Indians and some superb, understated performances. As brought to life by director Bimal Roy, it’s a nuanced tale of true love lost and found, with astute performances from celebrated actors Ashok Kumar and Meena Kumari. She goes InterRailing in Europe, meets Raj and they fall in love against the backdrop of Swiss mountains. The big sceneThe epic climax, in which all the characters become part of a staging of Mahabharata, is widely considered to be the best comic scene ever shot in a Hindi film. The carefully crafted period setting captivated viewers and critics on its release, and the story was told again in 2006, this time with Aishwarya Rai in the title role. Extravagant yet still full of heart: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opulent adaptation of Sarat Chandra’s simplistic novel marked a move into excessive theatricality for the director, whose films since include ‘Guzaarish’ and ‘Saawariya’. The film tells of Satya (Chakravarty), who is unwittingly sucked into the world of Mumbai crime. The film follows the journey of Insia (Wasim), a teenager who dreams of escaping her abusive father and becoming a singer. Kashyap stuck to investigative journalist Hussain Zaidi’s version of the planning, execution and aftermath of the explosions and extracted great performances from his ensemble cast. A. Amitabh Bachchan: Prateeksha, 10th Road, Juhu Scheme, Mumbai 400049.; Abhishek Bachchan: Prateeksha, Juhu Scheme, 10th Road, Juhu, Mumbai – 400049; Alia Bhatt stays with Dad/Director Mahesh Bhatt : 205/Silver Beach Apartment, Near Sun N Sand Hotel at Juhu, Andheri (West), Mumbai 400049.; Aditya Roy Kapoor: Stays at bandra … The big sceneThree bandits return from a raid empty-handed to face Gabbar’s ire: miraculously they survive trial by half-loaded gun (six chambers, three bullets) and Gabbar laughs hysterically. The big sceneThe title translates as ‘three vows’, and it’s the final vow that brings on the tears. ‘Lagaan’ is, thus far, the last mainstream Hindi film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. His portrayal of an alcoholic, naïve, half-blind garage owner, who rents his home out to two young boys, brought the house down. But this story of two conmen (Bachhan and Kapoor) mending their ways and collaborating with a sharpshooter (Shatrughan Sinha) to avenge the death of their cop brother at the hands of the dreaded Shakaal (Kharbanda, in a stunning debut) has aged very well. Cast: Vidya Balan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Parambrata Chatterjee. Cast: Guru Dutt, Madhubala, Johnny Walker. Boasting of some fine editing by the late Renu Saluja and stellar sound design, the film came to be known for director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s noir treatment, and all round brilliant acting. ‘3 Idiots’ charts the japes and scrapes of three students at India’s top engineering university (the film was shot in Bangalore). Its staying power comes not just from its extraordinary visual indulgences – the film is candy-coloured, classy and sexy – but also from a brilliant script that carefully reveals layer after layer and eventually turns one of Hindi cinema’s favourite tropes on its head. Cast: Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij, Raj Arjun, Aamir Khan. But when artistic license is exercised so beautifully, who cares? The big sceneThe climactic cricket match saw audiences cheering on the villagers. The big sceneDuring the song ‘Tanhayee’, the Melbourne skyline whizzes by Aamir Khan, who is far from home and desolate after learning about the marriage of his lover to another man. Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, Shashi Kapoor. To celebrate and appreciate mainstream Indian movies – the biggest and most significant films that have shaped Bollywood, Kollywood and beyond for decades – we needed a helping hand. Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda. Although the combination of cricket and colonialism seems like a no-brainer in retrospect, at first nobody would touch this script with a bat. Shot with great sensitivity and innovation by Guru Dutt’s main man VK Murthy, ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ is a more romantic twin to Satyajit Ray’s ‘Jalsaghar’. ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ had a message for middle-class Indians living the new liberal dream with well-paid jobs: it’s okay not to conform or to have a happily-ever-after romance. Manmohan Desai’s star-filled film repeats his customary ‘lost and found’ formula of villains separating a young family who in adulthood reunite to seek revenge. ‘Om Shanti Om’ manages this while wearing the garb of a clichéd reincarnation story. Director MS Sathyu, a Marxist activist, created a heart-wrenching tale of innocent lives torn apart by hatred and suspicion. The big sceneWhen wonder dog Tuffy has to decide whether to reunite the lovers or not. The latter became an overnight star on the back of ‘Hera Pheri’ after being on the sidelines as a supporting actor for many years. ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ is a period film about the end of an era. Shai (Dogra) is a photographer who befriends Munna (Babbar), a slum boy who hopes to break into Bollywood. The film remains enjoyable even after repeat viewings. Dit betekent dat Zalando.nl als webshop is gecertificeerd door de Stichting Certificering Thuiswinkel Waarborg. Salman Khan adds a dash of cosmopolitan sophistication to his special brand of machismo with this story involving espionage and a love affair with an enemy agent (Kaif). But as the ageing officer and his team go about their mission, they realise there are influential people who want the terrorist dead – so their lives are in danger too. Both films blend high fantasy and action with an almost Shakespearean sense of drama, resulting in a double bill that knows when to rein it in. Kamini spots the couple at a nightclub and decides she can have the domestic bliss she craves by eradicating her meek sister and taking her place. ‘Nayakan’, the original, 1987 Tamil version of this film, was dubbed into Hindi in 1999 to become ‘Velu Nayakan’. His style was at its most organic and daring in ‘Devdas’. But this is still one of the most stark, realistic films to emerge from India in recent times. The big sceneSaajan is invited to dinner by his lowly colleague Shaikh (Siddiqui), and he bonds with Shaikh and his girlfriend. The big sceneDuring a ritual in Zubeida’s first marriage, she runs out, saying she’s ‘not a bride but a goat about to be sacrificed’, before trying to shoot herself with her father’s pistol. [5], Grover was born in Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh, to a school-teacher mother and army engineer father. The two discover the dead body and fight to ensure that it doesn’t end up in the hands of a motley group – the killer, his competitor, his two associates and a journalist, all of whom have vested interests in the case. Will the love that Indian Hindu Veer (Khan) and Pakistani Muslim Zaara (Zinta) feel for each other be able to overcome cross-cultural, emotional and physical borders? Between clever gangster movie ‘Ab Tak Chhappan’ (2004) and the grossly underrated ‘Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year’ (2009), director Shimit Amin teamed up with writer Jaideep Sahni to give us this quintessential sports drama. An expert at depicting the urban middle class, director Basu Chatterjee’s protagonist in ‘Chhoti Si Baat’ is once again a simple man (played expertly by Palekar) faced with simple problems and finding simple solutions to deal with them. Will a bandit’s son always end up a criminal? classics like 1957's ‘Mother India’, the first Hindi film to be nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars, to blockbusters like the ‘Bahubali’ saga, two films that sized up Hollywood and said, ‘We can do that too!’. Writer-director Abhinav Kashyap paid tribute to 1970s Hindi cinema with this entertaining action movie that gave actor Salman Khan’s stardom a boost, and revived the masala genre in a major way (not entirely a good thing). A cunning publisher prints the book and makes a killing. This spy thriller tells of Vinay (Anand), an ordinary young man with a striking resemblance to a jewel thief, Amar (also Anand). The big sceneThe song sequence ‘Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam’, stunningly shot by cinematographer VK Murthy, sees Dutt and Rehman’s characters regretting the decisions they’ve made in life. The big scene
The heart-wrenching montage during the song ‘Nadaan Parindey’ as we see Jordan overcome with debilitating grief. Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey. The big sceneThe film’s climactic scene borrowed from Bimal Roy’s 1958 classic, ‘Madhumati’, and sees Shanti’s spirit return to help Om complete his revenge against Mehra. Shyam Benegal’s directorial debut introduces Shabana Azmi (‘India’s Meryl Streep’) as Laxmi, the servant-wife of a deaf and dumb untouchable potter. The film reflected a general state of unrest among unemployed youth and an increasing class divide in the country at the time. The big sceneBhaskar cries over Anand’s body, hysterically demanding that his dead friend speak again, when a voice recording left behind by Anand starts to play…, Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha. Maestro composer SD Burman provides a stellar soundtrack, memorable for Sahir Ludhianvi’s poetic verses. Writer-director Vikas Bahl displays a strong flair for capturing human behaviour and peppers a simple story with lovable characters and witty lines. The big sceneThe climax when the fate of Omkara’s lover, Dolly (Kapoor) – falsely accused of having an affair – is finally sealed. The big sceneThe hit song ‘Tujhe Dekha To…’ sees Simran and Raj reunited in Punjab’s rolling fields, and its lingering gazes and passionate embraces are old school Bollywood at its finest. The big sceneThe entire film is a series of highlights, including a boxing match, a glass mansion on fire and a climactic song with the three heroes and their girls dressed as characters including matadors, Cossacks and Chaplin. Bollywood Stars and Celebrities Residential Address. Cast: Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha, Waheeda Rehman. The cons are very original and the scale of the film extravagantly ambitious. Excellent soundtrack, too. The series is heavily defined by its stunt action set pieces and owes a big debt to the likes of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ and ‘Ocean’s Eleven’. The big sceneSatya pleads with his lover to open her door, while outside the police are trying to kill him. The song ‘Thenpandi cheemaiyile’ tops a much-admired soundtrack by veteran Indian film composer Ilaiyaraaja, who has now scored over 1000 films in his career. Raj Kapoor tackles the controversial subject of widows remarrying with this stark critique of old-fashioned family and tenancy structures, all framed within a big, commercial movie. The big sceneWhen Prem and Suman attend a party and their boy-girl friendship is mocked, Prem stands up for Suman’s honour and they fall in love. The big sceneThe moment when Bhavani finally realises Ramprasad’s lie while he is gorging on parathas approaches comedy nirvana. 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