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Bad movie with wonderful music
This is not a movie worth one's time except for may be the exceptional G.S. Kohli music. Watch it only if you like good old music otherwise listen to the Music and let it go. The song 'Tumko Piya Dil Diya' is a treat for your eyes with graceful dance performances by evergreen Helen & Ragini, one of Travancore sisters.
A perfect match of everything in film making
You can write a thesis on this movie but less said is more. What I liked the most is the story, screenplay and characterization because Smita Patil, being in only one scene of a 2+ hours long movie, overshadowed stellar performances by Late Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah. I am speechless about Om Puri as he was in this movie. The movie left me wondering why today's film makers and STARS, shout so much so, about their products?
Shankar Hussain (1977)
A daring subject but lackluster movie
A wonderful movie and a courageous attempt for those days. Everything is perfect except acting from lead artists. This is Gajanand Jagirdar's best work, Dr. Lagoo never misfired, he is par excellence. However, Kanwaljeet Singh, Madhu Chanda and Suhail could not capitalize on their chances, they are simply wooden faced. Khayyam has delivered classics such as; 1) Kahni Ek Masson Nazuk Si Ladki and 2) Aap Yun Faaslon Se and 3) Apne Aap Raton Mein. Movie business houses & tycoons of these days can never put an attempt on such a subject.
Aaj Ka Daur (1985)
A Kader Khan show
This is not a great movie but I will always remember it for the Late Kader Khan saheb's acting and his dialogues. I believe AKD was his best work as an actor and a dialogue writer.
Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955)
Probably, the first Hindi movie on contract marriage plot
An amazing movie based on contract marriage theme. It may sound like Manchali but both are quite different movies and this one is a more catchy & serene.
I was under total control of the movie until it got over. In fact I was simply swept away by the story, innovative screenplay, Abrar Alvi's dialogues especially one liners, Madhubala's stunning beauty and her acting too, alongside great Johny Walker, Gurudutt's direction, Majrooh Sultanpuri's lyrics and O.P.Nayyar's unforgettable music with wonder full songs one after the other; 1) Thandi Hawa Kaali Ghata, 2) Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Ji, 3) Aeji Dil par Hua Aisa Jadoo, 4) Neele Aasmani, 5) Udhar Tum Haseen Ho Idhar Hum Jawan Hain, 6) Chal Diye Banda Nawaz, 7) Ab To Ji Hone Laga Kiski Surat Ka saamna, 8) Pritam Aan Milo (by Geeta Dutt) and 9) Meri Duniya Lut Rahi Thi Aur main Khamosh Tha. Everything was so perfect. A sheer entertainment, I must say. As long as you don't watch this movie, you are missing something in your life.
mainstream story in parallel (??) cinema
It would have been part of mainstream cinema and a hit as well, had it been made in present times. A story about slum dwellers, their lives, their fight to make daily living, fight with system and fight with each other. A beautifully made movie has won 3 Filmfare awards in 1982; Best Actor (Naseeruddin Shah), Best Actress (Smita Patil) & Best Art Director (Bansi Chandragupta). And a National Award for Smita Patil as Best Actress. It has a couple of good songs too.
A super murder mystery
A superior class suspense movie. A murder mystery. Everyone played their parts well but Johny Walker is a man to watch out for. Dharmendra looks dashing. Watch this movie to find why he was considered (or say rumored) to be one of the top 10 handsome men in world during his hay days.
Awesome music by Shankar Jaikishan for songs; 1) Parde Mein Rahne Do, 2) Tumhare Pyar Mein Hum, 3) Jabse Laagi To Se Nazariya, 4) Meri Sarkar Meri Aahon Ka and few more.
The movie had won 4 Filmfare Awards in 1969; Best Supporting Actor (Sanjeev Kumar), Best Playback Singer Female (Asha Bhosale for Paede Mein Rahne Do), Best Comedian (Johny Walker) and Best Sound Recording (P.Thackersey)
A very good movie with two amazing stories. Meena Kumari & Nazir Hussain were born for roles like these, they both are first rate. Dharmendra is good, so is Anita Guha. Durga Khote plays a negative role of Mrs.Ratanlal. Mehmood makes his presence feel as a Gujarati gentleman. Kalyaniji Anandji's music is good with at least two of very famous songs 1) Humsafar Mere Humsafar and 2) Tumhe Zindagi Ke Ujaale Mubarak. This movie certainly deserves a watch.
A war film but not a war film
It's not a war film but the story is all about families of soldiers, their passion to serve the nation and their fear to lose loved ones at war front, simultaneously. Nirupa Roy is at her best, as always. For this role, she won the best actress in a supporting role award at the Filmfare Awards 1965. Her strong presence and Johny Walker's comedy skills saves this movie to some extent but that was not enough. I fail to understand why Vishwajeet was considered to be a good actor. This movie does not endorse it, at least. Rajshree is average. Music is good but no notable song except the melodiously memorable "Na Jhatko Zulf Se Paani". Watch only this song and forget the movie.
Nicely executed comedy plot
One of the best plots for a comedy movie; a love triangle involving a young man, a young woman and an aged/elderly man. And well made too.
Madan Puri & Urvashi Dutta's characters were not required at all. The screenplay could have been better without them. Joy Mukharjee seen struggling to find what acting is all about. Saira Banu is too loud and over acting. I.S.Johar is wonderful as professor, probably one of his best works. Nazir Hussain, Achala Sachdev and Asit Sen are good.
LP's music is fantastic with songs; 1) Duniya Paagal Hai, 2) Wo Hain Jara Khafa Khafa, 3) Bade Miyan Deewane, 4) Kanha Kanha, Aan Padi Main Tere Dwar, 5) Dil Wil Pyar Vyar Main Kya, and 6) Ruk Ja Ae Hawa.
The same story was used again in 1993's Shreeman Ashique with Rishi Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar & Anupam Kher in central characters.
The most disappointing film
I thought it to be a blast since it had three of the most prominent faces of Indian silver screen together; Motilal , Dilip Kumar and Raj Kumar. But I was disappointed. Though, it is reasonably a good movie. It is all about Maalik-Mazdoor relations, nothing new. Everyone has played their part quite well. Lyrics by Pt.Pradeep is good with forgettable music by C.Ramchandra.
Teen Bahuraniyan (1968)
An underrated movie
I watched this movie just because of Prithviraj Kapoor but never thought it to be such a good movie. A very simple story of three daughters in law trying to woo their new neighbor, a famous film star, and get close to her in order to get undue fame by spending more than what they should have. In the end the father in law sets everything alright. It's a complete family drama with lots of humorous sequences and a civic message "Utane Pair Pasariye Jitani Chaadar Hoy" for those who try to show themselves off.
All three sons & daughters in law played by Agha & Janaki Sowkar, Ramesh Deo & Jayanti and Rajendra Nath & Vaishali have done justice to their respective parts. Shashikala is good as a film star. Prithviraj Kapoor is Prithviraj Kapoor, he never went wrong but I missed his voice & dialogue delivery as I don't know why Bipin Gupta has landed voice to his character. Other disappointing factor of the movie is songs & music by Kalyanji Anandji. In any case, a must watch for all of us.
Lal Patthar (1971)
Good movie with complex storyline
The movie has a very complex story line and you need to watch start to finish in single sitting to understand it completely. It takes a few minutes to take off but thereafter it is so engrossing that you keep on watching till climax which is highly thoughtful and imaginative and deserves hats off. The movie scores in every department - the milieu, costumes, art direction, locations, just everything! This may not be a great movie but it's a good movie by all means. I say, this is one of the most underrated Bollywood movies.
Raj Kumar is first rate; no one else could have done justice to this role in my opinion. You may like his theatricals or you may not; it's up to you. Rakhi & Vinod Mehra has delivered praiseworthy performances. But it is Hema Malini who stands a class apart. This is one of her best performances; in a grey shade though. Shankar Jaikishan's compositions; 1) Unke Khayaal Aaye To Aate Chale Gaye, 2) Geet Gaata Hoon Main, 3) Sooni Sooni Saans Ke Sitar Par, 4) Re Mann Sur Mein Ga, are excellent and memorable.
An average movie with an average story line
Pran is good since he is playing the central character whereas others are just associating him with lack luster characterization & performances. Mehmood provides some solace in his triple role blunder. Blunder is because his scenes are not part of the story. Music by LP is good with some fine songs like; 1) Haye Re Haye, Neend Nahin Aaye, 2) Dhal Gaya Din Ho Gayi Raat and 3) Tik Tik Tik Mera Dil Dhadke.
A suspense movie with very much predictable sequences
Does not look like a suspense movie as you are easily able to predict what is in store in the next scene. But it's OK. Johny Walker, Helen & Shammi trio offers some comic relief but that does not leave you with some heart felt laughs. Music and songs by Kalyanji-Ananadji and Shakeel Badayuni team are not so popular but good ones. Like 1) Dil Toota Roye Naina, 2) Ek Anar Do Bimar, 3) Main Haseena Nazneena, 4) Aa Mere Gale Lag Ja and 5) Pyar Ki Baten Humko Na. Don't waste your time.
Mere Humsafar (1970)
An underrated movie
Good story, nice performances, especially that of Jeeterndra and the great Balraj Sahni, playing somewhat negative character who turns good at the end. Good music adds to the ambiance with songs such as 1) Kisi Raah Mein Kisi Mod Par & 2) Mera Pardesi Na Aaya. Deserves a watch.
An unbelievably good movie
Directed by the great I.S.Johar, who has always produced & directed satires on social issues. This time he chose the religious hypocrisy in the society and how fundamentalists play their cards . I would say its' a very good effort overall. Nalini Jaywant is first rate. Ajit looks damn smart but he is OK, acting wise. Later he turned out to be a negative roles material, rightly. Others complement the story very well. The highlight of the movie is some of the sequences showing how fundamentalists make fool of people in the name of religion. C. Ramachandra has composed very soothing tunes for Kavi Pradeep's songs. 1) Dekh Tere Sansaar Ki Haalat, 2) Kanha Bajaye Bansuri, 3) Jai Jai Raam Raghurai, 4) Patthar Ke Bhagwan and 5) Jor Laga Le Are Zamane.
Bombai Ka Babu (1960)
Gem of a movie
A masterpiece. One of the best movies I have ever watched. It is said to be based on a short story by American author William Sidney Porter (a.k.a. O'Henry). However, Rajinder Singh Bedi has been credited for the story. Director Raj Khosla weaves a fine blend of Music, romance and intrigue in to a classic human emotions story that makes a lasting appeal to our sensibilities. A criminal on the run finds a fine refuge to hide as well make hay at the behest of a village crook with an eye on the family cashbox. But a transformation of the heart and falling in love with the daughter of the house was not part of his original scheme of things, so the destiny decides to teach him that there are finer values in life like sacrifice, duties and responsibilities etc which are far more precious than making a quick buck as a criminal.
Most importantly, the theme has romantic angle between a long-lost brother (impostor in this case) and sister in their youth falling for each other much against the norms of societal ethics. A bold attempt; certainly in the 60s. although the story does not go fully on that route. Awesome compositions by S.D.Burman for Majrooh Sultanpuri songs like; 1) Chal Ri Sajni Ab Kya Soche, 2) Deewana Mastana Hua Dil, 3) Dekhane Mein Bhola Hai, 4) Saathi Na Koi Manzil and a few more.
Excellent music and a classic befitting climax makes this film a must see for those who likes old classics. It is a rare gem for Indian movie screen. I challenge the current breed of film producers and directors to come up with such a fine film.
A movie; not to be missed
The movie was a flop at its initial release but you do not understand why, when you watch it today. The film features a strong message on the futility of war. The last scene where Amrapali submits to Buddha in a touching sequence where she questions why men wage war on each other, keep the subject truly related to present global situation. Then the movie delivers everything that an Indian film lover could ask for; mind-blowing visuals, strong performances by all of the cast, killer soundtrack and beautiful dances performed by Vaijayantimala. Not to forget two of the very melodious songs written by Shailendra, composed by Shankar Jaikishan & sung by Lata Mangeshkar; 1) Tadap Ye Din Raat Ki, 2) Tumhe Yaad Karte Karte.
Poor execution of relatively a good story
A pretty ordinary film. Nothing exciting except characterization of Padma's (Mala Sinha) powerful role. She did well and got nominated for Best Actress Filmfare award in 1964 but conceded it to Nutan for Bandini. Feroz Khan plays baddy. Completely forgettable music & songs. Don't waste your time.
Later, the same story was used by Pramod Chakravorty in 1981 Jeetendra & Hema Malini starrer "Jyoti".
Learn film making
Based on noted author R.K.Narayan's English novel "the Guide", this movie is true to its credentials of being a benchmark in cinema making. Excellent story, screenplay, dialogues, camera movements, editing, acting, songs, lyrics, music and dancing sequences; you need to watch it 100 times to find a singular flaw. Vijay Anand has directed the movie besides writing the screenplay & dialogues and editing it. A complete film for those who wants to see real Indian cinema.
I have never been a Dev Ananad fan but after watching this movie I realized why he is THE Dev Anand. He has performed amazingly well and so did Waheeda Rehman, the ever graceful beauty of all times. Leela Chitnis & Kishor Sahu have done exceedingly well. Mind blowing compositions by S.D.Burman for songs like; 1) Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai, 2) Din Dhal Jaye Haye, 3) Gaata Rahe Mera Dil, 4) Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya, 5) Piya Tose Naina Lage Re, 6) Tere Mere Sapne Ab Ek and 7) Wahan Kaun Hai Tera, all written by Shailendra.
Nominated for 1967's Filmfare awards in 9 categories, Guide begged 7 of them; Best Film (Dev Anand), Best Actor (Dev Anand), Best Actress (Waheeda Rehman), Best Story (R.K.Narayan), Best Dialogues (Vijay Anand), Best Director (Vijay Anand), Best Cinematography (Fali Mistry). Don't wait; put some efforts to watch this kind of movie. It's a must watch.
My Rating is 9 out of 10; the rest 1 can be awarded only by a film maker but not a movie buff like me.
Prithvi Vallabh (1943)
The Sohrab Modi epic
Another remarkable movie produced & directed by Sohrab Modi which is based on the same name novel of noted Freedom Fighter/Politician/Lawyer/Writer/Litterateur from Gujrat, Late K.M.Munshi.
Guys.... I am in awe of Sohrab Modi's distinctive voice and the way he used to deliver dialogues.
A movie made well ahead of times. Contract Marriage, a subject quite new for early seventies. Director Raja Navathe managed to keep it simple for family viewing. Sanjeev Kumar and Leena Chandrawarkar are good. Others have virtually nothing to do. Fantastic music by LP for songs; 1) O Manchali, 2) Mile Kahin Do Ajnabi, 3) Gam Ka Fasana, 4) Tan Man Dhan Sab Hai Tera, 5) Kali Kali Choome. Watch it if you get a chance to.
Good movie but memorable for Gopaldas 'Neeraj' songs
A wonderful adaptation of a Gulshan Nanda's Hindi novel. It's a family drama not a suspense movie, yet you will find twist in story every 15-20 minutes. Shashi Kapoor with his 880 watts smile and eccentric body movements. Rakhi in double roles & Nazir Hussain at their best. A magnificent line up of songs wonderfully penned by Gopaldas 'Neeraj' & composed by S.D.Burman namely; 1) Aaj Madhosh Hua Jaye Re, 2) O Meri Sharmeelee, 3) Kaise Kahen Hum, 4) Khilte Hain Gul Yahan 5) Megha Chhaye Aadhi Raat and even 6) Reshmi Ujala Hai Makhmali Andhera.
Gunga Jumna (1961)
A Dilip Kumar magic
A superb movie directed by Nitin Bose and written & produced by Dilip Kumar himself. Those who have seen Deewar may not find anything new here. Dilip Kumar, Vaijayantimala, Anwar Hussain and Kanhaiyalal are first rate. Acting is not Nasir Khan's (Ayub Khan's father who plays Jamuna) cup of tea. He is there just because he is Dilip Kumar's real brother. Naushad Saheb's music is excellent with songs such as 1) Nain Lad Jayi Hain, 2) Do Hanson Ka Joda, 3) Dhoondho Dhoondho Re Sajana, 4) Na Manu3 Re Dagabaaz Tori and 5) Insaaf Ki Dagar Pe. The movie was nominated for 7 Filmfare awards in 1962 but could win 3 of them; Best Actress, Best Cinematography & Best Dialogues.