H for Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…(Who Am I To You)….the 1994 blockbuster from Bollywood…Ethereal casting,lavish production,memorable songs….and the great piece of enjoyment….a full blown family drama.One of the greatest hits ever,some people consider it as a marriage video…and for some it showed us…what we are,the value of Grihastya Jeevan.Rajshri’s film made us to value our tradition,underlined the importance of sacrifice and more importantly the significance of being together…as the Great Indian Family.Salman Khan’s portrayal of a loving brother and bubbly kiddo sishter(yes…sishter) act of Madhuri Dixit earned rave reviews.You cannot ignore the traditional bhaiya and bhabi act of Monish Behl and Renuka ji.Every character speak in their own way.For instance Anupam Kher and Satish Shah’s perfect humour acts…Laxmikant Berde as the servant have won many hearts…but the main attraction remains the linear storyline that celebrates the phrase “Being together” through thick and thin.An alien concept to the West,they embraced the film whole heartedly,an Overseas blockbuster.It celebrates the great fat Indian wedding,the child birth….and some subsequent tragic incident.Hum Aapke Hain Kaun showed us what we are,the importance of Family Values in our life.Shot mostly inside the studio..except “Mausam ka Jadu”…near Ooty,the film’s music have been raging hit….played across all the weddings…included in HMV’s Greatest Hits of Indian Cinema Songs…A film which has stood the test of time..A film for the family,by the family and ofcourse the family…Go revisit the movie again. Image from the Net
D yani Dev Anand..people often label him as the Indian version of Gregory Peck…but I disdain it.He remains the most original stylist Hero in Bollywood.My journey of adoration started with Dev Anand during the year 1997.Yep I remember it correctly, J.P Dutta’s Border was a huge success those days, so was Titanic…(all of us had fetish for that particular scene of Kate Winslet…i hope you can understand)..anyway i came back to our flat after the evening cricket game (dripped with des ki mitti and sweat drops)..I noticed my elder brother happily flaunting a cassette box..on a closer look I noticed it was HMV Golden Collection series…The Golden Hits of Dev Anand.We had a Philips audio player and music flowed freely.Kishore kumar’s voice echoed across our rooms..so was Mohd Rafi’s Tere Mere Sapne ab ek hi rang hain.Musical blockbusters like Guide,Jewel Thief,Gambler,Hare Rama Hare Krishna,Prem Pujari..became part of my life.I still have Phoolon ke Rang se,Aasmaan ke Neeche and Gaata Rahein Mera Dil Mein in my Samsung Playlists.That was my addiction to Dev Anand’s lip sync. Now let us come towards his film fetishology.I watched him romancing inside Qutub Minar,trekking across Mount Abu,cuddling on the lush green terrain of Gangtok and happily noding with Swiss children in Switzerland.He was teasingly romantic and blattantly bold…very few film makers of Hindi film industry have tried their hands on Anti War themes…I am talking about his directorial debut Prem Pujari,set on the backdrop of Indo China war of 1962,the film tackled the complex story of a non-violent Army man(who wants to win his enemy through love)..but his sensitive nature is labelled as his weakness..it follows an international conspiracy across plains of Europe…A brilliant piece of cinema but a dud at Box office.An entire generation danced and smoked with Hare Rama Hare Krishna..(Zeenat with Dum Maro Dum)…He was much ahead of his times..very few filmmakers of those days did films on such off beat themes …and that too in an effortless manner. It was during a visit to Assam during 2001summer,Zee Cinema was playing Guide….i was waiting for Piya tose naina lage and came back to room during Gaata Rahein Mera Dil.I saw my Dada,watching the movie with apt attention…I asked him..about the film..He narrated me about the story,which i was able to interprete only during my English honours days in 2009(R.K Narayan’s Guide…the film was the cinematic adaptation of it)…It remains one of the most complex Indian English novel….Dev Anand’s Raju was so blazingly brilliant.His male ego,raw sexuality ,cunning nature and philosophical bend of mind- Dev Anand was just perfect for it…A film rebelliously ahead of its time,classic piece of Cinematic Craft…A master art from the master craftman….Guide remains one of the best film of all time…yeah it include World Movies also…Fifty years after its release…it got a Cannes film festival ticket also…A man who died quietly and preffered , “Remember my work,not my life or even death”…i want to write much more..i want to say “Abhi na jao chorkar” to this article…but i am drained by the train journey from Pune to Mumbai…i am currently penning this one…in chair car compartment of Deccan Queen..will upload it near Lonavala …no network….bye.. PS: I am a lazy man,i did not compose anything for A,B,C,.for A to Z challenge…too lazy…but with D…it was Anand hi anand .. Note of Thanks Debojyoti Moulick…for introducing me to the world of Dev Anand
Cinema is a kind of addiction.It is a mode of entertainment.People watch moving pictures with persons essaying different roles,some times they cry,theylaugh,they murder ,they love and along with them we also. Indian cinema began in 1913 with the release of Raja Harishchandra, a silent film,othersfollowed.There is a certain dose of controversy regarding Pundalik,often termed as First Indie film.
The talkies began with AlamAra,and we have several names to the credit,people often mistake Hindi cinema as the Indian Cinema,there is a lot more if we consider regional movies,movies made in English in India.This year we celebrate centenary of Indian cinema,wohoo quiet along time.
Dada Saheb Phalke dared ,he made the first ever,followed by a bunch of enthusiast movie makers who set fire on the silver screen and people were hooked to it.(watch Harishchandrachi Factory)
GREAT MOVIES…my list
Cinema in India is not only a piece of art,it’s a world in itself. India produces thrice the number of films coming out of Hollywood belt. Critics often criticise that quanity is there but quality is lacking. Well the scene is entirely different. The transformation of India under British colony to new born Independent India,its joyride through fifties ,its struggle,gaining world recognition,almost everything about our nation have been showcased via films. Indian cinema is a projection of our Desi life.(yes sometimes it is quiet a cheap showcase also).
Let us look back to our some glorious piece of Cinema.
1 Raja Harishchandra- the first of its kind,made by Dada SahebPhalke
2 PremSanyas- Made by Franz osten of Germany ,along with HimanshuRai of Bombay
talkies,which narrates the story of Gautam Buddha
3 AlamAra-the first talkie which established the use of music,song and dance as the mainstay of Indian cinema…..God bless the mindless song and dance sequence which exist even today.
4 Kismet- The first ever blockbuster starring Dadamoni aka Ashok Kumar,which ran for 3 years in Calcutta…The patriotic feel..surely a crowd puller.
5 Awara- With this the showman Raj Kapoor established himself as the leading actor and his image as the eternal tramp..
6 Do BighaZameen,inspired by Bicycle thieves, and based on a short story of Shalil Chowdhury, BalrajSahani enthralled the audience with his effortless performance.
7 ShyamchiAai-AcharyaAtre made this saga of mother-son relationship,which became the first film to win President’s gold medal..You got to see this gem of Marathi Cinema..
8 PatherPachali-The first movie by the orient long man of the east,SatyajitRay,which won the best picture in Cannes Film Festival, documents the struggle for existence of a family in Bengal village.This was India’s first film to be praised at the World stage.But the first film to be showcased in Cannes Film Festival was a hindi war drama “Haqueeqat”
9 Mother India- Mehboob Khan’s eternal saga of a struugling single mother is a hard hitting piece of cinema,with electrifying performance by NargisDutt. The film won an Oscar nomination. 10.Mughal E Azam – The magnum opus of Mughal Era under Akbar…a fictional love story with courtesan….grand production design..grand acting…immortal Lata Mangeshkar ..an Epic in truest sense…Well dear West..Indian film does not mean Poor people and poor country…take a note
The list goes on and on with magnum opus like Mughal e Azam,Pyasa,Doaankhenbarahhaath,Guide,Meghe Dhaka Tara,Guide,Charulata,Upkar,Chiriakhana,Haateybajarey, GoopigayenBaghabayen,Bhuvanshome,Ghatsraddha,GejjePooje,Samskaraand many more.
Indian cinema gave the people a reason to survive,to look into their society,to escape from the hard hitting realities and yes it gave us some matinee idol like Dr Rajkumar(Karnataka), Uttam Kumar(Bengal,the first actor to receive best actor national award),NTR,ShivajiGaneshan,RajKapoor,Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bacchan,Shahrukh Khan.
ACCLAIMED INDIAN FILM MAKERS
India produced parallel cinema beside mainstay commercial movies. Film Makers like SatyajitRay,MrinalSen ,RitwikGhatak,ShyamBenegal,AparnaSen, GoutamGhose,ManiRatnam, RitupornoGhose,Mira Nair have established the great Indian cinema in world forum.
The concept of romance have been immortalized by Yash Chopra (Dil to Pagal hain,Silsila,Jab Tak Hain Jaan). J.P Dutta showcased the triumph of Indian soldiers (Border,LOC Kargil)Ram Gopal Verma excelled in crime sagas(Satya,Company, Sarkar)
Director like AshutoshGowariker gave us period sagas like Lagaan,Jodha Akbar. RajkumarSantoshi used film to portray the injustice in our society with film likeGhayal,Ghatak,Lajja.
Well it is a huge subject,theCBFC have contributed a lot to the growth of Indian cinema. Premier body like FTTI, NFDC,NFAI, are putting their hurt and soul in developing the cinema
The new wave of cinema have been felt through the work of Dibakar Banerjee, AnuragKashyap,ZoyaAkhtar,FarhanAkhtar.
While filmmakers like Manoj Kumarshowacased pop patriotism through Upkar,PurabaurPaschim,thenKaran Johar have showcased peppy romance like Kuchkuchhotahain and also the plight of being muslim in the time of terror in My Name is Khan.
Well no cinema is perfect,even our cinema have faults. Some time they are too loud or excessive melodramatic. Filmmakers often overlook aesthetic elements for the sake of cheap commercial motive. One should be true to the art. It is sometime objectionable to irk sensitive issues and creating controversies,and hurting sentiments. But it is also true that an artist should have artistic liberties.A cinema is never a message,it is a statement only. It can never change a society but can be a part of that change. Indian cinema have been growing with the growth of country.And our films have become a part of us.Indian filmmaker must not opt for the best,but better than the best
A popular saying about Indian cinema “you can never part with two things..Maa (mother) and Cinemaaaa” Image source-Stolen from the world wide web…
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Some extra intellectual movie buffs (including Desi, N.R.I and the Others) point out that there is dearth of good work in Bollywood and it is all about gimmicks, useless songs and dance sequences. Also they are unable to adapt any kind of literary texts successfully into the silver screen etc . So for them and the rest (the lovers) please take a look.
Deepa Mehta’s movie based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice Candy Man, the movie deserves applause for its screenplay, the acting department,and the songs. Aamir Khan plays the antagonist andyou cannot restrain yourself from applauding this genius when he expresses his sexual jealousy. The display of intrigue and the pain of partition creates a tragic tale in celluloid…
The finest Bollywood movie ever, be it an adapted screenplay or an orginal screenplay, everything in this movie is perfect,the screenplay,the dialogue delivery, the songs, the evergreen Dev Anand,and the enchanting Rosie aka Waheeda Rahman. The English version is so dull,that you keep falling in love with the hindi one even more, as usual it takes some cinematic liberty and do justice for every scenes.Watch out for the duel of conscience scene between the two Dev Anand.Censor board tried to object because it showcased a married woman having an affair in India of 1960. Much ahead of its time,and the best work of Dev Anand.
Vishal Bharadwaj who was an English teacher successfully transforms his love for English literature into Bollywood films. You can choose Maqbool, Saat Khoon Maaf but Omkara- it is his bloody best.The lovely Dolly Mishra(you will fall in love with this Desdemona), the playboy Keshu (dashing Vivek Obreoi) and Emilie played by Konkona Sen Sharma gets a thumbs up.Sadly my favourite Devgan does not live up to the expectations,the clap-the anger-the sympthay-the award goes to SAIF ALI KHAN..oh man take a bow for your portrayal of Langda Tyagi..but wait Iago in OTHELLO winks at the audience,but Tyagi doesn’t.
4 Train to Pakistan
Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan is possibly more horrific than Heart Of Darkness but equally brilliant like any of the tragic novels of canonical literature.The movie houses dashing performances from all of the cast,especially the antagonist. Mano Majra is a village caught in the web of partition,which experiences the horror of Partition,the bloody war and waits for the Ghost train to arrive..it misses any kind of star presence.May be that why it was a box office dud.
This Amrita Pritam’s novel which i have read in translation, is a sheer piece of beauty.The adaptation by Dwivedi is a succesful venture but it lacks cinematic tension a bit during the climax. Urmila Matondkar should have recieved an award for her powerful performance,so does Manoj Bajpayee. Do catch this period flick.
6.Shatranj Ke Khildai
I think the only hindi film of Ray,and as usual it it is powerpacked cinema ,based on Munshi Premchand’s work,the movie traces the king Of Oudh who is passionate about Chess and it is set against the backdrop of the Sepoy mutiny of 1857.A baritone narration of Bachchan,the grand Richard Attenborough , the eccentric Amjad Khan and evergreen Victor Banrjee,winner of National Awards and many accolades..you might not enjoy if you don’t like serious cinema..
The adaptation of the epic The MAHABHARAT, thumbs up for the following things….the metaphorical screenplay,the authorbacked performance of Ajay Devgan as Karna,the witty Nana Patekar as Krishna..the sensuous Katrina as Draupadi, the foccused Godfather styled Arjun p[layed by Ranbir and lastly the eccentric evil brilliantly performed by Manoj Bajpayee.Watch out for the perfect Hindi diction in this epic political saga.
8 Umrao Jaan
No not the J.P Dutta’s recent Umrao Jaan, I am talking about Ali’s Umrao Jaan starring Rekha as the nautch girl and Farookh Sheikh as the Nawab. The movie is a poetry in motion ,which adapts the Urdu work ‘Umrao Jaan Ada‘(my friend read it for me,oh i caanot read URDU,the most perfect language for poetry)with sheer brilliance.Asha Bhosle’s voice,the enigmatic performance and the tragic climax,it makes you weep at the fate of Umrao Jaan.Ah man.. :-(..and noted info all the jewellery of Rekha were real and belonged to the ancestors of Muzaffar Ali,the man behind the movie.
The childhood delight for us from the greatest man of lietarature evcer,yep the great RABINDRANATH THAKUR(I don’t prefer Tagore,originality at its best).Though a remake of a bengali movie by Tapan Sinha,this hindi film capture my heart for Balraj Sahani’s tearjerking performance. My best moment is when the lead actor remembers his nation through Manna Dey’s ultimate patriotic punch “Aye Mere Pyare Watan“..i get goosebumps.
Be it Bansaali’s RamLeela or Aamir Khan’s Qayamat se Qayamat Tak or the recent Issaq,all of which are adaptation of Romeo and Juliet,Ishaqzaade stands out for Habib Faisal’s screenplay,the powerful Parineeta Chopra(she got an national award for this) and the crime infested background.Oho don’t miss the climax and Pareshaan song…look out for the evil plotting.
Vidu Vinod Chopra’s production delivers a classy product and it does justice to the Sarat Chandra Chattopadhay’s Classic novel.The lead cast is brilliant and its production designing is sexy actually.Have you ever thought if you use the music of Rabindranath Thakur(Rabindra sangeet) in an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s classic,welShantanu Moitra does it,and it is wonderful.
Well,some people might not consider this one as standardised lietarary adaptation as it is based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel.I give a damm,the novel is brilliantly narrated,and portrays the dichotomy,the clash between Tamilian and Punjabi,the movie is as good as the book,and Alia ..too good girl..but the movie deserves high five for alcoholic Ronit Roy and sweet Revathy…Arjun kapoor and Amrita…good job..
All the images have been taken from Internet
Some honourable mentions . This post was composed three years ago , so Haider didn’t make it to the list.