Many Bollywood movies have embarked their marks on the industry which will be remembered forever. Many Indian movies are an all-time favorite, but among them, some masterpieces hold the head of Indian cinema quite high and maintain the bar with the best in world cinema.
Following are some of the gems of Bollywood cinema.
- Prapancha Pash (1929) – An Indo-German co-production, directed by Franz Osten and produced by Himangshu Rai (who also acted in it), this was one of the best silent films made in this country. Digitally restored in 2006, this is a visual pleasure at its best. The film featured 10,000 extras, thousand horses, fifty elephants, and so on (all donated by a local maharaja), and also probably India’s first kissing scene, between Charu Roy and Seeta Devi.
- Devdas (1937) – 17 movies, 6 different languages, 3 different countries, this tragic story of a man and his futile love story is still as relevant as it was when it was written in the 19th century. The first Hindi version, directed by Pramathesh Barua, and starring K L Saigal as Devdas, brought social dramas to the forefront in Bollywood. And Barua, along with his cinematographer Bimal Roy, showed India the first blooms of modern cinematography.
- Kismet (1943) – The first Bollywood movie to gross 1crore, this Gyan Mukherjee film established Ashok Kumar as the first superstar in India. This film was revolutionary at its time, introducing the concepts of anti-hero, an unmarried girl getting pregnant, and the lost child found using tattoos and lockets (a formula to be used countless times in Bollywood). The song ‘Door hato O Duniya walon, Hindustan Hamara hai‘ became an instant hit amidst the rising nationalist fervor (Gandhiji had launched the Quit India movement just 6 months back), prompting the lyricist to go underground to avoid being arrested. The film ran for 187 continuous weeks, a record to be broken after 32 years, by the 6th film in this list.
- Pather Panchali (1955) – The film that established India in the movie map of the world. The debut by Satyajit Ray, inspired by Italian neo-realism, is a lyrical narrative of life and death in rural Bengal. This movie, made by a bunch of fresh actors and inexperienced crew, that took three years to film, accompanied by Ravi Shankar’s mesmerizing tunes, is now a staple of many ‘All-Time Greatest Lists’.
- Sholay (1975) – The most iconic movie to come out of Bollywood. This Ramesh Sippy directed curry western has given us innumerable immortal characters, dialogues, songs, and scenes. If there was an ‘Introduction to Bollywood’ this film would be shown on the first day.
- India (1987) – After Gabbar Singh, it’s time for Mogambo. Probably the only 20th-century sci-fi movie in Bollywood, Salim-Javed’s last venture was also Shekhar Kapoor’s last commercial venture in India. Sridevi portrayed both the comic (Hawa Hawai) and the breathtaking (Kate Nahi Katte) with equal ease. But the film is remembered, above all for its iconic villain. ‘Mogambo khush Hua’.
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