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The Charm Of Bollywood Movies From The 70s And The 80s

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The seventies and the eighties of Bollywood were perhaps some of the most influential decades of Indian cinema. While the seventies were said to have propelled the Angry Young Man (Amitabh Bachchan) and Rishi Kapoor into the forefront, the eighties of Bollywood were quite a contrast. Perhaps what makes these two decades so great is that the films made here were neither too old to forget, nor too young to ignore. Here’s taking a look at some movies which made the ’70s and ’80s truly glorious.

1. Anand (1971)

A film described as one of the best performances by Rajesh Khanna, Anand was a Hrishikesh Mukherjee masterpiece. Playing the role of a man who knows how to have a laugh despite everything going wrong, Rajesh Khanna managed to keep the audience captivated with his antics. What made Anand such an endearing film was that through all the darkness, Rajesh Khanna’s character was filled with light, love and laughter. Even now, almost thirty five years after its release, this movie is still a masterpiece!

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2. Zanjeer (1973)

While the beginning of the ’70s were described as the Golden Era of Rajesh Khanna’s career, 1973 was the point that saw the emergence of another major star, Amitabh Bachchan. Big B was picked as the lead for Zanjeer after actors like Dharmendra, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand turned down the role of a stern faced cop (Vijay.) The character which was such a hit, it became the foundation for the other movies. In fact, this character sat so well with the audience, it was one of the most sought after characters for most of the other movies released in that decade. Not only did Zanjeer see the birth of the Angry Young Man, it also saw a shift in the kind of lead roles one saw in movies. An iconic movie for sure, Zanjeer was perhaps one of the best movies from the ’70s.

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3. Deewar (1975)

Although Zanjeer was said to have put the Angry Young Man on the map of brilliant movies, it was Yash Chopra’s Deewar that really established Big B’s presence in the world of Bollywood. Loosely based on Haji Mastan’s life, this film told the tale of two brothers (played by Big B and Shashi Kapoor) on the opposite sides of the world. With brilliant dialogues, a story of the ages and extremely heartwarming scenes, Deewar was perhaps one of the most iconic and memorable films of the ’70s. In fact, it can be labelled as one of the films which changed the cinematic landscape of Bollywood.

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4. Sholay (1975)

1975 was a popular year. Not only did it see the emergence of another truly epic movie in the form of Sholay. Giving us some brilliant characters like Veeru, Basanti, Jai, Thakur and Gabbar Singh (also, one of the best dialogues in history: Kitne Aadmi Thhe?) Sholay was one of the best things that happened to Indian cinema. Criminals, a love story, cheeky one liners and epic fight scenes all came together in a seamless combination to form the King of all fight movies, Sholay! If you are reading this and still have not watched Sholay, then you are definitely missing out on an experience of a lifetime.

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5. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

While Amar Akbar Anthony wasn’t the first ever lost and found movie or the first ever blockbuster, it could easily have been any one of them. A star studded film, a brilliant story line and music that was beautifully resonating with the times, this Manmohan Desai directorial had all the trappings of an exceptional movie. Satisfying till even after the rolling of the credits, Amar Akbar Anthony was a masterpiece in every sense of the word.

While the 70s were all about large films, beautiful stories and memorable melodies, the 80s were about revisiting the golden days of Indian history and for creating larger than life musicals.

6. Karz (1980)

Criticised by fans and critics alike, Karz was said to be way ahead of its time when it released. Touted to be one of the best musicals of its time, this Subhash Ghai directorial would have been an instant hit had it been made during present times. A heartwarming story and a tale resonating with days gone by, Karz was perhaps one of the major trendsetters of Indian cinema in the 1980s.

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7. Umrao Jaan (1981)  

A tribute to the courtesan filled era during the Mughal Raaj, Umrao Jaan was Muzaffar Ali’s tribute to a court dancer who had gifts like no one else at the time. With Rekha playing the role of this dancer, the film showed the circle of life and how even though you travel all over the world, you come back to where everything began. Bringing a wonderfully beautiful expression of pain, sorrow, music and the arts to the fore like never before, Umrao Jaan was made so well, it is relevant even in today’s times.

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8. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

While the ’70s saw the emergence of Amitabh Bachchan, the ’80s saw the revival of Bollywood gems like Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro got together a brilliant ensemble cast, the creme of Bollywood. A brilliantly made satire that talked about everything wrong with India then and today, this film was a class apart in every possible. What makes this movie so great was that it was a happy accident, an unplanned super hit in every way imaginable. So great was its success that even after all these years, no director was able to remake the movie.

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9. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)

Popularly known for being the movie that changed Aamir Khan’s characterization in Indian cinema, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was a beautiful story. One of the first attempts at an Indian version of Romeo and Juliet, this movie also brought to the fore the amazing chemistry between Juhi Chawla and Aamir Khan. Taking the step forward from the trend of heartbreaking romance, the success of this movie gave Bollywood a formula the industry milked for years to come.

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10. Parinda (1989)

Vidhu Vinod Chopra just had to end the ’80s with a bang and looking at the massive success that was Ardh Satya, he just had to make Parinda. Taking a chance with a theme like this was not easy and when he did take the chance, he redefined the crime genre in Bollywood. With a burning climax and a story which was gripping to the very end, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Parinda was a film that paved the way for future history makers.

The Charm Of Bollywood Movies From The 70s And The 80s

The ’70s and the ’80s showed the world that Bollywood was not just about dancing around trees and romancing under the bushes. The movies of these eras showed us the beauty of telling stories in a magical way, giving everyone memories like never before. If you think we missed out on any other movies from these glorious decades, comment and let us know!

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Amitabh Bachchan’s Plan For His Birthday

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Amitabh Bachchan, who turns 77 today, has a lot to talk about when it comes to celebrating his birthday.  During a recent interview, when asked how he wants to celebrate his birthday this year, the veteran actor was quick to reply, “What is there to celebrate? It’s a day like any other. I’m grateful that I am still working, that my body is able to keep pace with my spirit.”  The actor asked his well wishers to pray for his good health. 

Amitabh Bachchan reminisced his childhood birthdays, when his father and renowned poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan would compose and recite poems on the special occasion.  Amitabh Bachchan also recalled after his life threatening injury on the sets of Coolie, his father broke down while reciting poems on his birthday.

Amitabh Bachchan also revealed how the birthday rituals changed over the years and said, “My father’s poetry is much missed, as is my mother’s excitement on that day. The annual ritual of cake cutting no longer interests me. It has been replaced by a plate of dry fruits.

Even though the actor refuses to celebrate his birthday, Amitabh Bachchan’s social media pages are flooded with birthday wishes from around the world. 

 

Mango Bollywood wishes Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s most versatile actors, a very happy birthday and a great year ahead.

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Ranbir Kapoor Birthday – Unknown Facts

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Bollywood’s favorite mama’s boy, Ranbir Kapoor, turns 37 today.  Known for movies like Wake Up Sid (2009,) Rockstar (2011,) Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) and Sanju (2018,) Ranbir Kapoor has become a heartthrob of every Indian girl.  On his birthday, let’s look at some of the lesser known facts about the actor.

Unknown facts about Ranbir Kapoor

1) Known as the casanova of Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor once admitted on a talk show he drunk dialled a particular ex quite a few times.

2) A complete mama’s boy, Ranbir Kapoor’s diet plan is designed by his mother, Neetu Singh.  His mother even used to cut his nails until the actor moved out of his family home.

3) It is well known Ranbir Kapoor is a well trained tabla player.  However, the actor is also trained in jazz and ballet. He also learned to play guitar for his film Rockstar.

4) A hardcore foodie, Ranbir Kapoor really loves his mother’s cooking.  Out of all the dishes, Ranbir loves the bhindi curry, jungli mutton and paya cooked by Neetu Singh.

5) Ranbir Kapoor has a strange habit of adding up digits from number plates of various vehicles he encounters during his daily commute.

6) Ranbir Kapoor suffers from a condition called Nasal Deviated Spectrum, which makes the actor talk and eat fast.

7) Ranbir Kapoor’s first Bollywood film was Prem Granth, starring his father Rishi Kapoor. Ranbir worked as an assistant director for the film. 

8) Ranbir Kapoor’s favorite number is 8.  This is because his mother’s birthday falls on 8th July and also because he loves the design of the number.

9) Ranbir Kapoor’s idol is Al Pacino.  The only reason he chose to study method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute is because Al Pacino went there.  While at college, Ranbir made over 300 short films.

10) During his teen years, Ranbir Kapoor had a huge crush on Avantika Malik, who married actor Imran Khan in 2011.

Here’s wishing the handsome actor Ranbir Kapoor a very happy birthday and a great year ahead.

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Randeep Hooda Birthday – Four Best Movies Of The Actor

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Randeep Hooda turns a year older today.  This talented and versatile actor is known for taking up challenges and working on movies for the sake of art rather than money.  On Randeep Hooda’s 43rd birthday, let’s take a look at some of his most iconic movies.

Four best movies of Randeep Hooda 

1) D (2005)

D was Randeep Hooda’s first lead appearance in a movie.  Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, D is based on D-Company, a real life Mumbai underworld organization.  The movie follows Deshu, played by Hooda, as he turns from an innocent mechanic to a notorious crime lord.  Randeep Hooda’s performance in the movie was praised by many, with film critic Taran Adarsh appreciating Hooda’s ability to change his expressions like a chameleon.

2) Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010)

Randeep Hooda gained public recognition after appearing in the period action drama Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, alongside Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai.  Hooda played the role of a cop, ACP Agnel Wilson and despite limited screen time, he managed to impress the audience and critics alike with his performance.  Many compared his screen presence to that of Amitabh Bachchan and the role bought subsequent success to Hooda, after 5 years of struggle.

3) Highway (2014)

Directed by Imtiaz Ali, Highway is the story of Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt,) who finds freedom after getting kidnapped.  Randeep Hooda portrayed the role of the kidnapper, Mahabir Bhati Gujjar, in the movie. Hooda prepared for the role with all sincerity and in an effort to maintain distance from Alia Bhatt’s character, did not speak to the actress for 25 days.  Randeep Hooda was praised for his performance, especially for lending authenticity to his character with his perfect Haryanvi accent.

4) Sarbjit (2016)

Directed by Omung Kumar, Sarbjit is a biographical film based on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian who was sentenced to death by the Pakistan Supreme Court.  Randeep Hooda portrayed the title role of Sarabjit Singh and in order to prepare for the role, lost 18 kg in 28 days. Despite the movie receiving mixed reviews, Hooda was praised for his incredible and raw performance in the film.

 

Randeep Hooda is not scared of taking on challenges and continues to impress the audience and critics with his movies.  Here’s wishing Randeep Hooda a very happy birthday and a great year ahead.

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Ranveer Singh Birthday – Looking At Some Of The Best Performances By The Actor

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B-town’s most energetic star Ranveer Singh celebrates his 34th birthday today.  Ever since he made his debut in 2010, Singh has been the center of attention with his jaw dropping acting skills, flamboyance, energy and an out of the box fashion statement.  From being the cute and innocent wedding planner in his debut film, to essaying the role of a powerful tyrant, this man is a true representation of versatility. 

On the occasion of his birthday, let us take a look at some of his most impressive performances on the silver screen.

 

1) Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)

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In his debut film Band Baaja Baaraat, Ranveer Singh was seen playing the quintessential Delhi boy Bittoo Sharma, who wants to start his own business.  Ranveer Singh’s acting style and accent in this film were so convincing, people thought he was actually from Delhi.  His effortless dance moves and quirky dialogues made Band Baaja Baaraat one of the most successful films of that year.  With his power packed performance in his debut film, he sent a strong message to the world—he is here to stay.

 

2) Lootera (2013)

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Lootera is one gem which easily gets lost in Singh’s flashy filmography.  Marking a contrast from his energetic personality, Lootera saw Ranveer Singh take up the role of Varun Shrivastav, an archeologist who falls in love with a local landlord’s daughter.  This film was a testament to his depth and vast potential as an actor. Though Lootera underperformed at the box office, Ranveer’s performance got widespread applause from the critics and the audience.

 

3) Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

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We must say, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a true star maker.  Though his performances in his previous films were appreciated, it was Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela which gave Ranveer Singh the name and fame he deserves.  This film saw Ranveer essaying the role of a quirky, feisty person and an intense lover.  The character, which was loud and dramatic, played to the actor’s strengths and Ranveer portrayed it remarkably well.  His mesmerizing dance moves and chemistry with Deepika Padukone became the talk of the town.  Ram-Leela was the first Rs. 100 crore film of Ranveer Singh’s career.

 

4) Padmaavat (2018) 

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What can we even say about this one? The Bhansali directorial Padmaavat saw Ranveer taking up the role of a self centered, gruesome ruler, Alauddin Khilji, who gets obsessed with Rani Padmavati’s beauty.  From his physique and body language to accent, Singh transformed everything about himself to get into the skin of this character. Ranveer absorbed every detail of this character and played it with utmost perfection on screen.  Though it was a negative role, Ranveer Singh’s acting brilliance was such, Khilji was the most loved character of 2018.  

 

5) Gully Boy (2019)

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This year, we saw the energised bunny in a completely different avatar.  In the Zoya Akhtar directorial Gully Boy, Ranveer Singh took up the subdued role of Murad, an underdog with high ambitions.  Ranveer Singh changed his physique and body language yet again to suit the troubled ‘gully’ rapper.  With this film, he proved to the world not just his versatile acting skills, but also his rapping abilities.  Though Gully Boy had a niche subject, riding on Ranveer’s acting skills, it crossed the prestigious Rs. 100 crore mark.

 

With his last three films collecting Rs. 600 crores net at the Indian box office and his films such as ’83 yet to come, we must say, Ranveer Singh is quickly escalating towards superstardom. 

We wish this handsome hunk, Ranveer Singh, a very happy birthday and many more successful years ahead. 

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Arjun Kapoor Birthday – Looking At The Actor’s Bollywood Journey

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B-town’s handsome hunk Arjun Kapoor turns a year older today.  Though his acting capabilities are not really appreciated by the mainstream audiences, we must say, he was instrumental in delivering some memorable characters.  I mean, who can forget Krish from 2 States?  On the occasion of his 34th birthday, let us look at Arjun Kapoor’s journey in Bollywood.

1) Starting off as a director

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Arjun Kapoor, the son of Boney Kapoor and late Mona Shourie Kapoor, was born to an influential film family and was passionate about filmmaking since childhood.  He worked as an assistant director for Nikhil Advani’s Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) and Salaam-e-Ishq (2007.)  He was even an associate producer for No Entry (2005) and Wanted (2009) which were bankrolled by his father’s production house.  Back then, Kapoor was not keen on taking up acting as a profession.  He was more inclined towards directing.

 

2) An advice that changed his life

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It was Salman Khan who advised Arjun Kapoor to consider acting.  Salman Khan believed Arjun Kapoor was meant for acting. This piece of advice from Salman Khan changed Arjun Kapoor’s life.  Kapoor made his Bollywood debut as an actor with Ishaqzaade (2012,) alongside Parineeti Chopra.  With this film, he got a nod from the audience as the movie made Rs. 87 crores at the box office.  

 

3) Rise to fame

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After the success of his debut film, Arjun Kapoor starred in Aurangzeb (2013,) which did not go well with the audience.  His 2014 release, Gunday, also did not receive good reviews, but managed to collect Rs. 120 crores at the box office.  The failure of these films, however, did not lower his spirits. In the later years of his career, Arjun Kapoor delivered some really good performances in films like 2 States (2014) and Ki & Ka (2016,) in which his power packed acting was appreciated by the critics as well as the audience.  His 2019 release, India’s Most Wanted, received mixed reviews.

 

4) Love life 

 

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Ever since his foray into Bollywood, Arjun Kapoor has been making news for his relationships with female contemporaries.  Arjun Kapoor reportedly dated Salman’s sister Arpita Khan for a period of over two years. He was also rumored to be dating Sonakshi Sinha for a brief period.  Now, he is dating Malaika Arora and seems pretty happy with her. Time and again rumors of his wedding with Malaika keep circulating, only for the duo to deny them.

Apart from this, Arjun Kapoor has some really trustworthy friends in Bollywood.  Arjun Kapoor is close friends with 2 States co star Alia Bhatt and Gunday co star Ranveer Singh.  Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor have been friends through thick and thin.

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On the work front, Arjun Kapoor will be seen in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Panipat, which is slated to release in December this year. 

 

We wish this handsome hunk, Arjun Kapoor, a very happy birthday and many more successful years ahead. 

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