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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ’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!
Ranveer Singh Birthday – Looking At Some Of The Best Performances By The Actor
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Arjun Kapoor Birthday – Looking At The Actor’s Bollywood Journey
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
#27GoldenYearsofSRK – Best Performances Of SRK Till Date
Twenty seven years ago today, an ordinary yet ambitious boy from Delhi made his silver screen debut with Deewana (1992.) Back then, little did the world know this ordinary boy would become the King of Bollywood and rule it for decades. Shah Rukh Khan or SRK, as he is popularly known, has had an incredible journey in Bollywood. From romantic and action to gangster, he experimented with various genres and gave us some extremely memorable characters. Not just acting, King Khan has also won hearts by hosting award shows and giving TEDx talks and motivational speeches.
In these incredible 27 years, SRK featured in more than 80 films and received several accolades. What better than this occasion to go down the memory lane and revisit some of his best performances till date.
1) Baazigar (1993)
In the 1993 film Baazigar, Shah Rukh Khan was seen as the son who sets out to take revenge for the death of his father and would stop at nothing.
SRK dared to play an anti hero in a generation where heroes were worshipped. His acting was so intense and convincing, even though he played an anti hero who commits murders and deceives people, you still end up rooting for him.
2) Darr (1993)
Yet again, Shah Rukh Khan did not hesitate to take up a negative character.
With Darr, he proved to the world he is a supreme actor who is here to stay. SRK was seen as an obsessive lover and a creepy stalker who can kill to get the love of his life. Khan portrayed this character with such perfection, it gives you goosebumps. The little nuances in his acting and the dark vibe he brings to the screen with this character are commendable. His intense looks are enough to convince you he is an obsessive lover indeed!
Who can forget the dialogue “k..k…k… Kiran?”
3) Devdas (2002)
In this Bhansali period drama, Devdas, you can see Shah Rukh Khan essaying the role of an intense lover. No one could have done justice to this character like SRK did. His chemistry with Aishwarya, his alcohol addiction and troubles with family are played so well, it almost feels real. The depth in his acting gives you yet another reason to call him the “King of Bollywood.”
4) Swades (2004)
Swades is arguably one of SRK’s best performances till date. He took up a unique film like Swades at a time when he was gaining popularity as the King of Romance. With his role in Swades, he proved to the world he can do more than just romance.
The film traces the journey of a NASA scientist, Mohan, who comes to India and realizes his duty towards his Country.
SRK’s intense performance pulls you into the film and you are bound to feel the emotions he feels on the screen. His acting is so good, you will not find any traces of the King of Romance on the screen, all you can see is Mohan.
5) My Name Is Khan (2010)
Tracing the effects of the 9/11 attacks, this Karan Johar directorial witnessed Shah Rukh Khan deliver yet another gem of a performance. SRK took up the role of Rizwaan Khan, a man with autism and portrayed it effortlessly on screen. Rizwaan’s innocent personality, his love for his people and the devastation he faces in his life are all delivered to perfection. Once again, he set aside his superstar image and garnered the love of the audience as well as the critics.
These are a few of Shah Rukh Khan’s performances which we think were exceptional. Apart from these films, SRK was also brilliant in Don (2006,) Chak De! India (2007,) Fan (2016,) Dear Zindagi (2016) and the list goes on and on.
We wish this Superstar many more successful years ahead.
Amrish Puri Birth Anniversary – Legendary Dialogues By The Actor
It is Amrish Puri’s birth anniversary today and Google is celebrating it in its own style. On the occasion of his 87th birth anniversary, Google honoured this legendary actor by dedicating a doodle to him.
Amrish Puri was arguably one of the most loved villains of Indian cinema. He was one actor who experimented with almost every single genre on screen and emerged victorious each time. He may not be with us today, but he has given us some invaluable films and dialogues, which will never let us forget him. On his 87th birth anniversary, let us go down the memory lane to revisit some of his most iconic dialogues.
1) Mogambo khush hua from Mr. India (1987.)
2) Jaa Simran jaa jee le apni zindagi from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995.)
3) Galti ek baar hoti hai, do baar hoti hai, teesri baar irada hota hai from Ilaka (1989.)
4) Chola badal lene se aadmi ka charitra nahi badal jaata from Haqeeqat (1995.)
5) Dong kabhi wrong nahi hota from Tahalka (1992.)
6) Yeh daulat bhi kya cheez hai, jiske paas jitni bhi aati hi kam hi lagti hai from Deewana (1992.)
7) Tabaadlo se ilaake badalthe hai irrade nahi from Garv: Pride and Honour (2004.)
8) Jahaan tak meri awaaz pahunch sakti hai, wahaan tak meri goli bhi pahunch sakti hai from Phool Aur Kaante (1991.)
9) Premi hai, pagal hai, deewana hai from Diljale (1996.)
These legendary dialogues had a strong impact on an entire generation of people and we must say, no one could have pulled these off better than him.
Actors may come and go, but there can never be another Amrish Puri.
Arjun Patiala Trailer Out Now
The trailer of Arjun Patiala, starring Kriti Sanon, Diljit Dosanjh and Varun Sharma, released today and by the looks of things, this one is a laughter riot all the way through!
From the very beginning, the leads were promoting the film through funny tit bits and videos, keeping everyone guessing about what to expect from their movie. Watch the trailer now and see what we mean!
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— Bhushan Kumar (@itsBhushanKumar) June 20, 2019
The trailer opens with a voice over of the iconic radio jockey, Ameen Sayani, introducing the movie. Juxtaposed with scenes from Ajay Devgn’s Singham and Ranveer Singh’s Simmba, Ameen’s voice over introduces Arjun Patiala as the 145th cop film in Bollywood!
Honest to the very minute, the trailer introduces Diljit Dosanjh’s character (Arjun Patiala) as a cute cop, Kriti Sanon (Ritu Randhawa) as the supremely dramatic heroine and Varun Sharma (Onida Singh) as the hero’s cop friend. Just like Arjun, Onida also has a hilarious story to his name and through the trailer, one gets glimpses of how his childhood was.
With Ritu being a crime reporter and Arjun and Onida playing the roles of small time cops, the trailer is action packed and filled with at least half a dozen bad guys. Talking about the film, Kriti Sanon said , “I feel it’s a completely different kind of a comedy. It’s a slightly spoofy kind of a comedy. I don’t think that kind of a take on comedy has been done before.”
Directed by Rohit Jugraj, and produced by Bhushan Kumar and Dinesh Vijan under their T-Series and Maddock banners, this movie is touted to be a goofy cop comedy. Arjun Patiala is scheduled to hit the screens on the 26th of July, so stay tuned!
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