Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hindi movie 1950 -1960

Bollywood is often tagged as melodrama and the same old stories and with nothing but heroines singing and dancing around trees. Majority of people say Hollywood Is better than bollywood, I don’t really understand this. Yes! Hollywood got its own classic movies and they are good but that surely doesn’t mean that bollywood stands nowhere in front of Hollywood. We have got our own legends and have our own classics. Even today if we tell people which movie you want to watch weather Mother India or Casablanca, half the people will say Casablanca. I am not saying I hate Hollywood, I myself got many favorites in there but I also love my Hindi movies.

I will still prefer dancing on the latest bollywood songs than do salsa or jazz or just bang your head on a rock song. Well this post is not about dance but about movies, so ill list down some of my favorite old Hindi movies down.

1950 1960

- Awara

Its about a a boy named raj who lives in poverty and misery and how he tries to find the person who was responsible for the state he is in. the story revolves around a raj, rita and the judge who is actually raj kapoors real life father. This is a timeless classic with beautiful songs like “awaara hoon” and “ ghar aaya mera pardesi” are remember even now.

- Anand Math

I would love to be frank here, that I have myself not seen this movie but there is one song that I would die for and that it, vande mataram from this movie. I just love that song its sung beautifully by lata mangeshkar ( correct me if I am wrong, but I guess it is lata mangeshkar) it just makes me get goose bumps and creates an irrevocable feeling of “deshprem” and patriotism.

- Shree 420

This is again about a poor man who comes to Mumbai to earn a living who someday wants to become a big man. When in Mumbai he falls in love with vidya ( nargis ) who is a teacher and earn her living from her teaching. She is a normal girl who is happy with whatever she got. Whereas raj ( raj kapoor) is seduced my the hi fi and non ethical lifestyle of the riches which is exposed to him by maya ( nadira ) she forces him to do tricks while playing cards and earn money. Mean while He meets seth dharamchand sonawala who traps him and has planed to fool the poor by telling that they will provide them all houses in just 100 rupees, the poor in a hope to get a house in just 100 rupess gives him all the money. Meanwhile vidya tries to make him understand and bring him back to the normal life, but raj pays no heed to what she was saying and continues to do what he wants, which results in two of them breaking up. But when raj realizes that seth dharamachand sonawala has got wrong intention about the houses and is going to run away with the poors money, he plans out a plan and puts sonawala behind bars and then he realizes his mistake and gets back to vidya.

This movie has also got some beautiful songs like “ dil ka haal sune dilwala” , “ mera juta hai japani”, “Mudh mudh ken a dekh”, And “ Pyaar hua ikraar hua hai”, these songs make me go back in time and makes me feel really nostalgic.

- Chori Chori

Well, this is just like dil hai ke manta nahi ( I am sure you would have seen this movie).

- Mother India

This movie clearly displays how courageous Indian womens are when it comes to their family and children. This also shows the reality of 100s of other farmers who are fooled by the landlords. When radha ( nargis) get married to shamu ( raaj kuman) she has all the dreams of leading a happy life which laters turns out to be just a dream for her. while working in the field where shamu looses both in hands in a mishap. And as he cannot work anymore and cannot support his own family he is not able to take it in, and out of guilt he abandons his family and leaves. With two little children to feed and a mother in law the pressure to provide with bread and butter is now on radha’s shoulder. She fights her way out to earn money to grow good crops and to pay off her loan and get her land back from the greedy landlord. As the children grow they help her to get the land back. One of the best scene is at the last when she shoots her own son birju ( sunil dutt ) there is another key scene in this movie when radha is supposed to be trapped in a fire, but the fire got wild and out of control during the shoot it was then when sunil dutt ( who plays her son in the movie) got in the fire and saved her two months later they both got married.

“duniya mein hum aaye hai toh jeena hi padega, jeevan hai agar zeher toh pina hi padega”, this movie does full justice to this song which is a part of the movie. They movie also shows that after hard and difficult days there will be a day when there will be happiness and this is suggested by another song in the movie which goes like this “ dukh bhare din beete re bhaiya, aab sukh aayo re raang jeevan mein naya laayo re”

I would just conclude by saying, radha was one role any actress would die for.

- Do ankhen barah haath.

This movie about a jailor ( v.shantaram) who belives that love and trust can win over anything and can make any criminal a god fearing person. He takes 6 murderes from his jail to a place where they can live together without any restrictions without any iron bars to limit their freedom. He treats them with love and trust and eventually makes them god fearing and good human beings. There is also a toy seller champa ( sandhya, and v shantaram’s real life wife) who visits their place often to play and give a toy to one of the criminals son who lives with them as he got no1 else to live with.

There are four songs in this movie and I love them all two of them are “ ho umad ghumad kar aayi re ghata” and Tak tak dhum dhum” they make my feets tap whenever I listen to them. Another is “ mein gaaun tu chup ho ja” which the toy seller sings for the little child when he is crying, its written and sung beautifully. And other is “ ae malik tere bandhe hum”, I wont grade this as a song, its more of a prayer. And I bet any person who lives in India has heard this song atleast once.

- Anari

Yet another raj kapoor flick, where he is a honest worker, but yet not able to pay off his rents to his land lady who is kind heated yet talkative. Raj ( raj kapoor ) treats his landlady as his own mother and the landlady mrs.dsa (Lalita Pawar ) his land lady treats him as her own son. His life changes when he finds a wallet loaded with money but he honestly returns It back to its owner, seth ramchand sohawala. Very pleased with his honesty he gives raj work. Raj falls in love with aarti who he thinks is a maid servant at seth sohawala’s place, but she indeed is his daughter. When raj gets to know this he isolates himself from her and soon after mrs dsa expires because of food poisoining raj being the prime suspect is arrested. Raj slips out of the jail in order to find out the real culprit. Which is when he discovers that the food poisoning was caused due to her medicines which were hampered by the company. There was a ill practice going on in that very medical company. The owner of that company turns out to be seth ramchand sohawala and arti’s dad.

These movie got one song which gives out a social message in a really nice way “ kisi ki muskurahato pe ho fida”, and other one which is also really good is “sab kuch seekha hamne na seekhi housiyaari”.

- Navrang

Navrang is a story about a poet during the mugal empire, his father worked at the for the mugals and wanted his son to work there as well. But his son was of different thinking he was a romantic poet with a simple wife who was shy to even talk to him properly. What navrang wanted was his wife to be as romantic as he was, he wanted his wife to be his inspiration for his poets. He had an imagination for his wife, he used to imagine his wife as someone who sits with him talks to him dances when he sings and had named his imaginary character mohini. He often used to mention this name in his poetries which his wife misunderstood to be some other girl who he was in love with and left the house. He then goes finding her and brings her back home. This movie is all about music and dance, sandhya ( who plays his wife in the movie) is a superb dancer.

There as unforgettable songs like “ aare jaa re haath nathkat”, which is still played often during holi. And also “ tu chupi hai kahaan” and “ aadha hai chandrama”, I bet you have heard about this song in which she dances while balancing 7 matkas on her head. Then there is another song where the music is composed from normal objects that you find in your kitchen “ shamal shamal baran”, and another one which even I like is “ aa dil se dil mila le”.

It is also said that, during the shoot of “do aakhe barah haath” there is a scene in which v.shantaram has a bull fight, its said that during that shoot he actually got hurt in his eyes and then underwent a major surgery, it is also said that he lost his vision during that period. So when he was able to see back he made this movie which was in color.

-Mughal e azam

he film re-tells a popular Indian tale of salim and anarkali which I don’t think I need to retell you guys.

ts most famous dance sequence takes place in the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) of the Lahore Fort, where Anarkali dances for theMughal Emperor and his court, singing Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya, "I have loved, so what is there to fear?" This song was one of three sequences shot in Technicolor, while the rest of the movie was in black and white. The singing is, of course, playback singing by Lata Mangeshkar and lip-synched by Madhubala.

It’s a classic movie and you have got to see it.

1 comment:

  1. all worthy choices indeed and bang on u r about Bollywood having it's own share of classics.
    Mughal e Azam is the greatest movie ever made.period!!!
    Do also give a viewing to Pyaasa, Naya Daur, Devdas and Kaghaz Ke Phool....other gems from this era