Happy 100th Birthday, Indian Cinema!!!

3 May

On this day, hundred years ago, India’s first feature film, Raja Harishchandra was released. And since then the Indian film industry has brought a lot of us immense joy, happiness and reason to celebrate. Here’s listing my favorite movie memories:

1.Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin-Actually I have no memory of what’s the first film I ever saw. But Dil Hai Ki Maanta nahi was easily one of the first that I remember. Released in 1991, directed by Mahesh Bhatt and starring Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt is such a delightful movie to watch. Both the actors have a great sense of comic timing and that’s what made the movie so special for me. I rarely find it being played on television, which is sad but do watch it, if you haven’t already!

2.Silsila – The great Indian Yash Raj blockbuster, with a stellar star cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha and Sanjeev Kumar was another movie I tremendously enjoyed and still enjoy watching. Rumoured to be based on the real life story of Amitabh Bachchan, it showed the fragility of human relationships and I would say was a movie which was far ahead for its times. Not to forget the brilliant song sequences that Yash Chopra is so famous for, with “Rang Barse” becoming the nation’s favourite Holi song till today.

3.Hum Aapke Hai Kaun – No mention of 100 years of Bollywood can be complete without taking the name of Hum Aapke Hai Kaun. The marriage extravaganza starring a to-die-for Salman Khan and the beautiful Madhuri Dixit changed the way marriages took place in India. Everyone wanted a purple ghaghra, the kind Madhuri wore in the song “Didi Tera Dewar Deewana” and everyone who bought a dog during the time invariably named it Tuffy! It had mindblowing song sequences which are played in weddings even today!

4.The David Dhawan-Govinda Combo– Who can forget gems like Coolie No.1, Hero No.1, Deewana Mastana, Raja Babu and I can just go on and on…. These might not have the best story lines or the best actors, but it had what no other movie can boast of –a deadly combo of David Dhawan and Govinda. The songs were catchy and had dance sequences which any lay man could replicate. It taught people to forget their inhibitions and just sway to the music. And the comedy, of course was the highlight. Kader Khan too, would normally be an integral part of the movie playing either father or father-in-law to Govinda. They were criticized for making so called “brainless” movies, but they gave the audiences much more than a movie – they made us laugh :).

5.Dil Chahta Hai – This movie came like a breath of fresh air at a time when people were becoming to get bored of the family sagas and mindless comedies. A story of 3 urban-bred guys, Aamir, Saif and Akshaye, with the vivacious Preity Zinta for company was a movie that all of us could identify with. A coming-of-age film which signaled that Bollywood had come of age! This was also the film which gave Saif Ali Khan a new lease of life in the film industry and he was branded as the “metrosexual” hero! And of course, who can forget the cute goatee that Aamir sported? This movie then spurned a whole lot of similar movies based on true friendship – Rang De Basanti, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and the more recent, Kai Po Che.

6.And last but definitely not the least, my favourite actor and the man who defines Bollywood for me – Shah Rukh Khan! Raj in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge, Rahul in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Rahul in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Raj in Kal Ho Na Ho, Ajay in Baazigar, Om in Om Shanthi Om,Samar in Jab Tak Hai Jaan – such finely etched characters that they almost feel like people part of my daily life. When he looked into a heroine’s eyes to declare his undying love or when he spreads out his arms and beckons to the heroine to come towards him…ah, I would go all weak in the knees and regret why I never tried to become an actress :P. (If you must know, the reason why I never became an actress? I can’t act!!!) Anyway, Shahrukh, if ever you happen to read this blog, you must know that I think you’re simply fabulous and I really really love you. Truly!! 🙂

Well actually, it’s really difficult to pinpoint my most memorable movies or trends in Bollywood and what I’ve penned above can hardly be called exhaustive or complete and that wasn’t my objective either. But the fact is Bollywood has shaped our lives in a way we cannot imagine. When Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to jail, all of us had strong opinions on it, some positive, some negative. When Yash Chopra & Rajesh Khanna died, all of us were saddened, even if it was just for a moment. When A.R Rahman gave his Oscar speech, the entire country watched and was proud of the Mozart of Chennai. When Rajnikanth comes on screen with his larger than life persona, we all cheered like crazy. Each time we saw Shahrukh in his trademark Dilwale Dulhania style, we all wished we were there instead of Kajol.

So, thank you Bollywood for making my life so bright and colorful :). And without you, Movies, Musings n More would not have been possible :P.

Do drop in a comment and let me know your favourite Bollywood memories!! Till then, see you at the movies!!

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One Response to “Happy 100th Birthday, Indian Cinema!!!”

  1. nandan May 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Hero Love Story of a Spy and Rehna hai Tere Dil Main my favurite!

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