There are so many stories about journey from rag to rich but few could turn into a full fledge movie. The reason is that all becomes too predictable and too conventional to hold interest, but Guru is one of those movies which not only hold interest throughout the movie but gives immense delight while watching. Directed by classy Mani Ratnam, Guru unveils the hope and aspiration of ambitious youth of India. It is not the story of one person but many such individuals who want to rule the world with their hunger of becoming great entrepreneurs but unfortunately very few could succeed and fulfill their dreams.
Loosely based on real life story of business magnate Dhirubhai Ambani, Guru takes through the journey of Gurukant Desai who wants to pursue his dream of starting his own business. He goes to Turkey for a job but comes back to India to fulfill his dream. He marries Sujata who brings initial investment as dowry and moves to Bombay to start a cloth trading. After some initial hurdles, Guru manages to start his business and gradually create the biggest business house of India. The fast pace growth of Guru raises heartbeats of other business conglomerate as well as of Shyam, a reporter of a newspaper owned by Manik Dasgupta. Shyam tries to expose Guru’s illegal and corrupt activities through his newspaper. An inquiry is setup to investigate unethical practices of Guru’s business conglomerate. Guru suffers a stroke and his right side gets paralyzed. He is commissioned by inquiry members where he is questioned about his activities. Finally, Guru wins the battle but charged with some mediocre fine.
What works for me?
Guru works brilliantly because it holds interest throughout and keeps you on the edge of the seat. There are hardly any moment which is dull or boring even though there are many sub-plots. Actually all these sub-plots compliments effectively to the theme of the movie. Chemistry between Guru and his wife Sujata amazingly adores. Another plot which touches your heart is between Shyam and Meenu. The brilliance of Guru also lies in interesting characters and judicious casting. The role of Manik Dasgupta is brilliantly played by Mithun Chakraborty. A scene where he comes to know about illness of Guru and he converse with Shyam about paying a visit to him in the hospital showcase his mature acting skills. Dialogues are crisp and effective. Music by A R Rehman stands out in the movie.
Performance wise Abhishek Bachchan gives his best performance till date. He perfectly fits in the shoes of Gurukant Desai. All other actors justify their presence in the movie.
Guru is a pleasure to watch and gives a feel good factor. A must watch.
It is every actors and directors desire to create at least one masterpiece in their life time – a desire to create a movie which will be remembered by many generations to come but unfortunately only very few have succeed till now. Vijay Anand and Dev Anand must be proud on creating a masterpiece for Indian Cinema – Guide. It is a movie which takes you to different levels of life existing in a single world. It talks about different attribution of human being – passion, hate, love glamour, hunger, beliefs and sacrifices.
Based on a story by R K Narayan, Guide is a story of Raju, a freelancer guide, who is contracted by a couple – Marco and Rosie. Marco is an archeologist and passionately works on finding new caves while ignoring his wife Rosie which finally leading in separation of them. Raju supports Rosie in becoming a singing and dancing star but Raju goes to jail in forgery case.
After release from prison, Raju wonders aimlessly. He lands in a village where people start thinking of him as a holy man. He starts solving villagers’ problems and the temple becomes his home. Raju knows that he is not the holy man but he is happy as he is getting shelter and food but things get complicated for him when villagers misunderstand that he will fast for 12 days to please Rain God. Village was facing severe draught and on 12th day big drops of waters starts falling from sky but not before Raju leaves the world of humans.
What works for me?
It is difficult to say what exactly works for me in this movie. The whole concept of the movie is outstanding. The story, screenplay and dialogues are mind blowing. The story shows different aspects of life. Rosie is not happy with his husband while Raju starts falling for her. Rosie becomes a star and Raju indulges in drinking, gambling and jealousy. Raju sees an opportunity of free shelter and food in the village while villagers have blind faith in Raju. All these aspects are so beautifully portrayed in the movie that it becomes inevitable to cherish it. Dev Anand gave his best performance in the movie. He effectively displays different parts of Raju’s life. Waheeda Rehman as Rosie is marvelous but Vijay Anand as a director of the movie stands out. It is his direction which creates an aura of greatness.
Music by S D Burman is fantastic. All songs are chart buster and perfectly suit the mood of the movie.
Guide is one of those movies which showcase the quality of Indian cinema. It not only represents Indian cinema but defines also.
If a list of the best movies in comedy genre is created, Gol Maal will certainly features in top five. Directed by legendry Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Gol Maal is a laugh ride and worth watching many times.
Gol Maal is a story of young graduate Ramprasad who gets a job in a firm owned by weird man, Bhavani Shankar. Ramprasad is a breed of young generation while Bhavani Shankar is an orthodox and believes in Indian culture and old traditions. He is against any recreational activities while strictly believing in the words written on a white board of his office “Work is God.” Ramprasad disguises as a person with a very high moral value and a man with pure character. The story takes a turn when Bhavani Shankar sees him in a football match. To convince Bhavani Shankar that he was not there in the football match, Ramprasad creates his fake twin, Laxmanprasad, with a distinction of moustache. He plays both the roles and lands into trouble one after the other.
What works for me?
Undoubtedly, the greatest magician of Indian cinema, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, is the biggest hero of Gol Maal. He is a maestro in creating humor out of real life situations. If anybody does a justice to sit-coms in Indian cinema, it is Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The hilarious scene where Urmila rehearses for a play and Bhavani Shankar and his sister arrives mistakenly considering Urmila is pregnant. Another sequence when Bhavani Shankar meets Ramprasad’s fake mother(Mrs. Srivastava) in a party and immediately goes to Ramprasad’s house to check while Mrs. Srivastava somehow manages to make herself present in the house. There are many such scenes which make you laugh till your stomach starts aching.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee creates some of the best characters of Indian cinema through judicious casting. Amol Palekar as Ramprasad and his fake twin brother excels and gives one of his best performances. He is spontaneous and hilarious. He keeps changing the shoe as smoothly as butter. Utpal Dutt is delight to watch while Dina Pathak as Ramprasad’s fake mother is a perfect match. Manu Singh as Bhavani Shankar’s sister equally matches other characters.
When theme music along with words ‘Golmaal hai bhai sab golmaal hai’ plays as a background then be ready for another moments of hilarious sequence. Music is brilliantly incorporated with the touch of naughtiness in it.
Gol Maal is a must watch not only once but many times. Each time it will be fresh and genuine.
Very few film makers have courage to create a cinema experience based on a real life story of forgotten heroes, especially when story involves science and not romance, family drama or violence. Tapan Sinha is one of those martyrs who lived his life while creating meaningful cinema ignoring the expectation of box-office. One of many arrows in his quiver is Ek Doctor Ki Maut.
Based on a true story of Indian physician Subhash Mukhopadhyay, Ek doctor ki maut revolves around Dr. Dipankar Roy and his research on leprosy. Dr. Roy is diligent but tempered person who dedicated his whole life for medical research. He even neglected his personal life for the sake of his research but when he succeeds in finding vaccine for leprosy he faces bureaucratic harassment and reprimand. Instead of recognitions, he starts facing hurdles from health ministry. He gets invitation for a lecture only to bring humiliation. Moreover, an invitation letter from Britain’s John Anderson Foundation is suppressed out of jealousy. At last, two American doctors get the credit for same vaccine, though he gets an invitation from same foundation to be part of eminent group of scientist.
What works for me?
This film belongs to Pankaj Kapoor because of his outstanding acting. From his expression to his temperament he is magnificent. He brilliantly portrays attitude of a scientist who does not believe in paper work. He works hard – day and night – but never prepared papers. He displays his anger and frustration against government officials who instead of supporting him are questioning him for his code of conduct. Tapan Sinha structures the whole movie beautifully and gracefully. He does not leave any spot for flaw and works very hard on minute details. Dresses and looks of each characters and locations showcase reality.
Shabana Azmi as Roy’s wife is outstanding and justify for a big applaud. Irfan Khan as a reporter plays his part quite well.
Ek Doctor Ki Maut is a masterpiece and deserves a permanent place in your library.
I have not seen this movie and I do not think it was a great hit either. Probably story of this movie is mediocre and not really my cup of tea, but this song from movie “Hawalaat” is one of my favorites.
I really liked its words and tune and after many years when I searched this song online, I found it online. The picturization of this song was no way close to my imagination but even today words and tune are really lingering and this song is always fun to listen to and is really nostalgic.
Shailendra is one of the very underrated singers of hindi film industry and did not get the success he desereved, but he really sang some of the best melodies.
Don – Amitabh and Zeenat movie which was super hit in 1978, was directed by Chandra Barot.
Don is one of my all time favorites.
I think this was the master stroke by Director Chandra Barot. This was a super duper hit in 1978. I still remember I was visiting Mumbai in a vacation at my aunt’s home in Malad. There was (and probably still is) a theater aka Sangita Talkies. Don was released in this theater. My cousin brother bought tickets and because movie was sold out for many days we barely got ticket in “upper stall” in a very first raw.
As a kid watching Amitabh, beating goons single handedly was really fun. Subsequently growing up I watched this movie many times.
What I liked most was the plot of the movie but more than that the “style” of Amitabh Bachchan. The way he delivers dialogues as a real ruthless, cold blooded, emotion less Don is simply amazing.
On top of that the background score is one of the best. I think this is the original works of Kalyanji Anandji and it still remains one of my favorite background score.
Zeenat with short hairs gave mind blowing and sexy performance while Pran as always shines in his part.
All songs were super hit but “Khaike Pan Banaraswala” took India by storm. I personally liked the sequence where Amitabh switches from one girl to another girl while dancing in a song “Main hoo Don, Main hoo Don”. It is worth watching.
Even today, when I am free, I just go to YouTube to listen to some of dialogues “Don ko pakadana mushkil hi nahi, Namumkin hai”
I remember this was the golden period of Amitabh – he was and still is darling of Indian public.
Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore in Amar Prem – One of the old classics.
Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila in Amar Prem.
Few movies in Indian cinema are well adaption of a story as Amar Prem which is based on a story “Nishipadma” by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. Amar Prem features Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore and Vinod Mehra in leading roles. Directed by Shakti Samanta, Amar Prem is a story of three characters – Pushpa, Anand Babu and Nandu. Pushpa lands in brothel after her husband marries another woman. Anand Babu is unhappily married and tries to suppress his agony through alcohol. He meets Pushpa and gets attracted towards her innocence and adorability. He becomes a permanent and exclusive customer of Pushpa. Nandu is a small boy who lives with his father and step mother. Nandu is deprived of any love and affection from her step mother. These three characters that are good at heart but received no love from the most expected ones, meets at Pushpa’s brothel. Nandu develops a liking for Pushpa whereas Pushpa loves him like her own son. The company of Pushpa becomes a tranquilizer for Anand Babu.
Nandu’s step mother created a scene when she came to know that Nandu visits Pushpa’s house regularly and therefore warns him. Nandu fells ill but his step mother is least bothered about him. When Pushpa comes to know about Nandu’s illness, she requests Anand Babu to arrange a doctor who can visit Nandu and treat him. She even pays the fees of the doctor without the knowledge of Nandu’s family. But, Nandu leaves village and return after several years to find whereabouts of Pushpa.
What works for me?
The story – The story is written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, one who wrote Pather Panchali and Aparajito. Though the story seems to be simple but it touches your heart at so many places. It showcases so many colors of emotions from love to compassion, to guilt and to nostalgic.
Dialogues – “Pushpa, I hate tears” Some dialogues were so compassionate that it becomes difficult for tears to stop rolling down. Undoubtedly, it won Filmfare award for best dialogue.
Music – The combo of R.D Burman and Anand Bakshi with vocals of Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar produced a magnificent music which becomes a high point of the movie. One of the songs, “Chingari Koi Bhadke” became a cult classic song.
A heartwarming film with great story, the most valuable gift of Shakti Samanta to Indian film industry, Amar Prem is a movie to be there in your library forever.
“Shayad un dino ki baat hogi jab ye imaarat ujadi nahin thi,” says JK.
“pichle kisi janam ki baat hi to lagti hai,” says Aarti.
JK (Sanjeev Kumar) continues the conversation by inviting Aarti Devi (SuchitraSen) for a walk after dinner and then he says, “kum se kum ye imaarat kuch din ke liye to bas jayengi”
The power of metaphors used by Gulzar in his movie Aandhi was mesmerizing and heartwarming. Aandhi was not allowed a full release in 1975 due to some controversy but when it got released it became a huge landmark in the Indian film industry and therefore, deservedly, it won Filmfare award for Best Film (Critic).
The story revolves around JK and Aarti Devi. JK is a hotel manager whereas Aarti is a politician who stays in the same hotel during an election campaign. Gulzar trademark of bringing past life as a flashback reveals that JK and Aarti were in love with each other and eventually got married but due to Aarti’s father pressure and her own desire of pursuing a career in politics, they both got separated. After so many years they meet again and they feel the same love but their world is different as they see no chances of reunion.
What works for me?
Gulzar’s amazing inherent quality of depicting complicated relationships so easily yet so beautifully that makes you fall in love with characters. The intimate, yet bound with social norms, relationship between JK and Aarti is beautifully caricatured by Gulzar and what brings icing on the cake is equally touching and heartwarming music by R D Burman. I don’t remember how many times I have heard the song “Tere bina zindagi se koi shikva to nahin”. It is so beautifully written by Gulzar and sensually sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar.
Aandhi is not about a great story but it is a depiction of great chemistry between two people. Sometimes the pace of the movie decelerates but it is understandable as the movie wants to showcase complex feelings which is not easy to do. It would be unwise if I don’t mention Sanjeev Kumar performance in the movie. Sanjeev Kumar became the first choice for Gulzar for most of his movies because of his impeccable acting skills which he showed in this movie too. On the other hand, Suchatira Sen gave her best performance. Just notice shrill in her voice when she talked to JK after nine years – so natural and so touching. It is a must watch for those who love depiction of true feelings of heart in the most beautiful manner.
Aag (1948)A 138 minutes running drama of a search for a true love amidst dream of running a theatre, Aag is a compassionate story of Kewal (Raj Kapoor) who does not want to follow his father’s path but wants to pursue his own dream of becoming a theatre artist. Kewal as a ten year old boy (played by Shashi Kapoor and he looks cute in a short role) creates his own street theatre in which he wants his beloved friend Nimmi to act with him but unfortunately, she leaves before the act starts. This particular incident resides in his heart throughout his life. He always sees face of Nimmi in other women he meets in his life. Against his father wish, a young Kewal leaves home to start his own theatre with the help of Rajan (Premnath). During this period, he meets Nimmi (Nargis) and fell in love with her but unfortunately things become complicated when Rajan also fell in love with her. When Kewal finds out about Rajan, he gets frustrated and set the stage on fire while getting himself injured and disfigured. What works for me?This was the directorial debut of Raj Kapoor and he proves his mettle, not only as a director but also as an actor. Very few movies under his belt before Aag, he showed that he has got the power of moving audience poignantly through this movie. Character of Kewal was brilliantly written and equally well performed by him. He showed the agony – the eternal fire – in him with his tormented eyes and expression. He always displays the character’s feeling, whether it is love or it is outrage, through eyes and expression on his face. The outstanding story is worth praising and highly recommended to feel it. The aberrant climax is might be point of criticism but as a whole movie is just fantastic. Music complements the taste of the movie exceedingly well.ConclusionIf you are fan of Raj Kapoor, then you must have seen this move and if you really want to see good cinema with great story and performance then do not wait, just grab it from the nearest video library.
A 138 minutes running drama of a search for a true love amidst dream of running a theatre, Aag is a compassionate story of Kewal (Raj Kapoor) who does not want to follow his father’s path but wants to pursue his own dream of becoming a theatre artist. Kewal as a ten year old boy (played by Shashi Kapoor and he looks cute in a short role) creates his own street theatre in which he wants his beloved friend Nimmi to act with him but unfortunately, she leaves before the act starts. This particular incident resides in his heart throughout his life. He always sees face of Nimmi in other women he meets in his life. Against his father wish, a young Kewal leaves home to start his own theatre with the help of Rajan (Premnath). During this period, he meets Nimmi (Nargis) and fell in love with her but unfortunately things become complicated when Rajan also fell in love with her. When Kewal finds out about Rajan, he gets frustrated and set the stage on fire while getting himself injured and disfigured.
What works for me?
This was the directorial debut of Raj Kapoor and he proves his mettle, not only as a director but also as an actor. Very few movies under his belt before Aag, he showed that he has got the power of moving audience poignantly through this movie. Character of Kewal was brilliantly written and equally well performed by him. He showed the agony – the eternal fire – in him with his tormented eyes and expression. He always displays the character’s feeling, whether it is love or it is outrage, through eyes and expression on his face. The outstanding story is worth praising and highly recommended to feel it. The aberrant climax is might be point of criticism but as a whole movie is just fantastic. Music complements the taste of the movie exceedingly well.
If you are fan of Raj Kapoor, then you must have seen this move and if you really want to see good cinema with great story and performance then do not wait, just grab it from the nearest video library.