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Amar Prem (1972)
Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna feature in this version of the 1970 Bengali film Nishi Padma, which tells the storey of a lady (Tagore) who is sold into prostitution in then-Calcutta after her husband abandons her and finds a new family in a lonely businessman (Khanna) and the neighbor’s son. Notable for its music by R.D. Burman, its critique of middle-class hypocrisy, and its sympathetic, albeit tear-jerking, treatment of female suffering and prostitution.
Gulzar also took on directing duties for this remake, which is ultimately based on Shakespeare’s play, The Comedy of Errors, over a decade and a half after the initial attempt — in 1968’s Do Dooni Char — bombed at the box office. It’s the storey of two pairs of twins who were separated as children at sea and subsequently reunited as adults, causing distress and a lot more. It stars both Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma in dual roles.
The Anand three of Rajesh Khanna, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and Amitabh Bachchan reunited for this remake of the 1966 Bengali film Galpa Holeo Satyi, but the latter has a voice-only role. It’s about a cook (Khanna) who offers to work in a household notorious for mistreating domestic workers, only to become the centre of attention before departing with the family jewels.
Sholay (1975) is a film that was released in 1975.
Not many films enjoy the sort of popularity in popular Indian culture that this superb example of “Curry Western” enjoys, thanks to language, characters, and sequences that merge real-life elements with the works of Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone. It’s also a great example of a “masala cinema,” a picture that straddles multiple genres, however its slapstick attempts are the least successful. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, and Jaya Bhaduri (now Bachchan).
Sherni (in 2021)
Vidya Balan plays a by-the-books forest inspector who tries to keep a tigress in the woods safe from her unsympathetic superiors and the authorities they answer to in this follow-up from Newton director Amit Masurkar. At the same time, an insightful critique on Indian bureaucracy and politics, as well as the challenges with environmental conservation and the lack of indigenous voices.
Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
The Kumar brothers — Kishore, Ashok, and Anoop — star in Satyen Bose’s well-known rom-com, which depicts three males (the Kumars) who have a dislike for women whose lives change when two of them fall in love. Madhubala also appears in the film. Naturally, Kishore sang on the soundtrack, which included songs like “Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si” and “Haal Kaisa Hai Janaab Ka.” It lasts around three hours.