100 years of Bollywood: 10 path-breaking films
These movies stood out from the crowd owing to their unique concept and inspired many others in the same genre
Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya was a defining film in Hindi cinema. For the first time ever, the audience was exposed to the stark reality of how the underworld really functions in India. Till date, the film serves as reference to anyone trying to make a film on gangsters.
Rang De Basanti
Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra Rang de Basanti will forever be etched in public memory for doing what no other film could--it encouraged the common man to take a stand against corrupt politicians who failed in their duty to provide basic amenities.
Vijay Anand’s Guide created hysteria when it released, and till date is spoken about for its subject of self-sacrifice. The film was the topic of national debate for months after its release.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Aditya Chopra entered Bollywood with a huge bang. The film, released in 1995 and still running in a Mumbai theatre, is considered as the best romantic film ever, inspiring and influencing lovers the world over
Prakash Mehra created history at the box office with his directorial venture Zanjeer, but most importantly he gave the country its biggest superstar. Amitabh Bachchan was launched as the angry young man and decades later is still considered the only “angry young man” of the country.
Mehboob Khan’s Mother India has been described as perhaps India’s most revered film. A cinematic epic, a flag-bearer of Hindi cinema and a legend in its own right are just some of the words used to describe this magnum opus.
Hum Aapke Hai Kaun
Sooraj Bharjatya surprised one and all by coming up with a family drama with a huge star like Salman Khan. The film was released in a single cinema hall and the strategy worked with the film doing huge business in the mid ‘90s. The film set of a trend of family films and is considered as one of the biggest blockbusters of all time.
No one would have ever imagined that Dibakar Banerjee’s Love Sex Aur Dhokha (LSD) would be successful at the box office and spark off a trend of intelligent cinema, but it did. The film continues to inspire upcoming filmmakers determined to make meaningful cinema.
Ek Duje Ke Liye
Kamal Hassan, one of India’s finest actors, was launched with this film in the Hindi film industry. The tragic love story met with amazing response at the box office, but it also sparked off many suicide cases among young lovers who did not get their parents’ approval.
Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Dev Anand’s film with its popular song `Dum maro dum’ brought to life the lifestyle of Indian youngsters of that era. The film went on to become a huge hit, and till date the song and the film are talked about.