Assuming you’ve satiated your ravenous taste for ‘Amazon prime video’, ‘Netflix’ and ‘Relax-mode,’ we propose putting a few everlasting treasures from the Bollywood Golden Era to your binge-watchlist.
Shree 420 (1955)
Raj (Raj Kapoor) is an innocent village boy stuck between genuine love, purpose, and knowledge (Nargis’ Vidya) and material delusion (Nadira’s Maya). The tramp is primarily enticed by the glittering splendour of the vast metropolis but eventually makes his way to virtue.
Naya Daur (1957)
Naya Daur dubbed an ‘unmistakably Gandhian film’, assesses the effects of rapid modernisation on rural India. After a while, the machines’ terrible whirl is subdued by humanity’s united will.
These senior directors were pros, and Dosti embodies their genius! Ramu loses both family members and limbs in Dosti’s superb narrative. And Mohan, a vision-impaired child, helps Ramu navigate the congested city streets. This fantastic film will make you empathise with the adolescent actors’ struggles. Unlike a boring miniseries, this film will keep your interest high!
The story follows a deaf-and-dumb couple as they strive, endure, and persevere against societal stereotypes to live with acceptance and pride.
What comes to mind when you hear Sanjeev Kumar’s voice? What conclusions drew you? You’ve probably seen him in the iconic scene where his wrists are chained, and Gabbar begs for them. Sholay was undoubtedly a once-in-a-generation film, but a performer must be recognized for his performance and persona. Sanjeev Kumar appears in Ramesh Sippy’s mid-70s blockbuster Sholay as the master-blaster with his flawless screen presence. And his intensity on-screen was unsurpassed.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
Naseeruddin Shah is the pillar of the Bollywood film industry. He is well known for his performance in the comedy film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. Kundan Shah’s film follows two best friends as they construct their picture studio. These ‘think-alikes’ aim to bring victims to justice and expose abusers. While the plot is serious at times, the inter-episode comedy-of-errors is surprisingly hilarious.
Anupam Kher’s directorial debut, Saraaransh, portrays an elderly couple adjusting to life after their only child is murdered in New York. An adult actor accompanies them until they find a place to rent. They shortly discover that she is madly in love with a politician’s son. The main story then begins, which we will keep hidden from you to appreciate this masterpiece gradually! This Bollywood film also won the Best Foreign Language Film Award in 1985.
Chameli ki Shaddi (1986)
Every Romeo and Juliet fan should see this; it outperforms any Hollywood romantic comedy. This film illustrated the problems that couples face due to communal boundaries. This film takes you on an emotional roller coaster as it follows a boyfriend’s plan to flee with his fiancée. Anil Kapoor’s charisma shines throughout the film, complemented by Amrita Singh’s wit and warmth. Pankaj Kapur and Amjad Khan give tremendous theatrical performances.