Top 7 greatest classics of Bollywood

Hindi classics that every movie buff should watch

There have been many such films in Hindi cinema, watching which you still do not get bored. You call these films cult or classic. We have fetched a list of movies to help you find solace in these weeks full of the most exceptionally challenging personal-professional halting of our lifetimes.

1. Jaane bhi do yaaro: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro was released in 1983. This was the period when the world of Hindi cinema was revolving around action films. In such a situation came the satire film ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’. Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Vaswani, Pankaj Kapur, Om Puri and Satish Shah played the lead roles in the film which took a deep hit on the corruption of the system. The audience did not show any interest in watching the film and said the same – Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. But, this film directed by Kundan Shah is still liked due to its timeless story and performance. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron is ranked 33rd among the top 100 Bollywood movies as per the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) ratings.

2. Andaz Apna Apna: Rajkumar Santoshi’s comedy film ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ still manages to tickle the audience. This is the only film in which Aamir Khan and Salman Khan came together. Today it is difficult to imagine that Aamir-Salman will come together and the film becomes a flop, but Andaz Apna Apna is a flop. However, the Aamir-Salman tussle made a place in the hearts of the audience and as time passed, Andaz Apna Apna became a cult movie. Andaz Apna Apna is ranked 12th in IMDB’s Top 100 Films.

3. Agneepath: The character of ‘Agneepath’ is included in the memorable roles of Amitabh Bachchan. Especially his way of speaking. Bachchan was said to have followed Marlo Brando of The Godfather. The film was a critical and commercial flop, but when Big B received the National Award for it, the opinion about ‘Agneepath’ changed. Mithun Chakraborty was also awarded the National Award for this film. The funny aspect is that when Karan Johar remade it with Hrithik Roshan, the film was an instant hit.

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4. Dil Se: There are few films in the career of Shah Rukh Khan, which fall in the category of classic films in terms of story and filmmaking. These include Dil se directed by Mani Ratnam, this film is one of the best films of Hindi cinema today. Dil Se is known for Preity Zinta’s debut, AR Rahman’s music and Shah Rukh’s stellar performances. The image of Shah Rukh and Malaika doing dance on the roof of the train is etched from heart to mind. However, the film was not successful at the box office. Manisha Koirala played the female lead role.

5. Mera Naam Joker: Showman Raj Kapoor’s film ‘Mera Naam Joker’ is counted among the classic films of Hindi cinema today, but this film, released in the seventies, was such a big flop that Raj Kapoor’s financial condition had become very bad. It took Raj Kapoor 6 years to make this philosophical-tempered film depicting the life of a circus clown. The film’s music was a hit for almost four and a half hours. Even cameos to big stars like Dharmendra, Manoj Kumar and Rajendra Kumar could not save the film. However, due to its cinematic value, the film is considered a cult-classic.

6. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: You can’t talk about Bollywood without mentioning Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. The 1995 classic is widely considered the golden standard for Bollywood rom-coms, featuring a cheeky Shah Rukh Khan and starlet Kajol (and her signature unibrow) as two young people who fall in love on a backpacking trip across Europe.

7. Mother India: This epic drama focuses on an impoverished woman who is forced to care for her two sons alone while surviving threats from a nefarious money-lender when her husband leaves the family in disgrace. At the time it was made, Mother India was one of the most expensive Hindi movies ever made and is considered one of the most revered movies in Bollywood history.

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Jagisha Arora

MA in History and has worked as a freelance writer. She writes on issues of gender, caste and democracy.
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