Movie Mania: 4 Relatable Old Hindi Movies

Yes, I know the new Game of Thrones episode was released today *OMG YAAY*, and you’ve probably kept yourself up-to-date with all the new TV shows and movies. But now, are you looking for something to watch (while you wait on the next episode to roll in)?

I’ve been exploring old Hindi movies for a month or so now, and some of them are really relatable and relevant, even after all these years. I’d like to strongly recommend a few.

But why should you watch these? Yes, a slow moving storyline, unrealistic fighting scenes, no vfx and average video quality might be reasons enough to steer clear off old movies, but I’d like you to try looking beyond that, to imbibe the essence of the movie, to try and align yourself to the time these were made in.

The “What I liked most” section might contain some spoilers, I’ve tried my best not to give away much, so you could skip that if you intend to watch the movie. If you prefer not knowing anything about the movie before watching it, I suggest you  skip the description, also and just take my word for it.

Abhimaan (1973)

Abhimaan2This Amitabh Bachchan-Jaya Bhadhuri (Bachchan) starrer follows the life of a well-acclaimed, popular singer who romances and marries a girl from the village who is the daughter of a sage and is a trained classical singer. After their marriage, they move to Bombay, he encourages his wife to sing with him in movies. They share a lovely bond, but what happens when she outshines him? What happens when she stars getting more offers than he does? What happens when his pride comes in the way?

The songs. The songs are the best.

What I liked most:
The gradually changing behaviour of the protagonist towards his wife. The emotional conflict he endures as he tries to be supportive towards her endavours, but still experiences pangs of jealousy. The acting is superb. So much is unsaid in dialogues but said through body language.

Kanoon (1960)

Kanoon2Are you ready for a black and white movie? Brace yourself, this is a really good one. A judge commits a murder for which a thief gets charged, the witness to the murder is the public prosecutor, a man in love with the judge’s daughter, soon to marry. So, does the public prosecutor try saving his relationship by letting the judge get away with murder? Or does he decide to do right by the law? A few scenes here and there might remind you of Hitchcock films. This intense courtroom drama also raises some interesting questions about capital punishment.

What I liked most:
Honestly, the storyline. Loved the suspense and the twists here and there. I have to mention the opening scene, where Kalidas, who is accused of murder asks if the judicial system can punish the same man for the same crime twice over. This scene actually got me interested in the movie.

Anand (1971)
Anand22A jovial seemingly happy-go-lucky terminally ill man, Anand (Rajesh Khanna) visits his friend during his last few months. Even though he knows he isn’t going to survive for more than a few months, he refuses to let his illness get the better of him and spends his last days filling everybody’s life with happiness.

What I liked most:
The part where Bhaskar (Amitabh Bachchan)’s wife discovers the tape recordings of conversations between Anand and the girl he loved. The point where we realize that people are not really as happy as they seem, the man who is making everybody else smile has grief gnawing his insides, and that his interpretation of love wasn’t of the selfish form. That scene really struck a chord.

And, no review is complete without this quote from the movie, “Babumoshai, zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi!”

Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)

Hare Rama Hare Krishna2I wasn’t sure if I’d add this movie to this list, but when I tried to align myself to the time this movie was made in, I realized that it was really forward its time. It starts with a family of 4, in Montreal which goes through a turbulent patch, resulting in the parents getting a divorce and the boy starts living with his mother, while the girl lives with the father who marries another woman. We’re then whizzed off a few years ahead, where the boy (now, the super-handsome Dev Anand) receives a message from his father and sets out to locate his long lost sister (played by Zeenat Aman). He finds her, with a changed name and no memory of her childhood. This movie is set amidst the rise of the Hare Krishna movement, shows her in the company of her hippie friends, under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Will he be able to remind her of her childhood? Will he be able to bring her back?

We all know the songs, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Dum Maaro Dum, don’t we? See where they comes from!

What I liked most:
The end. That was a completely unexpected end. I thought we were going for a run of the mill everything’s alright ending, a and-they-lived-happily-ever-after one. But this one, left me surprised.


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