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Indian classic films to watch before you die

Currently, Bollywood movies are one of the most watched movies in the world after Hollywood. Somewhere, I heard that a building’s strength lies in its foundation and that is the reason how bollywood movies make it to every corner of the world.
Bollywood classics are not only recognised and fondly remembered in India but were hugely appreciated around the world. And to what I believe is that because of these classic hits Bollywood made it to what it is today. These movies can’t be replaced or remade. Even if they do, they just can’t enjoy the same glory.

Let’s take a short view on few movies which are a part of Bollywood’s greatest classics and these movies are a much watch.

11) Jaane bhi do yaaro (1983)


Director- kundan Shah
Cast- Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve
Story- Two photographers are hired by a newspaper editor. Their job is to expose corruption. They have to work along with Shobha Sen on a project through which a builder is exposed.
Won filmfare award for best comedian/comedienne- Ravi Baswani

10) Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)


Director- Manmohan Desai
Cast- Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Parveen babi, Shabana Azmi
Story- Three brothers separated in their childhood but United after many years. They were brought up in different religions. One in Hindu, another one in Muslim and the last one in Christian. Film is filled with humor, romance, drama.
Won filmfare awards: Best actor- Amitabh Bachchan, Best music director- Laxmikant Shartaram Kudalkar Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma, Best Editor- Kamlakar Karkhanis

9) Arth (1982)


Director- Mahesh Bhatt
Cast- Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, kulbhushan Kharbanda
Story- A movie director who falls into an extra-marital affair with a woman. After being left by her husband, the wife goes in search for her identity.
Filmfare awards: Best actress- Shabana Azmi, Best supporting actress- Rohini Hattangadi, Best screenplay- Mahesh Bhatt.
Silver lotus award: Best actress- Shabana Azmi

8) Shree 420 (1955)


Director- Raj Kapoor
Cast- Raj kapoor, Nargis
Story- Ranbir Raj comes to a big city to make fortune. He falls in love with Vidya (Nargis) but soon he is seduced by the riches of the world.
Won filmfare awards: Best cinematographer- Radhu Karmakar, Best editor- G.G.Mayekar

7) Anand (1971)


Director- Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Cast- Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan
Story- A doctor is Inspired to write a stroy of a cancer patient who is living his life to the fullest and fill’s everyone’s life around him with happiness.
Won filmfare awards: Best film- Hrishikesh Mukherjee & N.C. Sippy,  Best actor- Rajesh Khanna, Best supporting actor- Amitabh Bachchan, Best story- Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Best dialogue- Gulzar, Best editor- Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

6) Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)


Director- Dev Anand
Cast- Dev Anand, Zeenat Aman, Mumtaz
Story- A brother who is separated by his sister in his childhood needs to find his sister in Kathmandu. He travels to Kathmandu to find his sister who has got involved in the group of hippies. Now he must go deep into drug empire in order to save her sister and bring her back to family.
Won filmfare award: Best supporting actress- Zeenat Aman, Best playback singer female – Asha Bhosle

5) Chalti ka naam gaadi (1958)


Director- Satyen Bose
Cast- kishore Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar, Madhubala
Story- Three women-hating brothers who are car mechanics, their lifestyle changes when two of them falls in love with the girl name Renu.

4) Dosti (1964)


Director- Satyen Bose
Cast- Sudhir Kumar, Sanjay khan
Story- Ramnath’s father passes away in an accident while on duty, Ramnath’s mother fell down the stairs and dies, Ramnath loses his one leg in an accident. Being broke he roams the street where he make a friend who is blind man. Both of them use their talents together to earn some money.
Won filmfare: Best film- Tarachand Barjatya, Best music director- Laxmikant Shantaram Kudaikar Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma, Best playback singer- Mahommad Ravi, Best story- Ban Bhatt, Best dialogue writer- Govind Moonis
Nominated: best director-Satyen Bose

3) Sholay (1975)


Director- Ramesh Sippy
Cast- Dharmendra, Amitabh bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan
Story- Two small time clever crooks are hired by a retired police officer to catch a ruthless bandit and to bring him to justice.
Won filmfare award: best editor- M.S.Shines
Won filmfare special award- Ramesh Sippy

2) Mother India (1957)


Director- Mehboob Khan
Cast- Nargis, Sunil dutt,  Rajendra Kumar
Story- Its a remake of Mehboob Khan’s earlier film AURAT (1940). In a poverty- stricken village a woman raises her 2 sons and survives against many troubles. Despite her hardship she sticks to her own moral code.
Best foreign film oscar Nominated
Won filmfare awards: best film- Mehboob khan, Best actress- Nargis, Best Director- Mehboob khan, Best cinematographer- Faredoon A.Irani, Best sound recordist- Kaushik
Karlovy vary International film festival: won best actress- Nargis

1) Mughal-e-Azam  ( 1960)


Director- K.Asif
Cast- Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Prithviraj Kapoor
Story- A Prince falls in love with a court dancer and wants to marry her but the Prince’s father stands against their decision because of which a war breaks out in which the Prince loses the battle. He is sentenced to die but Anarkali the court dancer offers herself to die instead of Prince.
Won filmfare award: best film- K.Asif & sterling investment Corp
Nominated filmfare: best actress- Madhubala, Best director- K.Asif

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