100 Years of Indian Cinema
Indian Cinema has come a long way since the very first film released in the Year 1913. Indian Cinema has seen the likes of greats like Madhubala, Vijayanthimala, Waheeda Rehman, and many many more who have graced the screens and ruled our hearts.
The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's were those golden years when melodious songs ruled the roost. Nowadays all we get to hear is just a cacophony of noise in the name of music and the lyrics leave a lot to be desired!
I remember these songs which still manage to move me and uplift my spirits. They are some of my all time favorites!
'Woh Hain Zara Kafa Kafa ' - Saira Banu in Shagird...she was soooooo pretty! And then 'Aaj Ki Raat Mere dil ki..." "Madhuban Mein Radhika Naache re"....and ofcourse who can forget the lithe Sandhya in movies like Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje! Her grace and beauty is unparalleled. They never needed botox or lipo to look good. They had a natural beauty about them that just mesmerized the audiences.
Another beautiful and talented artiste was Dr. Vijayantimala Bali. A trained classical dancer! She did 'Sangam' and 'Jewel Thief' .. her rendering of "Honton Pe Aisi Baat" and that woeful look when singing "Rula Ke Gaya Sapna"...one could actually feel the emotion....so lacking in songs of today like Chikni Chameli......yeugh!
She potrayed Chandramukhi in Devdas and Amrapali with elan!
Waheeda Rehman in 'Guide' was soooooo mesmerizing! Kagaz Ke Phool and Chaudvin Ka Chand.....how can one forget such melody and beauty?? She was truly Chaudvin Ka Chand......!!!!
And how can one forget Asha Parekh sizzling with Shammi Kapoor in 'Aaja Aaja Main hoon Pyar Tera' and 'Dil Deke Dekho'.....and some of her lovely songs like "Sayonara" and her potrayal in Kati Patang. 'Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki' was another fav of mine....
Others like our very own GUDDI, Mili, and the famous Radha in Sholay......Jaya Bachchan....Loved her in Abhimaan and Silsila. And then ofcourse sizzling Zeenat! She was the pin up girl of her time. Her 'Dum Maaro Dum' and 'Chura Liya Hai Tumne'.....wow she stole one too many hearts...:) And the unforgettable Qurbani.......!!!
Of the males, Vinod Khanna was my favorite actor. He failed to shine in the glow of Big B's aura but he was an actor to reckon with. His Amar, Akbar Antony & Muqaddar Ka Sikander and Qurbani.........but I loved him more when he assayed character roles in more recent films.
Another top star of his time was Rajesh Khanna..."Pushpa, I hate tears"......a dialogue that still rings in our ears.
And last but not the least Dream Girl Hema Malini!!!!.......She is still very much a Dream Girl. Basanti won many hearts when she danced to "Jab Tak Hai Jaan Jaane Jahan" in Sholay but again like Vinod Khanna I prefer her in the character roles that she assays like in Bhagban with the Big B and Aarakshan and Baabul to name a few.
I know this has been a very very long post but it is very difficult to contain 100 Glorious Years of cinema in a few lines. With this post I have tried to bring out some of the beautiful moments on Indian Cinema. But Indian Cinema does not stop with just Bollywood. We have stalwarts and legends in the Regional Film Industry as well.
Here's to 100 Glorious Years of Cinema and many more to come!!!!
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