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The Bollywood I Love

From Suraiya to Smita Patil & Shabana Azmi, AND From Dilip Kumar to Naseeruddin Shah

For all the Old Bollywood lovers,

Last year, during spring time, I started watching a lot of Bollywood, when I lost control over my Netflix, which my Parents had taken away from me 😦 . So, I had just started to rewatch movies like- Jab we met, Jaane tu ya Jane na, Socha na tha, Baazigar, Darr, Hum apke hain Kaun, and Maine pyar kiya, all of which I had watched earlier cause my parents had put them on, now all this was surely out of Pure Boredom, and these movies are not old, at least not according to me. So one day (around the same time) when I was watching ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ for like the third time, my dad suggested, a movie- ‘Jaane bhi do yaaro’ (1983) something that I really enjoyed, after which I started watching classics like Chupke Chuke (1975), Golmaal (1979), Chhoti is baat (1976), all of these movies are available on Youtube and Amazon Prime, if you want to watch them, anyways, so I was becoming an indirect fan of Hrishida (Hrishikesh Mukherjee) and Basu Chatterjee, (cause I didn’t know that these movies were directed by them, which I discovered a long time after). Now there are two genres that I L-O-V-E, comedy and thriller (kinda poles apart, I know!) so, I don’t know what came to my mind (probably something good) when I decided to watch ‘Woh Kaun Thi’ (1964) a thriller and a black and white movie, (I had hated black and white movies all my life until I saw ‘woh Kaun thi’). After ‘Woh Kaun thi'(1964) I watched ‘Mahal'(1949), and Chalti ka naam Gadi (1958), an amazing comedy. And I must say, ‘Mahal’ is a splendid movie in terms of being the first thriller made in Bollywood.

Jaane bhi do Yaaro; Amol Palekar and Vidya Sinha, Rajnigandha, Chupke Chupke; Manoj Kumar and Sadhana, Woh Kaun thi; Chalti ka nam gadi; Ravi Baswani and Naseeruddin Shah, Jaane phi do yaaro

Baton Baton mein; Amol Palekar and Bindiya Goswami, Golmaal; Golmaal, Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore, Chupke Chupke ( the last two pic)

Vidya Sinha and Amol Palekar, Chhoti Si Baat; Sunil Dutt and Kishore Kumar, Padosan; Anoop, Ashok and Kishore Kumar, Chalti Ka Nam Gadi; Madhubala; Ashok Kumar, Mahal 1949; Saira Banu, Padosan


my favourite Actor 🙂

He was the handsome man, the most handsome Kapoor, I believe, he is underrated in the terms of being called Versatile, he did classics like Siddhartha (1972), Deewar (1975), Junoon(1979), Kalyug (1981),New Delhi Times (1986), and this movie he did with Om puri in which he stayed drunk In custody (1993). His acting Jodis (pairs) with Male actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar were there. He had good, extremely good chemistry with all the actresses, maybe because he got int the role so well, because he was very handsome, but his best acting Jodis were with Sharmila Tagore, Zeenat Aman, Neetu singh and Rakhee and Hema Malini, and Rekha and Sulakshana Pandit and Nanda and every actress possible.

Shashi Kapoor also did many movies as a child artist, mostly Raj Kapoor films, such as Awaara (1951), Sangram (1950), Aag(1948), and many more which I do not remember and am not able to find on Google either 😦

About me

My Story

Why a teenager is suddenly an oldster

Well, Its quite simple, its a little bit of parental impact and a lot of the interest generated in me towards Indian Cinema, my country’s movies, or just OLD BOLLYWOOD MOVIES. I am a Himachali, a ‘Pahadi’, and was born and brought up I the various cities of the country, I never actually had any inclination or interest towards old movies during my childhood, or even two years ago, ‘Yeh Rog Mujhe abhi abhi hi chada hai’, (I have just gotten this disease), So yah it started exactly about a year ago, and I’ve been addicted ever since, unlike other addicts, I don’t get my movies from DVDs or CDs, rather I dig ’em out from Youtube, Jiocinema(has a lot of good old movies), zee5, Amazon Prime and Hotstar. (Netflix isn’t included, and you know the reason, if you’ve read the above paragraph 😦 )

Shashi kapoor, Shashi kapoor, Shashi Kapoor with Jennifer Kendal, and Shashi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor with Parveen Babi

He married Jennifer Kendal in 1958 who was the lead actress of her father, Geoffrey Kendal’s theatre group, she also acted in many Hollywood and Bollywood movies later on. Shashi Kapoor was and still is the first Indian actor to act in Hollywood films, such as Shakespeare wallah(1965), Bombay Talkie(1970), Siddhartha(1972) and A matter of Innocence (1967) (which I absolutely love).

My Favourite Movies

I have good taste -_-

  1. Mahal 1949
  2. Andaz 1949
  3. Baazi 1951
  4. Devdas 1955
  5. Chori Chori 1956
  6. C.I.D 1956
  7. Mother India 1957
  8. Pyaasa 1957
  9. Baarish 1957
  10. Naya Daur 1957
  11. Kala Pani 1958
  12. Madhumati 1958
  13. Chalti ka naam gadi 1958
  14. Howrah Bridge 1958
  15. Paigham 1959
  16. Sujata 1959
  17. Anari 1959
  18. Kagaz ke phool 1959
  19. Dhool ka phool 1959
  20. Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai 1960
  21. Mughal-E-Azam 1960
  22. Chaudhvin Ka Chand 1960
  23. Hum Dono 1961
  24. Junglee 1961
  25. Gunga Jumna 1961
  26. Asli Naqli 1962
  27. Professor 1962
  28. Bandini 1963
  29. Sangam 1964
  30. Dosti 1964
  31. Kashmir ki Kali 1964
  32. Woh Kaun thi 1964
  33. Guide 1965
  34. Waqt 1965
  35. Gumnaam 1965
  36. Jab Jab Phool Khile 1965
  37. Teesri Manzil 1966
  38. Anupma 1966
  39. Mera Saaya 1966
  40. Hamraaz 1967
  41. Anita 1967
  42. Ram aur Shyam 1967
  43. Aankhen 1968
  44. Padosan 1968
  45. Start 1969
  46. Ittefaq 1969
  47. Aradhana 1969
  48. Safar 1970
  49. Khilona 1970
  50. Sachaa Jhutha 1970
  51. Mera naam Joker 1970
  52. Johney Mera naam 1970
  53. Anand 1971
  54. Kati Patang 1971
  55. Mera Gaon Mera Desh 1971
  56. Guddi 1971
  57. Caravan 1971
  58. Seeta aur Geeta 1972
  59. Victoria no.203 1972
  60. Pakeezah 1972
  61. Amar Prem 1972
  62. Bobby 1973
  63. Aa gale lag ja 1973
  64. Daag 1973
  65. Anamika 1973
  66. Aap ki kasam 1974
  67. Roti, Kapada aur Makaan 1974
  68. Ajanabee 1974
  69. Sholay 1975
  70. Deewaar 1975
  71. Chupke Chupke 1975
  72. Mausam 1975
  73. Kabhi Kabhie 1976
  74. Chhoti si baat 1976
  75. Kalicharan 1976
  76. Amar Akbar Anthony 1977
  77. Dharam Veer 1977
  78. Don 1978
  79. Muqaddar ka Sikander 1978
  80. Trishul 1978
  81. Satyam Shivam Sundaram 1978
  82. Shalimar 1978
  83. Khatta Meetha 1978
  84. Golmaal 1979
  85. kaala Patthar 1979
  86. Baton Baton mein 1979
  87. The Great Gambler 1979
  88. Shaan 1980
  89. Khubsoorat 1980
  90. Kaalia 1981
  91. Silsila 1981
  92. Chashme Buddoor 1981
  93. Naram Garam 1981
  94. Angoor 1982
  95. Prem Rog 1982
  96. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro 1983
  97. Rang Birangi 1983
  98. Betaab 1983
  99. Souten 1983
  100. Mashaal 1984
  101. Sharaabi 1984
  102. Saagar 1985
  103. Mard 1985

Sharmila Tagore

my favourite Actress 🙂

She was and still is an extremely beautiful actress, she was never underrated in the terms of her acting which she proved in classics, by performing a variety of roles, it was by being the small Kashmiri village lovely girl who’s in love with a city man in Kashmir ki kali (1964), or by being the soft-spoken and introvert girl in Anupama (1966), or the fun-loving and Loud college girl in Waqt (1965), or the all-for-her child woman in Aradhana (1969), or by being the bold and careless woman (ahem ahem) in Mausam (1975). she could do all sorts of roles! Her acting Jodis (pairs) were amazing with all actors, was it Shammi kapooor in Kashmir ki kali (1964), Dharmendra in Anupama (1966), Rajesh Khanna in Aradhana (1969),Shashi Kapoor in Aa gale lag ja (1973),or Sanjeev Kumar in Mausam (1975).

She made her Bollywood debut, or her Hindi- Cinema Debut wit Kashmir ki kali (1960), before that she and even after that she had acted in Bengali classic movie (mostly only Satyajit Ray directed) such as Apur Sansar (1959), Devi (1960), Nayak (1966), Aranyer din ratri (1969), and Seemabaddha(1971),etc. There’s this one story I read about Sharmila Tagore, which I found very fascinating even though I am not sure if it is true or not- When Sharmila Tagore was only 16, Satyajit Ray was making ‘Apur Sansar'(1959), and at that time Sharmila Tagore was studying in St. John’s higher secondary school or Loreto Convent. For his movie ‘Apur Sansar’ Satyajit Ray wanted a young girl to make an appearance, a girl, whose identity everyone will wonder of, a girl after looking at, everyone will think yeh ladki Kaun hai? (who is this young girl?). He wanted a unique actor, but not an experienced one, Sharmila Tagore never had the intention of entering the film industry, but when Sharmila Tagore was found and chosen for the role and Satyajit Ray asked her Father, Gitindranath Tagore, if she could do the role, and he being proud that SATYAJIT RAY was asking his daughter to do a role in his film, he said yes, unfortunately when Sharmila Tagore’s school wale(school staff and other students) got to know of this, she was expelled, causing her to change her school, as at that time acting was considered a bad profession. Now, I don’t know what caused her to act in more films, my assumption is that, maybe Satyajit Ray really liked her acting, and face for films, so she acted in more of his films, and gradually made her Bollywood Debut with Shammi Kapoor in 1964.

It is said that Sharmila Tagore, is from a very respected family, having ancestors like RABINDRARNATH TAGORE, now I don’t know, if this is just a rumour created cause they’re Surnames match or actually true. Anyways, I haven’t found much proof on this yet from Google (my faithful source for Old movies ka info, which is sometimes unfaithful, by giving wrong info 😦 )

Sharmila Tagore married Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, an accomplished Cricketer, in 1969, before this Tiger Pataudi had an affair with Simi Garewal, and they were about to get married, but the religion problem came in the middle, which has acted like the villain in many Bollywood Love stories, in this case it was cause Simi Garewal is from a Punjabi-speaking Sikh family and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi a Pataudi, a muslim ( you know what I mea ahem ahem). Then, Sharmila Tagore came into his life, but surprisingly the Religion thing was never problem for Tiger Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore even though Sharmila Tagore is a Bengali and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi a muslim . Simi Garewal Once invited Sharmila Tagore and Tiger Pataudi to her show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’, ( ahem ahem Awkward situation, right :|) However, there was a positive attitude between the three of them during the interview, and if one wouldn’t know about their past, it wouldn’t seem like anything is wrong at all.

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if you like the Filmfare magazine cover pictures displayed in the site and want them too-

1. Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan on the sets of Sholay. 2.Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Ramesh Sippy, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, A.k. Hangal, and Amjad Khan on the sets of Sholay. 3.Ramesh Sippy, with Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra giving them some Director ka gyan on the sets of Sholay.

Sholay, a movie known to all, here are some facts about the movie you may or may not know!-

Actor Amjad khan who played the iconic role of Gabbar was almost dropped from the film, losing his role to Danny Denzongpa. The scriptwriter Javed Akhtar wasn’t very convinced by Amjad’s voice. He only features in nine scenes all over the movie.

During the making of the movie,Dharmendra would pay the spot boys to make mistakes during shots, so that he could embrace Hema Malini again and again.

Jai and Veeru were named after the film’s scriptwriter Salim khan’s college friends — Veerandar Singh Bias and Jai Singh Rao Kalevar.

Thakur’s character was earlier penned down as a retired army officer. But since the filmmakers speculated getting the permissions to be difficult they coined the character as a police officer.

The song ‘Yeh Dosti’ took 21 days to shoot. Also, the scene where Jaya’s character Radha lights a lamp took 20 days to shoot.

The dialogue ‘Kitne Aadmi The’ was coined by Salim Khan, Salman Khan’s father after 40 retakes.

Shatrughan Sinha was earlier considered for Jai’s role.

In those days, Helen was going through a rough patch in her career. Salim recommended her for the song ‘Mehbooba Mehbooba’ and it became an important milestone in her career.

 Amitabh Bachchan wanted to play the role of Gabbar. Dharmendra wanted to play the role of Thakur but changed his mind when he realized that Veeru gets the girl at the end.

Despite the label of being the greatest blockbuster in Bollywood, Sholay just one Filmfare award, that too for editing!

 As per the original script, Thakur killed Gabbar. However, due to the CBFC, the script was changed and Gabbar is handed over to the police.

Mac Mohan’s character Sambha had just one line in the film “Poore Pachaas Hazaar”, and yet his role became one of the evergreen roles in Bollywood. Still, he traveled 27 times from Mumbai to Bangalore to shoot for his role.

The film was shot in Ramanagar, about 50 km from Bangalore. The rocks at the spot are still referred to as Sholay rocks.

The entire budget of Sholay was Rs.3 crores.

Nobody watched Sholay when it was released. The film’s popularity spread by word of mouth and went on to run for five years continuously in a cinema in Mumbai.

Dharmendra, who played Veeru wanted to play Thakur Baldev Singh, played by Sanjeev Kumar. But when Dharmendra found out that Sanjeev Kumar would get the girl in the end, he changed his mind. Hema Malini, who played Basanti had just turned down a marriage proposal from Sanjeev Kumar and was not comfortable doing any scenes with him.

Real bullets were used during the shooting of the climax and reportedly a bullet narrowly missed Amitabh Bachchan.

Bachchan, who played the role of the Thakur’s widowed daughter-in-law was pregnant with daughter Shweta during the shooting of Sholay and pregnant with son Abhishek during the premier when the film released.

The scenes of Gabbar’s hideout were shot in Ramnagram near Bangalore. A part of Ramnagram was renamed Sippynagar in honour of director Ramesh Sippy.

Sachin, who played the role of Ahmed received a fridge as part of his acting fee.



“To Be Beautiful Means A Lot To Me, But Not Everything…Happiness Comes First!!”

Dilip Kumar

“One thing comes out of our strength, which adds more strength is ‘smile’”

Meena Kumari

“Husn kuchch is kadar ki deedar Karne wale ladkhada jaye ”

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Waheeda Rehman in 1958’s filmfare magazine, Vidya Sinha in Chhoti si baat, Babita in 1970’s filmfare magazine

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