Category BOLLYWOOD

Gumnaam (1965)


GUMNAAM (1965)


2h 31min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Hindi

1965 India
Direction: Raja Nawathe
Writers: Dhruva Chatterjee (screenplay), Charandas Shokh (dialogue)
Actors: Nanda, Manoj Kumar, Pran

At a night club, seven people (five men and two women) are told they have won the a raffle prize and are instructed to board a small plane that will take them to their holiday destination. Instead, they end up stranded on a small island with one of the plane’s co-pilots. In search of shelter, the eight go to a mansion where they meet a butler who announces that he knows all them and has been expecting their arrival. After a few musical numbers, castaways begin dropping dead one by one. Who could the killer be, and will any of them escape his grasp?


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Mughal-E-Azam (1960)


MUGHAL-E-AZAM (1960)


3h 17min | Drama, Romance, War
Language: Urdu

1960 India
Direction: K. Asif
Writers: K. Asif (screenplay), Aman (screenplay)
Actors: Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala, Dilip Kumar

Set in the 16th century AD, the movie brings to life the tale of the doomed love affair between the Mughal Crown Prince Saleem and the beautiful, ill-fated court dancer, whose fervor and intensity perpetrates a war between the prince and his father the great Mughal Emperor Akbar, and threatens to bring an empire to its knees.


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Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013)


GOLIYON KI RASLEELA RAM-LEELA (2013)


 2h 30min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Language: Hindi

2013 India
Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Writers: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (screenplay), Garima (screenplay)
Actors: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Supriya Pathak

Modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with an Indian twist, the film focuses on the story of Ram and Leela, their love, lust and the drama afterwards.


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Devdas (2002)


DEVDAS (2002)


3h 2min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Language: Hindi | Urdu | Bengali

2002 India
Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Writers: Saratchandra Chatterjee (based on the novel by) (as Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay), Prakash Kapadia (screenplay)
Actors: Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Devdas Mukherji is black-listed by his multi-millionaire Zamindar father, Narayan. After completing 10 years of study; Devdas return to his home-town where his family prepares to welcome him but their happiness changes when Devdas prefers to visit his childhood sweetheart, Parvati alias Paro before paying respect to his mother. After so much years Devdas finds he is still the black spot in his father’s life especially when he is prevented from marrying Paro who happen to be a lower-caste girl. Eventually time passes with Paro’s family arranging her marriage to a much elderly man named Bhuvan Choudhry where she is introduce to Bhuvan’s children – who happen to be within her age group. This sadness not only breaks Devdas heart but confines him to alcohol in a big way. Soon Devdas starts to frequent a brothel and catches the eyes of a courtesan named Chandramukhi – step by step Devdas starts to head towards a path of self destruction.


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Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)


LAGAAN: ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA (2001)


3h 44min | Adventure, Drama, Musical
Language: Hindi | English | Awadhi | Urdu

2001 India
Direction: Ashutosh Gowariker
Writers: Ashutosh Gowariker (story), Ashutosh Gowariker (screenplay)
Actors: Aamir Khan, Raghuvir Yadav, Gracy Singh

This is the story about the resilience shown by the Indians when they were under the British Rule. They are already taxed to the bone by the British and their cronies, but when Jack Russell announces that he will double the Lagaan (tax) from all villagers, they decide to oppose it. Leading the villagers is a handsome young man named Bhuvan, who challenges them to a game of cricket, a game that is to be played by veteran British cricket players, versus villagers, including Bhuvan himself, who have never played this game before, and do not even know a bat from a piece of wood. As the challenge is accepted, the interest grows and attracts Indians from all over the region, as well as the British from all over the country – as everyone gathers to see the ‘fair play’ that the British will display against their counter-parts, who are aided by none other than the sister, Elizabeth, of Captain Rusell..


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KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM… (2001)


KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM… (2001)


 3h 30min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Language: Hindi | English | Urdu

2001 India
Direction: Karan Johar
Writers: Karan Johar, Sheena Parikh (screenplay)
Actors: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan

Yashvardhan Raichand lives a very wealthy lifestyle along with his wife, Nandini, and two sons, Rahul and Rohan. While Rahul has been adopted, Yashvardhan and Nandini treat him as their own. When their sons mature, they start to look for suitable brides for Rahul, and decide to get him married to a young woman named Naina. When Rahul is told about this, he tells them that he loves another woman by the name of Anjali Sharma. Yashvardhan decides to meet with the Sharma family, and finds out that they are middle-classed, unsophisticated, and will not be able to fit into his family circle, as a result he refuses to permit Rahul to marry Anjali.

A defiant Rahul decides to leave, gets married to Anjali, without his foster parents blessings, and re-locates to London, England, where Anjali’s unmarried sister, Pooja, also lives. Rohan, who was studying in a hostel, returns home to find that Rahul is no longer living with them, and he also discovers that while outwardly his dad is not interested in seeing Rahul return, Nandini wants the family back all together for all happy and sad moments. Rohan also misses Rahul a lot, and decides to travel to London in order to try and get Rahul to return home. Yashvardhan, is unable to prevent this, and as a result Rohan does travel to London, meets with Rahul, Anjali, and Pooja.

The question remains will the hurt and sorrow that Rahul experienced with his foster parents be erased and enable the family to be reunited, or will Rahul forget about the past, and continue to live his life without getting back to his roots and the family who brought him up, leaving Rohan to return alone?


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DIL SE.. (1998)


DIL SE.. (1998)


3h 17min | Drama, Romance, War
Language: Hindi | Urdu | Assamese | Tamil | Telugu

1998 India
Direction: Mani Ratnam
Writers: Mani Ratnam (story and screenplay), Sujatha (dialogue)
Actors: Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta

Amar Varma, a producer for Indian news radio, meets an enigmatic woman at a railroad station and then again at a hill station. He falls in love with her, but the woman, who calls herself Meghna, rejects and leaves him although she seems to be interested. Later, Varma agrees to marry his family’s choice, Preeti. But suddenly Meghna is back, and what is the secret that she holds?


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