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I like this movie for its impressive portrayal of death. The idea that death is inevitable but one must not be afraid of it is really powerful. The moving portrayal of a young cancer patient facing death with tremendous courage has had a tremendous impact on me. Rajesh Khanna (Anand) and Amitabh Bachan (Babu Moshai) have surpassed themselves. Hrishikesh Mukherjee is one of my favourite directors.
This movie is among my all time favourites. It portrays the determination and courage of a young mother. Widowed before marriage, and faced with a hostile society for having an illegitimate child, the movie proves how a motherís love for her child can surpass all odds. Rajesh Khanna at his peak.
Namak Haram (Hindi)
There are two separate themes in this movie - the power of oneís conscience and the meaning of a true friendship. The message that friendship cannot be based on convenience but must be rooted in sound principles is really powerful. And the acting by Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachan is truly brilliant.
Amar Prem (Hindi)
This movie brings out the essence of true love. It is not about running around trees and singing songs as it happens in most Indian movies. Love is about empathy and sacrifice.The movie shows that one can develop genuine love and empathy for even a sex worker. Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore at their very best.
The idea that man can renounce all his worldly possessions and material desires and go in search of spirituality is truly fascinating. This is exactly that Muthu is all about. No wonder, the movie has been a rage even in foreign countries like Japan. We need many Muthus in India! Probably Rajnikanth's greatest movie.
Amanush (Bengali /Hindi)
The character of a man is often shaped by his circumstances. Amanush is the story of a good man who falls into bad ways because society misunderstands him. But his wifeís understanding, love and affection turn him around. The movie has a clear message about personal transformation. Uttam Kumar the hero is one of my all time favourites.
Anand Ashram (Bengali/Hindi)
The movie brings out the essence of the type of life we should lead: Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram. There is much more to life than making money. The doctorís supreme sacrifice and his selfless approach to life are indeed moving. All yuppies should see this movie! Uttam Kumar at his best.
This is obviously the odd one out in this list. It cannot claim to be an art movie by any stretch of imagination. Yet, the indomitable spirit of a group of people led by a Thakur and his private police who defend a village against dacoits and the ultimate defeat of the evil forces brings a deep sense of joy to anyone who sees the movie. A landmark movie in Bollywood history. Starring Sanjiv Kumar, Amitabh, Dharmendra , Amjad Khan and Hema Malini.
This movie has a special message for Indian parents: Love your children, and give them all they need. But if they do not reciprocate, be prepared to disown them and lead a life of your own. The idea that a man can relaunch his professional career, after having reached middle age is also very appealing. Rajesh Khanna in a diferent type of role.
This is another love story with a special appeal.How many men would get married to a young girl suffering from blood cancer? Or for that matter, how many women would develop affection for a man who has become a social outcast? True love surpasses all barriers.That indeed is the essence of this movie. Amitabh and Jaya Bhaduri give a stellar performance.
It is a story about two brothers and their mother. Like Namak Haram, it brings out the message that even family relationships can be unstable if the basic principles such as honesty, integrity and abiding by the law are violated. The motherís decision to back her poor but law abiding (police officer) son against her rich elder son (a powerful smuggler) is really commendable. Amitabh, Shashi Kapoor and Nirupa Roy at their very best.