“Mere paas maa hai…” 10 times the 21st Bollywood moms intrigued us

Kirron Kher (Dostana)

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How would an Indian mom react on finding her son in the act of being gay ? That expression and scene was nailed by Kirron Kher in Dostana. Even though the Bollywood veteran did not play a major role in the film her cameo added the extra element of comedy and mirth. Her portrayal of the “Punjaban” mom is deserving enough to earn her a nomination in our list.

Jaya Bachchan(Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham/Kal Ho Na Ho/Fiza)

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No one other than Jaya Bachchan can be thought of if you talk about Bollywood mothers. She has portrayed amazing characters with a lot of diversity ranging from the standard subdued Indian house wife in Kabhi khushi Kabhi Gham to playing the strong and calm mother in Fiza and Kal Ho Na Ho.

Tisca Chopra(Taare Zameen Par)

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A film that gave a very different angle to the mother-son relationship at a very nascent and difficult stage. Not known to play largely impacting roles on-screen Tisca Chopra gave a moving performance as a mother to dyslexic child and won our hearts.

Deepti Naval (Listen…Amaya)

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Listen…Amaya is the story of a widowed mother and her relationship with her grown up daughter. As Amaya, the daughter, on seeing her mother (Deepti Naval) fall in love with a widowed photographer, Faarooq Shaikh, insecurity, shame and anger surface and estrange the mother-daughter bond for Swara Bhaskar(Amaya). The film goes on to give one of the most practical climax to the crisis as Deepti Naval not only plays a cool and composite friend but a protective and selfless mother in the modern age.

Amrita Singh (2 States)

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Punjabi mom’s and mother in laws are one character that Bollywood has always understood perfectly. Whether it be her over dramatic loud tone or the extremely possessive and caring affection towards her son, Amrita Singh nailed the role of a Punjabi mother in 2 States. Capturing almost every aspect of a Delhi based Punjabi mom, Amrita Singh is one of our all time favourite on screen mothers.

Richa Chadda (Gangs of Wasseypur)

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Gangs of Wasseypur was probably about everything else but motherhood, but Richa Chadda’s sassy character of Nagma Khaatoon where she plays a mother to Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vineet Kumar Singh is one which is hard for me to forget. Her bold on-screen character and simple yet punch packing dialogues add essence to the film and land her up in the list of the coolest 21st century Bollywood mothers.

Vidya Balan (Paa)

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Paa gave parenting a completely different look as we saw Vidya Balan and Abhishek Bachchan parent a specially abled child, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. The film adds a fresh flavour to motherhood as we see Vidya Balan essay an independent mother who brings up her son ensuring he fits into the society despite his physical and medical challenges. Though it may not be one of her remembered roles, but Vidya Balan did pull off a stereotypical yet audacious mother in Paa.

Swara Bahskar (Nil Battey Sannata)

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Another on screen mother daughter relationship which blew us away completely with its simplicity and adorable character. With Swara bhaskar essaying the role of a mother to a stubborn and out of control daughter the film talks about the problems a typical lower middle class mother faces in bringing her child to the right track.

Ratna Pathak Shah (Jaane Tu Ya Jane Na)

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Ratna Pathak Shah will always be remembered for her television character Maya Sarabhai and her bold yet elegant mother’s act in Jaane Tu. Playing a single mother to debutant Imran Khan she adds the perfect amount of humour, wit and control to the mother’s character a film like Jaane Tu needed.

Zohra Sehgal (Cheeni Kum)

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If you talk Hindi film mom’s you cannot miss out on the witty little Zohra Sehgal in Cheeni Kum. Playing a mother to the veteran Amitabh Bachchan could have been a tough task but late Zohra Sehgal pmade it an exemplary performance. Not only was she witty but also used the standard Indian mom style sarcasm to blow off the veteran Mr. Bachchan at times. If not an all time favourite, she is one of the top contenders for the coolest on screen mothers ever played.

Sridevi (English Vinglish)

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In her directorial debut Gauri Shinde gave us an image of a Marathi house that is solely run by a housewife, Sridevi. As a mother to two children and a wife, her inability to comprehend and speak English is taunted at every step by her husband and her daughter. As the film progresses she goes onto learn the language to the best of her ability and ends the film wrapping up one of the most modest and self motivated Bollywood mums.

 

What could Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon have in Store for You ?

 

Passion, pain, agony, suffering and a heart breaking climax have been the stand out features of Vishal Bhardwaj’s love stories. Whether it be the bold and violent Maqbool or the political and malignant Omkara, Vishal Bhardwaj’s love stories have never been known to end on a jolly note. In today’s journey we discuss more on Mr. Bhardwaj’s direction, characterization and story lines when it comes to romantic flicks.

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The Deep and Dark Passion

The burning desire of living and dying together has always been the special spark of a Bhardwaj special love story. His films ensure that the lead pair always carry a soaring high passion and blind trust chemistry between each other. In his unconventional Shakespearean love stories, the initial deep rooted passion has been a major driving force to a violent, heart breaking yet classic climax.

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Ranging from that of Tabu and Irrfan Khan in Maqbool to Priyanka Chopra’s for her seven husbands in 7 Khoon Maaf, passion has been one of Vishal Bhardwaj’s finest tools at his disposal to make his love stories what they are. Thus, passion is the first 2 Tier AC coach of our train journey of the day.

Locations and Culture : Corners of India

Vishal Bhardwaj has always been a man of the Indian villages. Simple and subtle sets that make sure your entire attention is drawn towards highly volatile story line and charismatic acting. While Ishqiya featured the rural sector of Gorakhpur, Omakara gave a glimpse of Rajasthan, Haider of Kashmir and Matru of Haryana, the director’s love for exploring different locations has been one selling point for his films.

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Some may term it as an attempt to attract regional crowds, but the art of painting a romantic masterpiece in any state of India is another feature of Mr. Bharadwaj’s direction. With Rangoon all set to explore the North Eastern frontiers of India, lets hope his zest to explore different locations takes Vishal Bhardwaj’s latest, Rangoon to the heights Omkara and Ishqiya have achieved. Locations queue up as the first 3 Tier AC coach of Vishal bhardwaj’s Love Story Express.

Betrayal and Treachery : The Turning Point

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The trailer of Rangoon highlights three words; love, war and deceit. What is Shakespeare without treachery ? The same questions applies to Vishal Bhardwaj’s eventful and nervy romance films. Whatever the end may be, pleasant as in Ishqiya or a massacre as in Maqbool, the mid story “baimaani” is a quality trademark of Bollywood’s desi badass director.

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We saw Saif Ali Khan betray Ajay Devgan in Omkara, Priyanka kill her husbands in 7 Khoon Maaf and Irrfan kill Pankaj Kapur in Maqbool. This art of back stabbing and betrayal has been the table turning points in all of the directors love stories, successful or unsuccessful. Treachery and betrayal add up as the first 1st AC coach of the train of the day.

Characterization : Light, Efficient and Bold 

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He has never been a fans of the big names and his films casting line up says it all. Vishal Bhardwaj has always kept his casting simple and made sure their talents are effectively utilized to suit his screenplay. Haider featured Shahid Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead with Tabu and Kay Kay Menon in the supporting cast and three out of these four went onto win Filmfares for their acting heroics.

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Loud roles and too much of showbiz has never been Bhardwaj’s style. Going into Rangoon with his tried and tested combination of Shahid and Saif with the addition of Kangana Ranaut proves Rangoon is no different from his earlier films. Characterization is the next 2 Tier AC in today’s train.

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Hard Hitting Dialogues

Omkara, Maqbool, ishqiya and Haider might have been great films, but without their deadly combination badass and poetic dialogues these films have would not have earned the honour they did. Being a decorated and qualified hindi film screenwriter Vishal Bhardwaj has always braced his films with some cheeky and sparky dialogues.

Aag ke liye paani ka darr bana rehna chahiye” – Maqbool

Tu toh bewakoof haiga..chutiya toh aadmi shaadi ke baad hove hai” – Omkara

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While Maqbool’s wordings gave away a sigh of dark romance, Omkara gave the tangy and sassy “desi” double meaning slang that won over audiences in a jiffyWhile “Chutiyam Sulphate” and “Chutzpah” earned whistles his poetic couplets in Haider and 7 Khoon Maaf were widely credited.

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Jise tairna aata ho use doobke aatmahatya ki koshish nai karni chahiye” – 7 Khoon Maaf

Paisa kamaane ke do raaste hote hai..ek shortcut..aur ek doosra shortcut” – Kaminey

Rangoon in its 3 minute trailer does give of the thrills of some brilliant dialogues and scenes , but the director’s name has set high hopes on the films dialogues. As our journey for Rangoon gets prepped up, we have Vishal Bhardwaj’s dialogues be the 1st AC cum 2nd Tier compartment of the train.

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Pehle bhi dekha hai ishq mein andha baawla hote, par chutiya pehli baar dekh riya hu main” – Ishqiya

Music: The Tune is always the Soul 

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Sassy poetry and bold voices with melodious low pitched music is what one can best use to describe Vishal Bhardwaj’s music. Over exposure to his wife, Rekha Bhardwaj’s sensational voice with chip ins from Sukhwinder Singh and other fine music talents, Mr. Bhardwaj knows his music and how to use it to set the film’s tone.

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Popularizing his title tracks even before film releases, romantic tracks of Vishal Bhardwaj’s music direction are special. “Beedi Jalaile” (Omkara), “Darling” (7 Khoon Maaf), “Bismil” (Haider) and “Dil toh bacha hai ji” (Ishqiya) have been the standouts of his musical gallery. “Mere miya Gaye England” and “Ye Ishq Hai” are already making headlines as the film preps for release. Music adds to the next 2 Tier AC of our train.

The Downfall : All’s Well That End’s Well…Not Really

Some may call him a pesimist while I call him an genius of constructing declines and tragedies.  Bhardwaj is not a fan of happy endings and even though a few of his love affairs like Kaminey and Ishqiya may have overpowered his art of directing romantic tragedies, Haider, Omakara, 7 Khoon Maaf are much more loved for portraying rapid downfalls and elimination of the protagonist.

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The ending scene in Bhardwaj’s romantic dramas has  always been the winning moment and some of Rangoon’s scenes do give us a hint of another exceptional romantic tragedy. Hence, the last coach of this train adds as the next 2 Tier AC coach in Vishal Bhardwaj’s romance train.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bollywood’s Finest Court Room Drama FIlms

The Train for the Journey:  Mandovi Express (Mumabi – Goa)

Waqt(1965) – Second AC

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An acting master class with a sleek plot and a well crafted murder mystery makes Waqt one of the oldest court room bestsellers in the industry. With Sunil Dutt playing a young and energetic lawyer who goes on to save Raj Kumar in a murder case, Waqt gives us one of the finest talents in a court room with engrossing intensity and laudable Bollywood drama.

Meri Jung(1985) – Third AC

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Gush of emotions, nostalgia, revenge and the urge to rescue an innocent doctor of false accusations, Meri Jung is one of the typical loud Bollywood films. The film brings together the freshly baked Anil Kapoor and the veteran Amirish Puri, who battled out to deliver what was one of Hindi Cinemas oldest remembered court room dramas.

Damini(1993) – Second AC

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The famous “Taareek pe Taareek” dialogue, a charismatic Sunny Deol matched by a  compelling and dynamic Amirish Puri and power packed Bollywood court room drama scenes is why Damini is considered one of the ideal Bollywood court room dramas. The film circles around a rape case that is dragged into the court and is followed by a series of engrossing events that make Damini a must watch film in this genre.

 

Kyunki..Main Jhooth Nahi Bolta(2001) – Third AC

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The Bollywood version of Jim Carrey’s Liar Liar was one stellar entertainer. The film hit screens in 2001 and unlike any Govinda and David Dhawan film was a mega hit. Govinda plays a struggling lawyer in the film and in the urge to rise higher picks up the annoying yet funny habbit of lying at the drop of a hat. The film delivers trendy and energetic court room scenes with a spoonful of laughter, emotion, logic, drama and action.

Aitraaz (2004) – Third AC

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Back then, Male molestation and corporate sexual harassment, was a known evil but a theme never explored nor thought off by Indian filmmakers. Known for their chilling thrillers, Abbas-Mustan’s romantic thriller is one of the finest and coolest court room films our generation has seen. In an attempt to save her husband from a  a false rape claim, Kareena Kapoor Khan fights Paresh Rawal in court to give one of her career best performances. Aitraaz was both a financial and cinematic success, as the film won multiple nominations and awards.

Shaurya(2008) – Second AC

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With a dazzling star cast and a handsome presentation of the Army court, Shaurya is one of the major picks of our list. Starring Javed Jaffri, Kay Kay Menon and Rahul Bose, Shaurya represented the case of power abuse and social ignorance in the Indian armed forces. The films is said to be inspired from Tom Cruise’ A Few Good Men.

No One Killed Jessica(2011) – Third AC

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The famous open and shut case of Jessica Lal’s murder was a blotch on the Indian judiciary. 2010 saw Bollywood director, Raj Kumar Gupta make a film on this famous case and it turned out to be one of Bollywood’s classic crime thrillers. The film featured very limited court scenes but gave an apt picture as to how Mr. Jethmalani convinced the court to give one of the most bizarre judgement of our time. The film saw Rani Mukkherjee and Vidya Balan take lead as the film was declared one of the biggest hits of 2011.

 

Oh My God(2012) – First AC

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India is a country where you do not fiddle around with people’s religion or belief. Oh My God broke all stereotypes and put on gun point the meaningless category of God Men. Playing an atheist, Paresh Rawal charms the celluloid with his simple and rational arguments in the court of law where he fights to prove the very existence of God. The film was a blockbuster and gave us some memorable court room shots.

 

 

Jolly LLB(2013) – Second AC

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With a sequel round the corner, jolly LLB was a film that set its own style and mood. The film featured Bollywood’s most fascinating duo of Boman irani and Arshad Warsi at either ends. With a hit and run case boiling at the center of things, Jolly LLB is one of those films that not only focused on the lawyers’ chemistry, but also gave great importance to the role of their judge,Saurabh Shukla.

Shahid(2013) – Third AC

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The underdog of the lot, Sahid is another fine court room drama of its time. Palying the role of a Kashmiri youngster whose life is marred with darkness and torment , Rajkumar Rao played one of his career best roles as a young Muslim lawyer, who lives to fight for the wrongly harmed. Directed by Hansal Mehta, the film was widely appreciated by audiences.

Rustom(2016) – Third AC

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Intense drama, well framed dialogues and arguments alloyed with some light moments, form the outline of the much appreciated court room scenes in Rustom. The film featured a wide variety of characters that played significant roles in making the film both, interesting and entertaining. Rustom is based upon the famous case of K. M. Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra. Akshay Kumar and Sachin Khedekar fight each other in the court  and make sure the film keeps you intrigued.

Pink(2016) – First AC

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Captivating court scenes with striking arguments and energetic arguments between Amitabh Bachchan and Piyush Mishra at opposite ends, Pink, sent a strong message to the society. The film gave some bold performances to not only deliver a brilliant film but also convey a resounding message to the narrow minded men in our society.

 

 

 

 

The most Iconic Item Songs Bollywood fans have seen

Item songs have been the heart of Bollywood since the birth of the Industry. The Cinema Station lists out The Most Iconic Songs of Bollywood mapping these legends to one of India’s most used trains, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Hazrat Nizamuddin AC Express. Similar to the train, these item songs have been the life of many films and have lived through long times to be still present in our minds.

Ride of the Day: Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Hazrat Nizamuddin AC Express (20 coaches)

 

Aa Jaane Ja (Inteqam) – AC 3 tier

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

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The glossy music of the 60’s, the voice of Lata Mangeshkar and the dance style of Helen were all what was needed to put together one of Bollywood’s all time classic item numbers. Filmed for Inteqam the song was a classic retro hit and set the tone for many similar item numbers to follow.

Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja (Caravan) – Pantry Coach

Singer: Asha Bhosle

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Familiarizing the phrase “Monica…Oh My Darling“, “Piya Tu” is another of Bollywood’s classic slow-retro style item numbers featuring the grooves of Helen on the celluloid. The song was composed by music maestros of the time, RD Burman and Asha Bhosle, making it a much more melodious classic.

Mehbooba Mehbooba (Sholey) – AC 3 tier

Singer: RD Burman

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One of the most acknowledged classics of Bollywood, Ramesh Sippy’s “Sholey“, not only was a sensational film but also delivered a punching item number. With RD Burman’s voice in an all new avtaar  and  Bollywood’s most accomplished dancer, Helen, the song is a frequent member of DJ remixes and playlists even today.

Ek Do Teen (Tezaab) – AC 2 tier

Singer: Alka Yagnik

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The list of Bollywood item songs is incomplete without a mention of the great Madhuri Dixit and her unique dance genre. Ek Do Teen went on to be a blockbuster of its time as Tezaab  brought out Madhuri, not only as a versatile actor but also as one of the best dancers of her time.

Humma Humma (Bombay) – First AC Cum 2 Tier AC

Singer: AR Rahman

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People still humming “The Humma Song”  from  “Ok Jaanu would surely be aware that the song is a remake of AR Rahman’s 1998 item number, ‘Humma Humma‘. If not, to give you a refresher, the song was filmed in 1998 for Bombay and featured Sonali Bendre as the leading lady. The song gained humongous popularity and has lived through the sands of time.

Ye Mera Dill (Don) – AC 3 tier

Singer: Asha Bhosle, Sunidhi Chahuhan

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Helen in 1978 and Kareena Kapoor Khan in 2006 were the frontrunners of this all time Bollywood classic. Faturing in the Action-Thriller classic Don in 1978 and its remake in 2006, the song had been a major success in both the films adding the retro mafia touch to the lead character portrayed by Amitabh Bachchan and Sharukh Khan in the respective films.

Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai (Khalnayak) – AC 2 tier

Singer: Alka Yagnik

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The item song that reckoned the Bollywood charts then, and, till today is a frequent number on playlists. The blockbuster score featured the classic Madhuri Dixit and Neena Gupta, setting the screen ablaze.

Chamma Chamma (China Gate) – AC 3 tier

Singer: Alka Yagnik

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Urmila Matonkar may have not had an everlasting impact on the Indian cinema screen, but her moves and grooves were loved and appreciated in this song. Cast in a special appearance in the film, “Chamma Chamma” was one of the top mentions amongst the chartbuster listings and the fans.

Chaiya Chaiya (Dil Se) – AC 2 tier

Singer: Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi

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The composition of AR Rahman, voice of Sukhwinder Singh, an on the rise Sharukha Khan and a versatile fresher, Malaika Arora Khan was more than enough to give Bollywood a mega sensational item number. The song was one of the first to be shot on a train top and went on to conquer international chartbusters.

Kajra Re (Bunty Aur babli)- AC 3 tier

Singer:Alisha Chinai, Shankar Mahadevan, Javed Ali

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One of the most beautiful faces on the planet in a classic dance number paired opposite the Bachchan father and son was the talk of the town. From “Bunty aur Babli”, this Aishwarya Rai starrer is till today one of the most refreshing and soothing item numbers this generation of Bollywood will see.

Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo (Dum) – AC 3 tier

Singer: Sonu Kakkar and Sukhwinder Singh

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Rarely seen in any major Bollywood films or songs, actor/model, Yana Gupta brought the industry to a standstill with her spellbound performance. Voiced by Sonu Kakkar and Sukhwinder Singh, the item number broke multiple records to make its way into Bollywood’s evergreen item numbers’ list.

Beedi Jalaile (Omkara) – First AC

Singer:Sunidhi Chauhan

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The Bipasha Basu starrer item number was no short than the thing of the year. A part of Vishal bhardwaj’s adaptation of Othello, Omkara, the song was a huge hit and once again brushed the rural grass roots of the Indian society.

Sheila ki Jawaani (Tees Maar Khan) – AC 3 tier

Singer:Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani

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The entry of Katrina Kaif into the item number business was a record breaking dance number from an otherwise flop film. The song featured Katrina Kaif in a smoking appearance which was a treat for fans. Within no time of its release the song was out there on the lips of few while on the mobile phones of many.

Ooh La La (The Dirty Picture) – AC 3 tier

Singer:Sreya Ghoshal and Bappi Lahri

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A touch of the 80’s, a ravishing Vidya Balan and the voice of Shreya Ghoshal and Bappi Lahri succeeded  in recreating the aura of Silk Smitha on the 70mm screen. Based on the life of the Tamil Film Industry’s deceased superstar, Silk Smitha, the Dirty Picture and “Ooh La La” were the talk of the season, not only for its phenomenal success, but also for the on screen heat.

Munni Badnam Hui (Dabangg) – AC 2 tier

Singer: Mamta Sharma, Aishwarya Nigam

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By now, Malaika Arora Khan was the item number specialist in Bollywood and “Munni Badnaam” was another huge feather in her cap. The song was both captivating and boasted off the rural Indian outlook which helped the song spread like wildfire on across the Indian masses.

Chiknni Chameli (Agneepath) – AC 3 tier

Singer: Shreya Ghoshal

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Katrina Kaif was known to have an affinity for the art of dance ever since “Sheila ki Jawaani”. “Chikni Chameli” was another overwhelming performance that proved that Bollywood’s then leading lady was both, a skilled actor and a dancing fireball.

Fevicol Se (Dabangg 2) – AC 3 tier

Singer:  Mamta Shah and Wajid Ali

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After Munni’s stellar performance in the prequel, “Dabangg 2″ fulfilled the expectation of an entertaining dance number. With Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan at the centre , “Fevicol Se” gathered unbelievable fame and rapidly became the common man’s dance number.

Baby Doll (Ragni MMS 2) – AC 3 tier

Singer:  Kanika Kapoor

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Even if you are an occasional listener to hindi songs, Baby Doll is  something you would not have missed. A bold, seductive and beautifully sung item number presenting Sunny Leone on the screen spread across the nation like wild fire. The song got a huge response on social media platforms as it was a life saving grace in a dead horror film.

Ram Chahe Leela Chahe Leela Chahe Ram (Goliyo ki Raasleela- Raam Leela) – AC 2 tier

Singer: Bhoomi Trivedi

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Amidst talk of competition with Sunny Leone’s Baby Doll earlier that year, Priyanka Chopra unleashed another bold and powerful item number in the Bhansali film, Goliyo ki Raasleela- Raam Leela. The song may not have been remembered that long but certainly made an impression on the industry and the audience.

Manali Trance (The Shaukeens) – AC 3 tier

Sisnger:Lil Golu and Neha Kakkar

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Manali Trance was a surprise package for the Bollywood fan audience. Charming us with her moves, Lisa Haydon delivered a power packed performance nudging on the tastes of India’s mystic hill station, Manali. The song was a widespread success and caught the attention of the Indian Smokers Association.

Shah Rukh Khan: The Lesser Known Films

In a career decorated with brilliant classics like Baazigar, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Veer Zaara, Don and many more, The Cinema Station brings to you 16 lesser known films of King Khan, which not only won him awards and fame but are embedded in the memories of die hard Shah Rukh fans.

Today’s Train Journey: Palace On Wheels

1. Deewana (Alwar)Koi na Koi Chahiye Pyaar karne Wala

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2. Chamatkar (Bharatpur) Is Pyaar Se meri taraf na Dekho

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3. Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (Bikaner)Laveria Hua

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4. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na (Bundi)Ae kaash ke hum hosh mein Ab aane na paaye

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5. Anjaam (Dholpur)Mai Ro Ya Hasoo….Karo toh Kya Karu

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6. Ram jaane (Dungargarh) – Kehte hai Log Mujhe Ram Jaane

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7. Chaahat (Jaisalmer) – Dil Ki Tanhai Ko Aawaz Banaa Le Te Hain

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8. Koyla (Jaipur) – Hosh na Khode Kahi Josh Mein Dekhne Wala

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9. Yes Boss (Jhalawar) – Mai Toh Koi Aisa Geet Gaaoo

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10. Pardes (Jodhpur) – Zara Tasveer Se NIkalkar Saamne Aa….Meri Mehbooba

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11. Dil To Pagal Hai (Kishangarh) – Saari saari raat jagata hai koi

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12. Duplicate (The Restaurant: Maharaja ) – Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam……Shukriya Meherbaani Karam

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13. Dil Se ( The Restaurant – Maharani) – Jiya Jale Jaan Jale

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14. Baadshah (Kota) – Aashiq hu Main Qaatil Bhi Hu…Sabke dilo mein Shaamil bhi HU

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15. Phir Bhi Dil hai Hindustani (Sirohi) – Hum logo ko samajh sako toh samjho dilbarjaani

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16. Main Hoon Na (Udaipur) – Kiska Hai Ye Tumko Intezar Main Hoon Na

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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: Director of The North

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Cinema, just like any other field has always been evolving into something bigger and better and when it comes to Bollywood, both films and film makers have taken a giant leap to revolutionize the standard of films made over the decades.

This silent revolution that has spread over the last decade has seen a number of unconventional directors. The generation has seen the likes of directors such as Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Abishek Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Rajat Kapoor, pump an unbelievable degree of class, sense and character into films, which has ensured Hindi films cater to all types of audience.

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Our today’s mini rail journey focuses on the much talked and appreciated director, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, his films, style direction, story patterns, characterizations and what makes his films earn the name and fame they do.

Based on the quality of the films Mr. Mehra has made, we compare his tenure in Bollywood to the short and entertaining Deccan Queen express that shuttles between Mumbai and Pune, which I enjoyed the most as a kid.

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Let the Journey Begin

The First Station and Not the Perfect first impression (Karjat) – Aks

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Starting with a dark psycho-killer based thriller in 2001, the days when such thrillers were not much enjoyed an appreciated by the Indian audience, Mr. Mehra made his directorial debut and as expected him and the film, both went unnoticed, much similar to the station in the adorable rail journey.

Starring talents like Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bapai and Raveena Tandon, the movie went on to amass critic appreciation but did not stand out commercially. The film also featured a vivid range of musical tracks by director Anu Malik, but failed to make an impression.

The Second Stop and The First Nail in The Coffin (Lonavala) – Rang De Basanti:

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If Aks did not work well with the money crunching, Rang De Basanti over compensated for it. The movie correlated brilliantly between the legends of Chandrashekhar Azaad, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqulla Khan and a bunch of youngsters who were both, dejected and frustrated over their friend’s death and the government trying to cover it up with false claims.rdb-3

The film spread like wild fire and earned Rakeysh Omrpakash Mehra the name he has today. Rang De Basanti stars some great actors like Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Waheeda Rehman, Atul Kulkarni and R. Madhvan, along with fascinating music from A.R. Rahman, which made the film much more attractive and noteworthy. The film is noteworthy to be compared to the much toured station of Lonavala, we all are well aware about.

Teen Tigada Kaam Bigada (Shivajinagar) – Delhi 6:

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The next after Rang De Basanti was expected to be something good quality and refreshing, but what came instead was Delhi 6. The film once again featured 21 different characters, 10 widely loved and adored songs from the sound box of A.R. Rahman and some well-lit up scenes in the streets of Delhi, which was the perfect Rakeysh Omprakash mehra template.

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The film focused on the then boiling issue of Hindu-Muslim unity and by now the theme shift towards the taboos in the societies and nationalism was quite evident.Despite most of its scoring points, the movie shattered the viewers and failed due to its feeble script and some distorted acting performances.

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The journey has been full of ups and downs till now. If the first half was not remarkably great the connecting part was too awesome to be forgotten, followed by another not much wanted segment.

The Moment of Bliss and the final stop (Pune) -Bhag Milkha Bhag:

The first of the biopic genre to spin out a 100 crores, Bhag Milkha Bhag was the next big thing for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The film had every characteristic of the Omprakash Mehra label, right from multiple characters to well organized and enjoyable music.

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By his fourth film, Mr. Mehra had chosen the Northern part of India as his canvas. The film featured some breath taking shots from parts of Ladakh in the background with sensational acting performances and the well scripted story of Milkha Singh.

The Analysis of The Journey

Stations (Characterization):

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Now, if you have keenly observed all movies from our man under scrutiny, you will realize, Mr. Mehra loves to direct movies with a lot of actors involved. While Aks shuffled around 14 characters, his second flick Rang De Basanti featured 16, followed by Delhi 6 and Bhag Milkha Bhag with a wide variety of actors.

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In the recent years, not many directors have been able to play around with multiple characters on the screen, but with someone who can script bold and well scripted charters, multi starrer films are the perfect genre.

The Western Ghats View (Music Box):

Music has been the soul of Bollywood films, whether it be the black and whites or the colour, music has been the essence of Hindi Cinema.

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Besides an affinity to build strong characters, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra made sure his love for music is thoroughly expressed in his first two films. While Aks featurd 8 songs that went without notice in the B town, the successor, Rang De Basanti, went on top the charts with 10 prodigious hits.

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As the genius of Mr. Mehra progressed, his later releases Delhi 6 and Bhag MIlkha Bhag expressed his love for music even more with record breaking albums.

The en-route Tunnels (General Theme):

The earlier a director finds his path in Bollywood, the easier it is for him to make a mark in the industry. Mr. Mehra’s first film did not do much justice to his talent, but as he moved on, his eye caught the attention for the social mishaps in our society.

Starting with the MIG airplane scandals to the Hindu-Muslim divide in the society, Mr. Mehra shuffled his films around social issues and the feeling of patriotism.

 The Short and Crisp 4 hour journey (The Flavour of Love):

A director who can make love stories look good on the silver screen always makes it big in Bollywood.

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Right from Yash Chopra to Karan Johar, Bollywood has never had scarcity of directors making intimidating love stories. For Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, most of his films circled around social problems and politics, but he made sure, that the tangy flavour of love, though short, was always a part of his films.

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Whether it was a psycho thriller or a patriotic grace like Rang De Basanti, a love story was always the part of a Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film.

The View Outside the Window (Cinematography and Locations):

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Cinematography, the art which merges acting and the camera work is an essential part of a director’s dish. Rakeysh Ompraksh Mehra’s films have always ensured delight to the viewers, whether it be the acting or the locations and shots in his films.
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Most of his films have been picturized in the Northern sector of the country, ranging from the streets of Delhi and Punjab to the open lands of Ladakh. With his go to man, binod Prashan handling the cinematograph33ic department in most of his films, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s eye for locations and lucrative screenplay enhance the quality of his films.

The Next Stop – Mirzya

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After the success of his first ever bipic, bhag Milkha bHag, Rakeysh omprakash Mehra goes onto recreate the legend of Mirza Sahibaan in his next venture Mirzya. The movie features a new set of actors, but the trailers promise well-lit scenes and a bundle of irresistible music from the bhangra King, Daler Mahendi. However, despite Mr. mehra’s eye for the art and the brilliant display of Rajasthan’s folk art, the film had nothing much to offer.

 

 

The Stations we saw in Bollywood’s August Journey

August 2016 saw some films making big bucks while on the other hand some fancy films taking an unexpected dip. As our journey progressed through August, our train stopped at multiple stations, starting from The Legend Of Michael Mishra, followed by Rustom, Mohenjodaro, Happy Bhag Jayegi and ending with our new superhero, A Flying Jatt. Let’s take a deeper look on how these films fared on our expectations list.

Start On A week Footing: The Legend of Michael Mishra

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The reunion of Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani after the Munnabhai series was expected to be a laughter blaster. The movie tends to tickle your funny bone at times but a naïve plot and loosely tied characters the movie failed to make an impression, both on the viewers and the box office. To sum up, the Legend of Michael Mishra lacked the vigor, enthusiasm and energy. Thus, the first station stop of Bollywood in August was certainly not a good one.

The Clash Of The Titans: Mohenjodaro vs Rustom

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The much talked about clash in the month of August saw some huge bucks being splashed in the cinema theaters. Hrithik Roshan face to face with Akshay Kumar was a lip smacking delight for all Bollywood lovers. On one hand, as Hrithik amazed us with his brilliant acting skills, Akshay Kumar gave us a chilling thriller that dates back to the famous Nanavati case of 1959. Despite amazing acting performances, Mohenjodaro, as a  film barely gives a reason to be liked. It’s just like a busy station with a lot of promising vendors, but no charm at all. On the contrary, Rustom, is quick, thrilling and unveils stupendous acting performances. In short, the perfect station for the average Indian traveler, with all facilities and entertainment guaranteed. To sum up, both films were acting power packs but Mohenjodaro loses out terribly in the race.

Happy Bhag Jayegi: Simple yet Appreciable

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Diana Penty’s return to the big screen, groovy numbers from Arijit and Mika Singh, a multi starrer romantic comedy, Happy Bhag Jayegi gave the Indian viewer everything people wanted. The movie may not stay a long time in your memory to make an impression, but certainly entertains the 2 hours in the Cinema theatre. Happy Bhag Jaeygi is that station from which you may not have much expectations but once you get down it will give you the pleasure of a Kulladh chai along with that of Aalo tikki of Tundla or Chola Bhatoora of Jalandhar.

The Journey ends on a Dismal Note: A Flying jatt

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Have you ever felt like your tour has been amazing but the last stop is an utter disappointment? Yes, A Flying Jatt is that disappointment for the month of August. A struggling Tiger Shroff with a disabled script is not a very enjoyable state of affairs. Yes, director Remo D’Souza may put a smile on the kids with his action scenes but it’s a slaughtering for the adults. So Bollywood, after a pretty decent August fails to end it’s run with either an entertainer or a classic.

10 Times We Saw Bollywood explore the Superhero Genre

As we are on the bring of the release of A Flying Jatt, featuring Tiger Shroff as a fearless Punjabi superhero, we look back upon some films that have already featured in this category.

Mr.India: Mogambo Khush Hua

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 One of the old time classics which patronised the name Mogambo in Bollywood, Mr. India featured the likes of Anil Kapoor as the invisible superhero, Sridevi as his sidekick and lover followed by Bollywood’s greatest villain, Amrish Puri who played the character of Mogambo. The movie was not only greatly appreciated at its time, but also is the clear topper of The Cinema Station’s Bollywood Superheroes list because every time I watch the movie I say”Mogambo Khush Hua”

 

Krrish Series: The 21st Century Superman

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 Kicked off from the adorable drama thriller Koi Mil Gaya, the Krrish series featured Hrithik Roshan in the superhero avatar as Krrish. The series kept its interest and vigour till the second part, with the third part losing out on its charm completely, ending up being just as a billion dollar commercial success. Krrish, after Mr. India will be our second pick of Bollywood superhero flicks, being the only prominent superhero our generation has seen after Shaktiman .

 

Ra One: Apparently King Khan Cannot Pull Of A Superhero

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 Naïve plot, timid acting and huge money at the box office are the standout features of Ra One. The movie saw the King Of Romance, Sharukh Khan play a superhero who comes to a life from a fiction game. Doesn’t that sound childish? Ra One went on to earn a lot of money and fame due to its mammoth marketing strategies, but failed to trouble the palates of cinema lovers

Drona: Its Rona ith the ‘D’ Silent

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After Snr. Bachchan made his attempts in the superhero genre, his son also decided to have a swing and as expected it was a ship that sank before it could set sail. Another Bollywood flick which lacked substance and maturity, the movie did not trouble the box office even though it had stars like Kay Kay Menon and Priyanka Chopra playing major parts.

 

Mr. X: On Screen Kissing And Superheores Don’t go Hand in Hand

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 Emraan Hashmi’s superhero flick released on 17 April 2015 and just like his role of an invisible superhero, the film vanished from the theaters in no time. To be honest, the film had qualified actors like Emraan Hashmi and Arunoday Singh, but a weak story and poor direction hit the movie. The movie also featured comedian Tanmay Bhatt in his first Bollywood role and he too looked out of sorts. In short, Mr. X was nothing but a disaster.

 

Shehnshah: Andheri Raato Mein Sunsaan Raaho Par

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 He mastered romance, action, drama, thrillers and even the superhero genre was added to Mr. Bachchan’s heroics after Shehenshah. The film featured the likes of Amrish Puri, Amitabh Bachchan, Meenakshi Sheshadri and went onto be both, a powerful film and a commercial success of its time. The Cinema Station rates the film at par with the like of Mr. India and Krrish at the top of the stack.

 

Ajooba: And Mr. Bachchan Lost It

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 After the heroics of Shehenshah, Mr. Bachchan took a massive dip with his nex superhero venture, Ajooba. The film is not only ugly to sit through but is ranked amongst Bollywood’s top commercial flops. The film also included Rishi Kapoor, Amrish Puri and Dimple Kapadia, but despite a fairly decorated starcast the film turned out to be an apology.

 

Aparichit(Tamil Verison: Anniyan): Aam Aadmi ka Superhero

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 Starring the multi-talented Vikram as a superhero was always going to be a calculated move which was going to pay off, and it did. Aparichit with its unconventional yet meaningful script and heart throbbing acting performances is one of the best superhero films you would see. Directed by the famous S. Shankar, the film portrays a superhero suffering from a split personality disorder. The character focuses on the pain points of the “Aam Aadmi” and resolves them in the most insane methods possible.We would rate this as a must watch in this genre.

 

Toonpur ka Superhero: One For Your Kids

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 Many of you may not even have heard of it, but Toonpur Ka Superhero did exist and was released in the best multiplexes around you. Surprised ? Well, the movie had an average script and featured one of the most adorable couples of Bollywood, Ajay Devgn and Kajol. A major chunk of the movie is narrated by Sanjay Dutt while the lead couple is fighting goons in a cartoon land. Yes it is as juvenile as it sounds and is fit only if you are under the 12 years.

 

Alag: ?alag

Unlike the other features in this category Alag does not even have a memorable star cast except for the adorable Dia Mirza. Alag nurtures a poor plot and loosely bound actors with no purpose behind the film and would without doubt be at the bottom of the ocean of Bollywood superhero flicks. The movie was so worthless that even figuring out a tagline was difficult for us, hence the ‘?’

Shaktimaan: The Honourable Mention

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 If you have grown up in the past two decades you will definitely be familiar with this name. Agreed, the character did not make it to the 70mm screen, but was the most loved, adored and celebrated Indian superheroes. Played by Mukesh Khanna, the TV series was a regular Sunday feature and brought in a wide variety of villains. The series ran for over 500 episodes and is an all time classic.

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Bollywood Films That Wouldn’t Have Been Complete Without Brides Eloping Marraiges

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – The Classic

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One of the best directed, acted and scripted films of all time and without doubt the greatest love stories to have ever been made. Starring the most fascinating on screen couple of all time, Shahrukh Khan and Kajol or as most people know Raj and Simran, DDLJ tops our collection of     . The Raj and Simran love story continued to melt Indian cinema fans in many other classics like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Baazigar, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Dilwale.

Pyaar Ke Side Effects – Pyaar Karke Pachtaya

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Rahul Bose and Malika Sherawat may have not done many on screen appearances, but Pyaar Ke Side Effects, presented a handsome love story with some cool and trendy numbers like “Pyaar Karke Pachtaya”, which is still the life of many playlists. The movie definitely deserves a mention in the category with Malika Sherawat dodges 2 weddings on the same guy twice for her love interest Rahul Bose. Hilarious, isn’t it !

Hadh Kar Di Aapne – The Underdog

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Many may have not have heard of this beautiful and hilarious love story between Govinda and Rani Mukherjee, but this film not only touches your emotions but also rattles your funny bone. With a powerful supporting cast of Paresh Rawal, Satish Shah and Johnny Lever, Govinda manages to urge Rani Mukherjee to escape her wedding.

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan – Does’nt the Name Say it All

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Another of Yash Raj’s attempt to nudge a wedding classic which ended up being an average and dull effort on screen. The charm of Ali Zafar, Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif together managed to pull off a saving grace which would have been a complete disaster. The movie makes an entry into the list only because of it’s theme where a brother ends up falling for his elder brother’s to be wife , which leads to a funny yet boring scene of events.

Hulchul – When Chaos Meets Romance

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Priyadarshan may not be a very big name in today’s film industry but was a big personality in those days. Starring Akshay Khanna and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles, the story transcends from both of them taking digs at each other due to family feuds to falling in love. Known for his multi starrer comedy climaxes, Priyadarshan sets up a laugh riot in his climax wedding scene where the bride eagerly chucks her wedding to marry Akshay Khanna.

Tanu Weds Manu: The Lucknow-Kanpur Waali Love Story

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Ok, this film and the pair need no introduction. From groovy pairs to an amazing love story, Tanu Weds Manu is a perfect combination of emotion, comedy and sacrifice, but in the UP style. Being from Lucknow, myself, the movie brilliantly connects with the UP culture and it’s quality is enhanced by the beautiful pair of Tanu and Manu.

Hasee Toh Phasee: Brides Are Common, This One Has A Groom on the Run

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Released in 2014, hasee toh Phasee did not trouble the box office much, but did make its mark. The pair of Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra was dubbed as unconventional, but they managed to pull off a ripper of a performance. Parineeti playing a scientist and Siddharth a confused guy juggling between things fall for each other and in the end, the latter’s feelings force him to escape his wedding for Parineeti.

Shudh Desi Romance: Too Many Wedding Escapes Can Be a Menace

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Suppose to be another Yash Raj classic, Shudh Desi Romance portrays the confusion of the youth of today and their impulsive nature when it comes to weddings. The movie failed to make a mark and was a disaster, but definitely needs to be mentioned in the genre. Lets hope Sushant Singh Rajput makes some reclaim in hi biopic of Mahender Singh Dhoni.

Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein: Simple yet Perfect

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Starring Madhavan, Dia Mirza and Saif Ali Khan, this film is supposed to be one Bollywood’s greatest romantic hits of all time. A perfectly edged story, scintillating numbers and some powerful acting were the highlights of this all-time classic. The movie went on to be a trend setter and is still in the favorites list of many.

Jab We Met: When In Punjab do as the Punjabi’s do

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The so called chocolate boy, Shahid Kapur and his ex-girlfriend set the 70 mm canvas on fire with a love story that stayed in the hearts of many Bollywood fans for years together. Directed by Imtiaz Ali, the film is centralized around an impulsive and full of life Kareena Kapoor who crosses paths with a dull and dejected Shahid Kapur. Bringing in the life and culture of Punjab the film is one of the films that have made a mark in Bollywood.

Dolly Ki Doli: Some Brides Just Love Running

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Based on a true story with the fashion model Sonam Kapoor in the lead shows a girl who is bent upon making grooms run for their life. Marrying them and then robbing them on the first night of marriage, Dolly Ki Doli is funny but in bits and pieces and is one of the decent and enjoyable entities in this genre.

Queen: Its Time for Some Male Bashing

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A film that created ripples across the globe with a simple and logical story glorified by the acting skills of Kangana Ranaut, Queen was one of the biggest hits of 2014. After being left at the wedding by her fiancée, played by Rajkumar Rao, Kangana plans to go on her honeymoon all by herself against all social taboos and barriers and what unfolds is one of the most amazing films you will ever see.

3 Idiots: Come on! Raju and Farhan helped Kareena Elope her Marriage

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Another trend setting Bollywood classic that aimed to expose the ignorant and damaging education system in India, the movie goes on all about its main theme, education, followed by friendship of Rancho( Aamir Khan ), Farhan ( Madhavan ) and Raju ( Harman Joshi ). For people thinking where the term love story and eloping fit into this, watch the movie and you hall have your questions answered.

Major Saab: War for Love

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Love has said to have stirred nations amongst each other and Major Saab is an attempt to impress upon the same fact. Lead roles from Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan and Sonali Bindre pump life into what could have been a dull script with no impact. The movie circles around a budding love story of Ajay and Sonali which is marred by a number of villains. At a later stage, Amitabh and his group of army men help the lovebirds win the conquest by sabotaging a wedding.

Namaste London: Punjabiyo Da Romance

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Chart buster songs, Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s subtle direction, a well-fitting story and brilliant acting is what brings Namaste London to this list of ours. Once again, from Punjab’s food and culture to their way of romance, the movie portrays everything with fine detail. Starring Akshay as the Punjabi munda and Katrina Kaif as the Anglo-Indian spoilt brat the film unveils an orthodox and adorable love story.

Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani: Naïve But Admirable

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The first time the much talked about pair in B-town, Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor made it on the big screen was as the lead pair in this insanely hilarious and delightful love story. Prem, a good for nothing guy falls for Jenny and goes all guns blazing to get her but ends up losing her to another guy. The story focuuses on how Ranbir gets Katrina to leave her wedding and go back to him. A must watch if you love light and gentle romantic comedies.

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