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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Bollywood Rewind

Bollywood Rewind is a weekly special that looks back at some of the best Hindi films made over the years. Its attempt is to show how these movies are still relevant to us and perhaps, as a by-product, introduce to the readers a whole series of new films to (re)discover.


Bollywood Rewind | Do Bigha Zamin: The Bimal Roy film which hasn't aged a day

July 18, 2021 9:24 am

Starring Balraj Sahni, Bimal Roy's 1953 film Do Bigha Zamin examines the unforgiving nature of poverty that does not allow its victims to escape.

Bollywood Rewind | Devdas: Of pride that ruins love

July 11, 2021 8:27 am

Starring Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen and Vyjanthimala, Bimal Roy's 1955 film Devdas is the tragic love story of two characters whose pride stands in the way of their happiness.

Bollywood Rewind | Baiju Bawra: Naushad's timeless musical masterpiece

July 04, 2021 9:04 am

Starring Vijay Bhatt and Meena Kumari, Vijay Bhatt's 1952 film examines the mythical story of Baiju who goes 'bawra' for his love and his music.

Bollywood Rewind | Shree 420: Raj Kapoor's take on conmen who pose as saviours

June 27, 2021 8:49 am

Starring Raj Kapoor, Nargis and Nadira, Kapoor's 1955 film Shree 420 is the story of an honest man who has to trade his morals for money.

Bollywood Rewind | Pyaasa: Guru Dutt questions the meaning of life in this timeless classic

June 20, 2021 8:27 am

Starring Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha and Waheeda Rehman, Dutt's 1957 film Pyaasa examines the eternal question that humans have always had - 'What is the meaning of life?'.

Bollywood Rewind | CID: The Dev Anand thriller that gave Bombay its anthem

June 12, 2021 4:59 pm

Starring Dev Anand, Shakila and Waheeda Rehman, Raj Khosla's 1956 film CID is a timeless thriller that could work even today, but with the right embellishments.

Bollywood Rewind | Madhumati: The fantasy of reincarnation

June 05, 2021 8:22 am

Starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala, Bimal Roy's 1958 film Madhumati is a hopeful fantasy for star-crossed lovers and considering its influence on Hindi cinema, it is probably the fantasy that's still fueling our desires for a happy ending.

Bollywood Rewind | Naya Daur: Of the new era that will always be intimidating

May 29, 2021 8:19 am

Starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala, BR Chopra's 1957 film Naya Daur talks about the disturbing casualties of the rampant industrialisation that is projected as the wave of the future.

Bollywood Rewind | Awara: Of nature vs nurture

May 23, 2021 8:35 am

Starring Raj Kapoor, Nargis and Prithviraj, Awara is set in an era where climbing out of the vicious cycle of poverty was near impossible, and strangely enough, times haven't changed much in the last 70 years.

Bollywood Rewind | Sharada: Of love that is beyond labels

May 08, 2021 9:49 am

Starring Meena Kumari and Raj Kapoor, LV Prasad's Sharada is the kind of romance that makes you question your understanding of love, and how meaningful relationships can exist, even with the strangest labels.