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Two notable period action-comedy films from the 60s:

 

Rajkumar (1964) & Suraj (1966)


Shammi Kapoor v Rajendra Kumar

Sadhna v Vjjantimala 

Pran v Ajit 

 

Which one do your prefer more?

 

 

 

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Dil Tera Diwana (1962) 

 

A nice comedy starring Shammi Kapoor, Mala Sinha, Mehmood (Mehmood is very funny in the 2nd half of the film), Om Prakash, & Pran. 
 


 

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On 6/24/2024 at 2:51 PM, singhvivek141 said:

What do you think of the below movies, should they be remade ?

 

2. Himalay ki God mein


Himalay Ki God Mein (1965)

 

A nice drama-romance film. If I am not wrong, this film propelled Manoj Kumar’s career. 
 

I am not sure if this needs to be remade as it still works. But it can be given a shot with minor changes to the screenplay to suit the modern times or can be made as a period film. 

 

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6 hours ago, zen said:


Himalay Ki God Mein (1965)

 

A nice drama-romance film. If I am not wrong, this film propelled Manoj Kumar’s career. 
 

I am not sure if this needs to be remade as it still works. But it can be given a shot with minor changes to the screenplay to suit the modern times or can be made as a period film. 

 

Yes Indeed, this was one of the films which accelerated Manoj Kumar's career.

Though his first major super hit was Woh Kaun Thi in 1964

https://youtu.be/TFr6G5zveS8?si=9zqngtWAELTMT11-

 

 

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2 hours ago, singhvivek141 said:

Amongst all the great Bollywood films...Guide is one movie which has left everlasting impression.

 


Guide has its beautiful moments. It has memorable songs too. 
 

I like the period, its locations/sets, Waheeda’s dances, the love story, Dev Anand speaking in multiple languages as a guide, etc.
 

On the other hand, the parts where Dev turns “sage”, along with where he becomes insecure, can appear dull at times (depending on the mood). 

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Half Ticket (1962) 

 

A fun film starring Kishore, Madhubala, & Pran … Difficult to imagine anyone other than Kishore in the lead role which requires “madness”. 
 

Kishore has many songs with Pran :lol:

 

 

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Jhumroo (1961)

 

A successful film at the BO starring Kishore and Madhubala. It has its moments but is mostly recommended for Kishore-Madhubala fans and many of its nice songs. 
 

 

Purab Aur Paschim (1970)

 

A Manoj Kumar directed film so it has lectures/social messages. 

In 2024, I did not relate much with the focus on “the Hippies of the 60s” in Paschim. The dressing was bad, esp. Saira Banu’s. The best part of the “paschim” segment is the song “Koi Jab Tumhara Riday Tod De”. 
 

On the other hand, I liked the Indian segments whose shades you can see in films such as Rang De Basanti (2006) and maybe even in the forgettable Pardes (1997). There is this other heroine who is paired with Vinod Khanna but initially is in love with Manoj’s character, which felt unnecessary.  
 

For the opening pre-independence segment, Manoj used B&W, which I thought looked better than most of the color segments. The finale in the mountains is a nice touch.  

 

Overall, this is mostly for Manoj Kumar fans. It is as if West = Hippies, East = Dhoties, when there are multiple shades in b/w esp. in a flattening world now. 

 

 

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Jewel Thief (1967)

 

One of the popular Dev Anand’s mystery thriller films. Vijay Anand does the screenplay, dialogues, and direction. Maybe editing too. The music is by S.D Burman. The film reminds of the “mistaken identity” concept of North by Northwest (1959). 
 

With a running time of around 3 hours, the films has both good and ordinary moments. Maybe it needed a smarter editing as it can lose steam (esp. on repeated viewings) as the film progresses.
 

Overall, it is an enjoyable film with popular actors, a good set of songs and a nice background score. It remains a notable film in the mystery thriller genre. 

 

:hatsoff: to Dev Anand, a rare Bollywood actor who was successfully playing the leading man in the 40s, 50s, 60s, & 70s. Truly, an evergreen star! 

One of the reasons 60s is fun is Dev Anand with his films (many directed by Vijay Anand) such as Kala Bazar, Tere Ghar Ke Samne, Guide, Jewel Thief, etc.

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