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The Indian film industry has always produced male-oriented films barring a few exceptions. However, there were some female leads that always took the industry by storm by their great performance and stood high despite all odds. They had their own identity and never were a shadow of their male counterparts. We have listed the top 10 bollywood beauties that have left a great impression on the Indian audience.

1. Nutan Behl

Born on 4 June, 1936, Nutan is one of the brightest gems of Indian Film Industry. The eldest daughter of Shobhana Samarth, Nutan Behl, is said to be by far the most attractive and sensitive actresses of Bollywood. She is one of the very few divas who have served the industry for almost five decades playing a variety of roles, starting as a child artist, to leading roles then character roles with great élan.

When Nutan was only 14, she starred in a film directed by her mother Shobhana appropriately titled Hamari Beti That film marked her debut. 1951 set Nutan’s career on a roll with her being crowned the first Miss India and the release of Hum Log and Nagina. These films announced the arrival of Nutan on the stage of Bollywood.

Her first big break was “Seema” released in 1955, for which she won a Filmfare Award. She followed her success with a romantic comedy, Paying Guest, in which she co-starred with Dev Anand. In 1959 she starred in two hit films, Anari (with Raj Kapoor) and Bimal Roy’s Sujata (with Sunil Dutt). These movies showed that Nutan’s unique quality, which set her apart from her contemporaries, was that she was a thinking actress who tried to perceive the undeveloped motivations of her characters. Her expressions spoke more than her words.

Nutan’s pairing with Lata Mangeshkar worked wonders and the duo together gave a number of hits. The voice of Lata combined with the expressive emotions of Nutan proved to be a success story. Nutan was also quite daring for her times and she was one of the first actresses daring enough to wear a bikini, which she did in Dilli Ka Thug.

Nutan’s personal life had not been as bright as her career. She had an arranged marriage on October 11, 1959 with Lt. Commander Rajish Behl, a boy her mother had chosen for her. A son, Mohnish, was born to them in 1963. When Nutan found out that her mom had been misappropriating her earnings, she filed a Civil suit and broke off all relationship with her. The relationship with her mom remained strained until Nutan was diagnosed with cancer.

Nutan once again came to the limelight with the release of Bandini in 1963. Bandini is still remembered as one of the finest performances by an Indian actress. Throughout the 60’s Nutan gave great performances in films like Chhaila, Manzil, Surat aur Seerat, Dil Hi Toh Hai, Chaandi Ki Deewar, Khandaan, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya, Milan, Bhai Behan etc. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for the fourth time for her performance in Milan.

She again gave award winning performances in Saudagar (1973) and Mein Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki(1978). She maintained her gracious and sensitive style when she started playing maternal roles in the 80’s. She starred next to Dilip Kumar in the box office hit Karma in 1986.

Nutan passed away on February 21, 1991 at the age of 54, but this star of Indian Film Industry will keep shining forever and showing the way for all talented newcomers in Bollywood.

Nuten Behl

2. Nargis

Nargis was a major Indian star during the ’40s and ’50s recognized for her charisma, tremendous dignity, great intelligence, and ability to play a variety of roles ranging from shy coquettes to westernized women. Nargis was born on June 1, 1929 as Fatima Rashid, the daughter of the Allahabad-based singer, Jaddanbai and Uttamchand Mohanchand. Nargis, her stage name, means “Narcissus”, the flower. She was always credited as Nargis in all of her films.

Nargis started her career as a child artist in Talashe Haq, she quickly progressed to playing lead roles and became the top actresses of her era. She made her debut as an actress in Tamanna released in 1942. She appeared in a number of movies after that the most popular being Humayun (1945), Nargis (1946), Mela (1948), Aag (1948), Barsaat (1949), Jogan (1950).

Nargis paired well with Raj Kapoor and together they developed both a personal and professional partnership and gave Hindi cinema some of its best classics. Their first was Aag release in 1948. Their first blockbuster an onscreen couple was the unforgettable “Barsaat” released in 1949. The famous hit song Pyaar Hua Iqrar Hua is still considered as one of the finest romantic songs ever. Barsaat was followed by another hit Aawara in 1951 and Shree 420 in 1955. Both films still maintain top positions amongst Bollywood’s finest classics. A portion of their success could be attributed to their fame as real life couple. Their romantic entanglement provided fans with hours of gossipy entertainment as Kapoor was a married man.

Nargis’s best performance came with perhaps Indian cinema’s greatest work Mehboob Khan’s Mother India. The film was critically acclaimed and a box office wonder and it topped all charts. The film grossed over Rs. 40 million the highest for any Indian film at that time. The film is still respected by the audience and critics of all ages and generations. It was the first Indian film to be nominated for Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Nargis played the role of a mother who killed her rebellious son for the goodwill of the whole village thus becoming the ‘mother’ of the entire village. She also won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for that role.

One year later Nargis married her co-star of Mother India Sunil Dutt. The marriage seemed scandalous to many at the time, because Sunil had played her son in the movie.

After the marriage, Nargis retired from films to raise her children and to volunteer for charitable work, but she still remained active in the film industry using her friendship with Indira Gandhi to help lobby for better conditions for filmmakers. In 1980 she became a member of the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament).

Pancreatic cancer claimed Nargis on May 3, 1981, ironically the same year her son Sanjay Dutt made his Bollywood debut with Rocky. Nargis and her movies, (approximately 50) which spanned from 1935 through on to 1967, continue to be popular even now.
Nargis

3. Madhubala

Who can forget the dove-eyed Madhubala who is the epitome of on-screen beauty and still the most beautiful actress Bollywood ever had. She had name and fame but not enough life. The actress died at a young age of 36!! She was born on 14/02/1933 and died on 23/02/1969 and in that period that she acted she did 70 films.

Her early life was full of struggles. Born to Atauallah Khan and Mumtaz Jehan Begum in a conservative family of Pathan Muslims, she started in a cow shed in Jogeshwari courtesy of a Bhaiya from UP. For her first role as a child star, she was paid 50 rupees and then 50 rupees more because the father said he has to accompany her and hence can not do a job.
After about five years of playing child roles, Devika Rani called for her to come for her film Jwar Bhata. She was rechristened to Madhubala. Madhubala got her first break in a lead role in Neel Kamal (1947). Her true success came with the movie Mahal (1949), which literally made her a superstar overnight. The list of movies to her credit is long, some of them being Sharabi (1964) Half Ticket (1962), Mughal-E-Azam (1960), Barsaat Ki Raat (1960), Jaali Note (1960), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Howrah Bridge (1958), Phagun (1958), Mr. & Mrs. ’55 (1955), Badal (1951), Neki Aur Badi (1949), Amar Prem (1948), Lal Dupatta (1948), Pujari (1946). Not many would know Madhubala had charged twice that was paid to Dilip Kumar for Mughal e Azam when the movie had gone on the floor.

She was romantically involved with a number of men. She worked with most of them and some of them were very respectable film personalities. Be it Latif, Mohan Sinha, Kamal Amrohi, Premnath, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Dilip Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Bhart Bhushan and finally Kishore Kumar. Men just fell for her beauty and charms. The list can go on and on.

To get Dilip interested in her she sent a red rose with a message. Dilip was impressed but got furious when he later came to know that she had done the same with Premnath not long ago and was going strong with him. He never forgave her for that. Never ever, not even when she was on her death bed. Kishore Kumar who was her last love and eventually her husband – married her despite her illness.

Her ailing heart was kept hidden from the industry. Often she would cough blood on the sets. Ultimately she died of her heart problem and Kishore Kumar took no time in forgetting her and remarrying.

Madhubala

4. Hema Malini

Hema Malini was born in the Tamil-speaking Chakravarthy household on October 16, 1948 in Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu. Her dad’s name is V.S.R. Chakravarthy and her mom, Jaya, was a film producer. She was enrolled in the Chennai-based Andhra Mahila Sabha. She was the second South Indian actress after Vyjayantimala to be a successful Bollywood star.

She performed as a dancer in the regional film Pandava Vanavasam in 1961. She wanted to start her acting career in 1964, but she was rejected by the Tamil director Shridhar on the grounds that she had no star appeal, but Hema did not give up and made her debut with a bang starring opposite to the legendary Raj Kapoor in Sapnon ka Saudagar in 1968. The film’s posters splashed her pictures with the catch phrase Dreamgirl. Though the film flopped, Hema the dream girl had arrived.

Her next films were Waris and Jahan Pyar Mile. The films failed but Hema survived with Johnny Mera Naam in 1970. Her next major success came with her famous double role in Seeta aur Geeta in 1972 where she starred next to Sanjeev Kumar and Dharmendra. It was her first successful project with Dharmendra, the couple went on to be one of the hottest on screen couple before they became real life partners when they tied the knot, but it was not an easy marriage. Dharmendra, who was already married to Prakash Kaur, and had two sons, Sunny and Bobby, could not marry Hema as Prakash refused to divorce him. According to the Hindu Marriage Act, a Hindu cannot marry a second time while the first wife is still alive. Dharmendra belongs to a Arya Samaj Hindu Punjabi Jatt family. On August 21, 1979, both Hema and Dharmendra converted to Islam, changed their names to Aisha Bi R. Chakravarty and Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishn respectively, and got married in accordance with Islamic rites.

Hema kept on starring in one hit after the other like Tere Mere Sapney, Gora aur Kaala, Garam Masala, Baabul ki Galiyan etc. Sholayreleased in 1975 gave her career a huge boost. Basanti became an icon in Indian Film Industry and her dance number Jab Tak Hai Jaan Mein Naachungi became one of the most loved dance numbers ever. The movie went on to become the single greatest hit of Bollywood completing its Golden Jubilee.

After Sholay, Hema gave other hits like Charas (1976), Chacha Bhatija (1977), The Burning Train (1980), Satte Pe Satta (1982) etc. With increasing age Hema shifted to playing character roles, but with same grace and style. She appeared in Jamai raja (1991), Hey Ram (2000), Baghban (2003), Veer-Zaara (2004), and Baabul (2006) in character roles, playing each one of the with immense élan.

Hema’s priorities have now shifted to politics. She is a member of the right-winged Bharatiya Janata Party, and a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

5. Rekha

Born in 1954 at Chennai, Rekha is considered to be the Eternal Diva of Bollywood. Being the daughter of the well known film superstar Gemini Ganeshan and actress Pushpavalli studio became her playground and she started nurturing her acting skills from a very young age. She started acting from as early as 1966 when she appeared as a child actor in the Telegu film Rangula Ratnam. Rekha made her debut as heroine in the successful Kannada film Goadalli CID 999 with Dr. Rajkumar in 1969.

Her first Hindi release was Sawan Bhado in 1970 which was a major hit and made her a star overnight. During the period 1970-1973 she starred in movies like Ammakosam, Barkha Bahar, Rampur ka Lakshman. Gora aur Kala, Dharma etc. Dharma was a major hit and put Rekha in the limelight but the real big hit came with Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Namak Haram in 1973 in which Rekha starred next to the Bollywood kings Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna.

Her pairing with Amitabh Bachchan has been most successful of all and together they gave great hits like Muqaddar ka Sikandar, Mr. Natwarlal, Silsila etc. Silsila with its controversial subject again made Rekha the center of attention. She was rumored to be Amitabh’s real life flame and the film gossip column may have contributed to her success.

She bagged the Nation Film Award for Best Actress in 1981 for her outstanding performance in the bollywood blockbuster Umrao Jaan. The movie was commercially successful and was critically acclaimed as well.

Rekha is known to have played a variety of roles from police officer in Insaaf ka Taraazu, a perfect housewife in Biwi ho toh Aisi to sensuous Mansi in Aastha. Rekha can claim to have one of the widest varieties of roles under her belt and she played each and every one of them with natural perfection.

Recently Rekha’s Bollywood career has taken a backseat with her appearing in very few movies with short roles of a widowed mother (Krrish) or a glamorous stage singer (Parineeta). Rekha’s forthcoming films include Yaatra, Bajirao Mastani and the much awaited Krrish 2.
Rekha

6. Madhuri Dixit (Nene)

Born on 15th May 1967, Madhuri Dixit is the Marlyn Monroe of Bollywood. This beauty of Bollywood is full of talent with great acting skills, charms and dancing abilities. She is considered to be one of the best Bollywood has ever seen. She has stolen the hearts of everyone of all ages Be it young college students or famous painters like M.F. Hussain her charm has enticed all.

She made her acting debut in Abodh in 1986. The film was a box-office disaster and failed miserably. The future looked dim for this diva when this was followed by other flops like Aawara Baap, Swati, Hifazat etc. The year 1988 was the turning point in her career when she was re-launched by Subhash Ghai in the legendary hit. This was followed by Dayavaan and Tezaab. She starred next to Vinod Khanna in the former and the dashing Anil Kapoor in the latter. Tezaab made her a dancing sensation in India and the Ek-Do-Teen girl with her sensational dance and sensuous facial expressions started a new cult in Bollywood.

Dil added another accomplishment to her list when her performance in the blockbuster movie won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award. Again the movie was appreciated both by the fans and the critics for years to come and the film completed its Golden Jubilee.

Dil was followed by 100 Days and Saajan in 1991 which were huge success at the box office and established Madhuri Dixit as the crown princess of Bollywood. Then came Indra Kumar’s Beta in 1992 which again was one of the biggest box office hits. The film won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award. Her sensuous dance number in Dhak Dhak karne laga established her as the Dhak Dhak girl who stole the hearts of millions.

Her famous item number Choli ke Peeche in Khalnayak in 1993 placed her in the centre of a huge controversy and again brought her in the spotlight. She was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actress Award for the same movie. 1994 was perhaps the best year in the career of Madhuri with two of her biggest hits Anjaam and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun releasing that year. While her role in Anjaam, where she played a vengeful damsel, was greatly applauded by the critics, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun recorded the single greatest hit ever breaking the record of Sholay. The film won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award for the 3rd time.

Indra Kumar’s Raja (1995) was another one of her hits. Though the film had many flaws her role won the critics recognition. Unfortunately after that had been downhill for Madhuri with a series of flops like Prem Granth, Koyla, Mrityudand etc. Critics commented that it was time for Madhuri to pack her bags and leave the industry but then came her performances in Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997) which once again who her the Filmfare Best Actress Award. She once again starred in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas in 2002. The film was commercially successful and she proved once again that she has neither lost her acting talents nor her dancing skills.

After her marriage in 1999 films have moved down the priority list for Madhuri and she is devoting more time to her personal life taking care of her two sons Arin and Ryan. She is though starring in a few films the most recent in line being Aaja Nach Le. Let us hope that we get to see more of this dashing diva of Bollywood.

Madhuri Dixit

7. Juhi Chawla

Innocent, sweet and bubbly Juhi Chawla was the first child born to Punjabi father Dr. S. Chawla and Gujarati mother, Mona. She has one brother named Sanjeev. She graduated from Sydenham College, Mumbai, Maharastra. She was crowned Miss India in 1984 and she won the best costume award in the Miss Universe contest that year.

From beauty contests, she moved into film – with her movie debut being Sultanat in 1986. The film was not a huge success at the box office. Her next project was the Kannada film Permaloka which was a superhit. Her next Bollywood appearance was the superhit film Quayamat Se Quayamat Tak where she starred next to Aamir Khan. The pair went on to be one of the most successful on screen couples industry has ever seen.

The next few films were not very successful for Juhi. Love Love Love, Goonj, Kaafila, Swarg all bombed at the box office, but Juhi Chawla hit the hotspot with Dharmesh Darshan’s Lootere. A song on the beach in just a plain white shirt was enough for her to be labeled hot.

Her second innings in Bollywood started with a series of hits starting with Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman in 1992 followed by “Bol Radha Bol” (1992) and Lootere in 1993. Next came Yash Raj’s Darr which was a blockbuster hit and one of the greatest hits of the 90’s. With this performance she was suddenly placed right at the top and became one of the toughest contenders for the no. 1 title. Darr was followed by another hit Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke for which she won the Filmfare Best Actress award.

Her pairing with Shahrukh has also been successful. Together they gave Bollywood hits like Ram Jaane, Yes Boss, Duplicate etc. Together they also started a film production firm Dreamz Unlimited. The first movie by the production house was Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani released in 2000. Her best performances between the period 1997 and 2002 included Ishq and Arjun Pandit.

Recent years have not been that successful for Juhi and her career seems to be on a low. Lately she starred in My Brother Nikhil in 2005 which was not commercially successful but critically acclaimed, Bas Ek Pal (2006), Salaam-e-Ishq (2007) etc. Her forthcoming releases include Swami and Bhoothnath both of which are set to be released in 2007.

Juhi is married to the famous industrialist Jai Mehta. She gave birth to her first child, a girl, on February 21, 2001. Her daughter’s name is Jhanvi. Chawla later gave birth to a son called Arjun.

Juhi Chawla

8. Kajol Mukherjee (Devgan)

Acting runs in her blood and her natural bent for acting is well reflected in the ease with which she plays variety of roles. Yes, we are talking about Kajol, daughter of Tanuja and Shomu Mukherjee. Be it her maternal aunt Nutan Behl or her maternal grandmother Shobhna Samarth and maternal great grandmother Rattan Bai, they wee all yesteryears movie stars. Kajol’s younger sister Tanisha has also joined the industry and has films like Niel and Nikki, Sarkar, etc to her credit.

Kajol was born on 5th August 1974 in Mumbai and has a happy and comfortable childhood. She debuted with the film Bekhudi in 1992 which was a box office disaster. The came her film Baazigar with Shahrukh Khan and the industry started talking about this not-so-glamorous girl who seemed to have acting potentials. Her next flick Udhar Ki Zindagi truly brought out her flair for acting. In 1998 she again had a hit with Shahrukh Khan in Karan Arjun.

Kajol was best paired on-screen with actor Shah Rukh Khan and both make a magical romantic pair. In fact, each of her five movies with him (Baazigar, Karan Arjun, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and Kabhi Khushie Kabhi Gham) have all gone on to become super-hits and blockbusters. She has appeared with her husband Ajay Devgan in movies like Hulchul, Gundaraj, Raju Chacha,,, Ishq and Pyar to Hona Hi Tha among which the last two were commercially successful.

In her short filmi career, Kajol has got rave reviews along with a lot of awards. The latter includes Filmfare Best Actress Award for ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (1995), Filmfare Best Villain Award and Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Negative Role for ‘Gupt‘ (1997), Filmfare Best Actress Award and Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ‘ (1998), Star Screen Award Best Actress for Dushman (1998), Filmfare Best Actress Award and Star Screen Award Best Actress for ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ (2001), Zee Cine Special Award for Outstanding Performance- Female for ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ (2001).

Her marriage to Ajay Devgan in February 24, 1999 was a quiet affair where only a few close friends and relatives were invited. The newly wed couple went on a two month honeymoon traveling the world visiting such places as Sydney & Cairo. The couple has carried off their marriage well and compliment each other perfectly as Kajol is known for a bubbly, cheerful and extrovert nature and Ajay is shy, serious and introvert. Post marriage Kajol has cut down the number of movies to spend more time with her family. She had a miscarriage but was blessed with a baby girl in 2003 whom she named Nyasa.

The films which were released after the marriage include ‘Raju Chacha’ (2000), ‘Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi’ (2001), Karan Johar’s ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ (2001) and ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ (2003). She gave a brilliant performance in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’. After this movie, she stayed away from the film industry for a while. In 2006, she came back enacting the role of a blind Kashmiri girl with Aamir Khan in Kunal Kohli’s ‘Fanaa‘ which again showed that the journey is not over for this talented gem of Bollywood.
Kajol

9. Rani Mukherjee

The Bong beauty Rani Mukherjee was born on 21st March 1978. Being the daughter of the famous director Ram Mukherjee and the cousin of one of the greatest actresses Kajol, the road ahead for Rani Mukherjee has been clear. She did a small cameo role in her father’s Bengali film Biyer Phool in 1992 at a very young age of 14.

She made her Bollywood debut when Salim Akthar came up with “Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat” in 1996. The film bombed at the box office and Rani’s career took a back seat with her devoting her attention back to completing her studies. She was back with a bang with Ghulam in 1998 where she starred opposite to Aamir Khan. Thought the film was very successful at the box office a few critics raised some questions on her acting skills and commented on her hoarse voice. Rani’s response was her brilliant performance in Karan Johar’s “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” where she played the hot and sexy Tina and won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.

Again in 1998 she gave another brilliant performance in Mehndi. After a few flops like Hello Brother, Baadal, Bichhoo she once again came into the limelight with her controversial performance in Hey Ram (2000). The film itself was a centre of discussion with its controversial subject matter and her steamy kiss scene with Kamal Hasan just added spice to the discussion. The film though was India’s official entry for the Oscars.

Between 2000 and 2002 she did quite a few films like Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Nayak, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Mujhse Dosti Karoge etc. Some of them were commercially successful but none were huge box office hits. Her next big hit was Saathiya in 2002. She won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance and was nominated for Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role in that film. The film was also screened at the Casablanca Film Festival.

Again her career went through a quiet phase before the release of Yuva in 2004. The film was a huge box office hit and her role also won critically acclaimed. This was just the beginning, Rani’s career has been on a rise ever since. Yuva was followed by Hum Tum for which she won the Filmfare Best Actress Award and Veer Zaara which was another box office hit.

But the world had yet to see the best Rani had to offer which came with the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black where her role as Michelle won her appreciation, fame and recognition all round. She won both the Filmfare Best Actress Award and the Critics Award that year for this role. The film was screened at the Casablanca Film Festival and The International Film Festival of India.

Black was followed by other hits like Bunty Aur Babli, Paheli and Mangal Panday The Rising in 2005. In 2006 Rani once again topped the charts with Kabhi Alvida Na kehna and Baabul. The most recent of Rani’s releases has been Ta ra Rum Pum where she stars next to Saif Ali Khan.

With Rani’s career at its peak Rani has a long list of movies queued up for release next in line being Laaga Chunari Mein Daag followed by Saawariya. With Rani giving one hit performance after the other one gets a feeling that this Bong beauty is just getting started and has a great career ahead of her!

10. Aishwarya Rai (Bachchan)

Born into a traditional South Indian family Aishwarya Rai popularly called as Ash is one of Bollywood’s pre-eminent leading ladies. She started modeling at a very young age and appeared in a number of commercials but it was the Pepsi ad with Mahima Choudhary that really brought her into the limelight. In 1994 she was the runner-up to the Miss India contest and became a strong contender for the Miss World crown which she won.

Ash stormed into the Indian movie industry, where she has proven herself a brilliant & genuine actress. Her performance in Iruvar (1997) was critically acclaimed. She made her Bollywood debut with Rahul Rawails Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997). Though the film was not commercially successful it won her the Screen best female debutant award. The South Indian movie Jeans was her first commercially successful film.

The year 1999 saw a steep rise in the career graph of Ash with her blockbuster hits Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Taal. Her performances in both the films were highly applauded and she won the “Filmfare Best Actress Award” for the former. These films answered the questions raised by critics on her acting talents and proved that she was not just looks and charms but a rare talent that could deliver emotions, dialogues and dance with great élan.

Between 2000 and 2001 she starred in a number of films like Josh, Dhai Akshar Prem Ke, Albela, Mohabbatein etc. and starred next to major actors like Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Govinda etc. In 2002 she landed a role in the lavishly produced “Devdas” next to Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit. The film was a major box-office hit. It won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award and also received international acclaim. The film was screened at the Cannes film festival. It was during that time that Ash signed a few Hollywood projects as well.

After that Rai stormed the international stage and claimed world wide recognition by being a regular at the Cannes film festival. She was a member of the jury in 2003. She was chosen as one of the World’s “100 Most Influential People” by the Time magazine in 2004. She was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on January 2. A month later she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. She was also featured on Oprah’s “Women Across the Globe” segment.

Ashs first foreign film was Pride and Prejudice which was followed by the Mistress of Spices which though was not commercially successful earned the critics respects.

At the end of 2006 she starred in “Dhoom 2” which again brought her back to attention. She starred next to Hritik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan. Her marriage to the latter was a grand affair in April 2007. With much media attention and hype, Aishwarya joined the famous Bachchan family post a traditional marriage.

Aishwarya Bachchan’s forthcoming releases include Jodha-Akbar, Sarkar 2 (in which she would be starring next to her husband), Raaste and Happy Birthday. She also has a long lineup of her Hollywood releases including movies like The Rebel, Chaos and Singularity in which she is starring with The Mummy fame Brandon Fraiser. Looks like the future is bright for the Queen of Bollywood.

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The 10 Top Bollywood Movies you will Never Forget

In the case of Bollywood, we frequently discuss Amitabh, Madhuri, Kareena, Aishwarya, Shahrukh, Hrithik roshan and Abhishek. Now-a-days, Bollywood has turn into synonymous with Aishwarya – Salman “Vivek triangle or the grand wedding ceremony of Ash-Abhishek. We hardly recall any film each time we discuss Bollywood. Nevertheless, there are some classics which are a lot larger than these stars and the spicy tales. Now we have give you the 10 high largest Bollywood motion pictures which have left nice impressions on the viewers eternally. These motion pictures will at all times stay in our reminiscence.

1. Devdas

Who can neglect Director Bimal Roy’s emotional flick Devdas, a vivid image of flaws and feelings in human characters? Launched in 1955, wealthy in imagery and desperation, this cinematic jewel is understood for Dilip Kumar’s understated efficiency because the drunken protagonist blinking hopelessly and painfully love-struck, and a few good and poised performing performances by its heroines, Vyjayanthimala Bali and Suchitra Sen.
Devdas (Dilip Kumar) and Paro (Suchitra Sen) are childhood associates who share a love-hate relationship. Every is very egoistic. These childhood associates develop as much as be ardent lovers who’re calculated to marry. However Devdas’ father turns down the proposal. Paro will get married to a different and Devdas flees to Kolkata falling into dangerous firm and taking to consuming. His good friend Chunibabu takes him to the kotha [brothel] the place he meets Chandramukhi (Vyjayanthimala). Chandramukhi is touched by the truth that he provides cash with out wanting something in return. She falls in love with him. Chandramukhi leaves her career and adjustments her life. Although Devdas acknowledges Chandramukhi’s place in his life, he can’t supply her any extra. He embarks on a practice journey round India in a despairing bid to flee from his demons, from his personal self.

Dilip already was a longtime tragedy king when ‘Devdas’ was launched, however Vyjayanthimala was nonetheless struggling to strengthen her foothold within the trade. It was Bengali cinema’s foremost feminine star Suchitra Sen’s first Hindi movie. The movie proved to be a milestone for all the celebs. It received Dilip Kumar the Greatest Actor trophy and a Greatest Supporting Actress award for Vyjayanthimala. Suchitra Sen received broad popularity of her efficiency. Composer S D Burman and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi gave wonderful and nonetheless remembered musical notes for the movie. The straightforward, austere, penetrating, candid and passionately electrifying depiction of refined human values and sentiments is the hallmark of Bimal Roy’s DEVDAS.

DEVDAS relies on a Bengali novel and has been remade many occasions, the latest being Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s flamboyant remake starring Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit. Nevertheless, this black and white, previous cinematic rendition of Chatterjee’s novel is certainly head and shoulders above Bhansali’s vibrant and lavish flick.

Dilip Kumar’s demeanor on this heartrending film is all reward and awe. He was no Dilip Kumar within the movie however precise imitation of the function. He outperformed in completely getting underneath the pores and skin of a prodigal Devdas within the first hour of the film and a profligate Devdas within the final hour. Moreover, the very actual to life and unique efficiency of Dilip, Suchitra Sen’s weighted speech high quality and easy dialog supply provides resonance to an already touching storyline that goes to the center of each viewer.

The course of Bimal Roy is fantastically wonderful and all of the extra imaginative and unique. Roy’s ‘Devdas’ ought to undoubtedly be thought to be an intellectually good cinematic sequence within the historical past of Indian filmmaking.

Devdas

2. Mom India

Launched in 1957, Director Mehboob Khan’s basic Mother India is a transferring story of human wrestle and one of many masterpieces of Bollywood cinema. The movie was a complete blockbuster and first main success for Raj Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Rajendra Kumar.

As for Nargis (who was solely 28 when Mom India was launched) it was the efficiency of a lifetime, a task which some other actress would give an arm for, and positive sufficient Nargis pulled it off marvelously — from a shy, younger bride with painted eyebrows to a mom who seems to be an epitome of energy – she exudes a transferring show of various feelings.

Raj Kumar leaves an enduring impression in a quick however pathos-laden function of Radha’s husband, Shamu. Rajendra Kumar matches in flawlessly to the function of a strong Indian farmer and a quiet, sturdy and supportive son. Dutt is pure, unharnessed power because the insurgent and gave in a superb efficiency within the function of a mischievous outlaw.

Set within the backdrop of rural India, the movie focuses round a mom Radha’s (Nargis) relationship together with her two sons Ramu and Birju (Sunil Dutt and Rajendra Kumar). Her husband (Raaj Kumar), who’s a farmer, loses his arms after an accident and leaves the home as he doesn’t need anyone’s pity. His spouse then has to take care of her three sons and have a tendency to the fields. Floods destroy the village and one son falls prey to the calamity. The strong-willed girl reveals no indicators of giving up. Birju turns into an outlaw however she doesn’t give in even then. She and Ramu battle the circumstances and are available out of every bother. Radha’s take a look at of life reaches its climax when He kidnaps Lala’s daughter. And Radha is pressured to copy Mom Earth’s response to those that violate her legal guidelines.

Naushad scored in wonderful music for this blockbuster.

Mother India

3. Mughal-E-Azam

Unbelievable 9 years within the making, 16 within the planning, launched in 1960 amid a lot fanfare and a rapturous reception, a tribute to like and wrestle…Sure, the film being talked about is Ok. Asif’s “Mughal-E-Azam“, a glittering icon of Indian cinema. Together with lavish units, spectacular dance sequences, breathtaking battle scenes, and pure unadulterated romance, Mughal-E-Azam sports activities a dramatic story as properly, weaving conflicts between father and son, love and obligation right into a gripping story of thwarted romance. The grandeur of the film is a visible deal with. And never simply visible, the movie had a fervent musical allure too. Musician Naushad’s tunes on Shakeel Badayuni’s lyrics are immortal.

Emperor Akbar [Prithviraj Kapoor] and Queen Jodha [Durga Khote] give beginning to a son, Salim, after years of prayer. When Akbar realizes his son is popping right into a spoiled, dissolute adolescent by his indulgent mom, the emperor places him into armor and sends him off to struggle for the subsequent 14 years. Upon his return Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar), now a good-looking struggle hero falls for the lush-looking but demure courtesan Anarkali [Madhubala]. Initially cautious of his affections due to the distinction of their positions, she quickly reciprocates his love. Akbar finds out in regards to the affair and that creates a rift between the daddy and son. The movie thus reaches the center of its matter, the everlasting wrestle between love and obligation, which pits father towards son — the Mughal throne can’t be “wasted on a mere slave lady” — and the daddy towards himself — “I’m not an enemy of affection however a slave to precept.” Not even a navy revolt by the son towards his father ends the battle.

Breathtaking efficiency by Dilip Kumar, the uncooked magnificence and innocence exuded by Madhubala, the broad expanse of Asifs imaginative and prescient, Naushads haunting and nonetheless remembered musical scores, and above all of the grandeur of the movie itself- all have gone in to make this film an actual blockbuster.

When the colour movies had been launched in India round 1957, Asif needed to reshoot all the things, however the prohibitive prices of reshooting permitted him to movie solely three reels of his two-part, three-hour epic in shade. As it’s, the movie price $Three million, an astronomical sum at the moment. (Even as we speak the typical Bollywood manufacturing prices solely $1.Three million). So, just one music – ‘Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya‘ – is in shade within the unique movie.

Extensively thought of considered one of Bollywood’s most iconic movies, Ok Asif’s Mughal-E-Azam makes a welcome return to the silver display screen 45 years after its preliminary launch. The film once more hit the screens with sweet colors and an upgraded Dolby Digital sound, thus turning into the primary movie in world cinema historical past to be colourised particularly for a theatrical launch. Retaining all its unique allure, Mughal-E-Azam’s themes of affection, loyalty and sacrifice stay as related as ever – a real testomony to director Ok Asif’s imaginative and prescient and dedication.

Mughal-E-Azam

4. Deewar

Aaj mere paas constructing hai, gaadi hai, financial institution steadiness hai. Tumhare pas kya hai. Kya hai tumhare pas. ……………. Mere pas … Maa Hai.

Hardly is there any India film lover who has not heard this well-known dialogue from Deewar.
Launched within the yr 1975, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor & Nirupa Roy, written by Salim Javed, and directed by none apart from Yash Chopra, Deewar was a masterpiece which bagged nearly all of the awards of 1975 Filmfare Awards.

Deewaar might be some of the memorable Hindi movies of all time. The movie makes use of the tried and examined formulation of the nice brother v/s the dangerous brother, a mom going through all types of hardships to convey up her sons on her personal and non secular sentiments. What makes the movie rise above all others is the tight script and thunderous dialogues from Salim-Javed and above all a powerhouse efficiency by Amitabh Bachchan because the son pushed to crime – maybe his greatest ever! The movie is considered one of a collection through which he performs the ’indignant younger man’- the lone insurgent, the person in search of private vengeance and social justice, working exterior and extra effectively than the legislation.

The movie additionally exploits standard spiritual sentiment and the scene the place he submits himself to Goddess in his personal egoistic means Aaj khush to bahut hoge tum…, has turn into a bookmark in our movie trade.

As for the storyline, allow us to flip via our reminiscences as soon as once more. Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) and Ravi (Shashi Kapoor) are two brothers who had been raised amidst a lot hardship by their strong-hearted mom (Nirupa Roy) after their father abandons them. Vijay seems to be extra hot-headed in distinction to gentle spoken and well mannered Ravi. Ravi meets his girlfriends (Neetu Singh) father who’s a police commissioner and after assembly him he decides to affix the police drive and leaves for coaching.

However, Vijay works in a transport dock the place he comes into contact with the underworld and is pushed into the world of crime to be able to achieve fast cash for his mom. The 2 brothers are separated by their duties as one protects the legislation whereas the opposite breaks it. Their mom has to choose now, between the 2 sons. Being an idealist, she chooses to help Ravi. Lastly Ravi shoots down Vijay who dies in his mother’s arms.

The movie was a superhit when it was launched. Amitabh provides a powerhouse efficiency taking part in the very critical and disturbed indignant man. Shashi Kapoor was spectacular because the confused brother. Nevertheless, his well mannered and gentle efficiency is overshadowed by Amitabhs enigmatic persona. Nirupa Roy is simply good as Amitabhs Mom who shows sufficient energy going through all odds. To not neglect the stunning girls, Neetu Singh and Parveen Bobby who ornate the film in their very own charismatic means.

deewar

5. Sholay

Sholay is likely one of the largest blockbusters within the historical past of Bollywood. It’s the highest grossing movie of all time in India. It ran for 286 weeks straight in a single Minerva theatre of Mumbai. Sholay racked up a nonetheless file 60 golden jubilees throughout India, and doubled its unique gross over reruns throughout the late 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.

In 1999, BBC India declared it the “Movie of the Millennium” In 2005, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare awards referred to as it the very best movie of the final 50 years. Paradoxically, when it was first launched, Sholay received just one Filmfare award (movie editor M. S. Shinde received for Greatest enhancing).

The plot runs as : A retired police officer, Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar) will get two convicts, Jaidev and Veeru (Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra), to seize Gabbar Singh ( The timeless villain of Bollywood), a bandit chief who massacred Thakur’s complete household and lower Thakur’s arms off. As soon as within the village Ramgarh, each Veeru and Jai fall in love. Veeru is drawn to Basanti (performed by Hema Malini), a feisty younger girl who makes her residing driving a tanga, or a horse-cart. Jai is drawn to Radha (Jaya Bhaduri), the reclusive widowed daughter-in-law. Bloody clashes between Jai, Veeru, and the bandits comply with. Ultimately, the village is free of the fear of the bandits.

The movie was produced by G.P. Sippy and directed by his son Ramesh Sippy. It was written by scriptwriters Salim-Javed. R. D. Burman contributed the music. Anand Bakshi was the lyricist. The movie was a lavish manufacturing for its time. It took two and a half years to make and went Rs. 300,000 over funds. A lot of the movie was set within the rocky terrain of Ramanagaram, a village close to Bangalore. In actual fact, one a part of Ramanagaram city was renamed “Sippynagar” after the director of the film. Even to today, a go to to the “Sholay rocks” is obtainable to vacationers travelling via Ramanagaram.

The songs from Sholay appeal to much less consideration than the dialogues ” a rarity for Bollywood. In actual fact, many film lovers had received all its dialogues by coronary heart. This prompted the producers to launch audio-cassettes with solely dialogues. Now, Ramgopal Verma is all set to money on this blockbuster along with his Ramu Ke Sholay.

Sholay

6. Silsila

Launched in 1981 and made underneath the crisp course of Yash Chopra, Silsila remains to be some of the cherished motion pictures of Bollywood. This film was billed as a real story when it got here out and bears resemblances to the life story of the main girls and the hero, Amitabh Bachchan. In actual life Amitabh had an affair with Rekha whereas married to Jaya Bhaduri. The film created stirs as a result of it dared to deal with the topic of extramarital romance when such matters had been a taboo in Bollywood. Amitabh and Rekha make an ideal and gripping display screen presence every giving a powerhouse efficiency. Jaya and Sanjeev Kumar steal the applauses by their refined and mature performances.

Amit (In fact Amitabh Bachchan) and Chandni (Pretty Rekha) are badly in love which is grooming quick. Amit is a Poet, Shayaar and author. Shekhar (Shashi Kapoor), Amit’s elder brother is in love with Shobha (Jaya Bhaduri) and each are about to marry. Shekhar dies in an air crash and leaves behind his pregnant fiance Shobha. Amit sacrifices his love and determined to provide hand to Shobha for her unborn youngster. Each marry, however destiny as soon as extra brings Amit nose to nose with Chandni, who’s now married to Dr. Anand (Sanjeev Kapoor). The love that was forgotten and suppressed with time once more blossoms up. Each once more begin assembly and each begin forgetting they’re now married… Dr. Anand and Shobha each get to know what is going on, however they deal with the located with good maturity. In the end Amit returns again within the arms of his spouse who’s pregnant. Dr. Anand and Chandni additionally reside fortunately thereafter.

The duo of Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hari Prasad Chaurasia has given some wonderful compositions together with as Neela Asman, “Dekha Ek Khwab” and others. The holi music as Rang Barse of the film remains to be a should holi quantity in our nation. This music was sung by Amitabh Bachchan and composed by his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan and Lata Mangeshkar recorded their parts of “Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum” individually. Years later, once they had been on pleasant phrases, they expressed their remorse at having to take action once they might have gotten to know one another.

Silsila

7. Maine Pyar Kiya

Launched in 1989, directed by Sooraj Barjatya, this breezy teenage romance attained excessive acclaim as a melodious, faultless portrayal of harmless past love. Maine Pyar Kiya was some of the profitable Bollywood motion pictures of the 1980s and made Salman Khan a significant star. The movie was a departure from the gritty and violent movies that had been so standard within the 1970s and early 80s. The debutant Bhagyashree set the display screen a fireplace and captured the eye of each youth. Reema Lagoo redefined the look and character of a mom in Hindi movies. She was attractive, wore brilliant colours, dressed glamorously and was but an affectionate, large-hearted mother.
This movie had all of the elements to click on with the Indian milieu by and enormous. There was an obedient boy, a docile and domesticated lady, some humorous and free-spirited souls and the harmless past love blooming in two hearts.

The story revolves round Prem(Salman Khan) and Suman (Bhagyashree). HE the son of a multimillionaire, Kishen (Rajeev Verma)… and SHE the daughter of an atypical motor mechanic, Karan (Alok Nath)… run into one another and domesticate mutual liking which culminates right into a name of affection….! The blossoming love between Prem and Suman will not be taken kindly to by Kishen in whose custody Karan had left Suman when he was going to Dubai to generate income. Karan returns to search out Suman insulted by Krishen. Severing all previous relations, he returns to the village with Suman. How Prem revolts towards his father, reaches the village and will get again his love, Suman varieties the remainder of the story. Lastly, it’s the integrity of their children’s love that unites the long-lost associates.

The soundtrack of the film was an enormous hit with Lata Mangeshkar and S.P Balasubramaniam lending their voice for Suman and Prem. The immensely standard opening observe, Aate Jaate, is alleged to have been impressed by Stevie Marvel’s 1984 single, I Simply Referred to as to Say I Love You. Additionally, the observe, Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali is supposedly impressed by The Last Countdown. The sequence of Antaksharia was a brand new experiment and was immnesely standard.

Maine Pyar Kiya received 4 Filmfare awards in 1990. It was dubbed into English as ‘When Love Calls ( This 125 minute English model of the movie was the largest hit within the Caribbean market at Guyana) and in Spanish as Te Amo. The film was an excellent hit in Telugu asPrema Paavuraalu.

Maine Pyar Kiya

8. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is in some ways a typical Bollywood movie, with songs, dance numbers, comedian interludes and lovers cavorting in scenic areas. Nevertheless, what units the movie aside is the touching and marvellous efficiency by Shahrukh Khan as Raj, the real-as-life and easy performing by Kajol and above all, the duoon-screen chemistry which units the romance afire.

Launched in 1995, DDLJ has created historical past. As of June 2006, the movie had made the file books by finishing 570 weeks of steady play in Maratha Mandir, a Mumbai cinema. The film bagged in quite a few awards on the filmfare – Greatest Film Award (Yash Chopra), Greatest Director Award (Aditya Chopra), Greatest Actor Award (Shahrukh Khan), Greatest Actress Award (Kajol), Greatest Supporting Actress Award (Farida Jalal) , Greatest Comic Award (Anupam Kher) and Greatest Lyricist Award (Anand Bakshi for the music Tujhe dekha) and Greatest Male Playback Award (Udit Narayan for the music Mehndi lagake).

As like every mega blockbuster of all occasions, music performed a significant function in DDLJ’s success. Whereas late Anand Bakshi who wrote the lyrics was a veteran, composers Jatin Lalit had been a shock package deal as that they had simply received a foothold within the trade. With Aditya Chopra making his debut as a director and Yash Chopra dealing with the manufacturing reins, DDLJ was designed as a novel musical love story that was equally shot in Europe and India and was billed as the primary movie portraying the lifetime of Indians residing in international international locations.

The movie was included within the Cinema India showcase, “The Altering Face of Indian Cinema”, which toured the US in July and August 2004.

The storyline of the film goes as follws: Simran meets Raj on a commencement journey they usually finally fall in love. Her father, performed by Amrish Puri, needs her to marry his greatest good friend’s son, to whom she has been promised since she was born. After a lot tear-shedding, Simran lastly agrees to the wedding and her household returns to Punjab. Raj, nevertheless, doesn’t surrender so simply. He follows Simran to the Punjab, however refuses to elope with Simran and needs to marry her with the consent of her father. Raj pretends to be a good friend of the household, serving to with the marriage preparations and gaining everybody’s friendship together with Simran’s father. Nevertheless all the things comes crashing down when Raj’s true identification is revealed. Then, as Raj is making ready to go away, the daddy realizes that Raj actually and sincerely loves Simran. He permits Simran to go away with Raj, and all ends fortunately.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

9. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is one other blockbuster love-triangle story, produced underneath the Dharma Productions banner and Karan Johar doing fantastically as a debutant director.

Shahrukh provides new dimensions to his performing by taking part in a fatherly function for the primary time, Rani Mukherjee has a brief and candy function which she performs flawlessly, and what tops this all is Kajol’s versatile efficiency which leaves you amazed and fascinated on the identical time. The kid actress Sana taking part in Anjali manages to mix the very best qualities of a kid actress and most of the feelings of an grownup.

This film opens with a lady named Tina (Rani Mukherjee) who’s dying from a sophisticated beginning. She asks her husband Rahul (SRK) befor dying to call their new child daughter Anjali (Sana Saeed). On Anjali’s eighth birthday she acquired the letter written by her lengthy gone useless mom. On this letter, Anjali’s mom Tina defined how she got here into her father’s life again in faculty they usually fell in love. This love sophisticated a friendship between her father Rahul, and his greatest good friend in school, a tomboy lady named Anjali (Kajol). So Anjali left the faculty in order that Tina and Rahul may very well be collectively. What little Anjali’s mom needs her daughter to do is use the primary Anjali and produce her again collectively together with her father. Anjali, with the assistance of her grandmother units out to this purpose and achieves it by the tip of the film. This film is a curler coaster of feelings. You’ll giggle and you’ll cry.

The music is infectious and choreographer Farah Khan has carried out a superb job. Her consolation degree with the three superstars is clear with the chemistry displayed in every music sequence.

The award listing for the film is lengthy with the very best film, greatest director, greatest actor, greatest actress, greatest supporting actress, greatest artwork course and greatest screenplay in 1998 Filmfare awards. Shah Rukh additionally acquired the very best actor award at Zee Cine Awards 1998, Sansui Viewer’s Alternative Awards 1998 and Z Gold Bollywood Award 1998.

Kuch Kuch Hota hai

10. Lage raho MunnaBhai

A film to look at along with your entire household, as seldom will we come throughout a movie which makes us giggle, cry and in addition makes us really feel good as a human being. Due to Raj Kumar Hirani, Gandhigiri is In and Dadagiri is Out. LRM is an experiment in hindi cinema which generates deep message via light-hearted comedy.

Munna and Circuit, arguably in comparison with Laurel and Hardy, go in regards to the enterprise of producing humour out of the pathos of human circumstances in a sequel to Munnabhai MBBS. Vidya Balan, Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani exhibit marvelous performances. The interplay between Munna and Gandhi are simply good and each Sanjay Dutt and Dilip Prabhavalkar dazzle of their function. Followers of Abhishek Bachchan had been happy to see him in a cameo in the direction of the tip of the film.

Lage Raho MunnaBhai was praised by Manmohan Singh, who said that the film “captures Bapu’s message in regards to the energy of reality and humanism. Lage Raho Munna Bhai was the recipient of the distinguished 2006 Filmfare Critics Award for Greatest Film. It additionally received the Filmfare Greatest Story Award (Vidhu Vinod Chopra & Rajkumar Hirani), the Filmfare Greatest Dialogue Award (Rajkumar Hirani & Abhijat Joshi) and the Filmfare Greatest Comic Award (Arshad Warsi).

It was awarded Greatest Movie, Greatest Story, and the Critics Alternative/Greatest Actor (Sanjay Dutt) by each the Star Display Awards and the World Indian Movie Awards (the place it additionally received the award for Greatest Dialogue).
Lage Raho Munna Bhai revolves across the comedian adventures of Munna Bhai, a Tapori within the Mumbai underworld and his sidekick Circuit. Munna is in love with the voice of Jhanvi (Vidya Balan), a radio jockey and presents himself to her as a professor of historical past and a Gandhi specialist. To maintain up along with his lie, Munna engages in a interval of intense research of the life and works of Gandhi. It’s throughout this era that the picture of Mahatma Gandhi seems providing assist and recommendation to Munna. Certainly, Gandhi continues to look every time Munna sings Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram.

Fortunate Singh (Boman Irani), an unscrupulous businessman, needs to grab the Second Innings home. Turning to Gandhi for assist, Munna encourages the residents of Second Innings to make use of Gandhigiri in an try to regain their house. As Gandhi guides Munna Bhai within the cultivation of a brand new life based mostly upon Gandhism, anybody who comes into contact with Munna is remodeled. When Munna saves Fortunate Singh’s daughter Simran (Diya Mirza)’s marriage, in gratitude, Fortunate Singh returns Second Innings to its residents.
Jhanvi’s opening line for her radio present, “Gooooooood Moooooooorninnnng Mumbai!“, is an homage to Robin Williams’ opening for his radio present (“Gooooooooood morning, Vietnaaaaaaaaammm!“) within the 1987 movie, Good Morning, Vietnam.

Lage raho munnabhai

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You Know You’re Addicted to Bollywood When… forty signs of filmi illness

1. You read an article about the Oscars or Golden Globes and realize you haven’t seen any of the films (except the Indian entry) and don’t really care about who gets what award.

2. You’re watching TV and the romantic couple embrace at the end and you say, “OMIGOD! He kissed her RIGHT ON THE LIPS!! EEEUUUUWWWW!” and flip over to The Weather Channel out of sheer revulsion.

3. You’ve enabled the closed-captioning on your TV because things just don’t seem right without subtitles.

4. The owner of the local Indian cinema emails you two weeks beforehand to let you know when advance tickets for the opening night of “Kaante” will go on sale. Just like he did for “Road” and “Devdas” and “Shakti” and ….

5. You read an article about a local cancer researcher, Dr. Patel, who looks a lot like Jimmy Shergill. When it gets to the life outside of work part, you discover he’s single. Your very first thought is, “Wow, a Suitable Boy for Parul in Marketing!!!” Extra points awarded if you wonder how to get her parents introduced to his parents. Additional extra points awarded for not considering for a second how Parul and Dr. Patel should meet each other or any of that usual dating stuff. I mean, the parents know best, right?

6. Men: You look at the covers of magazines at the checkstand and start fantasizing about Halle Berry with 20 more pounds on her. Extra points awarded if you mentally rate Calista Flockhart “Two Woofs on the Dog-o-meter”.

7. Women: You look at the covers of magazines at the checkstand and think “pathetic little fancy-lad” when you see Leonardo DiCaprio. Extra points awarded if you wonder what “Friends” would be like with attractive and likeable characters, like the ones in “Dil Vil Pyar Vyar”.

8. Engineers: Half of the women in the office wear salwar kameez and you think nothing of it. Men: Extra points if you don’t flirt with the single one that looks like Kajol in the next cube because, after all, she’s a decent girl…

9. You go on a road trip with some friends in your car. They pull out your CD collection of soundtracks and ask you politely whether you have some other kind of music. Without a pause, you tell them you have some Malkit Singh the Bhangra King in the back of the CD case, right behind the Udit Narayan Greatest Hits Volumes 3 and 4.

10. Daler Mehndi music videos make sense, even Tunak Tunak Tun.

11. You go to a Hindi movie with your 9-year-old daughter, niece, etc. and there’s no subtitles. You explain the plot and some of the dialogue to her as the film goes along, even though you don’t speak Hindi. At the interval, I mean intermission, the Tamil woman behind you complements you on how well you must be speaking Hindi as she wasn’t too sure about some of the plot points and used your “translation” to keep up with the film. True fact: this actually happened to someone I know.

And finally…

12. The owner of the video/grocery store starts asking YOU which films he should carry.

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You recognize family members’ characteristics in some of the supporting players roles. Especially your cousin Sarah, who seems to be a lot of the sisters-in-law. And isn’t it remarkable how Johnny Lever seems just like your Uncle Saul?

You’ve stopped feeling guilty about your cheeseburger containing cheese and starting feeling guilty because it contains cow.)

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13. The non-BW film ends after an hour and a half and you say,’what? we’re just getting warmed up!’

14. You rent four DVDs and the indian woman behind the counter says, ‘so i’ll see you the day after tomorrow, then?’

15. You do the little head-bobble when you get excited

16. You drop your cable subscription

17. You decide 4 a.m. is a perfectly acceptable time to go to bed on a Tuesday.

18. You keep saying ‘hah’ instead of ‘yes’

19. You realize you can sing along to certain songs, phonetically, without actually knowing hindi — and you try to sing both the man and woman’s parts in different voices. And then you realize the person in the car next to you is staring.

20. You spend way too much time wondering whether Aamir wears lifts.

21. Leonardo who?

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22. When you are in the store and say to the owner, “I have the original Tamil DVD of this movie, if you’d like to borrow it.”

23. The store owner says, “You watch more Hindi films than I do…is this a good movie?”

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24. While sitting on the bus telling a non-Indian friend about the Hindi movies you own, the row of desis sitting behind you ask if they can rent from you (true story).

25. You think that Harrison Ford would be a really decent actor if he learned to dance.

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26. Your favourite earrings are a pair of big silver hoops, and you wear your longish hair in a middle parting (who knows if a hero might inadvertently want to adorn you with sindoor, right?).

27. You come home from a party at 2am and watch KKHH.

28. Your local grocer starts chatting to you in Hindi.

29. A friend tells you they saw the two towers last night and you have no idea what they’re talking about.

30. You go to Green Street, East Ham (vibrant Pakistani + Bengali part of east London) and catch yourself eyeing the young mens’ noses, comparing them for loveliness against the standard of Shah Rukh’s.

31. You sing to your cats in Hindi.

32. A friend (english) drops by and says ‘isn’t your taste moving in a kitsch direction’.

33. A friend (punjabi) drops by and says ‘my mum would really like your drapes / sofa throw / shower curtain’.

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34. When you listen to your favorite soundtrack, and know where each song was sung in the film.

35. When you find it refreshing to watch a movie in English.

36. When you tell your friends your dream guy is like the main character in “Itihaas History of Love.”

37. When you try to fit nine to twelve hours of movie time into one day.

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38. You can genuinely no longer understand why anyone would protest that the female singers’ voices are too “squeaky.”

39. You start to find wisecracks about the sudden costume- and location-changes in the dance numbers not only irritating, but downright juvenile.

40. You begin to believe that if Shahrukh sang, he really would sound like Udit Narayan.

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A Short Guide to Pronouncing Hindi Film Titles

Let’s start this off with a frank admission: there’s really no way to tell whether you’re pronouncing a Hindi word correctly if you haven’t first read it in Devanagari (AKA Hindi script). But there are a few tips to give you a better shot at it. If you know a Romance language such as Spanish, use that rather than English as your guide when pronouncing Hindi vowels. Native English speakers (those of us not from the subcontinent, anyway), particularly North Americans, tend to slur vowels to include all sorts of other sounds (just think of the way you say “lazy.” I bet you add a touch of “y” in there, so the word comes out more “lay-zee” than “lazy”). If you’ve studied Spanish, you’ve probably practiced saying “a, e, i, o, u, sabe el burro mas que tu?” so many times that you’ve got a good grip on how to keep your vowels “pure.” Anyway, here’s a vowel guide, though as you’ll see when reading the illustrative film titles, Hindi speakers rarely transliterate with strict attention to the precise denotation of these vowels:

a English: “what” Hindi: Kaho Na Pyaar Hai
aa English: “la dee da Hindi: Devdas
i English: “hit” Hindi: Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
ii English: “free Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
u English: “look” Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
uu English: “too Bhoot
e Kinda English : “tres chic!” (skip the Y sound) Tere Naam
ai English: “hen” Dil Chahta Hai
o English: “so” (skip the W sound) Kuch Na Kaho
au English: say “awww, what a cute puppy!” Now cut off the W sound. Aa Ab Laut Chalen

   Now an explanation of why transliteration is so difficult.

   When trying to figure out how to pronounce transliterations of Hindi, the most important thing you must understand (after vowel pronunciation) is the existence in Hindi of the “assumed vowel.” First consider the English language. Each letter has a name, but if you just write down a string of consonants — say, mthr — you’ll have no idea how to pronounce those letters as a word. You need vowels!

   Well, Hindi is a little different. It does have vowels. But one of these vowels doesn’t need to be written if it occurs in the middle of a word. In other words, if there are no vowels written between Hindi consonants, the speaker simply “assumes” that the vowel sound is an A of the sort English speakers find in the word “what.”

   Ponder Hindi’s M sound (another thing you should know about Hindi: there are no “names” for each letter as there are in English. Therefore Rupert Snell, editor of Teach Yourself Hindi, writes that Hindi has not an alphabet, but a “syllabary.”). The “m” sound looks like this:   When you add another “m” next to it, you know how to pronounce these two letters together even though there’s no vowel written. How? Well, since no vowels are denoted, you know to use the “assumed” vowel. So you’d pronounce the side-by-side Ms as “mum” (as in the English synonym for “mom” or “mother”): . (If you’re curious, this word means “my” or “mine” in Hindi, though I’ve never heard it used. It seems to be an orphaned child of Sanskrit.)

   Tangent: If you happened to be on the phone, conferring about your homework for Hindi class, and had to spell a word in Hindi to your hapless classmate, you’d just take the sound of the letter and add to it that assumed vowel. Hence, when naming the M sound, you’d say “muh.”

   Why is this “assumed vowel” crucial to understanding part of the difficulty in pronouncing transliterations? Well, as you already know from the above guide to pronouncing vowels, there are two types of “A” vowels: the “assumed A,” which, when written out all on its own, looks like this: This is, as you’ve gathered by now, pronounced like the English “uh.” Then there’s the long A, , which is pronounced as in the English word “la” (as in “la dee da”). Thing is, lots of Hindi speakers transliterate Hindi with little attention to denoting the difference between these two A’s. They assume you’ll already know the Hindi word, and that you know how to pronounce it without their having to write out “aa” for that long A sound. Thus you get film titles like “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,” which properly should be transliterated as “Dilwaale Dulhaniyaa Le Jaayenge.” But filmmakers just style the spelling in the way that looks, well, most stylish (and, occasionally, the way that fits the letter value their numerologist has told them will ensure the success of the film. According to the media, this is why the title of SRK’s period piece was changed from “Ashoka” to “Asoka” at the last moment, along with Kareena/Kariena Kapoor’s name in the title credits).

  The confusion only increases when you introduce retroflex consonants. For example, there are FOUR — yes, four! — different types of “T sound”: . But this isn’t really a problem: no one expects you to be able to differentiate between TYPES of T when you’re pronouncing a movie title at your local video store. Of greater concern are the retroflex Ds and retroflex Rs. Hindi speakers hear (the retroflex, unaspirated R) as a D.

   But if you’re a native English speaker with little to no exposure to spoken Hindi, you probably hear this letter not as a D, but as an R. Which could explain your confusion when you see the word (boy) written as “ladka” instead of “larka.” (This is why BollyWHAT? transliterates this letter as a capital R.) So, keep in mind that when you see “d” written in transliterations of Hindi that this “d” might refer to a D sound like , which probably does sound to you like a “d” — or it might well represent a sound like , which seems to you more like an “r”. The recent Govinda-Rani starrer, “Chalo Ishq Ladaaye,” is a good example of this phenomenon.

  Nevertheless, if you go ahead and pronounce that “Ladaaye” with an English D sound, you’re about as close as if you had pronounced it with an English “r” sound. The correct pronunciation of balances about equally between the two.

   The most important thing to take away from all this is that you should not be embarrassed to “slaughter” the film titles when speaking them aloud, because there is no possible way to tell whether you’re pronouncing them correctly unless you have first read the title in Hindi. Transliteration is wholly dependent on two things: the whims of the transliterator, and the assumed knowledge of the person reading the transliteration. Of course, if you know the language, you’ll know what word the transliterator is getting at. Otherwise, you’re in the dark. So fire away with shameless impunity!

   If you’ve found this brief ramble interesting and want to know more, you should consider picking up a copy of Teach Yourself Hindi, edited by Rupert Snell. It’s a clear and concise introduction to Hindi, and will teach you how to read the language as well as speak it. It is very possible for you to learn how to read Devanagari script within a couple of weeks. Hindi is entirely phonetic (unlike the language you’re reading right now), and once you learn a few simple rules of pronunciation, it will never betray you the way transliteration often does. Hindi grammar is also wonderfully regular — but that’s another ramble entirely.