Amitabh Bachchan Film Festival Begins Friday

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We grew up watching Hindi movies.

More than Tamil movies, more than English movies and more than Kannada films, we were obsessed with Hindi films.

Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Sanjeev Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Mehra et al were our heroes and the ones we wanted to be after growing up.

Hema Malini, Rekha, Dimple Kapadia, Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi were the goddesses who blessed our wet dreams. 😉

And among all the Hindi stars, Amitabh Bachchan was our favorite.

Countless are the number of times that we forked out double or triple the ticket price to watch an Amitabh Bachchan film on the first show of the first day (once we paid double or triple the price and our Tamil friend failed to turn up on time…so we had to sell the extra ticket at the original base price to an acquaintance!).

Muquaddar Ka Sikandar, Sholay, Deewar, Don (old Don, not the recent Shahrukh Khan film), Kabhie Kabhie, Kaalia, Don, Zanjeer, Trishul, Suhaag, Silsila, Amar Akbar Antony, Laawaris, Dostana, Kaala Pathar, Sharabi, Satte Pe Satta, Khakee, Sarkar, Family…we’ve seen them all and more.

Who can forget Amitabh’s most famous line in Deewar.

Mere pas Gaadi he, Banglow hai, Bank Balance hai. Tumhare paas kya hai?

Or for that Shashi Kapoor’s equally famous response.

Starting Friday, we’re going to (re)watch a dozen or so Amitabh Bachchan movies and scribble out our thoughts here.

These are not going to be full reviews of the old movies. More like a nostalgia trip down memory lane.

If you’d like to join our Amitabh Bachchan ride, Willkommen.

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2 Responses to "Amitabh Bachchan Film Festival Begins Friday"

  1. satya   July 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    You have left out ‘shakthi’ from your list. It is quite a stylish movie with good acting and also ‘Heat’ climax is almost similar to shakthi !!. Also add ‘Agneepath’. Responds:

    Will watch Shakthi and Agneepath too.

    Just checked…Netflix has both.

    We’ll try and start with Deewar, one of the biggest hits in Amitabh’s career.

  2. mallukuttan   July 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I’ve seen none of these old Bachchan movies 🙁 I’m not a big fan of old movies – but guys, can you recommend the best of the lot so that I can rent it and give em’ a try? Responds:

    Back when we first saw them in India, we loved ’em all. We may not like them now.

    You may want to check out Deewar, Muquddar Ka Sikandar and Sharabi.

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