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Since my Indian movie experience startyed wirth Beti Beta in the early 60s, I've been hard-pressed to rank the movies.

I would have to say that for all-around entertainment Sholay has to rank up there. For court-room drama Waqt is one. Neel Kamal deserves some mention. For life's dramas for their periods, I have to go with Khabie Khabie, Abhimaan and Silsila. Life in a Metro would take its place one day.

What about the secret agent era Farz or the supernatural piece Woh Kaun Thi?

The mention of Ek duje ke liye jolted my memory of Kamal Hassan and some wonderful acting at that time.

For a movie with outstanding music, I have to go with Dosti, while my all-time favorite song is Sohani Raat from Dulari.

Answering the top 5 movie question is quite an exercise. I'm glad it was brought up. Buit what I'd like to see discussed is the Bollywood Dr. Zhivago or Godfather or Ghandi. Recent adaptations of western classics - Omkara and Saawaria - were not bad.
"9 hours to Rama" - now that's a movie that rings a bell. I will have to get my hands on it.

As we're on the topic of "best 5", we should have a ranking for best natural dancer. For contemporary actors I can think of Hritick Roshan as the best male dancer and the two girls, Aishwaria Bachan and Mdhuri Dixit as being the best female ones.


A brief rundown of the songs from the the Movie:

Film : Uran Khatola
Music : Naushad
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

1)Mera salam le ja dil ka payam le ja: Lata Mangeshkar, chorus

2)Mohabbat ki rahon mein chalna sanbhal ke: Mohd. Rafi

3)Haal-e-dil main kya kahoon: Lata Mangeshkar

4)Ghar aaya mahmaan koi jaan na pehchaan: Lata Mangeshkar

5)Hamare dil se na jana: Lata Mangeshakar

6)Na toofan se khelo: Mohd. Rafi

7)O door kay musafir

8)Na ro aye dil kahin rone se taqdeeren badalti hain: Lata Mangeshkar

9)Aayi thi raat sitaron ke mehfil saji: Lata Mangeshkar


O DOOR KAY MUSAFIR: SONU NIGAM: IMITATING THE MASTER

WILL TRY TO SPIN A FEW MORE NOSTALGIC TUNES FROM THIS MOVIE:

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MOHAMED RAFI: THE VERSATILE GENIOUS

(80) O DOOR KAY MUSAFIR................URAN KHATOLA
http://www.channeldosti.com/oldies/Muhammad%20Rafi/O%20Door%20Ke%20Musafir.mp3

Year:...........1955
Singer:.........Mohd Rafi
Musician:.......Naushad
Lyrics:.........Shakeel Badayuni

chale aaj tum jahaan se, huyee zindagee paraayee
You leave this world today, my life is not mine anymore
tumhen mil gayaa tikaanaa, humein maut bhee na aayee
You found your niche, I didnt even find death

o dhoor ke musaafir, hum ko bhi saath le le re
o traveller to a far place, take me along
hum ko bhi saath le le, hum rahe gaye akele
take me along I am left all alone
o dhoor ke musaafir, hum ko bhi saath le le re
o traveller to a far place, take me along
hum ko bhi saath le le,hum rahe gaye akele
take me along I am left all alone

thoone wo de diyaa gum, bemauth mar gaye hum
you gave me such a grief, I died without dying
dil ut gayaa jahaan se, (le chal humein yahaan se)2
My heart wants none of this world, take me away from here
kis kaam ki ye duniyaa jo zindagee se khele re
I want nothing of this world, the world that plays with your life]
hum ko bhi saath le le, hum rahe gaye akele
take me along I am left all alone

sooni hai dil ki raahein, khaamosh hain nigaahein
[b]deserted are the paths of my heart, vacant is my sight

naakaam hasraton kaa (utane ko hai janaazaa)2
Now is the funeral of my unfulfilled dreams
chaaron tharaf lage hain, barabaadiyon ke mele re
devastation all around me
hum ko bhi saath le le, hum rahe gaye akele
take me along I am left all alone

o dhoor ke musaafir, hum ko bhi saath le le re
o traveller to a far place, take me along
hum ko bhi saath le le, hum rahe gaye akele
take me along I am left all alone

Trans: Saeed@GNI Forums

THE MASTER EXCELLING:
LOOKING BACK AT THE 50'S WE HAVE PRESENTED A LIST OF FILMS THAT WE FELT DESERVE TO BE IN THE TOP 10: AND THOSE FILMS ARE

Gems from the 50's

1) Babul (1950)

2) Awara (1951)

3) Deedar (1951)

4) Baiju Bawra (1952)

5) Aan (1952)

6) Nagin (1954)

7) Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje (1955)

8) Udan Khatola (1955)

9) Mother India (1957)

10)Choti Bahen (1959)


Before we take a vote on the best five, I will present a preview of each film, with the songs that had ma and pa humming when we were kids: Some of us (the majority) was not even born then.

Sit back, enjoy the reviews and songs as we present them:

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REVIEWS FOR BABUL

Babul (1950)
Plot Summary
Major commercial hit recounting a love triangle in a feudal household between the handsome new postman Ashok (Kumar), Bela (Nargis),the old postman's vivacious daughter and Usha (Sultana), the haughty daughter of the zamindar. Ashok teaches Usha music until Bela warns her to keep away from her man. Usha withdraws and promises to marry a man of her father's choice. One of the most formally elaborate romance dramas of the 50s ...( show more ) Hindi films. Babul's tragic end forms part of the unusual plot departure of the heroine and who,indeed, remains out of sympathy with the audience for the better part of the film.

When it turns out that both women have been betrayed by the hero and by their fathers, the film shifts into a completely subjective style,locating the man and two women in three distinct spaces, even separated in one shot by a gigantic wal. In the end, Usha's wedding procession escalates into a whole sequence of tragedies. Bela, in a deranged fit,falls from a tree and is fatally injured, though she insists that Ashok marry her, which he does,minutes before she dies. her death is shown by a medieval horseman descending from the skies to receive her,as the smoke from her cremation merges with the clock.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by asj:
GEMS FROM THE 50'S

AWARA 1951

Actors : Leela Chitnis, Nargis, Om Prakash, Prithvi Raj, Raj Kapoor
Director: Raj Kapoor
Music : Shankar-Jaikishan
Producer: Raj Kapoor
Theme : Social
Year : 1951


Aawara Hoon
Singer : Mukesh
Lyrics : Shailendra

Ab Raat Guzarne Wali Hai
Singer : Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics : Hasrat Jaipuri

Dam Bhar Jo Udhar Munh Phere
Singer : Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh
Lyrics : Shailendra

Ek Bewafa Se Pyar Kiya
Singer : Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics : Hasrat Jaipuri

Ek Do Teen
Singer : Shamshad Begum
Lyrics : Shailendra

Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi
Singer : Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics : Shailendra

Hanste Bhi Rahe Rote Bhi Rahe
Singer : Mukesh
Lyrics : Hasrat Jaipuri

Jab Se Balam Ghar Aae
Singer : Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics : Hasrat Jaipuri

Tere Bina Aag Yeh Chandni
Singer : Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey
Lyrics : Shailendra

The story reviews next:
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AWARA 1951

THE PLOT:

A judge (Prithviraj Kapoor)'s wife (Leela Chitnis) is kidnapped and on being rescued is found to be pregnant. The husband turns her out accusing her of infidelity. Their son Raju (Raj Kapoor) born in the slums ends up a criminal and faces a murder charge. Rita (Nargis) Raju's lover and a lawyer herself (the Judge's ward) defends him and examines the judge in the witness box. She holds the judge and society responsible for depriving and dehumanizing Raju. The judge owns up to Raju being his son.

THE FILM:

With Awaara, Raj Kapoor created the tramp, the rootless vagabond living on his wits, inspired obviously by Chaplin. The tramp was an allegory for the innocent state of mind of the post Independent Indian. In post-partition India when the entire socio-political system was under stress and thousands of migrants poured into the cities, identification with Raj Kapoor's rootless Raju was plausible and easy. Although with Awaara, Raj Kapoor's social concerns become more pronounced, more than its social probe Awaara is an astonishing even ingenious mixture of melodrama, romance and crime.

Further, Raj Kapoor's musical sense and feel for rhythm and his personal involvement in music sittings have ensured the highest quality of music in his films and Awaara is no exception. The songs of Awaara ( Awaara Hoon, Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi, Ab Raat Guzarnewaali Hai, Ek Bewafaa se Pyaar Kiya, Hum Tumse Mohabbat Karke Sanam and Dum Bhar Jo Udhar Moon Phere among others) are some of the most popular songs of Indian Cinema. Special mention must be made of the picturisation of Ek Do Teen a sleazy dance on the streets with renowned dancer Cuckoo. As she dances men letch and paw at her and Raj Kapoor actually drowns out the song and brings in their garrulous laughter over the soundtrack, a device that works remarkably well.


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