LEKIN : A forgotten classic!

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Gulzar’s LEKIN (1990) is an often forgotten classic.. I find it to be a classic even if it is not completely perfect as some of his films like Ijaazat or Namkeen.. Loosely based on Rabindranath Tagore’s play ‘Khudito Pashaan’, Lekin takes us to a world of surreal realism, where a man constantly meets a woman who is supposed to have perished long ago, but is possibly trapped in time and her soul has not found a resting place because she is still seeking closures in her life.. A haunting tale told poetically through the engaging storytelling ways and matured lens of GulzarSaab, the film stays with you long after it has gotten over, and has very distinctly Gulzar written over it..

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Chak De India – sattar minute, gyarah saal!

Wonder where has the mighty Shimit Amin gone!

With this one, Kabir Khan and his powerhouse gang of girls proved to the world that no dream is impossible enough! Brilliant film, brilliant performances!

#11YearsOfChakDeIndia

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Abhimaan – defines the music of life!

“Jab geet swayam ke liye gaaya jaata hain to sangeet ban jaata hain…”

A film that defines the music of life… Happiness, Love, Companionship, Fame, Longing, Helplessness, Pain or Ego… The masterclass of performances by Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan… Simple, straight and very very powerful, Hrishikesh Mukherjee told the story of life evoking the most real and deepest of emotions… I don’t remember how many times I would have watched it, but I don’t remember a single time when I would not have cried along with Uma…

And then there is the absolutely gorgeous music by S D Burman.. The golden era of hindi film music would have missed a glorious chapter had there been no Abhimaan

…tere pyaar me badnaam door door ho gaye…
tere saath hum bhi sanam mashhoor ho gaye…
dekho kahaan le jaaye bekhudi apni…

#45YearsOfAbhimaan

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ZNMD – Rich in nostalgia

“Jab itna kuchh achieve kiya hain, to kya khush ho? Aaj bhi kisi cheez ki kami mehsoos hoti hain to woh kya hain?”

“Cease the day my friend.. pehle is din ko poori tarah jiyo, phir chalis ke baare me sochna…”

“Sirf woh insaan jo kabhi taaro ke neeche na soya ho, wohi itni stupid baatein karega…”

“Insaan ko dibbe me bas tabhi rehna chahiye, jab woh mar chuka ho…”

– So much of treasure in a 5 minute conversation.. The film is full of such lovely profound moments…

Zoya Akhtar is love… Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is love….

#7YearsOfZNMD

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DHKMN – Ageless Saga!

Some films do not age with time… They so not let you age as well… Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi is one such film! Raghu Jatley and Pooja Dharamchand embark on one heck of a journey, and create a sweet little timeless saga of innocence, love, trust, ego and so much more! Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt were absolutely crackling together – sweet, tangy, delicious! Mahesh Bhatt used to make some of the best films at a time, miss those days!

And the soundtrack of the film is such a gem – Anuradha Paudwal at her best! Its very tough to pick a favorite but Galyat Sankali, Adaaye bhi hain and Hum to mashhoor huye hain are special favorites. The entire album is still on my playlist.. it still plays just like yesterday… and I love it the same…

#27YearsOfDHKMN

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Lootera – Stunning Poetry on Celluloid!

“Kya likh rahi ho… Koi kahaani likh rahi ho… ?”
“Hmm…”
“Kya kahaani… ?”
“Bus kahaani hain…”
“Ladka hain kahaani me… ? …. Aur ek ladki… ?”
“Hmm…”
“Dono pyaar karte hain ek doosre se… ?”
“Nahi…”
“Pyaar me padne waale hain… ?”
“Pata nahi…”

A true masterpiece that Varun Srivastav created for Pakhi Roychowdhury and made their romance immortal forever!!

This film had brilliance written all over it, truly exceptional!!
An all-time favorite… An any-time love… A Masterpiece… Lootera !!

Ek jeet tu hai, Ek haar main hoon…
Haar jeet jode jo taar main hoon….
Bataayein bin galtiyaan ginaayein…
Sitaare jab bhi sadaa.. sunaayein…
Looteron ko baghban banaayein…
Naseebon ki baat hai….
Zameer ki kahaani hai yeh…
Yehi bairaag hai, yehi bairaag hai..

#5YearsOfLootera

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JTYJN – Fresh as yesterday!

Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na was a lot of things – A fresh and cute love story between Rats and Meow, a tale of a beautiful sibling bond between Aditi and Amit, a great friendship saga of an amazing gang of friends, a wonderful parent child relationship feature especially accentuated by the crazy but super-cool Rathore family, all coming together well because of some terrific acting performances especially by Ratna Pathak Shah, Genelia D’Souza, Prateik Babbar, Naseeruddin Shah and even Imran Khan! The film is also so fresh in our memories because of its terrific musical score, and A.R. Rahman offered a complete package with awesome songs from Kabhi Kabhi Aditi, to Tu Bole, to Nazrein Milana and more.. Remembering the film today with my most favorite track from the film – its all heart and soul!

#10YearsOfJTYJN

YJHD – Mithai Ka Dabba

+ Main udna chahta hoon, daudna chahta hoon, girna bhi chahta hoon … bus rukna nahi chahta…

+ Kahin pe pahuchne ke liye kahin se nikalna bahut zaroori hota hain.. Sahi waqt pe nikal lena chahiye, warna gile shikwe ho jaate hain…

+ Yaadein mithai ke dibbe ki tarah hoti hai … ek baar khula toh sirf ek tukda nahi kha paoge…

+ Kuchh logo ke saath sirf waqt bitane se sab kuchh sahi ho jaata hain…

+ Tu right nahi hain Naina, bas mujhse bahut alag hain…

+ Jitna bhi try karo, kuchh na kuchh to chhootega hi.. to jahaan hain, wahin ka mazaa lete hain…

+ Mujhe tumse pyar ho jayega … Phir se.. aur tumhe nahi hoga… Phir se…

+ Waqt kisi ke liye nahi rukta, beetta waqt hain… Lekin kharach hum hote hain…

— A favorite coming of age saga… A film loaded with such lovely moments…

— A beautiful take on relationships, maturity, priority, exploring self worth, and the not haves of life…

— Kabir and Naina’s journey was lot of fun, heart, soul and pain… Naina especially is love…

#5YearsOfYJHD

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MBP – Box full of treasures

#1YearOfMPB 
#LifeIsLikeThat

Pyar karna bahut log sikhate hai … par afsos us pyar ko bhulate kaise hai … yeh saala koi nahi sikhata…

Kuch gaane aapki zindagi se yun hi jud jaate hai … unki dhun mein lipte hote hai chhote bade kisse … kayi saari yaadein…

Zindagi side ‘A’ se side ‘B’ ki tarah ghoomti gaano ki reel ki tarah hi toh hai … kabhi koi gaana itna pasand hai ki khatam hone se dar lagta hai … kabhi koi gaana poore din honthon se jaane ka naam nahi leta … aur kabhi koi gaane ki sirf dhun yaad reh jaati hai…

Zindagi ek pighalti hui ice cream ki tartah hai … taste nahi kiya toh waste ho jayegi…

Zindagi se behad pyar tha usse … aur khud se zindagi se bhi zyada…

Pyar mein itne thokar khane ke bawjood, zakhm pe Iodex malkar veer jawaan hamesha khade ho jaate hai … ek aur try karne ke liye…

Jab love ki spelling bhi nahi aati thi … matlab toh door ki baat thi … tab se jisse pyar kiya hai aur jab woh haan bol de … toh jaan bas nikalte nikalte reh jaati thi…

Kuch combinations hai na itne kamine kisam ka hote hai … alag alag mazedaar … lekin saath me na ‘phata-phati’ … magic sa ho jaata hai…

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Piku – Deeply personal

There are very very few movie experiences when you feel that you are watching yourself on the screen! Deepiku brought that personal experience alive on screen like a dream! There couldn’t have been anyone else playing Piku, she was so perfect! And that chemistry between Piku and Rana was to simply die for, and Irrfan became The companion for a generation! How I wish Mr. Bachchan would also have been more controlled to match up to everything else that was so pitch perfect for the film!

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