A vintage vinyl record, a pin-up dress, or a simple black & white film, any of these can put you in an instantly dreamy and nostalgic mood. There was a different charm in the movies of the yesteryear, the romance or the comedy, was always seeped in emotion. What better way to spend a weekend than to binge-watch your emotions away. Here are some of the best b&w Bollywood movies, sure to help your cathartic needs:
A film that touched the hearts of many, Jagte Raho (1956) tells the story of a peasant worker who migrates from a small town to the city of Calcutta and recounts his struggles in making a life there. What starts out as a search for water to quench his thirst, turns into a series of events that define the perils of the city life. Starring the talented Raj Kapoor and written soulfully by Sombhu Mitra, the film’s cast has gems like Pradeep Kumar, Sumitra Devi, Smriti Biswas and more. A real look at the labour class, this vintage number is a must-watch.
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Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
A classic romantic comedy perfect for a cosy night in, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) tells the story of three brothers and their tryst with love. With the oldest brother Birjmohan’s (Ashok Kumar) hatred for women, the story arc paints a funny picture of how destiny has something else in mind for the brothers. The movie has the charming Kishore Kumar and the beautiful Madhubala in the forefront, making for quite the good looking frame in the film. The songs of the film like – “Babu Samjho Ishare”, “Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si” and “Haal Kaisa Hai Janaab Ka” have been imprinted in people’s hearts till date. An endearing view of the vintage love, this one is great to relive for a wave of nostalgia!
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A beautiful movie that captures the growth and transformation of the lead from a negative career to a path of righteousness. Kala Bazar (1960), narrates how Raghuvir (Dev Anand) is in the line black marketing of movie tickets, and changes his profession, while wooing his lady love Alka (Waheeda Rehman), is what the movie is essentially made of. Being ace actors of their era, Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman, build the kind of romance that we’d all love to binge watch. A glance at her high bun with winged out eyes and his sheer charm is enough for you to fall in love with this film. For a taste of romance, more cheesy than pizza, do watch this one.
Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam
A take on the decline of the landed zamindars of Bengal, Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) is a tragic story of love, lordship, and life. What starts as the story of a butler Bhoothnath (Guru Dutt), and his perils soon charts his strange and beautiful relationship with the second wife of the zamindar, Chhoti Bahu (Meena Kumari). A brilliant performance by Guru Dutt, coupled with the surreal beauty of Meena Kumari, this film was well-laureled during its time. An unusual story that doesn’t stick to clichéd romance and instead focuses on a relationship based on mutual trust, this is one to add to your playlist.
One for the feminists out here, Bandini (1963) tells the story of a woman in prison as she describes her life story and her reason for imprisonment. Set in the British-raj period, Kalyani (Nutan) a strong-willed woman falls in love with a freedom fighter Bikash (Ashok Kumar) and moves to the city when he fails to return. The story of her crime and subsequent crime due to her undying faith towards this man and the extent of her love is what makes the substance of this movie. With Nutan’s acting prowess and a strong storyline, this one is not disappointing!
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