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Unforgettable films from 50 years ago

Ten Memorable Hindi Films of 1973:

For Hindi cinema, the Seventies were a particularly rich era, with a wide variety of films being made. Films released in 1973 turn 50 this year, and some of them remain memorable, either because of new stars, music or interesting subjects. The list of ten does not comprise the biggest successes of the year—does anyone remember Yash Chopra’s Daag or Manmohan Desai’s Aa Gale Lag Ja with any fondness? Jugnu, Loafer, Kahaani Kismat Ki, maybe, because of Dharmendra, but they were formula commercial films.

So, in alphabetical order, 10 films that have stood the test of time:


Abhiman Movie

Only Hrishikesh Mukherjee could have got Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri to play a couple whose marriage is strained because of professional jealousy. He plays Subir, a popular singer who falls in love with simple village girl Uma’s voice and encourages her to take up playback singing, but when her fame exceeds his, he starts to resent her. SD Burman’s magical soundtrack had such evergreen gems as Teri bindiya re, Loote koi man ka nagar, Ab to hai tumse, Meet na mila re man ka, Piya bina.


Achanak movie

Taking inspiration from the real life sensational Nanavati case, KA Abbas wrote and Gulzar directed a tense emotional thriller, in which Major Ranjeet Khanna (Vinod Khanna) is sentenced to death for killing his wife (Lily Chakravarty) and her lover (Ravi Raaj). He escapes from jail to fulfill the promise to immerse her mangalsutra in the Ganga and is shot by the police. The doctor (Om Shivpuri) who operates on him and the nurse (Farida Jalal), is hit by the realization that the man whose life he saved, is headed for the gallows. The fast-paced songless film was not a typical Gulzar movie, but remains a classic, and helped lift Vinod Khanna to top star status.

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Deepa Gahlot
Deepa Gahlot is one of India’s seniormost and best-known entertainment journalists. A National Award-winning fim critic and author of several books on film and theatre. She tweets at @deepagahlot

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