Deewar is an iconic Hindi film made in 1975. It was directed by Yash Chopra, later known as the “King of Romance”, and written by the team of Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. Deewar starred Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, and most famously Amitabh Bachchan in the role of Vijay, the anti-hero. Even today, almost 40 years later, the movie still weaves several viewpoints together to form a universally relevant tapestry. Deewar, set the 1970’s, in a time of great social struggle in India between corporations and labor; the rich sometimes taking advantage of the poor. But at its heart, Deewar is a family drama. The drama of Sumitra, abandoned by her husband, who must raise two boys who are destined to see life from diametrically opposed points of view. » Read more..
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Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) celebrated 1000 weeks of being continuously shown on December 12, 2014, making it the longest-running Indian film in history. DDLJ explores the world of two kinds of Indian families living as NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) in London. One family values love and individualism above all; the other values honor and family tradition. DDLJ examines long-held Indian values in light of an India that is changing rapidly and what it means to retain your Indian identity abroad. DDLJ began a trend of movies featuring diaspora storelines. » Read more..
DEVDAS (2002) RECOMMENDATION
“Devdas” has been made into a Hindi movie three times: in 1936, in 1955, and in 2002 by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The original story was taken from a popular Bengali romance novel written by seventeen-year- old Sarat Chandra Chatterjee in 1917. The setting was West Bengal sometime in the early 1900’s. Over time, Chatterjee’s character Devdas has become an iconic tragic hero in the imagination of the Indian people.
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