Binge guide for lockdown stress
Make this lockdown a golden chance to catch up old classics from Bollywood and Hollywood. Revisit the classics across genres from cinematic gems to unexplored decades-old cult cinemas to reduce the stress attached to being at home. A revisit would be worth as binge-watching the old cinemas can bring feel-good nostalgia.
With the overflowing options available on digital platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar among others, one can struggle between choosing cinema. The following list will help you to avoid the struggle of choosing some brilliant movies that has come out of Bollywood and Hollywood over the decades. Pick cinema according to your taste to relax and bust the stress of lockdown.
Chupke Chupke (1975): Hrishikesh Mukherjee's comedy film is about a man pretending to be a driver and fooling his wife's brother-in-law as an attempt to prove that the brother-in-law is not as smart as he claims to be.
Pakeezah (1972): The Kamal Amrohi directed film sees the last performance by Meena Kumari. The film set in Lucknow revolves around the mental plight of a tawaif (courtesan and dancer) and their longing to be loved, accepted and respected by society.
BOBBY (1973): Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor, Pran, and Prem Nath starring film presents a simple love story between the son of a rich Hindu businessman with 16-year-old Bobby, a Catholic belonging to a very different stature.
Gol Maal (1979): Hrishikesh Mukherji's Gol Maal is an exceptional example of mainstream comedies that Bollywood has ever made. Featuring Utpal Dutt, Amol Palekar and Bindiya Goswami, the film narrates a story of confusion, triggered off by a man who, under circumstances, has to pretend that he has a wayward and ill-mannered twin brother.
Andaz Apna Apna (1994): Aamir and Salman starrer film narrates adventures of two young broke men who discover that a stunning heiress lives nearby and tries to charm her.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995): The iconic love story of Raj and Simran's is an anytime watch. The Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer follows the romance of two NRIs who despite being madly in love refuse to elope. It is remembered for its plot, dialogues and soulful music.
Silsila (1981): Late Yash Chopra's romantic drama is thwarted by society's demands, which reappears as adultery. The film stars late Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha and Sanjeev Kumar in lead roles.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983): Kundan Shah directed comedy is a dark satire on the corruption in Indian politics, bureaucracy, media and business. Featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, late Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur among others, the film can get you stomach ache.
Sholay (1975): Directed by Ramesh Sippy, the revenge drama tells the story of a retired policeman (Thakur) who summons a pair of small-time thieves (Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan) to help him capture a notorious dacoit Gabbar Singh (late Amjad Khan).
Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989): The musical directed by Sooraj Barjatya holds a special place in the hearts of many who grew up in the 1990s. Sooraj Barjatya directed romantic dram re-defined friendship and romance in Bollywood.
Hera Pheri (2000): Priyadarshan's madcap misadventure starring Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty and Tabu narrates the story of three impoverished men who become rich by the end of the tale thanks to a freakish stroke of luck and a kidnapping plan gone wrong.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994): Based on Stephen King's 1982 novella, the film tells the story of two prisoners who forge a lifelong friendship.
The Matrix (1999): The film tells the story of Thomas Anderson, a computer programmer, who leads a fight against powerful computers who have constructed his entire reality with a system called the Matrix.
Dirty Dancing (1987): The romantic dance film narrates the story young woman, who falls in love with her dance instructor during a vacation.
Seven (1995): Brad Pitt starrer thriller is about a serial killer who begins murdering people according to the seven deadly sins.
Lethal Weapon (1987): The buddy cop action film is about officers Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh of the Los Angeles Police Department, who have been assigned a mission to stop a dangerous crime lord from China from getting his brother out of jail.
The Godfather (1972): Francis Ford Coppola's cinematic gem is about Don Vito Corleone, head of a mafia family, and how things turn dangerous when he decides to hand over his empire to his youngest son Michael.
Sleepless In Seattle (1993): Featuring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, the classic is a heart-warming story of a mourning widower finding love once again.
Modern Times (1936): The iconic silent comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin brings the struggles to survive in the modern, industrialised world.
Pearl Harbor (2001): Set on the period of World War II, the movie presents a fictionalised version of the Pearl Harbor attack.
It Could Happen To You (1994): Based on a true incident, the romantic comedy-drama is about a New York City police officer, who wins the lottery and splits his winnings with a waitress, his lady love.
Jurassic Park (1993): The science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg chronicles a disastrous and dangerous attempt to create a theme park of dinosaurs.
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