Top 5 Indian classic movies still fresh in our heart

New Delhi:

As the cinema audience of today’s era is bit inclined towards Western movie culture, there are still some lovers of the old Hindi classic cinema – the kind of cinema that our parents cannot recall without mentioning their struggle to watch a romantic film with family on a single TV set at home. 

The Indian cinema has given us a number of blockbusters and set the bar very high. With the iconic songs, acting and direction, there are so many movies which are still young in the hearts of old generation. 

However, here we have tried to list some of the top films of Indian cinema. 


Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand brought Amitabh Bachchan his first Filmfare Awards for his performance. The movie is about a dying friend and his efforts for survival. The friend is Rajesh Khanna as Aanand. Aanand tries to make life of Dr Bhaskar K Bannerjee (Amitabh’s character) lively by making him understand the importance of life. 

Released in 1971, ‘Aanand’ is a widely praised movie and popular for his best dialogs such as “Zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi.”  The movies’ screen play has been written by Sampooran Singh Kalra a.k.a. Gulzar. 


With veteran actors like Dilip Kumar and Madhubala, the film gained appreciation from movie lovers across all the generation. The film tells the saga of extraordinary love. 

The movie revolves around the Mughal Empire where the prince fall in love with a slave girl who dances in the Mehfils. In the extraordinary love story, the Emperor and father (Prithviraj) does not allow son (Dilip Kumar) to marry Anarkali (Madhubala). And the rest is history. 


Author RK Narayan always disliked the concept of adapting films of books but even he could not help but appreciating the ‘Guide’ of Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. Not last in the race, SD Burman had given the best music to the film. 

The film was listed 4th best Indian Film by Time Magazine. After 42 years of its release, the film was screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2007. 

Guide was made in Hindi as well as English version and both the author acclaimed both the version. 

The film gave us song like ‘Piya tose naina lage re’ still justifies the love in modern era. 

Mera naam Joker

‘Kehta hai joker sara zamana’ reflects the pain of a struggling artist who ends up dying in the film. Veteran actor Raj Kapoor gave the cinema lovers two Hindi films with double intervals. First was ‘Mera naam Joker’ and the other was Sangam (1964).   

The film was also made with a lot of struggle as it is one of the films to be made on massive budgets. The film took nearly six years to be filmed. The filmmakers brought the entire circus troupe including ballerina Kseniya Ryabinkina from Russia. 

The movie star and son of Raj Kapoor, Late Rishi Kapoor, who continued to entertain audience throughout his life, made the debut from this film. Owing to which, the whole cinema industry started to see him to fit in the shoes of his father.

Kagaz ke Phool

The film starts with the words like “Dekhi zamaane ki yaari, bichhde sabhi baari baari (I have seen the friendships of this era, they all drifted away one by one)” in majistic voice of Mohammed Rafi wrote by Kaifi Azmi. The lyrics give the gist of the film right from the credit scene. The film was a biggest flop but later acknowledged with the changing era. 

In the film, a once-successful film director, Suresh Sinha (Guru Dutt), was portrayed as as film director whose personal life is a mess. The protagonist met Shanti (Waheeda Rehman), who works with a chemist. The two leads of the film falls in love but never shows it. But the relationship was not acceptable to the daughter of the hero and the film shows the struggles both character face.

However, the film ended with such painful words that left the viewers heart broke. 


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