With the 64th National Awards just announced, here are our top picks for National Award winning Hindi movies you must catch up on! The All Time favorites! This one is for the Bollywood buffs and Cinema lover.
National Award Winning Hindi Movies
Shree 420 (1955)
The movie stars the evergreen Bollywood pair – Raj Kapoor and Nargis. Produced and directed by the Showman himself, the film’s legendary music resonates in the hearts of people even today. Watch it for the sheer innocence of its times, relive the magic of Raj Kapoor lighting up the screen with his ‘tramp’ act and hum along… ‘Mera Joota Hain Jaapani’.
Remembered for a stellar performance by Nargis, this movie created history by becoming the first Indian film to be submitted for the Academy Awards. As any movie buff will recall it was on the sets of this film that the lead stars Nargis and Sunil Dutt fell in love. Watch it for its powerful storytelling and the portrayal of a determined mother who chooses justice over her son’s life.
Starring Dilip Kumar and Vyajantimala – this was one of the first Hindi movies that explored the theme of rebirth. With haunting music and stunning cinematography, the film swept most of the popular awards that year. Watch it to witness the collaboration of two cinematic greats, Ritwik Ghatak and Bimal Roy and the magic it spun on celluloid.
Arguably one of the most popular classics, Mughal E Azaam set the silver screen on fire with the crackling chemistry of its lead pair – Dilip Kumar and Madhubala. What astonishes most – is that the former real-life lovers were in fact not on talking terms at the time of shooting this film. Watch it to see the acting prowess of cinematic greats like Prithviraj Kapoor and for some of the most romantic scenes ever filmed like the one in which Dilip Kumar strokes Madhubala with a feather. And of course, Madhubala’s grace and grit in one of the most opulent and beautifully shot songs – ‘Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kiya’.
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Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam (1962)
Meena Kumari set the screen on fire with her portrayal of a lonely wife, who later turns to alcohol thinking it will keep her philandering zamindar husband by her side. But it is her friendship with Guru Dutt’s character, Bhootnath that sets the template for the film. Etched with Meena Kumari’s raw sensuality – the film was a huge success when it released flooring critics and audiences alike. Watch it for the sheer poetry it weaves on celluloid.
A love triangle with multiple layers, Bandini starred the enigmatic Nutan alongside acting stalwart, Ashok Kumar and a young and dashing Dharmendra Doing time in jail for murdering her lover’s mentally unstable wife, Nutan must ultimately choose between him and a young jail doctor who falls in love with her. Watch it for the layers it subtly weaves in this love triangle and for one of the most dramatically silent murder scenes shot.
It’s Dev Anand’s electrifying performance in this movie that makes Guide the cult film that it is today. Also, a mainstream film that finally brought infidelity out in the open through its main characters. Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman’s sparkling chemistry is a delight to watch. As are the twists and turns in their relationship that begins to emerge once they are finally together. Watch it for one of the most memorable romantic songs filmed in Hindi movies – ‘Gaata Rahein Mera Dil’.
Hailed as one of filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s best – Anand saw superstar Rajesh Khanna in a new seen before avatar. That of an ailing cancer patient and with no leading lady to boot… But it was the portrayal of Anand and his infectious positivity that had audiences in a puddle of emotions through the film. Amitabh Bachchan’s character as the doctor, lovingly called ‘Babu Moshai’ by Anand is the perfect foil. Watch this one for the sheer tugging at your heartstrings… especially in the last scene. And for that beautiful song – ‘Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaye’.
A watershed film in Hindi cinema – Dil Chahta came and changed the way Hindi films looked and spoke forever! Subtle and stylish – the characters in this film spoke like regular people – with melodrama given a miss! And the newly minted multiplex audiences loved it. Watch it for – the road trip to Goa, the cool and understated style sported by its actors, one of the best-choreographed club songs and moments any group of friends can relate to.
When Rani’s fiancé breaks off their engagement, she takes off on their honeymoon trip by herself. And on that journey discovers herself. Kangna Ranaut’s mind blowing performance set the stage set for a critical and commercial success. Watch it for a refreshingly new take on how to mend a broken heart and of course Kangna’s acting!
These were the top picks from Award Winning Hindi Movies you must watch in 2017. Let us know if you have any new favorite in your list. Also have a look at our Bollywood section to know about trending Bollywood News, Gossips and more.