The Ultimate Showman- Raj Kapoor was perhaps India’s youngest producer/director to whom every film was a experiment. Be it introducing new stars(From Shankar Jaikishan to Dimple Kapadia and Padmini Kolhapure) or bringing in new technology to film-making Raj Kapoor did it all. At one point of time his films and songs were so popular that they were frequently played in the Soviet Union military camps.
Dancing Yahoo Star- Shammi Kapoor almost decided to give up on acting after his initial films fared badly at the box office. In the summer of 1957 Nasir Hussain met Shammi Kapoor and told him that he had a role for Shammi which he believed would make him an overnight sensation. As expected Shammi Kapoor was THE dancing star who could make moves to any kind of songs. From Aaja Aaja to O Haseena he was absolutely splendid!
First Superstar of Indian Cinema- When Jatin “Rajesh” Khanna was at the peak of his career everyone thought he had a Midas touch. There were often reports female fans writing blood soaked love letters to him. He has a record of 15 consecutive box office hits which is still an unbroken record. Everytime he gave out those legendary dialogues like “Babumoshai..Zindagi badi honi chahiye lambi nahi” or “Pushpa I hate tears”, we laughed, we clapped and we even cried.
Our Original Item Girl- If you have a look at Helen’s dances even now you will agree with me that her moves were truly sensational. Her appearances in movies sometimes gave complex even to the leading ladies of the movies. If you watch the song Yeh Mera Dil, if at all anyone could match the intensity in Bachchan’s eyes, it was the dancing diva herself!
Angry Young Man- Along with the political turmoil what the 70’s brought along with it was the new face of India. The angry, the rebel, the one who could take on the big bad man without even blinking. He broke into the scene with the iconic dialogue “Yeh police station hain tumhare baap ka ghar nahin” and went on to deliver some of the most memorable dialogues of Indian cinema. Infact at the age of 60 after he started playing character roles he started getting movies which had him in the lead. Truly he is the AB of Indian cinema.
Pancham The Pied Piper- Even though he was accused of lifting tunes from International artistes he still is the original music king. Be it his melodious tunes in Aandhi and Masoom or the fast tracks in Teesri Manzil and Hum Kiseese Kam Nahin they just had Pancham’s brilliance written all over them. Infact when RD composed his last album 1942 A love story, he told Javed Akhtar, “I might be history now, but with this album people will remember me again”. And yes the maestro was right, he won the best music director for the movie.
The Dhak Dhak Girl- I remember watching Saajan in a theatre when I was a kid. The moment Madhuri Dixit appeared on the screen in the opening song the crowd just roared and whistled. When she danced we all danced with her, when she smiled all our hearts skipped a beat. At one point of time she was so popular that during the Kargil war a Pakistani soldier remarked after a tryst with drinks, ” Yeh pahaadi Kashmir kise chahiye, bas Madhuri Dxit de do”
Khan Mania-90’s onwards Indian cinema witnessed a phenomenon called the Khan mania. The combination of Aamir, Shahrukh and Salman took Bollywood by storm. They could act in comedies. beat the bad guys and most important romance the leading ladies in their own style. Movies such as Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Lagaan, 3 Idiots, Dabbang remain important landmarks in the history of Indian cinema. Infact they were the ones who took Indian cinema to a global level.