Every year thousands of movies are made in this world in various languages. Only few of them are inspiring. People generally watch movies for entertainment. Some watch them for latest fashion trends, some for music and some for technical excellence etc. Very rarely we come across movies having good story, script, camera work, editing, dialogue delivery, action and direction.
Most of us love to watch movies for entertainment in our mother tongue for thorough understanding of the dialogues, acting and narration of the story. That’s the main reason why we are allergic to watching movies in any language other than our native language. We are akin to ‘ koopastha mandooka’ way of life – a frog thinks the well is its entire world. Our thinking gets narrowed and we can never get to know other cultures, acting and other techniques and we remain where we are all the time.
Watching movies in different languages is like adding different foods made out of various recipes to the taste buds and enjoying it to the heart’s content. We need not understand each and every dialogue. We can easily follow the movie entirely provided we have the patience to watch it from the beginning till end and appreciate the action through facial expressions of the actors and enjoy the narration of the story, music etc. We may take the help of sub titles if required.
•The Sound of Music: - This film is a musical made in 1965. Julie Andrews played the role beautifully of a governess who transforms indisciplined children of a parent played by Mr. Christopher Plummer. She inspires the children to completely change themselves into well behaved persons with her pleasant attitude. This movie is directed by Robert Wise.
•The Blind Side: – This film is made in 2009.This film wonderfully depicts the story of a poor innocent African American boy played by Quinton Aaron. He is adopted by a Good Samaritan lady wonderfully played by Sandra Bullock. She and her family members show affection to this boy who in turn becomes a famous Footballer (American Football) and reciprocates the affection. This film is directed by John Lee Hancock.
•Bawarchi: – This film is made in 1972. Rajesh Khanna played the role of a good natured cook to perfection. He deliberately enters the disturbed families as cook and transforms these families as affectionate ones. This movie is directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
•Tamanna( Desire) : This film is made in 1997. Paresh Rawal played the role of eunuch(hijra) to perfection. This film exceptionally depicts the difficulties experienced by a hijra in bringing up a girl adopted by him. This movie is directed by Mahesh Bhatt.
•Black : - This film is made in 2005. Amitabh Bachhan played the difficult role of a tutor to perfection. In this film he takes up the challenge of tutoring a blind, deaf and difficult girl and does the job successfully. The grownup girl’s role is excellently played by Rani Mukherjee and her childhood character is beautifully played by Ayesha Kapoor. This film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This movie has won many awards and appreciation by critics and ordinary movie goer as well.
•Do Ankhen Barah Haath(Two eyes and twelve hands) :- This film is made in 1957. Producer and director V.Shantaram plays the challenging role of a jailor to perfection. He takes up the challenge of transforming the dreaded criminals through experiment in an open jail. The prayer song in this movie has an universal appeal and can be sung by the followers of all religions without any doubt whatsoever. V.Shantaram directed the movie superbly. Every scene in this film is a treat to watch. This film has won many awards including National award.
Sparsh(The touch) : This film is made in 1980. This movie shows the love of a Principal towards his school. This is a special film. The principal is blind and the school is for blind students. He doesn’t like anyone showing sympathy towards his students. He wants people to treat them as normal persons. He is very passionate about his school. This sensitive role is played superbly by Naseeruddin Shah as only he can. This wonderful movie is directed by Sai Paranjpye.
Saaransh(Essence) : This movie is made in 1984. This film describes the misery of an old man struggling to obtain the ashes urn of his lost son from the authorities concerned. An young Anupam Kher, 28 years, played the character of a doting father of a grownup son combined with various emotions and sentiments very efficiently at the beginning of his career. This film is marvelously directed by Mahesh Bhatt.
•Sankarabharanam :- This film is made in 1979. This film is considered as the best Telugu film made till now. This film beautifully depicts the plutonic relationship between a classical musician and a classical dancer. The musician’s role is played by J.V.Somayajulu and the dancer’s role is played by Manju Bhargavi. Both have played their roles exceedingly well. Kalatapaswi Kasinathuni Viswanath is the director of this movie. Audience thronged to the theatres as if they are temples. People watched the movie any number of times. This movie was dubbed in all south Indian languages while retaining the songs as it is. The movie ran in entire south India at least for six months at a stretch and it was a huge commercial success as well. This movie has won many awards including National awards and also won International acclaim. K.Viswanath directed a series of glorious movies in Telugu based on Classical Music and Dance that will be remembered for ever.
•Sagara Sangamam : – Kamal Haasan played the role of a classical dancer to perfection who in turn transforms a budding arrogant classical dancer Sailaja into a dedicated classical dancer. Jayaprada and Sarat Babu excelled in their roles. This movie is directed by ” Kala Tapasvi ” , the one and only Kaseenathuni Viswanath. This film has won many awards.
Kamal Haasan is regarded as an Actor’s actor. No actor in the world, including Hollywood,Bollywood and Tollywood, is as good as Kamal Haasan as far as acting excellence is concerned. The variety of characters played and excelled by him in various Indian languages is simply mind blowing.
For the benefit of film lovers here are some movies, wherein Kamal Haasan excelled in acting. They are 16 Vayathinile(Tamil), Indrudu Chandrudu(Telugu), Michael Madana Kamarajan(Tamil), Saagar(Hindi), Maro Charitra(Telugu), Aakali Rajyam(Telugu), Nayagan(Tamil) , Sigappu Rojakkal(Tamil), Raja Parvai(Tamil), Chachi 420(Hindi), Pushpak( Dialogueless movie), Devar Magan(Tamil), Mahanadi(Tamil) etc.
•Swathi Mutyam: - This film is made in 1985. Kamal Haasan does an excellent job as an innocent, illiterate and mentally affected person who dedicatedly takes care of a widow and her child after marrying her. Kamal Haasan is a trained dancer. In this film he plays a character who doesn’t know how to dance. It must have been very tough for him to do that. Radhika played the role of a widow to perfection. The one and only P. Susheela has sung the most beautiful lullaby of all time in this film. This movie is directed by K.Viswanath. Movie magician Vishwanath has woven magic web with his series of inspiring movies ” Apadbhandhavudu”, ” Sruthilayalu”, ” Sirivennela”, ” Swarnakamalam” and ” Siri Siri Muvva” in Telugu and upheld the Indian Culture in the best way possible.
•Gitanjali : - This film is made in 1989. Nagarjuna played the role beautifully of a patient suffering from a chronic disease who in turn loves another chronic patient. Girija Shettar played the character of his lady love beautifully. This movie is directed by Mani Ratnam.
•Anjali :- This film is made in 1990. This is a beautiful film about a mentally challenged girl. Baby Shamili played the difficult character to perfection. Mani Ratnam directed the movie.
•Moondram Pirai : – This film is made in 1982. Kamal Haasan wonderfully played the role of a lover who takes care of his beloved with dedication and affection. His lady love behaves like a small child due to some accident. Sridevi played this role to perfection. Balu Mahendra directed the movie. This movie is later made in Hindi in 1983 as ‘ Sadma ‘ with the same cast.
Umbartha : The movie’s theme is to show the difficulties faced by a woman in the society when she steps out of her house against the wishes of her family members. This film made in 1982 depicts the story of a house wife who has a comfortable life with a very compassionate husband and a loving daughter. She lives in a joint family. She is not comfortable sitting idly at home. She takes up a challenging job with the support of her reluctant husband but without the support of rest of the family members. She does her job efficiently but lands in all sorts of troubles due to politics involved in it. Her marital life gets disturbed on account of her separation from her husband and daughter. Smita Patil played the character of the heroine depicting various emotions delicately. The director of this movie is Jabbar Patel.
Devrai : This film is made in 2004. This movie can be said as a poem on celluloid. This film revolves around an eccentric man who is obsessed with a sacred grove in his village. He waves so many stories around the grove. He is generally violent in behaviour. His sister is very fond of him and takes care of him with affection by bringing him to the city where she lives with her family much to the disliking of her husband. She tries her best to get him professional help. Atul Kulkarni displayed superb acting skills to perform the difficult character to perfection. Sonali Kulkarni transformed herself as his sister by doing a circus balancing act showing intricate conflict. This movie is directed by Sumitra Bhave.
Both Kulkarnis and Smita Patil in Umbartha have shown to the world of what stuff Marathi actors are made out of.
Tabarana Kathe : This film was made in 1986. This movie depicts the endless trauma of a retired employee to get his pension. This movie goes into detail lethargy and inhuman behaviour of management staff and politicians towards retired persons. Kamal Haasan’s brother Charu Haasan played this character to perfection. Girish Kasaravalli directed this wonderful film.
Here are some inspiring movies. 1) 3 Idiots 2) Taare Zameen Par 3) Chalo Dilli 4) Khubsoorat 5) Abhimaan 6) Satyakaam 7) Ardh Satya 8) Koshish 9) Prahaar 10) Ghar,11) Aalaap all in Hindi. The Telugu movies are 1) Yogi Vemana 2) Panduranga Mahatyam(old) 3) Akali Rajyam 4) Tyagayya 5) Vasantham.
Two videos of ” Sankarabharanam” , one video of ” Sagara Sangamam”, one video of ”Sadma”, Hindi version of ”Moondrum Pirai” , one video of ” Bawarchi” , one video of ” Anjali”, one video of ” Devrai”, one video of ” Do Ankhen Barah Haath” and one beautiful lullaby from ” Swathi Mutyam” are placed below for the reader’s pleasure.
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