Friday, February 26, 2010

Seven days of 70s Bollywood: Yaadon Ki Baaraat

[This post is part of a week long blog-a-thon, masterminded by Beth of Beth Loves Bollywood, paying tribute to the films of 1970s Bollywood. Be sure to check out the other participating blogs for more about the best decade ever in the history of Indian film-making!]

Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973)
Directed by Nasir Hussain
Written by Javed Akhtar, Salim Khan, Nasir Hussain
Starring: Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Vijay Arora, Tariq, Ajit
Music by R.D. Burman

It's a sad fact that not all masala films are equal to the sum of their parts, but Yaadon Ki Baaraat is one example where everything comes together perfectly: romance, action, family drama -- all equally fascinating as individual elements while at the same time complimenting and enriching one another. Add to this a flat out brilliant R.D. Burman score, Zeenat Aman at her loveliest, and one of Dharmendra's best performances of the decade and you have just about the best introduction to 1970s Bollywood that a novice could hope for. Be warned, however: You will cry!

Read my review of Yaadon Ki Baaraat on 4DK

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