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Landmark films of the 60s

Flawless creations are not everyday phenomena. But in the world of Hindi cinema, they do transpire and become proud memories and cherished legends.

Over the decades, many such films have become nostalgic reminders of formerly experienced brilliance that continues to sparkle. These gems have infallibly delighted the discerning viewer with deft filmmaking that explored the diverse sides of a story, emotion and personality.

If Fifties left an indelible mark with its share of classics like Do Bigha Zameen, Kagaz Ke Phool, Mother India, Shree 420 and Devdas, the multihued era of sixties, too, was nothing short of terrific.

Its irreplaceable charm can be traced through the eclectic oeuvre of Dev Anand's peak productivity mirrored in films like Kala Bazaar (1960), Hum Dono (1961), Tere Ghar Ke Saamne (1963), Asli Naqli (1962), Teen Devian (1965), Guide (1965) and Jewel Thief (1967).

Its grandeur is fondly remembered in Raj Kapoor's lavish description of a Europe-themed honeymoon in Sangam (1964), earning him the title of 'showman'.

Its glory is reflected in the magnificent screen power of Dilip Kumar, as Salim or Shyam, and his indestructible hold over the audience.

Where filmmakers like Bimal Roy, Vijay Anand, B R Chopra and Manoj Kumar married art with integrity and melody reigned supreme in the remarkable genius of Naushad, Sachin Dev Burman, Shankar Jaikishan, Ravi and Rahul Dev Burman.

Affectionately referred to as the golden period of cinema, the 60s epitomises inventive imagery, keen artistry and splendid showmanship. compiles a list of Ten Must-Watch Hindi Films born during this breathtaking decade.

Mughal-E-Azam, 1960

Somewhere in the royal chambers of a grand palace, forbidden love blooms between a smitten Prince and an ethereal court dancer, against the mellifluous alaap of maestro Tansen. It's a timeless romance, which will test the fates and fortunes of two class-crossed lovers. It will also challenge the promise of an unfailing ruler.

K Asif's larger-than-life, laborious vision is a golden chapter in the illustrious books of Hindi film history. Its magnificent stage, lavish details, splendor-filled soundtrack, well-nuanced penmanship and soulful performances, especially by the indescribably poignant Madhubala, tell inspiring stories of unsurpassed imagination and everlasting passion.

Text: Sukanya Verma

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