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Seven evergreen classics of Hindi cinema to watch on ShemarooMe

Hia Datta

Hia Datta
Jul 21, 2021

Classics in cinema transcend age and time to serve universal themes of the human condition whenever we watch them. Even if they speak of and are set in a bygone era, the intricacies of characters, their complexities and dilemmas resonate with viewers even now. 

OTTplay takes you through a list of evergreen classics in Hindi cinema that are streaming on ShemarooMe.

1
Do Bigha Zamin
8.8OTTplay Rating
Do Bigha Zamin: In this Bimal Roy directorial, when a landlord threatens to usurp the land of a poor farmer, Shambu played by Balraj Sahani and his family are in trouble. Shambu goes to Kolkata with his son Kanhaiya and works as a rickshaw puller to clear his debts. Unfortunately, he has an accident while pulling the rickshaw and his pregnant wife, on hearing of the accident, travels to Kolkata but is molested by a man in the city. Shambu has to save his land and his hospitalised wife now with his money.
2
Pyaasa
9OTTplay Rating
Pyaasa: Set in Calcutta, Vijay played by Guru Dutt is an idealist, struggling poet who writes poems about the poor and the homeless in post-Independence India. But both his brothers and the publishers scoff at him. Gulabo, a prostitute with a heart of gold played by Waheeda Rehman encourages him. This Guru Dutt directorial is widely considered to be one of the best films of Indian cinema.
3
Padosan
8.5OTTplay Rating
Padosan: This classic laugh riot directed by Jyoti Swaroop has Sunil Dutt as Bhola, the naïve young man who falls for his next-door neighbour Bindu played by Saira Banu. Bhola pretends to be a famous singer to woo her musically with the help of his talented musically inclined friend Vidyapati (Kishore Kumar). He is up against Master Pillai (Mehmood), and when Bindu is aware of Bhola’s trickery, she decides to marry in anger. The famous song Ek Chatur Naar, between Bhola and Master Pillai, is the highlight of the film.
4
Pakeezah
7.9OTTplay Rating
Pakeezah: Directed by Kamal Arohi, this all-time classic in Hindi cinema revolves around Sahibjaan, a gorgeous courtesan played by Meena Kumari. She is caught in the cycle of prostitution and unable to break away from it. At this point, along comes a young forest ranger named Salim, played by Raaj Kumar who falls in love with her, enamoured by her beauty and innocence. His parents however oppose their marriage and the story unfolds from thereon.
5
Chitchor
7.3OTTplay Rating
Chitchor: Geeta (Zaina Wahab) is set to marry a young engineer. But her father brings home the wrong man, Vinod (Amol Palekar) instead. Geeta and Vinod fall in love and everything is hunky-dory until the family receives a letter that upturns everything. The film was a jubilee hit when it was released.
6
Bhumika
7.6OTTplay Rating
Bhumika: The Role: In this Shyam Benegal directorial, Usha (Smita Patil) is from the Devadasi tradition, and has been exploited by men ever since she wasa teenager. She becomes an actress and is exploited by her selfish husband Keshav Dalvi (Amol Palekar). She finds solace and love in the star Rajan (Anant Nag), only to be rejected and searches for love in the flawed men who appear in her life, only to be disappointed in love. The film won two National Film Awards along with the Filmfare Best Movie Award.
7
Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
8.3OTTplay Rating
Chalti Ka Naam Gadi: This Satyen Bose directorial is a musical comedy that went on to inspire several films like Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi, Saade Maade Teen to the 2015 Shahrukh-Kajol starrer Dilwale. Brijmohan Sharma played by Ashok Kumar hates women after a misunderstanding makes him believe that his beloved abandoned him for a richer man. Thereafter, he encourages his brothers, Manmohan Sharma played by Kishore Kumar, and Jagmohan Sharma played by Anoop Kumar to be wary of women.
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