Films have an undeniable control over our emotions.It can make us cry,make us laugh,make us gasp all at the same time.Bollywood’s large,colourful canvas of films brimming with emotions,melodrama and tragedy that we Indians so love is at most times successful in making us shed some tears.Hear I’ve listed down a few Bollywood films that made me cry.
1)SADMA: In another year its going to be 30.But its power to invoke tears out of your eyes is more than any other film released in the past 30 days. Unquestionably powerful, realistic cinema at it’s best, Sadma is one of the few films that though I found unbearable to watch, I watched it right till the end credits rolled by, nothing less than gobsmacked.Extracting career best performances from two of the most talented and versatile screen performers of Indian cinema(yes not just Hindi cinema)Sridevi and Kamal Haasan,there is absolutely no question of Sadma’s cult status or why after so many years it’s still the no.1 tearjerker of all time. Following an accident-triggered amnesia and autism, a young woman relies on a compassionate teacher's support and efforts to get better. Their precious bond, however, ends in an awfully tragic manner, as played out in the final scene at a railway station, with fate insistent on a cruel reversal of fortunes. Kamal Haasan's despair and desperation when he confronts her at the railway platform while Sri mistakes him for a crazy beggar and Sridevi’s dazed,proud look just renders you speechless.Sadma provides plenty of opportunities for hysterical sobs of course,but the ending of the film is the most impactful,powerful,grimmest,frightening ending a Hindi film ever had.So frightening that it made me even hate Sridevi for a moment.Hankies out!!!!
2)ANAND:A few days ago when our own Anand’s Zindagi Ka Safar ended for real,I held back those tears in his honour,sad maybe but not crying,because Rajesh Khanna hates tears.In the next evening however when MAX was showing Anand,I couldn’t control those pearlies any longer,and they just started streaming down my face. When you see Rajesh Khanna infuse Anand with irresistible energy and infectious charm as the animated young man savoring every single moment of his fast diminishing life,you can do nothing but applaud his courage on one hand and weep for his inevitable fate on the other. And his grand,magnificent though heart wrenching,scintillating parting line- 'Babumoshai,zindagi ek rang manch hai aur hum sab is rang manch par kathputliyan hain. Humsabki dor upar wale ke haath mein hai. Kab kiski dor khich jaaye koi nahi jaanta.Ha-ha-ha- ha- ha.',just hurts so much and so bad it’s quite unbelievable. RIP KAKA.
3)TAARE ZAMEEN PAR: OMG I remember taking my mother to see this film back in 2007,and I remember how we two completely wetted those clean hankies with salty tears!!!Nothing short of a masterpiece,Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par should be the textbook for filmmakers who want to create a heck of a tearjerker.It sheds light on the challenges of dyslexia and parenting while portraying the delicate workings of a child's mind, creativity and imagination.Some of the scenes in this film just took my breath away such as the scene where Ishaan’s teacher scolds him and hits him hard on his hand.But nothing,and I repeat nothing made me cry as much as the “Meri Maa”song. I just bawled like a baby and wetted my clothes,and probably most of you’ll did the same,for all of us could in some way or the other relate to the characters onscreen-whether it is the desolate,lonely,downtrodden Ishaan,his stricken,caring mother or scolding,strict father.
4)MOTHER INDIA: The trials and tribulations faced by Nargis as Radha in Mehboob Khan's epic elevate her to the grand stature of Mother India.Masked in poverty and poor harvest, abandoned by her invalid husband, victim of attempted molestation, Radha rises above every adversity without compromising on her virtue or honor. Nargis faces the final test of her unyielding moral stand after her bandit son threatens to abduct a village girl from her marriage procession.Choosing integrity over blood, she fires a bullet into her misguided son to become a shining but tragic example that earns her title of Mother India in Mehboob Khan's unforgettable epic.Shocking indeed,but just so powerful that you have no option but to weep like a child.
5)DEVDAS(1955 AND 2002):Though I’m not at all a fan of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s grand retelling of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s famous and enduring tragic romance novel,I cannot deny that the last scene though OTT and melodramatic is one of the most endearing scenes ever. The scene where he breathes his last outside Paro's doorstep and the latter's horrific discovery of the same is written in such bleak taste, it unfailingly hurts.For the old one however I have nothing but words of praise.Dilip Kumar,Vyjantimala and Suchitra Sen brought to life Devdas,Paro and Chandramukhi in a way very few before or after them could.And the pain and emotion that each of their eyes contain,is like an ocean.
6)GUZAARISH:When you are watching a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film it is mandatory to keep a box of tissues beside you.Awe-inspiring tales of grandeur,love,and old world lavishness,SLB is a director who can squeeze out tears from your eyes,at most times when it’s unexpected. Guzaarish, which deals with a paraplegic magician requesting euthanasia,works well only due to-Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai.The expressive countenance and nervous baritone to articulate the despair, resignation and wry humour in unspoken words behind the actor’s amber eyes and the feeling of unflinching love in Ash’s gorgeous face just puts it on another level altogether.Try not to cry in the last scene!!
7)RANG DE BASANTI: Essentially a film that starts as a frolicsome exercise chronicling a bunch of closely-knit friends,but soon turns into a nightmare due to the unexpected demise of their pilot friend. I sobbed throughout this film so much,that I think the rest of the theatre was disturbed.Then inspired by Bhagat Singh they become the torchbearers of a rebellion against corruption,and the ending scene where they meet their final,bloody death is just gruesome.
8)KAL HO NA HO:This in my eyes is the best work of Karan Johar to date.It might be more glamourized and a world of fantasy like most of his films,but it has a touch of realism,a true,big heart that surrenders to every possible shortcoming.Aman is a dying man struck with a terrible heart disease,who loves girl-next-door Naina who in turn is loved by Rohit. However Aman knowing his short life span lies to Naina,and sacrifices his love to Rohit for her sake. The emotion and feeling in each actor’s eyes,and the look of death that overshadow’s SRK is enough to take out our hankies.
9)MASOOM:There have been several films about the “other woman”,but no one has ever tried seeing the perspective from the eyes of the ‘other child’.And what eyes they are-achingly blue eyes of Jugal Hansraj,innocent but humiliated.And the last scene when he says- 'Mujhe maloom hai...ke woh mere papa hain. Chitthi mein likha hai.' And then, not knowing how else to deal with such humiliation and denial, simply hides his face in the wall and cries like only an eight-year-old can.
10)BLACK:With a career best performance from Rani Mukherjee as the deaf,blind,mute Michelle and and a heart-wrenching one by Big B as her teacher,SLB’s third film on this list is a modern classic.However the thing that makes this film work is Rani Mukherjee. Her desperation,willingness and curiosity to see the world,listen to people and say a few words herself is so grim and so finely detailed that it can make you cringe. And the scene where she finally gets her graduation and breaks down on the phone while talking to her mother…..Well,no words!!!
11)KAAGAZ KE PHOOL: A box office bomb when it came out,but now resurrected as a world cinema classic,Guru Dutt’s Kaagaz Ke Phool is the most endearing film the film industry has made about itself. The last scene when Suresh remembers his glorious past as a director,his undying love and passionate affair with Shanti,while knowing he is beyond redemption,and slowly dies in the director’s chair in an empty studio,lonely and forgotten is so deeply saddening it’s unforgivable.
12)SWADES: A huge percentage of Indians settled abroad could relate with the dilemma and melancholy associated with the choices of Mohan Bhargav in Ashutosh Gowariker's pertinent interpretation of patriotism.And that is why it’s not too hard for the tears to come flowing.Shahrukh Khan’s moving,heart-touching performance makes it even easier.
13)SAHIB BIWI AUR GHULAM:This film marks one of the best female performances in Bollywood history by tragedy queen Meena Kumari.As the lonely,neglected wife of a zamindar,the pain and tragedy and feeling of despair that crooses her face everytime when she makes pathetic attempts to get the other person’s attention is one of saddest scenes depicting the plight and subjugation of women in the male-dominated society of 19th century India.
14) KUCH KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI:Both the films are one of my all time fave tearjerkers and its impossible to choose between the two. When a tearful Kajol cries out, 'Mera pehla pyaar adhoora reh gaya, Rifat bi,' on discovering her BFF (Shah Rukh Khan) is in love with another girl (Rani Mukerji)those tear glands start itching and in a few more moments it’s weep,weep,weep.
15)VEER ZAAR :Veer-Zara set against the backdrop of conflict between India and Pakistan,follows the unfortunate love story of an Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh, and a Pakistani woman hailing from a rich political family of Lahore, Zaara Haayat Khan, who are separated for over twenty years. Saamiya Siddiqui, a Pakistani lawyer, finds Veer in prison, and upon listening to his story, tries to get him freed.
So guys these are just some of the films that made me cry.I would luv to know which films made you'll cry???
And sorry for the post running too long,cause when once I start writing I can't stop.Cheerio:)))