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Mohammad Rafi

[Naushad on Mohammad Rafi] 'Give him a ghazal, a bhajan, a qawwali, a soft solo or a boisterous masti number... Mohammad Rafi would put his heart and soul into it.'

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    THE VAGABOND

    Raj Kapoor India, 1951

    Raj Kapoor’s watershed film belongs to the Golden Age of Hindi cinema, combining multiple genres and serving as a social critique of class in newly independent India. A milestone in introducing global audiences to Bollywood, the film also launched Kapoor’s illustrious Chaplinesque character.

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    TWO ACRES OF LAND

    Bimal Roy India, 1953

    A heart-wrenching survival story of a farming family, Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin poetically upholds the virtue of living by ethics despite morally challenging circumstances. Evocative performances by the legends Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy make the struggles of the protagonists extremely palpable.

    BARSAAT

    Raj Kapoor India, 1949

    Often listed as one of Hindi cinema’s best soundtracks, Barsaat marks the grand debut of music-director duo Shankar-Jaikishan. A music-filled romance whose beauty lies in its poetic simplicity, this classic holds audiences captive with Nargis and Raj Kapoor’s scintillating chemistry.

    DEVDAS

    Bimal Roy India, 1955

    One of the most adapted literary works in Indian cinema, Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Devdas finds a faithful version in this Bimal Roy film. Roy treats the tragic titular protagonist with deep empathy, making him human and thus offering an insight into his self-destructive love of pain.

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