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Ancient India in modern day Screens
[ Thu, May 14, 2015 ]
  • Ancient India in modern day screens
    All set to release, the much anticipated Bombay Velvet is to hit the screens tomorrow. We are all quite familiar with the saying "old is gold" and it seems that the modern day directors are literally putting it into action.

    From the usual masala mix you get on screen, directors have been putting a bit more of effort in bridging the viewers of the 20th century back to late 19th century.

    Be it a biopic or a romantic thriller, the underlying fact is that the audience get to experience a world which they might be unaware of and at the same time don't have access too. A hit or flop, the reception of these movies among the viewers ranges differently.

    Let's take a look at some of the recent periodic Bollywood films.


  • Ancient India in modern day screens
    Bombay Velvet

    All set to release on 15 May, 2015, Bombay Velvet is an period crime drama film directed and co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, based on historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai fables. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar, the movie is set in 1960s Bombay, way before it became a metropolitan city.

  • Ancient India in modern day screens
    Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

    A 2015 Indian mystery thriller film directed by Dibakar Banerjee is based on the fictional detective created by the Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. The film stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari and Swastika Mukherjee.

    Set in 1942, the movie portrays the pre independence Calcutta were crime and goons walk hand in hand. For many viewers the set up showcased the lifestyle of the people who were living during the turbulent times of World War II.

    The picture of the pre-independence era was completed with vintage cars and old trams back on the streets

  • Ancient India in modern day screens
    Hawaizaada

    A biographic film directed by Vibhu Puri, Hawaizada features Ayushman Khuranna, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Sharda in the lead roles. Released on January 30th, 2015 the movie didn't do well in the box office.

    The movie is set in 1895 Mumbai and brilliantly portrays the lives of the people under the British rule. After watching the movie, one feels like questioning the patent rights of the Wright Brothers!


  • Ancient India in modern day screens
    Gunday

    The 2014 action crime thriller directed by Ali Abbas Zaffar, feature Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in the lead roles.

    The movie opens with historic independence of Bangladesh after the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. Gunday captures the essence of the struggling new country [Bangladesh], corruptible officers and the poverty that made many people to take refuge in its neighboring country [India].

  • Ancient India in modern day screens
    Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

    Based on the life of Milkha Singh, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a biographical sports drama. It was released on 12 july 2013 and did well at the box office.

    Set in 1947 to 1960s, it shows the important timeline in Milkha Singh's life. Parallel to the story runs the incidents and tensions of the India-Pakistan partition.

    The movie clearly brings out the impact that partition had in the lives of the people of both the countries.

  • Ancient India in modern day screens
    Lootera

    This 2013 periodic romantic drama by Vikramaditya Motwane was partly based on author O. Henry's 1907 short story "The Last Leaf". Set in the era of the 1950s, the film stars Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles.

    Even though The film garnered critical appreciation, it did not do well at the box office. The movie portrays post-independent India and the landlord system that was prevalent in the country at that time. The country also witnessed the closure of it in 1950s. The confusion it created among the people was well depicted in the movie.



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