A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way
John C. Maxwell
A leader never follows others but create an own path to move and make others to move through it. You can see many leaders in Bollywood also which made many others follow their suite. Instead of repeating the winning equations, these leaders dared to experiment which resulted in some all-time classics. Here are some such movies that set a new trend in Bollywood.
Unlike in the western hemisphere of the world, sentiments and relations play important roles in oriental arts and literature. Such emotional stories will lose the charm when the climax is known and will not be worth for a second reading or viewing. That could be the reason for the filmmakers of 1940’s and 50’s to rely on script specially made for the film.
On those days one director dared to picture a well read popular novel. When director Bimal Roy adopted Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s popular novel “Devdas” for his new movie many eyebrows have raised. The decision has been rejected as a foolish one by many industry experts as viewers will not be interested to see the movie because they already know the script. However, the daring director did not go back from his plan and thus Bollywood got an all time classic “Devdas”.
It was just a beginning and many popular novels and short stories started finding a place in the tinsel world. Thus, Devdas set a new trend in Bollywood. It bagged national awards for Third Best Film, Best actor (Dileep Kumar) Best Supporting actor (Motilal) and Best supporting actress (Vyjayanthimala) in that year.
Mother India (1957)
Even in the modern days, most of the Bollywood movies are hero oriented. Many filmmakers consider lead ladies as just tools to complement the character of heroes. Then, you can imagine the mindset of people in more conservative days as in 1950’s. At that time there was a filmmaker who thought a bit different from others.
Director Mehboob Khan remade his 1940’s movie “Aurat” with a different touch to give more colors to the role of the lead lady. Nargis who appeared in the title role was successful in understanding the role completely. When all other artists also worked hard, there happened another trendsetter in Bollywood “Mother India” which paved way for many women-oriented themes in Bollywood. Besides, it was the first movie to use western classical music among Bollywood movies and thus started another trend too.
Mother India won Many Filmfare Awards including best film, best actress, best cinematography etc.
Mughal E Azam (1960)
History and historical events have induced the imagination of many many writers and many fictitious plots have generated from such incidents. Many movies on such plots which are purely fictitious but related to a specific period of history have been produced in different Indian languages and most of them became super hits too.
Mughal E Azam started this trend in 1960. It took long 12 years for the director K Asif to complete the movie and it became the most expensive movie of the time with a total investment of 1.5 Cr (in 1960). The movie depicting the love story between Prince Salim (Emperor Jahangir) and Anarkali, a court dancer in the durbar of Emperor Akbar became a hit with the audience and started a new trend with epic dramas.
Dileep Kumar and Madhubala played the lead roles of Salim and Anarkali and Prithviraj Kapoor Played the role of Emperor Akbar.
Once the cinemas were the art of elite class and the music and dances performed in the movies were purely classic. Even a blend of some other forms was not tolerated and regarded and considered substandard. At this point of time Director, Kamal Amrohi dared to introduce native Mujra dance into the movies.
Mujra, which is a blend of Kathak, a classical form of dance and many folk dances used to play on mehfils and he brought in a Mujra dancer as the heroine in the movie. The music and dance in the movie were a different experience to the audience. Meena Kumari played the lead role and the film took 14 years to complete. The actress, who will be ever remembered for her excellent performance as a local dancer died after a few days of the release of the film.
Although the movie was a success in box office, it did not receive any major awards but became a catalyst in bringing more forms of folk arts to movies.
Love stories were not rare in movies even in those days but they all depicted the romance between matured couples. A conservative society cannot even think about teenagers romancing on those days. Love, romance, and sex were reserved only for the adults on those days.
At that time the biggest ever showman of Indian film industry, Raj Kapoor came up with a unique theme of teenage love. The movie telling the story of a 17-year boy romancing 16 years old went hit with the audience and paved way for many teenage love stories in Bollywood.
Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia debuted through this movie. Prem Nath, who played the role of the father of Dimple Kapadia’s father who is a fisherman spent almost one month with fishermen to get perfect in the role.
If a film has to be nominated as the Bollywood movie of last century, without a doubt, it will be Sholay. It was really a trend setter for action and adventurous movies. Probably, it will be the first Bollywood film that picturized many breathtaking stunt scenes involving men, horses, and guns.
Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan were in the lead roles. Sanjeev Kumar appeared in a prominent role. However, comparatively a newcomer Amjad Khan attracted the attention and Gabbar Singh, the character he enacted became the face of the movie.
This Ramesh Sippy Directed movie created many collection records on those days by celebrating 25 weeks continuous run in more than 100 theaters across the nation and 50 weeks in about 65 theaters. Many movies have come up later telling the stories of dacoits taking inspiration from the success of this movie.
Mr. India (1987)
Although superheroes such as Phantom and Superman are popular in Hollywood, it was not a favorite subject for Indian movies till the release of Mr. India in 1987. This sci-fi superhero movie was the highest grosser in 1987 and many of its dialogues and songs were heard across India for many more years.
Shekhar Kapur directed the movie in which Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, and Amrish Puri appeared in prominent roles. The antagonist Mogambo, enacted by Amrish Puri has considered one of the best roles did by the actor. The protagonist role was offered to Amitabh Bachchan earlier and when he denied it Anil Kapoor got the chance. The movie was a turning point in his career too.
Mr. India inspired many filmmakers to come up with superheroes and thus set a new trend in Bollywood.