Feel good Old Hindi romcoms: The OTT has hooked us all to true-crime docuseries and as much as it’s fun, it is exhausting. How about tuning into some feel-good old Hindi romcoms from the Eastman era? For the unversed, colour television between the 1960s to 1980s was called Eastman colour or as we know multicolour in the modern-day.
Let’s agree on the fact that each era has its own charm and we have learnt to appreciate all things retro as we grew up. The fantasy world created in front of the camera then was not very far from the truth of the era and the reality of the people living in it. They can range from satire to thriller to romance, but each of these genres somewhere remained interconnected in films.
Actors like Tun Tun, Jonny Walker, and Mahmood amongst others were known for their comedic timings and it was a popular saying that they could have a plot of their own, which can run parallel to the original film. These five romcoms unlike their predecessors are not over-the-top fairytale-like stories that approve of the toxic obsessive behaviour of men. The Five romcoms, we compiled for you, are slice-of-life romcoms that will definitely make you feel represented and also make you laugh with the impeccable comedy.
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Feel Good Old Hindi Romcoms That You Need To Check Out Now
Gol Maal (1979)
No, this was not the one that Rohit Shetty directed! This film was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and written by Rahi Masoom Raza and Sachin Bhowmick. The 1979 film revolved around Ramprasad Dashrathprasad Sharma (Amol Palekar) who is a qualified CA on the lookout for a job. His family includes a sister named Ratna (Manju Singh). Sharma is asked by his uncle to apply to Bhavani Shankar’s organisation.
Shankar respects men with moustaches and thinks that they should have no interest in sport, movies, or theatres, completely opposite of Palekar’s Ramprasad. He ends up hiding his “real” self and the process of fooling the employer transcends into a hilarious plotline which becomes funnier when the romance of Sharma and Shankar’s daughter Urmila (Bindiya Goswami) gets added to the concoction. This film has inspired other films like Bol Bachchan (Hindi) and Masala (Telugu).
Another Hrishikesh Mukherjee directorial which is a must watch! It released on January 25 in 1980 and is filled with satire, mischief and rebellion to the brink. It was about a young woman Manju Dayal, played by Rekha, who does not mince her words and is direct. In one of the scenes, she slams her sister’s fiance for not turning up to meet her.
The plotline develops after the wedding of Manju’s elder sister. Manju visits her sister and is quickly disapproved by her in-law Nirmala Gupta, played by Dina Pathak but gradually she adjusts to the household. While Manju’s antics wreak havoc for Nirmala, a romance blossoms between Dr Inder Gupta and Manju. Does everything end well for their romance? Well, you’ll have to watch the film to know!
Chupke Chupke (1975)
The 1975 Hrishikesh Mukherjee, film is a remake of a Bengali film named Chhadmabeshi which is based on a Bengali story Chhadobeshi. The film revolves around a series of funny mishaps that happen with Professor Parimal Tripathi, (Dharmendra) a botany professor who falls in love with Sulekha Chaturvedi (Sharmila Tagore). They end up marrying each other.
Post which she meets her brother-in-law Raghavendra, played by Om Prakash, whom she looks up to for his intellect. Then one fine day Parimal and Sulekha decide to prank him about them being unhappy together and Sulekha having an extra-marital affair with their driver Pyaaremohan, an alias Dharmendra opts for the prank. It also stars Jaya Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan in pivotal roles.
Chhoti Si Baat (1976)
It is a romantic comedy directed by Basu Chatterjee and is considered one of the best Hindi comedy films of the 70s. It was with this film that Amol Palekar’s comedic talent was established in the film industry. It is about a young man called Arun Pradeep, played by Palekar. He lacks self-confidence. He meets Prabha Narayan, played by Vidya Sinha at a bus stop and immediately falls in love.
However, he is unable to disclose it for the longest but Prabha knows and she secretly relishes his discomfort while waiting for him to make the first move. The twist in the story comes with Nagesh Shastri, played by Asrani. He is Prabha’s colleague and has her attention. What follows is a series of efforts by Arun to win Prabha’s love.
This musical drama was directed by Jyoti Swaroop and it was produced by Mehmood and NC Sippy. It was written by Rajendra Krishan. The film is a remake of a Bengali-language film named Pasher Bari from 1952. This film stars Sunil Dutt and Saira Banu in the lead role, while Kishore Kumar, Mukri, Raj Kishore and Keshto Mukherjee played the supporting roles. The film show rivalry between Sunil Dutt’s character Bhola and Mehmood’s character, who is a South Indian musician. In the film, Bindu, played by Banu is Bhola’s neighbour and tried to get her attention.
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