Mumbai: In an era of remakes, we pick iconic films that should never be recreated for celluloid success….


Mughal-e-Azam directed by K Asif proved to be a milestone in the history of Indian cinema. One of the best performances of Madhubala, the film wonderfully portrayed the love between a prince and his servant, the royal Mughal era and the nuances of class divisions in the contemporary society of Mughal rule.


Directed by Yash Chopra it is said to be loosely inspired by the alleged real life love triangle of Amitabh-Jaya-Rekha, which was the most talked about affair back then.

This was also the last film to feature Rekha with Amitabh Bachchan, putting an end to this popular on-screen pair and their rumored off-screen affair, forever. The Film did only average business at the box office, much below than expectations. Over the years, however, it has gained strong cult following and today it is considered as a classic love triangle.


This film smells cult, cult and cult from every angle. Kamal Amrohi’s Pakeezah had a new perspective and angle to hitherto repeated stories on courtesans. Be it music like Chalo Dildaar Chalo or the sets of a Lucknow mansion or the sheer melody of the thumris, the film was an experience in its own right.

The film was not doing much on the box offices before news came in about the tragic death of Meena Kumari, just two months after the release of the movie. The aura of this classic still haunts us in the present with some path breaking music. Cinema- life and blood..did somebody say?


Guide was based on the critically acclaimed novel The Guide, by RK Narayan, and it was widely considered to be one of the master pieces of the Indian film industry. The film was a box office hit and proved memorable for its award winning performances by the lead actors and memorable music by S D Burman.

Mother India

Little had Mehboob Khan, Nargis and Sunil Dutt known in 1957 that they were in the process of making a cult film for their country.

Mother India, was a revolutionary film in its own right, enabling the woman protagonist to take the rebellious step of going against her own son and killing him. The film also embodied the Indian culture of self-sacrifice.

Chupke Chupke

Hrishikesh Mukherji has given a number of hilarious movies to the film industry but Chupke Chupke continues to be one of his most favoured classics. The story of a practical joke comes out in refreshingly remarkable way.

Kaagaz Ke Phool

Directed and produced by Guru Dutt who also played the lead role in the movie, The film was a box office disaster in its time but was later resurrected as a world cinema cult classic in the 1980s.


Pyaasa remains a legend for filmmakers and film lovers alike. The pathos of an artist in a commercial society and his yearn for love have been portrayed with so much conviction, you simply can't resist empathizing with the protagonist Vijay (played by Guru Dutt).


Mehmood as the south Indian musician and rival to Sunil Dutt was the highlight of the movie, Jyoti Swaroop took the comedy genre of Indian cinema to another level with this movie.


Ashok Kumar and Madhubala the hottest pair of the 20th century. The king of supernatural suspense that still sends down thrills down one’s spine, this is all about reincarnation.

This film is supposedly said to have put world cinema into motion with this new concept. The Reincarnation of peter Proud is an influence of Mahal. This is what Bollywood is all about. It can surprise you in the most unimaginable ways!


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