In India watching film is a kind of a picnic hence longer the film the more entertainment the audience derives. Hence most often whenever a big budget movie is released filmmakers make it a point to make it as long as possible to guarantee audiences get their money’s worth.
Thus keeping the tradition alive; filmmaker Farha Khan’s much anticipated Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer HAPPY NEW YEAR is 3 hour 8 minutes long! In addition Farha Khan as wrapped all the ingredients essential for a masala flick like imposing sets, lavish and vibrant costumes, marvelous music, mind-blowing dance and loads of action and stunts. In nutshell, a paisa vasool entertainer!
Raaga.Com takes readers down memory lane to top 5 movies that were magnum opus with long duration.
MERA NAAM JOKER (1970, 4 hours, four minutes)
Raj Kapoor’s MERA NAAM JOKER is Bollywood’s First movie that was 4 hours, four minutes and had two intervals. The movie was Raj Kapoor’s most ambitious film and had stars like Rajendra Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, and Raj Kapoor himself. It was the debut film of Rishi Kapoor as child artist.
The movie had great music by Shanker Jaikishen but the movie failed to click at the box office.
SANGAM (1964, 3 hours, 58 minutes)
Before MERA NAAM JOKER, Raj Kapoor made SANGAM. It was Raj Kapoor’s production’s First color film. SANGAM stars the filmmaker in a love triangle with Vyajayantimala and Rajendra Kumar. The romantic drama of close friends torn apart by secret love and consequences remains one of the most memorable blockbusters of the sixties. Hence encouraged by the movie’s success Raj Kapoor pumped all his resources and made MERA NAAM JOKER but unfortunately the movie could not repeat SANGAM’s success.
LAGAAN (2001, three hours, 44 minutes)
Aamir Khan’s cricket saga took the nation by storm and it was huge hit. Though the movie didn’t boost of expensive sets but its hard hitting patriotic theme did the trick. Initially director Ashutosh Gowariker’s bright idea of combining India's two primary passions: Cricket and cinema was discarded by many but Aamir Khan showed interest and produced the movie.
The movie not only won national awards but was also nominated at Oscar Awards.
HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN (1994, three hours, 26 minutes)
Sooraj Barjatya remade his father’s super flop film NADIYA KE PAAR (1982) which was based in rural India into a family drama set in Mumbai. The highlight of the movie was it music and dance and of course the flavour of a North Indian wedding. Starring Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan, the movie is regarded as all-time greatest Money-spinner.
SHOLAY (1975, 3 hours, 24 minutes)
It is perhaps Bollywood’s biggest magnums ever produced. It brought six top stars for the first time on screen. It introduced the technique of 70 MM screen and Stereophonic sound system. It run to packed houses for over five years at Mumbai’s Minerva Cinema.
Readers would be surprised to know that though SHOLAY was nominated in seven categories including best film and best director and best supporting actor (Gabbar Singh –Amjad Khan) but the movie won just one award. The award was well deserved for Best Editing.