Day 2 - Movie that defined a generation: “Sholay” (1975)

I thought a lot about this one. Which movie defined a generation? First I thought of Bobby as this whole idea about teenage love started trending like nothing else, but then I realized there is only one movie that did not only define a generation, but many generations, lifetimes, ideals: Sholay.

The most successful movie old hindi cinema brought to the world and to the hearts and minds of many people. Let’s be honest: the story of “Sholay” isn’t that individual, we have seen the good-bad thing, the romance, the fights, we’ve seen all of that. But the way Sholay shows friendship in such an honest and remarkably way is amazing and definitely definied more than one generation.

Freedom, love, friendship, honesty, fighting for the good - thank you, Mr. Sippy, for this one!

Which movie do you think defined a generation or more generations the most?


In the 70s and 80s, Rajshri Productions made a number of movies that were described by terms like “family”, “traditional” and ‘wholesome". Like with the films of Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee of the same period, the everyday fashions of these movies approximate Indian middle class attire of the time more than Bollywood.

70s styles are represented by Jaya Bhaduri in Piya Ka Ghar (1), Leena Chandavarkar in Honeymoon (2), Rameshwari in Dulhan Wahi Jo  Piya Man Bhaye (3), Rita Bhaduri in Raadha aur Seeta (4) and Zarina Wahab in Chitchor - which had a rural setting (5). And the early 80s by Debashree Roy in Jiyo to Aiso Jiyo (6) and Shabana Azmi in Ek Baar Kaho (7).

Pic Source is here, some excellent stills in there.