shatranj ke khiladi

Recommendations - Hindi Movies (1940′s - 80′s).

@myluckyerror privately asked me for a few movie tips between the 40′s and 60′s. I thought this could be interesting for more people, so I decided to make an offical post out of this. I will add more movies to this list if I find them recommendable after watching.


  • Aag (1948)
  • Mahal (1949)
  • Andaz * (1949)
  • Barsaat (1949)

*Andaz is a visually beautiful and fast-paced film with an interesting storyline. But there is a lot of misogyny in the second half. You should be aware of that before watching it.


  • Awaara (1951)
  • Albela (1951)
  • Tarana (1951)
  • Baaz (1953)
  • Shree 420 (1955)
  • Pehli Jhalak (1955)
  • Devdas (1955)
  • Mr. and Mrs. ‘55 (1955)*
  • Chori Chori (1956)
  • New Delhi (1956)
  • Jagte Raho (1956)
  • Pyaasa (1957)
  • Ek-Saal (1957)
  • Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
  • Kala Pani (1958)
  • Dilli Ka Thug (1958)
  • Parvarish (1958)
  • Dil Deke Dekho (1959)

*Mr. and Mrs. ‘55 was a wonderful movie, that supported strong women and the choices they made independently, until all of that was crushed and turned into misogyny about 30 minutes before the movie ended. Keep that in mind before watching it.

Movies I haven’t seen yet, but definitely want to watch: Anari (1959), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Parineeta (1953), Naya Daur (1957), Miss Mary (1957), Madhumati (1958), Baazi (1951), Amar (1954), Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957), Taxi Driver (1954), Paying Guest (1957), Mother India (1957)


  • Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
  • Barsaat Ki Raat (1960)
  • Chhalia (1960)
  • Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960)
  • Junglee (1961)
  • Half Ticket (1962)*
  • Naughty Boy (1962)
  • Mujhe Jeene Do (1963)
  • Teesri Kasam (1966)
  • Amrapali (1966)
  • Jewel Thief (1967)
  • An Evening in Paris (1967)
  • Padosan (1968)
  • Prince (1969)

*Half Ticket is a bit stupid from time to time, but it is a good and simple comedy with Kishore Kumar and Madhubala. So if you don’t search for an epic movie and just want a little bit of light comedy, this is the one for you.

Movies I haven’t seen yet, but definitely want to watch: Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1961), Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), Teesri Manzil (1966), Aradhana (1969), Woh Kaun Thi? (1964), Gumnaam (1965), Guide (1965), Sangam (1964)


  • Mera Naam Joker (1970)
  • Purab Aur Pachhim (1970)
  • Khamoshi (1970)
  • Haré Raama Haré Krishna (1971)
  • Seeta Aur Geeta (1972)
  • Raja Jani (1972)
  • Sholay (1975)
  • Kala Sona (1975)
  • Dharmatma (1975)*
  • Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
  • Kaala Patthar (1979)

* Dharmatma is Feroz Khan’s remake of the Godfather. Especially the scenes with Hema Malini (who is playing the pendant to Apollonia Vitelli) are visually stunning and include great songs. If you watch Dharmatma as a single project, you probably will like it. If you see it as a remake of the Godfather, you will be extremely disappointed.

Movies I haven’t seen yet, but definitely want to watch:  Pakeezah (1972), Koshish (1972), Majboor (1974), Chupke Chupke (1975), Abhimaan (1973), Kati Patang (1970), Khel Khel Mein (1975), Guddi (1971), Laila Majnu (1979), Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Bhumika (1977), Deewaar (1975),  Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977)


  • Shaan (1980)
  • Umrao Jaan (1981)
  • Kranti (1981)
  • Arth (1982)
  • Ashanti (1982)*
  • Namak Halaal (1982)
  • Razia Sultan (1983)

*Ashanti isn’t necessarily what you would call a great movie, but I enjoyed it anyways. And there are two reasons for it: Shabana Azmi - Zeenat Aman - Parveen Babi in one movie and the chemistry between Parveen Babi and Mithun Chakraborty. So if you like the actors you will probably enjoy it, otherwise there isn’t really a reason to watch.

Movies I haven’t seen yet, but definitely want to watch: Silsila (1981), Mirch Masala (1987), The Burning Train (1980), Nagina (1986),  Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), Chandni (1989)

Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh, 65, died late on Friday night due to heart attack in Dubai.

He was 65. “He has passed away,” a family member said, without disclosing any further details.

His body will be brought to Mumbai later in the day after completing the formalities in Dubai.

He was best known for his films during the 1970s and 1980s. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema.

Sheikh was best known for his roles in ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’, 'Chashme Baddoor’, 'Kissi Se Na Kehna’ and 'Noorie’.

His last film was 'Club 60’ and before that he was seen playing the role of a father to Ranbir Kapoor in 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. 

He acted in many serials and shows on television and performed on stage in famous productions. He also hosted the popular Zee TV show “Jeena issi ka naam hai” in which he interviewed many Bollywood celebrities.

What a great actor. May his soul rest in peace.