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By Kashish Rai
Bollywood and Comedy are both entangled! Comedy genre so far has been loved and cherished by the audience who consume bollywood content. The Magic of comedy films is so enormous that they can give you the assertion of Success on the Box Office if the storyline is Spiffing and Gripping!
It also takes the effort of a Pragmatic Director who aptly knows how to make his audience laugh.
Today, I have brought a list of some Evergreen and Classic Bollywood Comedies which are inordinate in their own Aesthetic and my personal favourite. I have tried to append all classic and cult comedies which were a huge hit!
No matter the Era, no matter the generation, you will always enjoy these movies with the same Fervour! Have a Look~
CHALTI KA NAAM GAADI (1958)
DIRECTOR: Satyen Bose
STARRING: Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Ashok Kumar, Manoj Kumar
Being one of the finest Comedies in Bollywood of all time, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi is a natural and reasonable film. This film is a comedy drama about how a rich girl meets a simpleton motor mechanic and how they fell in love in the wake of Dangers to the family. The songs in this film are extremely Catchy. Beyond a standard frame of cinema, this film excels in so many things you’ll later understand once you watch it.
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DIRECTOR: Jyoti Swaroop
STARRING: Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Kishore Kumar, Mehmood
Padosan is a beautiful film that revolves around the story of a beautiful girl (Saira Banu) and her neighbour (Sunil Dutt) who is a simple and jolly fellow but loves her very secretly. With a whacky plot, there are many sequences that will make you laugh in a sum! It’s a Romantic comedy. Along with the story, the songs are absolutely alluring. The Song “Mere saamne vali Khidki mein” is still hummed by many. Surely, the movie will leave an indelible imprint on your heart and mind!
GOL MAAL (1979)
DIRECTOR: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
STARRING: Amol Palekar, Utpal Dutt, Bindiya Goswami
Being one of the most hilarious Comedies of bollywood, Gol Maal is a satire that revolves around a plot confined to the situation created by a Man’s simple lie to secure his job, which eventually gets escalated with more complex lies when his orthodox boss gets suspicious of it! The acting and music in this film makes up for most of the scenes. Eventually, Gol Maal was a huge hit in terms of Box Office Collection.
STARRING: Sanjeev Kumar, Devan Verma, Maushumi Chatterjee, Aruna Irani, Deepti Naval
Angoor is a splendid classic comedy based on Shakespeare’s play “Comedy of Errors”. The film is full of comic situations derived out of two pairs of twins who are identical. Director Gulzar Sahab has done a tremendous job in maintaining the stream of humour as that of the play while Presenting the story in the form of a film. He has produced this hilarious and startling comedy in Indian context. The background score is thoroughly realistical! If you are a fan of comedies, then this should be a must watch for you.
JAANE BHI DO YAARON (1983)
DIRECTOR: Kundan Shah
STARRING: Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Ravi Baswani, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Neena Gupta, Ashok Banthiya
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron is a pure and clean satirical comedy reflecting the corruption in Indian Political system, Business and Bureaucracy. This movie will make you Understand the gap of thoughts between classes in India. This film is a classic contemporary movie, it’s charm will never fade away as long as corruption, comedy and conspiracy will live in the Indian Society. This film is a must watch, being one of the most dark comedy in the history of Bollywood.
The Comedy Genre without any doubt is not a new trend in Indian Cinema, it is one of the most utilized genres and the films that come under it have always been beautifully crafted and came out as Paisa-Vasool Entertainers.
Comedy is the most inseparable part of the Indian Film Industry and we should be Thankful for it!
GENEVA — The battle to stem climate change may be lost as new information indicates the Amazon rain forest is turning from a carbon sink – or area that absorbs CO2 – into a source of carbon dioxide, the World Meteorological Organization warns.
The latest edition of the WMO's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reports emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide once again broke all records last year.
The U.N. agency's report warns the concentrations of these greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere are driving climate change. It says carbon dioxide, the single most important greenhouse gas, accounts for approximately 66 percent of the warming effect on the climate.
The secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas, says about half of CO2 emissions remain in the atmosphere for centuries. He says the other half is taken up by oceans and land ecosystems.
He says it is not clear for how much longer forested areas, often referred to as the lungs of the Earth, will continue to act as effective carbon sinks.
"We have already seen some alarming indications that, for example, Amazonian rain forest ecosystem, which used to be a major sink of carbon, has become now a source of carbon, which is alarming," Taalas said. "And this is related to deforestation in the area and also changes in local climate because of this deforestation."
Oksana Tarasova, who heads the WMO's Atmospheric and Environment Research Division, says the WMO only now is revealing this new finding because it has taken nine years of observation to gather the measurement data set needed to understand the changes taking place. She says not all of the Amazon forests are turning from a carbon sink to a net producer of carbon.
"So, the Western part of the Amazonia still continues to work as a carbon sink at this point. But we do not know for how long that will continue this way," Tarasova said. "We are making the measurements there and keeping our track of what is happening there. … I would take the whole Amazonia as a whole that is seen that it is a sink, but its capacity is substantially reduced."
Meteorologists say climate change negotiators at an upcoming conference in Scotland must take concrete action and make concrete pledges to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
They say setting carbon-neutral targets will not work in stemming climate change. They also warn the world is heading toward a temperature rise of 2.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. This, they say, is far more than the Paris Agreement target of 1.5 to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Climate change, amazon rain forest, UN Agency Warns, World Meteorological Organization, greenhouse gas emissions.
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Receiving compliments is something that a majority of us enjoy. Compliments, after all, make us feel good about ourselves. Sometimes compliments intended to be flattering turn out to be a tremendous turn-off, and in some cases, they are insulting. 'Beauty with brains is one of those compliments. So, is 'beauty with brains' a compliment? Without further ado, I would confidently say- NO! It doesn't matter what your gender, colour, or identity is. The answer is clearly a no.
Beauty with a brain suggests that you can only have one of these qualities and that you are an 'exception' if you possess both. "Oh, Wow! You are a beauty with brains" is a phrase that women often hear. This statement is used when a female exhibits characteristics that indicate she is intelligent. People are taken aback if they see a wise and beautiful woman because women are stereotyped to be either beautiful or brainy. The concern with this is that it is naturally assumed that men are intelligent. Women, on the other hand, are supposed to have a natural beauty. If she isn't attractive according to the norms laid down by society, it is expected that she would at the very least be intelligent. When someone manages to be both, it is regarded as a significant accomplishment.
People are taken aback if they see a wise and beautiful woman because women are stereotyped to be either beautiful or brainy. | Photo by Unsplash
Women are being stereotyped into two attributes: being attractive and being intelligent, and they are being conditioned to think that these characteristics cannot exist together. When you tell someone that they are not beautiful, you are implicitly attempting to fit them into the so-called "beauty standards" that today's era is so preoccupied with maintaining. And that is a significant issue. We are not required to fit in; we should take the risk of being unusual.
Many movies, television series, and even advertisements depict the female lead as someone who is the attractive one, well-dressed, with a face full of makeup and lovely hair. On the other hand, the intelligent girl is usually the one with unkempt hair, strange fashion sense, and little to no makeup.
While our generation has been the target of insulting and sexist slurs that have caused us to question our abilities on several occasions, let us work together to reverse the trend. Let us educate each other that beauty and intelligence can coexist and that we are all beautiful in our way and don't need to fit in the so-called standards set by our draconian society.
Keywords: women mental health, beauty, brains, men, intelligence society
Malgudi, a small fictional town in South India has been part of the childhood of most Indians. It is an old, shabby, and peaceful town that is unruffled by politics. The stories set in this small town ring the sense of belongingness in the hearts of its readers. The familiar feeling that feels like home resonates with their soul. And teaches important life lessons to the readers through simple tales. Malgudi Days is one of the books that every Indian child should read. The book is a compilation of 32 short stories that paint a beautiful picture of small-town in India around the '60s and '70s
R. K. Narayan, one of the most well-known and popular writers within India and outside India is the creator of this town and the occurrences of this town. The stories follow the characters Swami and his friends through their everyday lives. Be it the story of fake astrologers who scam and loot the people by his cleverness, or the story of a blind beggar and his dog where the money blinded the man with greed; each story has a lesson to learn, morals and values hidden in it. As the stories are simple, easy to understand yet heart-touching it makes it easy for the kids to connect with each character and imagine the story as if the reader themselves were the protagonist of the story. In simple words, we can say that R.K. Narayan simply told stories of ordinary people trying to live their simple lives in a changing world.
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As written during the Indian Independence movements and finally published in 1943. The stories in the Malgudi days beautifully encapsulated the transitioning milieu of the British era to post-Independence India. Each of the stories portrays a facet of life in Malgudi and simultaneously a life in an Indian town. R.K. Narayan was one of the first writers who pioneered Indian writings in the English language and the book was later republished outside India in 1982 by Penguin Classics. Thus, the book enjoyed a worldwide audience. The New York Times even described the virtue of the book as "everyone in the book seems to have a capacity for responding to the quality of his particular hour. It's an art we need to study and revive."
The beautiful storytelling of the book was assisted by beautiful illustrations allowing the children to let their imagination teleport them to the world of Malgudi. All the illustrations in the book were illustrated by the world-renowned cartoonist, R.K. Laxman who is also R.K. Narayan's younger brother. The illustrations complimented the scenes from the stories and excited the children, keeping them engaged in reading the book for hours.
The illustrations complimented the scenes from the stories.Pixabay
The short stories from Malgudi Days were later adapted into a television adaptation in 1986. This show was directed by actor and director Shankar Nag. It was filmed both in Hindi and English, containing 54 episodes and the first 13 episodes respectively. Later the series was revived for additional 15 episodes. The show featured several popular celebrities from the Kannada film industry of those days – Girish Karnad, Vishnuvardhan, Ananth Nag, Arundhati Nag and Vaishali Kasaravalli, to name a few. The series was premiered on the Doordarshan channel and became the window into the town Malgudi for many. The show did not only excel in its storyline the TV adaptation elevated the storytelling as the show was technically very sound and stood out in its fantastic detailing in terms of locations and sets. With the cinematography being creative The Malgudi days- TV series once again warmed the hearts of both young ones and adults.
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Malgudi- our childhood home
Malgudi days hold a special place in the hearts of whoever has read the book as a child. With the detailed descriptions of the town and stories one almost gets a feeling that they've visited the place themselves. The characters, Swami and his friends feel like they were all readers' childhood friends. The surreal feeling of being home in the world of Malgudi. The world of Malgudi is intimate, warm, lifelike, and engaging. The setting is modern, and the life portrayed in these stories is contemporary. Still, there is an old-time air about It. R K Narayan once described Malgudi as "Malgudi is where we all belong, and where we wish we lived."
Keywords: Malgudi days, Malgudi, R K Narayan, R K Laxman, storytelling, our childhood home Malgudi