The 60s decade is the golden era in the Bollywood history. This is the decade when Bollywood explored its creativity skills and produced some of the most memorable films in Bollywood cinema.
This era is also special because it is in this era that the trend of black and white cinema was replaced totally by Technicolor films. While the early years of the 60s saw many black and white movies, eventually Technicolor films took over and breathed a new air in Bollywood cinema. This is also the decade when the film industry got their first superstar in Rajesh Khanna.
As the early stars of the 50s graduated furthermore in the 60s, the Bollywood film fraternity also got new stars in Manoj Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Saira Banu, Sadhana, and more.
Best Bollywood Movies of the 60s
Films in the 60s were different not because of the versatility but for the experiments made with several different genres such as war drama, romance, comedy, horror, and others.
Here are the top Bollywood Movies in 1960s decade:
The epic Historical drama film changed the way we look at Bollywood cinema. To produce such a film at such a massive scale requires courage and that courage was shown by Shapoorji Pallonji who produced the film. Directed by K. Asif, the film stars the tragedy king Dilip Kumar and the gorgeous diva Madhubala in the lead roles, whereas Prithviraj Kapoor, Durga Khote, Ajit, and Murad play pivotal roles.
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960)
After working as a cinematographer in several Kapoor’s films, Radhu Karmakar finally got a break as a director with 1960 film Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai. The film tells us the story of a pure-hearted orphaned man who ends up with a group of bandits and tries to divert them in the path of righteousness. Whether he triumphs or fails forms the rest of the story. The film stars Raj Kapoor, Padmini, Pran, and Lalita Pawar in important roles.
Gunga Jumna (1961)
Gunga Jumna is an epic Bollywood film with the story of brothers who find themselves on the either side of the law. It is a 1961 dacoit drama directed by Nitin Bose. The titular roles of Gunga and Jumna are portrayed by Dilip Kumar and Nisar Khan, who are brothers in real life too. The film also stars Vyjayanthimala as the female lead. The theme of the film became a trendsetter for several Amitabh Bachchan’s blockbusters films like Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony, and Trishul.
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is a 1962 Hindi drama film based on the Bengali novel by Bimal Mitra. Directed by Abrar Alvi, the film depicts a dramatic story in the midst of the tragic downfall of feudalism in Bengal during the British Raj. The film stars Rehman, Meena Kumari, and Guru Dutt in the titular roles, whereas Waheeda Rehman plays an important character in the film.
A classic film of 1963, Bandini is directed by Bimal Roy. The film stars Nutan, Ashok Kumar, and Dharmendra in the lead roles. Based on a Bengali novel Tamasi by Jarasandha, the film tells the story of a woman serving life imprisonment for murder. However, the fact that she was imprisoned doesn’t justify the title of the film but her whole life where she is bound by misery, suffering, and most importantly love.
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Sangam is a 1964 romance drama directed by Raj Kapoor. The film is about a romantic triangle between the three lead characters in the film portrayed by Vyjayanthimala, Raj Kapoor, and Rajendra Kumar. It was Kapoor’s first color film and is even today considered as his best work. Also, it set a new trend of using foreign locations in Hindi films, especially the song sequences.
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Dosti is an Indian black and white and is focused on friendship as the title suggests. Directed by Satyen Bose, the film is about two boys, one blind, and the other cripple, who are united and become friends to help each other against the hardships in life. It was the second film of Rajshri Products, one of the major production houses in the country today. Dosti is one of the Best Bollywood Movies on Friendship or about Friends.
Woh Kaun Thi? (1964)
Woh Kaun Thi is a 1964 psychological mystery film starring Manoj Kumar and Sadhana in the lead roles, whereas Prem Chopra plays a supporting character. Directed by Raj Khosla, the film is about a Doctor played by Manoj Kumar who inherits a large fortune but later is haunted by a girl played by Sadhana. The plot takes a turning twist when he finds out that the girl he married is the same girl who was haunting him. Whether the mystery behind the girl unfolds or the doctor loses his mind, is what the rest of the film is all about.
Gumnaam is even today considered as the best suspense thriller film in the Bollywood history. Directed by Raj Nawathe, the film features Manoj Kumar, Nanda, Pran, Helen and Mehmood in pivotal roles. Gumnaam is a film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None. The film tells a story about a group of people who are stuck on an island while they are hunted down by a mystery killer. Whether they survive and find out the real killer or not forms the rest of the story.