Reincarnation seems to have captured the thoughts of many and the idea receives regular mentions in feature films, popular books, and popular music. Films spinning around Re-birth and reincarnation are very trendy in Bollywood. Right from the 50’s and till date, reincarnation has been the main theme in numerous films. Let’s count on the top 5 Bollywood movies on reincarnation.
The film was directed by the ‘Bollywood Showman’ Subhash Ghai, starring Rishi Kapoor and Tina Munim in lead roles. Film’s music was given by legendary composer duo Laxmikant Pyarelal, who also won the Filmfare Best Music Director Award for the scores ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Dard-E-Dil’. The story of the film is based on Kamini (Simi Garewal), who seduces, marries and eventually murders Shanta Prasad’s son Ravi to overtake his vast estate. Twenty-five years later, Monty Oberoi (Rishi Kapoor), a pop singer visits the estate, where he experiences powerful hallucinations. Bothered by the visions, he sets out to expose the truth about Kamini and the meaning of his nightmares.
Om Shanti Om (2007)
Om Shanti Om is a Bollywood romantic thriller directed by Farah Khan, starring Shah Rukh Khan and debutant Deepika Padukone coupled with Arjun Rampal, Shreyas Talpade and Kirron Kher. The story of the film is set in the 70s, when a small-time actor Om (Shah Rukh Khan) falls in love with superstar Shanti (Deepika Padukone), but the two of them are later killed in a distrustful on-set fire. Reincarnated 30 years later, Om is determined to rebuke the person who ignited the blaze.
Mahal is India’s first reincarnation thriller film directed by Kamal Amrohi. The film stars Ashok Kumar and Madhubala. Mahal is one of the greatest films ever made in Bollywood film industry and the all time great song ‘Aayega aane wala…’ adds to its suspense. The story of the film revolves around deep love from two estranged lovers, brought together in the mansion, who do not even know each other, but who have been hit by the obsession of love.
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Karan Arjun (1995)
Karan Arjun is a Bollywood action thriller directed by Rakesh Roshan. The star cast of the film includes Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rakhee, Mamta Kulkarni, Kajol, Amrish Puri and Ranjeet. The story of the film portrays Durga (Rakhee Gulzar) and her two sons Karan (Salman Khan) and Arjun (Shahrukh Khan) who were murdered by Amrish Puri. But thanks to Durga’s devoutness for the goddess Kali, the boys are reincarnated and flashbacks from their former lives at last reunite them with their mother, and together they plot revenge.
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Madhumati is one of the earliest films to deal with the reincarnation. The film is directed by Bimal Roy, starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala coupled with Pran and Johny Walker. The story of the film is based on Devendra, who when takes shelter in a palace to break away from heavy rains, begins to think that he has been there before. When he talks of a picture on the wall, the old keeper affirms there was one. The film won 9 Filmfare Awards, including the Best Film and Best Director for Bimal Roy.
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