A to Z of My Few Favorite Movies

Lallopallo tagged me to write A-Z of my favorite movies. I could not come up with worthwhile movies for these letters: Q, X, Y and Z. I might update them later.

I had several favorites, but I have wrote what came to my mind first. That is determined by 2 things:

a) Irrespective of the time I watched the movie, it left an indelible impression on my mind due to story/character/actor

b) I have watched this wonder recently 🙂  So, forgive me, guys for being partial for I have many, many favorites 🙂

A: Abhimaan

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Love, talent, music, jealousy, egos and a marital discord. I guess, on periphery, it sums up Abhimaan very well. Fantastic movie by Hrishikesh Mukherjee

B: Bucket List, The

This  movie starring Jack Nicholsan and Morgan Freeman inspired Vinay Pathak-starrer Dosvidaniya. This could have been very, very sad movie, yet it came out very vivacious.

C: Casablanca

This was predictable, wasn’t it? Hard to put this movie out of mind.

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Though few people remember that this movie too was based on a play called, Everyone Comes to Rick‘s. It was later sold to Warner Brothers who did not lap this fact up after success of the movie. And do I need to tell you why I love timeless lovestories like Casablanca?

D: Dark Knight, The

This recent movie was, pardon me, I have to use cliché, mindblowing. It picks up pace where usually Hindi movies end. I have to record Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, that thing called ‘twists’ from here. It features hard-to-forget Grace Kelly.

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E: E.T.

How can I be different when it comes to E.T.? I also hold Erin Brockovich in my special memory.

F: Few Good Men, A

I watched it again recently as I had nothing better to do. It is memorable to see a lanky Tom Cruise who gradually emerges as a white knight. Also, Forrest Gump and Finding Nemo

G: Garam Hawa ahead of Guide and Godfather

A Balraj Sahni-starrer film by M.S. Sathyu about plight of a muslim family in India post-partition

Guide is what opened my eyes to cinematography and direction in Indian movies and story-telling in Hindi movies. Though I must tell you R. K. Narayan (on whose book movie was based) wasn’t too happy with the movie’s projection; he lamented as much in his autobiography. Godfather is what introduced Al Pacino in my life. Since then, Al Pacino is rarely missed by me. 🙂

H: Heat

Another Al Pacino and Robert De Niro

Never have anything in your life that you can’t walk out on in thirty seconds flat, if you spot the heat coming around the corner. Rings bell?

I: In the Line of Fire

Finally, a Clint Eastwood This movie had a backdrop of JFK assassination and portrays a triumph over human frailties. Pervez Musharaf definitely stole this title for his book.

And also, I Know What You Did Last Summer

J: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron

I watch it quite late in my life. Most of the actors from this movie have now aged and are big names. Jaws is another notable mention.

K: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Guilty as charged. It made lot of impact on me in my teens. It gave me one of my life’s maxims: Pyar Dosti Hai. (Love is friendship.)

L: Lamhe

A Bollywood movie that was ahead of it times in India. It boldly challenged few stereotypes that led the public to reject it. For this reason, it finds a place on this list ahead of even Lawrence of Arabia.

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M: Maqbool

Our home-grown adaptation of MacBeth and also Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, one movie that introduced wonderful Konkana Sen Sharma to my life

N: Notting Hill

Don’t ask me to take this candyfloss off my list. This love story set in UK was one of the few first romantic movies I watched. I was take with this one line that Anna Scott says: “After all… I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. Julia Roberts became my all time favourite.

O: One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest

Another Jack Nicholsan movie on the list. One movie that was too realistic to make me sad.

P: Pyasa

Its a classic story of unrequited love and posthumus praises people heap on. The most memorable scene for me is the one people rever the statue of teh author thinking he is dead, when the man himself is alive in most pathetic state

Q:

I don’t remember any other than Qayamat Se Qayamat, and it did not make much impact on me when I watched it later in my life.

R: Rainman

A sensitive, memorable movie with wayward Charlie (Tom Cruise) and his autistic brother (Dustin Hoffman) This movie was first of a kind, when it comes to portrayal of a brain development disorder.  Subhash Ghai stole this basic thread to weave this in his weak Bollywood plot for a recent movie Yuvraaj.

My Bolly entry would be Rang De Basanti

S: Satya

Mumbai Ka Raja Kaun? Bhiku Matre? One movie that made me sit up and admire the direction. This is also the movie what made RGV and Manoj Vajpayee.

I don’t want to put Schindler’s List away from my list, its story of an unlikely hero in torrential Nazi era.

T: Taxi Driver

Remember Robert De Niro as lonesome, insomniac taxi driver Travis Bickle driving on streets of New York City?

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Uh, Taare Zameen Pe, it is though not a match for Rainman, it did make me feel proud that it was from Bollywood stable.

U: Unfaithful But I can’t remember anything other movie starting with U. 😦

V: Vertigo Another Hitchcock on my list. Critics may now respect my taste. 😛 but this movie did not work when it first  came out.

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W: When Harry Met Sally

I didn’t even bother to think or remember others.

X: I can’t think of any except other than X-men, which I did not watch.

Y: I can’t think of any

Z: I can’t think of any

I tag Amit, Ishmeet, Vimal and Sid for they love movies. If I missed any other movie lover, let me know. I would have tagged Ruhi but she has already been tagged. 🙂

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23 Responses to “A to Z of My Few Favorite Movies”


  1. 1 pr3rna December 19, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Great choice. Abhiman, Jaane bhi do yaaron and Garam Hawa are my favourite too.

  2. 2 kanagu December 19, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    That is a great list.. taxi driver and taare zameen par are my favourites..
    When it comes to best it is Godfather-Part I.. I will never mind to see it any number of times..

  3. 3 Amit December 19, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks for tagging me. This is another great tag!
    I have to see Vertigo and Taxi Driver soon. I have a backlog of about a 100 movies which are lying in my home, unwatched. 😦

  4. 4 Smita December 19, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Y= You’ve Got Mail???

    I simply love that movie 🙂

    And your list has quite a many of my fav hindi movies 🙂 JBDY is evergreen and so is Lamhein..

  5. 5 Arpit December 19, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    garam hawa…… never heard of this movie! besides who was the actor?
    poonam if you are thinking of a movie starting with z ……did you like zubeida? that could be one ………..
    among the hindi ones your favorite most of them are yester year movies and i have watched none of them ……except rekha starrer sansaar… i liked it a lot…

  6. 6 Arpit December 19, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    sorry i just jumbled up some words in the above comment please correct them
    thanks 😛

  7. 7 lallopallo December 19, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Poonam, thanks for doing it. I liked reading you list and descriptions. I see that people are falling in the trap of naming more than one film from a particular letter..I know I had to really control myself to stick to just one because otherwise there would have been sometimes 10 names from the same letter.
    I think couple of your favorites between N and Z might be there in my remaining list..
    As for Pyaasa, I dont think it was really about unrequited love because even with all the bad things happening, the lovers, dutt and waheeda, are still united in the end..and that’s what made Pyaasa very optimistic film for me, compared to his other classic Kaagaz Ke Phool

  8. 8 Kiran December 20, 2008 at 10:34 am

    A great tag of movie favs! I am yet to watch Taxi Driver. I’ve watched Jaane Bhi Do Yaroon pretty late in my life :D, absolutely love it! How about Malgudi Days? Hubby introduced it to me, it was nice short stories. Casablanca is unforgettable 🙂

  9. 9 sakhi December 20, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    I like abhimaan and lamhe and of course god father from the list you have mentioned! 🙂

  10. 10 arvind December 22, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Nice tag ..
    and nice choices too 😀

  11. 11 vimmuuu December 22, 2008 at 8:03 am

    woww….another movie tag coming up for me!!! I am so excited ,Thanks !!!

  12. 12 Ruhi December 22, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Nice list Poonam! I’ve watched Lamhe lots of times too. Used to be my favorite when I was in school 😛 And I actually cried during the interval of Kuch Kuch…couldn’t see Kajol crying. Yes, I was that crazy! Haha. Thanks for mentioning my name 😉 I’ve kind of done my own version of this meme.

  13. 13 Nikhil December 22, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Yup, brilliant tag… Very innovative! 🙂
    And lovely list of movies! 😀

  14. 14 Poonam Sharma December 22, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    @Pr3rna: yes, these were great movies. After doing tag, I had an urge to watch Gram Hawa again, only I could nt find a DVD on weekend. 😦

    @kanagu: Yes, Godfather is a great movie. 🙂

    @Amit: I too have a backlog of several movies and books. I wonder hw we all lack time to do things we love.

    @Smita: I made it a point to have hindi movies here. Some of our film-makers were great and deserve teh appreciation. 🙂

    @Arpit: yes, I remebered Zubeida and Zodiac. Former was ok and latter I did not watch. 🙂 You would be surprised to know that some of yesteryear movies were provided to me by your sister. Some of them thanks to Mser Baer CD. 🙂

    @lallopallo: Feel free to copy my list then. 😛

    you ahev point that Gurudutt’s love was returned but she married his rich nemesis. I had watched this movie long ago and my memory cant recall the lovebirds uniting in the end.

    @Kiran, Arvind, Sakhi: Why dont do you guys do this tag too?

    @Ruhi: Childhood impressions of your fav movies are unforgettable, which is why I ahve retained such movies on my list. 🙂 yes, I saw your Cinema page on the blog. You have listed quite a lot gems. I will comment when I watch few more of them. 🙂

    @Nikhil, why don’t you too do this tag?

  15. 15 Arpit December 22, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    really ! thats something new……..i just saw her watching one saas bahu flick with that seeta geeta actress and that too before getting married. learning lessons from it :p 😆

  16. 17 Liju Philip December 23, 2008 at 6:20 am

    ekdum solid list hai. Amit has tagged me. Would love to do this tag. As for the ones i have missed out, i will try to watch them.

  17. 18 Reema December 25, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Love the song “When u say nothing at all” from Notting Hill. And Hugh Grant is yummy!
    But Kuch Kuch Hota Hai??????? Noooooo..

  18. 19 lvs December 26, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Such old movies? You should learn to live in the present. Or did you stop watching movies a while ago?

  19. 20 Poonam Sharma December 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    @Arpit: I passed on what you told me. And I was laughing when I read your comment.

    @Vimal: BLogmate, why are you 😦 ?

    @Liju: Forgive me, its my mistake to leave you out. How could I miss a movie lover like you. Sure, I would love to see your list. I know how many hours you ahve killed by watching movies? 😉

    @Reema: Bas karo! I won’t hear a word against KKHH! 😛

  20. 21 pyaolyangshen October 5, 2009 at 3:30 am

    interesting list, but what about Dil Chata Hai???? it was damn good I think.


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