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Bollywood's period flicks

Updated on February 3, 2011

Be it a hit or a flop, the charm of a period movie is the romance it evokes. It takes us back in time to a mythical king or a revolutionary who changed life as we see it today. Some boast of an ensemble cast, thousands of horses and elephants, costumes that glitter, while some others give that rustic touch to the characters. With 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' set to hit the theaters, here is a look at some period flicks.

Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey: Ashutosh Gowarikar is someone who is not new to making period flicks. His latest, starring Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone is based on a book 'Do or Die' by Manini Chatterjee. A true story based on the Chittagong Uprising of 1930, the flick is set to hit the screens on December 2. Will Gowarikar, who has delivered hits like 'Lagaan' and 'Jodha Akbar' do it once again with Khelein Hum Jee Jaan sey?

Lagaan: Was perhaps one of Gowarikar's biggest hits. Cricket, Bollywood and Aamir Khan. The combination was a super hit flick. Lagaan had a lot of firsts to its credit. Gowarikar's story telling charm, Aamir's perfectionism and the rustic charm of a village added to the film's success at the box office.

Jodha Akbar: If rustic was the flavor for 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' and 'Lagaan' Gowarikar's 'Jodha Akbar, spoke opulence and royalty. From the lead actors – Aishwarya and Hrithik, to the sets and the story line, the movie had everything going its way. Its success at the box office tells it all.

Mangal Pandey: India's fight against British supremacy is perhaps one of the common themes for a period flick. Love, friendship, betrayal, Mangal Pandey dealt with all these set to the backdrop of the Mutiny of 1857. Widely acclaimed, the movie irked politicos who demanded it banned.

Umrao Jaan: J P Dutta's Umrao Jaan had the opulent sets too. But the movie which had Aishwarya as the dancer, Abhishek the nawab did not fare well at the box office.

'Veer': Salman Khan's magum opus 'Veer' set in 1825 was the first period movie to hit the screens in 2010. Salman is Veer, the prince who is an avenger against the British. His love interest is the new comer Zarine Khan. The storyline is pretty much clichéd. But the cast, the sets and the music gives a period feel for the flick. Made at approximately Rs 40 crore budget plus a couple more for marketing 'Veer' surely has its place as one of Bollywood's most opulent period flicks.


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