Salim-Javed Special: Five memorable films written by the screenwriters


The legendary Salim-Javed – Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar – are known to be the first screenwriters in Indian cinema to achieve star status. Both of them have worked together in more than 20 films and have delivered several blockbusters at the box-office. They are known for bringing a revolution in the Indian cinema with their larger than life characters.

As talk of a documentary around the lives of the two story-tellers does the rounds, looks back at some of their greatest films.

‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’ (1973)
Featuring an ensemble cast, starring Dharmendra, Vijay Arora, Tariq, Zeenat Aman and Neetu Singh, this film was influential in the history of Indian cinema. It has been widely identified as the first masala film, combining elements of the action, drama, romance, musical, crime and thriller genres. The masala went on to become the most popular genre of Indian cinema and ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’ has thus been identified as “the first” quintessentially “Bollywood film.” It also launched the careers of several actors, as the commercial breakthrough Hindi film for Aman and Singh, who became leading actresses of the 1970s, and as the debut film for Nasir Hussain’s nephews Tariq Khan and Aamir Khan, the latter a child actor who grew up to be one of the biggest movie stars in Hindi cinema.

‘Sholay’ (1975)
This cult classic film is considered as a landmark in the Indian cinema. The film showcases the dacoit theme with strong characters and engaging screenplay and is an extraordinary and utterly seamless blend of adventure, comedy and music. It features Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, Amjad Khan, and Sanjeev Kumar. It was declared as the ‘Film of the Millennium’ by BBC India in the year 1999.

‘Deewar’ (1975)
‘Deewar’ is an action-drama film directed by the legendary director Yash Chopra and is considered as one of the most successful films by Salim-Javed. The story focuses on the social and economic conditions of the country during that era. The film is remembered for highlighting the ‘Angry Young Man’ image through Vijay’s anti-hero character, which as played by Bachchan. It also features Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy and Parveen Babi.

‘Don’ (1978)
This film became a huge success at the box-office and was loved by the audience for its unique storyline. It was the third highest-grossing Hindi film of the year and was classified a golden jubilee hit by Box Office India. The film left a huge legacy behind after receiving positive reviews from the critics. It was later remade in the year 2006 by Farhan Akhtar starring Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra.

‘Kaala Patthar’ (1979)
Another film written by the magnificent duo which gained a cult status in the Indian cinema and is considered a classic. It received seven Filmfare award nominations in 1980. The film is set in the backdrop of a coal mine and showcases the life of a former navy officer who works in the coal mine in order to forget his past. Despite Bachchan being in the lead role, it was Shatrughan Sinha who walked away with all the applause for his stellar performance. looks forward to the upcoming documentary which is being produced by Salman Khan, Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar.

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