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The Swinging 60s of Indian Films
Chaudvin Ka Chaand (1960):
A Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman starrer, the film was a big musical success due to its unique love story. It brought an altogether different shade of romance to the Indian audience.

Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hain (1960):
The film may well be said to be the first to propagate the evils of dacoity. The film also started a trend for the dacoity subject on the Hindi screen. Featuring Raj Kapoor and Padmini in the lead and it conveyed allegorically an important message of love and brotherhood.

Mughal-E-Azam (1960):
Mughul-E-AzamThe most ambitious film ever, it took more than 8 years for K Asif to complete the film however it never lost its charm when released unlike other delayed films and was a big box-office success. The historical subject and soul stirring music by Naushad were the major highlights.

Kanoon (1960):
KanoonWhat made the murder mystery strikingly different from the run of the mill fare of the decade was the fantastic performance by Ashok Kumar and the court room drama which was never witnessed before in any films.

Ganga Jamuna (1961):
Dilip Kumar for the first time dabbled in producing a dacoit film and also featured himself in the lead. The film was a big commercial success due to a classic performance by Vyjayantimala and music by Naushad.

Mujhe Jeene Do (1963):
Sunil Dutt started off from where Raj Kapoor left with a film on dacoity. The success of this film made many filmmakers to rush towards the Chambal ravines for a film on the lives of dacoits. The film also starred Waheeda Rehman and Mumtaz.

Dosti (1964):
The film by Rajshree Productions surprised everyone as it was made on a shoe-string budget and featured newcomers, Sushil Kumar and Sudhir Kumar in the lead. But the characterisation by director Satyen Bose and excellent music by Laxmikant Pyarelal made it a big commercial success.

Guide (1965):
The film was the first co-production and also the first to be made in Hindi and English. The Vijay Anand-directed film was based on a story by RK Narayan and was a big commercial success partly due to a few melodious numbers.

Upkaar (1967):
UpkarThe film was an excellent portrayal of Indian rural life and Manoj Kumar buttered it with his usual dose of patriotism. Pran`s performance was highly acclaimed and some very good music made it a big success at the box-office.

Saraswati Chandra (1968):
Saraswati ChandraThis film by director Govind Sariya became a sucess due to a solo stupendous effort by Nutan and some very good songtracks by music directors Kalyanji-Anandji.

Padosan (1968):
How far Mehmood dominated the cast as a comedian was never more visible than when he took on the likes of Sunil Dutt, Kishore Kumar, Sairo Banu, Mukri and Keshto in this film. It was a big hit and the song Chatura Naal.. became a rage.

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