In between the fixation for a strong masala mix, steeped in spice and short on stories, there were many Bollywood films which were a little different in structure and style.
Yes, Bollywood also had more than its share of feelgood films which touched a chord somewhere. Films like Munna Bhai MBBS, Dil Chahta Hai and Lagaan are among the top feelgood movies of its time.
Here is a look at five feelgood films which may have escaped the memory but still makes great viewing.
Chalti ka Naam Gadi (1958)
Cast: Ashok Kumar, Madhubala, Kishore Kumar, Anoop Kumar,
K N Singh
Director: Satyen Bose
This classic film dwells on three brothers (they are real life brothers too) who own a garage and their adventures with an old jalopy. The eldest brother, a woman hater, does not allow any interaction with opposite sex by the two others.
But the middle brother gets smitten by a woman who knocks at the garage one rainy night, triggering off a series of misadventures, plots and sub-plots.
The late Madhubala absolutely sizzles in this film while Ashok, Kishore and Anoop excel to make it a huge hit.
Tere Ghar ke Samne (1963)
Cast: Dev Anand, Nutan, Harindranath Chatopadhyay, Om Prakash
Director: Vijay Anand
This mad caper is about two old men, bitter rivals, who battle over a plot of land which is under the hammer. Enter a Western-educated architect, son of one of the old men, who falls in love with the daughter of his rival.
Caught in the crossfire, the architect and his lady love try their best to bring the oldies together. The process is never easy.
Produced by Dev Anand and expertly directed by his brother Vijay Anand, the film was a big hit when it released. The songs too are evergreen and, all in all, an entertainment package worth revisiting.
Chupke Chupke (1975)
Cast: Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore, Jaya Bhaduri, Om Prakash, Asrani
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
A professor disguises as a driver to gain entry into the house of his wife and sets of a comedy of errors. This involves his know-all brother-in-law, his friend and sister-in-law.
The marital drama gets complex as characters are swapped and infidelity is suspected. The plot thickens and gets complex before someone will have to let the cat out of the bag.
The film was a big hit with lovely songs. It is just the right film to watch on a rainy day and lift the gloom.
Chhoti Si Baat (1975)
Cast: Ashok Kumar, Amol Palekar, Vidya Sinha, Asrani
Director: Basu Chatterji
A shy boy falls in love with a woman but finds it difficult to express his love for her. Every attempt to unburden his heart ends in inaction. Meanwhile, his colleague and rival confidently moves ahead to woo the same woman.
However, a professor with a passion for helping the lovestruck takes the shy one under his wing with telling effect.
The shy boy is now brimming with confidence and strides ahead to conquer his loved one. Chatterji’s direction is excellent and Palekar is outstanding.
Cast: Rekha, Ashok Kumar, Rakesh Roshan, Dina Pathak
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
A disciplinarian runs her house according to her rules before a young woman comes into the household and disrupts everything.
She is not appreciated by the woman of the house but her lively personality and charm endears her to the rest of the members, including a young man who falls in love with her.
However, the young woman saves the life of the man of the house by a prompt action. The ice begins to melt slowly.