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Anees Bazmee

No Entry, a blockbuster during recent times, was written and directed by Anees Basmi. After the film's success, Mr Bazmee became a big name in Bollywood and is now associated with big budget multi-star cast film such as Welcome and Singh is King.  Find out what the director has to say about Indian cinema.



Lagaan reaching the Oscars was a highpoint. The film made it to the top five and earned respect for Indian cinema all over the world. The film did very well at the box office and was also appreciated by a global audience. Bollywood gained wider acceptance thanks to this one film.
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun was a huge blockbuster. A new trend for family drama set in after this release and it also opened up the NRI market for Bollywood.
The release of Mughal-E-Azam had a tremendous impact on Hindi cinema. The grandeur and opulence of the sets and photography left one breathless, especially in the 1950s.
Amar Akbar Anthony was the first film to have a large number of big stars. This started a new trend for commercial formula films.
Govinda's Aankhen was the first comedy to generate such large business volumes. Until this film hit the theatres, comedies were not considered to be good investments as they generated only average returns at the box-office. This also created the hit team of Govinda/David Dhavan working together on many comedies.
Mother India was a very realistic patriotic film. Excellent performances by all actors. This was one of the first few films to be nominated for the Oscars.
The Munnabhai series made socially relevant comedies fashionable in Bollywood. The audience could relate and identify with the characters.
Ganga Jamuna was another trendsetter as it portrayed two siblings playing the protagonist and antagonist. Later Deewar and Ram Lakhan also had similar story patterns.
Sholay generated business beyond anybody's expectations.  The story and characters are remembered by the audiences even today. The film is also quite a hit with the next generation
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai was a film that spread the message of goodwill and went a long way in reforming a number of dacoits.
   

Anees says that the releases of these films were themselves defining moments for Indian cinema. Since he is a writer he feels these subjects took cinema forward and were trendsetters.