The advent of the year 1970 ushered in the beginning of a new decade. A new era of cinema, for both Hollywood as well as Bollywood. A new age meant exploration of new themes and ideas through the medium of films. While the Bollywood movies of the previous decade chose to explore the gritty urban realism, and the world of crime and gangsters; the decade of 1970s chose to focus on the rising fantasies and struggles of the middle class. A theme for which Amitabh Bachchan became the direct symbol. But that was more towards the latter half of the decade.
The Classic Movies that released in the year 1970 were still reminiscent of the gritty realism of the earlier decade, whose influence was still very much prevalent. Old movies like Johny Mera Naam, Kati Patang, Purab aur Paschim and The Train released in the year 1970. A crime thriller, Johny Mera Naam was directed by Vijay Anand and starred Dev Anand and Pran in the lead role as brothers separated at childhood, with Hema Malini filling in the shoes of the lead actress. This movie went on to become one of the highest grossing films of the year. The movie Kati Patang starring Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna too managed to grab quite a few eyeballs at the box office.
But of all the old 170 movies, the one that ended up being the most iconic was Mera Naam Joker. Directed and produced by Raj Kapoor, it also starred the veteran actor in the lead role. As is the case with most cult classics, this movie bombed at the box office at the time of its release. It was only years later that the critics and audience alike recognized the genius behind this movie, thereby creating a cult fan following. While people at home may have failed to appreciate the movie, Mera Naam Joker became quite the hit in the Soviet Union.
In America, 1970s was the decade of the Hippie movement. It was also the time when the civil rights movement was gaining a lot of traction and there was an aura of free love and rock and roll in the atmosphere. All of this had a direct impact on the Hollywood movies of that decade.
Mash, Catch-22, Love Story, were some of the classic movies that released in the year 1970. Of this, Mash a satirical black comedy was the one that went on to gain a cult fan base. A fan base it enjoys even today. But the highest-grossing movie of the year was George Seaton’s Airport. A budget of ten million dollars, it went on to gross roughly hundred million dollars at the box office. All in all, it was a great beginning to a new decade.
Written By: Mansi Gupta | Post Date: 23 December 2016