Visuals are always very evocative and can often bring back fond memories. Old photos are a great way to re-live some of moments worth cherishing. Some iconic moments in Bollywood history too are often relived when one spots an old movie magazine. The covers of such magazines offer a snapshot of everything that was hot and happening on a particular date. Whether a Best Actor Award, a notable debut, a scandal or any other celebration; magazine covers take you on a filmy nostalgia trip like nothing else.
So let’s walk down this memory lane, shall we?
Pehli Pehli Baar
This one is surely going to get us dewy-eyed! The bewitching Madhubala was on one of the earliest covers of the Filmfare magazine, way back in 1952. The cover design was simplistic with minimum text and just two colors.
This early 1957 Filmfare issue featured the dreamy Dev Anand holding a cigarette and smiling. The same year, the evergreen actor gave us films like Paying Guest and Nau Do Gyarah. These movies are still remembered for some timeless tunes – Chhod Do Aanchal and Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke.
Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan
This Independence Day issue of 1958 shows an intense Raj Kapoor looking dashing in a military green jacket and striped red and white shirt and a quote – Life is my greatest love – attributed to him. We believe.
The chocolate boy of his time Rishi Kapoordrove the ladies crazy and this cover tells you why. The boyish charm swept a few too many off their feet. The actor continues to have a large fan following till date. His Twitter handle has over 340K followers.
Rishtey Mein to Hum Tumhare Baap Lagte Hain…
There cannot be any denying Amitabh Bachchan‘s popularity across age groups and time. These Filmfare covers tell you what a superstar he has forever been. (Don’t miss the cute little remark on the cover with Jaya Bachchan – ‘The long and short of it’ 😛 )
The Dhak-Dhak Girl
The lady with the million-dollar-smile, Madhuri Dixit made her Bollywood debut in 1984 with Abodh, and in 1986 she was on the Filmfare cover dubbed as the "The New Sensation". There was no looking back for her, as we know. The nineties was her decade with hits like Dil (1990), Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993) and Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994).
Kuch Kuch Hua Tha
Like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh too has appeared on a few too many Filmfare covers and this one from 1998 has the Baadshah being all cheeky. This was also the year one of his biggest hits and Karan Johar’s debut movie – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai hit the screen.
This was the year 2000 and India was winning big at beauty pageants. The Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Asia-Pacific titles all came home and Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra and Dia Mirza made us proud at the respective events.
Aamir Khan has tried his best to keep his personal life away from the spotlight, often unsuccessfully. In 2005, his alleged affair was the talk of the town and a picture of his alleged lovechild Jaan found its way to the Stardust cover.
100th Salgirah Mubarak
Bollywood turned 100 in 2013 and Filmfare’s cover featured three great actors from three different generations – Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. The magazine also carried out a collection of 100 iconic Hindi films.
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