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Ten Bollywood films on the lost-and-found theme

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New Delhi: A common feedback to Dev Patel’s Oscar nominated film Lion that released in India last week is that the lost-and-found theme is hardly unusual for Indian audiences, riveting as it may seem to the West. A trope abundantly taken recourse to especially in the 1970s, here are 10 Bollywood films on the same.

1.Kismet (1943): The Ashok Kumar-starrer revolved around a conman who discovers his long-lost father. Bold for its time, showing a male lead with grey shades and the idea of a child out of wedlock, the film had earned a crore at the box office.

2.Anmol Ghadi (1946): As early as 1946, director Mehboob Khan had plotted the tale of two childhood friends reuniting as lovers despite much manipulation to keep them apart. The Surendra and Noor Jehan-starrer had made Rs90 lakh at the box office.

3.Shola Aur Shabnam (1961): The Dharmendra-starrer revolved around two separated childhood sweethearts who reunite after much turmoil. The Ramesh Saigal directed film had grossed Rs 50 lakh in box office collections.

4.Waqt (1965): The disaster drama directed by Yash Chopra was the story of a separated family struggling through trials to reunite. The Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Sadhana and Balraj Sahni-starrer grossed Rs5 crore at the box office.

5.Boy Friend (1965): The Shammi Kapoor-starrer was a remake of Ashok Kumar’s Kismet (1943). Directed by Naresh Saigal, it had made Rs25 lakh in box office collections.

6.Pyar Ka Mausam (1969): Nasir Hussain repeated his favourite theme of a family separated by circumstances reuniting after much action. The Shashi Kapoor and Asha Parekh-starrer was extremely memorable for its songs besides having an acting role for music composer R.D. Burman.

7.Johny Mera Naam (1970): Director Vijay Anand’s crime drama was the story of two brothers separated after their father is killed by a goon. The Dev Anand and Hema Malini-starrer had netted Rs 3 crore in box-office collections.

8.Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973): Nasir Hussain’s action drama used the familiar trope of siblings separated by fate. The Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Vijay Arora, Tariq Khan, and Neetu Singh-starrer earned Rs 3 crore in box-office collections.

9. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977): Manmohan Desai’s action comedy was about three brothers separated from their parents and each other in childhood, and raised in three different faiths. The Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan-starrer made Rs9 crore at the box office.

10. Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977): Among the many sub-plots in Nasir Hussain’s action film was one involving two separated childhood sweethearts. The musical blockbuster starring Rishi Kapoor, Kajal Kiran and Tariq Khan netted more than Rs 4 crore at the box office.

All figures have been sourced from movie website IBOS Network

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