Many film critics disregard the decade of the 1980s as the sandwich between the super 70s and contemporary 90s. They prefer not to give much importance to the Bollywood cinema from 1980-1990. I don’t agree with them, instead vouch for some great movies of the 80s decade that I’m proud to have watched more than 5 times. Chandni, Chaalbaaz, Tezaab, Parinda, Ardh Satya, Sath-Sath, Angoor, Silsila, Qurbani, Masoom, Saaransh, Maine Pyar Kiya – if you’ve watched these movies, there’s a possibility that you agree with my point of view. All these and many more spectacular films represent the Bollywood cinema of the 80s.
I’m going to share a few of my favourite Bollywood movies from the 80s decade.
1. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Director – Kundan Shah
Cast – Bhakti Barve, Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Satish Kaushik, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah
IMDB Rating – 8.4
Release Date – 12 August 1983
Genre – Comedy, Drama
Plot – Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is a dark satire on rising corruption in Indian politics. Two not-so-successful yet ambitious photographers got the work to expose the scandalous lives of the rich and the famous. A hilarious roller coaster ride brings the two photographers to a juncture where they shoot a high profile murder. A series of unexpected events land them in jail. A must-watch recommendation from me!
Director – Subhash Ghai
Cast – Raj Kiran, Tina Munim, Pran, Rishi Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Pinchoo Kapoor
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Release Date – 11 June 1980
Genre – Action, Musical, Romance
Plot – Ravi Verma (Raj Kiran) is murdered by his wicked wife Kamini (Simmy Grewal). He is reborn as Monty (Rishi Kapoor). At one point, Monty recalls his previous life and plans to take revenge on Kamini. The melodious songs of Karz are hummable even today.
Director – Mahesh Bhatt
Cast – Rohini Hattangadi, Anupam Kher, Soni Razdan, Nilu Phule, Madan Jain
IMDB Rating – 8.2
Release Date – 25 May 1984
Genre – Drama
Plot – The only son of an elderly couple(Anupam Kher and Rohini Hattangadi) dies in a mugging incident. With no income source left, they rent out a part of their home to a budding actress (Soni Razdan). The actress is in love with a politician’s son and from there starts problems brewing for the elderly couple. I remember our family admired the acting of the new actor ‘Anupam Kher’ and ‘Rohini Hattangadi’ after watching ‘Saaransh’.
Director – Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Cast – Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Madhuri Dixit
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Release date: 3 November 1989
Genre – Action, Musical, Romance
Plot – Kishen (Jackie Shroff) takes to the path of crime to educate his younger brother Karan (Anil Kapoor). Karan’s best pal, a police inspector Prakash (Anupam Kher) is killed by the same gang Kishen is working for. Shaken by grief, Karan decides to enter the world of crime to take revenge.
Director – Shekhar Kapur
Cast – Shabana Azmi, Urmila Matondkar, Naseeruddin Shah, Jugal Hansraj
IMDB Rating – 8.5
Release Date – October 22, 1983
Genre – Drama, Family, Musical
Plot – Indu (Shabana Azmi) and DK (Naseeruddin Shah) are living a happy life with their two lovely daughters. One day, DK gets to know that he has an illegitimate child from a past affair. After the death of the guardian of the child (Jugal Hansraj), DK takes his custody. The problem starts bubbling when the boy is brought home to live with the rest of the family.
Masoom is like riding on emotional waves; appreciating the terrific performance of the actors.
Trivia of the day
Which of the Bollywood movies is based on the famous ‘Comedy of Errors’ by Shakespeare? The one who answers quickly and correctly will be given a special mention in the next post on ‘Bollywood Gossip’!
Now, the answer to yesterday’s trivia is ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’ and the winner is Dr Roshan!!
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