Journey to the spectacular era of 90s Bollywood

90s Bollywood movies
90s Bollywood movies

Bollywood of the 90s decade was pretty different from the previous years. It can be clearly distinguished from the rest by the fans who have seen Cinema’s growth from 1990 to 2000. The period marks the rise of three Khans (Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan) as well as Khiladi Akshay Kumar. While Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, slowed down at the box-office, many other heroes like Ajay Devgn, Sunny Deol,  Suniel Shetty, Sanjay Dutt influenced the flow of Hindi Cinema. The 90s decade was the glorious period for Bollywood music. Nadeem Shravan, Jatin-Lalit, Anand Milind made several memorable songs with Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy. The people who have seen the cassette-lending cafes, VCRs and the struggle to get the cassette of the latest movie can understand my feelings better. 

I’ve listed a few of my favourite movies from the 90s decade. Shahrukh Khan’s role in Baazigar, Kamal Hassan in Chachi 420, Aamir Khan in Sarfarosh are some of the outstanding performances of the era.


1. Lamhe

Lamhe is a Bollywood musical romantic drama starring Anil Kapoor and Sridevi as main leads. Viren (Anil Kapoor) loves Pallavi (Sridevi) but she marries Siddharth. The couple dies and their daughter Pooja grows up to look exactly like her mother (Another Sridevi;). She falls in love with Viren.


2. Maachis

Maachis is a political drama starring Om Puri, Tabbu, Chandrachur Singh and Jimmy Shergill. It sheds light on the reason why simple Punjabi boys were turning terrorists in the 80s.


3. Baazigar

In the movie Baazigar, Shahrukh Khan played a negative role for the first time in his career. Affected by the circumstances, he becomes a cold-blooded murderer and kills the elder daughter of a businessman.


4. Sarfarosh

Aamir Khan is a strict police officer who is determined to destroy enemies of the country. The movie also stars Naseeruddin Shah in a powerful role.

5. Virasat

A young modern man, played by Anil Kapoor, returns to his ancestral village after completing studies in London. He founds himself crushed under village politics. After his father’s death, he is supposed to be the head of the village.

6. Andaz Apna Apna

Andaz Apna Apna is one of the most hilarious comedies of all time. Starring Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, the rom-com never fails to entertain us no matter how many times have we watched it before.

Andaz Apna Apna
Andaz Apna Apna

7. Border

Border is an epic film based on the real-life events that occurred at the Battle of Longewala during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The actors Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Jackie Shroff, Rakhi gave brilliant performances in the direction of J.P. Dutta.


8. Dil Se

Directed by Mani Ratnam, ”Dil Se’ is a war love story. Starring Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala, the movie is about a journalist’s love for a terrorist woman.

9. Chachi 420

Chachi 420 is an award-winning film with exceptionally good performances by Kamal Hassan, Amrish Puri, Om Puri and Tabu. A divorcee disguises himself as a lady to get the job of the caretaker of his daughter.

10. 100 Days

I remember to have watched 100 Days several times because of the gripping story, suspense and my favourite actors Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Shroff. Devi (Madhuri) can dream of future occurrences. Once she gets a vision of her sister being murdered and the movie revolves around it. 

11. Dil

Dil stars Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit who fall in love with each other. Their fathers try their best to separate the lovers. Comedy dipped in romance and the blockbuster music made it one of the most successful movies of the decade.

12. Ghayal

With Ghayal, Sunny Deol earned the reputation of a good actor. It is a revenge story where the younger brother challenges a powerful businessman, Balwant Rai (Amrish Puri in a prominent role).

13. Ashiqui

Ashiqui is a musical love story starring Anu Aggarwal and Rahul Roy. The songs of Ashiqui are supposed to be one of the best in that decade. It performed so well that they’ve made a sequel to it ‘Ashiqui 2’ with Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur.

14. Saajan

Another musical love story with a triangular twist. Starring Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Saajan was loved by the audience. The music of the movie did equally good business.


15. Darr

Darr is a psychological thriller with Shahrukh Khan playing the negative role. It’s considered to be Shahrukh’s best performance to date. He plays the role of an obsessive lover who can go to any extent to get her love interest, Juhi Chawla.


16. Hum

A crime action film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, Govinda in the lead roles. The direction, the music and the fast pace are sure to win the audience. Comedy sequences by Anupam Kher and Kadar Khan are outstanding.

17. Damini

Meenakshi Sheshadri plays the role of Damini and Sunny Deol the lawyer fighting for her. The movie is considered to be one of the best courtroom dramas of Bollywood. Amrish Puri also played a memorable part.

18. Khalnayak

Khalnayak marks the entry of Sanjay Dutt as an antagonist in Bollywood films. He falls for Madhuri Dixit, an inspector herself and wife of the police officer, Jackie Shroff.

19. Hum Apke Hain Kaun

Hum Apke Hain Kaun was the highest grosser film of its time. It’s a love story revolving around family traditions. The spectacular family gatherings and the melodious songs are the USP of the film.


20. Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge

Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge has the record of the longest run in theatres to its name. It had been running continuously for 20 years in the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai. Strong family values, a love story in the European backdrop and awesome music, DDLJ has been a craze among audience.

Trivia question of the day

Guess the movie from which this dialogue has been taken:

“Babumoshai, zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi.”

The one who answers correctly and the fastest will be given a special mention in the next Bollywood Gossip post:)

In the last post, there was a double question but a few of you who answered ignored the second portion. The answers are 1) Kai Po Che 2) Sushant Singh Rajput. Sorry, but I can’t give credit to anyone this time;)

Reading Suggestion : Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars!

40 Comments Add yours

  1. deepsreflections says:

    Such a wow list… How we swooned to chappa chappa from machis. Damini was super awesome. In fact there is not a single movie on your list that i haven’t watched. Thanks for taking down the memory lane.
    Anand movie
    Deepika Sharma

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      You are welcome 😍

      Like

  2. My Words My Wisdom says:

    Wow, so proud that I have watched every movie listed here. The dialog is from the movie Anand

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      That’s cool 😊

      Like

  3. Anita says:

    Great list.
    Have watched all, except Maachis.
    Answer to your Qn- Anand

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      That’s great! Watch Maachis, it’s wonderful 👍

      Like

  4. pythoroshan says:

    Of this lot, the only one that I’ve seen ‘just’ one time would be 100 days… It was a good movie but surprisingly rarely came on TV channels, I think.

    This was the era I grew up so all of them form a big part of my life

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Good to know.. you can watch 100 Days on Amazon Prime!

      Like

  5. romagptasinha says:

    I have watched all of these buddy and what a variety isn’t it. I can still watch them over and over again. The dialogue is from ANAND undoubtedly my dear played by Rajesh Khanna. Also< I too watched 100 days over and over agin and till day believe I have premonitions.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Hahaha.. I can understand buddy 😉

      Like

  6. Varsh says:

    Now I have a bone to pick with you. Howcome DDLJ appears at the bottom of the list? Not fair! Btw, it was a delight to find 100 days in this list. Sun beliya is one of my all-time favourite songs!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Hehe…I discussed DDLJ at length in my last post, so forgot to give it a preference here 😉
      Btw, thanks for the suggestion!

      Like

  7. Harjeet Kaur says:

    I have watched all the 20 movies u have listed and each one was a gem. I loved Lamhe, Machis, Dilwale is still a favourite.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      ❤️

      Like

  8. Imagemakeover says:

    It is so difficult to choose which movie is good.. All of them are cult and can be watched again and again. Andaz Apna Apna.. I don’t even remember how many times I have watched and Lamhe omg… Once A2z get over I am going to watch all of them… Thanks a ton for listing it down.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      You are welcome 🙂

      Like

  9. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    The dialogue is from movie anand. I had watched all the movies you have mentioned here. DDLj is my all time favorite and I am a big SRK fan.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Yay…who isn’t a Shahrukh fan?;)

      Like

  10. Pr@Gun says:

    Lamhe, maachis, virasat, sarfarosh, dil se, saajan, 100 days all are my favorites. Songs from maachis still are on my playlist, I never get bored of them.
    Babumoshai, zindagi aur maut uparwale ke haath hai jahanpanah .. Ae babumoshai how can we forget ‘Anand’ a great movie and impressive one by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      You remember the dialogues so well 😍

      Like

  11. Ruchie says:

    The 90s and Bollywood both are my all-time favorite and if you ask me one movie is really tough to select. Damini is such a beautiful movie of courage to stand for the truth.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Agree, Damini was a class of its kind.

      Like

  12. Sindhu Vinod Narayan says:

    I could spot most of my favourites in your list. You brought back memories gal

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Glad to know:)

      Like

  13. Archana says:

    Trivia Answer: Anand. I can not pick 1 or 2 or 5 movies as my favorites from the list when I know I still dwell in the 90’s era. So thumbs up to all listed movies here. Even today, I find my solace listening to 90’s songs only.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Same pinch*

      Like

  14. chinmayeecreations says:

    100 days gave me creepy feel. All the movies are super awesome 😎.Anand it is.90 s music heals.period.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Thanks for reading:)

      Like

  15. Sadvika Kylash says:

    From your amazing list. I have to cover a few of them.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Go for these evergreen movies:)

      Like

  16. momcaptureslife says:

    I have watched all the movies on your list and few were my favourites like Lamhe ,DDLJ and Andaj apna apna .Thanks for taking down the memory lane.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Good to know 😊

      Like

  17. aditi says:

    Those were the days😍

    Like

  18. aditi says:

    Don’t tell me….Ashiqhi was a different kind of experience. Unconventional looks of the Hero, Heroine and mind-blowing music made it a successful movie.

    Like

  19. aditi says:

    Agree my dear, many Bollywood movies deserve to be watched again and again)

    Liked by 1 person

  20. aditi says:

    You remember that 🥰

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s