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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;)
This post is written as a part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.