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.

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. 

Andaz Apna Apna
Andaz Apna Apna

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;)

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

44 thoughts on “Journey to the spectacular era of 90s Bollywood”

  1. 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

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  2. “Babumoshai, zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi.” – Anand!
    The movies that stuck a chord were definitely Sarfarosh and Maachis. Oh those droopy eyes of Chandrachur Singh pierced that heart!

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  3. 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

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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!

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. Nostalgia!! Nostalgia!! You are making us nostalgic about that era when we used to have a bunch of to-be-watched movies all the time. Not to mention, even watching them, again and again, wouldn’t quench our thirst and we would yearn for more. Isn’t it?

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    1. 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.


  10. 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.

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