A pang of nostalgia hits us as we start a new year in Tinseltown and we miss the eighties because it was a special era. While the older generation was still quite popular, the younger generation steadily marked new beginnings in Bollywood.
Amitabh Bachchan kept going at his record best with Dostana, Silsila and Satte Pe Satta while newbies Salman Khan and Aamir Khan made their debut with Maine Pyaar Kiya & Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
So while I sing ek, do, teen… let me run you through eight excellent movies from the 80’s right here!
It isn’t pretty when best friends turn into rivals. A strong relationship based on pure friendship between Vijay (Amitabh) and Ravi (Shatrughan) gets hindered and distressed when they both fall for the same girl, Sheetal (Zeenat)
Their careers get disturbed when some goons take advantage of the situation and turn them against each other furthermore. Filled with action, emotion, romance and misunderstandings, Dostana is a classic tale of friendship and love from the 80’s!
Silsila was one of the first attempts at showcasing extra-marital affair on the silver screen. And only YRF could have pulled off having controversial ex-lovers (Amitabh & Rekha) as on-screen lovers, along with the current wife (Jaya). The base story of the movie basically seems way too real.
Amit sacrifices his love and marries his late brother’s pregnant wife. Later on, he coincidently exchanges paths with his former love and he rekindles his relationship with her even though both of them are married. With great romantic songs and dramatic plot twists, this one’s an intriguing story!
The bond of seven brothers named after the seven days of the week is beautifully portrayed in this movie. The first half is all fun and games when the notorious seven are brought to discipline by the eldest brother Ravi’s (Amitabh) wife Indu (Hema).
A plot twist brings to life an ulterior motive of the villain Ranjit (Amjad). He then sends a doppelganger to replace the actual Ravi and set things straight. Slapstick humour, crazy dialogues and catchy song numbers will surely keep you entertained throughout this drama!
This satire film hilariously represents the corrupt happenings in our country, be it behind closed doors or out in the open. With relatable events, exceptional cast and no songs, it is one of the most celebrated cult films of all times.
When two photographers who want to make it big in life get employed by a newspaper editor they think they’ve finally made it. Until their job description starts including more and more of spy activity and they get hauled into a whirlpool of scandal and corruption.
An epic romantic drama that was a class apart because it brought a new story to the landscape of Bollywood and it’s ending wasn’t particularly a happy one.
K. Somprakash (Kamal Hasan), a teacher decides to be a caretaker of a girl Nehalata (Sridevi) who behaves like a 6-year old. An old brain injury causes her loss of memory but what will happen when her memory returns? That’s for you to find out!
This rebellious story is famous for its amazing cast, great plot twists and foot-tapping numbers. While the first half is a college rom-com, the second half is an action-packed drama.
Mahesh(Anil Kapoor) and Mohini(Madhuri) are college lovers but things are ruined when Mahesh’s parents get murdered and he is jailed. While Mohini faces her father’s wrath, Mahesh comes back to set things straight but in a brand new serious avatar.
Love is a funny experience and often a life-changing one. Such is the story of Chandni(Sridevi), Rohit(Rishi) and Lalit(Vinod Khanna).
Chandni and Rohit are madly in love and engaged, until one sad day Rohit gets paralysed and he pushes Chandni away from him to save her from the dark side. She is shattered but her boss falls for her and she agrees to marry him out of compromise. But Rohit recovers and comes back into her life. Who does she choose now?
Prem(Salman) and Suman’s(Bhagyashree) love is the typical rich-guy meets poor-girl story. Where they both rebelliously fight for each other and ultimately find a way out to be together.
Suman’s dad leaves her at his friend’s place while he goes abroad to make money for her marriage. Prem is that friend’s son and soon the two young hearts fall for each other. The difference of reputation causes grave family dispute, leading to immense drama. Watch Salman’s debut movie to find out what happens in the end.
The eighties were entertaining and how! Click here to watch these movies now.