From Mr India to Karz: Six Hindi films from the 1980s that will make you nostalgic
 
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From Mr India to Karz: Six Hindi films from the 1980s that will make you nostalgic

Here is a list of films that you can watch over the coming weekend – from the kitschy Karz to the iconic sci-fi wonder that is Mr India.

Devki Nehra
Oct 07, 2021
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Anil Kapoor in Mr India | Twitter

Rewatching old films always evoke a sense of nostalgia, even if you're viewing them for the first time in your life. They take you back to a place you've never been, and an era you've never lived through. The 1980s was one of the most glorious times for Hindi cinema, right before the tackiness of the 1990s hit (though that decade is as important as any in film history). Some films haven't aged well, but it's still worth giving these films that laid the foundation for the future through a critical lens. Here is a list of films that you can watch over the coming weekend – from the kitschy Karz to the iconic sci-fi wonder that is Mr India. 

Karz (1980)

Subhash Ghai's thriller features the late Rishi Kapoor and Tina Munim in the lead. It's a story packed with the most dramatic Bollywood tropes – there's scheming, murder, a reincarnation, and retribution. Karz also has an incredible disco-inspired soundtrack by composer duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Khoobsurat (1980)

If you've forgotten about this Hrishikesh Mukherjee gem, then it's time to rewatch it. The story is as simple as it gets — When the quirky and outspoken Manju (Rekha) challenges all the rules set by her sister's mother-in-law, all hell breaks loose. The cast also includes Rakesh Roshan, Shashikala, and Ashok Kumar. 

Mr India (1987)

Anil Kapoor plays an orphan named Arun Varma who harnesses the technology created by his father to become invisible at whim. Mr India, now considered a cult classic, was among the few films to successfully foray into the sci-fi genre. And who can forget the late Amrish Puri as the terrifying Mogambo? This is another film that has a stellar soundtrack by none other than Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The cast also includes Sridevi, Annu Kapoor, and Satish Kaushik.

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1987)

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, the satirical comedy directed by the late Kundan Shah, is definitely all laughs. Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani are two photographers working under a newspaper editor to bust the sketchy activities of the rich. But their investigation soon goes awry and what happens next makes the rest of the story. Also part of the cast are. Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Neena Gupta, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, and Bhakti Bharve.

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak marks Aamir Khan's first full-fledged acting role, and it instantly shot him to fame. The plot is a revisionist take on the many tragic romances that we have read and watched before. Here too, Raja and Rashmi belong to rivaling families, and they know they would never be permitted to be together. So they elope. The film was not only a hit for its story and the acting, but also it's songs composed by Anand-Milind with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. 

Parinda (1989)

This Vidhu Vinod Chopra directorial, which completed 30 years of release in 2019, was India's official entry in the Oscars but was never nominated. Though it was not nominated, it did win two National Awards, and multiple Filmfare Awards. Parinda is the story of two brothers who end up at odds with each other. The cast includes Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit, Suresh Oberoi, and the late Tom Alter.

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