Nostalgic pre-90s Indian Cinema

by Spectacula | created - 02 May 2015 | updated - 08 Dec 2018 | Public

Light-Hearted Art Films 1970-1990

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1. Chashme Buddoor (1981)

Not Rated | 145 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Two womanizing slackers, Omi and Jai (Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani respectively) attempt to woo the new girl in the neighbourhood, and fail - miserably. Their third room-mate, shy, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Saeed Jaffrey, Rakesh Bedi

Votes: 2,132

2. Katha (1983)

141 min | Comedy, Drama

Secretly in love with his neighbor, a mild-mannered clerk is heartbroken when his much bolder, more charming friend wins her heart instead.

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Jalal Agha

Votes: 1,011

3. Woh 7 Din (1983)

139 min | Drama, Romance

Maya, coming from poor family, is married to the affluent Dr. Anand; but she tries to commit suicide on the nuptial night. She tells Anand that she was in love with Prem whose ambition was ... See full summary »

Director: Bapu | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Padmini Kolhapure, Naseeruddin Shah, Raju Shrestha

Votes: 1,060

4. Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983)

140 min | Comedy, Romance

Kailashnath is a widower, and father of an only son, Ramesh. He feels that his son has come of age, and must get married. He goes to see a number of young ladies for him, but is ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Utpal Dutt, Saeed Jaffrey

Votes: 492

5. Utsav (1984)

145 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Based on the circa 2nd century BCE to 2nd Century CE, Sanskrit play "Daridra-Charudatta" by the famous Indian playwright Bhasa, "Utsav" faithfully follows Bhasa's story-line. Vasantasena, a... See full summary »

Director: Girish Karnad | Stars: Rekha, Amjad Khan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Shankar Nag

Votes: 335

6. Umrao Jaan (1981)

145 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

In Faizabad, British India, Dilawar is sentenced to several years in prison after Amiran's Daroga dad testifies against him. After his discharge around 1840, he extracts his vengeance by ... See full summary »

Director: Muzaffar Ali | Stars: Rekha, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar

Votes: 925

7. Tere Bina Kya Jeena (1989)

127 min | Family

A newly married couple, Amar and Meena, are going through a rough patch due to Amar's work pressure.

Director: P.P. Ghosh | Stars: Shekhar Suman, Moon Moon Sen, Raj Kiran, Satish Shah

Votes: 10

8. Peechha Karro (1986)

114 min | Comedy, Thriller

Hari and Giri are 2 detectives who suspect Brigadier of leaking defence secrets to outsiders who in turn is on an undercover mission to expose Boss number 1 who is a terrorist.

Director: Pankaj Parashar | Stars: Ravi Baswani, Birbal, Iftekhar, Kalpana Iyer

Votes: 134

9. Rajnigandha (1974)

110 min | Drama, Romance

A Delhi-based woman in a steady relationship with her boyfriend is forced to come to terms with her true feelings when a job interview in Mumbai brings an old flame back in her life.

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Vidya Sinha, Amol Palekar, Dinesh Thakur, Ranjita Thakur

Votes: 525

10. Pakeezah (1972)

147 min | Musical, Romance, Drama

The story of a prostitute, with a pure heart (PAKEEZAH), and grand dreams...

Director: Kamal Amrohi | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar, Veena

Votes: 1,387

11. Shaukeen (1982)

127 min | Comedy

Three friends, in their 60s, try to do everything that they couldn't do in their younger days - before death arrives.

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Ashok Kumar, A.K. Hangal, Utpal Dutt, Rati Agnihotri

Votes: 397

12. Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983)

140 min | Comedy, Romance

Kailashnath is a widower, and father of an only son, Ramesh. He feels that his son has come of age, and must get married. He goes to see a number of young ladies for him, but is ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Utpal Dutt, Saeed Jaffrey

Votes: 492

13. Manoranjan (1974)

158 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

After getting fired, a police officer connects with a prostitute he met on the job in a red-light district and sets out to keep her off the streets.

Director: Shammi Kapoor | Stars: Shammi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Zeenat Aman, Dev Kumar

Votes: 189

14. Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978)

141 min | Comedy, Romance

Adam & Eve live a worry-free life in paradise. They are instructed not to eat an apple. One day they cannot resist the temptation, and both take a bite out of it. Nature takes offense and ... See full summary »

Director: B.R. Chopra | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha, Ranjeeta Kaur, Asrani

Votes: 396

15. Do Ladke Dono Kadke (1979)

Drama, Family, Comedy

Two petty thieves decide to rob a house that kidnappers had decided to kidnap a child from, what results is chaos, as the child ends up with the petty thieves, and both the thieves & the ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Navin Nischol, Amol Palekar, Moushumi Chatterjee, Asrani

Votes: 97

16. Ek Baar Phir (Once Again) (1980)

147 min | Drama

Kalpana is a young girl living in a small community. She is thrilled when she receives a marriage proposal from a popular Bollywood movie actor named Mahender Kumar, which she accepts. Soon... See full summary »

Director: Vinod Pande | Stars: Suresh Oberoi, Deepti Naval, Pradeep Verma, Chitto Chopra

Votes: 27

17. Rang Birangi (1983)

180 min | Comedy

Sparkling comedy about a meddling friend whose attempt to rekindle the spark in his friend's relationship with his wife of seven years leads to complications to their lives, and to the ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Parveen Babi, Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval

Votes: 449

18. Saath Saath (1982)

Drama

A young woman falls for her classmate's idealistic, non-materialistic ways, but is troubled upon seeing his principles change after they marry.

Director: Raman Kumar | Stars: Deepti Naval, Farooq Shaikh, Satish Shah, Iftekhar

Votes: 208

19. Ek Baar Chale Aao (1983)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

Dharam Das has found an ideal groom for his sister in Din Dayal, who agrees to wed her. However, on the day of the wedding, Din demands an exorbitant amount of dowry, and when Dharam is ... See full summary »

Director: Jagdish Sidana | Stars: Asrani, Bharat Bhushan, Jankidas, Girish Karnad

Votes: 13

20. Jaan Pechaan (1991)

Comedy, Drama

Jagmohan (Utpal Dutt) wants his womanizing son, Raja (Shekar Suman) to marry and settle down. He asks Raja to go and see Hema (Sudha Chandran), and if he finds her compatible, they can get ... See full summary »

Director: Kamal Saigal | Stars: Radha Asrani, Birbal, Sudha Chandran, Sudhir Dalvi

Votes: 6

21. Hip Hip Hurray (1984)

Drama, Sport

Sports is no for Jamnadas School in Ranchi so the boys out there pass their time by doing rebellious pastimes.Raghu is a smart looking boy on whom many girls have crush. But he is having a ... See full summary »

Director: Prakash Jha | Stars: Raj Kiran, Deepti Naval, Satish Anand, Ram Gopal Bajaj

Votes: 78

22. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light.

Director: Kundan Shah | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah

Votes: 12,458

23. Itni Si Baat (1981)

Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy, Family

One day while travelling on the BEST bus in Bombay, Raja produces a 100 rupee note to buy a 50 paisa bus ticket, and is made fun of by the bus conductor, and asked to leave the bus. Asha, ... See full summary »

Director: Madhu M. | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Moushumi Chatterjee, Arun Govil, Tamanna

Votes: 64

24. Chhoti Si Baat (1976)

123 min | Comedy, Romance

A shy Arun works as an accountant.On daily basis he travels by a bus to office where he sees Prabha who works in the same premises.Arun starts to like Prabha and follows her frequently but ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Vidya Sinha, Amol Palekar, Asrani

Votes: 3,480

25. Gol Maal (1979)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

A man's simple lie to secure his job escalates into more complex lies when his orthodox boss gets suspicious.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Deven Verma, Shubha Khote

Votes: 16,871

26. Chitchor (1976)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

Meera, who lives in Bombay writes her parents about a prospective bridegroom for her youngest sister Gowri. Pitambar Chaudhry and his wife are overjoyed by the prospect of marrying Gowri ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Zarina Wahab, Vijayendra Ghatge, A.K. Hangal

Votes: 531

27. The Chef (1972)

Not Rated | 130 min | Comedy, Musical, Drama

A dysfunctional middle-class family is transformed by the attentions of their talented new chef -- until he vanishes along with their valuable jewels.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Bachchan, Usha Kiran, Harindranath Chattopadhyay

Votes: 3,457

28. Anand (1971)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Musical

The story of a terminally ill man who wishes to live life to the fullest before the inevitable occurs, as told by his best friend.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Ramesh Deo

Votes: 26,170

29. Ankahee (1985)

135 min | Drama

Renowned Indian astrologer Jyotibhaskar Pandit Satyanarayan Chaturvedi, wishes a doctor, who is about to perform surgery on a woman, good luck, but also tells him that his patient is going ... See full summary »

Director: Amol Palekar | Stars: Amol Palekar, Deepti Naval, Devika Mukherjee, Shreeram Lagoo

Votes: 97

30. Baton Baton Mein (1979)

112 min | Comedy, Romance

Tony and Nancy daily board 9:10 Bandra to Churchgate local.Nancy is accompanied by her uncle Tom who develops friendship with Tony and introduces both of them.Nancy's mother Rosie wants her... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Tina Ambani, Asrani, David Abraham

Votes: 978

31. Apne Paraye (1980)

123 min | Drama, Family, Comedy

This is a story of two lawyer brothers, their half brother, their wives and children. Siddheshwari, wife of the eldest brother has left the operational details of the household to Sheela, ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Amol Palekar, Girish Karnad, Utpal Dutt

Votes: 148

32. Angoor (1982)

Not Rated | 131 min | Comedy

Based on Shakespeare's 'A Comedy of Errors', this is a story of identical twins (2 pairs) and mistaken identities.

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Moushumi Chatterjee, Deven Verma, Aruna Irani

Votes: 4,549

33. Mahananda (1987)

Not Rated | 130 min | Romance

Young Babul visits his uncle's village and meets Mahananda. In no time they fall in love, but their union is opposed strongly by Mahanada's mother.

Director: Mohan Kavia | Stars: Moushumi Chatterjee, Farooq Shaikh, Shreeram Lagoo, Sulabha Deshpande

Votes: 17

34. Permission (1987)

137 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Meeting accidentally five years after their divorce, a couple reflects on how their marriage collapsed despite transparency.

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah, Anuradha Patel, Ram Mohan

Votes: 1,235

35. Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984– )

Comedy

A sitcom about a couple, a brother-in-law, and the trouble they get into.

Stars: Rakesh Bedi, Satish Shah, Swaroop Sampat, Shafi Inamdar

Votes: 268

36. Shrimaan Shrimati (1994– )

22 min | Comedy

The series is based on the premise of "love thy neighbour's wife". The main characters are Keshav Kulkarni and his wife Kokila, and their neighbours Prema Shalini and her husband Dilruba. ... See full summary »

Stars: Jatin Kanakia, Reema Lagoo, Archana Puran Singh, Rakesh Bedi

Votes: 1,442

37. Thhoda Sa Aasman (1995– )

Drama

A realistically told story of three people in different stages of their lives, going through their own ups and downs.

Stars: Benjamin Gilani, Kalpana Iyer, Moon Moon Sen, Mona Ambegaonkar

38. Gharaonda (1977)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, Romance

A story young, middle-class urban working couple wanting to get married and their tribulations in finding a house in the city of Mumbai.

Director: Bhimsain | Stars: Amol Palekar, Zarina Wahab, Sadhu Meher, Shreeram Lagoo

Votes: 173

39. Professor Ki Padosan (1994)

Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy

Professor Vidyadhar teaches Hindi in a college and resides in a flat with his wife, Shobha, and school-going son, Pappu. He leads a fairly routine and mundane life, until a new resident in ... See full summary »

Director: Shantilal Soni | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Padmini Kolhapure, Shekhar Suman, Dalip Tahil

Votes: 60

40. Naram Garam (1981)

Not Rated | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

An impoverished employee tries to prevent his superiors and employers from marrying his sweetheart.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Swaroop Sampat, Utpal Dutt, A.K. Hangal

Votes: 863

41. Taxi Taxie (1977)

Not Rated | 123 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A good-hearted taxi-driver (Amol Palelar) goes out of his way to help his customers, and when times turn bad for him, and he has no one to turn to, his former customers come to assistance. ... See full summary »

Director: Irshad | Stars: Amol Palekar, Zaheera, Reena Roy, Rama Vij

Votes: 34



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