Time may be a linear progression from point A to point B and its pace is constant. But abstractly, time has managed to be different for each of us. Five minutes of sleep don’t feel equal to five minutes of standing in the heat. Like the drive away from home seems longer than the time towards home. Like 20 years ago seems like the 80s but they aren’t, they are the mid-90s. No, we are not trying to give you a lesson in time nor trying to make you feel bad about how old you are. We feel the same too. This Thursday we are going to go 20 years back in time and have a look at 10 movies that made 1996 awesome for us and there are some great ones there. Some directors who are among the big-wigs today had just made their debut and some actors have managed to lose themselves from the media’s cameras over the years. One thing we promise this trip back in time will invoke some happy memories and you will want to relive those movies again (for those who are younger than 20, come along and you can catch up with these gems over the weekend).
1. Khamoshi – The Musical
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial debut released on 9th August, 1996. The movie was an instant hit and managed to grab many awards that year. The story of a mute-deaf catholic couple (Nana Patekar and Seema Biswas) and their young daughter Manisha Koirala was not only true to the title a musical treat but also a tear-jerking moment-filled movie. It is said Madhuri Dixit was the director’s first choice but alas, she found the script too sad to give it a try.
2. Raja Hindustani
Aamir Khan and Karishma Kapoor starrer was the sixth highest grossing movie among all the movies that released in the 90s. It also was considered one of Aamir Khan’s best performance helping him win that Filmfare on his ninth nomination. This movie also could have been Ashwariya Rai Bachchan’s debut into Bollywood but, she wasn’t interested at the time. The story is also said to be inspired by the 1963 film Jab Jab Phool Khile. The story of a poor guy falling in love with a rich girl or vice versa might seem to be a done-to-death concept now, but it surely had some novelty in the 90s.
Produced by Boney Kapoor and starring his brother Anil Kapoor, this movie is considered on of his most appreciated roles. If you are lucky, you can catch the reruns of this movie on the TV. This movie is a remake of a Telugu movie, which in turn is a remake of a Tamil movie. This tells us that Bollywood has been remaking/getting inspired from our southern movie makers since a long time now.
A good movie should have some romance, some action, amazing songs, good actors, memorable dialogues and if there is room for more a tinge of patriotism. It always excites the audience. This movie was a curious mix of all. It might not have worked as well today but, it was a huge hit in the 90s and helped in shaping the lead actors’ (Ajay Devgan, Sonali Bendre and Madhoo) careers. And who doesn’t love a story about true love conquering everything, including terrorism.
5. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi
This movie was the fourth of the Khiladi series that coined Akshay Kumar’s namesake – the Khiladi. This film also starred Rekha in a very glam avatar and it was also her second time playing a negative character after Madam X. She also won an award for the Best Actress for this movie. It was the fifth highest grossing film of 1996.
6. English Babu Desi Mem
Starring Shahrukh Khan in a triple role and Sonali Bendre, this movie was super entertaining with the right mix of comedy and emotions. As the title suggests Shahrukh Khan is a visitor from UK looking for clues to his brother’s death and he accidentally stumbles upon his nephew, whose existence he was unaware of. The nephew was under the care of his aunt (mother's sister) Bijuriya. How this uncle and aunt fall in love forms the rest of the story.
7. Bambai Ka Babu
You must have heard songs like Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale and Chhod Aaye Hum Wo Galiyaan on the radio often. This movie introduced us to this very memorable music and it was also a debut platform for many. Jimmy Shergill made a debut with this movie (no, Mohabattein is not his first movie, it's his third). Singer KK made his debut as a playback singer with this movie. Vishal Bhardwaj was then the music director of the movie and is now popular for his directorial ventures like Maqbool, Omkara and Haider. This movie also had Tabu and Chandrachur Singh playing pivotal roles. This movie narrated the story of the transformation of innocent boys to terrorists in the hard-hit parts of Punjab after the 1984 riots. If you haven’t watched this movie yet, it’s the right time to catch up with it.
9. Tere Mere Sapne
This movie marked a debut for many actors and the producer. It was Amitabh Bachchan’s first Bollywood venture under his production house A.B.C.L. This movie also marked the debut of Chandrachur Singh, Arshad Warsi, Priya Gill and Simran Bagga. The movie was loosely based on the Mark Twain story, the prince and the pauper.
10.Tu Chor Main Sipahi
The on-screen bromance between the two lead actors Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan was so amazing that they have starred together in six films to date. The above movie is one of those. This is also the only movie where Akshay Kumar and Tabu were paired together.
What do you think about the list? Did we manage to take you back in time? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to share this time-travelling experience with your friends.