The concept of storyline and music has changed a lot , if we compare it from the era of 70s and 80s. Movies from India’s ‘parallel movement’ from the late era , which gave us superb actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Pankaj Kapur and many others.
Today, let’s see the list of some epic movies, which are known as the art-work of Hindi cinema:
Shyam Benegal’s directorial debut starring Shabana Azmi and Anant Nag in the lead roles, went around analysing human behaviour by following the stories of a few select characters in a village and how they dealt with the curve-balls that life threw at them.
2. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Kundan Shah’s bizarre satire about two budding photographers played by Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani, boasts of one the largest ensembles in the NFDC films. The mad humour with which the director took pot-shots at the system, was one of the many reasons why it remains one of the most popular comedies from the 80s even today.
Mahesh Bhatt’s film about extra-marital affairs came up trumps as it depicted the messiness of adult relationships. Starring Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Raj Kiran in lead roles, the movie is home for some of the most popular ghazals by Jagjit and Chitra Singh.
4. Ardh Satya
Directed by Govind Nihalani, the film revolved around an upright cop taking on the system and the widespread corruption around him. Starring Om Puri, Sadhashiv Amrapurkar and Naseeruddin Shah, the cop’s monologue towards the end remains one of Puri’s finest moments on screen.
5. Mirch Masala
Starring Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri in the lead roles, the film is about an authoritative government inspector who runs havoc through a village, forcing himself on to women when one strong woman decides to take him on. The movie basically voices its concern for the suppressed, and depicts an uprising when the common men/women get together.
Another satire on how the bureaucracy tries its best to move a brothel from the heart of the city to the outskirts, and how the sex-workers stand up for their rights in their own crooked way. Directed by Shyam Benegal, the film starred all the usual suspects – Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
7. Main Zinda Hoon
The film starring Deepti Naval, Pankaj Kapur and Alok Nath in the three leading roles – is the story of a woman deserted shortly after her marriage. And in a society where she is ‘blamed’ she decides to support herself, finds a job and finds a life-partner in a colleague at work.
8. Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro
Saeed Mirza’s film made Pawan Malhotra a credible name in the parallel movement overnight. The film set in a dingy neighbourhood of Mumbai majorly inhabited by a Muslim community including Salim Langa, who is the local mob boss. It deals with the aftermath of some communal tension and how it affects the minority neighbourhood.
9. Ek Doctor Ki Maut
Pankaj Kapur’s superlative performance and Tapan Sinha’s assured direction made this one of the finest and tragic films to come out of NFDC. Dealing with the discovery of a vaccine for leprosy, the film depicts the ugliness of the so-called society when a doctor is ostracized for his breakthrough invention.
10. Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai
A Saeed Mirza movie ,starring Naseeruddin Shah, where he held a microscope over the society and its wavering ideals through a single character. In this case through a Christian mechanic who believes that if he works hard and emulates the rich, he too can become rich one day.
11. Suraj Ka Saatva Ghoda
One of the Shyam Benegal’s directorial , the film sees Rajit Kapoor narrate the stories of meeting three women (played by Neena Gupta, Pallavi Joshi and Rajeshwari Sachdev) in different stages of my life.
Based on India’s White Revolution that turned the country into the largest producer of milk in the world, the film traces the journey of a young doctor (based on Verghese Kurien, played by Girish Karnad) as he helps set up a local milk co-operative. Finding a feisty woman to lead the cause (played by Smita Patil), the farmers are able to get over social evils and become self sufficient.
13 . Utsav
Utsav is based on the Sanskrit play Mrrchakkatika , actor Rekha and Shekhar Suman in the lead roles, did a fabulous job in the movie. It followed the relationship between masseuse Vasantsena and Charudatta.
The story of this film is based on the life of farmer whose wife is raped and commits suicide, later he gets accused for killing his own little sister in his attempt to save her from the same fate as his wife.
15 . Pestonjee
With the polished star-cast , including :Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi and Kirron Kher, is based on the life and manners of Parsi community , especially those living in the city of Mumbai in the 1950s and 60s.