This is one of the most successful movies of the history of Indian cinema. With Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan in the lead roles, ‘Sholay’ broke every box-office record and still as fresh and entertaining as its releasing time. The impact of the movie was such that every single character of the movie is remembered till date. And for the first time in the history of Indian cinema people loved the legendary villain ‘Gabbar Singh’ played by debutante Amjad Khan.
A cinematic gem from Shekhar Kapur, ‘Masoom’ touched every heart, kudos to Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, and Jugal Hansraj (as a child artist) in principal roles. The film is one of the most acclaimed ones from that time and is the winner of many awards for its actors as well as for the people responsible for its timeless music- Gulzar (lyrics, screenplay, and dialogues), and R D Burman (music director). Shekhar Kapoor also won tremendous appreciation for his able handling of a sensitive subject in his debut directorial effort.
5. ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’
‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ gave another super star to the Indian cinema in the name of Shah Rukh Khan. The film once again brought back the era of love stories and introduced Indian audiences with the scenic beauty of Europe and desi land. After smashing many records at the box office, the film became the longest running film in Indian theaters after ‘Sholay’.
6. ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’
‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’, with all its silliness, implausible plot and excessively theatrical acting, was an absurdist take on the builder-administrative mafia, which is still relevant now as then. Two bumbling jobless photographers are given an assignment by the hard-boiled editor of a newspaper whose sole goal is to catch the erring on the wrong foot. Like Sholay’s dialogues, one has learnt JBDY’s scenes and gags by heart – be it the cake scene (‘thoda khao, thoda phenko’), the play on ‘gutter’, or the Mahabharat-Salim Anarkali stage mash up.