7 Greatest 80s Indian Movies You've Never Seen

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Ardh Satya (1983)

This gritty cop drama stars Om Puri in one of his most powerful roles as a righteous police officer struggling against corruption and his own demons. The film's realistic portrayal of police work and social issues is compelling and thought-provoking.

Kalyug (1981)

A modern-day adaptation of the Mahabharata, this film explores the themes of power and conflict within a contemporary industrialist family. The ensemble cast, including Shashi Kapoor and Rekha, delivers strong performances in this intense drama.

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

This dark comedy is a satirical take on corruption in Indian politics, media, and bureaucracy. Starring Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani, it’s known for its brilliant humor and iconic scenes, including the famous Mahabharata play sequence.

Sparsh (1980)

This sensitive drama stars Naseeruddin Shah as a visually impaired principal of a school for the blind and Shabana Azmi as a widow who volunteers there. The film explores themes of disability, love, and acceptance with great empathy and realism.

Chashme Buddoor (1981)

A delightful romantic comedy about three friends and their romantic escapades. Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval’s charming performances, along with witty dialogues and humorous situations, make it a feel-good watch.

Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai (1980)

This film, starring Naseeruddin Shah, delves into the frustrations and anger of the titular character, a car mechanic, against the socio-political system. It’s a raw, realistic portrayal of the working class and their struggles.

Aakrosh (1980)

A stark commentary on systemic injustice and social exploitation, this film features a powerful performance by Om Puri as a tribal man accused of murder. The screenplay by Vijay Tendulkar and the intense narrative make it a hard-hitting film.

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