Best Bollywood Films of the 90's

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Dil Se (1998) 

This film directed by Mani Ratnam is iconic to the 90s because it emulates the turbulent time of politics in the country and yet, managed to retain a poetic flair. The film represents the fast-growing, liberal economy that the 90s are famous for but also takes the marginalized communities into account. 

Satya (1998) 

This crime action film by Ram Gopal Verma is a cult classic as one of the best Mumbai Noir films. The story is of an innocent man in Mumbai who gets involved with the underworld.This film was a breakthrough from the melodramas and entertainers coming out at the time and defined a new film grammar of its own. 

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994) 

This story follows an offbeat social circle and their experience with the transition between college and adult life. Overall it is a rich, comic and charming film that explores timeless stories, characters and feelings. 

Border (1997) 

Border depicted the 1971 Indo-Pak war but at the same time adopted an anti-war stance that emphasised the film’s message, which spoke of the consequent damages that war has. This melodramatic nationalist film unified audiences in the 90s like never before. 

Andaz Apna Apna (1994) 

This entertainer directed by Rajkumar Santoshi is one the benchmark films of slapstick comedy in Bollywood. The story is purely fun and is defined by the absurdity of situations, characters and dialogues. This film is watched today as one of the cult classic comedies, reminiscent of simpler times. 

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) 

The film is a visually exotic saga with multiple relationships and culture themes explored. Falling right in the middle of the 90s, it had the classic 90s tropes along with a few fresh concepts we saw carried forward in films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai or Dil To Pagal Hai.

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