Aakrosh is a 1980 film directed by Govind Nihalani starring Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, and Smita Patil in pivotal roles. The film is about a peasant’s plight as the judiciary system fails him and he must take a disastrous step to stop the atrocities on him and his family. Shah plays a lawyer, whereas Om Puri plays his defendant in the film.
Sparsh is a spectacular film about the blind and brilliantly portrayed by Naseeruddin Shah who plays a blind Principal of a school for the blind. He finds a ray of hope in his life after he meets a young girl with amazing voice played by Shabana Azmi. However, owing to the difference in views, both don’t unite despite touching the depth of each others’ feelings.
The 1981 crime drama film Kalyug can be considered as the first attempt to narrate the story of Mahabharata in the modern day setup, Directed by Shyam Benegal, the film basically tells the story of the feud between two families just like the Mahabharata. Kalyug is an interesting tale of intrigue, revenge, and jealousy, There are some other Movies Based on the Mahabharat, like Rajneeti, Thalapati etc.
Arth is a semi-biographical film inspired from the life of Mahesh Bhatt himself and his alleged affair with the Parveen Babi. The film narrates an epic tale of a woman who evolves as an independent person after betrayed by her husband. The film is directed by Mahesh Bhatt himself and stars Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Raj Kiran, and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in the lead roles.
Mandi is a 1983 film starring Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil in the lead roles. Directed by Shyam Benegal, the story of the film revolves around a brothel and its inhabitants. The brothel is run by Rukmini Bai, played by Shabana Azmi. The film keeps you intrigued with sudden twists throughout the film.
Jane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
One of the best satirical comedies of all time, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is a story of two photographers whose life gets tangled in a political scandal. Directed by Kundan Shah, the film is about their quest unravel the corruption scandal. The film features an ensemble cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve, Neena Gupta, and Ravi Baswani.
Ardh Satya (1983)
Ardh Satya is the story of a honest police officer who starts a rift with the local don. However, the corruption and bureaucracy within the system make him question his own beliefs. In a sudden twist of fate, he succumbs to the same corrupt system that he despised once.
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A directorial debut film of Shekhar Kapur, Masoom is a 1983 coming-of-the-age drama film that revolves around a family. When a young boy enters their family, everything changes and once a happy family is totally disturbed by the presence of the new member of the family. The film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi as husband and wife, whereas Jugal Hansraj plays the young boy.
Saaransh is a 1984 Hindi drama film starring Anupam Kher and Rohini Hattangadi in the lead roles. Directed by Mahesh Bhatt, the film narrates the story of an elderly couple and their quest to seek justice for a young girl who lives with them as a paying guest.