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29 Finest Art Films That Have Kept Alive Our Faith In Indian Cinema

During the 80s in Bollywood, while commercial cinema was cringed with jhintak music and dance, a wave of parallel cinema was making its way onto our screens. Art cinema often reflects the stories of everyday life with more realistic characters.

Here, we have created a list of 29 films during the 70s and 80s that shaped Bollywood parallel cinema with talented actors like Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Smita Patil, and many others.

1. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

A bizarre satire about two photographers is one of the largest ensembles in the NFDC films. Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani played the lead role in the movie. The movie is considered one of the popular comedies from the 80s.

2 Ankur

Ankur movie was set in the backdrop of a village and the main characters were facing the problems that life threw at them. The movie featured Shabana Azmi and Anant Nag in the lead roles.

3. Mirch Masala

Mirch Masala shows the story of an authoritative government inspector who creates havoc in a village. The movie shows its concern for the suppressed, and depicts uprising when people unite.

Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, and Smita Patil are playing key roles in the movie.

4. Ardh Satya

The movie revolves around an honest cop and his fight against a corrupted system. The movie has an ensemble cast of talented actors like Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, and Sadashiv Amrapurkar. The monologue at the end is one of the highlights of the movie.

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