While there was a commendable silver screen of the 80s with jhintak music and moves, an influx of parallel cinema was gradually advancing onto our screens. The stories that moved far from the standard tune and move schedules we typically connect Indian movies with, these movies in the parallel development of silver screen, were more straightforward stories about the a huge number of powerless Indians, who went up against the framework, fizzled, backpedaled home and began the following as a fresh start for whatever is left of their lives.

They were compassionate to this present reality issues, which weren’t weakened by the acting of a business potboiler. Here are 28 such movies from India’s ‘parallel development’ from the late 80s, which gave us shocking on-screen characters like Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Pankaj Kapur and numerous different performers and producers:

#1. Ankur

Shyam Benegal’s directorial make a big appearance featuring Shabana Azmi and Anant Nag in the number one spot role, investigating human life by following the stories of a couple of selected characters in the village and how they managed the problems that life tossed at them.

#2. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Kundan Shah’s unusual directory is around two aspiring photographers played by Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani, brags of one of the biggest groups in the NFDC films. The amusement with which the director took pot-shots at the framework, was one of the reason why it stays a standout amongst the most famous comedies from the 80s even today.

#3. Arth

Mahesh Bhatt’s film about extra-marital affair issues outshined as it portrayed the untidiness of adult connections. Featuring Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Raj Kiran in main roles, the film is home for probably the most famous ghazals by Jagjit and Chitra Singh.

#4. Ardh Satya

Directoral of Govind Nihalani, the film rotated around an upright cop going up against the framework of government around him. Featuring Om Puri, Sadhashiv Amrapurkar and Naseeruddin Shah, the cop’s address towards the end stays one of Puri’s finest minutes on screen.

#5. Mirch Masala

Featuring Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri ahead of the main roles, the film is around a commanding inspector who runs destruction through a town, constraining himself on to ladies when one of the lady chooses to teach him a lesson. The picture voices for the suppressed ones and marks the unity.

#6. Mandi

Another parody on how the administration tries to move a house of prostitutes from the core of the city to the edges, and how the sex-laborers stand together and find the way. Directed by Shyam Benegal, the film featured all the standard suspects – Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.

#7. Main Zinda Hoon

The movie features Deepti Naval, Pankaj Kapur and Alok Nath in the three driving roles. It is the tale of a lady abandoned soon after her marriage. Furthermore, in the society she was blamed. Then she decides to help herself out, finds a a job and an handsome life partner.

#8. Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro

Saeed Mirza’s film made Pawan Malhotra a valid name in the parallel development overnight. The film set in a soiled neighborhood of Mumbai significantly possessed by a Muslim people group including Salim Langa, who is the boss. It manages the result of some shared pressure and how it influences the minority neighborhood.

#9. Ek Doctor Ki Maut

Pankaj Kapur’s magneficient execution and Tapan Sinha’s guaranteed course made this one of the finest and heartbreaking movies to leave NFDC. Managing the disclosure of an immunization for sickness, the film delineates the deformed society when a specialist is segregated for his innovation.

#10. Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai

Featuring Naseeruddin Shah, this was another Saeed Mirza film where he held his magnifying lens over the general public and its faltering goals through a solitary character. A Christian repairman who trusts that if he will work well then he can buckle down and imitates the rich, he also can wind up plainly rich one day. Senseless man!

#11. Suraj Ka Saatva Ghoda

One of Shyam Benegal’s most theoretical movie, the movie sees Rajit Kapoor portray the stories of meeting three ladies (played by Neena Gupta, Pallavi Joshi and Rajeshwari Sachdev) in various phases of my life.

#12. Manthan

In light of India’s White Revolution that transformed the nation into the biggest maker of milk on the planet, the film follows the excursion of a youthful doctors (in view of Verghese Kurien, played by Girish Karnad) as he helps set up a nearby milk co-operative. Finding a courageous lady to lead the reason (played by Smita Patil), the ranchers can get over social evils and end up plainly independent.

#13. Kamla Ki Maut

Directed by Basu Chatterjee, the film happens over a solitary night as a neighbor commits suicide and leaves an entire family to introspect about as long as they can remember and the wrongs they’ve stifled under the progression of time. Featuring Pankaj Kapur, Rupa Ganguly, Irrfan and Ashutosh Gowariker – the film poses awkward questions about something Indians are terrified to discuss, sex.

#14. Aakrosh


In light of the narrative of a persecuted farmer whose spouse is assaulted and commits suicide, he gets sentenced for chopping out his own younger sibling to spare her from the same incident that his better half faced. The film stays a standout amongst the most rough and chilling retellings of the persecuted.

#15. Bazaar

Featuring Farooq Sheik, Smita Patil, Supriya Pathak and Naseeruddin Shah – the film manages the issue of a lady who get sold by poor, penniless parents to a wealthy couple in the Gulf region. It was praised for its reasonable and inconspicuous depiction of the social evils, without going over the edge.

#16. Droh Kaal

Govind Nihalani’s movie moved South genius Kamal Haasan to such a degree, that the performing artist changed it in Tamil with P C Sreeram directing it. The film rotates around two or three covert cops who penetrate terrorists association under the code-name Dhanush. The film remains a point of interest for socio-political spine chillers in India.

#17. Garm Hava

Composed by Kaifi Azmi, dorected by M S Sathyu and with Balraj Sahni in the lead role, this motion picture in view of the 1947 partition was encompassed by stalwarts. It catches slow breaking down of the Mirza family trying to make up their minds about going to Pakistan or they must stay India, it is broadly viewed as a standout amongst the most powerful movies in India.

#18. Namkeen

Directed by Gulzar, this film features Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore and Waheeda Rehman the film depends on Bengali short story Akal Basant. Managing how ladies are smothered in rural ranges of India.

#19. Nishant

Shyam Benegal’s first joint effort with Naseeruddin Shah, the film goes up against the oppression of the Zamindari framework in country India. Aside from Naseeruddin the movie additionally featured Amrish Puri, Mohan Agashe and Anant Nag ahead of the pack parts.

#20. Sparsh

Highlighting Naseeruddin Shah playing an visually-impaired dean in a visually impaired school, this film by Sai Paranjpye was a piercing romantic tale. Additionally featuring Shabana Azmi as an educator with locate, the complications of a connection between the two is tended delightfully.

#21. 36, Chowringhee lane

Denoting the introduction of Aparna Sen as a director, the film is the account of an Anglo-Indian (Jennifer Kendall) instructor who finds far-fetched companionship with a Bengali couple (played by Debashree Roy and Dhrittiman Chatterjee). It was a disrupting story about the estranged ones.

#22. Katha

Another Sai Paranjpye charmer, this movie is the lesser-renowned cousin of the director’s other film Chashme Buddoor. Featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Sheik and Deepti Naval ahead of the pack roles, it is a cutting edge adjustment of the old stories.

#23. Chakra

This film featuring Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah and Kulbhushan Kharbanda is about a mother-child moving from their town to end up poverty. They soon understood that getting away from the grasp of the moneylenders in rural India, the poor get suppressed all over the place.

#24. Umbharta

Featuring Smita Patil and Girish Karnad in front roles, this film is the narrative of a main woman who begins earning day by day bread for the family and brings her kids up without any help.

#25. Utsav


A retelling of the Sanskrit play Mrrchakkatika, this adaptation by Girish Karnad starred Rekha and Shekhar Suman in the lead roles. It followed the relationship between a courtesan Vasantsena and Charudatta.

#26. Ijaazat

2 people meet in the waiting room of a segregated railroad station late one night and they both are exes. What trails the underlying aversion is an entire night of free-streaming discussion about what had occurred in a long time since they isolated.

#27. Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho!

Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s film featured Bhishm Sahni who goes up against his manufacturer after his home crumples because of defective development. The court dramatization was an ideal setting to uncover the general public’s twofold norms.

#28. Bhumika

The film concentrates on a person’s search for personality and self-satisfaction. Smita Patil gives a solid execution of changing from a vivacious adolescent to a more wiser lady however profoundly injured middle-aged lady.

#29. Pestonjee

The fistarring Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi and Kirron Kher, is a personal investigate the life and conduct of the Parsi people group particularly those living in the city of Mumbai in the 60s.