These Retro Bollywood Movies Will Transport You Back To The Golden Era

As Bollywood buffs, we are nostalgic about the 70s, 80s and 90s. It was the golden era of Bollywood when movies (apart from the occasional cricket matches) were our sole medium of entertainment. It was the era of superstars from Amitabh Bachchan to the Khans and dream girls on screen from Hema Malini to Madhuri and dozens more.

Here, we take a walk down memory lane, to pull up ten of the best movies from these three decades that are a great watch anytime.

Disco Dancer (1982)

Disco dancer

Mithun Chakraborty plays Jimmy, India’s finest disco dancer. But then comes the plot twist. Mr.Oberoi (Om Shivpuri) tampers with Jimmy’s guitar, which leads to the death of his mother and makes Jimmy develop a phobia for guitars. Will Jimmy avenge his mother’s death and reclaim his throne as India’s favourite pop sensation?

Why Watch – To see the techno-colour glory of the 80s, and the foot-tapping “I am a Disco Dancer,” number.

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Mera Naam Joker (1970)

Mera Naam Joker

Directed by Raj Kapoor, this movie is the story of a clown who makes his audience laugh while hiding away his sorrows under his clown makeup. Rishi Kapoor plays the adolescent Raju who joins the Gemini circus owned by Mahendra Singh (played by Dharmendra).

Why Watch – It’s an eclectic film that was far ahead of its times.

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Dil (1990)


The leads (Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit) clash at first, play pranks on each other and then eventually fall in love. But Aamir’s father wants him to marry a rich girl and makes him pose as a wealthy businessman to Madhuri’s father who later finds out the truth. Will love triumph?

Why Watch – True, it’s full of Bollywood cliché’s – rich girl, poor boy, egoistic fathers and more. But the lead actors share a charming chemistry on-screen, that makes you root for them.

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Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985)

Ram teri ganga maili

Rajiv Kapoor visits the Himalayas to escape from his domineering father, where he meets Ganga (Mandakini) and falls in love with her. He promises to return to her but never does. Ganga is heartbroken and pregnant and ventures to the city in search of her beau. Will she find him? Will they reunite?

Why Watch – Raj Kapoor’s last directorial venture and for the notoriety of the famous waterfall scene.

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Henna (1973)


The plot is the quintessential Bollywood story of an Indian – Pakistan love. Will the lead pair (Zeba Bakhtiar and Rishi Kapoor) be able to overcome their geographical boundaries and find true love?

Why Watch – The scenery and pristine locations make this a delight to watch.

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Abhimaan (1973)


Amitabh plays the role of Subir, a famous pop singer, with female fans mobbing him wherever he goes. He falls in love with Uma (played by Jaya Bachchan) and marries her. Post marriage, Uma becomes a more famous singer and Subir’s popularity declines. Will the couple split because of inflated egos or will true love triumph?

Why Watch – Love, bliss, heartbreak and reunion are all poignantly captured through SD Burman’s soul-capturing music.

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Judwaa (1996)


This is a hilarious comedy film starring Salman Khan in a dual role. He plays twins Prem and Raja, who get separated at birth. Prem is a singer in the US, while Raja is a con-artist in India. With two heroines, who fall for the two brothers, but keep mixing them up, Judwaa has plenty of hilarious consequences.

Why Watch – Let Salman charm you with his slapstick humour and cute-boy looks.

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Sadma (1983)


A remake of a hit Tamil film, Sadma stars Sridevi and Kamal Haasan. Sridevi ends up in a brothel, post a severe head injury and Kamal Haasan rescues her and takes care of her. Once she recovers her memory, she fails to remember all that happened to her. Will she recognise the man who saved her and is now in love with her?

Why Watch – Watch this to know why Sridevi was celebrated as one of the finest actresses of Bollywood.

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Bobby (1973)


The first teenage love story in Bollywood. Rishi Kapoor plays the son of a wealthy businessman who falls in love with the daughter of a fisherman (Dimple Kapadia). Will young love triumph despite the disparity in wealth and status?

Why Watch – Melodious numbers, refreshing love scenes, this is a classic entertainer.

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Masoom (1983)


Two powerful actors Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi play husband and wife in this movie. Their happy life with their two daughters comes to a standstill when they discover the husband has an illegitimate son. Will the couple and the family be able to overcome this thunderbolt?

Why Watch – The movie beautifully captures the complications and intricacies of human relationships.

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Ready to take a walk down memory lane and relive the glorious entertainment of golden Bollywood?

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