What do you remember from the Bollywood of 90’s that kept giving hits, super hits and blockbusters every year? It’s interesting when you see at the All Time Blockbusters of the decade as each one of them was either romance or family drama. While movies like Hum Aapke Hain Koun, DDLJ, Raja Hindustani, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai became All Time Blockbusters, it still is interesting how 90’s belonged to action cinema.
As much as Shah Rukh, Aamir, Salman dominated the romance and drama zone, largest section of audience was drooling over Akshay’s stunts, Ajay’s acting and Sunny’s onscreen dominance. It’s safe to conclude that the decade of 90’s clearly belonged to action and that’s what we are going to revisit here.
Here are 12 Super Hits that prove 90’s belonged to hardcore action cinema:
Ghatak – 1996
Box Office – 15 Crores – Super Hit
The Sunny Deol starrer super hit is reminiscent of actor’s matchless strength that he put on display in the Raj Kumar Santoshi directorial. The film clashed with Aamir Khan’s Raja Hindustani and still became a super hit. Danny was equally impressive in this movie.
Karan Arjun – 1995
Box Office – 25 Crores – Blockbuster
The reincarnation action drama directed by Rakesh Roshan got Shah Rukh and Salman together for the first time and set the box office on fire. The film was the second highest grosser of the year behind DDLJ and is still remembered as one of the all-time greats.
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi – 1996
Box Office – 14 Crores – Super Hit
The film that saw Akshay Kumar wrestling it out with Under Taker was quite a success in the year. Some of the stunts and fights of the Umesh Mehra directorial is still remembered and the film is one the biggest action bonanza in the 90s.
Kachhe Dhaage – 1999
Box Office – 16 Crores – Hit
Starring Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan in the lead, the film is as big a drama as actioner it is. Directed by Milan Luthria, the film had a classic train sequence that is still remembered.
Soldier – 1998
Box Office – 21 Crores – Super Hit
One of the most loved Bobby Deol starrer was one of the most talked about movies in 1998. The film is still seen as one of the most stylish movies in the late 90s that made Bobby Deol an overnight sensation. The movie was directed by Abbas Mustan.
Mohra – 1994
Box Office – 12 Crores – Blockbuster
One of biggest action movies of all time, Mohra set a benchmark for entertaining and stylish action movies in the 90s and is listed very high in the filmography of all the actors who were a part of it. From its super hit music to its overall appeal, Mohra was a Rajiv Rai directorial that worked at every level.
Sarfarosh – 1999
Box Office – 19 Crores – Hit
One of the rare subdued and more realistic action films of the 90s was this Aamir Khan starrer that will forever remain a hit on satellite. While the film dealt with very sensitive subjects without once going over the top, it is rated as one of the best cop movies in Bollywood.
Dilwale – 1994
Box Office – 6 Crores – Super Hit
This one was a surprise package that picked up god word of mouth and ended up being a super hit. Directed by Harry Baweja, the film starred Ajay Devgn in one of his challenging roles while Sunil Shetty led the action department.
Main Khiladi Tu Anari – 1994
Box Office – 8 Crores – Hit
Starring Akshay and Saif in the lead, the film was an entertaining action flick that was a complete masala entertainer. Despite taking a slow start, the film started cashing in on the positive publicity and became a hit. The music of the film played a huge part in making it successful.
Ziddi – 1997
Box Office – 19 Crores – Super Hit
While Sunny Deol was a one man entity in the action genre even until the early 2000s, this was a time he was really at his peak. Ziddi was the fifth highest grossing movie of the year and Sunny Deol was indeed ruling the action territory.
Ghulam – 1998
Box Office – 13 Crores – Hit
Who can ever forget the famous running against the train sequence from this Vikram Bhatt directorial? One of the experimental movies by Aamir Khan in the 90s, Ghulam was a sleeper hit that got only remembered for that one sequence. Of course Aati Kya Khandala was a separate sensation altogether.
Border – 1997
Box Office – 40 Crores – All Time Blockbuster
The only All-Time Blockbuster from the decade of 90s was this epic JP Dutta directorial that starred an ensemble. While Border is really one of the most watched movies of all time, it clearly gave a new shape to action genre in the decade by being a masterly crafted war movie.
Feel like watching them all over again?