1980s is considered one of the weaker decades in the history of cinema. Distancing itself from ‘Art House Cinema’, movies, not just in India, but all over the world, were made with a view to titillate the audience and achieve commercial success.1985 was a year of overrated commercial hits and underrated obscure gems that awaited their discoveries. It was also a year of surprises that brought commercial success to some unconventional films in the midst of those made with staid formula recipes. Here is the list of top movies of 1985, irrespective of their box-office performance, that were released in the year 1985.
12. Aan Paavam (Tamil)
Two notorious sons (Pandiyan and Pandiyarajan) of a theatre owner go to ‘see’ a suitable girl for the elder one. Immediately smitten by her beauty, confusion ensues when they come to know that they are in a wrong house, when the real suitors of the girl arrive. This movie is known for its slapstick comedy, and elaborate and clever screenplay. It was quite surprising, that at a time when the audience couldn’t do without semi-nudity and superhuman fantasies, this movie was skyrocketed to commercial success.
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11. Saaheb (Hindi)
In the midst of raunchy or over-the-top alpha-male actioners of the 1980s, came a small relatable movie about a young man (Anil Kapoor) dreaming of becoming a footballer, restrained and neglected by the family membersbut, supported by his eldest sister-in-law (Rakhee). It aptly captured the patriarchal structure, emotional bond, and bridled nature of middle-class lifestyle, as a young, vivacious dreamer tries to break the glass ceiling. Directed by Anil Ganguly, this movie was a breath of fresh air with its close-to-life characterisation and realistic story-telling.