1980s is generally considered as a tough decade for cinema, in general. But, 1986 gave us some really pleasant surprises, introduced the world to some great talent and exalted the prowess of some stellar performers. It was a year of the ladies, with movies like Chameli ki Shaadi and Hannah and Her Sisters, with very meticulously crafted characters, and highly unusual movie plots. My main intention, in this article, is to exhume the classics and profound stories of 1986 that somehow got buried in the wake of labelling the 80s as the ‘weaker decade’. Here’s the list of top films of 1986.
Camaraderie of a farmer (Naseeruddin Shah) and a weaver (Om Puri) help them sustain themselves in a drought inflicted, ruined village to produce their own food and barter with a trader, in defiance with the wishes of the local landlords. Their lives are completely transformed when a woman (Shabana Azmi) enters their lives, who initially helps them but, soon becomes a matter of contention, which leads to their own undoing. With masterful cinematography, splendid visuals and brilliant performances, this Mrinal Sen film still remains an unearthed treasure.
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11. Chameli Ki Shaadi
In a light-hearted, middle class, critically acclaimed film Basu Chatterjee manages to address profound issues of inter-cast relationships and explored the suppressed female desires. Chameli (Amrita Singh) falls in love with an aspiring wrestler, Charandas (Anil Kapoor), and get marries, despite the opposition from their respective families. Amrita Singh, who emerged as a star of the film. With a stellar cast, also including Pankaj Kapoor, Amjad Khan, Om Prakash etc, this movie is a must watch piece of meaningful entertainment.