To each one of us, Bollywood means larger than life sets, films infused with an excessive dose of drama and romance, and of course, the masala tadka which constitutes its basic ingredient. However, with all these going on and on for years, you do look out for some respite and see the story of someone exactly like you, caught in the turbulent affairs of life but still managing to keep up that smile. With this effect in mind, some renowned directors, in the 1970s, ventured out to make films with heroes without the six pack abs and heroines without that dollop of foundations. These are our very own “Middle of the Road” films, and some of our best picks are listed below (not in any order).
16. Khatta Meetha
One of our personal favorites, this laugh riot takes us on loving journey into the life of a middle class family who celebrate life despite the numerous ups and downs which define life. And, if you think that love trespasses all the boundaries set by age and social classes, then you should definitely watch this movie!
It’s a simple love story, or should we say, a love triangle between a simpleton, a village lass and a hot-shot businessman. Yes, it might sound a bit clichéd, but we bet you won’t feel like calling it a cliché once you watch it!
14. Chhoti Si Baat
Now this film discusses one of the most important problems of mankind, should we say, of how to be a “man” and rightly propose the dream woman! This, along with the beautiful songs and a great star cast make this film one of the best in the list!
12. Baaton Baaton Mein
11. Saath Saath
This film depicts the story of yet another simple guy who wants to live his life in his own terms with honesty, dignity, and well, his wife too! A splendid film which will never fail to bring smile to people!
6. Chupke Chupke
3. Naram Garam
Directed by the celebrated and much respected Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Naram Garam presents a complex but light hearted plot that was well justified by the great actors like Utpal Dutta, Amol Palekar, AK Hangal, Dina Pathak, the main female lead, Swaroop Swampat and, of course, our very own Shatrughan Sinha!