Movies That Shaped Our Generation – The Action Movies

Jaibala/ April 1, 2017/ Musings/ 37 comments

The A to Z challenge begins today, and I promised to take you through movies that shaped our generation this April. Not just movies that changed the way we think but some that were path breakers and others that carved out an entirely new path, or genres we just couldn’t escape.

The Action movies were such an integral part of pur growing up. Read on & find out what I am going to write all April. Read on and find out Join here for the free NewsLetter delivered right into your inbox


If you have grown up in the 80’s and the 90’s then it would have been impossible to escape Action movies. The Die hard series, Rambo and the likes come first to mind with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Van Damme , Bruce Willis and Jason Statham ruling the roost.  But the Indian action movies gave rise to a completely new category of hero, The Angry Young Man.

Amitabh Bachchan was the first angry young man and Agneepath, Hum, Shahenshah, Khuda Gawah were all movies that we grew up with. If you were anything like me, you rented all the other movie DVD’s and watched the magic that was Amitabh Bahchan in action.

The Angry Young man slowly began to give way to the traditional action hero  and we witnessed the rise of  Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan  and Salman Khan. They always rose up for whats right and fought hard for the downtrodden. The villains were always gangsters, evil politicians and dakus and our heroes jumped right in for rescue. We had Ghayal, Tridev, The Khiladi movies, Parida, Krantiveer and so many more in this genre.

Eventually the hero become angrier and movies started exploring the darker side of the human mind, the one that controlled anger and the one that dealt with more complex emotions and the shades of grey. What that gave birth to was the Anti hero – the person who did all the wrong things for the right reasons, and in his reasons he was always justified. Shah Rukh Khan famously accepted Bazigar which was turned down by so many and he made the anti hero powerful and popular. Ajay Sharma/ Vicky Malhotra we can see is wrong, but still makes us cry when he dies (yes I did!).

The Action movie genre is still evolving in India, with the women doing action and the Angry Young Woman stepping into the light. A lot of the newer actor and film makers are helping this genre evolve to much more than just guns, and fight scenes.

Which were your favourite action movies growing up? Do you have anything to share about this genre with me, share in the comments below.

I am doing this A to Z Challenge in collaboration with Chandni Moudgil of Life In Third Dimension, where she will be speaking of women in contemporary cinema. Between us we are going to cover Bollywood  movies that were powerful enough to shape our generation.

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Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at


  1. I like the new age OTT action sequences. Highly exaggerated but still fun to watch.
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    1. True Tina, also makes you wonder what next. Like teh fast and the Furious movies – I always look forward to the next stunt.

  2. I didn’t actually watch a lot of movies growing up, so may not remember by genre. 🙂 Not a movie buff either (as you know). Robocop was one I liked and still do watch when it comes on TV.
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    1. Oh yes Robocop, I remember watching it and being fascinated. I actually asked my uncle for a suit like his.

  3. I am so happy that you picked up this theme Jai. As always , I am super proud of you and wish you good luck!

    Ye kaali kaali aankhein, ye gore gore gaal! **Goose bumps”.. Baazigar is one of my favorites, but so are most of the SRK movies. Darr was another one with the anti hero theme. Talking about AB, I have not seen many of his action movies, but he portrayed Angry young man persona in some of his romantic/tragic movies like Kabhi Kabhi.

    1. Thank You so much Arpita. Yes Darr and Anjaam were other movies where SRK played the anti hero so well. As far as AB the angry young man persona followed him around for a while.

  4. Looks like your A-Z is off to a great start ?
    Somehow, strangely – I’d never been a big fan of action movies growing up; but then again I had very weird choices growing up – so I should be surprised that I seem rather normal now. Or am I?
    Although – for some reason, for me most of action movies seem to have Akshay Kumar in them (i mean the 90s) era.

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    1. You didn’t like action movies, Really! Also you and me can never be called normal and I am so glad about that!
      If You have seen Akshay Kumar movies only, that means you were watch the good action films.

  5. I think all those dishum dishum was fun in growing up days. You remember how the sound and the action were synced up for the effect. One movie that I can think of right now is Ajay Devgan’s debut, phool aur kaate. The bike entry and that jazz. I’m not a big movie buff so can’t think of many but AB ones have been cool. Good one, Jaibala! Great start.
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    1. Yes, there was always a predictable background score for fight scenes with major sound effects. Phool Aur Kantee and that bike entry, was classic and will be remembered for a while. Thank You Parul.

  6. Action isn’t really my favourite genre and of all SRK films Baazigar ranks low only because he dies in the end :-). I didn’t mind AB movies though. He really looked the part and his action was great.
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  7. I didn’t actually cry when SRK’s character dies in Baazigar, but I know what you mean, and I loved that movie as a kid. I somehow understood his motivations, what pushed him etc.
    Agreed that we do need more female action heroines. Or maybe more anti-heroines, cos real life is grey like that, isn’t it? 🙂
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    1. The evolution, towards grey s what is making Cinema exciting these days. When you understand motivations, actions are always justifiable. And yes more anti heroines any day. I’d root for them.

  8. Oh! I’m a total Bollywood girl, Jai and I love your theme. Will hop to Chandni’s blog next. And yes, Bazigar without a doubt stole everyone’s heart, including mine!


    1. Yay, join the bollywood party we have for you all this month Geets. Lots of Love!

  9. I love the Die Hard series, Terminator and of course, Baazigar. That made me cry as well 😛 I love the anti-heroes in the movies and I am a big fan of Game of Thrones, though not a movie it is brilliant with the worst kind of anti-heroes possible!
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    1. Would you kill me if I say I haven’t seen Game of Thrones Yet!. In my defence I wanted to read the books first (which I am reading now). But yes the concept of anti hero/heroine makes the writer explore so many more facets of a character.

  10. Angry young man ! Great theme Jai. Even though I’m not a movie buff, will try to keep up with your posts !

    1. Thank You Atul. Looking forward.

  11. What’s better than watching movies together Jai ? Writing about them 🙂
    What are the chances that we reference ‘bazigar ‘ ? No wonder we were meant to collaborate for the challenge !!

    All movies you mentioned were iconic and truly shaped the generations that followed . I am not an action movie buff yet I’ve seen all the movies you mentioned and loved them .. So great job there in putting together an action packed post !
    Also loved the idea of shout outs .. Am gonna copy-paste 😉

    1. Absolutely, we were meant to do this together. So much fun this is. And yes, the fact that a person who does not watch action movies has watched these movies, shows that they were really different and had an impact. Copy away! But technically it is not copying, because we are collaborating afterall!

  12. I too loved the role of SRK in Bazigar. I like the old action hero movies because it had a lot of humour in it too, mostly Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan.
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    1. Absolutely, Masala movies full of song, dance and action. Thanks Raj.

  13. Somehow I’m not a fan of action movies. Romance was more my thing 😀 it’s a really cool theme you have here

    1. Romance coming up soon Bhavya. Thank You 🙂

  14. I love English action movies. I can watch them non-stop, all my waking hours. Bollywood action though…. not a big fan of.
    Happy AtoZing!
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    1. Thank You Chicky 🙂

  15. Fascinating to see the film evolution. especially because this often speaks about what society wants and feel. I shoudl know. I’m doing film noir for the challenge 😉
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    1. Absolutely. The evolution of cinema, reflects the changes and the aspirations in society.

      Yours is a blog I am going to follow for the month. Film Noir has always been something I wanted to know more about.

  16. Oh, and thank you for the shout out! <3

  17. I loved action movies when I was growing up, and my mom always discouraged me from watching them. Now that I have a husband who is an action movie junkie, I don’t like them so much anymore! Life goes in circles, doesn’t it?

    1. I was so lucky to sit with my parents and watch these movies. It is crazy, how many we watched together. Apparently I saw my first movie in the theater when I was 2, and that was the Sunny Deol – Amrita Singh starer Beetab.

  18. As a kid, my perfect action movie was Terminator 2.i still consider it the best of the Terminator series by Miles.
    Others included Die Hard, Tango and Cash, the Lethal Weapon series and some of the Bond movies.

    From Hindi, yes Amitabh set a new benchmark as the angry young man which ended up dethroning the chocolate boy image that Rajesh Khanna ruled with.
    My memories of Hindi action movies includes Vishwatma, Thanedaar and Mohra 🙂 a few early Akshay Kumar films too.
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    1. I am with you on the Terminator 2 point Doc. I have loved Die Hard and the Bond movies. As I kid I could not escape Amitabh Bachchan movies (my mom is a huge fan). I have watched Tridev about 50 times, and Vishwatama to me is a Tridev wannabe. Akshay Kumar movies were like bible to me, here was a good looking guy who to act, dance and fight. My 8/9 year old heart thought he was almost like the knight in shining Armour.

  19. The first movie that stayed on in my mind during my growing up years was baazigar and darr… For the first time the hero was the villian and that was surely a new thing for me. Until then the movies i had watched had the good guys, and the bad guys. Now here was a new thing. The good and the bad in one single guy.

    1. Absolutely Ramya, that is where movies then began to explore the greys. Before that it was either Black or White.

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