20 in 2014!

Ritika Saxena digs into the treasure trove of movie classics and lists the movies that have turned twenty this year!


Here is list of films, which were released in 1994, and now are 20 years old! Lion King, amongst the lot was the highest grosser for the year. In fact, Finding Nemo dethroned The Lion King from the title of being the highest grosser only in 2003. Now that you and me both feel old, let’s check out the list.

The Shawshank Redemption

Cast:  Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman

Director: Frank Darabont

Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends 19 years in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence. During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation.

The Lion King

Cast: Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons and Moira Kelly

Director: Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff

The Lion King is the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as king. However, after Simba’s uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is fooled into thinking he was responsible for his father’s death and so he flees into exile in shame and despair. Upon maturation, after living with two wastrels, Simba is given some valuable perspective from his friend, Nala, and his shaman, Rafiki, before he returns to challenge Scar to end his tyranny.

Forrest Gump

Director:  Robert Zemeckis

Cast:  Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise and Sally Field

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a naïve and slow-witted yet athletically prodigious native of Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States; more specifically, the period between Forrest’s birth in 1944 and 1982.

The Mask

Cast: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz and Richard Jeni

Director: Chuck Russell

The Mask is based on a series of comic books published by Comics. The film explores the journey of Stanley Ipkiss, a man who finds the Mask of Loki that turns him into The Mask, a grinning, magically-powered trickster uninhibited by anything, including physical reality.

True Lies

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Director: James Cameron

Harry Tasker leads a double life. At work he is a government agent with a license to do just about anything, while at home he pretends to be a dull computer salesman. He is on the trail of stolen nuclear weapons that are in the hands of fanatic terrorists when something more important comes up. Harry finds his wife is seeing another man because she needs some adventure in her life. Harry decides to give it to her, juggling pursuit of terrorists on one hand and an adventure for his wife on the other while showing he can Tango all at once.

Yes, I know that the list would be incomplete if we do not talk about our very own Bollywood movies. So, below are the top 5 movies of 1994. I got you feeling old again!

Hum Aapke Hai Koun..!

Cast: Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Mohnish Behl, Renuka Shahane, Alok Nath and Reema Lagoo

Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya

Rajesh (Mohnish Bahl) runs the business for his dad, Kailashnath (Alok Nath) and is an eligible bachelor. The family wants him to marry Pooja Choudhury (Renuka Shahane), to which he agrees. With great gusto the families get together to plan the engagement and marriage ceremonies. At these ceremonies, Rajesh’s younger brother, Prem (Salman Khan) meets Pooja’s younger sister, Nisha (Madhur Dixit), and after a few meetings both fall in love with each other. After a few months, Pooja gives birth to a baby, but unfortunately, dies shortly afterwards. Rajesh is devastated and the families get together, and decide that it will be in the best interests of both the child and Rajesh, if Nisha were to take Pooja’s place and marry Rajesh. Hence the title, simply translated means: What Is My Relationship With You? No doubt this question will linger in the minds of both Nisha and Prem, who are all set to face a new relationship.


Cast: Akshay Kumar, Raveena Tandon, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal

Director: Rajiv Rai

Mohra, inspired from the English movie Pawn,  is a 1994 Indian action thriller film. Journalist Roma Singh is the daughter of a jailer. While taking a tour of the jail, she is molested by some of the inmates, then she is saved by Vishal Agnihotri – another prisoner comes to her assistance. She finds out that Vishal is in for four homicides, and decides to investigate further. She finds out, with the help of the owner of her publications, Jindal that Vishal was compelled to take the law in his own hands when the courts failed to punish the assailants of his sister and sweetheart. Soon, Vishal is released from prison and begins to work for Jindal. It is then that he realizes that he has just walked from a walled prison, to an open prison, as the truth behind his release slowly but surely starts to dawn on him.


Cast: Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia, Mamta Kulkarni and Atul Agnihotri

Director: Mehul Kumar

Lazy and unemployed Pratap Narayan Tilak (Nana Patekar), who at a very young age was thrown out of his village by his mother for disobeying her orders, meets famous journalist Meghna Dixit (Dimple Kapadia). Megha persuades Pratap to be a champion of justice for those around him, defend their rights and make them independent. However, he runs into strong resistance, from within his very own community, the police and some very powerful, and influential politicians. Unable to bear the injustice, Pratap decides to take the law into his own hands, resulting in chaos and violence, thus giving rise to a saga of revenge and corruption within his own people.

1942: A Love Story

Cast:  Anil Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa, and Pran

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

In 1942 India, Naren, the wealthy son of a local politician loyal to the British crown, romances Rajjo, the daughter of an Indian freedom fighter. Both become caught up in the increasingly violent revolutionary program when Rajjo’s father and her uncle plot to assassinate a sadistic, visiting British general determined to keep Indian under British rule.

Raja Babu

Cast: Karisma Kapoor, Govinda, Shakti Kapoor, Kadar Khan, Aruna Irani, Prem Chopra and Gulshan Grover

Director: David Dhawan

Kishan Singh lives a comfortable existence in a small town with his son, Raja, and wife, Janki. He had finalized Raja’s marriage, when he was still a child, with Madhubala. Now when Raja and Madhubala are both grown up, Kishan goes to them to arrange their marriage. He is insulted and humiliated by city-bred Madhubala, who refuses to marry an ignorant illiterate like Raja. Enraged at this, Raja vows to make her his wife at any cost and sets out to do so. After several misunderstandings and misadventures, he convinces her that they are suitable for each other. He returns home to give this news to his father, only to find out that his father has arranged his marriage with a senile young woman, and he will never permit Madhubala to become his daughter-in-law. Now Raja has a choice – to give up his parents and marry Madhubala – or to stay with his parents and marry a senile woman he does not love.


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