1. Lagaan (2001)
A classic tale of Motivation & Valor, one of the best movies made on the Indian Armed Forces, Hrithik Roshan played his part amazingly well & the brilliant cinematography of this movie made it further special for me plus the Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy was breathtaking as well especially the songs “Kandhon se milte hain Kandhe” & “The Lakshya Song”…
4. Rang de Basanti (2006)
Rarely a movie binds the entire natione together & RDB surely did match the pulse of the masses & classes equally, AR Rahman’s music made it even better and then you had Aamir Khan as well!!! Sharman Joshi was the standout performer for me in this movie. One of my all-time favourite song “Roobaroo” made this movie further special…
5. Omkara (2006)
“Langda Tyaagi” or Saif Ali Khan would never-ever get a similar role in his entire life, that’s damn sure; I actually hated his characted by the end of the movie…Vishal Bhardwaj’s classical tale of Othello would be always remembered for its legendary dialogues for me; some of them being “Bewakoof aur Chutiye ka farak” & “Haan ke Naa” plus the brilliantly shot fist-fight scene with the haunting song “Omkara” played in the background…spellbinding!!!
6. Khosla ka Ghosla (2006)
Simple yet brilliant, that’s what describes this movie for me. Debut Movie of Dibakar Banerjee and what a start to his cinematic journey. Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Ranvir Shorey, Navin Nischol & Vinay Shukla…what performances, story of a common man told superbly and it never went over-the-top & that was the key for me.
7. Bheja Fry (2007)
This is the movie which made me laugh the most in the entire decade; the funniest movie in my all-time list after Andaz Apna Apna, sheer acting brilliance of Vinay Pathak which actually forces you to strangle him to death due to his idiocy!!! I literally fell out of my seat innumerable times through this movie…Ranvir Shorey was hilarious too!!!
8. Taare Zameen Par (2007)
This movie made me cry, I would rather say howl; I remember I watched this movie alone & I had a corner seat & I kept crying through the movie…This movie would go down in the History books as one of the most sensitive movies ever made…and yes Aamir Khan again!!!
9. Dev D (2009)
The Movie of the decade for me, no doubts regarding this…this movie revolutionized the word “Musical” with its mesmerizing music composed by Amit Trivedi. The way “Female Sexuality” was portrayed in this movie is stuff legends are made of. Plus this is a classic lesson of “How not to waste one’s life for a girl”!!!
10. Udaan (2010)
Another smashing movie with brilliant performances by the Lead Cast & great music once again by the phenomenon named “Amit Trivedi”. This movie didn’t go out of my system even after 4-5 days of watching it & some scenes just kept coming back; a haunting tale of father-son relationship…
Movies which missed making the cut :
Munnabhai MBBS (2003)
Chak de India (2007)
Johnny Gaddar (2007)
Rock On (2008)
3 Idiots (2009)
Love Sex aur Dhokha (2010)
Some Interesting Trends from my List:
1. Music is one of the most important feature of any Bollywood Movie and amongst these 10 movies there is an interesting trend pertaining to Music Directors :
i. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy: 3 Movies
ii. A R Rahman: 2 Movies
iii. Amit Trivedi: 2 Movies
2. Aamir Khan is the Lead Actor in 4 out of these 10 movies & he is the Director of one as well; clearly the decade belonged to him and not just for his Acting Abilities but for his Marketing Brilliance as well!!!
3. 4 out of these 10 movies were debut movies of Directors, dream start indeed!!!
4. Only 1 Director has 2 movies in this list and that is Farhan Akhtar.
Hope you liked my list & it would be great if you can comment with your “Top 10” list as well in the Comments section…
So till the time we meet again…
Cheers to life…
Till then ride safe and have safe sex…
Hasta la Victoria Siempre…