12 Best Bollywood Movies of 2001

The year 2001 was quite profitable for Bollywood since a fair amount of movies were released, which went on to do good business at the box office. Cinegoers remember the year 2001 as the year Aamir Khan’s ‘Lagaan’ went to the Oscars; but then there were many other films from the same year that left an indelible mark on the audiences and helped rake in a lot of moolah.

Some movies with A-list actors in the lead failed to hit the bulls-eye because of weak scripts, while others with good stories had poor performances by the lead actors, which did not impress the viewers. But from an average viewer’s point of view, the first year of the new millennium, saw some great movies, with amazing stories, with talented actors in the lead and here we bring to you a list of top Hindi films from the year 2001, which really wowed us.


12. Chori Chori Chupke Chupke

Directed by Abbas-Mustan, the film had quickly garnered negative publicity close to its release since it touched upon the topic of surrogacy, at a time when India was not ready to talk openly about the subject. Breaking all stereotypes and shunning all negativity, ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’ became the first ever Indian movie to shed light (albeit with a lot of masala) on the controversial topic and succeed in it too. The Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta starrer was well received at the box office and people had finally become more receptive to handle such topics as a medium of entertainment.


11. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Karan Johar, who was riding high on the success of ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, returned with a family film in the form of ‘K3G’ and rocked it! His movie with opulent sets, luxury cars and plush mansions was all about loving your parents and the director did succeed in cutting across his simple message. With names as great as Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor in the cast, and locations as lovely as England and Egypt, KJo’s film was a sure winner!


10. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha

A period film, which released in 2001, Anil Sharma’s ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’, was set amidst the communal riots during the Partition era of 1947. Loosely inspired by the story of Boota Singh, ‘Gadar’ was the story of a Sikh truck driver, who falls for an upper-class Muslim girl, while she’s on her way to the newly-born State of Pakistan. The film saw Sunny Deol in his element, who had come back stronger after a string of flops, while Amisha Patel was still finding her foothold in the industry. If for nothing else, the movie is best remembered for its iconic hand pump scene and its desh-bhakti provoking one-liners, which received all the catcalls and whistles from the audiences!


9. Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya

Starring Urmila Matondkar, Fardeen Khan and Sonali Kulkarni, this Ram Gopal Varma film featured Urmila as an obsessive lover, who goes all out to get the man she loves, despite him being happily married to another woman. The film was not a roaring success but it did good business at the box office as compared to some other multi-starrers that came out along with it in the same year. Urmila’s performance was highly lauded by critics and commoners alike, while Fardeen Khan and Sonali Kulkarni too provided their able support. The songs of the film also took this otherwise average movie a notch above the rest.


8. Nayak

Starring Anil Kapoor, Amrish Puri and Rani Mukerji in lead roles, ‘Nayak’ was a movie that had a slow start at the box office for its underlying political theme. But when word spread about the movie, where a common man rises to the occasion to tackle loopholes in the system and meet challenges head on and become a true hero, people started appreciating the film. Directed by S. Shankar, ‘Nayak’ was a remake of his original Tamil language film. Although the movie was a commercial box office failure, it still enjoys a cult status among fans.


7. Ajnabee

When there’s no coincidence, there’s ‘Ajnabee’! A film from the Burmawalla brothers’ stables, ‘Ajnabee’ was one movie, which not just won our hearts but also all our praises. A craftily made thriller (for which Abbas-Mustan are well known), ‘Ajnabee’ had a dose of everything – from love to deceit, to mystery to humour – the film had it all. An adaptation of ‘Consenting Adults’, the murder mystery starred Bobby Deol, Kareena Kapoor and a relatively new Bipasha Basu in the lead, while Akshay Kumar portrayed a grey shade in it. The film worked wonders at the box office and Kumar, who had played a villain for the first time in his career, swept away all awards for his role.

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