Films that defined Bollywood!

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By Hindustan Times

Movies come and movies go, but only some change cinema forever. In 2010, James Cameron’s Avatar brought in the 3D revolution, one that still has old-school filmmakers world over reeling from shock. In India too, there have been movies that re-shaped aesthetic and audience sensibilities.

The decade began with a period drama — Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Lagaan — which was India’s entry to the Hollywood Academy Awards that year. In 2003, Rakesh Roshan’s Koi Mil Gaya paved the way for Sci Fi in Bollywood. Even today actor Shah Rukh Khan credits Roshan’s film for making his SciFi venture RA.One possible. As part of Take 11, our series that celebrates a decade in Bollywood, we take a look at the 11 iconic movies that made our cinema what it is today.

2001
Dil Chaahta Hai
Director: Farhan Akhtar
Cast:Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Khanna
The film became the buzzword for youngsters upon its release. It explored the transition in the lives of three college boys and urban India took an instant liking to the film that later won the National award. The film’s music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy became an anthem for the youth.

2001
Lagaan
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Cast: Aamir Khan,Gracy Singh
The film did the country proud as it became the third Hindi-language film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign
Language Film. The sports musical shot set in the Victorian era was about peasants harassed by British-ers for tax. It was ranked #55 in Empire magazines ‘The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema’.

2003
Koi Mil Gaya
Director: Rakesh Roshan
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta
The 45-crore sci-fi flick had Hrithik Roshan playing a mentally challenged kid. The film crossed over Rs 80 crores and Roshan
followed it up with an equally successful sequel Krrissh. The super hero flick became a craze and Krissh merchandise became a
must-have for kids.

2003
Munnabhai MBBS
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Gracy Singh
Though a remake of 1998 American comedy movie Patch Adams, Raj Kumar Hirani’s direction and screenplay made the film unique and earned many awards including the national award for popular film. Jaadu ki jhappi became the talk of the town then and is popular till date.

2006
Rang De Basanti
Director: Rakeysh Mehra
Cast: Aamir Khan, R Madha-van and Kunal Kapoor
This cult film shows the youth protesting against corruption and became the voice of young India. People got inspired and took to streets to protest against the injustice in the Jessica Lall and Priyadarshini Mattoo cases. Research shows that people were influenced by the film in their protests. This is called the RDB syndrome.

2007
Taare zameen par
Debut: Aamir Khan
Cast: Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safari
Aamir Khan’s directorial debut inspired many filmmakers to follow such genre. It won 2008 National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare. It was India’s official entry for the 2009 Academy Awards in Best Foreign Film. The International Dyslexia Association screened Taare Zameen Par in Washington.

2007
Jab We Met
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor
It was a breath of fresh air for viewers waiting for a romantic film that would make their popcorn worth it. Aditya and Geet’s love story touched viewers across ages and the film beca-me a roaring hit. Seeing its success, the distributors decided to make it in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

2007
Chak de India
Director: Shimit Amin
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan
This Yash Raj film brought the national game into limelight. The film inspired formation of a new hockey council by former hockey player Aslam Sher Khan. It won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertai-nment. The title song, Chak De! India, has become India’s unofficial sports anthem.

2009
3 Idiots
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Cast: Aamir Khan, R Madha-van, Sharman Joshi
This youthful film was based on college life and broke all existing box office records in India. It also made a new record for the highest net collections in the first week for a film. It also set a record crossing Rs 339 crores worldwide. The film was touted as bigger than all-time blockbuster Sholay.

2010
Robot
Director: Shankar
Cast: Rajnikanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
It was touted as Asia’s most expensive film, boasting a production budget of Rs135 crore. The film was simultaneously released in three languages, Robot in Hindi, Endhiran in Tamil and Robo in Telugu. It was a huge commercial hit, collecting an unprecedented Rs 62 crore in opening weekend.

2010
Dabanng
Director: Abhinav Kashyap
Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan
Arbaaz Khan’s first production was a rustic action drama that not just set the box office ringing but swept all award shows. Salman won a best actor award for the first time in his 22-year-old career. The film released on YouTube on January 28, 2011 for free viewing to audiences in India and received close to one million hits in one week.

Iconic films of all time

1 Sholay
2 Pakeezah
3 Mother India
4 Mera Naam Joker
5 Mughal-e-Azam
6 Pyasa
7 Guide
8 Deewaar
9 Hum Aapke Hai Kaun
10 Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge