BOLLYWOOD TOP TEN
Producer-Director: Raj Kumar Santoshi;
Music: Ram Sampat;
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Tusshar Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni
A strong film with a gripping script, it has Amitabh towering all the others. Deputy Commissioner of Police Anant Srivastav, an honest police officer on the verge of retirement, has only one adversary, Senior Inspector Shekhar Verma who is corrupt. But Anant gets support from his immediate juniors Inspector Sachdev and Inspector Ashwin Apte.
The other policeman, Inspector Angere, is a mystery man. The story is about the suicidal mission of bringing dreaded ISI agent Iqbal Ansari from Chandangarh to Mumbai for a court hearing and the fight they have to put up against terrorists and against corruption within their ranks.
2. MUNNABHAI MBBS:
Producer:Vidhu Vinod Chopra;
Director: Rajkumar Hirani;
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Dutt, Gracy Singh, Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Rohini Hattangady, Jimmy Shergill
In this confident debut as director, film editor Hirani has managed excellent cameos from his main cast including Sanjay and his father Sunil. Munnabhai along with friend Circuit and his gang make a living by settling financial disputes through using his clout as a small-time don. But his parents who think he is a doctor running a charity hospital come from the village to meet him and he is exposed, thanks to Dr Asthana who had wanted his daughter Suman to marry Munnabhai. Munna now decides he must become a doctor. He not only wins over everyone with love and care with his magical hug but also manages to cure some patients, thus winning the love and admiration of both Dr Asthana and Suman.
3. EK HASINA THI:
Producer: Ram Gopal Varma;
Director: Sriram Raghavan;
Music: Amar Mohile;
Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Saif Ali Khan, Seema Biswas, Aditya Srivastava, Pratima Kazmi,
Urmila, Saif and the slick pace make this songless film come out with flying colours. Told in flashback, it is the story of how travel agent Sarika falls for Karan but is forced by him to confess for a crime she did not commit and is sentenced for seven years. Living in prison with hardened women criminals, she transforms from a middle class girl to one seeking revenge for the wrong done to her. She now knows the truth about Karan. She manages to escape thanks to the help given by hardened criminal Pramila who operates from jail, with the police in hot chase. She does meet him, but he is also being chased - by the underworld. She decides she must eliminate him, but in her own way.
Producer: Pooja Bhatt and Sujit Kumar Singh;
Director: Pooja Bhatt;
Music: Anu Malik; Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri;
Cast: (introducing) Udita Goswami, with John Abraham, Dr Mohan Agashe, Gulshan Grover, Denzil Smith, Master Madan Bhiku, Sandeep Mehta, Anahita Uberoi
Marking her directorial debut, Pooja introduces Udita Goswami. Kaaya lives alone in the middle of the vast Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, brought up under the watchful eye of her strict father. The warm Lama Noburu of the nearby Buddhist monastery assigns Kaaya the task of bringing the six-year-old Llhamo from Delhi. Llhamo is apparently the reincarnation of some great monk. Unfortunately, Llhamo witnesses the murder of a senior police officer, and so Kaaya and Llhamo meet police officer Shiven. As the case turns complicated, Shiven decides to take them back to Spiti for their safety. But he gets severely injured in the process. Kaaya and the monks nurse him back to health. Fascinated by Shiven, Kaaya has to choose between the man she desires and the path her father has chosen for her.
Producer: Bobby Bedi;
Director-music: Vishal Bhardwaj;
Cast: Irfan Khan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Piyush Mishra, Masumi Makhija, Ajay Gehi.
Inspired to an extent by William Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth', this film takes Mumbai's underworld as its backdrop. Abbaji is a debauched underworld don whose constant companion is Nimmi, who yearns for Abbaji's righthand man Miya Maqbool. Nimmi's behaviour often frightens even the hardened Abbaji. She soon entices Maqbool to get rid of Abbaji and take his place. This love is contrasted against Abbaji's innocent daughter Sameera's love for Guddu, son of Kaka who is one of Abbaji's men. Maqbool's feeling of guilt gradually takes on overtones that lead to a tragic end.
Producer: Rangita Pritish Nandy;
Director: Sudhir Mishra;
Music: Sandesh Shandilya;
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil;
Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Rahul Bose, Rinke Khanna, Yashpal Sharma, Makrand Deshpande, Kabir Sadanand, and (guest)
Anupama Verma, Mehak Chahal
Producer: Mandeep Singh;
Director: Vikram Bhatt;
Music: Rajesh Roshan;
Lyrics: Dev Kohli, Ibrahim Ashq, Maya Govind, Nasir Faraaz, Chandrashekhar Rajit
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Tom Alter, Pramod Moutho, Shruti Ulfat, Ali Asghar, Firdaus Mewawalla, Mickey Dhamjani
8. KAL HO NA HO:
Producer: Karan Johar;
Director: Nikhil Advani;
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar;
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Jaya Bachchan, Sushma Seth, Sulbha Arya, Rajpal Yadav, Reema Lagoo. Lilette Dubey, Delnaz Paul, Satish Shah, Ketaki Dave, Simone Singh, Shoma Anand and Dara Singh, and (special) Sonali Bendre, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Sanjay Kapoor
9. WOH TERA NAAM THA:
Producer: Vijaypat Singhania;
Director: Kuku Kohli;
Lyrics: Nida Fazli;
Music: Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Roopkumar Rathod and Sumeet Chopra;
Cast: (introducing) Arjan Bajwa, Kanchi Kaul, Gaurav Chanana, and Shalini Pal, with Amrish Puri, Rajeev Verma,
Rajat Bedi, Prem Chopra
10. LOC - KARGIL:
Music: Anu Malik;
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar;
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Akshaye Khanna, Manoj Bajpai, Ashutosh Rana, Sanjay Kapoor, Bikram Saluja, Himanshu Malik, Karan Nath, Amarr Upadhyay, Kareena Kapoor, Esha Deol,Rani Mukherjee, Mahima Chowdhary, Raveena Tandon