The new millennium wasn’t a great start for Bollywood. The romance genre that dominated most of the 90s didn’t stop there.
However, the romance genre didn’t pick up or explored in the 2000s. Eventually, the trend flopped drastically with big budget films failing severely at the box office. The first decade of the new millennium almost cost the careers of Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, and Ajay Devgn as they couldn’t find their space in Hindi cinema during this era.
Also, the lady luck didn’t work in Bollywood’s favor as most of the star divas from the 90s such as Madhuri Dixit, Meenakshi Seshadri, Manisha Koirala, etc. were lost in this new millennium wave.
Only Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan kept their mantle up owing to their stardom but the show was eventually taken over by the newcomers in Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranbir Kapoor.
Best Bollywood Movies of 2000s
Although a disastrous decade for Bollywood, the new millennium also gifted some of the best creations in Hindi film industry. Here are the best Bollywood films of 2000s.
Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000)
Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai is a film that marked the sensational debut of Hrithik Roshan into Hindi film industry as a lead actor. Directed by his father Rakesh Roshan, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai went on to become the highest grosser of the year 2000. It also won Filmfare Awards for Hrithik Roshan in the Male Debut and Lead Actor categories. This marked the new era in Bollywood that wasn’t dominated by Khans alone.
Hera Pheri (2000)
After a series of flops and too much action films, Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty found huge success in the 2000 hit comedy film Hera Pheri. The film also justified the real talent of Paresh Rawal as Baburao Ganpatrao Apte. Although a remake of Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking, Hera Pheri was a better-portrayed film than the original one according to me. It introduced us to the chemistry of three great actors in Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, and Sunil Shetty.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Dil Chahta Hai is an interesting youth comedy drama starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, and Preity Zinta in the lead roles. The film marked the debut of Farhan Akhtar as director and writer. The film basically features the lives of three friends who are inseparable at a time. However, consequences tear them apart and all get busy in their own lives until they are reunited at the end. The highlight of the film is their Goa trip.
One of the rarest Bollywood sports drama films in the 2000s, Lagaan made a history when it was among the final nominations at the 74th Academy Awards in Best Foreign Language Film category. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the film set a remarkable milestone for Indian film industry as it became the 3rd film to be in the final nominations. The film starred Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh in the lead roles.
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha is an epic love story set during the partition of India between a Sikh Indian man and a Pakistani woman. When their happy life is disturbed and the love of his life is taken away to Pakistan, the Sikh follows her to Pakistan to get her back. Whether he is successful or not is what forms the rest of the story. The film stars Sunny Deol and Amisha Patel in the lead roles.
Also read: Movies based on India Pakistan partition.
Kaante is an action thriller film featuring an ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Kumar Gaurav, Lucky Ali, and Mahesh Manjrekar who are teamed up together in a bank heist. Directed by Sanjay Gupta, the film draws its plot from the Hollywood blockbuster film Reservoir Dogs directed by Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino has already praised Kaante as his favorite among all the inspirations from his films.
Directed by Vipul Shah, Aankhen is a heist thriller drama with a completely unique story. The film features an ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal, and Sushmita Sen. Aankhen is a film about three blind men who are trained with unique skills to prepare them in order to rob a bank. Although it is quite impossible, the filmmaker has worked hard to make the plot seem realistic and believable. And, that forms the USP of the film. Sequel of the film coming soon.
Company is the 2nd film in the Ram Gopal Varma’s Indian gangster trilogy after Satya. The Bollywood film about Mumbai underworld and revolves around the fictional D company which is originally led by Dawood Ibrahim in real life. Featuring an ensemble cast of Mohanlal, Ajay Devgn, Manisha Koirala, Vivek Oberoi, and Antara Mali, the film takes you on a journey portraying the life of underworld gangsters and their rivalry within themselves.