Top 10 movies (2000-2008)

Its here!!!!

The BIG DADDY of all polls.. from Aaj tak to IBN 7, this poll beats them all.. er.. kuch jyada toh nahi ho gaya?

But seriously.. after entering the data for your favourite movies, finding the average and then ranking them, I have come up with the TOP 10 hindi movies of this Millennium..

The people who participated in the poll range come from differnt walks of life.. from catwalk to rampwalk, from slumdog to millionaire, from Hrithik Roshan to Harman I hope you get the point.

The people who voted for their favourite movies includes Engineers, Phds, dentist, a few MBA blokes, and a few other essesntially jobless people like me (yeah, I have voted too!)

The Methodology (Transparency mangta hai!)
Before we start the listing, lemme tell you how I did it! (no rocket science this!) I took in all your entries and gave them points according to their Ranks.. For eg -
1. XXX (no, not tht kinda movie, this is just an eg)
2. YYY
10. ZZZ

I gave 1 point to the movie ZZZ, YYY got 9 points, while XXX got 10 points... In the end all the points were added and divided by the number of entries to get the average score.. (Did I bore you guys? Well, I got 98.37 in CAT, wht did u expect? :P) Obviously the max score by any movie will not be more than 10 (considering the same movie tops every list)

So here goes the list.. In countdown fashion...

Rock On!
Year of Release: 2008
Points scored: 2.17

Rock on!!!! Hai yeh waqt ka ishaaara... I havent seen this movie, but the very fact that it has managed to notch the #10 spot just on the dum-khum of its theatre performances alone(I dont think it has been released in a big way on TV) says a lot about the calibre of this movie..

I was pestered a lot by my female friends to watch this movie, but then I argued that it was fun for them to watch a bunch of topless guys jump into the lake and stuff.. All us guys were left with was Prachi Desai (who is she anyway?). But still, its commendable that Rock On has is on the list, even though movies like Jaane Tu.. havent even found a place on the Top 15..

Rock on! Farhan Akhtar makes an appearance on this countdown, definitely not for the last time...

Year of Release: 2005
Points scored: 2.35

Beating Rock On by a very small margin is the artsy movie - B-L-A-C-K.. Power packed performances by Amitabh Bacchan and Rani Mukherjee made this movie appear on the #9 spot.. Sanjay Leela Bhansali went one step ahead of his Khamoshi (Salman khan, Manisha Koirala) stunt and made the female lead- blind, deaf and mute.. It gave enough scope to Rani to showcase her talent..

Back in 1998 when KKHH was released, if anyone said that the girl in the short yellow skirt will do a role like that, I would have thrown my caramel popcorn(what? guys cant like caramel?) at his Goddamn face...

All in all, good movie, and gives a chance to AB to make an appearance..

Hera Pheri
Year of Release: 2000
Points scored: 2.47

Know whats a classic? This is!! Hera Pheri is to school going kids today what Andaz Apna Apna was for our generation.. (Shit that makes me sound old! )

Hera Pheri is truly a classic.. You can watch it again and again and again.. never gets old.. It was a breakthrough movie for all the actors.. Paresh Rawal wouldnt be charging more than what Bobby Deol charges for two movies had it not been for his Baburao Ganpatrao Apte role.. "Uthalele re baba.. aare mujhe nahi, enn dono ko!" he haw haw.. rotfl
It made Akshay Kumar what he is today.. Had it not been for this movie he still wud have been doing his "Churake dil teraaa.. goriya chali..." routine.. after the song there wud be a fight where akki wud show his Bankok-trained-martial-arts-kicks.. After that a rone dhone wala scene then again a song.. and so on and so forth..

This movie made Suniel Shetty what he is to be honest, hes the only one who hasnt benefited much from this movie.. but for his acting skills hes still God damn famous..

All in all, for me, one of Indias funniest movies..

Year of Release: 2001
Points scored: 2.76

It hurts.. It hurts to see a movie of such calibre come up so low down the order..

It hurt when it didnt win the Oscars.. If Slumdog millionaire (more on it later) wins an Oscar for best movie, I will sue the firangi judges.. If Slumdog wins an Oscar for best music for Rahman, I say he should get atleast 5 more Oscars for his past work..

Bhuvans team beat the Firangs in an impossible match, but the firangis took revenge and beat them at the end.. (I am mad at them.. that is why I make no sense).

Aamir Khan, Rehman, Ashutosh Gowariker.. all of them make the first appearance on the countdown..

Lagaan... Goosebumps! Whatta movie..!

Year of Release: 2004
Points scored: 3.06

Surprise! Surprise! And a pleasant one! It was Ashutosh's very next movie after Lagaan and all of us had high hopes.. I guess we were expecting a cricket match at the end of this one too.. Girls didnt wanna see SRK looking like a geek.. Thats the problem with the actor.. Hes always SRK.. that has never been Aamir's problem.. When hes Bhuvan, hes Bhuvan.. But with SRK thrs always that persona that makes him SRK - the star.. that cant be too good for an actor, never is!

Swades is by far the weakest box office performer on this top 10, but the fact that people like it this much to place it on #6 speaks volumes bout this movie..

Btw, there is this scene in the movie where SRK is travelling in the train back to Kaveri umma's place, the train halts at a station.. A kid with a really heavy pot of water is pacing up and down the platform.. Hes selling water at 50 paise per glass, SRK being the NRI drinks bottled water.. but for that kid he makes and exception.. That is pretty much the scene where he becomes truly Indian.. I started respecting Srk the actor after that..

Jab we met
Year of Release: 2007
Points scored: 3.17

Are you kidding me? Comeon now? This is a good movie, but at #5? really?

There is this thing actors have.. When they are involved off screen, the chemistry dies on-screen.. thats what happened with Shahid-Kareena all this while..

Once they broke up, they gave us Jab we met! Its a cute movie, really is, but #5, really?

Chalo aacha hua, issi bahane Shahid and Kareena made an appearance on the Top 10..

Rang De Basanti
Year of Release: 2006
Points scored: 3.35

Ting Ting Tinga Ting.. basanti... Rahman again! Aamir again! Very different from the movies you normally get to see.. I still dont know what I feel for this movie.. I mean I dunno if I support what the movie protrays or not.. But one thingI know for sure, it captured the imagination of the youth...

I distinctly remember to-be doctors took to the streets when reservations were introduced for medicine seats.. I remember how they took the blows the police dealt them.. And when those photos came out in the papers next day, one could see the bravery that these 20 something doctors showed for their rights.. RDB in that sense is a classic..

Chak De India
Year of Release: 2007
Points scored: 4.29

The BIG 3... The reason why I call the top 3 - BIG, is coz of the difference in the scores. Look at #4 and #3.. The difference in the scores is almost 1 point.. That shows these 3 movies are a class apart.. They are on the list of almost everyone who polled..

Chak De! Very similar to the Hollywood movie miracle.. But it had a surreal feel to it.. Among India's best underdog movies.. It made celebrities of the 11 girls who played the roles of hockey players.. SRK with all his newly built muscle-chusle played the coach who was once the captain of the Indian Hockey team..

It had everything to keep us interested..

Taare Zameen Par
Year of Release: 2007
Points scored: 4.47

Again Aamir Khan makes an appearance.. But this film clearly belonged to Darsheel Safary.. The kid clearly needs braces, but can act.. I mean think bout sharing screen time with Aamir.. it gotta be tough yaar..

It made the girls go aawww.. It made the mummies cry.. Hard hearted men, who spent half their lives duping people hurried to the loo to cry there where no one saw them.. And yeah there were a few emotionally dyslexic ones who couldnt get what the big deal bout being dyslexic was!! Abhishek Bacchan was dyslexic.. and he turned out well.. almost.. Cant be sure after the Drona debacle.. How come Drona didnt make it to the list? :P

Dil Chahta Hai
Year of Release: 2001
Points scored: 5.29

The baap of all movies big and small.. Guess what? Aamir again!! Farhan makes a re-entry.. And even Akshaye Khanna gets to be on the list.. I mean who wud have thought that..

The success of this movie is evident from the fact that it is the only movie with an score of over 5 points!! Only 10 % of the total voters didnt have DCH on their lists.. rest all did!

Cult Classic is what is DCH! The weird thing bout Aamir is that out of all the movies he has done after 2000, only Fanna and Mangal Pandey dont feature on the list.. In his defence, he does only one movie per year.. Emran Hashmi has done more movies than Aamir has for crying out loud!!

All in all.. DCH is a movie we will watch with our kids and even they will identify with it (hopefully).

Some interesting facts:
* Sandhya, Harish and Aditi had 7 movies out of the Top 10 on their lists. Sandhya and Harish are among my closest friends! Its weird how similar they are! But the closest among them was Sandhya, around 12 points, its almost as if she knew what the list is gonna be like!!!
Update : Neeraj got 8 movies right.. so that makes him the closest to the final list.. Sorry Sandhya, move over, we have a winner!! (Counting mistake ho gaya tha.. my bad!!)
* Why hasnt Emran Hashmi made the list?
* There were around 40 movie nominations.. Such varied people had participated!
* Why hasnt Emran Hashmi made the list?
*Shweta had the least common list.. Only two of her TOP 10 matched the final Top 10
* A wednesday came in 11th (Thought it deserved a special mention)
* #12 .Sarkar
#13. Lage Raho Munnabhai
# 14. Kal ho na ho
12, 13, and 14 had the same scores (1.47) the ranks were then finally decided based on the number of lists they had found mention on.. sarkar was on 7 lists, lage raho on 5 and kal ho na ho on 4 (Kal ho na ho? sersly? I have too many girls voting :P)
* Why hasnt Emran Hashmi made the list?

Special Thanks :
* To Shruti for reminding me that today is the day that I had to post the Top 10 list. Its 3 am in the morning as I write this..
* To Purnima for that amazingly long and interesting mail explaining why particular movies were on your list and why a few others werent..
* To Everyone who took their time out to vote..
* To Emran Hashmi well... you just make us laugh man!!! Dil royee ya Illahi.. tu aaja mere maahi... Top 10 movies (2000-2008)SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

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16 letters to the editor:

    On January 22, 2009 at 2:21 PM     
    Chriz said...

    winning post is raka calling bro.. i voted long time ago..

    i can't wait to see the list of top movies :)

    nice wrk man..
    m sorry i couldnt vote 4 d movies..
    but dats fine.. it wuldnt hv made much difference..
    but i m surprised @ a few things...
    wid so many gals fan followin u hv, y didnt any of d karan johar muvi make it in top 10??
    on same thing.. most of ur blogs r sort of made 4 karan johar, yet he doesnt hv any of his muvi up here.. come on man.. atleast he deserves a special mention here.. nextly dis is my persoanl opinion but DCH-# 1?? dunno.. felt thr r some muvis in ur top 10 which wr better thn DCH..

    Hera Pheri is to school going kids today what Andaz Apna Apna was for our generation.. (Shit that makes me sound old! )

    yeah you do sure make all of us sound old dude!!! AAA is one of my all time fav's!

    I still think TZP can share its place wth DCH !! I mean nly after this movie was out ppl actually came to know that there is even a word called "Dyslexic" which has a place in dictionary.. !

    On January 28, 2009 at 12:26 AM     
    NEERAJ said...

    Hey I hv 8 of my top 10 movies featuring in ur list...and all of them r in first i have done a decent job with it...dnt u think so?

    my bad.. updated..

    On January 28, 2009 at 9:20 PM     
    Harish said...

    Hey had a li'l many people voted for this survey, and how many actually voted for DCH as No.1?
    DCH as the best muvie of the millenium?? Thats quite a surprise for me!!

    On January 29, 2009 at 2:54 AM     
    aroop said...

    MERA NAAM KIDHAR HAI grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.......

    On January 29, 2009 at 2:53 PM     
    s4n705h said...

    LOL.. it seems that people are already standing against the poll. but great score in CAT congrates. you have done great.

    BTW 2 of my movies are threrein te list hera pheri and DCH. I think DCH speak about the generation we are in.

    On January 30, 2009 at 12:21 AM     
    NEERAJ said...

    Thanx a lot for ur courtesy Arshat...

    On January 30, 2009 at 9:39 AM     
    Sri said...

    well my list somewhat matches to the finals!!!

    cant wait for that post and the icon too!

    its here!

    about DCH, it was no. 10 on my list. But then everyone else liked it, so its here!
    Haan re, KJo ka mention karna chahiye tha.. but then look at the positive side, Emran Hashmi got so much footage!

    hmm.. TZP was a good movie, but I will have to be neutral while ranking.. People's mandate.. kya karen, democracy hai!

    Around 12% had DCH as the TOP movie.. while 50% had it in the TOP 5 movie.
    Only 11% didnt have DCH on the list.

    Saale.. vote toh karta nahi..aur naam chahiye! :P

    hehehe.. yeah.. but what to do! by the people for the people!

    You are welcome!

    sure does..! but neeraj, sandy and co beat u to it... tough luck mate.. not like they r gonna get any prize though :P

    YO! You've been awarded!! Go check my blog and start writing!!

    kickass post man... you've beat the pro's at this list-making business.

    imraan hashmi protests!

    @andaz apna apna.. man u reminded me of golden old days!

    Dil chahta hai is my all time favourite:-)

    Couln't beleive Jab we met on 5 and Rock On #10...

    Read your older post... Raka calling...beautiful man