The 20 best films of the decade (hindi)

The best Hindi films from 2001-2010.
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1.
Like Stars on Earth (2007)
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school. (165 mins.)
Director: Aamir Khan
“ Moving, absorbing and a mandatory watch for one and all ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
2.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
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Munna Bhai embarks on a journey with Mahatma Gandhi in order to fight against a corrupt property dealer. (144 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
“ Comedy has never been better. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
3.
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
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The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers. (224 mins.)
“ History at its best. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
4.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
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Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension. (183 mins.)
Director: Farhan Akhtar
“ The film that changed the very foundation of Hindi cinema. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
5.
Black (2005)
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The cathartic tale of a young woman who can't see, hear or talk and the teacher who brings a ray of light into her dark world. (122 mins.)
“ Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji make this melodrama a cult classic. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
6.
Omkara (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Shakespeare's masterpiece "Othello" set in modern India. A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity. (155 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
“ Shakespeare would have been proud. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
7.
Chak de! India (2007)
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A disgraced hockey player coaches the women's national team to win back his honor and dignity. (153 mins.)
Director: Shimit Amin
“ Want some inspiration....tune in to this defining film. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
8.
Jab We Met (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A depressed wealthy businessman finds his life changing after he meets a spunky and care-free young woman. (138 mins.)
Director: Imtiaz Ali
“ The best romantic comedy to be churned out in India. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
9.
Life in a Metro (2007)
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Six different stories, about nine people, each with different issues and problems, all occurring within one place: the METRO. (132 mins.)
Director: Anurag Basu
“ Adulteration, sex and lies have never been as thought provoking on Indian screen. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
10.
Rang De Basanti (2006)
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The story of six young Indians who assist an English Woman to film a documentary on the extremist freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long forgotten saga of freedom. (157 mins.)
“ The film that sparked off a movement. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
11.
Chandni Bar (2001)
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A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster. (150 mins.)
“ Tabu, Tabu and only Tabu... nothing else to be said. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
12.
Kaminey (2009)
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The desperate lives of two estranged twin brothers converge over missing drugs, politics, racial prejudice, corrupt cops and an unplanned pregnancy. (130 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
“ Yet another Vishal Bharadwaj classic. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
13.
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
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Naina, an introverted, perpetually depressed girl's life changes when she meets Aman. But Aman has a secret of his own which changes their lives forever. Embroiled in all this is Rohit, Naina's best friend who conceals his love for her. (186 mins.)
Director: Nikhil Advani
“ Totally redefined Hindi cinema. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
14.
Company (2002)
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A small-time gangster named Chandu teams up with Malik, a low-level enforcer for a criminal syndicate. Together they eliminate all their enemies, becoming the most feared gangsters in Mumbai. (155 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
“ If Satya ruled the 90's in the crime genre, Company rules the 00's. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
15.
Ishqiya (2010)
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While on the run from goons, a man and his nephew fall for a kidnapper's seductive widow. (118 mins.)
“ Vidya Balan becomes a cult figure for Indian women after this. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
16.
Dor (2006)
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Two woman --different backgrounds, miles apart, and strangers to each other-- are linked by tragedy. Their new-found friendship is tested as one holds the fate of the other's husband in her hands. (147 mins.)
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
“ Meaningful cinema at its best. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
17.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)
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Yashvardhan Raichand lives a very wealthy lifestyle along with his wife, Nandini, and two sons, Rahul and Rohan... (210 mins.)
Director: Karan Johar
“ The biggest melodrama, and by far the most watchable. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
18.
3 Idiots (2009)
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Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots". (170 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
“ The biggest hit of this decade. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
19.
Devdas (2002)
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After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain. (185 mins.)
“ No one understands human emotions better than Sanjay Leela Bhansali. ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty
 
20.
Raincoat (2004)
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All he wanted was to see her just once. Manu was from a village in the backwoods. Neeru was the girl next door, his lost love. (117 mins.)
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
“ O Henry, please watch this... ” - Smarojitt Chakravrty