BBC Asian Network made a list of the top 50 hindi films we should own. I agree with most of their list but I think everyone has their own list of films they would watch over and over again depending on when they started watching or on they've grown up on. I thought I'd share my personal list of favorites (in no particular order) which would probably include more 80's and 90's films and I've made it 100 because I've seen quite a few:
1)Hum tum by Kohli Kohli (Rani Mukherji, Saif Ali Khan) The kind of love that I believe in so it’s my favorite love story.
2)Chandni by Yash Chopra (Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna) I watch this film just about every month for about the last 15 years, Sridevi’s beauty captivates me.
3)Maine Pyar Kiya by Sooraj Barjatya (Salman Khan, Bhagyashree)-the movie that made me and everyone else fall in love with Salman Khan; first hindi film I remember watching.
4)Lamhe by Yash Chopra (Anil Kapoor, Sridevi) -I’m positive if this was released later on it would have been received better. It's one of Chopra’s best works and one of his own personal favorites.
5)Virasat by Priyadarshan (Anil Kapoor, Tabu) -I think I loved Amrish Puri more than Anil Kapoor in the movie and Tabu was just too adorable and innocent.
6)Khamoshi by Sanjay L. Bhansali (Salman Khan, Manisha Koirala, Nana Patekar)- I have too much I love about this film. Watching this film at 10 years old made my craze for hindi cinema emerge stronger
7)Chaalbaaz by Pankaj Parashar (Sridevi, Sunny Deol, Rajnikanth)- She was just too funny and her portrayal of the seperated twins Anju and Manju was so contrasting and fantastic.
8)Hum Aapke Hain Koun by Sooraj Barjatya (Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan)- My favorite family drama, I don't care how many songs it has, madhuri is awesome
9)Saajan by Lawrence D' Souza (Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan)- My favorite love triangle; It has madhuri, a hot salman khan and sanjay dutt and gorgeous songs.
10)Hero No. 1 By David Dhawan (Govinda, Karisma Kapoor)- karisma and govinda were the best together becuase theyre both good at comedy
11)Khubsurat by Hrishikesh Mukherjee (Rekha, Rakesh Roshan) Classic family comedy and Rekha was Manju with perfect comic-timing.
12)Jab We Met by Imitiaz Ali (Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor)- kareena kareena kareena! every dialogue Geet says is hilarious! this was more kareena the actress and less kareena the diva.
13)Hulchul by Priyadarshan (Kareena Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna) -Subtly funny family vs. family film of priyadarshan’s style
14)Darr by Yash Chopra (Sunny Deol, Juhi Chawla, Shah Rukh Khan)- Most people like this movie for a stalkerish SRK but I notice myself watching this over and over becuase the chemistry between Sunny and Juhi is pretty sweet.
15)Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (Juhi Chawla, Aamir Khan) the kids and Juhi were a riot, I think my love for naughty children grew from watching this.
16)Dil Chahta Hai by Farhan Akhtar (Aamir K. Akshaye K. Saif Ali K. Preity Z) Farhan started a new trend in hindi films with this one.
17)Kal Ho Naa Ho (Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta) -I don’t love all the parts of this film but Preitys' character of an angry girl was played out well by her.
18)Omkara by Vishal Bhardwaj (Ajay D, Kareena K, Saif Ali K)the perfect Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello. All the actors played their parts so well which were so different from what they usually do.
19)Khalnayak by Subhash Ghai (Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixi) - Sanjay dutt. ..is Da Man! He was the perfect villain. Awesome songs and Madhuri at her best.
20)Yes Boss by Aziz Mirza (Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla) -A time when SRK was more his character and less srk in a film. He played the underdog the best
21)Jodhaa Akbar by Ashutosh Ghowariker (Aishwarya Rai B, Hrithik Roshan) -The picturization and portrayal was perfect, I love the sword fight scene.
22)Pardes by Subhash Ghai (Shah Rukh Khan, Mahima C) -I really liked mahima in this film, I wonder where she is. The contrast between American and India was nice, even though the portrayal of America isn’t my favorite.
23)Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge by Aditya Chopra (Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan) -My generation’s favorite love story , but I do believe it ruined girl’s minds into believing the bad boy turns good thing is true and that we will have a savior/knight in shining armor..ehh lol
24)Abhimaan by Hrishikesh Mukherjee (Amitabh, Jaya Bachchan)- I cry everytime I watch this film. The chemistry between jaya and amitabh is beautiful.
25)Jeet by Raj Kanwar (Sunny Deol, Karisma Kapoor, Salman Khan) -My favorite karisma-salman movie and finally, salman gets the girl! It's Totally 90’s: crazy dance moves, fighting, a mujra and drama.
26)Kabhi Kabhi by Yash Chopra– multi-starrer love stories are always appealing and this one had all the great actors fo the 70's.
27)Hera Pheri by Priyadarshan (Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty) -The dialogues and the interaction between the three actors are classic
28)Masoom by Shekhar Kapur (Naseerudin Shah, Shabana Azmi)- looking at innocent little Jugal Hansraj just makes you cry. I loved the scenery and the portrayal of the happy family and then how it slowly gets ruined by one mistake. The house was decorated so nicely and Shabana was so elegant.
29)Ishq by Indra Kumar (Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Ajay D)- funny funny funny, that scene on the wire and aamir-juhi fights were hiliarious! The first half was so comedic and the second half was a bit too sad though.
30)Baseraa by Ramesh Talwar (Shashi Kapoor, Rakhee, Rekha) -sweet story out sisters who love each other and the sacrifices they make, more films should be made like this
31) Main Khiladi Tu Anari by Sameer Malkan (Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Shilpa Shetty) - I had shilpa shetty’s orange outfit from‘churake dil mera’, Saif ali Khan as the ditzy actor was so funny.
32)Luck by Chance by Zoya Akhtar (Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma)- this film appeals to me because its on point and realistic portrayal of how the hidni film industry works without only showing the curel side.
33)Bluffmaster by Rohan Sippy (Abhishek, Priyanka Chopra, Riteish Deshmukh)the abhishek-riteish pair still beats the abhishek-john pair for me.
34)Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander by Mansoor Khan (Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka) -I don’t think there has been a college sports film made like this in hindi cinema since, correct me if im forgetting about any worht remembering.
35)Vaastav by Mahesh Manjrekar (Sanjay Dutt, Namrata Shirodkar) -Dutt deserved the best actor award that year and he got it rightly so, hes the best in bad man and gangster roles
36)Beta by Indra Kumar (Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Aruna Irani)- aruna irani and madhuri as MIL and DIL were like an intense game of chess. Is it just me or was tulsi and her MIL in the tv serial ‘kyunki saas bhi kabhi bahu thi’ based on them?Also, how hot is this song?
37)Aitraaz by Abbas Mustan (Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor) -Priyanka was SEXY! Im a woman and she evengot me, her attitude was what made her attractive rather than skin show.
38)Rangeela by Ram Gopal Verma (Aamir Khan, Urmila, Jackie Shroff) -I learned to dance through the music of rangeela and humse hai muqabla, a.r rahman is awesome and aamir as a tapori is so good. Urmila looked pretty hot and changed her image.
39)Deewana by Raj Kanwar (Rishi Kapoor, Divya Bharti, SRK) -I really liked her; if Divya hadn’t died she would’ve been tough completion for the 90’s girls.
40)Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai by Nasir Hussain (Salman Khan, Twinkle Khanna) -I love salman khan so I’m biased towards loving all his films especially when he plays the bad boy and looks super-duper hot ;p
next part coming soon!