The Noughties have been a decade of cinematic brilliance coupled with box office disappointment. But amid the mediocre and the truly awful, there have been moments when Bollywood has pulled the celluloid rabbit out of the filmi bag. The best movies of 2000-2010 were…
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha – Sunny Deol's Sikh truck driver and Ameesha Patel's Muslim aristocrat made this Partition-era love story one of 2001's best Bollywood moments.
Directed by Anil Sharma, Gadar touched all the right chords with it's emotionally charged storyline set against the backdrop of the communal divides of rural North India
Lagaan: 2001 was a good year for Bollywood with Aamir Khan's cricket XI taking on the might of John Company in pre-Independence, drought-ridden Champaner.
Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, Lagaan's uplifting message of unity and hope carried it all the way to the foreign film nominations of the 2002 Academy Awards.
Devdas: The 2002 version of the tragic Devdas-Paro-Chandramukhi triangle was a visual feast for the senses.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit in this emotion-packed drama of epic proportions.
Black: Despite it's darker overtones, Black hit screens like a ray of light in 2005, exploring the dynamics between a blind and deaf girl and her ageing tutor
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra helmed this dose of history and politics that jumped off the theatre screens to impact Indian society, sparking political thought and involvement in social issues
Taare Zameen Par: Aamir Khan struck again, this time as director and actor, with 2007's uplifting story of a dyslexic young boy's struggle to for understanding and empathy
Ghajini: Unstoppable Aamir Khan followed up his directorial debut with this Action Jackson role as the buff and tattooed hero out for revenge in 2008.
Jodhaa Akbar – Aishwarya's luminous beauty and Hrithik's manly charm made this royal love story set in the deserts of Rajasthan a sure thing at the box office of 2008.
3 Idiots: If it's got Aamir Khan, it's got to be a winner! The all star cast including Kareena Kapoor, Madhavan, Boman Irani and Sharman Joshi took this feel good, youthful entertainer to a new box office high in 2009.
Endhiran: Force of nature Rajinikanth eclipsed every other release of 2010 with this Tamil science fiction moneyspinner costarring the ethereal Aishwarya.