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Top Ten Films of 1998
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Time to recognize the Best of the best.  Actually, 1998 would not be what most term a knock-out year for Bollywood.  There were some diamonds in the rough, but the year was not marked by an endless barrage of unforgettable films... 1997 was better.  For now, PB presents the Best Films of 1998 to our visitors.  Not necessarily the big hits, we prefer to recommend good cinema over brain-draining successes.
# Movie Actors Music Director
10 Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Akshaye Khanna, Jyotika Sadanah, Paresh Rawal, Aruna Irani, Mohnish Bahl, Tej Sapru, Special Appearances by Amrish Puri & Mink A.R. Rahman Priyadarshan

So how much do you love your family and how much do they love you?    One of the best climax scenes you will ever see in a movie.  Sadly, it got swamped under the KKHH euphoria and did poorly at the box office. 

9 China Gate Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Danny Denzongpa, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Jagdeep, Mamta Kulkarni,  Sameer Soni, Mukesh Tiwari, K.D. Chandran, Anjan Shrivastav, Ila Arun, Paresh Rawal & Special Appearances by Urmila Matondkar, Anupam Kher Anu Malik Rajkumar Santoshi

Who thought that a film about old men battling a dakku la Sholay would work?   Santoshi's work is so comically and seriously tongue-in-cheek, you have to love it.

8 Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai Salman Khan, Twinkle Khanna, Anupam Kher, Johnny Lever, Farida Jalal, Aditya Narayan, Saeed Jaffrey  & Special Appearance by Namrata Shirodkar Jatin-Lalit Deepak Sareen

Mr. Sareen walked out of his mentor, Yash Chopra's shadows with his directorial debut in 1993 ("Aaina").  In 1998, he spread his wings with this romantic flick about facing the oats you sow.

7 Yugpurush Nana Patekar, Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala, Ashwini Bhave Rajesh Roshan Parto Ghosh

Characters so dark, creepy and hard-to-define, most people would not venture to the theatres to watch.  If we cannot appreciate the bold and novel, then why complain when Bollywood churns out the same junk week after week?

6 Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha Ajay Devgan, Kajol, Kashmira Shah, Reema Lagoo, Bijoy Anand & Om Puri Jatin-Lalit Anees Bazmee

A "French Kiss" remake that remade the careers of Anees Bazmee and Ajay Devgan.   Ever reliable Kajol was the supporting structure.

5 Ghulam Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Sharat Saxena, Mita Vashist, Rajit Kapoor, Deepak Tijori, Special Appearance by Dilip Tahil Jatin-Lalit Vikram Bhatt

If you commit evil, don't blame others or drag your loved ones down with you.  Strive for better.  Superb performances from Aamir, Mita and Rajit made the film an unforgettable pleasure and Vikram Bhatt finally chalked up a success.

4 Dil Se.. Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta, Mita Vashist & Raghuvir Yadav A.R. Rahman Mani Ratnam

Dil Se proves that mega-stars cannot experiment with art and commercial cinema together without detriment to their careers.  Stick with the beaten path and they will love you.  Attempt to be cerebral, and you will have the film thrown back at your face.  An unfavourable response to a different movie.

3 Zakhm Ajay Devgan, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Nagarjuna, Akshay Anand, Ashutosh Rana & Kunaal Khemu M.M. Kreem Mahesh Bhatt

Was it Bhatt's last shot at direction?  It certainly proved that he still has the talent to present gut-wrenching images and make the audience ask itself ethical questions.  All the best in the future Mr. Bhatt.  Thanks for the journey.

2 Satya Chakravarthy, Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai, Shefali Chayya, Govind Namdeo, Special Appearances by Paresh Rawal & Neeraj Vohra Vishal Ramgopal Varma

Violence, blood, power, love and family.  An almost paradoxical combination of thoughts, but Varma expertly proved that gangsters are humans too.  For some, the dark side has an attraction (and ultimate self-destruction) that is sickeningly hard to resist.



And, the Number 1 Movie of 1998 is:

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Starring:  Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Farida Jalal, Johny Lever, Sana Saeed, Reema Lagoo, Himani Shivpuri, Special Appearances by Salman Khan & Neelam
Director: 
Karan Johar
Music:  Jatin-Lalit

The romantic cinema era just never seems to end.  Karan Johar combined trendy with weepy and met stratospheric profit levels.  There is always perfect chemistry between Shahrukh and Kajol;  when you've got it, you've got it.

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