||Based on aggregate
rankings by PB Staff
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
Saja Ke Rakhna
||Akshaye Khanna, Jyotika
Sadanah, Paresh Rawal, Aruna Irani, Mohnish Bahl, Tej Sapru, Special Appearances by Amrish
Puri & Mink
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.
||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
thought that a film about old men battling a dakku à la Sholay would work?
Santoshi's work is so comically and seriously tongue-in-cheek, you have to love it.
Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai
||Salman Khan, Twinkle Khanna,
Anupam Kher, Johnny Lever, Farida Jalal, Aditya Narayan, Saeed Jaffrey & Special
Appearance by Namrata Shirodkar
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.
||Nana Patekar, Jackie Shroff,
Manisha Koirala, Ashwini Bhave
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?
Hona Hi Tha
||Ajay Devgan, Kajol, Kashmira
Shah, Reema Lagoo, Bijoy Anand & Om Puri
"French Kiss" remake that remade the careers of Anees Bazmee and Ajay Devgan.
Ever reliable Kajol was the supporting structure.
||Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee,
Sharat Saxena, Mita Vashist, Rajit Kapoor, Deepak Tijori, Special Appearance by Dilip
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.
||Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala,
Preity Zinta, Mita Vashist & Raghuvir Yadav
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.
||Ajay Devgan, Pooja Bhatt,
Sonali Bendre, Nagarjuna, Akshay Anand, Ashutosh Rana & Kunaal Khemu
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.
||Chakravarthy, Urmila Matondkar,
Manoj Bajpai, Shefali Chayya, Govind Namdeo, Special Appearances by Paresh Rawal &
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:
Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Farida Jalal, Johny Lever, Sana Saeed, Reema Lagoo, Himani
Shivpuri, Special Appearances by Salman Khan & Neelam
Director: Karan Johar
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.