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Top Ten Films of 1999
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. Based on aggregate rankings by PB Staff
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1999 was not much of a year for quality cinema, and deservedly few films did well at the box office. (Even fewer films did universally well around the globe.) It is to no surprise then, that the PB-staff had very different opinions of good and bad cinema this past year. One man's sustenance was truly another man's poison according to individual critics' listings. Still, we democratically compiled a list that gives our readers a list of our overall recommendations for 1999. We have a feeling that you will be surprised at the results, and chances are that you have not yet seen at least one of these movies.
# Movie Starring Music Director
10 Mann Amir Khan, Manisha Koirala, Neeraj Vohra, Mushtaque Khan & Special Appearances by Sharmila Tagore, Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Shama Gesawat, Deepti Bhatnagar and Dilip Tahil Sanjeev-Darshan Indra Kumar

We have no clue why Indian cinema-goers cannot accept serious and morbid twists in a film. Sure, we watch films to escape reality but it is great to see those who have endured so much trauma, live happily ever after. A film that rooted for the physically handicapped, Mann deserved a far better fate at the box office. 

9 Anari No. 1 Govinda, Raveena Tandon, Simran, Kader Khan, Aroona Irani, Satish Shah, Prem Chopra, Himani Shivpuri & Special Appearance by Johny Lever Dilip Sen Sameer Sen Kuku Kohli

"Are they out of their minds," you must be asking. No. Watch the incredulous comedy of Govinda and Johny Lever in this flick and you will know why so many of our critics enjoyed this movie.

8 Biwi No. 1 Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Tabu, Himani Shivpuri, Master Shahrukh, Baby Karishma & Special Appearance by Saif Ali Khan Anu Malik David Dhawan

This puts a spoke in the theory that all critics hated Biwi No 1. Half the PB staff loved it, and half hated it. Some took the comedic twist on a serious issue light-heartedly and others deplored it. Go figure!

7 Thakshak Ajay Devgan, Tabbu, Amrish Puri & Rahul Bose A.R. Rahman Govind Nihalani

Not an extremely novel theme, but Nihalani tells it far better than most commercial directors ever could. Again, a film unjustly neglected by the box office.

6 Taal Anil Kapoor, Aishwariya Rai, Akshaye Khanna, Amrish Puri A.R. Rahman Subhash Ghai

Visuals and music that mesmerize the eyes. You could throw pebbles through the wafer-thin and uninspired plot, but Anil Kapoor and technology helped rescue the day for this flick.

5 Mast Urmila Matondkar, Aftab Shivdasani, Antara Mali, Neeraj Vohra, Govind Namdev, Dilip Tahil and Smita Jaykar Sandeep Chowta Ramgopal Varma

On ode to film fans; if only everyones' love for their favourite stars was thus reciprocated. Then again, would you really want to marry those emotionally distraught people on the other side of the screen? Wow, I just came up with another movie idea. The fan stalked by the cinema star.

5 Haseena Maan Jaayegi Govinda, Sanjay Dutt, Karisma Kapoor, Pooja Batra, Aruna Irani, Kader Khan, Satish Kaushik, Paresh Rawal, Anupam Kher Anu Malik David Dhawan

Laughter and fun runs amuck in this simple, but effective flick from David Dhawan. Who's the King of Comedy, huh, who?

4 1947: Earth Aaamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna A.R. Rahman Deepa Mehta

There's an omnipresent sense of doom and danger in this well-crafted Indo-Canadian venture. Though Mehta could not really incorporate the songs well into her movie, Earth shows how Indians can make good cinema in the International domain.

3 Kaun Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai Sandeep Chowta Ramgopal Varma

Who's that at your door? Dare to be different as always, Mr. Varma. The man changes genre from movie to movie, more than our heroines change clothes in a song. And he does it with far more engaging and memorable results.

2 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai Ismail Darbar Sanjay Leela Bhansali

His first film, Khamoshi: The Musical, was a flop in India and a super-hit overseas. His second is above average in India and a super-hit overseas. Talented Bhansali's tenth film will probably be a mega-hit even on Mars.



And, the Number 1 Movie of 1999 is:

Sarfarosh

Starring:  Aamir Khan, Sonali Bendre, Naseeruddin Shah, Mukesh Rishi, Govind Namdeo & Akash Khurana
Director: 
John Mathew Matthan
Music:  Jatin-Lalit

Patriotic fervour hits the marquee again. Facts are facts though, Sarfarosh is zabardast entertainment and a highly welcomed break from the romantic potboilers. So why no new announcements yet, Mr. Matthan?

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