Movies which revolutionized Hindi Cinema (Bollywood)

The list of movies is from 2000 to 2010. They not only changed the idea of the traditional film but also refreshed them for the audiences. We have seen a lot of movies doing the same from the Year 2010 to 2020, which were from history, sports, and current social problems. Here is the list of movies that revolutionized the Hindi Cinema.

Movies which revolutionized Hindi Cinema

  1. LAGAAN(2001)
  2. BLACK FRIDAY(2004)
  3. OMKARA (2006)
  4. RANG DE BASANTI (2006)
  5. Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006)
  6. DIL CHAHTA HAI (2001)
  7. DEV D (2009)
  8. Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003)
  9.  KHOSLA KA GHOSLA (2006)

1] LAGAAN(2001):

  • Cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Raj Zyutshi, Yashpal Sharma, Rachel Shelly, Paul Blackthorne, Raghuvir Yadav.
  • Director: Ashutosh Gowariker.
  • Producer: Aamir Khan Production

Well, how do you describe this movie? I should say that there are times when a movie comes and changes the definition of film-making. Although all the films on this list are of that kind, LAGAAN stands out. This movie was only the third Indian movie to be nominated for the Oscars.

Movies which revolutionized Hindi Cinema (Bollywood)

Theatres changed into Stadiums in May 2001. Everything about this film was novel. I have always wondered why most Indian blockbusters are based on love and family affairs; Hollywood movies span such a wide variety of topics. I must thank Aamir for having broken that barrier making an excellent movie that not only touches the hearts of millions of Indians with their favorite pastime, cricket, but at the same time tackles the sensitive issue of the British Raj in the hilarious way possible. The four-hour-long saga was smooth as silk and one of the few Indian movies in which songs are interwoven in the story and seem to happen at the right moment! Accolades to Rahman for putting together another masterpiece soundtrack. I wish this would’ve been released in the “English” theatres also to become the first Indian blockbuster in the US (surpassing even Crouching Tiger …). Kudos to Ashutosh Gowariker.


  • Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Pawan Malhotra
  • Director: Anurag Kashyap

It is not only a film. It’s a lesson. It’s a message. It’s cruelly real history. It’s an initiative. It’s an attempt. It’s a bold step forward. It’s known yet untold bare truth. And after all, it’s a film.

No doubt, the film opens old wounds, but only to find the root cause of it, only to find a cure for them, to make sure they are eradicated and never surface again. The film presents the hard facts about the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai (then Bombay). The film gives a new dimension to real-life Cinema, with a real name, real incidents, and real people. The usage of actual news footage of the events makes you believe whatever you are watching. It takes courage to take the names of some of the most prominent people in the underworld and Indian politics as bluntly, and the filmmaker shows that courage. The story doesn’t point fingers on any particular person, group, or community as the culprit for what is still Indian crime history’s biggest tragedy. It tries to make a point on how some smart minds do their business out of our religious sentiments, at the cost of lives of common men. Men who are common in every sense of it. The terror, the attacks, the explosions, the riots inhale not any particular community but the whole of humanity.

Anurag Kashyap churns out a stunning effort. Technically too the film is impeccable. The blast sequences couldn’t have got any more realistic. Each actor performs his character to full honesty.

And before you jump to your conclusion to decide the culprit(s), to determine the fate of them, the film concludes with the quote that says it all. ‘An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.’

3] OMKARA (2006)

  • Cast: Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Konkana Sen Sharma, Viveik Oberoi, Naseeruddin Shah.
  • Director: Vishal Bharadwaj

If Shakespeare had seen this one, he would have been proud of two people, Vishal Bhardwaj and Himself, for Omkara brings life to what was left to the closed pages for so many years.

Movies which revolutionized Hindi Cinema (Bollywood)

In today’s swift world, you don’t expect too many people (especially youngsters) to read through classic literature. One right way to bring these classics to fair notice and provide them the respect and recognition they deserve is by making a good cinema out of it, and if you could do it like Omkara, then only one word comes out of your mouth. WOW!!

No one doubted the story as it’s a masterpiece by the maestro, but people were skeptical about the execution. And this is where Vishal Bhardwaj excels. He has transformed the centuries-old classic in a story of current day rural country land of India, so effortlessly, with such perfection that you don’t feel the bump even once.

The assembly of a massive star cast in not only to attract the crowd, but each character also has a role etched out. Ajay Devgan is as intense as it can get. It is probably Kareena’s best effort till date, Konkana Sen is a treat to watch, Vivek is doing what he does the best, play second fiddle. But the real thunder is Saif Ali Khan with tremendous screen presence; he infuses so much power in character Langda Tyagi that easily overshadows everyone else in the cast. By the time it all ends, you wonder why the movie is called Omkara and not Langda Tyagi.

Vishal Bhardwaj is slowly looking like the man who could get India its first fame at Oscars he directs, sings, composes music, writes scripts and all of these with such elegance this is one of the most beautiful movies of modern times.


  • Cast: Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Atul Kulkarni, Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Alice Patten, Soha Ali Khan, Madhavan, Kirron Kher, Om Puri, Waheeda Rehman, Anupam Kher, Steven McKintosh, Mohan Agashe, K.K. Raina, Lekh Tandon.
  • Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Every so often, Bollywood produces a rare gem like Rang De Basanti, a film that breaks the mold by offering something more sophisticated than the standard musical melodrama. Directed by Rakeysh Mehra and featuring Brit Alice Patten opposite Indian superstar Aamir Khan, it tells the story of an English filmmaker who travels to the sub-continent to make a documentary about the freedom fighters mentioned in her grandfather’s memoirs. An entertaining mix of romance, history, and social commentary, this quality production takes Hindi Cinema in a new direction.

Successfully weaving historical facts with contemporary themes and characters, it’s thanks to Mehra’s smart writing and direction that you are instantly drawn into Rang De Basanti’s absorbing plot, which flits smoothly from past to present. While Khan is on the usual form, it’s Patten who earns top points as the amiable foreigner who amuses the locals with her excellent command of Hindi. But it’s the strong performances from the ensemble cast that impress foremost, all of whom are convincing as disillusioned youngsters learning the importance of personal sacrifice. Accomplished and universally appealing, this is the way Bollywood films should be made. To add to all this…this is one of A R RAHMAN’S best scores to date. It has a zing to it and the ability to transform the audiences into a new world, which is so distinct yet, so recognizable.

5] Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006)

Movies which revolutionized Hindi Cinema (Bollywood)

  • Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan, Dilip Prabhavalkar
  • Director: Rajkumar Hirani

The fact that the Mahatma and his ideologies have been paid little more than lip – service in recent years is common knowledge to most Indians. As is shown in the movie, currency notes, roads, n one-sided history lessons have become the only way to remember Bapu, that too momentarily. It is where this ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai ‘ scores heavily. Like ‘Rang de Basanti’ earlier, it draws parallels to our freedom struggle by invoking Gandhiji. Mixing ‘Gandhigiri’ with a contemporary phenomenon like Munnabhai is a masterstroke.

The movie has its fair share of laughs (maybe a little less than the 1st one), but the overall feel is better, and the innocence has been retained. All the leads are in great form, right from Sanjay Dutt to Jimmy Shergill. Vidya Balan looks very pretty n innocent, as suited to the role. The performance, though, I liked, was Boman Irani – damn good. He’s repulsive n likable in equal measure. And finally, the actor playing Gandhiji, Dilip Prabhavalkar, is so astutely tongue-in-cheek, you cannot but love him. There are a few stretched sequences-a couple of the drunk scenes, the songs, but not too many. Patriotic comedy, I read somewhere. Gandhian humor is what I’d call it.

I have seen so many comedy movies, where comedy is forced, and the Actors have to make all kinds of funny faces and tricks. But this movie takes you through the real streets of Mumbai; it’s almost like an Art Film. Notably, Gandhigiri portrayed is something where the scriptwriter doesn’t want to preach, yet he delivers the message in a very straight forward manner. All the things happening around us I know in real life for us to ensure total Ghandigiri is impossible in the present world but not to forget, that’s the way we got our freedom from the British.

It is the best performance by Mr. Sanjay Dutt, an ignorant, strong man and then there goes (I will call him a phenomenon) Arshad Warsi, a friend who is more than a friend, his acting is something which makes you forget all your troubles. I was even laughing while I was walking out of the Cinema. It is one of the hilarious movies ever made in the history of Indian Cinema, where all age groups could watch together. Hats off to the entire crew.

6] DIL CHAHTA HAI (2001)

10 Best Movies which revolutionized Hindi Cinema (Bollywood)

  • Cast: Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni, Dimple Kapadia
  • Director: Farhan Akhtar

Every once in awhile in the history of Cinema, it happens that a young film aficionado sets out to make a film. He makes his first movie with good feelings, with no great ambition or pretentiousness of any sort, and yet with a great deal of care and intelligence. The actors, cinematographer, editor, and all the other film people, believing in the young man’s enthusiasm, themselves pour their best into the film. And then some magic happens. The film turns out to be revolutionary; it defines a generation, both filmmakers as well as avid film watchers. Such movies virtually spawn a new era of Cinema an age begins, and another one ends.

DCH is just such a film; with this, Farhan Akhtar soared into unchartered territory and then somehow never made anything even remotely close.

This film’s technical standards stunned me when I had first seen it long ago. For a Bollywood film, it set the bar so high that even subsequent films never came close. Take Ravi K. Chandran’s cinematography: in a word, unbelievable. The shots inside the discotheque are unlike anything I’ve ever seen, even in the most eye-boggling of American/European music videos.

The same goes for the performances, the script, the music, the editing, the mise-en-scene. I could go on and on. Having lately revisited this, I still cannot believe that an Indian filmmaker managed to do this. This film is like a good dream, the kind where you know that it’s a dream, and you don’t want to wake up.

DIL CHAHTA HAI changed the friendship trend, and the film showed friends in a more realistic urban way.

7] DEV D (2009)

  • Cast: Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Kalki Koechlin, Dibendru Bhattacharya
  • Director: Anurag Kashyap

Technically speaking, DEV D is arguably the most beautiful movie ever made in India. That is the way one should contemporize a cult classic novel. Anurag Kashyap draws the baseline from Sarat Chandra’s Devdas. Then, the movie is its unique masterpiece. Anurag Kashyap brilliantly weaves the soul of Devdas to the urban youth. India is a country where people like to wallow in self-pity, we have a tradition of songs of self-pity, and Devdas is an epitome of self-pity.

But generations have passed away; there have been changes in society. Dev D incorporates all that and more to become what it should have been. A TRUE CULT CLASSIC. Anurag Kashyap proves yet again that he is an exceptional filmmaker. The way he has woven the songs with the screenplay, which anyways is outstanding, is quite remarkable.

The cinematography of the film is exceptional. The audience starts to feel dizzy and hungover while watching the film. The screenshots have been taken from a still camera in many scenes so that it looks like the screen is trippy. The movie does not make the mistake of showing Dev as a fascinating character, a mistake often made. There is nothing wrong with the film. The performances are outstanding and natural. The lighting, editing, screenplay are all brilliant.

Seldom are such movies made in Indian Cinema.

8] Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003)

  • Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Chitrangada Singh, Shiney Ahuja.
  • Director: Sudhir Mishra

A thousand wishes like this; each one takes your life. A thousand cravings arise, and still too less. Three flawless characters in post-independent India struck by poverty, illiteracy, riots, and corruption find their love triangular way out from University Education with entirely different personalities, backgrounds, and ambitions. The portrayal of Vikram’s love for Geeta and Geeta’s passion for Siddharth and Sidharth’s dedication to his ideals of extremism can be easily compared with each other and still at the top of all that history could ever see.

The movie depicts platonic LOVE intertwined with the storyline, which deals with the tragedies in modern India and in some or other way with each three of them. I tend to remember American History X while thinking about Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi, most probably by the whole levels of the brilliance of flawless acting of flawless characters achieved by Shiney, Kay Kay, and Chitrangada. Believe me; it could easily have been made its milestones with the name Indian History X. But still, Sudhir Mishra knows what he wants to show, and for this matter, “Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi” tells it all. The way romance has been portrayed with the love chemistry is breathtaking.

A real breath of fresh air in Indian Cinema, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi is an authentic, earnest, crackling-with-life portrayal of what it (apparently) was like to be a college student in Delhi in the late 60s and 70s with the opposing currents of Marxism and (Indira) Gandhian totalitarianism. Intertwined with the ideology and politics is a love story of three people who start with different ideas and whose ideas criss-cross in the course of the film. Superb direction, vibrant cinematography, slick editing, lovely music, and excellent performances from all three protagonists make for a thoroughly satisfying cinematic experience.

The surprise package is Shiny Ahuja, whose model-boy looks belie a prodigious acting talent. Both Kay Kay Menon and Chitrangda Singh deliver superb performances with Chitrangda looking stunning throughout. People say she looks like Smita Patil; I wouldn’t know. While the film is not without its faults, including the occasional stilted dialogues and imprecision in the narrative, the overall effect is good enough to make you forget these. Watch this and get high!!


  • Cast: Anupam Kher, Ranvir Shorey, Parvin Dabas, Tara Sharma, Kiran Juneja.
  • Director: Dibakar Banerjee

It is a brave decision on the part of débutante director Dibakar Banerjee to choose a subject like this one. Set in a middle-class family of Delhi, the movie is a remarkable achievement as far as the definition of character goes. It is impeccable. The effortless storytelling by Banerjee makes it unique and very refreshing. The characters and the treatment are so real that you feel like you know the characters. The screenplay is fantastic, giving the audience a realistic view of how life in a middle-class family operates. The performances are superb.

10 Best Movies which revolutionized Hindi Cinema (Bollywood)

The one-liners, the subtle humor, is what sets this movie class apart. The helplessness of a middle-aged common man in retrieving his land from the land mafia is brilliantly told. The journey of deceiving the devil is fantastic. The way Banerjee has done the lighting of the film is precisely how it should be in a middle-class house. The film is brilliant on all levels, writing, direction, acting, cinematography. It is a tribute to the common man of India.

The screenplay is the cleverest in recent years where the film ends; it could well begin again. The film has tremendous shock value; it has its moments of laughter, and it can make you think about it much after it’s over. LSD has all the makings of a contemporary cult classic this season’s best film. It’s a must-watch. Outstanding movie.

I think Indian Cinema is now proceeding towards its heyday due to the likes of a few good men like Dibakar Banerjee! Dibakar Banerjee is the third musketeer of Bollywood, along with Vishal Bharadwaj and Anurag Kashyap! We should rejoice at this epoch-making event.

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  1. I think I will go with Shweta. Yes its about perspective and its individuals idea of making list but 3 Idiots brought the idea which goes inside a guys brain before he chooses a career. Its not just the problem it has focused on but also set a trend to talk about stuff which not many talk in movies like this one.

  2. I kind of disagree to this, to include 3Idiots in this list, no doubt the movie was awesome, it probably changed the line of thinking of masses too, but as in terms of “revolutionizing Hindi Cinema”, I don’t think it did so. Moreover, as far as I understand the Author’s perspective, this is the top 10 list. 🙂

  3. Ashish, we are talking about the movies which changed the trend of Indian Cinema, bro, what you are saying is the same I said, but here we are talking about Trend in Indian CINEMA..

  4. Well people, 3 idiots though, an outstanding movie does not qualify as a movie which revolutionized Hindi Cinema. The only thing it revolutionized was the box office. But there have been scores of movies which have already talked about this topic like Taare Zaameen Par, Rockford and many many more.

    Also if you observe all the movies in the list have created their own on screen grammar, one which would be followed by film-makers in the future.

    3 Idiots follows a grammar already set by previous RajKumar Hirani films. So, though the film has a mass appeal this movie is not distinct in terms of the technical aspects. The screenplay is like both the other Raju Hirani films.

  5. Good compilation Saurabh. Really these movies have played a crucial role in revolutionizing Indian cinema.Now more such movies are being made. Munna bhai mbbs,peepli live are 2 names which can qualify for this category.Peepli live is an official entry for oscars this year.But good work Saurabh.Aamir Khan’s 3 movies are in this list.That itself says his approach towards cinema, his out of the box thinking in terms of films he chooses.

  6. hi,
    Saurabh… list is really good but various small budget movies like Iqbal, Dor,A Wednesday etc.. are left out i wish you could have it at least top 25. The last decade since yr 2000-01 till now 2009-10 the movies have evolved from the Indian masala movies to something worth watch. I really wish if you could extend the list so that some good movies get the due honor.Consider Black, Tare jameen par,Zubeida, Gadar, Chandani bar,Satta, tehzeb, Waisa bhi hota hai, Swades, yuva,15 park avenue, Bheja fry,Fashion,Alah ke Bande

  7. i think munnabhai mbbs deserved the place instead of lage raho munnabhai,
    which was only a shadow compared to the original.. i think in this real
    world exposing the bogus education system compared to gandhiri was a bigger
    feat, an achievement whose rewards were also reaped by 3 idiots(another nice
    movie which seems to be missing) 🙂

    nice work on the posters by the way…

  8. Hey Ankur…i appreciate your inputs. Both Munnabhai MBBS and Lage
    raho were in the top 15 list. But when it came to choosing top 10,
    Lage raho was the riskiest movie made. When a film-maker sets out to
    make a comedy with Gandhiji and that too risking the popularity and
    the success he has reaped after the 1st film it sure is a
    revolutionizing experience. The beauty of the screenplay and the fact
    that such a concept had never been tried before was worth mentioning.

    There have been many movies in the past that have taken a dig at the
    education system. But to make a comedy with the presence of the father
    of the nation could have become immensely controversial and explosive
    too if not handled with subtleties that Raju Hirani portrayed in Lage

    As for 3 idiots it wasn’t even in the top 15. The explanation is
    already given by me on the blog.

    Thanx for the compliment on posters.


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