1. Khalnaayak: What a game of cat-and-mouse Sanjay Dutt played with Jackie Shroff! Dutt was the terrorist. Shroff was the cop on his trail. And Dixit was the moll. Duttwalked away with all the wah-wahs since the bad boy always gets the audiences’ attention. But it was Jackie who came up with the more controlled performance. Will Tiger do a Jackie on Hrithik in War?
2. Deewaar: So who loved the mother more? Standing like two unmovable rocks on the opposite ends of the moral spectrum , Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoordelivered masterly performances as brothers on a warpath with one another. The dialogue where Bachchans taunts Shashi about his bank balance and bungalow ends with Shashi’s rabble rousing line, ‘Mere paas maa hai’. The Bachchan played the loser with monumental empathy. Shashi had a more difficult role. The Good Son is so boring.But he gets Mama. Damn!
3. Katha: Personifying the hare and the tortoise fable Farouq Shaikh and NaseeruddinShah played brilliantly against one another to win Deepti Naval’s attention. The results were quite appealing in their contoured representation of the moral conflict. SaiParanjype’s followup to Chashme Buddoor , to my mind Katha was a better film.
4. Mujhse Shaadi Karoge: A far more naughty and vigorous take on the tortoise-and-hare legend than Katha , David Dhawan achieved a casting coup by signing Salman Khan
and Akshay Kumar as Priyanka Chopra’s tenants-suitors. Salman was a godfearingteetotelar. Akshay was a skirtchasing beer guzzler. They made the courtship battle a joy to behold.
5. Fan: Shah Rukh chased by an obsessive fan played by Shah Rukh Khan. It was a fantastic premise well executed by director Manish Sharma who knew exactly how to pull of this Khan-versus-Khan battle without toppling over the abyss. A two-hero faceoff never seemed more inviting.SRK was a hoot as his own fan.
6. Hera Pheri: Akshay Kumar played games of one-upmanship with Suneil Shetty , while Paresh Rawail played some kind of a referee in this madly entertaining rendering of the Tom & Jerry saga. This was the film that effectively showed Akshay’s comic timing. But if he didn’t have Suniel Shetty to play off against, what would Akshay’s endearingly roguish performance have been worth?
7. War: This brings us to War. For here, in a unique Hero-Versus-Hero spin the moral compass doesn’t swing steeply from one protagonist to another. Both Hrithik and Tiger are bad/good boys. The fun here lies in figuring out who is more badass.