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Old Days. 21 Iconic Movies That Made 2001 Golden Year Of Bollywood.

‘Dekho, 2001 Zamaana aa Gaya!’, are you also wondering why we are heading back towards the year 2001? Well, why not! Thanks to the series of some brilliant Bollywood creations that became blockbuster hits in the year 2001 making it one of the awesome years for the fans. A golden era for the Bollywood industry, this year delivered one after other blockbuster hits that broke the record at the box office. While some of them gained their name amongst the highest-grossing films worldwide, all of these off-beat films marked their releases in the same year, that is, 2001. While most of us might have not ever wondered about the same, let’s have a look at the list of Bollywood blockbusters that marked their releases in 2001 and became evergreen movies:

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…

Right from having a brilliant set of songs to an overwhelming story plot and actors, this film became a complete package for the audiences. Still being regarded as one of the evergreen movies of the Bollywood industry, this movie by Dharma production was able to gross a whopping amount of ₹136.6 crores worldwide. Having an ensemble cast of actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Kajol, Rani Mukherji, and various others made it one of the brilliant movies of that year. marking its release in 2001 the iconic scenes of this film can never be forgotten.

Gadar: Ek Prem Katha

Probably one of the reasons why Sunny Deol became famous for his immense strength. Depicting a scene in the film where he uprooted a hand pump became one of the most loved and astounding scenes from the film. With a business of 134.3 crores on box office, this film was a work by ZEE telefilms production company. Marking its release on 15th June 2001 this film was loosely based on the life of Boota Singh.


A film by Aamir Khan productions that grossed 65.97 crores on the box office had an ensemble cast of stars with the actor Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh in the lead roles. A musical sports film that was released simultaneously with the film Gadar, that is, on 15 June 2001. Receiving widespread critical acclaim along with various accolades the film was set in the Victorian period in 1893. A well-written and well-enacted film, this remains one of the most loved films of Indian cinema.

Dil Chahta hai

One of the evergreen movies of the Bollywood industry, the 2001 coming of age romance film by Farhan Akhtar gained a huge prominence among the audiences and was considered one of the highest-grossing films of that year. Starring Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna, and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles, this film received two National Film Awards and 7 Filmfare awards. A brilliant story revolving around the life of three friends, this film no matter how many times we have watched it, remains close to our hearts thanks to the brilliant plot and the mesmerizing music of the film.

Chori Chori Chupke Chupke

This movie not only helped in changing the mindset of the people but was also loved for the off-beat content and brilliance of its actors. The exceptional plot of the film was also adapted into a serial which became equally successful. With grossing 39.51 crores at the box office this film by Eros International revolved around the concept of surrogate mother and was released on 9th March 2001.

Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil mein

Popularly addressed by its initials, RHTDM this romantic drama film was declared a cult classic over the years. While the film was not able to become a commercial success, the brilliant love story of its characters is still regarded as one of the best stories to date. While each one of us deeply feels the pain and love portrayed in the film, it became a favorite for the young crowd at an instant.


While this film was not able to impress the audiences at the initial stage and became a commercial failure, the tremendous success that the film received after the years of its release made it one of the best political movies ever created in the history of Bollywood. Marking its release on 7 September 2001 the film had Anil Kapoor and Amrish Puri in the lead roles. Revolving around the challenging concept of a one-day CM this film had a mind-blowing set of action sequences.

Tum bin

A romantic drama film that received an overwhelming response from the audiences following its heart-touching content making it named amongst the cult classics of Bollywood. Starring Sandali Sinha, Rakesh Bapat, Priyanshu Chatterjee, and Himanshu Malik in the lead roles, the film followed the life of Taran, who lost her fiance amidst a skiing accident.


With the word meaning shame, this 2001 crime drama film was based on the plight of feminism and women in India and revolves around the restrictions imposed on them. By delivering a brilliant message in the movie, this film became an eye-opener for the audiences. Though the film was not commercially successful in India it garnered huge success overseas making it one of the best films of 2001. 

Kyoki Main jhuth nahin bolta

Why we certainly know about the brilliance of the actor Govinda back at that time this film was indeed the best performance of the actor. Being inspired by the Hollywood film Liar Liar, the film portrayed Govinda as a compulsive liar which eventually lands him in deep trouble. Being one of the evergreen movies of the Bollywood industry that markets release on 21st September 2001 it became a highly favorite for the audiences.

Chandni bar

An impactful performance by Tabu, this film is certainly one of the best of the actress and was a critically acclaimed hit that won four National Film Awards. Depicting the gritty life in Mumbai, this film revolved around prostitution, crime dance wars, and the underworld. Heart touching film marking its release on 28 September 2001 this has been a much-loved film of the Bollywood industry.


Marking out as a super hit at the box office this film had mind-twisting suspense that shocked the hell out of audiences. With an ensemble cast of brilliant stars of the industry, this film marked its release in 2001 and was adopted by the American thriller consenting adults. With Akshay Kumar being seen performing a negative role, this was a highly appreciated movie of the actor.

Jodi No. 1

Marking its release in 2001 this film starring Sanjay Dutt and Govinda became highly successful because of the quirky jodi. The perfect coming timings of the duo made this film one of the brilliant movies of the era following which they even introduced the same pair with the same comic timings in 2006 in the film Ek Aur Ek Gyarah.


Are you also among those who are the greatest fans of both the installment of this film? Well, this film certainly deserves to be much more prominent than what it actually is. While both the lead actors Sahil Khan and Sharman Joshi were not that popular back at that time this film highly related to the youth audiences and the hilarious comical scenes made this film one of the brilliant creations of the Bollywood industry in the genre.

Other projects

The other brilliant films that marked the release in the same year were – Ashoka, Aamdani Athanni Kharcha Rupaiya, Indian, Ek Rishta, Yaadein, Zubeidaa, etc.