Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge completed 100 days last week and Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai notched up a superb silver jubilee. The year 2000 saw the release of about 91 films till June 30th which is a higher figure than the previous year. Out of these 91 films, only a marginal 7 percent made a mark at the box office while the rest were duds at the box office. Looking the top 5 films of the year, the no.1 position goes to Rakesh Roshan's Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai which is still going strong in about 84 theatres in the country. The success of this movie gave rise to two brilliant performers in Hrithik & Anmisha and gave birth to Hrithik mania which is still spreading like a fever in the country as well as overseas. Kya Kehna bagged the second position with it's strong and a never-before-told story. It bought into limelight fading stars such as Preity, Saif & Chandrachur and silenced critics who always wrote off women oriented movies. The no.3 position goes to Mansoor Khan's Josh. Shahrukh Khan who desperately needed a hit to counter the Hrithik mania found a solace in this movie. It added an icing on the cake to Aishwarya's rising graph career and made people sit up and look at Sharad Kapoor's performance as well as gave one more chance to Chandrachur Singh. Mansoor Khan could not celebrate the success of this movie as his mother expired one week after the release. Hera Pheri which mesmerized the Bombay audiences with it's humorous and comedy flair bagged the fourth position. It was also a winner in some of the southern regions. Paresh Rawal emerged as the real hero of the movie while it proved that Akki & Sunil Shetty could also manage to do comedy. Going by the current collections, Refugee bags the fifth position. Though the film is a major let-down, it has managed to attract audiences due to the debut of two artistes, Abhishek Bachchan & Kareena Kapoor and the hype created around the movie. October 27 will witness the fight of the top three movies. Yash Chopra's Mohabbatein will be in a duel with Aamir Khan's home production Lagaan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Mission Kashmir. If Mission Kashmir bombs, Hrithik's position will be more affected than Shahrukh's. Hrithik's one hit put down Shahrukh and so the reverse is expected if Mission Kashmir fails in it's mission. Yash Chopra who has the highest sucess at the box office so far could prop up the sagging career of Shahrukh and write off Hrithik temporarily. The sword now hangs over Hrithik. Let's see who gets killed in the box office wars. The fight for the best male debutant of the year will be witnessed between Hrithik & Abhishek while Kareena & Amisha will lock horns for the best female debutante. Joining them will be Uday Chopra, Shamita Shetty, Kirti Reddy, Preeti Jhangiani and others who are sure to give each other a run for their performance. Should we say that this year is a do or a die battle for the young aspiring stars ?
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