Bollywood in 2010 will be remembered for the films that were over-hyped but didn’t deliver. It will be remembered for the comedies that failed to create laughter and larger-than-life films which simply didn’t live up to expectations. Really and truly, 2010 really wasn’t a good year for Hindi cinema. I could argue and debate until I am blue in the face about the films which should’ve moved audiences but didn’t and actors which should’ve known better but got caught up in projects that didn’t do them justice. However, what I will do instead is give you three personal lists, in no particular order or hierarchy and based solely on movies I’ve watched personally:
My Top 5 Best Films:
My Name is Khan – For me this was a film with a very different story to tell and sterling performances to shout about. The soundtrack and background score perfectly accompanied the look and feel of the movie and was very much an International venture, so to speak. Karan Johar not only outdid himself but also gave Shah Rukh Khan his best performance to date, in my view. Kajol’s rendition was also one to rave about and the movie gave the jodi a very apt high-point. Hats off!
Raajneeti – Although I’m not usually a fan of movies surrounding political drama, this film particularly stood out for me in 2010. It seemed to come into the playing field and create its very own ball-game. With Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor in the types of roles they have never been seen in before, the icing on the cake came with seeing them all share the same screen space with the likes of Ajay Devgn and Manoj Bajpai.
Dabangg – This film, in my view, has every single ingredient needed to be a true masala movie: item song, cliched dialogues, mad fight sequences, and more. It delivered on all accounts and it was a comedy that showed all other 2010 comedies how it should be done. The soundtrack includes three of my most favourite songs of the year too: Munni Badnaam, Chori Kiya Re Jiya and Tere Mast Mast Do Nain. An all-round entertainer!
Aisha – Although when I first saw this movie, I thought it was pretty much just good time-pass, as the year went on, this is one film I saw myself referring to all the more. Chick-flicks and rom-coms were attempted more than once this year but Aisha seemed to stand out amongst them all. Be it Abhay Deol’s amazingness or Sonam Kapoor’s girliness, Aisha is most definitely a film I wouldn’t mind watching again… and again…
I Hate Luv Storys – Undoubtedly, it had one of the best soundtracks and was easily the most anticipated movie of the year. I’ve got to say the look of this movie is one which is unmatchable and I think the freshness was what made the movie so appealing. A very hip, cool and youthful plot coupled with the newness of both Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor individually and together more than worked for the film. A sweet romantic comedy Bollywood should be proud of, in my opinion.
My Top 5 Worst Films:
Action Replayy – Even before I decide on the other four, I knew this movie made my list without question. What didn’t work in this film? Akshay Kumar’s geeky 70s look, the lack of a strong storyline, the unbelievable time-machine aspect, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s “fake” character, etc. The list is almost endless. If you haven’t seen this one, I would advise you to take my word for it.
Prince-It’s Showtime – It gives me untold pain to put this movie on this list but it has got to be done. Although Mr Oberoi’s screen presence kept me happy, the movie was totally incoherent in my opinion. The plot wasn’t too good and the actresses weren’t either. In fact, the best thing about the movie was Mr Oberoi… and who can forget Tere Liye! 🙂
We Are Family – A movie with huge expectations to match its star-cast, this film was very much full of forced emotions. Although I hold my hands up and say I can’t compare with Stepmom, I honestly feel going into this movie without preconceptions helped me. The plot was a strong one, the actors were there to rave about and the soundtrack was average but what really didn’t work for this movie was the way it was remade. It couldn’t have been done more unconvincingly than this!
No Problem – It would be wrong to even try to explain my reasons for putting this on my “worst” list. I have no idea how actors with such stature could sign and be part of a film with absolutely nothing going for it.
Chance Pe Dance – The hyping up of movies this year started with this one, arguably. I can’t run away from the fact that Mr Kapoor looked hot but unfortunately this wasn’t enough to see this movie through. A very weak story and an attempt to pack as much into it as possible in 3 hours just didn’t work. I’m totally unsure about the title too… isn’t it a little too close to the famous “Left leg aage aage, right leg peeche peeche” number?
My Top 10 songs (I couldn’t limit to just 5):
Peeloon – Once Upon a Time in Mumbai
Tujhe Bhula Diya – Anjaana Anjaani
Tere Mast Mast Do Nain – Dabangg
Sajde – Khatta Meetha
Uff Teri Ada – Karthik Calling Karthik
Tere Liye – Prince-It’s Showtime
Dhanno – Housefull
Madno – Lamhaa
Bin Tere Reprise – I Hate Luv Storys
Gal Meethi Meethi – Aisha
I’ve definitely had my fair share of optimism and pessimism this year but as 2011 is very nearly upon us, I would like to share the lessons I’ve personally learnt this year. I hope they are a good read for you and that you can relate somewhat to some if not all!
- Kindness costs nothing. There are so many people out there who feel that having a bad attitude is what gets you places. I beg to differ! Just because you’re kind or nice, doesn’t mean you are weak – in fact it makes you stronger and gives you a more positive peace of mind.
- Honesty is not always the best policy. Some people aren’t even good at taking constructive criticism let alone downright honesty. My type of truthfulness is always done to better myself and my own work/outlook but others see it as a personal attack on them. It isn’t, I promise you!
- People will talk ill of you when they feel threatened. This is one thing even I struggle with accepting but it’s true. Why would people talk about or sabotage someone who they didn’t feel threatened by?
- There’s nothing wrong with being subjective sometimes. Making a statement, being strong and showing self-respect sometimes involves taking the side of who or what you feel is right. The important people will understand and be mindful of this.
- It is necessary to take a step back at times and look at any given situation from a fresh perspective. This is particularly significant when thinking about consequences and the affects of your actions on others.
- Don’t lose yourself trying to fit in. If you’re lucky you will not only meet people who inspire you to do better but who will give you a reason to be proud of your talent and the person you already are. “…Anjaani raahon mein ek humsafar mile…”
So there we have it! I end my final post of 2010 with much love to all of you and in the hope that 2011 will give me even more reason to be grateful, to be kind and to be myself. My wish for all of you is that you all find whatever you wish to in your life and make 2011 a statement year. My statement will be my selfishness… and I hope this rubs off on everyone else too. My special people will always be special to me… and I wish for many special times ahead with them all. Perhaps this will be one of the many perks of my selfishness; spending more time with those close to heart.
2010, I bid you adieu with a big hug… because you’ve been kinder to me than you’ve been cruel and because you’ve given me a path to the dreams I would happily have brushed under the carpet without a second thought. It’s an emotional goodbye but I think it’s now up to me to make you proud…
Until next year my lovelies… be optimistic. Your positivity will be returned to you in ways you can’t foresee.