Bollywood in 2012… a year for celebration and mourning

2012 has been an uncannily eventful year in B-town. One one hand, there has been much cause for celebration and on the other, there was a sad sense of loss for industry greats that were lost. Cinema has seen many films hit the coveted 100 crore mark but one wonders whether this should even be given any importance at all, knowing that a good opening at the box office or good takings do not constitute a good film. I bring to you the films that I personally deem as my favourites of the year as well as my favourite tracks… and (as with last year), my very own set of awards…

My Top 5 films

Agneepath – If there was a film I was mighty glad I saw on the big screen, it was this one. I was excited about Agneepath in a weird way… in fact, it was almost as if the excitement crept up on me. What drew me to the film is that Hrithik Roshan took on a role originally played by Amitabh Bachchan and this alone was reason enough to watch the movie. I watched the original Agneepath for the first time a few months before the remake released and I’ve got to say I’m very glad I did. What 1990’s Agneepath lacked was made up in its 2012 version and not only made up but made up and then some. My respect for Roshan went up ten-fold as did my liking for Sunjay Dutt in his role as Kancha. When watching the movie, there was no actor I thought was out of place. Great casting, great impact and great entertainment… Well done team Agneepath!

Vicky Donor – This was yet another movie I was glad to catch in the cinema. Having been an ardent fan of Ayushmann Khurrana’s as an anchor, it was a little odd to see how seamlessly he made the transition to actor. Having said that, he did it in such a natural fashion that when watching this, his first film, it’s not apparent that he hasn’t faced the camera in this way before. Vicky Donor managed to make a special place in my heart in a way I really didn’t expect. The film had a soul which perhaps many – like me – didn’t expect it to have. Yami Gautam as his ladylove was also effective in her role but undoubtedly it was Annu Kapoor as Mr Chadha that had me laughing in my seat. Overall, it was an impressive watch for me… someone who usually doesn’t hold much expectation from a movie which incorporates to many firsts.

Ishaqzaade – I was gutted when Ishaqzaade didn’t release in the UK. However thanks to a wonderful friend and memorable movie night, I managed to watch the film on DVD and I was not disappointed. My gut feeling following Ladies vs Ricky Bahl about Parineeti Chopra makes me want to see her films and that’s why I didn’t want to miss Ishaqzaade. Chopra was amazing and debutante Arjun Kapoor was equally commendable. Overall, the movie had a bittersweet feel which was something I found to be different and this was a good thing for me. Gauhar Khan was also good in her role.

Barfi! – This is undoubtedly one of this year’s best movies for me. I thought it was so good that I went to watch it in the cinema twice! Gotta say I expected no less from Ranbir Kapoor having loved his work in even the stupidest of movies (not that he’s had many). Priyanka Chopra was the one that wowed me. I always knew she was a powerful actress but Jhilmil simply sealed it. It’s a film that touched my heart in a way no other did this year and THAT is why I had to go and see it twice. Beautiful doesn’t even do the film justice… it is beyond beauty!

English Vinglish – I’ve got to say I’ve never been an out-and-out Sridevi fan but some of her films are my best films of all time. I don’t doubt her talent even for one second but having seen so many actresses make comebacks in the last few years only to see them fall flat on their faces, I didn’t have too much riding on English Vinglish. However, I am happy to say I was so pleasantly surprised that it is now on my top 5 list! I actually regret not watching this one in the cinema one more time because it was such a sweet, simple film… I don’t believe a film like this has graced Indian cinema in a long time (Obviously I put Barfi! in a different category). I hope Sridevi now carries on with better projects. Gauri Shinde… I salute you!

My Top 10 songs (no particular order)

Piya o re piya – Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya

Heer – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Paani Da Rang– Vicky Donor

Mukhtasar– Teri Meri Kahaani

Humse Pyar Karle Tu – Teri Meri Kahaani (yes, second one!)

Dagabaaz Re – Dabangg 2

Radha – Student Of The Year

Tu Hi Mera – Jannat 2

Tumhi Ho Bandhu – Cocktail

Abhi Mujhme Kahin – Agneepath

The Awards…

My Stand-out Star Male

It’s been the kind of year which has left me wondering who exactly should be given this one. However, after some contemplation, I think it’s safe to say it has to be the late Yash Chopra. I will miss you always but I thank you for leaving us in the world so many things to remember you by… and remember we will. Rest In Peace.

My Stand-out Star Female

PC, PC and PC. As if her astounding performance as autistic Jhilmil wasn’t enough, the lady has it going on what with an international album happening. So yes, let’s get this straight… style diva, talented actress, ex Miss World AND amazing singer!? Some girls have all the luck…

My ‘Wanted-to-see-more-of’ award

I am so tempted to say Ranveer Singh but I’m thinking he may make up for his absence in 2013. Filhaal this award goes to the lovely Hrithik Roshan. He’s been working on Krrish 3 but I’ve wanted to see him on the screen again after Agneepath. Maybe he’ll also be more active in 2013!

My ‘Get-off-my-tv’ award

Sorry to say but this one has got to be Katrina Kaif. Yes she only had two major movies this year: Ek Tha Tiger and Jab Tak Hai Jaan but she was also in Agneepath’s item number. I felt an overload… hence the award.

My ‘Carry-on -rocking’ award

This has GOT to be Ranbir Kapoor! If you don’t get me then watch Rockstar and then watch Barfi… and you’ll see what I mean. (Also because I met him this year… and he sarcastically told me he loves posing for photos! *raised eyebrow*)

My ‘One-more-time’ award

This one belongs to SRK… he marked 20 glorious years in Indian cinema and I felt like I wanted to relive his whole career. Stupid? No way… not for any SRK fan anyway!

And with that another year passes and another year promises. I’m feeling lucky for 2013… and I can only hope Bollywood tries it’s luck WITHOUT the 100 crore club. I’d much rather a film looked to entertain, impress and evoke emotion in me than seek to get mega bucks at the BO! However… to each their own! Goodbye 2012!

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