2012 has been a great year for Bollywood films in recent times. It saw a transition of movies from sluggish, all singing, all dancing movies to really meaningful, original and offbeat movies. It wasn’t like offbeat movies weren’t there in Bollywood, but in the past you can actually differentiate between a mainstream movie and a parallel cinema, but this is not the case in this year! Sure mediocre movies like Dabangg 2, Rowdy Rathore, Bol Bachchan and Son of Sardar were successful but films like Barfi!, OMG: Oh My God!, Kahaani, Vicky Donor were also successful!
Here, I’m listing top 5 best movies (strictly IMHO) which came out of Bollywood in 2012. Your favourite ones may differ from my list. Hope you guys enjoy it!
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
OMG: Oh My God!
Paan Singh Tomar
5. Vicky Donor
I just love this movie! Without three things this movie couldn’t have been this entertaining and those are script, script and script. If you have a script like this you don’t really need a world class director to make the script into a superhit film. Juhi Chaturvedi really thought out-of-the-box while writing the script, she didn’t use double meaning words to pull out laughter from the audience. Fresh faces, ok music (Paani Da song is already a chartbuster), Annu Kapoor’s brilliant comic timing make this movie a fun ride! More and more producers should encourage this type of indie films like John Abraham did with this film!
4. English Vinglish
Another female driven film! Sridevi making a comeback after 15 years with a bang. The movie is about a woman who is not from an English background and not well versed in English language and to overcome the embarrassment she joins an English class and the light moments we enjoy after that is what the film is all about. A genuine script, outstanding performances, nice music score by Amit Trivedi and the feel good factor about movie takes you on an enjoyable ride!
Well here comes one of the most controversial films of the year! Barfi! often cited as very good example of plagiarism. Most people don’t even know which scenes were inspired (cough) from Hollywood movies. These can be found here. There is a very thin line between plagiarism and inspiration I don’t really wanna get into that. Still I do believe that nothing is original we all get inspired from anything in our life, we even copy some people; be their sense of humour, be their fashion style or even their style of talking. As long as it ends up into something beautiful and creative and which fuels your imagination is not plagiarism. It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.
The simplicity of characters, dozens of slapstick moments, Ravi Varman’s remarkable cinematography of Darjeeling & Kolkata, Pritam’s music (IMO his best work yet), Ranbir’s extra-ordinary acting yet a messy screenplay and a long-drawn second half which is quiet similar to Gone Baby Gone‘s subplot prevent making the flick one of the best of all time!
Kahaani, written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh, hits the ground running with Vidya Balan playing the helpless Mrs. Bagchi, who has arrived from London in search of her missing husband Arnab. Taut and refreshingly original, the script of ‘Kahaani’ keeps you on your toes with its tendency to throw surprises and twists at every turn. The emphasis here is on the story, first I thought this movie might turn into a psychological thriller, but it didn’t! The cinematography is so stunning and the camera captures Kolkata with so much love that you’re instantly drawn to it. Vidya proved again after The Dirty Picture that she can carry a film without a so called male star. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s pithy dialogues is icing on the cake! Sure the movie has some flaws still a wonderful and original movie.
1. Gangs of Wasseypur (I & II)
Anurag Kashyap’s epic revenge saga which was a lot of fun to watch is packed with smart, realistic dialogue (as you know the dialogue written in Hindi cinemas are mostly kinda bookish), a well written script, beautiful cinematography and a praiseworthy screenplay. Anurag Kashyap has put his soul into the movie and that is visible from every frame of the movie and in-depth detail of every character. Still the makeup and special effects could have been better, but I guess the budget was tight. The music by Sneha Khanwalkar was just mindblowing and rusty, sadly it was unnoticed commercially. And finally the acting, Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia and all the supporting actors were just top notch! I like the first part more than the second one because it was shorter, character building was superb with more dialogues and less dishum dishum. This is a cult movie and people will cherish it for a long time.