As 2010 draws to a close, a host of Bollywood films are rubbing shoulders with Hollywood hits like Inception and Toy Story 3 on the coveted IMDB (Internet Movie Database) list of best feature films of the year, the voting for which is still on. But, it’s not blockbusters like Dabangg or Endhiran that are making India proud.
The small-budget film on coming of age, Udaan has made it to number 8 in the ‘Best Feature Films Released In 2010 With At Least 1,000 Votes’ list, ahead of biggies such as The Social Network and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. "I got to know about the list through Udaan’s Facebook fan-page. I am delighted, as the list, generated by viewers, is a reassurance that my movie is liked by so many people," says Udaan’s director Vikramaditya Motwane.
That’s not all. The list comprising 215 films, ranks Peepli Live at number 17 and LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha at number 19. "It’s my film and I would love for it to be loved by every single person. So if the list is about how many people have engaged in conversation about a particular film, then it’s a measure of how topical it is," says LSD director Dibakar Banerjee.
Other Indian films that have made it to the top 50 include Rajinikanth- starrer Endhiran (number 43) and Hrithik Roshan-starrer Guzaarish (number 49). For Hansraj Saxena, the producer of Endhiran, making it to the list is a matter of pride. "Our film was the biggest in Asia, and I feel that it has got its due. It couldn’t get bigger."
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh feels the list aptly mirrors what users really liked. "The list is user-based, and it depends completely on people who have watched the films and gone online and voted," he says.
IMDB’s Best Feature Films Released In 2010
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Toy Story 3
The King's Speech
The Social Network
How to Train Your Dragon
Harry Potter and the 16 Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha