Ugly, Aankhon Dekhi and more films of 2014 that deserved better

  • IANS, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 01, 2015 11:44 IST

We had movies that earned more than Rs 200 crore in 2014. Yet, there were films that got nowhere near what they deserved.

Here's a list of films did not get the audience they were worthy of:

1. Ugly: A beautiful portrait of the darkest areas of the human heart, where greed, guilt and gluttony scamper freely for space. Anurag Kashyap's film was swamped by the PK wave that hit the theatres at year-end. Bhago, PK aaya!

2. Aankhon Dekhi: Rajat Kapoor's haunting portrait of a man on the brink of self-abnegation, looking for reasons to cling to the illusion called life, finding it increasingly hard to go through the motions of existence. Actor Sanjay Mishra's 'everyman' act was exemplary.

3. Children Of War: Debutant director Mrityunjay Devrat recreated the horrors of the Bangladesh war of independence with the authentic passion of Spielberg's Schindler's List. As a brutal concentration camp officer, Pavan Malhotra was a dazzling embodiment of evil.

4. Sulemani Keeda: Amit Masurkar bitter-sweet tale of two jobless script writers trying their luck in Bollywood conveyed a certain sincerity of purpose. It seemed too real to be pheku.

5. Revolver Rani: Everyone loved Kannga Ranaut in Queen and hated her in this saga of a bandit-politician whose arrogant tyranny comes undone when she falls for a Bollywood aspirant. Cheesy characters made us uneasy in Sai Kabir's film. No one in this film adhered to the rules of characterisation. Too rebellious to be appreciated.

6. Manjunath: Sandeep Varma's dry but hard-hitting take on real-life oil executive Manjunath Shanmugam's murder by the petrol mafia deserved a larger audience to see what happens to the voice of truth in a world of corruption.

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