|Lootera and Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela|
We were familiar with the stories (at least all English literature students were) and we wanted to see how they would be handled. Both films got some ‘O Henry/Shakespeare must be turning in their graves’ reactions but everyone agreed, both films were a visual delight!
What to say: (For Ram Leela) Bhansali’s usage of colour and lighting is exquisite. Watching his films is such an experience!
(For Lootera) The Last Leaf was my favourite story in school/ Sonakshi has really grown as an actress. Such a mature performance.
|Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani|
Ranbir’s the hottie, Deepika’s the nerd, things click, nothing happens. Years go by, things eventually fall into place. Essentially, it’s good-looking people travelling to good-looking places and attending good-looking shaadis...
What to say: They really shouldn’t have split up. They look so good together!
|Krrish 3 |
The entire Roshan khandaan and Priyanka Chopra were back in action in our desi caped crusader saga. Add a body suit-wearing mutant Kangana Ranaut and a kajal-eyed Vivek Oberoi and you know you have an epic film on your hands.
What to say: My kids really liked it/Only Rakesh Roshan gives Rakesh Roshan work/Can chameleons walk through walls?
Unrequited love always hits dangerously close home for some folks and Raanjhanaa offered an alternative to the traditional happy ending.
What to say: Killing yourself is no answer/I hate it when people think Dhanush only sang Kolaveri Di... so stupid I say.
|Shuddh Desi Romance|
Watch it because it’s a brave new world where we (gasp) date people and don’t marry them (double gasp), because we do get scared in relationships.
What to say: Finally a movie on how relationships work in the real world.
|Kai Po Che|
Arguably the one film this year that everyone liked. With a bevy of relatively unknown actors and a sensitive subject, not many were expecting much. And how wrong they were! Despite Chetan ‘messiah author of the middle class’ Bhagat’s involvement, this film was the ‘must see’ of the year!
What to say: Such good young actors Bollywood has now/ The book and the movie are so different/So many lives destroyed by the riots.
|Go Goa Gone|
It was India’s first zom-com (zombie-comedy)! With some great highly quotable one-liners and zombie film pop culture references galore, this is one absurd amusing film at its best. So hard to resist a blonde Saif going ‘I keeel dead peepal’. He keeled it with this one.
What to say: This Vir Das is so talented! We must go for his next show.
That’s exactly what should’ve been said after giving the makers of said film one tight thwack. It’s not often that people walk out of a Ranbir Kapoor movie (in which he has dance numbers as well!) looking so stunned at what has just happened to them. Watch the movie. Go ahead. I dare you.
What to say: How could Ranbir do this?!/ How could his entire family do this?!/ That heroine was terrible/ Ranbir can’t pull off a Salman...woh itna Dabangg nahin hai.
SRK made a movie. How could it not be big?! The great north-south divide was hotly debated. It meant that conversation in theatres often went something like this:
A: “Like this Sharook, you also think all south Indian languages sound like ende pende na?”
B: “Arre but that is what it sounds like”
A: “You north Indians....”
What to say: Repeat the conversation above/ Such a typical Rohit Shetty movie.
|D-Day, The Lunchbox, Bombay Talkies|
Different, tight, interesting, well- acted... these three films are what you throw in the face of those who diss Bollywood and worship foreign cinema
What to say: “We’ve finally gone beyond such movies being classified as parallel cinema”
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
A non-cricket sports related movie! The versatile Farhan Akhtar put on his running shoes to portray Milkha Singh and it worked!
What to say: We should all serve our country/ It could have been 30 mins shorter/ I don’t know why a love story was needed.
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