Looking back at the year in films

  • Asad Ali, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 27, 2014 21:07 IST

The best part about doing an end-year recap on cinema is not always about revisiting the whole movie. A particular comic scene may have cracked us up, a rather corny line might have stuck on long after credits rolled, or a ‘party-type’ song may have been all the rage. Here’s a dekko at what made news with films.


Each year some films give us ‘side-dish’ memories, even if we forget ‘that actor’ who was awesome in ‘that 2014 movie.’ Here’s a likely list for this year

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/12/2812brpg42a.jpg Dedh Ishqiya:

The Abhishek Chaubey film taught audiences about Ismat Chughtai and the ‘gay scene’ she wrote in her short story,


. Why? Because the talented and gorgeous duo of Begum Para (

Madhuri Dixit-Nene

) and Muniya (

Huma Qureshi

) shared an intimate scene even as the other irrepressible pair of Khalujan (

Naseeruddin Shah

) and Babban (

Arshad Warsi

) pulled a ‘lihaaf’ over their eyes.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/12/2812brpg42c.jpg Haider:

Apart from a daring attempt at making a perspective-oriented film on Kashmir, we have to thank Vishal Bhardwaj’s


for giving us the word ‘chutzpah’ (which sounds similar to AFSPA).

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Up close with


's scripwriter, Basharat Peer

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/12/2812brpg42b.jpg Mary Kom:

Should a pretty Punjabi kudi play the role of a five-time boxing champ from Manipur? That was the raging debate around this biopic directed by Omung Kumar.

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MC Mary Kom, unboxed

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/12/2812brpg42d.jpg Bang Bang:

Hrithik Roshan used the hashtag #bangbangdare to challenge fellow actors in the industry to do stunts. From Ranveer Singh doing a patent Roshan dance move in a


costume to Shraddha Kapoor singing “

Bang Bang

,” the stunts went viral, and so did the buzz around the movie.


The transition from book to film is always tricky. Here are some of the most talked-about ones


The Fault in Our Stars: John Green’s 2012 novel was adapted for the big screen by an American director Josh Boon.


Two States:
Another gem from Chetan Bhagat’s repertoire was converted into a Bollywood film this year. Alia Bhatt playing the female lead helped, of course.


Gone Girl: David Fincher came out with his 2014 film based on Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. This Ben Affleck-starring thriller pulled in the crowds successfully.

Fifty Shades of Grey:

The ‘sex book’ that sold millions of copies is being made into a movie. Trailers were out this year showcasing female lead Dakota Johnson sighing deeply! Jamie Dornan will be playing Christian Grey and the film will be out on 14 February, 2015.

1,000 weeks

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge:

The 1995 Hindi romance written and directed by Aditya Chopra, which changed the way an entire generation looked at romance and marriage, completed a mindboggling 1,000 weeks at the Maratha Mandir, Mumbai in December!

Alpha females!

If there ever was a time to say "more power to women," at least in the context of Bollywood cinema, it would probably be 2014!

Highway [February]:

Directed by Imtiaz Ali, this Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda starrer was another road movie to hit theatres. It got Bhatt loads of acclaim and truly brought her into the limelight. A bold role to choose for Bhatt and it did wonders for her career!

Queen [March]:

The Vikas Bahl-directed venture had the lead character of Rani - who goes off on her honeymoon alone after her husband ditches her - was exceptionally well played by Kangana Ranaut.

Gulaab Gang [March]:

Jog your memory to remember the last time Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla shared screen space together in a film. Well, they didn’t. Until March 2014 when both featured in a crime-drama film

Gulaab Gang

. Dixit plays Rajjo, a vigilante group leader, and Chawla plays Sumitra, a sly politician. Safe to say that sparks flew both on and off screen.

Mardani [August]:

This Pradeep Sarkar-directed film saw Rani Mukerji play the role of tough cop Shivani who beats up goons and sprays expletives generously.

Bobby Jasoos [July]:

A female detective in Indian cinema? Enter Bobby Jasoos! Vidya Balan in the role of Bobby dresses up as a beggar, peon, astrologer etc. all in the course of solving ‘cases.’ Refreshing departure from the trend of only-males-can-be-smartass-sleuths.


One of Hollywood’s biggest names right now, Christopher Nolan, gave the world and his fans Interstellar. Suddenly everyone online and offline, was reading about wormholes, theories of relativity and the extra-inverse-flexivity of space (just made up the last bit). We thank Nolan for making a grand space film. Not so much for the physics though.

Final goodbyes

A number of eminent people from the world of cinema, both India and abroad, passed away this year, leaving behind a rich legacy, and incredible standards for the present generation to live up to. Some of the names: Zohra Sehgal, Richard Attenborough, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Deven Varma, Suchitra Sen and Robin Williams.


Let’s face it. There are three clearly divided camps even amongst Khan fans, at least most of the time. But thankfully Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir ensure their fans get a yearly fill of the Khan mania.


Salman Khan

retained his glory with


. He played Devi, a smart, invincible guy who seeks the ‘kick’ in most things in life.

Audience whistle point:

“Dil mein aata hoon, samajh mein nahin.” Right!

Shah Rukh Khan

gifted his fans

Happy New Year

around Diwali. He played Charlie, a smart street fighter out to avenge his father’s death. He gathers a group of men and the leggy Mohini (

Deepika Padukone

) and goes about robbing a bank.

Audience whistle point:

Deepika Padukone singing ‘Main lovely ho gayi yaar.’

Aamir Khan’s

annual attempt at intelligent cinema came with the much-hyped


. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film will definitely be remembered for Aamir’s rather risque poster, if not for anything else.

Audience whistle point:

Refer to above (an unclothed Aamir with a transistor placed strategically on his body).


Liar’s Dice:

Directed by Geetu Mohandas, this road drama created the perfect buzz in film festivals abroad, even becoming India’s official Oscar entry for 2015.

Bombay Velvet:

Anurag Kashyap

fans rejoice! The director will look to draw in the crowds with this film about a Mumbai streetfighter. And a stellar cast (Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar) should help.

Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens:

The epic George Lucas-penned space saga will hit theatres in late 2015. Directed by JJ Abrams, the story will be set approximately 30 years after the events of

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

. May the force be with all the fans out there!

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