BOLLYWOOD IN 2015
Stepping into the last week of 2015, I leafed through my notes on Bollywood movies of 2015 to be able to come to some sort of a conclusion on what I would rate as the best movie. To make my task easier, I prepared a shortlist of the certainly above average movies and landed up with twelve names. That’s a great tribute to the film makers!
The letter B seems to have been a favorite amongst the makers of these selected films: five out of the twelve names begin with the letter B! The names (not in any specific order) are BADLAPUR, BAAHUBALI, BAJIRAO MASTANI, BABY, BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, NH 10, TALVAR, TITLI, DUM LAGA KE HAISHA, DRISHYAM, TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS and PIKU. I personally loved watching all these movies and each of these made an impact for a different reason. BADLAPUR was a carefully constructed revenge based thriller; the scale of BAAHUBALI was something very new to Indian cinema and catapulted it to the likes of Peter Jackson’s creations; BAJIRAO MASTANI scored in terms of the performances, music and sets; BABY was a very taut thriller; BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN had a strong message and popular appeal to the commoner despite it being too cinematic; NH 10 was a strong edge of seat thriller about the reality surrounding honor killing; TALVAR brutally exposed the seemingly helpless state of the bureaucracy in the investigation process of a drama based on a real life event; TITLI, which was the least publicized movie in the above list, caught you by the neck and pushed you (and held you like that) deep into the inside of the characters of Delhi’s petty criminals; DUM LAGA KE HAISHA presented beautifully the plight of the married life of a wastrel man with an obese but good hearted woman; DRISHYAM was a stellar remake of an even more stellar truly original Malayalam movie; TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS scored outstandingly in terms of Kangna’s performance and the narrative and PIKU portrayed, with near perfection, how a full length interesting feature film could be made centred around a main character who is in perpetual throes of constipation!! My colleagues have also mentioned to me about MASAAN, but since I haven’t seen the movie, I am unable to comment on the same.
Difficult choice then, to decide which could be the best movie and to make my task easier, I sought to seek shelter by trying to identify the best movie in each genre. In terms of the feel good factors and overall entertainment value, PIKU would come at the top of the list followed by TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS and BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN. In terms of pure hard hitting cinema, TITLI takes the first place followed closely by DRISHYAM and TALVAR and judging by scale and lavishness of production, BAJIRAO MASTANI comes in the first place followed closely by BAAHUBALI.
Without an iota of doubt, it has been Deepika’s year having played two sterling and very different roles in PIKU and BAJIRAO MASTANI although Kangna’s comes close with her superlative performance in TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS; and I would vote for Shashank Arora as the best male performer in TITLI. And there shouldn’t be any discussion about why Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s music in BAJIRAO MASTANI is worth listening to over and over again!
Wishing you and your near and dear a Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2016!