What a year it has been! So many prominent Bollywood personalities passing on, box office ups and downs, scandals, weddings and a whole plethora of gossip that took over the Bollywood pages this year. Notably it has been a year of some major blockbusters with new records being broken at the box office in terms of raking in the crores of rupees.
So instead of the usual end of year lists doing a recap on what happened this year, I decided to chat with a few of the presenters at East FM to ask them what they thought were the top three Bollywood films in 2012.
The top three movies I loved this year were:
Jab Tak Hai Jaan - simply because SRK, despite clocking his 40s, can melt the hearts of both young and old jaans.
Cocktail - I could relate to this movie because of Diana Pentys character; you dont need to take off your "panty" to win a man's heart... Traditional Larki Rocks! Ek Main Aur Ek Tu - Kareena and Imran make such a good couple; the simplicity of this film bowled me over.
I loved Ek Mein Aur Ek Tu, Vicky Donor and Talaash. For someone who doesn't watch a lot of Bollywood movies, I loved these three in particular because they were a break from the norm. Like Vicky Donor, first of all it was in Punjabi, which made it extra malicious, aside it being about sperm donation! Talaash wasn't a love story. It was about a transition in life and how people deal with sorrow and Ek Mein Aur Ek Tu reminded me of the Hollywood flick What Happens In Vegas, and honestly, the music pulled me to watch it.
Oh My God - Makes a lot of sense.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan - SRK of course.
Ferrari Ki Sawaari - Different Story well handled.
Ishaqzaade - A rustic film with a simple yet bold love story. Eccentric, embellished and vivid performances by all actors involved. Gripping music from Amit Trivedi complimented with unpretentious direction which made this low budget film a winner at the box office and a cult film for the youth of today.
Vicky Donor - A bold and brave venture into an unexplored territory. A perfect blend of Punjabi and Hindi set at the backdrop of rural Delhi. Vicky Donor tackled an original and implicit subject of sperm donors with the aid of talented and highly competent newcomers. A must watch.
Barfi - Despite all the conjecture of plagiarism from Hollywood, the movie was a standout film of 2012 for the extraordinary performances from the entire star cast including newcomer Ileana D'Cruz. The music, the photography and simplicity of the movie modestly created magic.
Other good films of 2012:
Ek main aur ek tu - A simple story about two strangers who embark upon a life changing journey with a very off beat and realistic ending. Very uplifting and engaging movie with elements of generic entertainment embellished with fantastic music made this movie a universal entertainer.
Oh My God - Despite the 'inspiration' from the Hollywood film 'The man who sued God', this Paresh Rawl film was a thorough entertainer. Recapped by father's wisdom as several of his ideologies unknowingly were showcased on screen.
Jab Tak Hain Jaan - SRK may be touching 50, but he still charms the living daylights out of any human being. Yash Chopra's style of cinema can neither be replicated nor matched. His simplicity and passion for cinema leaves you with goose bumps in every piece of his vision.
Kahaani - Another fine example of low budget successful cinema. Kahaani strives forward on the able shoulders of the very talented Vidya Balan. This film would have been my top three if it didn't indulge into minor plagiarism from a selected few Hollywood films. Nonetheless, a very good movie from the Hindi film industry.