Every year I countdown the best films that have been in the closing year. This year is no different. Although its been a rather odd year in Bollywood, there have been some fab films which are worthy of watching this year. What rocked about this year was the audiences. They literally threw away some of the biggest films which housed big stars and gladly accepted smaller films which were unique in content and for the most part, didn't even have big stars. Desi films are back in action with a number of action that took center stage. Okay the best of 2010? In no particular order, here are my picks for 2010.
Dabangg: Salman Khan rocked and how in this action film which had a plot that was seriously old school. However, he proved that the masses love some good ol' old fashioned style Bollywood. With a fab soundtrack and Salman Khan doing what he does best, basically... he is back!
Rajneeti: The star cast was phenomenal and the plot, mashallah fantastic. This modern day take on the Mahabharat, basically is worth a watch because you will be back to watch it again... I guarantee it!
Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai: Ajay Devgn had a beyond amazing year and honestly, it is with OATIM that he really rose as an actor. Along with Emraan Hashmi, he depicts the life of a popular and well-known story of an under world don. Needless to say a fab film.
Anjaana Anjaani: It was not such a huge hit at the box office but Anjaana Anjaani hit home with me. I absolutely adored this film for its great take on life and love in a time where careers make us go insane. And of course, I'm a Ranbir Kapoor fan so I'm a tad bit biased. And honest.
Khatta Meetha: Yet again a film which failed at the box office but is such a blast to watch. It is rare that I enjoy an Akshay Kumar film but Khatta Meetha was heaps of fun!
Thanks Maa!: Sadly, not many have even heard of this film. A small film which won a National Award is a better depiction of the slums of Mumbai (read: Slumdog is hardly real). Director Irfan Kamal whose innate research in the subject is obvious in his film which is a true vision.
Lahore: Fab film about a India-Pakistan boxing match. Performances, nothing to really talk about about the plot is fabulous.
City of Gold: How I loved this film! It is a rare sight to see such a beautiful film which tells a virtually unknown tale of the middle class and their challenges in India. By far one of my favorites of the year.
Udaan: Another small film which had me in tears for all the right reasons. I adored it for the mere fact that it was honest and different. Anurag Kashyap made sure his production was in the limelight as it made rounds at festivals before releasing commercially. Now this is good cinema.
Aakrosh: Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna join forces to create quite the stir with Aakrosh. Really an underrated film but a fab watch.
Band Baaja Baaraat: The feel good film of the year. YashRaj films are finally back doing what they do best; make good fun films. BBB is a wedding film with good music, a fun plot and good performances.
Peepli Live: A must watch if you're a rustic film lover.
Action Replayy: Fun film for sure.
Golmaal 3, Housefull and Tees Maar Khan: Spoofy stuff! But incredible fun. (First time i actually adored a Farah Khan film)
Tum Milo Toh Sahi: A small cutesy film which really was not watched enough.
Badmaash Company: Sweet fun gutsy film which really is a fun DVD watch.
Rakhta Charitra series: RGV does well with the RC series. It is really really interesting.
Red Alert: Suneil Shetty is fab in this film.
A Flat: Scary and good performances.
What does 2011 hold for you? A lot! There's action, comedy and of course, romance. But what genre and which actors will rule supreme? Time will tell.