Dec 30 2012

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2012


Best Movies of 2012

1)      Kahaani- Mind blowing story and well paced thriller. Starring Vidya Balan. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

2)      Rowdy Rathore- Paisa Vasool masala film. Starring Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha. Directed by Prabhudeva.

3)      Ek Tha Tiger- Entertaining thriller. Starring Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif. Directed by Kabir Khan

4)      Barfi- The performances make the film fun to watch. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’cruz. Directed by Anurag Basu.

5)      OMG Oh My God! – Very Good movie with a beautiful message. Starring Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar & Mithun Chakraborthy. Directed by Umesh Shukla.

6)      English Vinglish- Simple, emotional and moving. Starring Sridevi, Priya Anand & Mehdi Nebou

7)      Talaash– Slightly slow but superb thriller! Starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji & Kareena Kapoor. Directed by Reema Kagti.

8)      Paan Singh Tomar- Unpretentious & endearing with a great story and gripping  performance by Irrfan Khan. Starring Irrfan Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

9)      Vicky Donor- Surprisingly fun and real with natural performances. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gupta & Annu Kapoor. Directed by Shoojit Sircar.

10)   Ishaqzaade- Charming, different and entertaining. Starring Parineeti Chopra & Arjun Kapoor. Directed by Habib Faisal.


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Oct 5 2012

English Vinglish- Movie Review


After so many years, the beautiful Sridevi make a comeback with English Vinglish. How could I not go?

So, Sridevi plays a housewife with two children. She’s not educated and so is often the butt of her children’s jokes. She doesn’t get the kind of respect she deserves as a wife either in spite of doing everything she can for them. Things change once she goes to New York for her niece’s wedding and decides to learn English to please her family.

What I really liked about the movie was the fact that it was directed in the simplest manner. No melodrama, no over-the-top humour, no item numbers, no ‘glitz n glam’ to make the film glossy. It was rich in terms of content and that’s that. The cinematography was real and well done. The production design, costumes and make up was very real and believable.

The entire story moved at a good pace with each character having their own graph. There’s abundance of simplicity and Indian culture that you’ll see in the movie. So much so that you’d wish you’d get to see Sridevi in atleast one western outfit; but the director decided to stay grounded and let the characters breathe independently. I actually shed a few tears towards the end when Sridevi made her speech.

Sridevi has been a star in her years so to watch her again was a treat but I felt that she did hold back a bit. Obviously there’s been a huge gap after which she’s made a comeback and her character’s not supposed to be the typical dramatic housewife we’ve seen in the movies but the ‘Srideviness’ in her was missing. People who’ve watched many films of hers (Chaalbaaz or Lamhe for example) would know what I’m talking about. It’s probably the age but she’s acted well nonetheless, especially in the second half. The actor who plays her husband too is a good actor and convinces you as the dominating husband. I loved the little boy who played Sridevi’s son. He was adorable and so much fun to watch! Every actor had a good role to play.

The music by Amit trivedi is ok but the lyrics, especially of the Manhattan song are very interesting.

This movie made me realise that sometimes we don’t realise that we make fun of our parents’ English or lack of technical knowledge and that even though they might feel bad, they continue to love us for the way we are.

Ok so this is a little out of context but I just want to say that I love and respect my parents too much and I’m sorry for everytime I say something that might hurt them; and now, I will be more conscious about how I say things, not just to them but to everyone around me.

Thank you Sridevi and Gauri Shinde for making English Vinglish.

Rating– 3.5/5

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