Well that time of the year has come once again when I start my Oscar Mania and start watching all movies nominated for Oscar Awards and then posting my predictions but this time I thought of making some new posts too; of my Best 5 Films across 3 genres – Hindi, Indian Regional and Hollywood. I would begin with the list of “My 5 Best Hindi Films of 2015“.
This year was once again a good year for Bollywood with many movies raking in money and lots of low-budget movies shining amidst all the commercial mindless pot-boilers. I watched just 13 Hindi Movies this year and out of them 2 on the big screen here in Kuwait.
Here, in descending order, is my final selection of the 5 best Hindi films of the year:
This is by far the best Hindi film of the year not just because I loved it but because it is such a brilliantly made film in all departments – Direction, acting, cinematography, music, story, dialogues, casting and art direction. The honesty, hard work and dedication of the entire crew shines all the way through. I was very lucky to watch it on the big screen here in Kuwait as I never expected a low-budget movie with no big stars to release here! There were only 10 more people in the entire theatre though! And this being a debut directorial venture of Neeraj Ghaywan makes it a further special effort.
I also wrote a detailed review on this film; you can read it here: Masaan ||| Hindi Movie Review
2. Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Thankfully Yash Raj Films support some small budget movies too and this was the perfect example! This is another debut directorial venture and Sharat Katariya did a fabulous job in this very different love story with some awesome music inspired by the 90s ably supported by the 2 leads – Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurrana, both of whom did a brilliant job in playing the foes turned lovers couple fighting their mental battles! The Haridwar setting was beautifully showcased and even though the ending was cliched and expected this movie made me laugh all the way. The dialogues were the special star of this movie!
This was one of the most controversial and awaited films of this year for the contemporary story-line and all the publicity about the infamous Aarushi Talwar murder case. What I most loved about this film was that it never announced any judgement about this case and never took any sides either. It just presented both the sides in an objective manner and let the viewers take their own stands. Irrfan Khan as expected did a brilliant job apart from Meghna Gulzar who has directed this gripping tale. The masterclass director Vishal Bhardwaj wrote the script for this insightful and engaging movie.
When I first saw the trailer of Hunterrr, I dismissed the movie thinking it would be another of those vulgar & crass Bollywood Adult Comedies in the league of Kya Super Kool Hai Hum and Grand Masti but when I watched the movie it turned out to be an incredibly awesome movie. Another debutant Director Harshavardhan Kulkarni (who has also written the movie) has done a fabulous job of keeping it clean and yet maintaining the humour throughout. The movie is presented in a non-linear fashion, shuffling across time regularly; that is what makes the treatment special & unique plus keeps the viewer engaged throughout.
This is one of the darkest and stark movies made in Bollywood in the recent times by a long shot and is about a dysfunctional Delhi family who earn their livelihood by some completely wacky and macabre means! Kudos to Yash Raj Films to support this film; they deserve a lot of accolades apart from the debut director Kanu Behl and the 5 acting leads. I loved this movie not just because it is shot in Delhi (who doesn’t love nostalgia about his hometown living in a foreign country) but because this is such a well made movie (even with some minor gaping holes in the plot). Ranvir Shorey has once given a class-act performance and simply brilliant! I am very excited to see what Kanu Behl comes up with next! I loved the title of the movie too – Titli means Butterfly in Hindi and it is also the name of the lead character who is willing to do anything to get out of his hellhole family and he does everything in extreme to achieve this!
As you can see, this was the year of Debutant Directors – 4 out of the 5 movies were first time directorial ventures! More power to each of them and hope that their 2nd movies are equally good if not better!
The honourable mentions (The movies which missed the Top 5 inclusions but were very well made films and in no particular order):
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!
Manjhi – The Mountain Man
Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Hope to see your comments and your selections as well! Please discuss in the comments section. Look forward to your participation and wait for my forthcoming 2015 Movie posts!
My other “Top 5 of 2015 Posts”:
So till the time we meet again…
Cheers to life…
Till then ride safe and have safe sex…
Hasta la Victoria Siempre…