Top Bollywood films of 2012
As every year, Bollywood industry churned out hundred of feature films in 2012 – some very good, some very bad and a lot of mediocre ones. Here are some of the standouts of the year:
Barfi!: This is a romantic comedy written and directed by Anurag Basu. The movie narrates the story of “Barfi” – a mute and deaf boy in Darjeeling, West Bengal. The plot beautifully outlines his relation with two girls, one of whom is autistic. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz in lead roles.
Gattu: A low-budget flick for all ages, Gattu appeals to kids and adults alike. Directed by Rajan Khosa, the story revolves around a kid living in a small town where everyone is obsessed with kite-flying. No glitter or high-budget stunts here; just pure human drama at its best.
Vicky Donor: This romantic comedy with modern twist is directed by Shoojit Sircar and produced by John Abraham.The movie explore the subject of sperm donation and infertility, something new for Indian cinema. It stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam and Annu Kapoor as the main cast.
Ek Tha Tiger: This is an action film, directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films. The movie stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles supported by Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth and Gavie Chahal. A combination of love story and spy drama, the movie is full of dazzling action, beautifully filmed international scenery and pleasant music.
Kahaani: This movie explores theme of feminism and motherhood in a male-dominated Indian society. This thriller is directed, co-written and co-produced by Sujoy Ghosh. The film features Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Balan portrays the role of Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman in search of her missing husband in Kolkata.
Paan Singh Tomar: With lots of attention to detail, this is a biographical film, based on the true story of an athlete Paan Singh Tomar. He was employed by the Indian Army and won a gold medal at Indian National Games, but was forced to become a notorious bandit. Irfan plays the lead role, with Mahie Gill, Vipin Sharma and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the supporting roles.
Agneepath: Another action drama produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Karan Johar under Dharma Productions. It is a retelling of the 1990 film of the same name that starred Amitabh Bachchan in the lead. The film portrays the struggle of a common man, as he seeks revenge for being wrongfully framed in the murder of his father. In the process he befriends an underworld drug lord.The film’s title is taken from a poem of the same name by Harivansh Rai Bachchan. The cast includes Hrithik Roshan, Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Om Puri and Zarina Wahab.
English Vinglish: This is a comedy-drama film directed by Gauri Shinde and produced by R. Balki. Starring Sridevi in the lead role, it also features Mehdi Nebbou, Adil Hussain, and Priya Anand. The film revolves around a housewife, who enrolls in an English language course in order to please her husband and family.
Gangs of Wasseypur (Part 1 and 2): If you are a fan of ‘Godfather’ type drama but Indian style, then you may want to watch these two movies. This is crime/gang film series co-written, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap. The movies centers around power struggles, politics and vengeance between three crime families. Part one cast includes Manoj Bajpai, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia in the major roles and its story spans from the early 1940s to mid 1990s. Part two casts Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Pankaj Tripathi, Raj Kumar Yadav and its story spans from the 1990s to 2009.
Shanghai: Shanghai is an intense political thriller with very realistic storyline and setting. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, the movie stars Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee. The film is based on the French film ‘Z’ and a novel by the same name.
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu: A light romantic comedy worth watching, some of it not appropriate for kids. Written and directed by new-comer Shakun Batra, the movie carries itself with a natural and realistic flow towards a surprise climax. The film features Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles, with Ratna Pathak Shah, Boman Irani and Ram Kapoor in supporting roles. A uptight architect in Las Vegas loses his job, struggles to find a balance in his life and deals with his feelings towards a free-spirited hairstylist.
Rowdy Rathore: Now, this is a typical Bollywood movie with lots of action including Karate. Directed by Prabhu Deva, it features Akshay Kumar in double roles along with Sonakshi Sinha, Paresh Ganatra, Yashpal Sharma and Gurdeep Kohli. The vibrant music is composed by Sajid-Wajid and lyrics come from Faaiz Anwar and Sameer Anjaan.
Honorary mention: Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Talaash, Life of Pi, Bol Bachchan.
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