Best Bollywood Movies of 2014
When in comes to Hindi movies and Indian Cinema, the tastes differ, the personal choices vary. Some like action while others prefer drama, and yet others long for serious films. Here are some of the best 2014 Bollywood movies:
Queen – Rani (the name translates to the ‘queen’) is an average girl with below-average self confidence. After her fiancé calls off their wedding, she embarks alone on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam. This comedy-drama film is beautifully directed by Vikas Bahl. The film stars Kangana Ranaut in the lead role with Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao playing supporting roles. This is a lively and a well-done movie, highly praised by the audience and the experts alike.
Happy New Year – This film is one of the most expensive films ever made in Bollywood. The action packed heist story can also be branded as a comedy film. The movie has a lovely direction by Farah Khan and is produced by Gauri Khan. The star studded cast includes Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff. It is a very entertaining film, and has rightfully clinched the most number of trophies at the 2014 Stardust Awards ceremony.
PK (Peekay) – This is a comedy film but a brave one – a full fledged satire on God and the religions. Some of the scenes include money extraction at temples, coconuts being offered in at a church… There is nothing comic about a Muslim girl’s dialogue, “Itna chota nahin ho sakta hamara khudaa, ki use hamare school jaane pe aitraaz ho.” (Our God cannot be that ‘small’ that he would object to girls attending schools). The plot begins with an alien landing on Earth but is stranded in Rajasthan when his spaceship’s remote control is stolen. The film stars Aamir Khan in the title role, with Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, and Sanjay Dutt in supporting roles. The truth delivers under the guise of comedy is always a brilliant idea, nothing so alien about that.
Dedh Ishqiya – Crackling humor, fitting dialogues and beautifully written story that is punctuated by comic scenes throughout the movie…. This a refreshing comedy directed by Abhishek Chaubey and is a sequel of Ishqiya. The Movie stars Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah and Huma Qureshi in the lead roles. I wish I could understand more Urdu!
Haider – The film is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. The crime drama is set amidst the 1995 Kashmir conflicts and civilian disappearances. Haider, a poet, returns to Kashmir to seek out his disappeared father and ends up in the middle of the state politics. Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, it stars Shahid Kapoor in the lead role, co-starring Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon, with Irrfan Khan making a special appearance.
Katiyabaaz – This is a Hindi investigative documentary film, an 84 minutes long feature, not your typical Bollywood entertainment movie. Directed by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa, the documentary tackles the issue of electric power theft in Kanpur, a city notorious for long power cuts. Loha Singh, a dynamic character, is a local electricity thief providing illegal electricity connections to people in need. The film was premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and later won the Best Film in the India Gold Section at the Mumbai Film Festival. The film also won the award for Best Investigative Film at National Film Awards.
Finding Fanny – This is a slow paced comedy set against the scenic back-drop of a Goa village. Very different and very hilarious. Written by Homi Adajania and produced by Dinesh Vijan, the film starts Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapur, Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor as five atypical friends. The story is based on a road trip by the five friends searching for Fanny – Naseeruddin Shah’s long lost love from 46 years ago. This is a lighthearted movie, very enjoyable from beginning to the end.
Ugly – Ugly is a psychological and emotional drama film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap. It is a very different movie. The characters are dark; they are more dangerous to themselves than to others. There is no positive message here; the movies is all about the harsh realities of life. There are no boundaries between ‘good’ or ‘bad’ guys. The film stars Girish Kulkarni, Ronit Roy, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Vineet Kumar Singh, Surveen Chawla and Vipin Sharma as the main cast.
Ankhon Dekhi – This is a story of a common man with common bonds to his family and surroundings. This is a thought-provoking and philosophical film written and directed by Rajat Kapoor and Produced by Manish Mundra. The story is based on daily average life, yet touching and brilliant. The film stars Sanjay Mishra and Rajat Kapoor in the lead roles. Don’t watch this movie for a song-and-dance, but for a true reflection of you and me and all of us – the human behavior.
Gunday – This is an action packed crime thriller written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. The film featured Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in the lead roles with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan in supporting roles. This is a typical Bollywood flick with expected fight actions at unexpected times! The film starts off in the 1970s, with a young Bikram and Bala, who become gun carriers and coal bandits. They ultimately grow up to become the most powerful goons of Calcutta. Now you can imagine how the story and action unfold!
Other outstanding pictures from 2014 are 2 States, Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Hasee Toh Phasee, Jai Ho, and not to forget Ragini MMS2, if you like this kind of flicks!
I am sure I missed some of your favorites, right? So, do comment and share!
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