Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bollywood 2011

With 107 releases in 2011,it has been commercially a good year for Bollywood.4 movies this year managed to cross the Rs 100 cr mark (Bodyguard,Ready,Ra.One and Don 2).Unfortunately 3 of these 4 movies were disappointing.Ra.One had all the budget in the world,had great special effects,but unfortunately lacked a good script and was poorly directed.Ready and Bodyguard were both worthless movies,but still ended up becoming blockbusters thanks to Salman Khan.But it wasn't such a poor year for Bollywood:).Though there were no extraordinary movies to watch in 2011,but there were still some good movies which were worth your time.Here's bringing to you a list of 2011 Bollywood movies that i enjoyed:).Hope you like them as well:).

  


Stanley Ka Dabba 
Best hindi movie of 2011,according to me,Stanley Ka Dabba is a wonderful movie that takes you back to your school years:).Here, a school-teacher, who forces children to share their food with him, forbids one from entering the school until he brings his own Tiffin/Lunch-box.Stanley ka Dabba works mainly because of its excellent way of story telling:).Its a simple story told in a magnificent way.Also what works for this movie is its wonderful cast.Almost all the teachers and the students are convincing in their roles.Partho Gupte as Stanley is really wonderful and so is Amole Gupte.This movie overall is a really good movie with a really touching ending:).

Genre:- Drama,Family.
Bore Meter:- You won't get bored if you like the plot:).
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I Am Kalam  
Another brilliant movie of 2011 is I Am Kalam:).Here,an impoverished boy forms an unlikely and unstable friendship with the lonely son of a nobleman.This movie again works because of its charming story telling:).Although it gives important messages about education and friendship,it makes sure it never lectures or bores you.It tells its story in a nice humorous way,which keeps you smiling throughout the movie:).Almost all the cast has done a great job.Harsh Mayar as Chhotu/Kalam totally steals the show:):):).His smile itself is enough to melt your hearts:).For its lovely storytelling,great script and direction,this is a must watch:).

Genre:- Comedy, Drama, Family.
Bore Meter:- Really enjoyable movie:).Won't get bored:).
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Delhi Belly
Delhi Belly is a very well made comic thriller.This is is no way a contemporary Bollywood movie,with 3hrs length or 4-5 songs shot in foreign locations in between to stop the flow of the movie.This is new age Bollywood:),with a fast pace,short length and songs coming only in the form of bgms.Here,three struggling room-mates unknowingly become potential prey of a ruthless gangster.What works for the movie is its excellent pace.Also worth mentioning is Abhinay Deo's stylish direction:).Cinematography is really good as well,with great songs like "Dk Bose" adding a wonderful flavour to the movie:).Imran Khan has done a good job in the film,along with Vir Das and Kunal Roy Kapoor.Overall this is a really good roller coaster ride which is meant to shock you:).

Genre:- Comedy,Thriller.
Bore Meter:- Has wonderful pace.No chance of getting bored:).
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Dhobi Ghat                                                                     
Wonderfully directed by Kiran Rao,Dhobi Ghat is a movie which has a nice poetic feel to it:).This is the story of the lives of four people who intersect in Mumbai: a washer-man who wants to become an actor, a banker-turned-photographer, a painter looking for inspiration, and a newly-married immigrant who journals her experiences on home video.It has a nice way of storytelling,where you feel as if you are just watching these people in real life,as they keep on running into each other.The cinematography is great,Mumbai is shown beautifully.The actors have done a good job as well,especially Prateik Babbar as Munna,who lights up every scene he is in.Aamir Khan,though not one of his better performances,manages to play his character fairly well.If you are interested in a nice non-commercial movie,Dhobi ghat is definitely a good watch:).

Genre:- Drama.
Bore Meter:- The movie does have a slow pace,but you won't feel bored if u like watching something different for a change:).
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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a nice light hearted fun road trip movie:). Here, three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged.What works for the movie is its direction.Zoya Akthar seems to know what she wants to show to the audience.The actors have done a good job as well:).Hrithik is good,but its Farhan Akthar who steals the show with his comic timing:). This is nicely shot movie,each adventure sport scene has been nicely shown,which makes you want you to start packing your bags as well:).What makes this journey more enjoyable:),is the way that the director has shown each characters inward journey as well,as each of them face their fears.But unfortunately,the movie takes a little too much time to reach its predictable end.But overall ZNMD is nice fun movie you don't want to miss:).

Genre:- Adventure, Drama.
Bore Meter:- Does lag a little bit in the end,but overall its a nicely paced fun movie:).
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Shor in the City
Shor in the city is a nicely made comic thriller:). Here, various residents and career-criminals face challenges in crime-laden Mumbai.A smart script,good cinematography and good direction make it worth your time.Also worth mentioning is its background score,with songs like "Karma is a bitch",which really add a wonderful flavor to the movie:). The only disappointing aspect of the movie is its slightly inappropriate ending.Overall,its a nice fun roller coaster ride:).


Genre:- Comedy,Thriller.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Has good pace:).
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The Dirty Picture
The Dirty Picture is a love story between an actress and a director. It is inspired by the life of the late south Indian actress Silk Smitha.To be really honest,i was really shocked that this movie ended up winning many Best Picture awards.Its actually an ok movie,with a mediocre script.The only reason this is watchable is because of Vidya Balan.Vidya Balan may not be the most attractive actress,but undoubtedly is currently the best actress in our industry:). She gives a superb performance as Silk,which makes this movie watchable.Watch this one only for Vidya Balan and of course the chartbuster "ooh la la" song :).

Genre:-  Comedy, Drama.
Bore Meter:- Has decent pace.Won't get bored:).
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Rockstar
After Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal,Imitiaz Ali gives a hat-trick of  good romantic movies with Rockstar:).Here,an open and restrained youth woos the hottest about-to-be-married college girl. He rises to become a rock-star - then self-destructs.What starts as a journey of a rockstar ends up becoming a love story.The movie's main strength is its music.A.R. Rehman gives yet another chartbuster album.Every song in this movie is brilliant.This is one of the few movies,in which i was actually waiting for the next song to come:).Also worth mentioning is Ranbir Kapoor's solid performance as Janardan Jakhar / Jordan.The movie's first half has good pace,and moves through smoothly.But its the middle portion of the second half that it starts lagging a bit.But,overall,its a well made romantic musical:).

Genre:- Music, Romance.
Bore Meter:- Lags a little bit in the second half,but overall has good pace:).
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Don 2
Don 2,probably had one of the best indian movie trailers that i had ever seen.Wish i could say the same about the movie.The sequel to Don (2006),this is a very stylishly made movie:). Here,having conquered the Asian underworld, Don (Shah Rukh Khan) now has his sights set on European domination. In his way are the bosses of the existing European underworld and all law enforcement agencies. The action shifts from Kuala Lumpur to Berlin as Don must avoid assassination or arrest, whichever comes first, in order for his plan to succeed.The movie starts off brilliantly with prison break scenes and what not.But it ends up being a poorly scripted bgrade version of  "Oceans 11" type heist movies.What works for the movie,though, is the stylish direction by Farhan Akthar,all the action sequences are brilliantly shown and of course King Khan:). His screen presence is alone enough to keep you entertained:).His potrayal of the smart,mischievous and overconfident Don is really good and is the driving force of the film:). Watch this one for its stylish direction and the leaner and meaner SRK as Don:).

Genre:- Action, Thriller.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Has decent pace:).
My Rating:-








Singham
Singham,a south indian movie remake is a good entertainer:). Here, a humiliated gangster uses his influence and goon power to terrorize a newly transferred police officer.This movie has nothing to offer but entertainment:). What works for this movie is its over the top fight scenes,and some really entertaining marathi dialogues like "Majhi satakli re" ,"Jisme hain dum,wo fakt Bajirao Singham":D:D etc.Also worth mentioning is Prakash Raj's entertaining performance as Jaykant Shikre:).This is one hell of an entertainer with some awesome marathi dialogues.Don't miss this one:).

Genre:- Action, Masala.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Its a really good entertainer:).
My Rating:- 









Yamla Pagla Deewana
Yamla Pagla Deewana was the first Hit Bollywood movie of 2011.Here, a married Canadian travels to India to re-unite with his estranged father and brother but faces obstacles and challenges.This movie mainly works because of the Deols magic.Sunny Deol is really funny as always,but this time he is intentionally making fun of himself:).Overall,its a typical Bollywood enjoyable masala movie which is definitely worth your time:).



Genre:- Comedy, Masala.
Bore Meter:-  Won't get bored.Nice masala entertainer:).
My Rating:-



28 comments:

  1. Nice suggestions dude. Finally you made a post for Bolly movies. :) Have watched 4 movies tops. Will watch all the remaining movies when i get the time. Nicely written.

    \m/ Keep Rockin' \m/

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  2. @ravi: Thanks man:). Do watch the rest:).

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  3. Nice, neutral reviews... good job...

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  4. I agree mostly, except for Doon 2, Singham and YPD!

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  5. Dude i finally completed Singham. Laughed my a$$ off. :) Nice comedy. lol "Jisme hai dum toh fakht bajirao singham." Haha!

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  6. @Ravi: He he ..nice entertainer:).

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  7. I can't stand movies like Singham. I'm not saying they are not good but not my taste. Will try to catch up some you mentioned.

    Thanks!

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  8. @Saru: He he..The purpose of Singham was to entertain and it did that:),thats y i mentioned it:).Do watch the ones you haven't seen yet:).

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  9. God! I didn't know I had so many movies to catch up with all the exam tension and all! Anyways Thanks for creating me a check list :)!! I'll keep checking ;)

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  10. Your new follower is here.Your lucky 15th follower :)!!

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  11. Welcome to my blog, Akshay! Always a pleasure to discover a fellow film blogger... i haven't seen the top 2 films unfortunately, will pick up their dvds soon...
    out of the others you mentioned, ZNMD, shor in the city & Singham are my favs for 2011...dirty picture too was a decent watch...absolutely adore vidya balan,,,eagerly waiting for Kahaani....
    Don 2 & Yamla Pagla Deewana was as boring as watching paint dry :(
    have you seen Bol? That was certainly not to be missed!

    Cheers!
    Mansi

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  12. Is @kshaythefilm your twitter handle?

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  13. @Mansi: Thanks for ur comments:). Will definitely watch Bol:).

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  14. @Mansi: No that isn't my twitter id.

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  15. I like how informative your movie reviews are. I wanted a good film blog to follow.Awesome blog :) Following!

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  16. Good to see Stanley ka Dabba and I am kalam right up there on the top, not to mention Dhobi Ghat...these are the movies which are changing the face of the hindi movie viewing prespective...Have always found it sad when comparing Iranian and Indian movies - similar culture yet so different movies...movies like these hopefully will turn the corner..

    May I add the possibility of "Little Terrorist" in your list...another overlooked movie that is a pure delight in its own right!!

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  17. @Protik: Thanks for the comment man:). I haven't seen Little Terrorist.Will surely give it a shot:).

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  18. you must also put the best movies of 2011 in Tamil.

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  19. @Allan:- Sure i will try.But i myself am not aware about half the tamil movies released:).

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  21. Nice post! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post.
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  22. @johnny:- Thank you so much for your comment:)

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