Best of Bollywood in 2014.
written by Souranath Banerjee.
Time flies by and we are already halfway through this year. Here comes the list – the best of Bollywood in 2014 yet released (till June end).
I feel 2014 is turning out to be a great year for Bollywood and these movies are enough to prove it. A perfect balance of entertaining and meaningful cinema.
If by chance you have missed any of these awesome films please do the needful as soon as possible.
Ok then, sit back and let’s hit the rewind button.
10. 2 States (April 2014)
Adopted from Chetan Bhagat’s autobiographical bestseller novel (of the same name), probably one of the best entertaining commercial films of this year.
Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor not only have a brilliant chemistry but also a set of parents who are culturally poles apart. Good music and it’s fun to watch.
Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGyAaR2aWcA
9. Hawaa Hawaai (May 2014)
Amole Gupte (director) and Partho Gupte (actor) – the father-son duo gave us this superb emotional drama.
A boy with limited financial means had the courage to dream and also the strength to achieve it.
Roller skating is taken to new heights, overall brilliant performances; this film is a celebration of innocence.
Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8WEqUvoJw4
8. Kya Dilli kya Lahore (May 2014)
Debutant director Vijay Raaz came up with a completely different take on India-Pakistan war films – a fresh outlook and an interesting script.
Fine performances by Vijay Raj himself and Manu Rishi Chadha and the brilliant poetic lyrics by Gulzar. A daring film to attempt i must say.
Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H91RXZ0nRv4
7. Filmistaan (July 2014)
A fresh take on the popularity of Bollywood and also the India-Pakistan tension.
Filmistaan deals with pretty sensitive issues but always with a divine comic touch.
Great acting performances overall; especially the dynamic and hilarious Sharib Hashmi.
Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-0LWnz8Ut0
6. Citylights (May 2014)
After the National Award winning film Shahid, (director) Hansal Mehta and (actor) Rajkummar Rao comes together with yet another promising film.
A remake of the British film Metro Manila, uncomfortably real and raw, the film forces us to look at poverty and despair from disturbing proximity.
Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fyO8OFK9yw
5. Highway (Feb 2014)
Brilliant performance by Alia Bhatt – so natural and spontaneous that she has even managed to eclipse a much senior actor like Randeep Hooda.
The film takes you in a tour of the whole North India; the combination of Imtiaz Ali’s direction and A.R.Rahman’s soulful music – a treat for film lovers.
Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o66nNnGZ5Rg
4. Children of war (May 2014)
History often gets blurred with time but such courageous films revive them and voices the truth.
The film successfully recreates the horrific crimes orchestrated by Pakistan over the Bangladeshi (Bengali) people in the pre-independence era of Bangladesh in 1971. Great effort by director Mrityunjay Devvrat.
Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzIa0wYfUwU
3. Miss Lovely (Jan 2014)
The underground sleazy film industry of the 1980’s is never been explored before in such gritty details.
Ashim Ahluwalia (the director) has captured the dark underbelly of the C grade industry with brilliant realism.
Anil George, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Niharika Singh have all given superb performances.
film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzoAOoHdACk
2. Queen (March 2014)
Most entertaining film of the year and an award winning performance by Kangana Ranaut.
Girl power punched with fun and friendship.
Awesome music by Amit Trivedi’s, Vikas Vahl’s superb direction – a great story of a girl who learns to live her life Queen style!
film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGC6vl3lzf0
1. Ankhon Dekhi (March 2014)
This film deserves a lot more appreciation, a beautiful story of a man with a strange conviction – he wants to believe only what he sees with his own eyes!
Rajat Kapoor skillfully directs this family drama and Sanjay Mishra gives the best performance of his life.
A rare gem – entertaining and thoughtful cinema.
film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3yKUHI2mE4
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most crazy one. A must watch)
+1. Lakhsmi (March 2014)
Lakshmi – the young village girl who stood up alone in the court against a prostitution racket in Hyderabad.
A film that is both disturbing and real (based on a true story) and truly courageous.
Nagesh Kukunoor directs this dark film that shows us the horrors of human trafficking, the torturous lives of girls who are forced to prostitution.
Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf4hOMpKlEI