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Best of Bollywood in 2014

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)

2 states

Adopted from Chetan Bhagat’s autobiographical bestseller novel (of the same name), probably one of the best entertaining commercial films of this year.

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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)

Hawaa Hawaai

Amole Gupte (director) and Partho Gupte (actor) – the father-son duo gave us this superb emotional drama.

(Click to see the film review)

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)

Kya dilli kya lahore

Debutant director Vijay Raaz came up with a completely different take on India-Pakistan war films – a fresh outlook and an interesting script.

(Click to see the film review)

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)

filmistaan

A fresh take on the popularity of Bollywood and also the India-Pakistan tension.

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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)

CityLights

After the National Award winning film Shahid, (director) Hansal Mehta and (actor) Rajkummar Rao comes together with yet another promising film.

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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)

highway

Brilliant performance by Alia Bhatt – so natural and spontaneous that she has even managed to eclipse a much senior actor like Randeep Hooda.

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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)

Children of War

History often gets blurred with time but such courageous films revive them and voices the truth.

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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)

Miss Lovely

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 GeorgeNawazuddin Siddiqui and Niharika Singh have all given superb performances.

film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzoAOoHdACk

2. Queen (March 2014)

queen

Most entertaining film of the year and an award winning performance by Kangana Ranaut.

(Click for the film review)

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)

Ankhon dekhi

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)

lakshmiLakshmi – 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

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Kya Dilli kya Lahore (2014)

My Ratings : 3.5/5

Courage is not only expected from the soldiers of our country – sometimes we (the audience of India) demand courageous films as well. And films like Kya Dilli kya Lahore dare to stand up to our expectations.

Shot in a single location with only two main characters, the film successfully represents the sentiments of the people of Hindustan and Pakistan right after the historic partition of India in 1947. A unique story of affection and brotherhood – where rivalries between the two countries take a back seat and soldiers choose to become humans first.

A big round of applause for the debutant director Vijay Raaz for choosing such an offbeat (non commercial) story for his first film and doing a great job with it both as an actor as well as a film maker.

The basic story line of  Kya Dilli kya Lahore  is simple yet entertaining.

Vijay Raaz in the role of a Pakistani soldier named Rehmat Ali is sent by his higher in command to get a particular file from the Indian post across the Indo-Pak border – the file that contains the map of the secret tunnel route from Delhi to Lahore. As Rehmat Ali reaches the Indian post he encounters Samarth Pratap (played by Manu Rishi Chadha), the cook in the Indian military camp who in the absence of any other Indian soldiers is the sole guardian of the post.

And then the duel begins – soldiers from the two recently independent rival countries (this story is dated back in 1948) exchange bullets and slangs in aggression, hurl each other with rebukes and insults, hold each other responsible for the violence the two countries experienced during the partition.

Throughout the film they passionately defend their countries until at some point they realize that the common people of India and Pakistan can never be truly partitioned – no political power or religious differences can separate the brotherhood between the two countries.

A bit slow at times (you better be in a relaxed mood for this film) and often the characters become emotional a bit too quickly. But overall a decent entertaining film and more importantly a fresh take on the Indo-Pak relation based subject.

Many people have compared Kya Dilli kya Lahore with ‘No man’s land’ (the Bosnian film that won Oscar the same year ‘Lagaan’ from India was also nominated) – in a way the comparison makes sense but the conflict issues and tension levels of the two films are completely different.

Rajendranath Zutshi as the overenthusiastic Barfi Singh and Vishwajeet Pradhan as the Pakistani captain have done justice to their short but crisp roles.

But for me the real hero of the film is the beautiful lyrics of Gulzar – a poetry also voiced by Gulzar himself at the beginning of the film.

I can’t help but add a few of these beautiful poetic lines-

Lakeerein hain toh rahne doo,

Kisi ne ruth kar gusse mein shaayad kheench di thi …

Inhi  ko ab banao paala,

aur aao kabbadi khelte hain

Lakeerein hai toh rahne doo… 

 

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