First of, I need to apologize for promising a video of myself giving my top 12 films of 2014. I wanted it to be perfect and I have been slightly ‘lazy’ and slightly busy to put it together so I am going to stick with what I always do for now–my blog post!
2014 was a year of outstanding Indian cinema and we as the audience got a different taste on the tongue, film after film. This year was also hard to choose the ‘best’ ones. I think it actually took longer for me to decide which ones were the top one should see.
12. Bobby Jasoos
One of the many women-centric films of 2014. I thoroughly enjoyed Vidya Balan play, Bobby: a spunky and determined detective. I also fell in-love with Ali Fazal who played Bobby’s friend and soul-mate as Tassawur. Ali, a rising star and Vidya had amazing on-screen chemistry and in addition the wonderful story, was the song ‘Tu’ by Papon. The cinematography, lyrics and ensemble of the song swept me away.
I gave Bobby Jasoos 4 1/2 Stars!
11. 2 States
I have this strange soft corner for all these new stars, but it’s not sympathetic, its more-so they all are SO good and have amazed me. These newbies have been hiding in closets and now they are on the big screen releasing outstanding films. Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor, both amazing and flawless actors. The two played the characters from Chetan Bhagat’s novel, 2 States. Krish and Ananya’s relationship had me exactly when Krish took the chance to sit with the most beautiful girl in college at the canteen. After reading the novel and then watching the film, it all went perfect together. I remember hearing about this film at first in 2013, when I had the chance to converse in my car with Ehsaan Noorani (one of the music directors of the film) about this film and many other films. He told me, “Bhavna you are going to love the film and more-so the music too!” He was definitely right, I can listen to the soundtrack of 2 States at any given point of the day.
I gave 2 States 5 Stars!
10. Hasee Toh Phasee
Again, another film with my favorite new stars, Parineeti Chopra and Siddarth Malhotra. This film is quirky and light. It also has a reality behind love, not all of us look perfect or ever have the ‘perfect personality’ in-fact this is a story about how two strange minds come together and fall in love. The music, the sets, the costumes, the awkward conversations and feel good moments and the entire film was perfect.
I gave Hasee Toh Phasee 5 Stars
9. Humpty Sharma Ki Dhulania
Are you a Dilwale Dhuanlia Le Jayenge fan? After you see Humpty Sharma Ki Dhulania, you will forget DDLJ. Honestly, I have never understood the hype of DDLJ actually, but I have fallen in love with this new age tribute film to all 90’s films. Humpty Sharma is a bit more realistic (in its own filmy way) the emotion conveyed on-screen by Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan is timeless and the entire film is simply beautiful. While most love Raj and Simran, I am extremely in love with Humpty and Kavya. Also the music of the film is amazing!
I gave Humpty Sharma Ki Dhulania 4 Stars
8. Ek Villain
Siddarth Malhotra made it again and along with him, Shraddha Kapoor did too. But here’s a twist, Ritesh Deshmuk was the villain and he is what impressed me more than ever. I have grown up watching Ritesh’s films and they have always been the few comedy films of Indian Cinema I have enjoyed. This time seeing him play a villainous role had me at the edge of my seat and I had never imagined seeing him in such a character. Also charming Sid, played a dark and serious lover role while Shraddha was the out going companion who saw happiness through every little thing. Another outstanding film and story.
I gave Ek Villain 4 Stars
Back in 2007, Shahid Kapoor had broken screens as he played the romantic Aditya Kashyap in Jab We Met. In 2014 he broke the screens again playing the role of Haider, a depiction on Shakespears Play, Hamlet. Director Vishal Bhardwaj is known for creating the right kind of play adaptions and again he did an outstanding job. Along with Shahid, Kay Kay Menon, Tabu and Shraddha Kapoor all played their roles extremely well and I hope they all get equally recognizes for their outstanding performances.
I gave Haider 4 Stars
6. Gulaab Gang
A film which has been the least recognized, but I am taking the chance to do so. While many women empowerment films were made in the year of 2014, Soumik Sen’s Gulaab Gang stood out to me the most. At the end of the day, if I am not crying by the end of the film then it simply wasn’t good enough (and this can be through happiness or sadness). I need films which will convince my emotions more than anything else. Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla the leading ladies of the film and renowned actresses of the industry, made their mark in this film. I loved the idea, concept and message behind the film. Making a film on real-life events based on a real-life group in India is what our industry needs to start doing more.
I gave Gulaab Gang 3 1/2 Stars
Another moving, women-centric film. I have always adored Rani Mukerji. When I was a kid I always wanted my hair, makeup and entire look to be like Rani. Year later, she does something different and I still love her! She played the role of an aggressive Indian cop, but took advantage of being a cop. In India, it seems to be said that our police force isn’t as strong as it should be. Of course not all of this is entirely their fault. This was a good film to see in that perspective, in addition the film also had a moving story which was based on other true events which constantly occur on the everyday lives of young girls in India.
I gave Mardaani 4 1/2 Stars
4. Mary Kom
If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, then you know how very much I am a huge Priyanka Chopra fan. That of course is not why I only liked her film Mary Kom, but an added perk. Priyanka did an outstanding job doing a biopic on 5-time winner Female Boxing Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist, Mary Kom. Director Omung Kumar, envisioned and executed an beautiful film and most importantly made awareness on a sport other than cricket to our Indian audience!
I gave Mary Kom 5 Stars
Personally, I have been a Kangna Ranaut Fan since I saw films like, Woh Lamhe and Fashion. The versatility actress has always brought a unique look on the big screen and this time she aced it with the film, Queen. Kangna is the kind of actress that makes you believe she is that character. It does not even seem like you’re watching a film, but a real story. She is an excellent actress, I would love to work with her one day in my life. Director Vikas Bahl, had a small vision and had no idea he’d break the screen with a beautiful story and film.
I gave Queen 5 Stars
So before I continue with the last two, you are probably wondering why I have Top 12? Well it’s simple, like I said before there were a ton of good films this year. In fact I just saw two I missed during the year, Happy Ending & Khoobsurat. I was tempted to do a top 15 but I figured to just stop at 12.
Still doesn’t make much sense, but the next two films are sitting at the same level for me.
A Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijat Joshi and Vidhu Vinod Chopra film. An outstanding film. One of cinemas most beautiful stories. The concept, the idea and the little, little things that were touched upon were just different. After the film, I wanted to run to every temple around the area and show everyone to watch the film. Yes, the film touched a topic which is extremely sensitive in India. Some fast for day, worship for days and pray for goodness in life, but the concept PK explained to us about everything we do in our crazy lives only made it seem a lot simpler in his world.
I gave PK 5 Stars
My Facebook Status the other day: Imtiaz Ali’s 2014 film Highway leaves some kind of feeling in ya. One of cinemas best films. I have seen this film about 15 times already, it never gets old. I cry at the same points every time and smile and laugh with Veera at the same points. I am shocked at the least amount of Recognition AR Rahman has gotten for his amazing music in the film. But hats off to Imtiaz Ali, Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda for put together such a film. Some would think I am crazy to be in love with such a film, but you are only looking at this film in a perspective that it is okay to be kidnapped. I on the other hand, look at it in Veera’s perspective, she found herself within, she was free from this enclosed world of materialism. I want to be Veera. And that’s how much I loved the film.
I gave Highway 5 Stars
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