A famous film researcher once told me ‘There’s no commercial cinema and art cinema. There’s simply good cinema and bad cinema’. I don’t know if he was in turn quoting someone else. But my concept is bit different. ‘No cinema is bad enough to not to have a single moment of sheer brilliance and no movie is good enough to not have even a tiny flaw’. So, while big critics were busy lambasting movies, here’s why I am thankful to these movies that marked the first half of 2013. My short reviews are as below:
Rajdhani Express: It gives the hope that filmmakers might have watched it and never offer Leander Paes a role ever. We simply don’t want another Vinod Kambli.
Table No. 21: The climax takes the pie. The whole plot ran helter skelter but towards the end it was successful in sending out a strong message against ragging.
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola: Even Maoists in India would have taken offence to it so thanks for pestering those savage rebels.
Inkaar: To knock some sense into the head of Madhur Bhandarkar, only if he has seen it.
Akaash Vani: For that ‘Dil tujhe todh jaane ki ijazat aaj bhi hai’ shayari.
Race 2: For telling us Amisha Patel is still alive.
Vishwaroop: To exhibit how to make a mountain of a mole (well that’s also what Hassan played in the film)
ABCD: For some mind-blowing moves. India’s Step Up is here.
Special 26: An understated Akki is always better than house full of ‘kyun thak rahe ho’.
Jayanta Bhai Ki Love Story: Think Gangster, think Vivek Oberoi.
Kai Po Che: For three young lads, delivering a performance of a lifetime and a director who is hell-bent to push his limits.
Jolly LLB: Saurabh Shukla’s performance and the scene where a post of SHO is on sale.
Himmatwala: For not doing well at Box Office. On your face Sajid Khan.
Chashme Baddoor: For telling us ‘original original hota hai boss.’
Commando: For Vidyut Jamwal’s stunts.
Aashiqui 2: So it can be compared with its predecessor on ground on stupidity.
Bombay Talkies: For forcing Karan Johar to make a film with a limited budget and that ‘kiss’. Girls have finally have something to cheer for.
Shootout at Wadala: For that lip-biting (literally) kiss. Bloody hell, boys will always have something to ‘leer’ for.
Gippi: For being a film that has its heart in the right place, throughout.
Go Goa Gone: India’s scary movie is here.
YJHD: For reuniting RK and DP.
Fukrey: For genuinely being a ‘feel good film’.
Raanjhanaa: For those ‘whistle podu’ dialogues of Kundan. Kolaveri end but aana rascala… Dhanush nailed it.