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 […]

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.

 

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