Below is a list of my favourite top 10 movies from the Indian Film Industry for the year 2012. This list is not based any box office collections, critic choice or any survey reports but from the movies I saw and liked.
Summary: Based on a novel “Z” the plot is set in a small town on the verge of so called “PROGRESS” at the expense of the cattle class. The movie delves into the murky and dangerous political games played by ministers and bureaucrats who conveniently remove obstacles or people in the way (either by bribing or murder).
Why to watch: A Dibakar Banerjee film, excellent performances by Abhay Deol & surprisingly Emran Hashmi. Detailed review at this link
Summary: The story of non-English speaking housewife who lands up in America, and learns English to combat the prejudices both at home and outside.
Why to watch: Another masterpiece by R Balki, great script, Sridevi has still not lost her touch as a top actor.
Summary: An official remake of the yesteryears Amol Palekar hit Golmaal, it is the story of Abhishek Bachchan caught in a job with a wrong identity. What follows is a comedy of errors.
Why to watch: Despite expecting a slap-stick comedy, the movie made me laugh. Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan & Krishna Abhishek are hilarious. Detailed review at this link
Summary: A biopic on the life of an Indian Athlete of the Indian Army who turned dacoit to avenge his family’s name and land.
Why to watch: Flawless direction by Tigmanshu Dhulia and award winning performance by Irfan Khan, should have been India’s entry to the Oscar awards.
Summary: A jobless guy turns a sperm donor for Doctor running a fertility clinic. Watch how the luck changes for both the Doctor and the sperm donor in this hilarious comedy based in the city of Delhi.
Why to watch: Amazing performances by Annu Kapoor and newcomer Ayushmann Khurana.
Summary: Sardar Khan (played by Manoj Bajpai) seeks revenge from his closest enemy Ramadhir Singh (played by Tigmanshu Dhulia), a vicious politician and chief of a large coal mafia based in the coal capital of India, Dhanbad. The movie delves into the minds of both the protagonists and the constant tug of war for power and control between them.
Why to watch: A powerful masterpiece by Anurag Kashyap with equally powerful performances by Manoj Bajpai & Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Detailed review at this link
Summary: Salman Khan returns as the lovable super cop Chulbul Pandey to fight crime in the second part of the original hit Dabangg2.
Why to watch: Salman Khan is the only reason to watch this movie. Detailed review at this link
Summary: The story of a man who does not believe in superstition and religious fanatics, challenges GOD when his business is destroyed in a natural disaster.
Why to watch: The movie is a must watch as it delivers an important message “To love GOD and not to fear him”, Paresh Rawal as Kanji Bhai who challenges GOD effectively delivers the message through an impactful performance.
Summary: A pregnant woman’s quest takes her from London to Kolkatta in search of her missing husband, who everyone she asks deny having ever met him. What unfolds is a riveting and exciting climax.
Why to watch: An engaging plot with excellent direction from Sujoy Ghosh and a convincing performance by Vidya Balan as a pregnant wife. Indian cinema finally has a woman of substance and not just a good looking prop …… Vidya Balan single-handily takes you through an amazing roller coaster of a story with equally riveting characters to complement her role.
Summary: The story of an invincible secret agent with RAW which deals with the pros & cons of a secret agent falling in love and the constant struggle between the heart and mind. The characterization of the secret agent Tiger has been tailor-made to suit Salman Khan’s personality and sense of humour.
Why to watch: An out ‘n’ out Salman Khan Movie, Ek Tha Tiger is a heavy-duty masala entertainer, which is high on machismo & romance. Salman is Salman and you either like him or you don’t. Detailed review at this link