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The Best Hindi Films of 2015

December 24, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Ever been in a situation when you sit down to make a Top 10 list and, while you breeze through numbers Ten to Six, the real fun starts once you reach number Five? You are unable to decide which one to pick over the other as all five are equally applause-worthy! That is the precise dilemma I ran into when selecting my list of ten best movies of 2015.

And what a year it has been for Bollywood yet again! While Salman Khan cracked the so-called 300-crore club to join Aamir Khan, the last I heard, Shah Rukh Khan was struggling to even make it to 100 Crores at the box-office with his latest release. For me, however, what matters is not how much money a film made but how long it stayed with me after the credits rolled. And based upon that criteria, here is a list of the best ten films that I saw this year….in no particular order. Let me know if any of your favorites made (or didn’t make) the cut too!!


As much pretentious as its story sounded at times, Zoya Akhtar’s Cruising-With-the-Mehras won my heart simply because of the sibling camaraderie wonderfully portrayed on screen by Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh. The two carried the entire film on their shoulders and turned it into an overall entertaining outing for the entire family. Farhan Akhtar’s  short but highly relevant speech on feminism was another highlight of the film.


Not too many people either heard about or even saw this underrated sex-comedy that boasted of witty dialogues and terrific performances by Gulshan Devaiah, Sai Tamhankar and the ever-delightful Radhika Apte. The movie remains focused throughout, seldom losing its track and was one of the best guilty pleasures one could get to watch this year.


Overall I found Talvar to be a bit manipulative, considering the fact that of the three police investigations shown in the film, only one of them had a known actor (Irrfan Khan) playing an investigation officer, thus clearly showing the director Meghna Gulzar’s bias and the team she wanted us all to root for. However, this was an excellent depiction of a clinical investigative process adopted by the law enforcement agencies in India…one that kept me hooked on, despite its obvious twists and turns and a story that still finds a place in the Indian media today, after so many years.


Another case of a performance-based film, where the basic plot somehow got lost amidst excessive violence, gore and shock-quotient. But what still prevented Navdeep Singh’s second directorial venture (after “Manorama Six Feet Under”) from falling apart was a crackling performance by Anushka Sharma. Her remorseless facial expressions towards the end of the film when she wreaks havoc on her wrongdoers was itself worth the price of admission. A brave and gut-wrenching performance that warrants a viewing by all cinemagoers.


Ah, the ultra-sweet, ultra-genuine and ultra-delightful romantic dramedy, which moves you to tears on multiple occasions and you cannot help cheering for every single character in the movie. Varun Grover’s ethereal dialogues, seeped in the rustic small-town language, are worthy of multiple “seetis” and elevate the film to even higher levels. This was THE feel-good movie of the year, with chapters and situations taken straight out of our lives. And the odd pairing of Bhumi PednekarAyushman Khurrana did not disappoint either.


One of the hardest films to watch this year, Titli is a film that stays with you for a long time and you cannot help admiring its bitter sadness and the bleak reality that it introduces us all to, through its five characters. Much has been said about Ranvir Shorey’s performance as the eldest brother of the family but every single actor, despite this being the first film for some of them, shines equally. This is a film for serious moviegoers and has a plot that simply sucks you in…one that has to be seen to be believed.


Aww come on!! How could one criticize the discussions about Amitabh Bachchan’s bowel movements and not take any notice of the absolute simplicity of the story, the mesmerizing music, the wonderful camerawork, the superb ensemble acting and the stunning performance by the inimitable Deepika Padukone? Piku was a pure delight to watch once…and then again…and again throughout the year. Yet another memorable directorial effort by Shoojit Sircar.


Few films force me to introspect. And Imtiaz Ali’s underappreciated and often misunderstood Tamasha was one of them this year. Imtiaz is now officially one of my favorite directors and while his thoughts may sometime confuse us as an audience, the journeys that he takes us on, through his characters, are what great films are all about. In addition, when one has Irshad Kamil to give lyrics to your thoughts, the magical AR Rahman to add melody to them, the impeccable Ranbir Kapoor as your lead actor and that seriously outstanding Deepika Padukone as your lead actress, the end product can be expected to be nothing short of memorable.


If Tamasha forced me to think, Badlapur disturbed me the most this year. A raw, brutal, unflinchingly violent and yet poetic film about loss of loved ones, revenge and remorse, Sriram Raghavan’s adaptation of Massimo Carlotto’s original story blew my mind when it first came out back in February. And I still haven’t stopped thinking about it since. It is hard to say who gave a better performance out of the two – Varun Dhawan or Nawazuddin Siddiqui. But the pain and anguish brought out by both characters made this film a mesmerizing and yet harrowing watch. Truly one of the very best of the year.


And finally we have a gem called Masaan, with a simplistic story that restores your faith in life and the true meaning of love, despite the trials and tribulations that every one of us has to go through. This beautiful film was filmed primarily in Banaras and introduces us to some genuinely heartwarming and yet true-to-life characters from one of the rather smaller but fairly significant towns of India. A film that one wishes never ends and which engulfs you with its bitterly harsh yet genuinely moving setting, Masaan was hands down the Best Film of the Year and an absolute must-see for everyone. Thank you, Varun Grover (once again!) and Neeraj Ghaywan for a genuinely unforgettable experience!

(Honorable mentions go to Salman Khan’s BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, Akshay Kumar’s BABY, Kalki Koechlin’s MARGARITA WITH A STRAW and Sushant Singh’s DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY, which tried hard but couldn’t quite make it to my final list.)

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