2015 has been a year of “Content-backed” Cinema. This year Bollywood presented an ensemble of unique stories to its viewers. Movies like Roy, Bombay Velvet, Katti Batti, Shaandar & Shamitabh failed to stir the audience despite their original concept & heavyweight Star-cast; on the other hand Films like Baby, Dum Laga Ke Haisha & NH10 were impressive on the grounds of their authentic screenplays. Even the dubbed Epic-Adventure Baahubali:The beginning was a surprise packet with the public eagerly awaiting its sequel next year. The stock of typical Bollywood masala features like Dilwaale, Jazbaa, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Hero, Drishyam & ABCD 2 was successful as well, while Tevar, Phantom, Mr. X, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, Brothers & Gabbar is Back flopped.
Zoya Akhtar’s Multiple-starrer Dil Dhadakne Do was modernistic with Anil Kapoor & Ranveer Singh’s superior endowments as actors coupled with Priyanka Chopra & Anushka Sharma proving their forte once again. Off-beat Movies like Masaan [a winner at Cannes], Titli, Margarita with a Straw, Manjhi-The Mountain Man, Hunterr were able to draw selected audiences to the theatres & gained acclaim worldwide; Talvar proved to be a minor-miracle because of its sharp narration & received appreciation. The “low-budget” [B-grade] movies like Pyar Ka Punchnama 2, Welcome Back & Hate Story 3 fared well at the Box-Office owing to their content for the target audience.
2015 can be termed as “The” year of Female-Power show- The beginning of the “She-roine” era, with Kangana Ranaut & Deepika Padukone rising to the epitome of Show-biz. Datto[Kusum]/Tanu became the “ChulBul Pandey” for contemporary women. The standards of Acting as a craft were elevated by this “Natural-Born actor” Kangana Ranaut. Mastaani/Piku/Tara mesmerised the nation whilst matching her natural beauty with sheer talent [also inspiring those who deal with domestic “Gastric issues”]. Priyanka Chopra’s flawless portrayal of “Kashibai” won her accolades as she did not falter in presenting the Pride & Prestige of the historical figure. Anushka Sharma’s elegance & confidence in front of the camera was evident in NH10 & DDD and Kajol gathered more whistles than others for her comeback. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan could never escape one’s memories & her Jazbaa rejuvenated the demands for her return to silver-screen. And last but not the least the year gave us an A-typical debutante Bhumi Pednekar[DLKH] who gave us a glimpse into an ordinary over-weight woman’s life.
Coming to the show-stealers, Varun Dhawan provided a new definition to the word revenge & vendetta this year with Badlapur. His eagerness/zeal to reach the top was manifested after he played a man “double” his age waiting to avenge his loss. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, with his peculiar body-language & personality provided a niche to the “supporting actor” category; he displayed the dark/hateful side of a cunning man in Badlapur & the innocence of a rural journalist in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, giving us tears in the end. He showed us the heroics of an old man who cut a mountain out of love for his wife in Manjhi. Ayushman Khurana deserves more than a trophy for his role in DLKH for he revised the 90s Kumar Sanu period; playing a young failure of a man who ricochets b/w his overbearing father & his bothersome pals and dreams of a pretty bride for himself. Akshay Kumar gave an incredible performance after a long time in Baby proving yet again that the Khiladi can be a good actor once given a good role minus the monkey tactics. Our nations Pride- Amitabh Bachchan did not leave a stone unturned to prove his Stature in Piku & Shamitabh. He was grumpy & cantankerous as a Bengali father who surrounded his daughter with ample melodrama; he was arrogant & mean as a failed actor who cannot rise from obscurity. Ranveer Singh left us spell bound with his method acting as Bajirao & transported us in a historical era with his stupendous acting skills. He was the only breathing factor in the otherwise over-crowded DDD where he played subdued & idle. Ranbir Kapoor emerged as a winner with Tamaasha. His Astonishing work revived the constant tireless voice which resides in our head, reminding us to rebel against the rules laid by the world. The credits are incomplete without mentioning Salman Khan who delivered an outstanding performance as Bajrangi Bhaijaan, where he maintained his innocent personality throughout the movie. He has not been considered as a great actor but this particular role reminded us of the adorable Samir & Prem from the past. Alas! ShahRukh Khan & his original/individual appeal fell between the cracks created by the buffoonery of everyone around him in Dilwaale.
2015 gave us good & bad-big & small films. Movies that made us fall in love with the art of Cinema all over again. It revised our passion for Bollywood & its Stars. According to me, the “Best 10 Entertaining Movies” of 2015 are:
1. Bajirao Mastani
2. Tanu Weds Manu Returns
3. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
6. Dum Lagga Ke Haisha
9. Dil Dhadakne Do