As the year 2015 comes winding to a close, we look back at what the film makers were doing throughout India. The year 2015 was an important year for Indian cinema as it showed a shift of Indian Viewer from ‘Masala’ blockbuster-commercial Cinema to Indie and parallel Cinema.
So let us start with our list.
- Talvar : A courageous and haunting movie revolving around the murder of a 14 year old girl and domestic help. The movie revolves around real life murder case which happened in 2008. Irffan Khan acts well again and the storyline and direction propels the story forward.
10. Dum Laga Ke Haisha
The Movie is a feel good heart warming romantic movie which tackles various social issues involving patriarchal society and arrange marriage. The movie propels itself along the shoulders of Ayushman Khuranna and debutante Bhumi Phednekar. And they deliver with a hidden strange passion.
9.Manjhi – The Mountain Man
Brilliant actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui does it again in Manjhi. A movie involving a man who carves out a path from a mountain who took his wife’s life. He digs continuously for 22 years, and succeeds. The real story has powerful emotions at its core and Nawazuddin grasps it with both hands.
A crime Drama starring Anushka Sharma revolving around the treacherous and dangerous paths of NH10 road which passes through rural deserted areas where dangers lie at every turn and u-bend. Probably Anushka’s best acting till date, she outshines all by turning ‘Avenging Denzel’ and taking revenge for her husband’s death against the hoodlums.
Neeraj Pandey’s Thriller stars Akshay Kumar in his action ‘khiladi’ avatar. Baby is filled with non stop action ride through out the run time. As the clock ticks by you will grip the edges of seats in this thriller. Akshay Kumar plays a highly patriotic Secret Intelligence officer of a secret division called Baby and they tackle a possible and imminent terrorist threat.
Kabir Khan does it again. After making commercial and critically acclaimed movies like New York and Ek Tha Tiger, he directs a heart warming tale of a man with a benevolent, big-hearted spirit who tries to take a young Pakistani mute girl back to her parents. The movie will make you cry and laugh with little angel Harshaali Malhotra and you would also want to nod your head while keeping your hand up and palm out. Nawazuddin Siddiqui makes an appearance again in the list. But the acting of Salman Khan outshines all, he makes his return after some bad movies in a big way.
Directed by Sriram Raghavan and starring Varun Dhawan and (surprise surprise) Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Badlapur is a pure revenge movie where the protagonist tries to avenge his family’s death. In his third appearance on this list Nawazuddin Siddiqui again is brilliant and scary at the same time. A story about Man turning into animal, story grips the viewer and rest of the cast acts well along with Varun and Nawazuddin.
4.Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Quirky Tanu and humane Manu are back and this time they are funnier and better. The sequel of 2011 Drama Tanu Weds Manu holds strong independently too and is the surprise of the year. The Rom-Com held a decent strong acting from almost all the cast, with special funny bursts from Deepak Dobriyal (pappi) and Jimmy Shergil. Madhawan is good in the movie too.
But the showstopper and the one who steals the show is Kangana Ranaut, in probably one of the best double roles in the cinema history. Her acting is so brilliant that you will have trouble believing that Tanu and Kusum are portrayed by same actors. She will surely add up her Award collections this year.
Though this may be a remake of a Malayalam Movie but Ajay Devgan and Tabu Starrer Drishyam is one of the best Mystery Thriller i have seen from Bollywood probably in the last decade or so. The story involves a father who tries to save his family from unexpected murder charge of a boy. The less you knwo the better it will be.
While the acting department may not be strong than other movies in top 5, the clever woven story eclipses it. While watching this brilliantly edited and directed movie you will be surely Dumbstruck and jaw opened at various points. One actor Tabu has done justice to her character and she helds on to her character of a mother more than a Police officer.
Director Shoorjit Sircar engineers a beautiful and a comic script into a more beautiful movie starring Deepika padukone, Amitabh Bachan,Irffan Khan and Moushami Chaterjee. The story involves relationship between a father (who has bowel issues) and a daughter living in the well developed regions of capital Delhi and their conflicting ideologies. While over the top this movie looks like a comedy fest and it actually is a comedy fest. the movie involves deeper emotions than any other movie in this list. the clash of old and new between Amitabh and Deepika while may be hilarious to watch gives an important message. They may always keep fighting each other but father and daughter had deep emotional requirement of each other. Irffan Khan adds up to the comic element with funny bengali Amithabh Bachhan .Every character in the movie has a depth which every movie tries to achieve. There is another message in the movie which you might explore by yourself.
The Movie is an emotional rollercoaster ride with excellent humor.
1.Massan-Fly Away Solo
Massan a movie which made us believe that there is still hope with Indian moviegoers. The movie was screened in Cannes Flim festival where it was awarded with Two awards and a five minute standing ovation. Indian Drama movie which was in a way a part of indie cinema reached to common audience and they embraced it with open hands.
The Directorial Debut of Neeraj Ghaywan starring Richa Chaddha, Vicky Kaushal, Sanjay Mishra and Shweta Tripathi is a story of two families revolving around the ghats of Kashi. The Movie itself is a poetic masterpiece and gives a message of an act of letting go. While the movie is not for everyone it has a bold message to give and the movie do this bravely. The act of Inter Caste marriage is shown in a great way.The Movie will haunt you days after you watch it and have an impact. The camera work and direction in Varanasi is brilliant with Richa Chaddha’s acting providing the base to the movie. Whole cast acts brilliantly and the script grips you to the end.
There you have it best Bollywood movies of 2015
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