BOLLYWOOD 2014 – RECAP

2014 has come to an end and time to choose good and bad of Bollywood. Films wise handful of quality films and too many disappointing films this year. Performance wise women dominated this year. Music wise it was like always many with chart-buster singes and few very good albums.


 Best Music Albums

  1. Queen – Amit Trivedic magical compositons
  2. 2 States – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy gave perfect North-South blend in this one
  3. Highway – The legend A.R.Rahman cannot be missed
  4. Gunday – Sohail Sen effort’s surprised everyone
  5. Ek Villain – Mohit Suri’s brilliant choice for music
  6. Kill Dil – Again Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s beautiful compositions
  7. Dedh Ishqiya – Vishal Bhardwaj’s mesmerizing melodies
  8. Haider – Again Vishal Bhardwaj’s brilliant music sense
  9. Hasee Toh Phasee– Vishal-Shekhar’s regular stuff
  10. Happy New Year – Typical Bollywood music with one track in each genre

Impressive Debuts (Male and Female)

  1. Tahir Raj Hussain (Mardaani) – Supporting role with limited screen space yet an impressive debut
  2. Patralekha (Citylights) – Best in the lot
  3. Girish Kulkarni (Ugly) – Power packed performance, time to prove himself in Bollywood
  4. Sharib Hashmi (Filmistaan) – Loaded with talent
  5. Monali Thakur (Lakshmi) – Beautiful and Bold performance
  6. Darshan Kumaar (Mary Kom) – Perfect for character roles
  7. Tara Alisha Berry (Mastram) – Show stealer
  8. Fawhad Khan (Khoobsurat) – Very handsome and decent performer
  9. Kriti Sanon (Heropanti) – Pretty and very promising
  10. Tiger Shroff (Heropanti) – Good dance and action but looked promising as an actor

Disappointing Fares
There were many in this list but the ones which were highly disappointing are…

  1. Humshakals – Sajid Khan continued his torture with this one
  2. Kill Dil – Didn’t look like this one was made by the director of Saathiya and Bunty Aur Babli
  3. Bang Bang – All style and no substance, even Hrithik-Katrina could not save this one
  4. Gulaab Gang – Juhi Chawla was the saving grace but could not save from entering this list
  5. Revolver Rani – Kangana failed this time even after giving a stunning performance
  6. Jai Ho – It was all Sohail Khan’s mistake
  7. Hasee Toh Phasee– Parineeti Chopra’s outstanding performance gone waste because of the entire film
  8. Dawaat-e-Ishq – Perfect example of wrong marketing, that’s why here
  9. Bewakoofiyaan – This one was neither time pass nor one time watch but a complete bore
  10. Ragini MMS 2 – Nor Baby Doll nor Sunny Leone could entertain audience

Unnoticed Films  
These are those beautiful films which went unnoticed due to their bad luck but actually deserved to watched by many. Hopefully they are viewed on TV or DVD.

  1. Sulemaani Keeda– Genuine attempt by newcomers about struggle to make it big in Bollywood
  2. Happy Ending – It had every single element of  good film, but bad luck and nothing else
  3. Rang Rasiya – Deserved to be viewed by a greater audience, good example of bad destiny at Box Office
  4. Mastram – Good concept but lack of star value kept its audience limited
  5. Jal – Reached Oscars race but unfortunately could not reach to a wider audience

Small Films Big Surprises
Small in terms of budget or cast but big in terms of content and few also at Box Office.
  1. Ankhon Dekhi – Kudos to Rajat Kapoor for this one
  2. Lakshmi – Nagesh Kukunoor and Monali Thakur deserve all the appreciation for this one
  3. Mardaani – Small because it was from YRF and Rani-Pradeep Sarkar made it big with their hard work
  4. Filmistaan – Nitin Kakkar’s genuine efforts and the brilliant performances makes this film special
  5. Hawa Hawaai – Regular Amol Gupte fare
Pure Entertainers
These are those films were simply entertaining irrespective of their story or anything else. The audience was entertained when they came out of theatres and also made good money at Box Office.
  1. Gunday – Perfect casting, great music and all elements of typical Bollywood commercial film
  2. Singham Returns – Deadly combination of Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty
  3. Kick – Salman Khan all the way but Nawazuddin and Randeep were the show stealer
  4. Happy New Year – Farah Khan’s typical mishmash of other Bollywood films
  5. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania – Film by youngster with youngster for the youngsters
  6. Khoobsurat – True to it’s title; short, sweet and simple film
  7. Holiday – A.R Murgadosses typical Tamil remake
  8. Heropanti – Surprised everyone by entertaining after not so great trailer
  9. Ek Villain – Mohit Suri’s typical musical entertainer
Best Male Performers

Irrespective of main lead or supporting role, these are those men who left a lasting impression of their work.
  1. Shahid Kapoor (Haider) – Back in the league of great actors
  2. Aamir Khan (PK) – His best performance till date
  3. Rajkummar Rao (Citylights) – One more proof of him being a stunning performer
  4. Randeep Hooda (Highway and Rang Rasiya) – Gradually his work is getting noticed
  5. Nawazuddin Siddhiqui (Kick) – He shines in whatever role he plays
  6. Sanjay Mishra (Ankhon Dekhi) – Perfect example of a true actor
  7. Vineet Kumar Singh (Ugly) – This man needs much more films for audience to notice him
  8. Naseeruddin Shah (Finding Fanny and Dedh Ishqiya) – Greatness personified
  9. Pankaj Kapur (Finding Fanny) – Impresses in anything he does on screen
  10. Riteish Deshmukh (Ek Villain) – Beautiful change from a comedian to a villain
Best Female Performers

This year was female dominated. Irrespective of main lead or supporting role, these are those women who left a lasting impression of their work.
  1. Kangana Ranaut (Queen) – Became the queen of industry
  2. Tabu (Haider) – Needless to say, there are actresses and there is Tabu
  3. Alia Bhatt (Highway and 2 States) – An actress to lookout for in coming many years
  4. Rani Mukerji (Mardaani) – Power-packed performance; should do more such roles
  5. Priyanka Chopra (Mary Kom) – The best thing in the film was her
  6. Juhi Chawla (Gulab Gang) – Was the saving grace of the film
  7. Deepika Padukone (Finding Fanny and Happy New Year) – Continues to increase her fan following
  8. Parineeti Chopra (Hasee Toh Phasee) – The only good thing in the film was her performance
  9. Vidya Balan (Bobby Jasoos) – One more brilliant performance to her existing long list of the same
  10. Nandana Sen (Rang Rasiya) – Surprise package in true sense
Best Films 
Finally the Best Films of 2014
  1. Queen – Undoubtedly this will top everyone’s list this year. Film that stayed long with the audience
  2. Haider – Vishal Bhardwaj’s vision for Shakespeare’s Hamlet and performance; brilliant combination
  3. Citylights – Hansal Mehta and his wonderful storytelling
  4. Dedh Ishqiya – Great ensemble and direction made this film stand out from others
  5. PK – Rajkumar Hirani; this says everything about the film
  6. Mardaani – Unexpected fare from Yash Raj Films, Rani took this film to a different level
  7. Ugly – Anurag Kashyap’s out of this world style of film-making
  8. Highway – Imtiaz Ali, stunning locations and brilliant Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt
  9. 2 States – Beautiful transformation of a book into film, taught quite a few thing to its target audience
  10. Finding Fanny – This one is one of its kind and Bollywood does not see such films regularly


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