2015 – RECAP


Since the year has come to an end with no more releases, time to look back at the films that thoroughly entertained us, tested our patience, made us laugh, cry, angry etc. Here are some good films, bad films, best performances, best melodies, impressive debuts etc.

BEST MARATHI FILMS
KATYAR KALJAT GHUSLI: This Subodh Bhave musical fare took everyone by surprise with its top notch music, brilliant performances, stunning production design, engaging background score and most importantly a solid story with a beautiful lesson.
RAJWADE AND SONS : Film that all of us could relate to at any given point of time in our life. Brilliant take on generation gaps and exceptionally performed by every single actor.
DOUBLE SEAT : Sweetest film of the year. Soothing music, simple story and outstanding performances made this one a must watch.
HIGHWAY : Not many will agree with this one but I found this one to be the flawless film of the year. Kulkarni brothers just killed it with this one.
COURT : Despite being the official selection for Oscars not many liked this film. But its out of the box execution and most realistic performances took me by surprise. A niche film, I would say. 
Other Marathi films that I really liked this year were; Classmates, Killa, Bioscope, Deool Band, and Tu Hi Re.
BEST ALBUMS:
ROY : Bunch of talented, relatively new composers made this album with one dance number and the remaining were just soft tracks. This has to top the list of every Bollywood music lover.
DUM LAGA KE HAISHA : Anu Malik took us back in 90’s with this one keeping the album very contemporary. Favorite of 90’s kids.
TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS : A complete music package. Dance numbers, soft romantic numbers, sad song; this album had everything.
TAMASHA : There is no chance that Rahman gives music to Bollywood film and it won’t top the charts. Its Rahman; needs no explanation, how good was the album.
BAJIRAO MASTANI : Bhansali just proves that he is as good a music composer as a director. Music was apt to the film, it had something that everyone will like. 

Other music albums that I thoroughly enjoyed were Dil Dhadakne Do, Hamari Adhuri Kahaani, Brothers and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

IMPRESSIVE DEBUTS (MALE/FEMALE):

AKSHARA HAASAN in SHAMITABH : Innocent and sweet but very strong in the film. Long way to go provided she selects right films.
BHUMI PEDNEKAR in DUM LAGA KE HAISHA : Best part of the film. Looking at her dedication and performance in this one nothing is going to stop her in becoming the next best actor.
OMKAR KAPOOR in PYAR KA PUNCHNAMA 2 : He surprised everyone with his good looks, great body and believable performance. Has a long way to go provided luck supports him. 
Special mention to impressive debuts of the year; Harshali Malhotra in Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Karan Johar in Bombay Velvet. Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty were decent in Hero, but little more hard work to become good performers.
DISAPPOINTING/ WORSE FILMS:
ALL IS WELL : Unbearable. Not expected from someone who made Oh My God. This one had bad story, poor performances and was hardly entertaining.
WELCOME BACK : This was suppose to be a bad film so not surprised that it turned out to be so bad. Anees Bazmee should quit making films.
KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON : Audiences were cheated by portraying the film as a comedy. It turned out to be the most illogical and torturous film.
SINGH IS BLIING : Its okay to do one bad film a year Akshay Kumar. This one was not worth your time and money. Can’t help; what can you expect from Prabhudeva after Action Jackson.
WEDDING PULLAV : The film bores you the moment opening credits end. One needs talent to make such a bad film. Any adjective that describes worst won’t be suitable for this one.
The other films that deserved to be in this list are; Shaandaar and Dilwale. Shaandaar was very disappointing whereas Dilwale was just worst. These were just the few known ones, else the list would have been never ending.
UNDERRATED FILMS:
ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES : The fault of this film was that it was an indie film and had very few known faces. This one is a must must watch.
TITLI : Even YRF coming on board could not help Titli. Being very different film in family genre makes it a must watch. Very bold and daring.
MANJHI – THE MOUNTAIN MAN : Piracy killed the audiences of the film. Nawazuddin was the Midas of this film. But unfortunately people failed to recognize this gold.
RAHASYA : Perfect example of content is king. Rahasya had only character actors but a gripping story made this one worth a watch.
SHAMITABH : Unfortunately Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush could not pull audience to theaters. This film needs to be seen for its uniqueness and Balki’s idea.
Other underrated film of the year would be; Guddu Rangeela, Margharita With A Straw, Gour Hari Dastaan and Masaan.
BEST MALE PERFORMANCES:
RANVEER SINGH in BAJIRAO MASTANI and DIL DHADAKNE DO : No words to describe his performance in Bajirao Mastani, calling it flawless also seemed like an understatement. Dil Dhadakne Do was like a breeze for him in which he killed it.
RANBIR KAPOOR in TAMASHA : Benchmark performance of his career. If this was the ultimate then what better than this was Ranbir’s question to the audience.
AYUSHMANN KHURANNA in DUM LAGA KE HAISHA : Too much of hard work resulted in this dedicated and outstanding performance. Ayushmann was perfect to the T in this one.
NAWAZUDDIN SIDDHIQUI in MANJHI-THE MOUNTAIN MAN and BADLAPUR : There is no role on this planet that Nawazuddin cannot do. Manjhi – The Mountain Man and Badlapur are his best performances of the year.
VARUN DHAWAN in BADLAPUR : Considering his image and his previous films Badlapur was Varun’s best work till date. Proved his versatility with this one.

2015 had many brilliant performances from the men. The others whom I liked were; Irrfan Khan in Talvar, Piku; R.Madhavan in Tanu Weds Manu Returns; Ajay Devgn in Drishyam; Vinay Pathak in Gour Hari Dastaan; Akshay Kumar in Baby; Amitabh Bachchan in Shamitabh, Piku; Randeep Hooda in Main Aur Charles and Dhanush in Shamitabh.

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCES:
KANGANA RANAUT in TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS : Her double role was loved by the audience. Surely the strongest contender at awards season this year.
PRIYANKA CHOPRA in BAJIRAO MASTANI and DIL DHADAKNE DO : Her act in Bajirao Mastani was her best work till date. Being the second lead she overshadowed the entire star cast with her superb performance. In Dil Dhadakne Do she made her presence felt in the great ensemble.
DEEPIKA PADUKONE in PIKU, TAMASHA and BAJIRAO MASTANI : Stunned everyone in Piku with such a strong performance opposite Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan. Was no less then outstanding Ranbir in Tamasha. She matched him in every single scene. All thanks to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for her performance in Bajirao Mastani.
ANUSHKA SHARMA in NH 10 and DIL DHADAKNE DO : Bold, brave and beautiful performance in NH 10. Created a great impact in limited time in Dil Dhadakne Do. She was great in bits and parts in Bombay Velvet.
RICHA CHADHA in MASAAN : Films like Masan are Richa Chadha’s forte so it will be surprising if she under performs in such films. Her performance was the strongest point of the film. Great character and she made it greater by playing it so strongly.
Other stunning performances of the year would be Shefali Shah in Dil Dhadakne Do, Brothers; Tabu in Drishyam; Kalki Koechlin in Margharita With a Straw; Tisca Chopra in Rahasya and Vidya Balan in Hamari Adhuri Kahani.
BEST FILMS:
DUM LAGA KE HAISHA : My most favorite film of 2015. The film kept the smile on my face intact for the longest time. Film that will always be remembered and the one that made me go to the theater again and again.
TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS : Anand Rai is on a different tangent. Weak story supported by brilliant performances and outstanding songs made this one thoroughly enjoyable. Most entertaining film of the year.
TALVAR : I would say Meghna Gulzar gave an altogether different meaning to film making. Flawless and realistic approach. Detailed research and stunning performances made this film one of the best of the year.
BAJIRAO MASTANI : Bhansali’s dream project. Bajirao Mastani may have had some flaws in it but its strong points like performances, music, production design etc definitely makes this as one of the best of the year.
BABY : Neeraj Pandey never makes a film that won’t be one of the best of the year. Baby was the edge of the seat thriller which entertained you to the core without any songs. Gripping story and Neeraj Pandey’s direction brought Baby to this list.

Other films that I loved in 2015 were;Tamasha, Badlapur, NH 10, Drishyam, Dil Dhadakne Do, Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 and Piku.

That’s all for 2015. Year was a mixed bag like always. Irrespective of Box Office performances films like Singh Is Bliing, Dilwale and Welcome Back were rejected by audience. Where as small films like Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Talvar and Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 were very well received. In years to come it won’t take much time for the audience to reject the bad films. The taste of India cinema viewers is becoming better with every passing Friday. 

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