The Most Notable Movies of 2013
Today is the last Filmy Friday of 2013. We couldn’t find a more apt time to throw light on the big Bollywood movie releases of the year that we lapped up with our hearts. Celebrating a hundred years of Indian cinema, this year saw movies that depicted the joyful bumpy rides of life on celluloid. Hence without much hype, let’s get talking about the best of 2013 at the movies.
This movie made all of us ask one important question. Why doesn’t Akshay Kumar star in more movies like this? Yet another thriller coming from director Neeraj Pandey of “A Wednesday” fame, Special 26 had all the right ingredients of an entertainer. Most of us felt that the movie could have done without the love track. With exceptional performances from its ensemble cast and a storyline that would keep you glued towards the end, Special 26 makes us restore our faith in Akshay Kumar, the actor.
Kai Po Che
Based loosely on author Chetan Bhagat’s The Three Mistakes of My Life, Kai Po Che is a tale of how the friendship between three young men is tested through the various obstacles that life puts forth before them. Once again the soundtrack by Amit Trivedi is worth listening to. The song Maanjha is an emotion that most of us can relate to as youngsters. Not to forget, the movie gave us another heartthrob in Sushant Singh Rajput. What a successful transition from the small screen to the big one.
We hopeless romantics are suckers for such movies. But it’s not the only reason why this movie fared well. A soundtrack for all moods and a bankable leading pair made this underdog rise above the rest. Even as I pen this, my instinct urges me to play the soundtrack on loop. Ironically, this movie was not even reviewed by one of the critics whose reviews I follow on a regular basis.
Go Goa Gone
Touted as India’s first zomcom, Go Goa Gone was much appreciated for the brilliant camaraderie between the leads especially Veer Das and Kunal Khemu. Not to forget the blonde Russian-Indian mafiosi played by a certain Mr. Saif Ali Khan who “keels dead peepul”. Someone should probably “keel” his hair stylist firstly. Frankly we had brushed the movie aside thinking it was another wannabe inspiration from the West. But boy, were we really surprised eventually.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Ever since the existence of Karan Johar and his kind, we’ve been fed enough on big, fat Indian weddings, designer wear and the protagonists being mostly Punjabi. So what made YJHD stand out and rake in the money? The answer is the music and the comeback of the once off-screen lovers on screen. Your parties and weddings would now be incomplete if your playlist does not comprise of songs from YJHD. Also, the lead pair only makes us wish they could come back soon together off screen. Don’t miss the vibrant friendship between Ranbir, Aditya and Kalki which is so relevant that it left some us teary-eyed.
A movie that showed us that an actor can win our hearts without good looks and a toned body. A National Award winning actor, Dhanush strikes a chord as Kundan who relentlessly pursues love and acceptance from his childhood sweetheart only to be dejected time and again. Another winning musical score from A.R.Rahman, Raanjhanaa is a colourful depiction of love amidst religion and politics of small-town lives. We finally came across a movie which made Sonam Kapoor act. Or probably she tried convincing us that she is more than just brands and labels.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Usually biopics and stories of the past don’t interest audiences. But we have always fallen prey to good movies based on sports. Proof: Lagaan and Chak De India. Even though the reviews were mixed, a dedicated performance by Farhan Akhtar drew the crowds and made us know more about the former sprinter, Milkha Singh. That the movie was made tax-free only goes to show why it is a must-watch for every Indian.
After his menacing act as Rauf Lala in 2012′s Agneepath, Rishi Kapoor once again bowled us over by playing India’s most wanted terrorist in D-Day. We absolutely loved his look with the rose-tinted glasses and pencil moustache. Supported well by Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal and Huma Qureshi, D-Day was the sleeper hit of 2013.
Set against the backdrop of the political tensions between India and Sri Lanka, Madras Cafe was the much needed relief from the 100 crore potboilers. Coming from the same director who made the laughter riot Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe not only strengthened John Abraham as a producer but also as an actor. Even Nargis Fakhri shone as a Brit scribe and proved that if foreign imports are offered roles closer to what they are, they can do a decent job.
Set in the grime of Maximum City, The Lunchbox is an ordinary story wrapped in an extra-ordinary package. It is a beautiful reminder of how the way to the heart is through the stomach. Having garnered applause across international film festivals, the movie lost the Oscars race to the Gujarati movie, The Good Road. Nevertheless the movie is a cinematic genius.
With 2013 ending, 2014 already looks promising within the trailers of a few upcoming movies. Tweet to us @get_inonit or to @ArticulativeMe and tell us about the big release you are looking forward to in 2014.