2015 had a range of really good, really bad, and well… not so sure if it was good or bad. Even public reviews have been mixed and this year has been a hit or miss.
This year I got the chance to see a handful of Hindi films, but not all. So please be sure to know I wasn’t able to catch my eye on every screen this year, but from the films I did see, these happen to be my top 10 favorite films of the year! And I have chosen the following top 10 by evaluating my film reviews from this year, selecting films I rated between five and three-and-half stars. Not every five star film has made it to this list!
1. Tanu Weds Manu Returns | 5 Stars
Sequels in Bollywood are typically not so successful… but with Anand L. Rai proved us wrong this year by bringing back the crazy Punjabi-Haryanvi chaos! There’s no doubt this Kangana Ranaut comedy-drama film won all hearts this year. From Bano tera swager, laage sexy to her double role as Kusum. And of course R. Madhavan’s divine acting as a confused husband who has been dumped by his infamous wife Tanuja Trivedi.
If you still have not seen this film, you must catch your eyes on this one because it is our all time favorite film of the year!
2. Piku | 5 Stars
Director Shoojit Sircar has taken the topic of ‘constipation’ and has made a worldwide hit film with it! And it’s not just because it has actors Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, and Irfan Khan, but the fact this film was made so well that the actors had the chance to display their talents. The light hearted film with a simple message had me laughing non-stop and being able to relate to it on all levels. The music of the film is also pretty catchy to the ears too!
3. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy | 5 Stars
This crime-thriller film directed by Dibakar Banerjee had to be this years first successful film after the first three months of unsatisfying cinema. I’ve already seen this film four times this year and I love it each and every time. The set-design, costumes, dialogues, and story were just WOW! You are at edge throughout this film and you cannot wait too see what Detective Byomkesh aka Sushant Singh Rajput will do next!
4. Baahubali: The Beginning | Not Rated or Reviewed
If I were to review the film, I’d give it 4 Stars.
I didn’t get to see Baahubali till it’s third week after being released. In fact the first time I saw it, I saw it in Telegu. And even though I do not understand the language, and had subtitles to guide me, I still was in complete awe while watching this film. I just had the chance recently to see it again in Hindi and the magic wasn’t any different. Prabhas as Baahubali and Rana as Bhallala was immensely amazing to see. S.S. Rajamouli presented the historical fiction film with such impact, it was like watching a Bollywood version of 300!
5. Bajirao Mastani | 5 Stars
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali epic historical film was impeccable and magnifying. Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, and Priyanka Chopra were magical to watch. The music brought goosebumps to my skin. The sets, costumes, and visual aspect created so much power within the film. And the dialogues were remarkable! Those who are refusing this film due to it not following history have made a good point, but I believe the film is based of incidents from the novel Raau by Nagnath S. Inamda. In addition it has been said by Ranveer and Deepika that they have selected incidents of the historic time and created a cinematic version of it. This of course was all through the eyes of the director and how he wanted to portray the film.
6. Bajrangi Bhaijaan | 5 Stars
An extraordinary film by Kabir Khan starring Salman Khan, Nawazudin Siddiqui and debut child actress Harshaali Malhotra. The journey we as the audience are taken on through this film is simply beautiful. It leaves a smile on your face when you walk out and you just feel good. Salman has out done himself as an actor by bringing a comical feel with a cause. Every dialogue, every scene, and every moment of the film has a cause and meaning behind it. This outstanding film deserves praise, awards and a standing ovation!
7. Tamasha | 5 Stars
Okay before you jump down my throat, I personally loved this film on all levels and I may even be the only one who feels this way. Tamasha is an artistic-theatrical film. It conveys all sorts of emotions only very few people may be able to relate to and it’s very real on all levels. I have found myself trying to explain to people that the only type of people who really like this film are filmmakers and artists. It’s almost like this film was made for every person who ever aspires to become an artist in their lives. Imtiaz Ali executed something I have always wanted to show myself as a future director and having stars like Ranbir-Deepika play the roles of Ved and Tara was an excellent choice. The music by A.R. Rahman is a non-stop play for me this year!
8. ABCD 2 | 4 Stars
Another successful squeal of the year! Part 2 of ABCD was grander and better! Of course having divine young actors like Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor was pleasant to see on-screen. The film directed by infamous choreographer Remo D’souza won all hearts with this dance film. He has the knack to capture all forms while telling a story. My favorite track from this film is Sun Saathiya!
9. Drishyam | 5 Stars
The Malyalam remake directed by Nishant Kamat is an eye catching crime-thriller film! The film had a couple leads: Ajay Devgan, Tabu, Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta, Mrunal Jadhavand where each one of these actors created a large impact in the film. The story was strong and so were the dialogues. And what was so appealing to me by the end of the film was that B-town is being able to present such films like Drishyam.
10. NH10 | Not Rated or Reviewed
If I were to review the film, I’d give it 3.5 Stars.
Again another film I didn’t get to see until way after its initial release. I had trouble watching this film honestly as it was brutal and gruesome, but very real too. The film which is produced by 7 people, one of the being Anushka Sharma who also plays the lead role in this film as Meera. The actress as given such a divine performance alongside Neil Bhoopalam. NH10 tells the story of a young couple whose road trip goes awry after an encounter with a group of violent criminals. This sounds very minimal, but the way every detail of this film is presented may have you covering your face at times and cringing inside as well.
Which is your favorite film from this year?