Best of Bollywood in 2008

My blog is fast turning into a Movie Blog! One of my new year resolutions will be to write less BC posts. Maybe 1 in two months. Anyways, here I present the list of noteworthy movies of 2008, taking forward the tradition I started last year by providing the readers with the Best of Bollywood in 2007. If you see last year’s list, you will be surprised by the number of low budget movies which have made it to the list this year and the stark variety of movies which Bollywood churned out. 

Also, I must point that this is a very personal list and is not in sync with the box office collection of various movies of 2008. If the movie was a huuuge hit and you don’t find it in the list, then that movie might be in the Average list down below. So, without much ado, here is the (alphabetical) list.

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A Wednesday

Undoubtedly, the best movie which came out in 2008. The underdog which surprised everyone. Least publicized and without any big stars(just the veterans), this movie somehow restored my faith in the floundering standards which Bollywood displays now and then. A hardhitting script and well defined performances were enough to increase the momentum of the mouth of word publicity and making this movie a hit. I still get goosebumps when I remember the outburst of Nasser’s character in the climax.

Aamir

Another small budget movie which worked because of mouth of word publicity. Its an example of the fact that if a movie is good, it will always work. And, yes, it also underlines the fact that you can apply logic to Bollywood movies. Both Aamir and A Wednesday dealt with the issues of the plight of a common man and that was one more reason for their acceptance. My favourite scene will be the one in which Aamir tells the caller that the is a Muslim and a successful doctor, because he wanted to be and he worked hard for it. 

Bachna ae haseeno

Ranbeer Kapoor returned after the Blue Film – Saawariya. Now, don’t be a pervert. You know what I mean! 😛 Again a no expectation movie which worked because of its sweet and naive storyline, beautiful locations, melodious songs and the starcast. This movie reminded me of Jab We Met. I went to see both of them with an expectation that I might have to walk out by interval but they turned out to be something else. 

Dasvidaniya

Rumoured to be inspired from “The Bucket List”, this movie had another one of Vinay Pathak’s from the heart performance. This guy seems to be completely unstoppable. Vinay is definitely one of the best things that could have happened to Bollywood. 

Jaane Tu..Ya jaane na

Another dazzling debut after a long time(and an equally bad follow up, but lets not go into the murky waters). Imran Khan and his loony gang sucked in all the college going crowd who instantly connected with the movie. This movie will also go down in history for the mass hysteria created by the songs. Even my father knew about “Pappu can’t dance saala” and “Kabhi Kabhi Aditi”, which is a great achievement for Abbas Tyrewala. 

Jodha Akbar

A well deserving superhit of this year. Leaving aside the debates on the historical accuracies, the movie was a visual treat. The movie was made with a lot of detailing and love and it showed. The songs were beautiful and Aishwarya looked like a goddess. Hrithik and Ash share a beautiful chemistry and I found the movie very romantic. The song “Khwaja” was absolutely mesmerising. 

Maharathi

Paresh Rawal’s Marathi play which is playing from the past 21 years finally came to the big screen. The second half was a little slow but that’s all right when you get to see Paresh, Nasseruddin Shah and Boman Irani together. A different movie and a must watch.

Mithya

Don revisited but with an offbeat twist. I enjoyed the movie immensely mainly because of the assembled cast and the excellent portrayal of a small time actor by Ranvir Shorey, who is forced to impersonate an underworld don. Another zero expectation movie which turned into a pleasant surprise. Must watch.

Mumbai Meri Jaan

Based on the Mumbai train blasts and its aftermaths, this was one of the most relevant movies last year which stood out because of the performances by the lead actors. A very courageous debut of  Nishikant Kamat as the director who defied all the rules set by the masala movies and this is easily one of the best movie of 2008. A movie which made the audience stand up at the end and clap.

Oye Lucky Lucky Oye

A funky, popcorn flick with a difference. Abhay Deol is fast emerging as the obvious choice for offbeat movies and such roles do suit him. Dibakar Banerjee is a gifted director. His Khosla Ka Ghosla is a movie I have seen n number of times. And what is it with Paresh Rawal? He is rising like a Phoenix. Its high time that the so called mainstream directors understand his talent and give him roles matching his calibre.

Rock On

Another surprise hit! No one was expecting much from this movie but it caught the fancy of the young generation. The songs were instant hits and Magik was lapped up by the audience. I personally liked Prachi’s and Purab’s performances. A believable script and a complete entertaining package.

Average but Hits

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Don’t kill me but I am aware that the movies I am listing below are the biggest hits of 2008, but I found them pretty average partly because of the masala element or stupid scripts or crude performances or some other reasons. This is just my personal opinion.

Rab ne bana di jodi

Negatives – A stupid script, over the top performance by Shahrukh as Raj. Positives – Good initial 30 minutes, Shahrukh as Surinder.

Ghajani

Negatives – A very flawed script, irritating background score. Positives – Asin.

Sarkar Raj

Negatives – Slow pace, wierd camera angles. Positives – Performances.

Dostana

Negatives – John’s butt, stupid script. Positives – Good songs, locations, a few good scenes.

Singh is King

Negatives – Another stupid script, crude comedy. Positives – an okay-ish first half, a few songs.

Race

Negatives – Too many dizzying twists and turns made the movie look like a soap opera. Positives – Songs, locations and some good performances.

p.s. BC means Bollywood Centric. What were you thinking? 😛

p.p.s Lets reduce that two months limit to one. 😛

37 comments on “Best of Bollywood in 2008

  1. I havent seen Mithya yet…will watch it. Saw Maharathi yesterday and liked it.
    Thanks for clearing whats BC….I was thinking something else 😛
    Nice post!

  2. Thanks for the write up. I made a similar list last year for best Bollywood movies of 2007. Iam afraid I cannot make a list this year because, after reading your post, I realize that I didnt watch many Bollywood films this year, including most good ones in your list. But, your list will help me now to catch up with some of them hopefully.

  3. Pretty quick Amit, even before the clock struck one! 🙂 Well I love all the movies you do, but don’t hate all the ones you do! I always postpone my top 10 list till Jan and I think will be doing it then. First I have Lallo’s tag to do!

  4. Amit, I agree with dinu. BAH wasn’t such a sparkling hit. Otherwise the list is great. And I would even rate Mumbai Meri Jaan above A Wednesday because of the difference in realism.

  5. Not just ‘Kwaja’ of Jodha akbar ..Inn lamhon was also one another mesmerizing one
    jodha Akbar,Rock on n Jane tu ya… jane na brought in the best songs of the year

    Ghajini – Positives – Asin. 😀

  6. Nice one and I appriciate u to move those top stars films into average list as they are not coming out of the formula. They are concentrating more on money than variety (may be thery are helpless). I didnt like Mumbai… that much may be because I saw that immediately after Wedenday on the same day. I liked Race very much as it gave me a good number of surprises through out and I never felt bore while watching it. Contrary to it I really got irritated watching Dostana, if there is no Priyanka, I might have stopped watching it with in 15 min 🙂

  7. Rab Ne ..Jodi…whatever shouldn’t even be on the list!!

    Ya your blogs so becoming a movie blog!!
    You can start your own movie site online…..it’ll be better than Rajeev Masand’s show and Chicks on Flicks, I’m sure! 😉

  8. @Rambodoc : Thanks. 🙂 Mogambo khush hua! 😀

    @Reema : Its good. Do watch it!
    And, I know. I cleared it out at the end because of people like you. 😛

    @Dev : Yes, many of the small budget movies were good this year and many of them came in the last two months. It was hard to catch up so fast. 🙂

    @Vishesh : Yup!

    @Dinu, @Trailblazer : Well, I somehow liked Bachana Ae Haseeno, partly because the story was believable. I have seen this happen in real life and somehow could relate with it. Its another story that that guy never realize that he had done something wrong. But those girls…
    Anyways, I think it was a good movie. Entertaining. 🙂

    @Nita : Thankyou. 🙂 I thought it would be appropriate as the last Friday of the year has passed. And, hey! I don’t hate any of the movies. Some of them are just not “that” good. 🙂

    @Trailblazer : Yes, I agree, Mumbai Meri Jaan was more realistic.

    @Allirekha : Yes, that was another beautiful song. Thanks for reminding me. 🙂

    @Vijaya Bharat : When we went to watch Race, we were waiting at the end for something else to happen. There were so many twists and turns that it was crazy! 🙂 And, yes, Dostana was absolutely irritating.

    @Priya : Yes, no movie posts for sometime now. 🙂 One blog is enough right now. Its hard to maintain even this one. 😀

  9. Out of the best movies, Im yet to watch Maharathi and OLLO. Will be doing that this weekend. The rest except JA, JTYJN, and BAH impressed me.

    Out of the worst ones, I liked Dostana and Ghajini. Sometimes we like a movie because of the company and I guess thats how I liked Dostana. Oh god, now dont get me wrong !

    I had a top ten and a Vilm Fair awards (yeah!) for 2007, will be doing that this year too. check them out here :

    http://vimalsparadise.blogspot.com/2008/02/vilm-fair-awards-2007-winners.html

    http://vimalsparadise.blogspot.com/2008/01/top-ten-movies-bolly-kolly.html

    I feel looking at the kind of movies that released in 2007, this year hasnt been bad after all. We had more experimental movies this year, if you ask me.

  10. Well, I too plan to write best 10 movies fo the year. I did write a two part list last year. I have not watched Maharathi and Oye Lucky from your list. I haven’t watched Dasvaidaniya, but I have watched teh original, The Bucket List.

    And also I am partial to Ghajini, I would not put it in the list of avergaes. 🙂

  11. Had i made any such list then 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th & 8th would surely be there and as had said previously i had loved Dostana as well :D. This year our movies were quite real no? My personal fav would any day be ‘A Wednesday’. Loved the post.

  12. @Kanagu : Yeah, Fashion can be in the “Average but Hits” category. I haven’t seen it, so have not inclued in the list, but from what I have heard, it had a loose second half. And Thanks. 🙂

    @Vimal : NO, I am not getting anything wrong. 😉 Yes, you are right. Sometimes the company do matter.
    This was a year of different kind of movies. It wasen’t bad at all.

    @Kiran : Thanks and Happy new year to you too! 🙂

    @Poonam : Yes, Bucket list was a good movie. Many people are partial to Ghajini, although I can’t fathom why. 😛

    @Smita : Dostana? 😕 And, yes, A Wednesay was the best movie this year. Its a pity that it won’t win any mainstream awards. 😦

    @Liju Philip : Hmmmm. 😛 And Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

    @Nikhil : You should! You should! 😛

    @Amreekandesi : Err…no comments! 😛 On a serious note, yes, many people have liked it. 🙂

  13. @Smita : Yes, it was brilliant. Something which makes you think…

    @Kanagu : Hey! Thanks a lot! A formal announcement is on its way! 🙂

    @Pr3rna : I never looked at it that way. I can count it as a social service! 😀 Thanks!

  14. I cannot agree more with your top 10 list. I think we will have a lot of great movies in 2009, and less of BS movies like “Ghajani” or “Dostana”which are made without a point.

  15. @Chirag : Yes, 2009 was the year of good small budget movies. And its difficult enough for me to maintain this blog! Don’t even think about another one! 🙂

  16. Hey, Thats very nicely written and I would also like to tell you that my cousin has recommended this site. and as she said your all articles are very nice.
    I can only say hats off to you !

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