Top 5 Films of 2013

5. Madras Café Despite the film ever-so-slightly under-delivering, Madras Café’ makes the list because it marks a big step forward for Hindi films; a great victory that it got made at all. A politically astute mainstream film spanning the years from 1987-1991, with established actors, no songs, and uncompromised detailing; it is the fictionalized account […]

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Top 5 Performers of 2013

In no particular order… Deepika Padukone She was the best reason to watch Chennai Express, her absurd accent only adding to her charm.  In Race 2 she was the only one who looked truly racy. But it was in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and Ram Leela where Deepika Padukone really showed us how she’s matured […]

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Bullett Raja

At its core, almost every Tigmanshu Dhulia film has a common essence: men short on morals, often on money, striving for respect but wielding enough power to lead – a broken runner and his band of dacoits in Paan Singh Tomar; a nawab who kills for contracts and contract kills with a driver gunning for […]

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Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

When affairs of the heart are eclipsed by practical realities in the lives of our two polar opposite protagonists, Kareena Kapoor’s character Dia, on the verge of breaking up with her boyfriend Shriram (Imran Khan), tells him that he’ll never understand her work: “It’s too deep for you.” Alas, nothing portrayed in the film is […]

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Singh Saab the Great

“Badla nahi badlav” is Sunny Deol catchphrase as he tries to tackle all of India’s issues with his right arm that now weighs 3.5 kg. Oh yes, Anil Sharma is back. Sadly, there is no hand-pump this time and Pakistan has been replaced by Prakash Raj. Dialogbaazi, song, fight or variations of this order is […]

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Ram Leela

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is back – taking a break from  producing uncharacteristic bilge like Rowdy Rathore – and storms the helm again to have a go at what he knows best – using key Bollywood elements  like song, dance, larger-than-life heroes and their epic love affairs – and attempting to redefine the form of Hindi […]

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Rajjo

Being marketed as “a film for the classes and masses”, Rajjo – to put it bluntly – is neither. Inherently the idea of slotting films as “classy” or “massy” is foolhardy to begin with. What filmmaker wouldn’t like their film to be a ‘class’ apart? And what audience – who pays through their nose for […]

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Satya 2

Satya 2 didn’t need to be called Satya 2. There’s no connection to the original Satya whatsoever. If anything, christening this film Satya 2 is a sign of Ram Gopal Verma’s despair; trying to cash in on the film that made him a true force, a distinctive voice in Bollywood that heralded change in the […]

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Mickey Virus

Mickey Virus is a half-decent effort that tries to marry a (now quickly getting old) Delhi setting and hackers with their gizmos in a comic caper. It’s a sort of Fukrey meets Abbas “Enter Password” Mustan entertainer. It also embraces a coming-of-age narrative as our protagonist, Mickey, goes from being a slacker boy hacker to […]

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Ishk Actually

Ishk Actually is just about the most bizarre romantic film to come out of the Hindi film industry in the last few years. Despite working with conventional elements, the makers attempt to stride into art-house territory with its treatment. Take the straightforward plot: a woman is about to get married when suddenly an old flame […]

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