2012 was (by its usual standards) a very good year for Hindi cinema. Yes, we saw the usual masala films hitting the 100 cr mark, but we did see other cinema receive recognition too, and not just from critics, but audiences as well. Here we try to lay down our 5 favourite Hindi movies of 2012, scenes, songs and what you should be looking forward to in 2013.
Favourite films (in reverse order)
5. Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Finally, an Indian rom-com that did not make me cringe. Bonus points for the end.
4. Paan Singh Tomar
An extraordinary (real-life) story told very well. And Irrfan, one of our best actors.
May have lifted scenes but its sum was greater than its parts.
2. Supermen of Malegaon
Okay, I cheated. This is a documentary. But you’ll laugh, and laugh, and ponder, and laugh again while watching the people from Malegaon creating their famous parodies. The whole film is available online here.
The film got a lot of stick for the twist, and it was promoted wrongly too – as a thriller. But watch the film knowing it’s about grief, and perhaps even knowing the twist, and this film turns out to be something else. My Hindi film for this year.
Before we move on to my favourite songs of the year, the composer of the year goes to Amit Trivedi (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Ishaqzaade, English Vinglish, Aiyya, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana as well as Trishna and the best episode in Coke Studio India Season 2). Runner up: Sneha Khanwalkar for Gangs of Wasseypur.
Might I add the best background score in a movie this year was by Abhishek Ray and Sandeep Chowta for Paan Singh Tomar.
Favourite Hindi songs (in reverse order)
6. Auntyji (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu)
Composer: Amit Trivedi; Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya; Singer: Ash King
5. Ala Barfi! (Barfi!)
Composer: Pritam; Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire; Singer: Mohit Chauhan
4. Laakh Duniya Kahe (Talaash)
Composer: Ram Sampath; Lyricist: Javed Akhtar; Singer: Ram Sampath
3. Jiya Ho Bihar Ke Lala (Gangs of Wasseypur)
Composer: Sneha Khanwalkar; Lyricist: Varun Grover; Singer: Manoj Tiwari
2. Motorwada (Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana)
Composer: Amit Trivedi; Lyricist: Shelley; Singers: Tochi Raina, Amit Trivedi
1. Aafaton Ke Parinde (Ishaqzaade)
Composer: Amit Trivedi; Lyricist: Kausar Munir; Singers: Suraj Jagan, Divya Kumar
Favourite scenes of 2012 (in reverse order)
Have tried to provide clips as much as possible.
6. The Dinner Table sequence (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu)
One of the best written scenes of the film (and the year).
5. “I love gandagi.” (Supermen of Malegaon)
One of the writers of the film Malegaon ka Superman comes up with a classy entry with a fitting monologue for the Lex Luthor-esque villain of the film – Ding Dong Ding – who is the owner of a tobacco company and loves filth.
4. The Bengali and Punjabi parents visit each others’ homes. (Vicky Donor)
Our cultural biases can be a lot of fun, especially when shown in such a hilarious manner. What Chetan Bhagat tried to show in one entire book called Two States was shown here in two smartly-written, short scenes. Here’s a (very) short clipping.
3. “Parmissan” (Gangs of Wasseypur)
Hands down, the most hilarious scene this year!
2. The Underwater Sequence (Talaash)
Beautiful cinematography aside, (and avoiding spoilers), this scene was just surreal.
1. Raabta (Agent Vinod)
Not a good film, not a bad film. But was it technically sound! For instance, this one take shot for the song Raabta.
Films to look ahead to in 2013 – In no particular order.
1. Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj; Actors: Imran Khan, Pankaj Kapur, Anushka Sharma
Director: Vikramaditya Motwane; Actors: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha
Director: Bejoy Nambiar; Actors: Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vinay Virmani, Tabu, Lara Dutta, Isha Sharvani
4. Kai Po Che!
Director: Abhishek Kapoor; Actors: Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkumar Yadav, Amit Sadh
5. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra; Actors: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor
Director: Rajkumar Gupta; Actors: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan
7. Dhoom 3 (in IMAX)
Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya; Actors: Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, Jackie Shroff, Katrina Kaif
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar; Actors: Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Irrfan Khan
9. Chennai Express
Director: Rohit Shetty; Actors: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone
Director: Rajkumar Hirani; Actors: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma