Monday, 19 January 2015

16 Most Awaited Hindi Movies of 2015

New year has only one meaning in my life, it brings hopes of some great movies which may become memorable forever. Hoping the hindi films are much better than they were last year…

Here’s my list of top16 movies that I can’t wait to watch in theatres..

P.S - The release dates are subject to change. 

Badlapur (Febuary 20)
directed by Sriram Raghavan, starring Varun Dhawan, Yami Gautam, Divya Dutta, Huma Qureshi, Vinay Pathak 

Plot :
A crime drama about a happy man’s life that changes into an unstable emotional state. He now seeks revenge for his wife and son who get killed in a bank robbery.
What To Look For : 
Going by its trailer, one expects Sriram to be back in form this time around after the debacle of ‘Agent Vinod’. Plus, we finally get to see Varun in a different grey role which will test his acting skills a lot more. I didn’t quite liked his dialogue delivery in trailer, but sometimes such feel comes when you are not used to see the actor in a never seen before role (Remember Ritesh in Ek Villain, had similar views after watching trailer and now I am in awe of his performance). If he’s good, then his scenes with Nawazuddin would make for excellent watch. And it seems a long time since I last saw Vinay Pathak in a movie. Expecting Sriram to deliver a exciting revenge drama, and needless to say I would want atleast one half of movie with that bearded look (don’t disappoint like Haider), and some insane stuff including violence like the shot where he repeatedly uses hammer to kill someone. Also, the first music album this year which maybe top notch, with composers Sachin-Jigar (though I didn’t like their work in Happy Ending), Jee Karda is already a song I can’t stop playing everyday, Jeena Jeena was a disappointment though.

Detective Byomkesh Bakshi (April 3)
directed by Dibakar Banerjee, starring Sushant Singh Rajput

Plot : 
War torn Calcutta of 1940’s in the middle of 2nd world war, the movie showcases Byomkesh at his first adventure as detective where he has to fight against most villainous criminal out to destroy the world.
What To Look For : 
Unfortunately, this didn’t release last year, so once again enters my list. With Dibakar at helm of direction and Yash Raj to give him better production values, expect the expected from him. Looking at the trailer, one can easily bet on it not to disappoint. Its been a while since last solo movie for Sushant (Shudh Desi Romance), he has a chance to outshine his fellow competitor Ranbir whose Jagga Jasoos comes this year too. Based on popular serial written by Sharadindu Bandopadhyay, this is easily a film that I have an eye on to be my most fav hindi detective movie. Also, look out for the music by Sneha, the piece used in the trailer is highly intriguing.

Piku (April 30)
directed by Shoojit Sircar, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan

Plot :
A comedy drama on father-daughter relationship.
What To Look For : 
When you have cast of Amitabh, Deepika and Irrfan working together, then you don’t really need any other reasons to watch this movie. And then you are told its directed by Shoojit whose 2 movies till now Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe have been very well-made movies. Could be a hat-trick of good movies for him, and we would definitely love that.

Bombay Velvet (May 15)
directed by Anurag Kashyap, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Raveena Tandon

Plot :
Set against backdrop of ambition, love, greed, and jazz, it is the story of one ordinary man who goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a ‘Big Shot’.
What To Look For : 
Ranbir Kapoor playing the role of a boxer, describes this movie as the ‘Titanic’ of his career. Karan Johar in a never seen before villainous role, jazz music composed by Amit Trivedi, Raveena Tandon in a cameo that has a important part in movie and Thelma Schoonmaker as editor (she has edited many Scorsese movies in past). Anurag has created Mumbai of 60’s while shooting in Sri Lanka. The movie is termed as Kashyap’s biggest budget movie till date, and after delivering with Ugly recently, and looking at his track-record of exceptional dark realistic movies, one has to be excited to see how well he goes. I am definitely banking on Bombay Velvet to be his best film of career, and maybe best of 2015.

Dil Dhadakne Do (June 5)
directed by Zoya Akhtar, starring Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah

Plot : 
A dysfunctional punjabi family on a cruise trip trying to bond with each other.
What To Look For : 
Can’t recollect when was the last time I saw a hindi movie on this topic, must have been for sure. How much I love the film will be directly proportional to how Zoya completes all character’s fights among each other, I would prefer her to leave some un-solved. Her all 3 directed films (short one in Bombay Talkies), have been praiseworthy stuff, and she again has a big cast on her side. Specially keen to see the bro-sis bonding between Ranveer and Priyanka (if I am correct). Also, watch out for Shankar Ehsan Loy who again pairs with Zoya as composers, their work was good last time around in Zindagi na Milegi Dobara.

Hamari Adhoori Kahaani (June 12)
directed by Mohit Suri, starring Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Rajkumar Rao

Plot :
Inspired by a real life love triangle between parents of Mahesh Bhatt and his stepmother.
What To Look For : 
Mohit Suri has yet to impress me fully ever since Awarapan, he has shown signs of it though in his last few films. Keen to see how he handles the love-triangle, his movies often have the emotional feeling in it. Would prefer Rajkumar Rao to have equal screen presence as other two stars. Also, Vidya and Emraan both haven’t done films in past 2 years that can be talked highly of. Won’t be wrong to say that the music of this movie would be more anticipated by many including me, as Mithoon-Ankit would again be at helm of composing, they have given 2 back to back outstanding albums with Suri already, ‘Aashiqui2' and 'Ek Villain'.

Brothers (July 31)
directed by Karan Malhotra, starring Siddharth Malhotra, Akshay Kumar, Jackie Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez

Plot : 
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts him on a collision corner with his older brother.
What To Look For : 
Its official remake of Hollywood movie ‘Warrior’, which I haven’t seen yet, will probably watch by the time trailer of Brothers arrive. The plot might change as per indian requirements, but if they keep the main story intact then this calls for a very interesting movie. Give a movie where Akshay isn’t doing comedy, and it will immediately catch my eye. Siddharth-Akshay brother drama would be great to see too, Siddharth hasn’t disappointed me in a single movie yet. At present only Jacqueline looks the weak link, her romantic plot might intervene with main story. Plus, I didn’t like Karan Malhotra’s version of Agneepath at all, and now his 2nd movie is also another remake. If he doesn’t make the screenplay highly melodramatic (which it can become), then I think this movie will work.

Fan (August 14)
directed by Maneesh Sharma, starring Shahrukh Khan 

Plot :
A die-hard fan wants to meet his idol superstar whom he worships.
What To Look For : 
Similar plot was last time shown in one of the short movies of Bombay Talkies (Anurag Kashyap one). It would had been better if the superstar role wasn’t played by Shahrukh unless Maneesh makes sure he doesn’t go over the top which he can in that character. I am more keen to see how he does in the main role i.e the one who plays the Fan.  Hollywood’s make up artist Greg Cannom is giving a new look to Shahrukh. Among his 3 films, only Ladies vs Ricky Bahl was a let-down by Maneesh. His films mostly are real with a subtle humor touch to it. Finally, a Shahrukh movie that might appeal to me.

Phantom (August 28)
directed by Kabir Khan, starring Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif

Plot : 
Two secret Indian agents try to combat global terrorism, a counter-terrorism drama film set post the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
What To Look For : 
The movie is based on unreleased book of Hussain Zaidi. Interestingly, Kabir’s 4th movie in a row that is based on terrorism. As a director he has shown his flair in his all past movies, though he faltered giving romantic plot more importance in Ek Tha Tiger. If he keeps that aside here, then this could be the film that brings Saif’s career back to track whose last noteworthy performance was in Go Goa Gone. Katrina had some great stunts last time in Kabir’s film, so expecting some more again.

Shandaar (September 4)
directed by Vikas Bahl, starring Shahid Kapur, Alia Bhatt, Pankaj Kapoor

Plot : 
Two insomniacs fall in love in the middle of a larger than life wedding during long, sleepless nights.
What To Look For : 
The film is told to be India’s first destination wedding movie, with a fresh young pair of Shahid-Alia. After excellent work in Haider, this could be a very good follow up for Shahid, to work with Queen fame director Vikas Bahl. The plot is pretty straightforward just like Queen was, again upto how well can Vikas make the screenplay appeal. For 1st time we will see Shahid-Pankaj together in a film, and the music will be once again by Amit Trivedi. So, plenty to look forward to.

Jagga Jasoos (September-October)
directed by Anurag Basu, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Govinda

Plot : 
A teenager detective with his assistant girlfriend, searches for his missing father.
What To Look For : 
A musical movie where characters converse through songs and minimal dialogues, when did that happen last time in our movies, I don’t remember if it even happened. But then this concept I didn’t like much in Hollywood’s Les Miserables. Still, gonna give it a go because its Ranbir-Anurag-Pritam teaming up again after Barfi. Pritam this time is giving us around 20 songs to listen. If the movie doesn’t work, surely the songs would be worth it.

Wazir (March-July)
directed by Bejoy Nambiar, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari

Plot : 
Two players are engaged in a tense game of chess, one is disabled and other is ATS Officer. One tries to decipher the story of the other’s death through the moves in the game. By the end of the game, the player is changed forever.
What To Look For : 
From the looks of the teaser, this one looks to be a intense drama thriller. Plus, like his last two movies, Shaitan and David, you can expect stylish film-making from Bejoy and very good music too as the background score in teaser is very captivating. Amitabh playing disabled chess master, while Farhan an ATS Officer, even if the film doesn’t live upto the expectations, these two actors won’t disappoint.

Raees (September-December)
directed by Rahul Dholakia, starring Shahrukh Khan, Mahira Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui 

Plot : 
A crime drama based on illegal liquor trade in Gujarat, and the modus operandi of real life gangsters, bureaucrats, politicians and police officers spanning the last two decades.
What To Look For : 
The film is loosely based on real life incidents, with Shahrukh playing a bootlegger probably essaying the role of Abdul Latif (not confirmed), who was the underworld king of Gujarat in late 80’s. Meanwhile Nawazuddin plays cop who is after him. Mahira whose performance in pakistan movie ‘Bol’ was highly satisfying, will be seen opposite Shahrukh in her debut indian movie. Shahrukh has played these kinda of roles previously, Don series to be precise, with Farhan as producer and trustable director in Dholakia, one may expect a lot from this movie. And Ram Sampath-Javed Akhtar duo could give a good music album to listen too.

Fitoor (no confirmed date)
directed by Abhishek Kapoor, starring Aditya Roy Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Rekha

Plot : 
A story of love lost and realized over the course of two generations.
What To Look For : 
Its an indian adaptation of Charles Dickens classic ‘Great Expectations’, where Aditya plays an artist, and katrina his muse, and Rekha plays character of Begum. Some wonderful locations of Kashmir would be seen with 1st schedule of shooting happening there. Starcast is slightly weak to my liking, but trust on Abhishek is there whose last two films Kai Po Che and Rock On have been really good.

Nyodda (no confirmed date)
directed by Meghna Gulzar, starring Irrfan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi, Tabu

Plot : 
Based on real life events of Aarushi Talwar murder case.
What To Look For : 
That case was as much a big news, as the Jessica one was. A article says that the movie has backing of Talwar’s and the movie will be from the parents point of view pleading for their innocence. Personally, I still believe there was no full proof to say Aarushi was killed by her parents (I may be wrong). This film will most likely with its excellent cast help us witness the emotional breakdown a parent would go through when being accused of killing their own daughter. Only question is, if Meghna Gulzar good enough to make the good material work on screen or not, as not seen her past films. Neeraj Kabi and Konkana play parents of Aarushi while Tabu her aunt in a supporting role perhaps. Irrfan will be in main officer investigating role. And look out for Vishal Bharadwaj’s music with Gulzar penning the lyrics.

Tamasha (December 25)
directed by Imtiaz Ali, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone

Plot : 
A nomad who entertains people while on his travel and likes to spread happiness, meets a girl in streets of Corsica who is a fan of French comics Asterix and has come for one of its trials. Both share their love for same comics and adventure, and head out exploring life.
What To Look For : 
This could be perfect casting in a Imtiaz Ali movie ever, Ranbir-Deepika in lead, Rahman’s music, Irshad Kamil’s lyrics (Rockstar magic to repeat?). Imtiaz movies always have got those vulnerable moments that amazes you like hell, he knows how to use them, and then he entertains you too. What happens after both Ranbir and Deepika fall in love, is the Imtiaz territory which I wanna see as to how different it is this time. His highway for me wasn’t as appealing as his other films have been, but this time feel he is back with another great unusual romantic storytelling.

Apart from the listed 16 movies, I also got my eye on these films which may turn out to be unexpectedly good :

Baby (Akshay-Neeraj pairing after Special 26)
Shamitabh (Balki-Amitabh)
Tigers (Emraan in hatke movie like Shanghai)
Bajirao Mastaani (SLB with Deepika,Ranveer,Priyanka, expect better movie than Ram Leela with great music)
Tanu Weds Manu Returns (Kangana in double role, plot more interesting than 1st part)

Saat Hindustaani (Rahman’s music)
Titli (Looked good from trailer plus Sneha Khanwalkar’s music)
MS Dhoni (Biopic with Sushant in lead and Neeraj direction, want to know what parts of his life including personal is shown)
Main Aur Charles (For Randeep Hooda who portrays Charles Sobhraj story)
Guddu Rangeela (Subhash Kapoor last ‘Jolly LLB’ was a fun watch and Arshad Warsi is again in main lead)

Welcome Back (One of rare slapstick comedy that I loved and so keen for new part, John in start cast is only reason I didnt include in 16 list)
Liar’s Dice (It was India’s official Oscar entry, but I want to see for Nawazuddin Siddiqui)
Mr Chaalu (For Reema Kagti, though doubt it will be anywhere as good as her last psychological thriller Talaash)
Margarita with a Straw (Kalki is looking too good in the promos)
Farzi (Raj and DK return with a crime thriller drama having a dose of humor, their last outing ‘Happy Ending’ was not upto their standard)

I hope apart from all the films listed in this post, there will be some unknown surprises.. because for certain some of the films in this list would disappoint, always happens. Fingers crossed…

Friday, 2 January 2015

Recap 2014 : Performances

Its time to look deeper into the performances last year, who was best in which category.

Haider steals the show for me comfortably, winning in 9 categories. While Ek Villian and Queen take away 4 categories each.

Presenting nominees along with the winners, the list is entirely based on my opinion.

Best Actor Male : Shahid Kapur (Haider)

• Aamir Khan (PK)
• Sanjay Mishra (Aankhon Dekhi)
• Rajkumar Rao (Citylights)                                                                
• Partho Gupte (Hawa Hawaai)

Shahid was too good in his portrayal of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and you knew it the moment you saw Haider’s trailer. His eye expressions in entire Bismil song alone was enough for me to keep him as best actor. Aamir Khan and Sanjay Mishra were a close second.

Best Actor Female : Kangana Ranaut (Queen)

• Tabu (Haider)                                                          
• Alia Bhatt (Highway)
• Rani Mukherji (Mardaani)                                                                    
• Vidya Balan (Bobby Jasoos)

Kangana’s best performance ever, even outdid Gangster and Fashion. How well she played the innocent girl character and the transformation she goes through on her journey to Paris and Amsterdam. I totally hated every award show that kept Tabu in Supporting Actress category, really? Easily 2nd best performer last year.

Best Director : Vikas Bahl (Queen)

• Vishal Bharadwaj (Haider)                                                                  
• Anurag Kashyap (Ugly)
• Pradeep Sarkar (Mardaani)                                                                    
• Imtiaz Ali (Highway)

One of the major reasons why Queen worked apart from Kangana’s performance was Vikas Bahl’s execution of the script plus the non-linear narration. I specially liked how he kept linking what Rani’s (Kangana) ex bf kept stopping him doing when they were together, and how all of that she was doing now with ease, be it driving car or dancing in public etc etc. Vishal just missed due to the less dose of insane sequences of Haider, otherwise he got the theme and backdrop of Kashmir spot on.

Best Film : Queen

• Haider                                                                    
• 2 States
• Mardaani                                                                  
• PK

Already written on them, read here

Best Supporting Actor Male : Irrfan Khan (Haider)

• Rishi Kapoor (Bewakoofiyaan)                                                                    
• Manav Kaul (Citylights)
• Darshan Kumar (Mary Kom)                                                                      
• Inaamul Haq (Filmistaan)

It was just a 10-15 min supporting role, that tells how effective Irrfan Khan was in it, specially that amazing entry scene he had or his conversations with Arshia (Shraddha Kapoor). Rishi Kapoor once again showing how good his choice of roles is, while Manav was the surprise package of Citylights.

Best Supporting Actor Female : Amrita Singh (2 States)

• Lisa Haydon (Queen)                                                                    
• Divya Jagdale (Gulaab Gang)
• Seema Pahwa (Aankhon Dekhi)                                                                    
• Adah Sharma (Hasee Toh Phasee)

Amrita Singh was simply too good in a typical Punjabi mom role, nice of the casting director to not opt for Kirron Kher as Amrita brought huge amount of freshness into the role. While Lisa despite not good hindi diction suited the role of Rani’s (Kangana) good friend completely, and liked all the mischievous activities she does along with her.

Best Actor in a Comic Role : Girish Kulkarni (Ugly)

• Varun Dhawan (Main Tera Hero)
• Sharib Hashmi (Filmistaan)
• Sahil Vaid (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania)
• Kirron Kher (Khoobsurat)

His 10 min long scene in police station with 2 people who come to report for their missing daughter, was outright hilarious with the kind of questions he asks him along with the conversation shifting to how does a photo comes on mobile with a incoming call. Also not to forget how he describes the song ‘tu mujhe nichod de’ to his senior inspector. Varun came pretty close to how good Govinda-David Dhawan entertainers used to be.

Best Actor in a Negative Role : Riteish Deshmukh (Ek Villain)

• Tahir Raj Bhasin (Mardaani)                                                                    
• Sushant Singh (Hate Story 2)
• Kay Kay Menon (Haider)                                                                    
• Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Kick)

Even when the trailer came, I was skeptical that Riteish won’t be able to pull it off but boy how well he did it in the end, his dialogue ‘phikr mat kijiye madam, aaj ke baad aapko shikayat ka mauka nahi milega’ is hard to forget, if Mohit had extracted more out of his character then it would had been one of classic negative roles ever!

Best Music : Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon (Ek Villain)

• Vishal Bharadwaj (Haider)                                                                  
• Amit Trivedi (Queen)
• A R Rahman (Highway)                                                                  
• Vishal-Shekhar (Hasee Toh Phasee)

Already written on them, read here

Best Lyricist : Gulzar, Aao Naa (Haider)

• Rashmi Singh, Muskuraane (Citylights)                                                                    
• Irshad Kamil, Maahi Ve (Highway)
• Anvita Dutt, Kinare (Queen)                                                                    
• Amitabh Bhattacharya, Locha e ulfat (2 States)

Gulzar once again comes up with lyrics that are addictive as he asks us to take that eternal sleep in the grave in 'Aao Naa’. While Rashmi Singh delivers very romantic lines in Muskuraane, specially love this ‘o re lamhe tu kahin mat jaa, ho sake toh umar bhar tham jaa'.

Best Playback Singer Male : Sonu Nigam, Bhagwan hai kahan re tu (PK)

• Mohammad Irfan, Banjaara (Ek Villain)                                                                   
• Sukhwinder Singh, Bismil (Haider) 
• Arijit Singh, Samjhawan (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania)                                                                      
• Benny Dayal, Hum na rahe hum (Creature)

Sonu was outstanding in the emotional way he portrayed a guy who is searching to find God. Felt bad to not have Irfan at top who was as good in Banjaara too.

Best Playback Singer Female : Jyoti Nooran-Sultana Nooran, Patakha Guddi (Highway)

• Shraddha Kapoor, Galliyan (Ek Villain)                                                                    
• Nandini Srikar, Harjaiyaan (Queen)
• Jasleen Kaur Royal, Preet (Khoobsurat)                                                                    
• Kanika Kapoor, Baby doll (Ragini MMS2)

Unlike all award shows, Kanika Kapoor ain’t no.1 for me! Nooran sisters nailed this punjabi composition of Rahman, while Shraddha’s haunting version of Galliyan was a delight to listen.

Best Debut Male : Tahir Raj Bhasin (Mardaani)

• Parth Bhalerao (Bhoothnath Returns)                                                                    
• Tiger Shroff (Heropanti)
• Fawad Khan (Khoobsurat)                                                                    
• Girish Kulkarni (Ugly)

There have been instances when the debut actor has looked so comfortable in his performance that you wonder that is it really his 1st movie? Tahir Raj Bhasin is one of them, who was so flawless and had that terrific mannerism going throughout the movie playing the negative character with utmost ease. Special mention to the little kid Parth who looked to have great time working with Amitabh Bachchan.

Best Debut Female : Patralekha (Citylights)

• Surveen Chawla (Hate Story2 and Ugly)                                                                
• Kriti Sanon (Heropanti)
• Niharika Singh (Miss Lovely)                                                                  
• Humaima Malick (Raja Natwarlal)

Patralekha was far ahead of all her competitors here, with her performance in Citylights specially loved her dialect. While Surveen had a great start to career with good performances in both her movies.

Best Debut Director : Nitin Kakkar (Filmistaan)

• Abhishek Varman (2 States)                                                                    
• Vinil Matthew (Hasee Toh Phasee)
• Omung Kumar (Mary Kom)                                                                    
• Shashank Khaitan (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania)

Very good debut movie by Nitin Kakkar, apart from last 10-15 mins I thoroughly enjoyed Filmistaan. And Abhishek Varman was able to bring Chetan Bhagat’s novel 2 States onto the screen quite effectively specially being a first time director.

Best Story : Rajat Kapoor (Ankhon Dekhi)

• Abhijat Joshi, Raj Kumar Hirani (PK)                                                                    
• Nitni Kakkar (Filmistaan)
• Aseem Arora (Kya Dilli Kya Lahore)                                                                    
• Imtiaz Ali (Highway)

Ankhon Dekhi had a very different storyline about a guy who believed in philosophy that he would believe in things that he sees himself or hears himself, and nothing else. Its story was one of main reasons why I got interested in watching the movie apart from presence of Sanjay Mishra. Even PK had a good story about a guy from another planet finding tough to manage on Earth.

Best Scene : A long monologue of Haider on road talking with people gathered around (Haider)

• PK explaining what he thought about Gandhi photo in flashback (PK)                                                                    
• Rahul and Chaitanya interact with Inspector Jadhav telling what led to Rahul’s daughter disappearance (Ugly)
• Khalu and Babban along with Jaan Muhammad and his men stand whole night with pistols on each other’s head (Dedh Ishqiya)                                                                    
• Veera lets all her feelings inside out to her family in climax (Highway)

There would be many like me who were waiting for this scene to come in Haider after having seen part of it in trailer ‘Hello Hello, mike testing 1,2,3,4.. awaaz aa rahi hai aap logo ko?’ One of best insane sequences and isn’t a surprise that its from a Vishal Bharadwaj movie. And in PK, the complete Gandhi photo flashback sequence was hilarious, hard to control your laughter.

Best Jodi : Shahid-Tabu (Haider)

• Naseeruddin-Arshad (Dedh Ishqiya)                                                                    
• Siddharth-Shraddha (Ek Villain)
• Arjun-Ranveer (Gunday)                                                                    
• Varun-Alia (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania)

Quite unusual to have jodi of mother-son, but they were simply too good. Love this scene where Haider tries to tell her ‘kabhi toh dusre ke najariye se dekhiye’, and also that final scene where she tries hard to convince him to give up his revenge.  Meanwhile, Naseeruddin-Arshad were as fantastic in Dedh Ishqiya as they were in the 1st part, Khalujaan-Babban pair could be iconic if the franchise goes for 2-3 more movies.

Best Trailer : Haider

Ek Villain                                                             
Kill Dil

Haider’s trailer was kickass with that tremendous use of ‘Aao na’ track and the final ‘Hello hello’ dialogue. And Ek Villain also was great because it used the haunting version of ‘Galliyan’ in a very emotional manner in the trailer along with revealing dialogues of Riteish for first time.

Best Screenplay : Gopi Puthran, S Hussain Zaidi, Vibha Singh (Mardaani)

• Anurag Kashyap (Ugly)                                                                    
• Vikash Bahl, Chaitally Parmar, Parveez Shaikh (Queen)
• Vishal Bharadwaj (Haider)                                                                  
• Abhishek Varman (2 States)

Mardaani had such a tight screenplay that it made the cat and mouse chase between Rani and Tahir very enjoyable, plus liked the fact that they gave less importance to Rani and her husband scenes or even with her daughter.

Best Dialogue : Abhijat Joshi, Raj Kumar Hirani (PK)

• Sanjeev Dutta (Dedh Ishqiya)                                                                    
• Imtiaz Ali (Highway)
• Shashank Khaitan (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania)                                                                    
• Milap Zaveri (Ek Villain)

I had never thought that PK would have best dialogues, after I came to know it has Bhojpuri dialogues because I got a certain dislike for that language. But in this film, I totally adored the dialogues specially Aamir referring earth as ‘gola' and all the times he used ‘lul’.

Best Editing : Abhijit Kokate, Anurag Kashyap (Queen)

• Sanjib Datta (Mardaani)                                                                    
• Aarti Bajaj (Ugly)
• Devendra Murdeshwar (Ek Villain)                                                                  
• Shweta Venkat Matthew (Hasee Toh Phasee)

I am a fan of non linear editing, and if the film is very good along with it then it most likely turns out to be my fav edited film which is the case with Queen as they narrated Rani’s journey by mixing past and present together as the story went on.

Best Choreography : Sudesh Adhana, Bismil (Haider)

Ahmed Khan, Jumme ki raat (Kick)                                                                    
Remo D’Souza, Shake it like shammi (Hasee Toh Phasee)
Bosco Caesar, Tu ne maari entriyaan (Gunday)                                                                    
Bosco Caesar, Palat (Main Tera Hero)

I don’t know why all award shows avoided Bismil song, it was miles ahead of every other song. Kudos to Sudesh Adhana for such wonderful choreography, I can watch it non-stop without getting bored.

Best Background Score : Raju Singh (Ek Villain)

• Amit Trivedi (Queen)                                                                    
• Julius Packiam (Mardaani)
• Vishal Bharadwaj (Haider)                                                                    
• AR Rahman (Highway)

This was a tough one for me as Queen, Mardaani and Haider all were equally stronger nominees to win. In the end went with very personal choice, those alaaps of Shraddha used in movie as bg plus the one where Siddharth closes his eyes to remember her and then that Ritesh evil bg, all worked very well for me.

Best Cinematography : Anil Mehta (Highway)

• Pankaj Kumar (Haider)                                                                    
• Ayananka Bose (Kick)
• Anil Mehta (Finding Fanny)                                                                    
• Bobby Singh (Queen)

You can always bank on Anil Mehta to provide you with some breath-taking visuals, and then the film story is based on road journey through hilly areas so that makes it icing on the cake. Even Pankaj Kumar’s work in covering Kashmir was very good in Haider.

Best Action : Anal Arasu (Heropanti)

• Greg Powell, Anal Arasu (Holiday)                                                                    
• Sham Kaushal (Gunday)
• S Ravi Varman (Actin Jackson)                                                                    
• Parvez Shaikh (Bang Bang)

To be frank, none of these 5 nominees were highly impressive but for the sake of it I had to list and choose best of them. Anal Arasu it was from Heropanti who was marginally likable in the action department.

Best Art Direction : Subrata Chakraborty, Amit Ray (Haider)

• Ashim Ahluwalia, Parichit Paralkar, Dhanya Pilo, Tabasheer Zutshi (Miss Lovely)                                                                    
• Subrata Chakraborty, Amit Ray (Dedh Ishqiya)
• Akriti Piplani (Daawat e Ishq)                                                                      
• Mayur Sharma (Ugly)

Good detailing done by Subrata Chakraborty making the already good visuals look even better.

Best Costumes : Dolly Ahluwalia (Haider)

• Rushi Sharma, Manoshi Nath (Queen)                                                                    
• Manish Malhotra, Shiraz Siddiqui, Natascha Charak (2 States)
• Uma Biju, Karuna Laungani, Raghavendra Rathore (Khoobsurat)                                                                    
• Ashley, Alvira, Subarna, Manoshi, Rushi, Gaviin, Deepika, Anirudh, Tanya (Kick)

I very much like the Kashmir attire, and Dolly Ahluwalia did a commendable job with good choice of colors, Shahid mostly had black only after that long monologue scene. My fav costumes were the ones in the picture.


Recap 2014 : Top 100 Songs

The moment I heard Mohammad Irfan sing ‘Banjaara’, I knew it would be hard for any other song to over-take it, ‘Aao Naa’ did came pretty close though.

At end of 2013, I said it would be interesting to see whether Arijit prefers quality or quantity, he went with quantity as we could see his song in every new album that released. The ratio of outstanding songs thereby was less, but there were songs that made to my top25 list, like ‘Khul Kabhi’ from Haider or ‘Samjhawan’ from Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania.

In male singers,  unlike last two years, there wasn’t really anyone who single handedly dominated the year, almost everyone had their fair of success. It was superb to hear Shaan with his ‘Chaar Kadam’ and Sonu Nigam with ‘Bhagwan hai kahan re tu’ as well as ‘Love is a waste of time’ from PK.

Benny Dayal had a good year too, ‘Shake it like shammi’ and ‘Hum na rahein hum’ features in top25. Ash King impresses in ‘Meherbaan’, and so does Ankit in ‘Galliyan’. Among all this, Rahman quietly gave one of best song of the year, ‘Maahi Ve’, as peaceful track as Rehna Tu of Delhi6. Special mention to Bashir Lone, Bashir Bhawani, Muzamil Bhawani and Mayukh Sarkar for ‘So Jao’ track from Haider, very haunting with that digging grave sound.

It was a year of actresses attempting to playback, from Shraddha Kapoor to Alia Bhatt to Priyanka Chopra, and expect it to happen much more now. Shraddha nailed it completely with ‘Teri Galliyan’, even Alia’s version of ‘Samjhawan’ was worth a listen.

Sunidhi and Shreya don’t even have a single song in my top25, unless you consider Samjhawan as Shreya song, which I don’t.

Shilpa rao with ‘Meherbaan’ & ‘Darbadar', Nooran sisters debut (don’t know if they sang before) in ‘Patakha guddi’, Kanika kapoor in ‘Baby doll’, Jasleen Kaur in ‘Preet’ and Nandini Srikar in ‘Harjaiyaan’ were some of the worthy performers. Special mention to Jonita Gandhi for her track ‘Kahaan hoon main’ and Shefali Alvares in ‘O Gujariya’

PK dance theme, Implosive silence from ‘Highway’ and Samrat’s theme (which was only good thing in the movie) were the instrumental tracks worth listening.

Here’s my list of Top100 songs, mostly on basis of my connect with them and not how creative they were.

 TOP 25 SONGS : 

1. Banjaara - ek villain

The song talks about ‘hope’ a guy finds in a new person he meets, and how he feels like changing himself and start a fresh life. This was a easy choice for me, loved the song the day its video promo arrived. Mithoon’s composition (plus lyrics written by him only) and Mohammad Irfan’s brilliant vocals makes this romantic track impossible not to love. It adds to the long list of songs that I love listening in peaceful atmosphere. Love the soft start to the track and minimal use of instruments until the prelude ends.
haan kisi shayar ki ghazal, jo de rooh ko sukoon ke pal… koi mujhko yun mila hai jaise banjaare ko ghar.

2. Aao naa - haider

Its a insane song as it asks you to take that eternal sleep, and there’s no better composer than Vishal Bharadwaj (apart from Rahman) when it comes to insane tracks, remember Ibn batuta or O mama or the famous Dhan te nan. I won’t deny it, there were some occasions when I felt this could be my no.1 song of year, a very addictive track that got attention with its terrific use in the theatrical trailer. Vishal Dadlani’s rendition and Gulzar’s super lyrics make this track to remember. How cool it would be to dig a grave, lie down on it and listen this track, sounds mad but would love to do it.
na shaam na savera, andhera hi andhera.. hai rooho ka basera, so jao. 

3. Maahi ve - highway

I would call this song a lighter version of ‘Rehna Tu’, both talks of a person having a longing for his/her lover, and both are sung by Rahman himself. Also both songs can be heard by relating it to spirituality (which of course I don’t do). As much as I love Rahman as a composer (ignoring his last few works since Rockstar), I have loved him as singer in very few songs, Maahi Ve is one of those. Irshad Kamil probably has written his best songs for Rahman, this one is another proof of that.
yeh jeena bhi, na jeena bhi.. hai dono ka tumse hi vaasta. 

4. Teri galliyan (female) - ek villain

Someone you love, whose memories you wanna live with, that is the feeling this song provides. Ankit Tiwari composition and lyrics by Manoj Muntashir, its Shraddha Kapoor’s haunting voice that attracts the most in this song including the terrific alaap she makes after end of mukhra. Also its nice to listen Ankit sing in a low pitch for a change in the last antara.
teri galliyan galliyan teri galliyan, mujhko bhaave galliyan teri galliyaan… teri galliyan galliyan teri galliyan, yunhi tadpaave galliyan teri galliyan. 

5. Bismil - haider

Telling a story about someone’s murder through a song has been done successfully in past, ‘Dastaan' from Om shanti om or the much famous 'Ek haseena thi' from Karz. Sukhwinder Singh completely nails it in Bismil, plus the kashmiri flavor Vishal brings into the track is commendable. Listening this song with visuals gives goosebumps, everything falls in perfect sync. Special mention to the heavy words used by Gulzar and how effectively he adds the murder lyrics at last with ‘jhelum, jhelum, laal laal hua, laal laal hua laal'.
mushkil-e-dil bhi mushkil hoti hai, dil dhadke dil dil dhadke toh, dhadkan-e-dil bhi harqat-e-dil hoti hai.

6. Awari - ek villain

The song has 2 parallel stories running, one is about a prostitute and her struggles dealing with the way the world sees or wants her, while the other one is about a broken boy who doesn’t feel good about the recent incidents happened with him and his gf/wife. Composed and sung by Soch band (Adnan Dhool and Momina Mustehsan), their original version released in 2012 but personally I find this movie one much better. The sadness is well reflected in the track, specially love the male part in the song.
teri baahon mein jo sukoon tha mila, maine dhoondha bahut tha, phir na mila. 

7. Khul kabhi toh - haider

First of Arijit best songs last year. He looks in complete form in this one, some people may argue that Vishal Bharadwaj himself should had sung it but I feel Arijit made this one much more romantic, and love that harkat he does with that 'hmmmmmm hmmmmm' humming which Vishal so much liked during recording that he kept it into the song. And Gulzar once again does such a superb job in lyrics, specially the way he relates ‘jhuk ke jab jhumka’ and ‘gulmohar jhoom raha tha’ to jealousy.
tu hi tu hai… main kahin nahi. 

8. Samjhawan - humpty sharma ki dulhania

Let me write something to surprise you (or Rahat ali fans), I prefer Arijit version of Samjhawan anyday! The moment I heard him sing ‘main tenu samjhawan ki’ words, I knew this song will work for me. Only disappointment was Shreya Ghoshal final part that spoils the song just like she did in ‘Kaise mujhe’ of Ghajini, wish they kept it just a male version. Kudos to Sharib-Toshi who have recreated the song so wonderfully.
main tenu samjhawan ki, na tere bina lagda jee.. tu ki jaane pyar mera, main karu intezar tera. 

9. Preet - khoobsurat

What a debut song by Jasleen Kaur Royal, I am sure we will get to listen more of her songs in next few years. And after quite a while, Sneha Khanwalkar comes up with a composition to admire, oh how much I missed her songs in 2013! The song talks about a person lost in love thinking if she would had been better not falling in love if she knew it would give pain, the theme isn’t really new but the lyrics by Amitabh Verma gives it a fresh feel.
nain bane banjaare, phirte maare-maare… har pal teri baat nihaare, pal-pal bhar-bhar aaye. 

10. Harjaiyaan - queen

I have been fond of Nandini Srikar ever since that splendid ‘Dua’ track from Shanghai, and then ‘Bhare naina’ from Now she comes up with Harjaiyaan which I totally loved, a song that again talks of same theme like ‘Preet’ i.e a girl lost in love and feeling totally down with lyrics by Anvita Dutt. Good thing about Amit Trivedi is that he usually makes the sad looking tracks look real and not melodramatic.
chunti rahun main yeh lamhe gir kyun hai jaate, kyun bunti main rahun kismat ke dhaage.. jo khud hi main chunoon.

11. Patakha guddi (male) - highway

After Saadda Haq, another song from Rahman that says ‘give a damn to the world’, though this one is much lighter version as its more about a girl seeking freedom. The only reason why I have kept Rahman’s version of song ahead of Nooran sisters is the outstanding rock part that is present in this version. Those beats right after the wordings ‘jaaye bhaad mein duniyadaari woh toh chali chali chali ali o’ are Rahman special. Another Rahman-Irshad combo that hits the right notes.
tu de har gaali pe taali, uski kadam kadam rakhwaali.. ainvayi lok-laaj ki soch soch ke, kyun hai aafat daali. 

12. Shake it like shammi - hasee toh phasee

This should be first major surprise in the list for many. Why I love it? Benny Dayal is the answer! Last year he did it with the full on energy track ‘Batmeez dil’, and now with Shake it like Shammi he repeats the formula of successful dance numbers. ‘Beat baje toh everybody, I gotta shake it like shammi’ words actually make me wanna dance onto the popular steps of Shammi Kapoor. Vishal-Shekhar’s composition and peppy lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, easily a song that will remain on my playlist for many years.
laakh main rokun, ho maane na kamariya nikammi.. beat baje toh, everybodyy.. gotta shake it like shammi.

13. Hungama - queen

Originally composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and lyrics written by Varma Malik. This re-created track by Amit Trivedi keeps Asha Bhosle voice intact and adds Arijit Singh for small part whose lyrics is written by Anvita Dutt. Amit has done exceptionally well to first off keep the main feel of original as it is and then add his own touch so well. The angst part of Arijit is something to drool on.
dekho na logo ne botalon ki botalein khatam kardi toh kuch na hua, magar, magar.. maine hothon se lagayi toh, hungama ho gaya. 

14. Patakha guddi (female) - highway

Jyoti Nooran and Sultana Nooran have arrived to music industry, and if its anything like this track then they will stay for long. Rahman beautifully composes the track, making Nooran sisters sing together at most places and still making the song not lose any impact. I think there was a song some years back where this attempt of making two singers sing together in sync failed badly, but not the case with this song. And I just loveeee the part ‘maine toh tere tere utte chhadiyaan doriyan’.
rasta naap rahi marjaani, patthi baarish da hai paani.. jab nazdeek jahan de aani, jugni maili si ho jaani.

15. Yaar na miley - kick

Surprise no.2 in my list. Just a song that I couldn’t stop listening again and again. Jasmine Sandlas has a heavy voice that fits this item song and even Nargis on-screen. Yo Yo Honey Singh who has composed this track has his rap going as usual in the track, but its his low pitch (atleast in comparison to his songs) in last antara that catches my attention and also is my fav part of track. If songs can be called entertaining, then this certainly is one of them for me.
mohabbat bhi karke dekhi, kya paaya woh kaise bataayun… dil ka aisa aalam tha ke, dard-e-dil kisko sunaayu, haan main hoon tera gunahgaar, mat dohrana tum abki baar.

16. Meherbaan - bang bang

Finally a Shilpa Rao track! Its a duet with Ash King in a very lovely romantic composition from Vishal-Shekhar. Anvita Dutta and Kumaar have written the lyrics, Anvita specially has written some great songs last year. The film maybe forgettable, but not this track.
rab ne banaya sabko, par kaun bataye rab ko.. mar ke tumpe hum saans lete hai. 

17. Galliyan - ek villain

I am not really fan of Ankit Tiwari’s voice, but this composition by him is indeed really good even with his typical loud pitch singing and those long alaaps. The catch line ‘teri galliyan galliyan teri galliyan, mujhko bhaave galliyan teri galliyan’ is superbly written by Manoj Muntashir, wish 1st antara was better written too which is the weak part of this song. The song works for its romantic feel, though I would anyday prefer the female version of it.
kaisa hai rishta tera-mera, be-chehra phir bhi kitna gehra… yeh lamhe, lamhe yeh resham se, kho jaaye, kho na jaaye humse.

18. Hum naa rahein hum - creature

Another surprise. Again, its Benny Dayal who makes me love this song despite a routine romantic composition by Mithoon. Benny beautifully sings the track that shows a guy who has fallen in love for first time and wants to do anything for his love. Die hard romantics specially would have loved this song as much as I did.
chahe jitni mulaqaatein ho, mujhe kam hi lage.. tere saath guzaaru har din, par dil na bhare.

19. Baatein yeh kabhi na (male) - khamoshiyan

Another romantic track, this one is more on the emotional level. Sayeed Quadri has written some quality songs in past for Vishesh films, its a surprise that I haven’t seen him writing more songs in last 2-3 years. Jeet Ganguli’s composition and very well rendered by Arijit Singh, I totally love the 1st antara.
tu saath hai toh zindagi, tu jo kabhi door rahe… yeh humse ho jaaye ajnabi. 

20. Aaj phir - hate story 2

The 80’s classic song originally composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and sung by Pankaj Uddas, Anuraddha Paudwal is very well recreated by Arko Mukherjee. Arijit Singh and Samira Koppikar sing this new version with lyrics by Aziz Qaisi and Arko. Specially like how Samira holds her own in this track despite presence of Arijit, also the sensuous feel is more in this new version.
aaj phir tumpe pyaar aaya hai.. behad aur beshumar aaya hai. 

21. Baby doll - ragini mms 2

This song too qualifies as a entertainer, Kanika Kapoor’s rendition and composition from Meet Bros & Anjjan. Lyrics by Kumaar are pretty much ordinary except the main line ‘yeh duniya, yeh duniya pittal di’. Pretty good song to listen when in a happy mood or wanna drift away from emotional numbers.
Ae takdiyaan rehndiyaan ankhaan… main ki dassaan apni ve, ae chan karda hai tareefa.

22. Harry is not bharmchari - shaadi ke side effects

Fun dance number by Pritam, rendition done by Jaazy B, Divya Kumar and Ishq Bector, lyrics from Amitabh Bhattacharya. Only complaint is why the song had only 1 antara, should had been longer.
kamre mein kudiyon ka poster taange, sharmo haya ka har border laange. 

23. Bhagwan hai kahan re tu - pk

Sonu Nigam, he is so brilliant in this track that I just had to keep the song in top25 even though its a religious track (I aint religious at all). If you have seen the movie, then you may connect much more to the song.. brings a lump in the throat. Lovely composition by Shantanu Moitra and terrific lyrics by Swanand Kirkire where a guy from different planet is asking which God he should worship and where can he find him. And I am surprised all award shows preferred Ankit or Arijit as best singer of year, not for me, its Sonu by a big margin!
jo bhi rasmein hai woh saari main nibhaata hoon.. inn karadon ki tarah main sar jhukata hoon.

24. Kill dil - kill dil

Remember ‘Dil Haara’ song from Tashan? That had a very catchy tune but the song was mediocre. Same is the case here, a highly catchy part ‘ka ka ka ka kill kill, da da da dil dil’, sung very well by two veterans Sonu Nigam and Shankar Mahadevan. And there was Gulzar’s shayari lines to begin the song with, yet it fails because the song in totality doesn’t click. The insane feeling is there and about but never comes around completely. S-E-L had a chance to do something on lines of ‘dhan te nan’ but they just couldn’t do it. Still, a track worth listening for that high energy part.
Jee bhar ke, jee mar le, aaj hai, aaj hai, aaj hai, aaj hai.. kal kuch nahi. 

25. Ishq bulaava - hasee toh phasee

Beautiful romantic number by Vishal-Shekhar, sung by Sanam Puri and Shipra Goyal with lyrics penned by Kumaar. Like the punjabi flavor in the song ‘main ta kol tere rehna’ and also the alaap ‘re ra re ra’ used in many parts of song.
paagal main khud nu banaunda ravaan, tu hansdi rave, main hasaunda ravaan… tenu takdaan ravaan.

26 TO 100 SONGS  --------

26. Kahaan hoon main - highway
27. Chaar kadam - pk 
28. Kya khoya - khamoshiyan
29. Palat - main tera hero
30. So jao - haider
31. Muskuraane (arijit) - citylights
32. Zaroorat - ek villain
33. Locha e ulfat - two states
34. Saturday saturday - humpty sharma ki dulhania 
35. Love is a waste of time - pk
36. Baawra - kill dil
37. Kinare - queen
38. Tu har lamha - khamoshiyan 
39. Tu hi tu (female) - kick
40. Drama queen - hasee toh phasee
41. O gujariya - queen
42. Fanny re - finding fanny
43. Chaandaniya - two states
44. Ek aur bismil - haider
45. Satakli - happy new year
46. Suno na sangemarmar - youngistaan
47. Galat baat hai - main tera hero 
48. Darbadar - citylights
49. Jhelum - haider
50. Khamoshiyan - khamoshiyan

51. Muskuraane (irfan) - citylights
52. Mardaani anthem - mardaani
53. Wanna mash up - highway
54. Mileya mileya - happy ending
55. Sajde - kill dil
56. Sharabi - happy new year
57. G phaad ke - happy ending
58. Ek charraiya - citylights
59. Jaise mera tu - happy ending
60. Party with the bhoothnath - bhoothnath returns
61. Tauba main vyaah - shaadi ke side effects
62. Mehboob ki - creature
63. Khamoshiyan (unplugged) - khamoshiyan
64. Hai dil yeh mera - hate story 2
65. Khamakhaan - bewakoofiyaan
66. Tune maari entriyaan - gunday
67. Jumme ki raat - kick
68. London thumakda - queen
69. Haseena tu kameena main - happy ending
70. Subhan allah - khamoshiyan
71. Zehnaseeb - hasee toh phasee
72. Offo - two states
73. Besharmi ki height - main tera hero
74. Hangover - kick 
75. Humdard - ek villain 

76. Taake jhanke - queen
77. Awaara - alone
78. Uff - bang bang
79. Naina - khoobsurat
80. Lovely - happy new year
81. Tu hi tu (male) - kick
82. Indiawaale - happy new year
83. Sweeta - kill dil 
84. Manchala - hasee toh phasee
85. Tabah - heropanti
86. Maa ka phone - khoobsurat
87. Dil aaj kal - purani jeans
88. Ziddi dil - mary kom
89. Tere hoke rahenge (male) - raja natwarlal 
90. Soney do - citylights
91. Abhi toh party shuru huyi hai - khoobsurat
92. Allahda - lekar hum deewana dil 
93. Tu hi hai aashiqui - dishkiyaoon
94. Daawat e ishq - daawat e ishq
95. Party toh banti hai - bhoothnath returns
96. Shukr tera - samrat & co
97. Khalifa - lekar hum deewana dil
98. Tere hoke rahenge (female) - raja natwarlal
99. Mannat - daawat e ishq
100. Paaji tussi such a pussycat - happy ending