My take on bollywood in 2012

Continuing the yearly post from last year ( LINK ) here’s my take on Bollywood in 2012.

What I liked in 2012:
1) Hrithik in Agneepath- Agneepath was a tough one to be remade and Karan Malhotra did good by having a fresh take towards it. The best thing about this movie was Hrithik as Vijay Deenanath Chauhan. Hrithik did really well by portraying a famous character in his own way and not trying to repeat anything Big B had done in the original. He excelled in the fight sequences, as well as in the emotional family scenes. The best thing about Hrithik’s performance was that since it was distinct and dedicated, it took all scope of comparison out of the frame. A very good performance.

2) Irrfan in Paan Singh Tomar- I found Paan Singh Tomar a really average film. I thought the direction was average and so was cinematography and background score. However despite some noteworthy flaws, Paan Singh Tomar became a legendary film, due to a tour de force performance by Irrfan. He was the Paan Singh Tomar right from the first till the last frame. It was one of those once in career kind of performances. Fortunately, with an actor like Irrfan, we may be able to see many more of these.

3) Sujoy Ghosh for the original screenplay in Kahaani- Everyone like Vidya Balan in Kahaani, and so did I. She was fantastic; but what stood for me, and stayed with me for a long time was the screenplay of Kahaani. A rare edgy thriller from Bollywood that surpassed all other in its genre. Some argued that its climax was inspired from the Angelina Jolie film, but again, it was only that part that resembled that film, the real twist was the one that stumped everyone. This is THE bollywood thriller to be remembered.

4) Some Comedy bits in Chaar Din Ki Chandni - CCKC was your one more comedy film, however there were some genuinely hilarious scenes, involving, Tushaar Kapoor, Mukul Dev, Sushant Singh and Chandrachur Singh. I couldn’t help myself laughing non-stop during those scenes. I wouldn’t recommend the film but would recommend some scenes from it.

5) The simplicity of Vicky Donor- To be honest, I found Vicky donor, a decent to good film with some light moments. However, what I really appreciate about VD is its simplicity and how it said a lot without saying it put loudly or repetitively. Everyone from Ayushman to Bebe to Anu Kapoor to Yamini and to the director Shootjit Sarkar kept it very simple and extremely down to earth. That’s where Vicky Donor found its connection with the audience.

6) The Rathore in Rowdy Rathore: Akshay Kumar played a double role in RR. While many would have like the Rowdy comedian , I preferred the Rathore. In fact, Akshay’s role as Vikram rathore is what he has been missing in the last 10 years or so- an out and out action role of a tough guy.

7) Aditi Rao’s looks in London, Paris, New York. – The film was poorly inspired from Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, with hardly any memorable moments, except Aditi Rao’s looks in the film. She looked better than any actress in the past year. Her french look was the most delightful part of the film and she carried it off with élan. Very beautiful actress. Looking forward to seeing more of her films.

8) Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh,Sachin Ladia,Anurag Kashyap for the screenplay of GOW-2 – I hated GOW-1 for what it was. GOW-2 however, was “kick ass” in its truest meaning. A screenplay so crisp and so inviting for a mind orgasm that you can’t get enough of it. I know the performances by Nawaaz and the gang were superlative but it was the narrative and the lines and the language that made GOW-2 what it was. Hats off to the writers.

8) Ranbir in Barfi- What was it about Barfi that made a relatively small , in a way offbeat film to achieve the success. Well the reasons could be many but the one that holds the most significance is “Ranbir Kapoor”. A ton of scenes from this movie was copied inspired from a ton of movies and even knowing all that I couldn’t hate Barfi and the reason- again Ranbir Kapoor. A performance so honest and splendid that I can sit for 3 hours and watch a movie where the lead character is a deaf mute again. Ranbir Kapoor deserves a big applause for doing something different and doing it the way it should be – honestly.

9) Sridevi in English Vinglish- Ram Gopal Verma said he wants to touch Gauri shinde’s feet for making English vinglish- and I can understand why. Sridevi returned the big screen and how? No shor sharaba, no big lines, no loud melodrama and yet, Sri wins your heart every time she smiles in the movie. It was such a great experience the audience almost swooning over a yester year actress delievering a knock out performance in one of the better films of the year. I know it’s a cliché but I’ll say it anyways- I can’t imagine anyone else playing Shashi and making English Vinglish what it became other than Sridevi.

10) Aamir In Talaash- Yes Zoya Akhtar and Reemi Kagti kind of disappointed with the climax of the film. Yes it did not live upto the hype it created and yes, it wasn’t as good as we all wanted it to be yet Talaash did give us one of the best performances of the year given that we had some pretty good ones this year. Aamir Khan’s portrayal of Surjan Shekhawat, the stressed , emotionally devastated and the restless, insomniac cop was a great performance indeed. Not for a second did Aamir waiver off from the character and one could see the pain and trauma of such a character on Aamir’s face. A great subtle performance, which helped Talaash more than anything else.

11) Chulbul Salman Pandey In Dabangg2 – Yes I know, even a lot of Fans were disappointed and that kind of was expected as people were expecting the story of the “Dabangg” to go forward while actually, it regressed to a point that there was no story per say. However, dispite that major flaw, Dabangg worked for me providing non-stop entertainment without a single dull moment and all of this because of one and one person only- Chulbul Pandey aka Salman Khan. Salman lived the character of the notorious Robinhood Pandey (now also known as Kung fu Pandey) in each frame of the movie. It was almost as if I was watching a documentary of a UP cop called Chulbul Pandey. Hats off to Salman for making this character unforgettable.

12) The story, screenplay, Paresh and intention of Oh My God. – Undoubtedly the best movie of the year and arguably the most important movie of Indian Cinema in the last decade or so. OMG Oh My god’s plot is very simple- Something that a lot of Indians discuss over a coffee table , probably everyday among friends- Unfortunately, most of us make sure, that such conversations stay limited to the coffee table, or the Office Desk or the college Cafeteria. The makers and writers of OMG, did the bravest of things by bringing such voices to the big screen and in their original unadulterated form. The honesty and rawness of OMG is what it makes so damn important and its treatment makes it a must watch. Having said that, the gigantic brave task could not have been accomplished without a brave leader and Paresh Rawal does just that. He delivers a knock out performance and more importantly says each line in the movie in the most believable way possible. You can see that Kanji believes in his words very strongly and that there are very strong reasons behind it. OMG and Paresh Rawal are the undoubtedly the best thing about Bollywood this year.

What I thought was okay to good but could have been better

1) PST- I found Paan Singh Tomar a very average film. It was the performance of Irrfan that stands out but apart from that, it required a tighter screenplay and much better camera work. Something that PST needed badly was a great background score and I think that would have made a whole lot of difference. Tigmanshu Dhulia is an efficient director and he’s proven it many times in the Past but as far as PST is concerned, he could have been better.

2) TEZZ – Won’t say much about it. It was just an okay film which didn’t bore me. Had the writers done their job a tad better, it would have been much better a film.

3) ETT- Watching the first half of ETT, it seemed, Salman Khan has finally moved on from the senseless genre and his performance was really likable. But all the good work of ETT in the first half, was simply ruined by a stupid, idiotic storyline and a rushed mindless second half. It was almost the director/producers said–chalo bht ho gayi story, now let’s bank on salman’s stardom. huh!!

4) Raaz 3- I am a sucker for Horror films and make sure I check them out- good or bad. Raaz 3 was a typical Vikram Bhatt horror flick and it did manage to create some chills and thrills. Although, better visuals and sound could have made this much much better. I liked Vikram’s Haunted 3D a lot and hence was a bit disappointed by this. Nonetheless, watchable for viewers of this genre.

5) Priyanka Chopra in Barfi- I heard a lot of praises of Priyanka for her role in Barfi. I would say no doubt she did a good job but she couldn’t make it memorable the way Ranbir did. She was subtle at some times and quite dramatic at other times. It was like she needed more reharsal and more information about the character she was portraying. A good effort nonetheless, although it could have been a great one.

6) The climax of Talaash- I would’t have criticized Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar had there not been a Sixth Sense or the others or Stirs of Echoes. But since all those movies exist, I expected something more original from them and what they presented was admirable yet unsatisfying. The climax of Talaash was a big disappointment for me and something that almost ruined a fairly engaging film.

And now the last part- what I did not like in 2012

1)The Shamelessness of Abbas Mastan- Players
Abbas Mastan didn’t just copy The Italian job, they copied it so blindly and shamelessly that the outcome was even more pathetic than the already mediocre movie. The whole story, the steal job was exactly the same. The most surprising part was they even used the same goddamn mini coopers that were used in the Edward Nortan starrer. It was almost like; did they even work on the screenplay, apart from adding stupid songs?

2)Sanjay dutt’s joke of a performance in Agneepath
Sanjay Dutt’s performance of Kaancha cheena in the new age Agneepath was a disaster. Kaancha Cheena was not about muscles (or flab in this case). He was about meanness. Sanjay Dutt looked fat and the bald look just added to the buffoonery. The only place where this worked was while he was bashing Hrithik in the climax.His dialog delivery was his career worst. It was almost like the directory had forcefully pulled Sanjay out of an ‘all you can eat buffet’ and asked him to act.

3)The insult of a story by Shakun Batra for Ek Mai aur Ek tu
Shakun Batra- The protégé of Karan “Ha ha “ Johar came up with a story so sick and regressive that even Kjo’s KKHH started to look substantial in some sense. He basically asked the nerds out there to get used and manipulated by hot chicks and wait for that time to come.- In other words, wait for a drunk party and you may get laid, until then just hold her purse.

4) The mismanagement of himself by Madhavan (Jodi breakers)-
Madhavan looked his career worst, careless and shabby in Jodi Breakers. He was fat (not that fat is a problem, but you should carry it off), uncomfortable and stuffed in those suits. Even his acting was so rushed that, made the brilliant actor look so outright mediocre.

5) Madhur Bhandarkar’s dishonesty in Heroine-
Madhur Bhandarkar wrote his career worst screenplay for Heroine. A screenplay so hollow and narrow, that even David Dhawan seemed considerate in front of it. Heroine was written as if he just wanted one actress to cry and look awfully depressed all the time. No rhyme or reason for her behaving that way- just cry, cry and cry more. The movie’s screenplay deviated from the main topic of the film and just became about one particular case. Opportunity wasted.

6) The Chopras bringing out the worse in them and in Bollywood
Jab tak hai Jaan proved to be the most pathetic movie of last 10 years or so. A screenplay so absurd, it could have only come out of Aditya chopra’s writing. A movie just harping on love love, jesus jesus , memory memory and lust lust. Un expected pathetic moments, unrequired awfully long length and a stupid narrative. Nothing about this movie seemed right. It was a new low for Bollywood and it came from the biggest moviemakers in Bollywood.

7) Anurag Kashyap’s bore saga of Gangs Of Wasseypur -1
I had huge expectations from the writer of Satya coming up with his own version of Desi Gangs and their lives and boy, I was disappointed and how!! GOW-1 may be exactly what Kashyap wanted to show, but for me it became a sad tale of the lusts of Wasseypur. The first part did not have anything to offer except a painfully long story creafted around continuing moments of Sardar Khan drooling over his wives and mistresses. There was nothing to remember or appreciate as far as story or direction is concerned. It never took off as a Gang story and rather just remained a lust story for maximum of its duration. Excellent performances but just a ridiculously bad story. Sheer Disappointment.

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Last but not the least; I have to salute S.S. Rajamouli for writing a superb innovative script and having the talent to brilliantly execute it. Even though it was not technically Bollywood, but I would still like to give it credit as I feel language was not really the factor here. It was a universal script and a must watch film for all. Eega was brilliant.

47 Comments

  1. itsvivek4u
    itsvivek4u
    January 16, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    I agree with most of what you have mentioned here suprabh. And thanks for mentioning about Sanjay Dutt in Agneepath cos I used to think am I the only one who thinks he was a disaster in the film.

    And yes, i have read pretty much every article on internet praising Sridevi for EV and I will keep reading them and smile and be proud. Sridevi was my absolutely fav and I could agree with RGV’s statement more. What I am thoroughly disappointed at is complete ignorance to this performance so far in both SCreen and Zee Cine awards. Had filmfare not discontinued their awards for 2 years, she hands down would have won those for Nagina and Mr. India.

    Finally, one addition I would like to do personally in what I liked is Richa Chaddha’s performance in GOW1-2. Apart from a lot of quite credible male performances, her transformations, clothes, walk, attitude, hair color was so spot on portraying a woman’s journey from 20 to 60. Another performance that unfortunately will go unrewarded this year. :(

  2. Nirjhar
    Nirjhar
    January 16, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    @Suprabh and Vivek

    You two are not alone, I too didn’t like Sanjay Dutt’s performance in Agneepath, to me Rishi Kapoor was the scence stealer of Agneepath along with Hrithik.

    And abt Barfi, it is not just abt Ranbir I must say. Someone may have all the movies in front of him to copy but it is never easy to make such a beautiful film by only copying.

  3. rks
    rks
    January 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    1) Hrithik in Agneepath- I was indiffernt to the movie and Hrithik’s performance.

    2) Irrfan in Paan Singh Tomar- Liked the movie and also Irrfan;s acting.

    3) Sujoy Ghosh for the original screenplay in Kahaani- Liked it .

    4) Some Comedy bits in Chaar Din Ki Chandni -Haven’t seen it

    5) The simplicity of Vicky Donor- First half was good but second half was very avarage,.

    6) The Rathore in Rowdy Rathore: Not bad but there were South Indians in Bihar :)

    7) Aditi Rao’s looks in London, Paris, New York. – Skipped.

    8) Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh,Sachin Ladia,Anurag Kashyap for the screenplay of GOW-2 –Liked both parts but I think movie could have been shortened into one.

    8) Ranbir in Barfi- Agree. It is a heart warming story and liked the presentation. Many people had problems with story chronological order but I thought straight forward story would have been boring,

    9) Sridevi in English Vinglish- I thought it was an barely a decent movie which used cliches to show progressiveness.

    10) Aamir In Talaash- Liked it and thought movies should have ended in Sea, I didn’t find climax weak or pacing slow but spoonfeeding at end was questioning the intelligence of audience.

    11) Chulbul Salman Pandey In Dabangg2 – Like RR not bad but then I preder D1 to D2 (and I didn’t like D1). D1 there was a good antagonist here Prakash Raj and his sons were not sketeched preoperly.

    12) The story, screenplay, Paresh and intention of Oh My God. – Agreed.

    TEZZ – Skipped

    3) ETT- One of the better Salman movies.

    4) Raaz 3- Saw but forgot.

    1)The Shamelessness of Abbas Mastan- Players – Skipped

    3)The insult of a story by Shakun Batra for Ek Mai aur Ek tu – Saw but no recollection

    4) The mismanagement of himself by Madhavan (Jodi breakers)- Skipped

    5) Madhur Bhandarkar’s dishonesty in Heroine- Dirty Pictures part 2

    6) The Chopras bringing out the worse in them and in Bollywood –Tonal inconsistencies,

  4. ank_16n
    ank_16n
    January 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    1) Hrithik in Agneepath—-Yup Hrithik might have done a great job but for me movie as well as Vijay dinanath chauhan …i don’t like harsh words but Character of Hrithik was a big joke on iconic character of Vijay dinanath chauhan.

    2) Rishi kapoor–Now he again showed what a class actor He is Rauf lala rocks..!!

    3) Irrfan in Paan Singh Tomar—Great movie..!!

    4) Chaar Din Ki Chandni—yup i totally agree with u ….couple of scenes of Mukul dev were damn Hilarious !!

    5) Vicky Donor—Didn’t liked …may be it is liked by people who haven’t seen such characters and their living style in Real life but i have seen even much better punjabi characters and Delhi life its badly copied …below average movie..!!

    6) Rowdy Rathore–Before watching RR i had seen Its south original some 8-10 times and i can bet on it that RR was much-much good movie than that
    south version on every aspect..!!

    7) English Vinglish—Brilliant movie ….Sridevi was just like living the character..!!

    8) Aamir In Talaash—didn’t liked the 2nd half though 1st half was Awesome..!!

    9) Oh My God—Every Thing was perfect about this movie except 1-2 cenes….Paresh rawal is the best Actor and OMG is best movie of 2012..!!

    10) ETT—didn’t liked one bit ….movie was on par with Bodyguard for me..!!

    11) Raaz 3—worst horror movie but a good Comedy movie I was laughing in 5-6 scenes..!!

    12) Players–Kind of liked it….though if someone was looking for Italian job then he has not seen any Abbas-Mustan movie before..!!

    1. jealous hater of srk
      jealous hater of srk
      January 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      ank i thnk u didn’t saw kannada version madakara
      RR was not even 50% of it..

      1. ank_16n
        ank_16n
        January 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        jealous hater of srk—i have seen the sudeep starrer Veera Madakari …and didn’t liked it…in fact i have seen Siruthai starring karthi(Tamil version)
        Bikram Singha starring Prosenjit Chatterjee(bengali) and liked only Vikramarkudu of Ravi teja..!!

        so after seeing all the versions and remakes i can easily say Rowdy rathore was way-way above all these remakes..!!
        that’s my opinion ..!!

  5. jealous hater of srk
    jealous hater of srk
    January 16, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    1)Agneepath was good hrithik was best
    Nawazuddin siddique for GOW2,kahaani
    Paresh rawal for oh my god
    And
    Irfan khan for PST Were the best of the year in terms of male performance
    Vidya for kahaani and
    Sridevi fr EV wher best as female performance

  6. jealous hater of srk
    jealous hater of srk
    January 16, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Dont agree wit GOW1 It had some hilarious moments though as a length was too big bt was really good
    EEGA was awsome bt felt a bit short of rajmoulli’s last work ‘magadeera’

  7. ank_16n
    ank_16n
    January 16, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    and forgot Eega—–was a brilliant movie Have seen all rajmoulli movies and I rate him the best director in India right now even above Raju Hirani..!!

  8. akash
    akash
    January 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Hrithik did a terrific job in Agneepath but to those who liked badass Vijay Chauhan will find it hard to accept him whole heartedly. I still maintains if Agneepath wud have been a complete new movie instead of remake, both Hrithik and Agneepath wud ve received more appreciation than now.

  9. dwnpiyush
    dwnpiyush
    January 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    1. I liked most things in Agneepath. But yes Hrithik was fab. But then he usually is. Good thing he was not made to ham like Bachchan from the original.

    2.I liked most things in Paan Singh Tomar. But yes Irrfan was fab. But then he usually is. Best thing about the movie was that the low budget wasn’t visible on screen. Apart from the race scenes, the rest was executed with much creative opulence.

    3. Kahaani was brilliant. Read its script if you are interested. It is out- posted on moifightclub

    4. and 5. PASS Haven’t seen either Char din ki chandni or Vicky Donor

    6. Really enjoyed Rowdy Rathore- and yes the Rathore was Rowdier than Rowdy

    7. Haven’t seen London Paris new York

    8. Yet to see Barfi

    9. Sridevi in English Vinglish. She was fab of course, but it was a director’s film. Really impressive debut. My fav film this year.

    10. Talaash too was more of a director/writer film. So I will give its makers more credit than Aamir. But then he is always a creative force- so thumbs up for him too.

    11. Dabangg 2- it has done the worst case scenario in mind. And not surprisingly it was the worst remake possible with that character and Salman. Salman was fab as an actor- but he should have been better as a co-director/co-writer/contributor/producer. A major disappointment for me. Lazy film-making. and that’s why I really loved Ek Tha Tiger. It was fresh, it was subtle/sensible yet wholesome, opulent- and it made an effort. Kudos to Ek Tha Tiger.

    12. Agree with OMG. My second fav film this year. Akshay deserves the credit for backing it.

    The Things I liked apart from these:

    1. Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya’s charm.. Simple moments of fun and romance. Nice songs.

    2. Shanghai- taut film with good performances. Shouldn’t be overlooked.

    3. The songs of Khiladi 786 and Cocktail.

    4. Ishqzaade- A really entertaining take on Romeo and Juliet and QSQT.

    5. The ambition of GOW. However didn’t like the second part. It was more mindless than the mindless mass movies.

    6. The simplicity of Ek Main Aur Ek Tu

    The movies I didn’t like at all:

    1. Bol Bachchan: Blot on the plot of a classic.

    2. Son of Sardaar: Headache inducing. Completely over-the-top junk.

    3. Jab Tak Hai Jaan: An average film when seen in isolation- but considering pre-release expectations and hype a massive letdown.

    4. Chakryavyuh: Worst acting I have seen on screen, and a middle of the road commentary on a pertinent issue. One of the worst movies of the year.

    5. Khiladi 786- The genre is dying. And this movie is one of the main accused.

    6. Agent Vinod- Khud ko confuse kar diya makers ne. Plus it was too slow for a movie of its kind.

    7. Ferrari Ki Sawari: Too much sugar for me to find palatable.

  10. Gorilla
    Gorilla
    January 18, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Great post Suprabh. Please allow me to share my views sporadically.
    Let me take the movie i enjoyed the most. Sometimes one can enjoy a movie because of a great company also. This is what happened when i went to see Rowdy Rathore with my friends in a single screen in bangalore on First day Night show.
    I had high expectations thanks to its promos, but had not seen or heard anything about its southern counterparts.
    When the movie started, I was intrigued because of two parallel track- about Shiva and about the girl. I thought the movie is progressing towards Shiva ultimately saving the girl. I had no clue about the double role until Rathore came into the picture.
    Akshay Kumar handled the two role extraordinarily well. His was one of the most enchanting performance by a hero in a double role. It reminded me of great acting done by Bachchan in Don, Sridevi in Chaalbaaz and Govinda in Aankhein.
    I think Akshay Kumar was born to do a film like Rowdy Rathore.
    Rowdy Rathore also had some cool choreography. All songs had energy and sequence like never seen before. Prabhudeva made Akshay a dancing star with his antics in “Chikni kamar”.
    I note that rks found south indian playing a Bihari. Maybe he knew some of the villains and had seen them in south indian movies…but I did not feel the same way.
    The film did take liberty in terms of dialect,etc to make it a universal nasal entertainer.
    Lastly this was the movie that got maximum seeti after Dabangg. Every dialog of Akshay was cheered upon and coins were thrown at the screen. If this was happening in bangalore then i can imagine what would have happened in North India. I enjoyed to the hilt with my friends and it was more than Time wasool for me. Paisa wasool to “Pritam Pyaare” song se hi ho gaya tha. :)

  11. Shalu
    Shalu
    January 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    What I liked in 2012 :-
    Oh My God
    Vicky Donor
    Paan Singh Tomar – both the film and Irfan Khan
    Kahaani
    English Vinglish – both the film and Sridevi
    Ishaqzaade – both the film and Parineeti
    Ranbir and Priyanka in Barfi – but not the film

    Okay-okay films of 2012 :-
    Rowdy Rathore
    Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya
    Ferrari Ki Sawaari
    Student Of The Year
    Talaash

    Worst films of 2012 :-
    Players
    Ek Main Aur Ek Tu
    Housefull 2
    Jism 2
    Heroine
    Jab Tak Hai Jaan

    Not seen – Agneepath, Gangs of Wasseypur 1 & 2, Joker, Khiladi 786, Chakravyuh.

  12. Manish
    Manish
    January 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    n fact, Akshay’s role as Vikram rathore is what he has been missing in the last 10 years or so- an out and out action role of a tough guy.

    Exactly my views i preferred that 20 -30 minutes role more than shiva .

    Agree on OMG ..

    Dabangg -2 is enjoyable when i saw it in theatre , i was watching dabangg -1 yesterday once again and that made my believe that arbaaz khan was wrong choice , he lacked imagination .. maybe he wanted to play safe .. but safe play se kya hua 7-8 crore hiu to extra kiya hai …

    I found ETT boring

    I found ek main aur ek tu – one time watch

    Raaz-3 was a joke . me my brother and friend saw it in 3d ANd ROFL seeing what they have made ..BAD IMO

    rest i have nt seen

  13. Aditya007
    Aditya007
    January 18, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Movies which I have watched this year-
    Agneepath: Not much liked but Hrithik had done splended Job ,as VijaY Dina Nath chauhan! 3/5

    Kahani: Great suspense thriller movie with awesome Performance by Vidya Balan!4/5

    Isqazaade: loved this movie from YRF and superb Performances by dubetants arjun kapoor & Parneeti ! 3.5/5

    Rowdy Rathore : Just woww for this movie , Loved both Charecter performed by Akshay kumar ‘Rowdy’ as well as Vikram Rathore. Also this movie have universal WOM after 2010 dabangg ! 4/5

    Bol Bacchan: Not very Good but an decent watch, IMO Abhishek was lead of this movie, loved his work after Guru ! 3/5

    ETT: An decent watch ,Loved only action sequences which was similar to world class! 2.5/5

    Joker : decent first half ,and disgusting rest Of part of movie. 2/5

    JTHJ: really very boring movie, Wasn’t expecting from yashRaj 1.5/5

    Talaash : Very Surprised after watched this suspense venture,Splended Job by kareena Kapoor and Aamir khan,dont know why this film not work well ! 3.5/5

    K786: Movie was better than Dabangg2 IMO but It had pissed between two movies ,liked Performance by Alshay and Himesh shouldn’t be part of this venture! 3/5

    Dabangg2: Loved this movie and Its One Man show i.e Salman khan. But first part was way way better than this ! 3/5

  14. rockie_Dabangg2
    rockie_Dabangg2
    January 18, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Danish and Aryan should be unbanned. IMO

    1. sanjeev - radhey - 6th bb in a row
      sanjeev - radhey - 6th bb in a row
      January 19, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      Everyone should be unbanned.

  15. rockie_Dabangg2
    rockie_Dabangg2
    January 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Danish and Aryan should be unbanned. IMO..

    1. rockie_Dabangg2
      rockie_Dabangg2
      January 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      Duplicate comment … please can someone delete it.

  16. FS
    FS
    January 19, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    I hav always maintained that permanent ban is not the solution. 1 month ban should be the ultimatum. If the member abuses thn he appears only after a month n if repeats again hav to appear after a month only. When there r fan wars its hard to resist to stay out of fan wars which always remained the main attraction of NG.

    Atleast these fan wars kept the NG going and attracted more comments. After fan wars, it was always movie discussion. The high brow members of NG who abstained frm commenting on NG are still doing the same – abstaining. Instead Mods shud hav acted as per the demands of existing members but it was always the high brow sides and secondly even after many requests execution of action was really slow.

    Anyways now there is no use of cribbing on past and time to move on. Whenever time permits i will try to contribute whatever i could to NG as I learnt a lot abt Movies and things tht are related to movies frm NG itself. Watched some of the beautiful films after joining NG only so wil remain loyal to NG as always.

    I hope others to start commenting and put forward their views on this blog as well.

  17. Aditya007
    Aditya007
    January 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    agree with @FS , InspiteOf what has he said above , also Some Old members said to me directly on FB , NG have biased . And yes the slow server Problem ,even like/dislike coments not showing in posts.
    The banned member should be Unbanned and will try to bring back to join us again.
    All about this ,will want to say Rohit/Mods. Please!

  18. rks
    rks
    January 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    “I perosnally think, having a clean few comment website is better than having 100s of comments having half of them using disgusting words.”
    controlled chaos is fine but anything which creates an unending headache for mods should be avoided.

    1. FS
      FS
      January 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Thoda bahut idhar bhi comment kar liya karo ;)

  19. sanket porwal
    sanket porwal
    January 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Suprabh- Even I liked CDKC in bits and spurts. Some jokes were good. I agree.
    Here’s my review – http://bollywoodism-bollywoodism.blogspot.in/2012/03/sankets-review-chaar-din-ki-chandni-is.html

    There are many errors in the review though.

    Same for Vicky Donor. I liked the film but no way its any brilliant film. Yes, although I loved Khurana’s acting and the “setting”.

    Our views have matched on a lot films this time. Even I liked “Tezz” for pure time-pass. Even I feel GOW 2 was much better a film, although I found GOW1 watchable.

    Although I didn’t like English Vinglish muc, but Sridevi was amazing!

    Yes, I found Raaz3 disappointing, but an average horror. Some scene were good.

    What I disagree here- All the points you mentioned in “What I did not like” barring the 5th point (Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine).

    Anyways, a good read! And I have read your 2011’s post now. Even there I agree with lot many point. And I laughed my ass out when you said “Arkashan should have been titled K.K. coaching classes”. Hahahaha.. :D

  20. Serenzy
    Serenzy
    January 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Vivek,

    “Another performance that
    unfortunately will go unrewarded this year”

    Richa Chaddha’s Nagma Khatoon[& Khanwalkar’s Quirky Music] has been One of the Best Aspects of othewise, a Dissapointing GOW Series.

    She is One of the Top5 Actresses of 2012 and I have Nominated her in My Awards.

    …….

    Suppy,

    Even I din’t like EMAET Much but like Ishaq and SOTY.

    ……..

    Ank,

    “Hrithik was a big joke on
    iconic character of Vijay
    dinanath chauhan.”

    Akki is onto do SULTAN MIRZA this Year…bewaareee!
    :P

    …..

    Miss Doga, Ihab, Aryan and Danish, Sudi, Power.
    :(

    1. ank_16n
      ank_16n
      January 29, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      Serenzy—i don’t rate OUATIM(neither Ajay nor Emraan performance) highly it was an Above average to Good movie and performance acc. to me..!! :)

  21. Adrakh chacha
    Adrakh chacha
    January 20, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    excellent sup, agreed with everything except 3 points..
    1. ETT: for me it was a good quality product, 1st half was lil slow but 2nd half had some awesome action scenes. salman was also very good. 3.5/5
    2.The insult of a story by Shakun Batra for Ek Mai aur Ek tu: one of the best love story of recent time for me. 4/5
    3. Anurag Kashyap’s bore saga of Gangs Of Wasseypur -1: had few memorable scene. 4/5

  22. FS
    FS
    January 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    How come you didn’t mention Shanghai in your take?

  23. Unregistered Street
    Unregistered Street
    January 29, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    1) Hrithik in Agneepath- u gotta be kiddin me. The only thing worth watching in the movie s Rishi Kapoor’s performance

    2) Irrfan in Paan Singh Tomar- same. Liked both the movie and the performance. 7 out of 10

    3) Sujoy Ghosh for the original screenplay in Kahaani- yup.. good story.

    5) The simplicity of Vicky Donor- dont remember the last time a movie was so over-rated.

    6) The Rathore in Rowdy Rathore: I wish there was more of the Rowdy one.

    8) Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh,Sachin Ladia,Anurag Kashyap for the screenplay of GOW-2 – I liked both parts. 2nd one was more cinematic.

    8) Ranbir in Barfi- Usually I cant stand Ranbir.. coz he has the worst dialogue delivery I’ve seen any actor with.. even worse than Fardeen. Since he played a mute here, it made a little tolerable.

    9) Sridevi in English Vinglish- good movie… but somewhat over-rated. a 7/10 at max.

    12) The story, screenplay, Paresh and intention of Oh My God… another very over-rated movie. This comedy was just not funny.

    3) ETT- Enjoyed this one. but only a one-time watch.

    6) The Chopras bringing out the worse in them and in Bollywood – I dont get the negativity on NG. I watched this movie on the big screen, and almost everybody seemed to like it. I myself loved the movie as well. I thought it was a beautiful romantic flick… in fact better than any other I seen in a looooong time.

  24. Gorilla
    Gorilla
    January 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Street/Suprabh
    I will be writing about each film every week…so be ready to visit this thread for the rest of the year :)
    Agneepath:
    I found Hrithik just about adequate in Agneepath. I also think he did not get much appreciation, the way Amitabh got and rightly so. While I agree with Sup that it is not easy to fill in boots of BigB, but then this should have been thought of before starting the film. If you remove BigB from Agneepath, the movie was strictly average. So what was the point to remake it?
    ‘Hrithik didn’t mimic Amitabh, rather played it totally different and it worked for me.’
    Mimicking BigB for Agneepath would have made it laughable. One cannot do that. What Hrithik did is what he can do and not beyond that. I for one believe that SRK should have acted in Agneepath and Hrithik or still better Akshay in Don’s remake.
    Remember RaamJaane….i think of anyone has come closer to pay tribute to Amitabh of Agneepath fame…it was SRK in Raam Jaane. The mannerisms were similar and persona was heroic as it should be.
    The only thing Agneepath’s remake made me realize was how extraordinary Amitabh was in the original. It was a movie ahead of its time.
    I also had an issue at the script level with Agneepath remake. When Hrithik goes to Sanjay’s den….he gets mercilessly beaten, thrashed, abused, ragged and raped (not literally but hope you get it). Now this to me ended the larger than life Vijay’s character. This scene was not there in original and i felt it did complete injustice to Vijay. Maybe Sanjay Dutt’s role became more beefy due to this part of script but it already was and hence do not feel it helped then.
    The remake was too dark though just adequate to make me like it.

  25. rajesh
    rajesh
    January 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Interesting discussion, NG started to look alike the site it was before free membership was offered. However, permanent banning would be the last thing I prefer on any blog.

    Coming to topic, what I like in 2012
    Paresh Rawal in OMG
    Sridevi in EV
    and soundtreck of K786 and Cocktail

    What I found OK to good
    Salman Khan in both ETT and D2
    Akshay Kumar in RR
    Aamir Khan in Talaash

    What I dont like in 2012
    SRK in JTHJ
    Katerina again in JTHJ
    HF2 and Joker
    K786 as a movie

  26. Gorilla
    Gorilla
    February 2, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    I agree the most with what is said about Aamir khan in Talaash. His acting was superb. I think this act of Aamir will go as most underrated but one of his best effort. He was for a change natural and somewhere it seemed he was in complete control over the dilemma that his character was facing. His response to the incidents that the movie unfold was so controlled that for once I thought that this movie is going into great heights….of course he was ably supported by Rani Mukherjee…but then if not for Aamir, this movie would have been hardly believable the way it ultimately was. Hats off to you….you are the real Ace khan and I am in complete agreement with Suprabh with this one.
    This movie has the best WOM among women. I think somewhere the movie had a good feminine emotions or rather showed how a woman would expect a man to respond…a lady director here has a lot to do with this and hats off to Reema Kagti for making a movie for women without female domination. A point that many missed to see but was clearly evident from WOM for every Indian female.

  27. Serenzy
    Serenzy
    February 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Agree with Suppy & Gorrila on Aamir but din’t like the Movie much.

    Though I had Loved Ayushmann[VD] and Hrithik[AP] a lot in their Performances, a Rewatch of Talaash and OMG! was Enuf for Me to Nominate Aamir and Paresh as The Top5 Best Actors of 2012.

    Of course, Irrfan[PST], Ranbir[Barfi!] and Abhay Deol[Shanghai] being the Superior Ones.

    Kareena Kapoor though IMO, OWNED Talaash and was My Best Supporting Actress 2012

    ….

    My Take on Talaash: http://www.naachgaana.com/2012/12/02/ta-fuq/

    My Award-Winners for 2012: http://www.naachgaana.com/2013/01/20/honest-bollywood-awards-2013/

  28. Serenzy
    Serenzy
    February 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Agree with Suppy & Gorrila on Aamir but din’t like the Movie much.

    Though I had Loved Ayushmann[VD] and Hrithik[AP] a lot in their Performances, a Rewatch of Talaash and OMG! was Enuf for Me to Nominate Aamir and Paresh as The Top5 Best Actors of 2012.

    Of course, Irrfan[PST], Ranbir[Barfi!] and Abhay Deol[Shanghai] being the Superior Ones.

    Kareena Kapoor though IMO, OWNED Talaash and was My Best Supporting Actress 2012

    ….

    My Take on Talaash: http://www.naachgaana.com/2012/12/02/ta-fuq/

    My Award-Winners for 2012: http://www.naachgaana.com/2013/01/20/honest-bollywood-awards-2013/

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