Another year comes to an end with people asking the same irritating question, “What are your New Year plans?”. I have modified my reply over the years from “what is the big deal with a New Year???” to “I will be doing what I love to do, watching films that I have missed”. There is nothing more enjoyable than a planned home screening of an unseen film, dimmed lights, curtains drawn with pop corn and cola for company. Blissful.
I keep a close watch of films that I miss but for those who don’t here is a list of my favorite films from 2011. Now this does not mean I expect you to watch them on New Year’s Eve. All I wish is for all of you to watch at least some of these films in original print and enjoy them the way they are meant to be.
Special Mentions-Bollywood: This year I will stick to the regular top 10 in my list. However, I would like to mention some other films that left a mark. Sahib Biwi aur Gangster with Dhulia again in his element, Shaitan for some good hard hitting, disturbing cinema, Mujhse Fraandship Karoge for the performance of Saqib Saleem and for giving a fresh feel to the college romance, Tanu Weds Manu (On a reader’s reminder, slipped my mind) for realistic sets, authentic art direction and bang on characterization (especially Pappi), Don 2 for some slick film-making surpassing even Hollywood, and Singham for being such a damn good entertainer.
10. The Dirty Picture
Dropping necklines, superlative dialogues, and great performances especially by Vidya Balan who showed everyone that fat can also be sexy. It is one of my two favorite performances of 2011. ...