Bollywood in 2012

There are a lot of lists going around about Hollywood movies to watch out for in 2012(and I’m super excited, courtesy The Dark Knight Rises,The Hobbit,Prometheus,The Amazing Spiderman,Avengers,The Hunger Games etc.but I will not get into that list here). So I thought of compiling a list of Bollywood movies to look forward to. I’m making this list with just my filmi intuition and some data and even I know enough not to trust my intuition too much when it comes to judging how good or crappy a Bollywood movie will turn out eventually, the probability of the latter always being high. So don’t blame me if you go watch a movie I recommended here and it turned out to be the next Ra.One :D.

Here we go, in no particular order:

Agneepath: Now this one is HUGE from what we see in the trailer. It is as pure a masala entertainer as it can get.Hrithik is super-intense and Sanju baba seem to be in top form too. And going by the buzz, the movie is all set to shatter all-time opening records at the box office (Satellite rights have already been sold for a cool 41 Cr.). And it might as well set records for lifetime collections too.

Talaash: Aamir Khan. That is all. He is altogether at a different level now after Ghajini and 3 idiots (though I thought Ghajini was average, and 3 idiots was not earth-shattering as it is made out to be, still a very good movie). This movie is a suspense thriller, so I am not expecting it to be an all-time blockbuster. But you never know. AK is so astute while choosing scripts and marketing his movies, he wouldn’t have taken it up if it was just run-of-mill. And Excel Entertainment (Farhan Akhtar/Ritesh Sidhwani) can be trusted to deliver quality movies more often than not.

Gangs of Wasseypur: Anurag Kashyap doing an action/gangster movie. Expect an awesome cinematic experience. After what he has done with Dev D,this might as well become my most awaited film of the year once the trailer is out. I guess many people don’t know the movie yet. Just watch out for this one!

Yash Chopra’s next: Well, SRK is the weakest of the 3 Khans officially now. But then Shah Rukh Khan teaming up with Yash Chopra for a pure romantic movie coming on Diwali is humungous, provided SRK doesn’t look any more older than he looks now by the time the movie is released and the story is not still Veer-Zaara type. This is what Mr. Chopra had to say about the movie:
“Will I be able to live up to the blind faith that Shah Rukh has in me? Will I be able to present Katrina and Anushka in a way they have never been seen before? Will I be able to inspire Rahman and Gulzar Bhai enough to create their best work yet? My inner voice is asking me a lot of questions. Are you sure you want to direct again, you are nearly 80 years old and theaudience is getting younger day by day. Can I really speak from my heart and expect youth to listen to me?” . Fingers crossed.

Shanghai : Shanghai is going to be another small gem, if my intution is right. It is a political thriller and is directed by Dibakar Banerjee, who has a superb track record in Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky,Lucky oye and Love Sex aur Dhokha. And the star cast? Abhay Deol,Emraan Hashmi (very interesting choice of lead actors!) and Kalki Koelchin. I hope the movie is marketed well and it turns out brilliant.

Barfee: A period romantic comedy involving a guy with a speech and hearing impediment.Now this has all the movie elements which could make for really interesting content. And looking at how Ranbir Kapoor is improving with each movie, he might pull off this role too really well. Director Anurag Basu is inconsistent(Gangtser,Murder,Kites etc) but you can definitely say this is going to be a biggie.

Ek Tha Tiger: If by any chance, Agneepath rewrites box office collections on Republic Day,they are probably all going to be washed away on Eid 2012. I am no Salman Khan fan,but then you just cannot miss out on E.P.I.C. If you don’t get what I am saying, just wait and see how frenzied it gets when the movie releases. The first poster  sure looks cool but right now,with Salman Khan in the movie, NOTHING.ELSE.MATTERS. Incidentally, this is his first movie with YashRaj Films.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: I guess all movie buffs have a thing for inspirational films. This is going to be one such movie. Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra sometimes tends to lose track of his narrative as seen in Delhi 6( I liked the movie though) and Aks, but you can’t deny that he is a really intelligent filmmaker who knows how to create and develop interesting characters in his movies and is someone with a passion for cinema. We will hope for another Rang De Basanti.Farhan Akhtar is playing the title role.

Matru ki bijlee ka Mandola: Awesome title for Dumb Charades, isn’t it? :D Its Vishal Bharadwaj’s next and stars Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma.The man has an uncanny knack of making offbeat movies look mainstream which both critics and audience love and has never gone wrong with his movies (except 7 Khoon Maaf). Though I am no where as excited as I was for Kaminey, we’ll wait for the first look. I’m pretty sure Mr.Bharadwaj will make it interesting.

Other interesting films are Bol Bachchan (starring Ajay Devgn,Abhishek Bachchan helmed by Rohit Shetty), Lootera (a period flick directed by Vikramaditya Motwane of Udaan fame), Dabanng 2 (though its going to be crappy, people will go in droves to watch it) , Student of the Year(stupid name, but with KJo back in his territory of sappy college romance,it might turn out half-decent)  and  Rowdy Rathore (Akki in a totally new look. Its a remake of a Telugu movie Vikramarkudu which was average, but there’s already a lot of buzz around the movie).

This is all I could think as of as now. Have I left out any good ones?
Anyway, have a happy and adventurous 2012 and a rocking time at the movies!

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Crises of our times:Part 2 – Really bad times at the movies

I love all genres of movies (cheesy Bollywood fare included) and take pride at being an intelligent movie-goer.But these are grave times for a movie-buff to live in.Friday after Friday, one crappy movie after another gets released,is rejected and bites the dust. 2010 may well have been the worst year for movies. If you are a movie buff, you will know what I am talking about. Lets get some perspective. I was in 6th standard when Jurassic Park released, in 1993. It would take too long for the movie to reach my small town theater; so I watched it on VCD. Little did I realize that years later, I am going to regret all my life for having missed that cinematic experience of a lifetime. Year 2000. Lagaan releases and sweeps the nation in a frenzy where theaters turned into cricket stadiums in a never-before-seen mass hysteria. Or so they say,because I watched the movie in its 12th week,with a 3rd or 4th time audience who only cheered when Bhuvan hit the winning sixer. Since then, I’ve taken a silent pledge that I will watch all big movies in theater. And that’s how I came to see Iron Man 2,Clash of the Titans,Tron:Legacy in 2010,to name a few.Your regular,big-budget, highly-anticipated movies.The twist is,instead of enjoying these movies, I had to endure them. So I thought its time for a rap on the knuckles for our filmmakers.

Let me address our Bollywood fraternity first, one by one:

Mr.Akshay Kumar,
I have somehow ended up seeing lot of your movies in the recent past and have hated most of them. I am sick and tired of your shout-out-your-lines dialogue delivery,your dead-pan-face type of comedy or your I-am-just-being-really-really-stupid-so-you-morons-laugh-at-me kind of roles. I believe there are more such roles of you in 2011 too, one among which is directed by Shirish Kunder.God bless your career. Just one question: How the frig did you think Tees Maar Khan was going to work at any level???

Mr.Johar & Mr. Bhansali,
I want to believe that your attempts were sincere. But please avoid mish-mashing 4-5 Hollywood movies into one movie and presenting it to us and thinking that if one part of the mish-mash doesn’t work, the rest 3 definitely will.Copy just one movie at a time and do it sincerely. Stick to the original. Also please avoid adding sequences just to manipulate the audience’s emotions and make them teary-eyed. Try this : Hrithik Roshan’s mom comes to meet him, and in the next scene,BAM! she is dead. Ash’s husband appears, beats her and takes her away and is never seen again.

Mrs.Farah Khan,
I liked MHN & loved OSO, but TMK? All I can say to you is,keep your husband out of Bollywood. And same question as Akki: Didn’t you at any point during the shooting of that horrendous movie have a hunch that something really terrible is going on here? Or were you just conning everyone involved into some kind of heist like hero does in the movie?

Mr.Shirish Kunder (writer of TMK,Farah Khan’s husband)
Stay away from movies. JUST.STAY.AWAY.

Mr.Hrithik Roshan ,
Just when you are about to sign a movie,please follow these steps: 1) Take a deep breath. 2) Pause. 3) Take a deep breath again. 4) Relax for a minute. 5) Now continue.

Mr.Abhishek Bachchan,
No idea? Get idea.

Mr.Imran Khan,
Making cute puppy-like faces is not going to get you anywhere as an actor.Grow up fast and choose better roles.

Mr.Ram Gopal Varma,
Sir, no one knows what goes on in your mind.You won’t listen to me anyway. Even as you dump one crappy idea after another on us, we still expect you to suddenly come up with another spark of brilliance like a Satya or a Company or one of your superb Telugu movies from times long past. I sometimes wonder where you get the money for all the “experimental” cinema you make.

Ms.Deepika Padukone, Ms. Priyanka Chopra, Ms.Sonam Kapoor and all ladies,
Munni & Sheila stole the thunder from you gals last year. I hope you follow their footsteps and do a better job in 2011 :P ;)

To all Hollywood filmmakers in general,
You guys have succeeded in making me groan every time at the end of a film trailer, you announce “in 3D” with a thud.Lets admit it, not all of us are James Cameron and not every movie is Avatar. Please don’t use 3D just for the heck of it and definitely don’t add it as an afterthought.10 out of 10 times, the effects are going to be disastrous. (Clash of the Titans, Avatar:The Last airbender). I also want to point out that original ideas and great story-telling will always be appreciated, but I guess we are too late for this year. 2011 is again going to choc-a-bloc with dead and buried franchises being brought to life, prequels,remakes,sequels of remakes and what not. I daresay I’m looking forward to few of them ( X Men: first Class,Kung Fu panda 2, Captain America etc). So I can only appeal to you not to spoil the the sanctity and the honor for the original movies, and if you can, at least try to get some sort of plot going.

But we can’t stop going to the movies,can we? :) Like, I know Transformers-3 is going to be as crappy as TF-1 & TF-2, with close up shots of colorful metal clanking and scattering all over the screen, but I am still going to catch it anyway. I only hope things get so bad that Micheal Bay gets nominated for Oscars next year. Have a great time at the movies!

Update: Seems like 7 Khoon Maaf is also getting bad reviews. Goes to prove even a brilliant filmmaker like Vishal Bhardwaj can have a bad day too. Alas, where have the good stories gone?

The Appraisal

Note: This is a work of fiction. But,but…any resemblance to any situation or person in purely intentional.

In a planet far far away, somewhere in an alien conference room, an alien manager calls his alien subordinate for his yearly appraisal meeting.Our protagonist’s name is Bin Tuqkodudyll ShirdikhLa Den. We’ll just call him Bin. As is the policy of the company,Bin was sent on a project to Planet Earth as a test of his survival skills in midst of primitive technology & primitive earthlings (by virtue of brains). He had returned just the previous day.

Manager : Good morning,Bin.Good to be back on homeland,huh? Let me tell you one thing,son. If you have survived earth-phase of your career, you have survived every existential catastrophe there is. To tell you the truth, our people who are sent there sometimes take ages to get off that god-forsaken planet and return home. Some of them just give up and stay back in their transformed bodies. You heard of a human lady called Paris Hilton? That’s the original guy in the pic. Fresher batch 1997.My team.Guess he just wasn’t smart enough to make it back.

Bin: That explains a lot. Most people on earth will be relieved to know she isn’t one among them.
Manager
: Lets get started with your appraisal process. Have you filled your accomplishments for the objectives set last year?
Bin
:No boss,you did not set any objectives for me last year in spite of my repeated requests.
Manager
: Surprise surprise! I have your objectives ready now. Ta-da(flashes a print out)
Bin
: (shocked) You have my objectives for last year ready now, during my appraisal meeting??? I have a hunch I MIGHT not have enough time to finish any tasks that I have missed out.
Man
:Never mind,lets just hear it from the horse’s mouth. Indulge me. I have your money now. Ha-ha.
Bin
: Okay. The requirements document for the project had only one statement : “Ensure the Bollywood movie Kites bombs at the box office“. That’s it. I spent whole nights wondering until now how this project got any revenue for our company,if it did.
Man
: You will come to know when the TIME is ripe. Now tell me,What is Bollywood?
Bin
: Errr..Shouldn’t you be knowing that by now,being my manager?
Man
: Do I look like an idiot to you? (raising his voice) DO I? I do look like an idiot, but I’m not.(calms down) I am checking if YOU comprehend the project title correctly. Ok just go ahead.
Man: (I can’t recall this boy’s project. I will let him rattle off the entire story and see if I can recollect something.I just need some jargon which I have heard before ; then I’ll unleash my managerial powers on him)
Bin : Sir, I can proudly say that the project was completed on time and it was a tremendous success. Kites has already gone down in history as one of the biggest ever box office duds in Bollywood(beaming at his boss).
Man: (Beaming too) We are all proud of you, young Bin (young Bin? Is this Star Wars?). Now give a brief on how you accomplished this momentous task.
Bin : But why are you asking all this NOW? We had weekly video conferences where I updated my status to you regularly. You always seemed over-excited during our meetings,shouting “Good job, Bin!” even when I asked you a question.
Man
: Silly boy,don’t ask too many questions or I’ll have to just take it for granted that you are making things up and haven’t done anything!!! (The poor bastard thinks I attended his meetings.Little does he know that I just had a 3D-life size prop of mine installed which keeps shaking its head,grinning from ear to ear and exclaiming “Good job, Bin!” in one minute intervals. Isn’t that all a boss is supposed to do anyway?)
Bin
: (slightly flustered now but regaining his composure) Sorry boss, let me elucidate.Right from the beginning,I was very clear that I had to drill my way to the nucleus and destroy the enemy from inside, the core, the heart. The heart of any story…the woman….. and here comes my masterstroke….I became…..

BARBARA MORI!!!

(he continues passionately) I shape-shifted into a hot chick,called myself Barbara Mori and appeared in front of the Takla…I mean, Rakesh Roshan. I fabricated stories of my Spanish origin & Spanish movies which never existed and voila…I was the female lead of the movie.I seduced the younger one,distracted him &  together we both gave the worst performance by any pair in movie history.I hypnotized the minds of everyone involved thus ensuring the movie conks up at the boxoffice. I think I did an excellent job and hope you will give me an appropriate appreciation( in salary) for my efforts.
Man: (To himself: About time! I remember this project now. Time to show off ;)) Yes Bin, you did a great job. (Sigh) Let me first give you a little background on the project. Its a story of BETRAYAL,VENDETTA  & JUSTICE.

(Slowly takes out a photo from his drawer)
Do you know this person?


Bin: Why, of course! He is Mr.Zongdukluk Tuk, son-in-law of our honorable CEO.     (Yes guys,Jadoo got married in 2006)
Man : Yes.7 years ago,when Mr.Zongdukluk was still a kid, he acted in a movie with those sons of bitches,the Roshans. He was really excited before he left. Lets just say that he was treated very evilly by the earthlings.He was subjected to mockery and racial abuse. They denied him sunlight despite his fervent pleas of “Dhoop,dhoop,dhoop”.They even changed him name to something horridly dumb.The kid broke down on his return and went into a chronic depression.And imagine their nerves,they contacted us again through the “Om,om,om,om” signal asking us to send Mr.Zongdukluk for a sequel of the movie!!! He was a grown up by then and wanted to go to Earth and settle scores with them. Knowing his volatile temperament, we did not want to take any risk.We had a better plan. And thus your project was conceived.
Bin : (ooo, my work is concerned with the CEO himself,this is cool…) So what about my hike,sir?
Man: Aah, your hike..(long pause, looks pityingly at Bin,then matter-of-factly) You will get 2.7346 % hike on your current salary. Congrats! Are you satisfied,my boy? flashes  creepy grin
Bin: NO WAY! What is this all about? I did such a great job and you just affirmed it too. With my base salary, a hike of 2.7346% will not even get me a medium Earth-pizza!
Man: Boy,there are lot of other factors to be considered while giving appraisals.Also,I am looking at the objectives sheet I have here and you haven’t done everything you were supposed to do.Ummm..lets see.. it says here you were supposed to work on building a holographic 3D image projector. Any progress on that?
Bin : WHAA-? YES,THERE IS PROGRESS.I DIDN’T KNOW THE FRIGGIN’ PROJECT EXISTED. NOW I KNOW! (calming down)So doesn’t my work mean anything? It was for the CEO himself. Shouldn’t I get a better appreciation for my work?
Man: Calm down, Bin.Lets face it.Both of us know the movie would have bombed anyway,Barbara or no Barbara. The fate of the movie had already been decided by the cosmos.Frankly,even my 5-year old son could have done what you have achieved now.
Bin : But you don’t have a son,do you?
Man:  I stand corrected. My imaginary 5-year son would have done better than you.This meeting is done.Thank you very much.
Bin : I am not accepting this. I am not signing the letter.You can do whatever you want.
Man: Who said anything about signing, Mr.Bin? This meeting was For Your Information,that is all.
Bin : I WILL TAKE THIS UP WITH THE HIGHER AUTHORITIES.Where can I put forth my grievances regarding my raise?
Man: We are working on a web portal for all the salary grievances. You can register and post your feelings there. I will look into it as soon as time permits.You trust your boss,don’t you? wink wink

Back to the movies!!!

Saw Angels & Demons last Sunday. A movie at the theaters after a long hiatus ( >3 months). The movie in itself, turned out to be pretty average. Langdon and Ms.Vetra keep running frantically all around Rome while discussing intelligently about Bernini’s art and the other clues. That’s it for most of the movie. Going on common sense, such movies are supposed to have more action sequences or something visually appealing than the books they are adapted from. Surprisingly, the makers of this movie thought otherwise. A suspense thriller sans the action. Two positive points : One,AnD is way better than DaViC, but that isnt saying much,right? Two, Beautiful Rome and its architecture :) Anyways, I hope Tom Hanks will now go back to playing those delightful characters like we’ve seen him doing all these years.

But the big news is….its a treat for the movie buffs in the coming months! Lots of biggies lined up for India Release. Terminator Salvation, X-MEN Origins: Wolverine (actually both movies aren’t exactly setting the US box office on fire), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs & Star Trek. I have almost zilch knowledge about the Star Trek series but the movie has got such great response (all time #88 in IMDB as of today & 95% on the tomatometer) I have to watch it after all. There’s also Up (Looks like The dudes at Pixar have got an Oscar Winner yet again ) and Tranformers 2 . Then,there’s the biggest of them all : Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince . The movie has taken long in the making and it better be darn good. Phew, still quite a few movies left; but I’ll stop this here :P

Things don’t seem quite rosy on the Bollywood front what with the strike n all. Serves them both right: Producers, for giving us crappy movies most of the time and the multiplex owners for their exhorbitant prices :P. One movie which seems interesting is Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey (the title sounds cool too :D)

Enjoy the pop-corn guys ;)

“Once Again I must ask too much of you,Harry…”

P.S: Morning show balcony ticket at Rex is just 60 bucks! Even on weekends!!!

The ‘Amazing’ Swayamwar

Move over Elections,move over IPL, the biggest event the year is here – Rakhi Ka Swayamwar. Rakhi Sawant(RS) has confirmed in a recent interview a strong speculation which was doing rounds – Lalit Modi & the EC had requested Rakhi to postpone the Swayamwar till after the elections and the IPL are over. Modi actually made a deal with Rakhi that he will send some cricketers to the show if she postpones it till the IPL is over. I wonder why EC hasn’t issued as public thanks to Rakhi because if not for her , the vote percentage would’ve been much lower than the measly number now.

Anyways, now that everything is settled, the Swayamwar is all set to commence. And I, much like the Fake IPL Player have some inside information on the show (Fake Rakhi suitor? No I wouldn’t go as far to call myself that :P)Lets get to the point now. I heard SRK has sent his entire team,expenses included, to the show as a ‘reward’ for their achieve-the-impossible performance in IPL2. Last heard, some Gang-wala-Dada was in a fit of rage saying he’s married and elderly people should be respected etc etc. He was packed off nevertheless. Ishant Sharma was excited (like)a child and has conveniently forgotten the promise he made to mom that he would return home “Ganga jaisa pavitrr“.

Rakhi has personally invited some eligible bachelors to improve the ‘glamour quotient’ of the show. Of course Salman would be there(No reason. You dare question Salman Khan? Not even on a blog!). I have heard even Aamir would be there as he is planning to cast Parthiv Patel (yeah,he’s there too) for TZP-2. Sreesanth has been invited simply because when it comes to melodramatic performances in real life, he’s only next to the woman herself. Bhajji has been specifically invited to inspire(read slap) Sree and make him bring forth his melodramatic side. Tushaar Kapoor and Harman Baweja invited themselves (C’mon guys, how many months can one spend on a playtation at home?)

About the format of the show,well, here’s info on that too. Since Rakhi has stated she likes strong muscular men, there will be a do-or-die fight round. Of course, if its Ishant vs Salman, it will be “do” for one and “die” for the other. Bhajji vs Sree should be fun to watch what with all the slapping and the crying. And with all this drama going on around, can the original drama queen stay behind? Its her Swayamwar after all! I can imagine her saying “Chalo chalo, ab sab log laine mein khadhe ho jao aur ek ek karke mujhe woo karo…. Mujhse shaadi karna hai ki nai, chalo mera achcha bachcha, you come woo to me

Well, looks like I have revealed a bit too much guys. Anything more, and the NDTV bosses have threatened that it’ll be shut-shop for this blog. Ah! Like I’ll let them wrench away my freedom of expression… Ah! like my readers will let them (I can sees the :Ps) . Also whats the fun if the entire storyline of a high-on-adrenaline suspense thriller is revealed beforehand?. Of course, I wont be watching it coz its a drama whose script I already know….. Muuhaaahhhaaa (Love the mytho-demon laugh) :D

My Bollywood Top 10!

I must say this post was due for a long time! I admit the products that are churned out from Bollywood can’t be call intellectual stuff exactly and many would say there are better ways of killing time. All said and done, I’m still a Bollywood fan and hope that the song-dance sequences,the cheesiness and all other things that are so part of our movies remain so, for years and years to come. All we ask is an iota of logic….

Well then,to the topic, I would not so much say all my favourite movies are gems,but I guess we can safely say they are among the few very entertaining & watchable ones. Now lets start, DrumRoll Please…..
(this post may get a lil lengthy. Feel free to skip the boring parts.I’m afraid there are none)

10.Guide : This movie is the only one in this list earlier than the 90’s. I have seen this movie only once years ago, and the images are still stuck in my mind. The inspirational theme of the movie, ‘evergreen’ Dev Anand’s earnest performance and super melodious songs are the highlights. Gottu watch it again.

9.Andaaz Apna Apna : Arguably,the best comedy of our times. The humour was pedestrian. Utterly slapstick. The brilliance of it was that it was all intentional. So brilliant the audience then could not appreciate it and the movie actually flopped ;). Has anyone met any person who doesn’t like this movie? :D

“Mein hoon Crime Master Gogo, aankhen nikaal ke gotiya kheloonga!”
“Suno, suno duniya ke logon! Sabse bada hai Mr. Gogo!” ……………………. LOLz

8.Dil Chahta Hai : I guess lot of people would be irate DCH is so low on the list . If Farhan Akhtar would have made this movie even in 2050, he would

Aamir Khan as Akash and Preity Zinta as ShaliniImage via Wikipedia

not have had to change even a single sequence. That’s because of the ageless theme of the movie and the way its been handled. Kudos to Farhan Akhtar(his debut) for all those subtle emotional sequences sprinkled throughout the movie. Brilliant and path-breaking!

7.Lagaan : Any guesses on the biggest highlight of the movie??? Its the pre-release promotion, in which the ‘Genius’ Khan (debuting as producer) didn’t let the masses have an iota of hint what this movie was all about. And when the movie released, people came to know the movie had a full length cricket match in it! And what helluva entertainment it was! Bhuvan all the way! :D

6.Pardes: I’ll admit this movie is in this list because of my SRK bias. But I assure you,this movie has one of Shah Rukh Khan’s finest performances (Seriously, no hamming, no making monkey faces :D). It has some great Bollywood-sque dramatic sequences and of course you’ll remember the mind-blowing music score. Watch this movie and you’ll know Mr.Ghai is(was?) called the Showman of Bollywood. Suggestion :Just ignore the America bashing (or enjoy it ;))

The Top 5 now!

5.Taare Zameen Par : Aamir Khan the director, debuts and how! Awesome,awesome movie. Sensitive and intelligent filmmaking as never seen in Bollywood before.This movie has more ‘goosebumps’ sequences (you know?) than any movie I’ve seen in a very long time. And to top that with commercial success! Now that’s genius. I have seen this movie only once, so as of now its at number 5.
(Ponder: I guess Aamir knew this movie is gonna rock. Maybe thats why he didn’t spend much on the pre-release promotion,unlike himself. People weren’t very interested before it released)

4.Ghulam : Its kinda sad people only remember Ghulam for ‘Aati Kya Khandala’. The most inspirational hindi movie ever, IMHO. The movie had a great story and screenplay and a mind-blowing performance from Aamir Khan. Never got bored watching this movie! Totally recommended!

3.Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa: SRK has been awarded Filmfare Critics’ Choice Best Actor Award only twice until now. The first one was for this gem of a movie (and next Mohabbatein). Another very under-rated movie. Shah Rukh’s realistic, adorable portrayal of the lead character Sunil with all his vulnerability,innocence and even grey shades instantly makes you identify with the character and vouch for him . King Khan through and through! If you watched this movie when you were a kid and have forgotten it, I recommend you watch this one again :)

2.Kal Ho Na Ho: Another path-breaking movie , for all the gay jokes and making KantaBen a household name :D . Sheer entertainment value, SRK-Saif-Preity Chemistry,the title song,the then-innovative camerawork, dollops of emotions etc etc. make this movie such a delightful watch!

Now to The Numero Uno, the Baap Of All Entertainers, my all-time fav :)
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1. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge(DDLJ):

Raj agar yeh ladki tujhse pyaar karti hain to yeh tujhe palat ke dekhegi
(Raj whispers… And so do the entire audience in the movie hall) ‘Palat! Palat!
And then Simran palats with a smile….

This sequnce is just one of the several magical moments that make this movie. Cinematic Magic at its amazing best! Enough can’t be said about this movie. Or too much has already been said. SRK-Kajol’s crackling chemistry, the great-Indian-wedding sequences which were a craze then, the snowy Swiss Alps in the first half to the lush green Punjab in the second half, the NRI factor, the songs etc etc.. Apparently nothing went wrong for this movie when it comes to entertainment value. I shall refrain from saying its a once-in-a-lifetime movie ;)

Enjoy!!!

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