Best of 2011

Haven’t yet seen Hugo, War Horse, Margin Call yet.

#1. Midnight in Paris
#2. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
#3. Moneyball
#4. Descendants
#5. Tree of Life
#6. Martha Marcy May Marlene
#7. Young Adult
#8. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
#9. Drive
#10. Ides of March/My Week with Merylin/Adjustment Bureau

Best male performance:

#1. Brad Pitt – Moneyball
#2. Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
#3. George Clooney – Descendants

Best female performance:

#1. Charlize Theron – Yound Adult
#2 Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
#3. Rooney Mara – Girl with a Dragon Tatttoo
#4. Juilette Binoche – Certified Copy

Best supporting actor – Allen Brookes for Drive

Best supporting actor female- Shailene Woodley for Descendants

Best director – Alexander Payne for Descendants

Best Writer (Original) – Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris

Best Writer (Adapted) – Bennet Miller for Moneyball

Best Music– I haven’t come across an album which has such range of songs as Rockstar. Jo Bhi Main (Ballad), Kun Faya (Prayer, Qawali) , Sadda Haq (Protest), Nadaan Parindey (concert Rock), Hawaa Hawaa (Gypsy)…. don’t know how many times this is been playing in my car, iPod, BB, house music system, TV etc etc… Rocking best Rehman album in a long time.

When Aamir Khan asked Kiran Rao who she would like to work with for composing music of Dhobi Ghat.She replied- Gustavo Santaolalla. Well that was a tough one. Guy who scored Ameros Perros, Brokeback Moutain dream scored this lyrical tale of Mumbai city. That spanish guitar tunes are so haunting!

Delhi Belly like the movie itself music also knocked it out of park.

Sudhir Mishra whose streak of striking music in his movies continues. Same goes with Vishal Bharadwaj. These top talents of homeland has great ear for music. Yeh Saali Zindagi gave year’s best mainstream-cult-pop culture tunes be it Dar-ba-dar or Kaise Kahe Alvida or Ishq Tere Jalwe. On my playlist.

# 1. A R Rehman (Rockstar)
# 2. Dhobi Ghat (Gustavo Santaolalla)
# 3. Ram Sampat (Delhy Belly)
# 4. Nishat Khan (Yeh Saali Zindagi)

Best Actor in Supporting Role (Male) -There is strong competition in here. From Jimmy as Saheb or Aadamkhor major circling his half or whatever remains of his leg on Priyanka Chopra’s face in 7 Khoon Maaf before she feeds him to another aadamkhor creature. Or the adorable Abhay Deol’s Kabir playing games of Mr. Fraud or practical pranks on strangers or confused groom to be in ZNMD. Same goes for character actor support of Rajesh Sharma’s cop who can almost pass for a butcher trying to do the right in thing in case where powerful and corrupt trying their best to kill the case after killing Jessica in No one Killed Jessica (“Sattar [70] lakh lie hai tere baap se terepe hath na uthane ke lie. Ab bol de varna mera hath uth jayega”). Finally the kind hearted Khataana running canteen where rockstar is born telling him all artist have one thing in common- Pain.

But for me the Harami and Hilarious Naseer wins my best supporting actor catagory – “Upar valen ne niche itana kuch dia hai to thoda batane me kya jata hai”

#1. Naserrudin Shah (The Dirty Picture)
#2. Jimmy Shergil (Sahib, Biwi aur Gangster)
#3. Neil Nitin Mukesh (7 Khoon Maaf)
#4. Abhay Deol (ZNMD)
#5. Rajesh Sharma (No One Killed Jessica)
#6. Kumud Mishra (Rockstar)

Best Songs– Intense Aur Ho with operatic filler is crowning song of the year for me. Forbidden passion blazing dripping in words and actors. And what lyrics! “Mai hasarat hun tu band kiwaadon saa…khul jaane de…Aur ho aur ho saans ka shor ho taap ki or badhe… Aur mile hum aur mile hum aur hi jal jaye”. Followed by equally brilliant Jiyen Kyun brilliantly choreographed reminded me of DevD’s tripping Pardesi. Vishal Bharadwaj and Gulzaar tells story of tutahua patta in almost nomadic biblical Aawara. A lazy afternoon song transports you on roads with wilder mountains backdrop in Khwabon ke Parindey. Somber, full of longing, Javed Ali crooning Kaise Kahe Alvida in YSZ. Song is a must check out in film where Aronoday and Aditi Rao Hayadri chew each other off in bold fasion for bollywood. A rapturous remix of Khoya Khoya Chand filmed in a violent shootout and escape sequence in slo-mo. Again somber numbers Yun Hi and melodious Saibo. Amit Trivedi rocks with Dilli in the tradition of great city soundtracks (for Mumbai my fav is “Ye hai bombay meri jaan”) and closing with popular dance number Chammak Challo voiced by Akon.

#1. Aur Ho (Rockstar)
#2. Jiyen Khun (Dum Maaro Dum)
#3. Aawara (7 Khoon Maaf)
#4. Khwabon ke Parindey (ZNMD)
#5. Kaise Kahe Alvida (Yeh Saali Zindagi)
#6. Khoya Khoya Chand (Shaitan)
#7. Yun Hi (Tanu Weds Manu)
#8. Saibo (Shor in the City)
#9. Dilli (No One Killed Jessica)
#10. Chammak Challo (RA One)

Best Supporting Actor (Female)– Rebellious Tanu’s best friend Payal played by Swara Bhaskar who is perfect foil for her counterpart in delicious colloquial lines is standout supporting act this year. Followed by innocent Kriti Malhotra’s Yasmin talking to the camera sending his brother video letters is a tragic story of innocence crushed of so many migrants that the great metropolis swallows. The sophisticated scribe of Delhi Belly Poorna plays the part with such attitude and naturalistic ease. Dimpi of Ladies Vs Ricky fame Parineeti Chopra, cousin of PC, already scoring trophies everywhere. Her “lol” was so lol. Shining in minor role of new house wife Radhika Apte in Shor and playing not always pleasant bride Kalki who crashes the stag party of her husband in ZNMD closes my list.

#1. Swara Bhaskar (Tanu Weds Manu)
#2. Kriti Malhotra (Dhobi Ghat)
#3. Poorna Jagannathan (Delhi Belly)
#4. Parineeti Chopra (Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl)
#5. Kalki (ZNMD)
#6. Radhika Aapte (Shor in the City)

Best Screenplay – Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) – A fluid witty screenplay by Zoya and Reema does it for me. Three friends on a bachelor road trip, adventure sports, discovering life and rediscovering selves in this urbane bromance.

Best Dialog – Tighmanshu Dhulia (Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster)- “Abhi galati hui kahan hai, Abhi to sirf galati karneka khayal aaya hai”. Full of most quotable dialog this year is SBG. One word – wicked fun!

Best Editing – Aarti Bajaj (Rockstar) – Still haven’t got around my head how radically for a hindi film editor weaves the the tale of journey of rockstar, his destiny with fame and unconventional love story.

Best Cinematography – Carlos Catalan (ZNMD) -Breathtaking, Brilliant, Beautiful.

Best Performances of the year  (Female) – Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, black widow and serial killer in the dark inky 7 Khoon Maaf aging from 21-60 is role actor die for. My favorite performance female is Priyanka Chopra’s Saheb -“Shadi se bada haadsa hua hai insaan ke sath aaj tak”. Vidya is winning all awards this season with her silk act and deserving so in Dirty Picture. Its such a brave performance. Performance that stands out for me in this thin list of great ones is also new comer Monica Dogra’s NRI on sabbatical Shai in Dhobi Ghat befriending a dhobi played by Pratiek and falling for loner painter played by Aamir. Rebellious Kangana nailed it as Tanu smoking pot and gulping old monk neat and some nice desi profanity. Scheming seductive a little loopy Biwi of Mahi Gil in my top 5 of this year.

#1. Priyanka Chopra (7 Khoon Maaf)
#2. Vidya Balan (Dirty Picture)
#3. Monica Dogra (Dhobi Ghat)
#4. Kangana Ranavat (Tanu Weds Manu)
#5. Mahi Gil (SBG)

Best Director – Two Female ones tops my list this year. Already my favorite Zoya Akhtar whom I rank among the finest of finest directors already who is just two films old. She has worked auteurs and legends like Mira Nair, Ketan Mehta etc lists Salaam Bombay is the film that changed her life. Her ZNMD is stuff that makes list of all times favorite that celebrates life, free spirit, friendship. Kiran Rao Dhobi Ghat is poetic. Abhinav Dev shows direction chops in the zany trippy zippy Delhi Belly while Imtiaz makes her best and risky film of his career so far. One director that made me say it’s director’s movie rather than script or writer’s is Shaitan. He has a long way to go for sure.

#1. Zoya Akhtar (ZNMD)
#2. Kiran Rao (Dhobi Ghat)
#3. Abhinav Dev (Delhi Belly)
#4. Imtiaz Ali (Rockstar)
#5. Bijoy Nambiar (Shaitan)

Best Performances of the year (Male) – I am in awe with Ranbir’s Janarthan Jhakad-Jordan act. I just can’t get it out of my head. It’s one of those performances that stays with you for firing on all cylinders. Just if the word great is not that abused. Next is effortlessly great Farhaan who walks away with the film allegedly. Rajeev Khandelwal’s cop brought back the angry young man act back in action. Randeep Hooda’s fully realized Gangster still couldnt shake off the feeling it caught me so off guard. And finally my heart goes out to longing, Irrfan’s Arun, lover who takes can do anything for you phrase to new level.

#1. Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
#2. Farhan Akhtar (ZNMD)
#3. Rajeev Khandelwal (Shaitan)
#4. Randeep Hooda (Sahib, Biwi aur Gangster)
#5. Irrfan Khan (Yeh Saali Zindagi)

Best Film – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Zoya Akhtar)


Here is list of my favorite films of the year 2011.

#1. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara –  Movie of the year for me is Zoya Akhtar’s (Luck By Chance famewhich happened to be in my all time favorites) bromance Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. A fine companion to Farthan’s Dil Chahata Hai this film is a pleasure and in parts profound. Three friends (Hrithik, Farhaan and Abhay) on a road trip, bachelor party rediscover life. Essentially its banter between mental Bwoys  should bring back memories of anyone’s youth. With a witty screenplay that flows perfectly from scene to scene, easy on eyes and ears makes this delightful experience wanting for revisiting this movie again and again.

#2. Delhi Belly –  Outrageous. Hilarious. First English speaking film released nationwide have toilet humor to boast about but it is its zany direction, crazy storyline, deliciously desi profanity (it has c-word and f-word bombs casually thrown at audience) making it one exhilarating fun watch, one of the year’s best.

#3. Dobhi Ghat – Kiran Rao’s debutant soulful Dhobi Ghat with an apt tagline Mumbai Dairies tells the tale of our bustling city where all classes merge and in all of its chaos every single one comes with a story of their own. It’s character driven piece, delicately written, dream background scored and actors having a great time at their naturalistic best. Pace is never hurried. For me it’s the relationship between an NRI banker (Monica Dogra) and a dhobi guy (Pratiek) forms the core of the film. Half realized, full of longing to become more but can’t. Beautifully unfulfilled.

#4. Rockstar – Ranbir the rockstar. Rehman the rockstar. Imtiaz the rockstar. Performance of the year is Ranbir fully embodying the role no one else can be imagined in now. Just watch him singing in rock concert, in recording studios, in darga or in streets. I am in awe with this performance. Pure awe! His transformation form an innocent wannabe to arrogant star who still don’t know or don’t want to do anything with fame but beating heart for his forbidden love. One intense experience in the dark is Rockstar.

#5. Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster – A crackling screenplay with year’s most memorable and quotable dialog Tighmanshu Dhulia’s (HaasilSaheb, Biwi aur Gangster is one of the best thing to hit the theatre. If you haven’t seen this you have missed a really good one.

#6. 7 Khoon Maaf – Inky, devilish, probably our best working director Vishal Bharadwaj’s black widow romances and then kills each one of her husband in Saat Khoon Maaf. Priyank Chopra is having a dream run for an actor aging from 20-65 tying the knot seven times only to marry her next victim. It unfolds with Indian and global historical events forming as backdrop (Indira Gandhi’s Operation Bluestar, fall of Berlin wall, India’s nuclear test, Kashmir Riots) while Anna Mari Johannes aka Saheb goes over the marital distress, trying best to making it last but inevitable bell tower strikes announcing when she has enough of it. Closing the chapter with help of three loyal servants in her gothic mansion it’s almost a horror film.  And it’s astonishing for a film that’s riddled with murder, blood, sickness is narrated by calm and composed voiceover narration (by Vivan Shah).

#7. Yeh Saali Zindagi –  Oh what a fun this thriller turned out!  At heart it’s the love story of Irfan that you root for in this wildly entertaining film crowded with desperate criminals, corrupt politicians, opportunist cops, money laundering corporate bizmen, one kidnapping went wrong, one CA, one singer, one angry wife, her recently released convict husband. Life is a bitch!

#8. Shor in the City – Again Mumbai is one of the character in this black comedy populated with ordinary people with their quirky storylines unfolds in the ten days event of Ganesh Chaturthi. Karma is a bitch!

#9. The Dirty Picture – Vidya Balan’s bravura performance of semi-porn actress Silk in Milan Lutharia’s Dirty Picture.

# 10. Tanu Weds Manu – Rebellious heroine who smokes pot, drinks old-monk neat and has no qualms for some profanity and a shy, loner London returned doctor. Tanu Weds Manu. A wedding you should attend.


One response to “Best of 2011

  1. link to their IMDB pages next time. I have only seen #3 and #10 in this list

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