Big budget, huge star cast, an item song that everyone on the roadside is dancing on, successful director, huge expectations, good opening but eventually failed big time at the box office, yes I am talking about “Tees Maar Khan”. Shiela and her jawani couldn’t save this one. Well, this has been the story for 2010 for a lot of flicks. Bollywood and Cricket have been two sources of entertainment in India since ever. Cricket did enthrall us throughout the year but the same can’t be said for the former. When I sat to round up the films of the past year I could list only handful of films which will be remembered in years to come. Few surprised us, few were expected hits, few reaffirmed that anything can work in India and few sanked at the box office without a trace.
Just a week before TMK released a much smaller film released which most certainly has been the biggest surprise of the year “Band Baja Baarat”. It turned Ranvir Singh into a star overnight and it’s success restated that Anushka Sharma is here to stay. “Bread pakore ki kasam, we ain’t gonna forget this soon”. Looking back, 2010 definitely stands out as the year of the small yet startling pack. Thinking of the films and performances that stand out at curtain call would be- Natha and his performance in “Peepli Live”-a biting media satire on the tensions between rural and urban India, Udaan – an intense and honest film at heart father son relationship told at its best, the comic timing of the double of world’s most wanted man in “Tere Bin Laden”, “Love Sex Aur Dhokha” -uncompromising film which caused quite a stir, “Ishqiya” that gave us Vidya Balan mouthing expletives that turned the “Parineeta” girl into femme fatale and left men scratching their brains. In all sensible stories told beautifully thereby winning the audiences hearts.
Among the biggest disappointments last year were “Kites”, “Raavan”, “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey”, “Guzaarish” , “Veer”, “Action Replayy”, “Anjaana Anjaani”, “Break Ke Baad” to name a few. All these were films with big star casts, huge expectations and all of them were “Tees Maar disappointments”!
Now moving on to the few biggies this year! We saw unbashed celebration of desiness at its best in “Dabangg”, the biggest hit in India this year. ‘Chulbul Pandey’ and ‘munni’ brought desi characters back in vogue and Dabangg also gave us a new star Sonakshi Sinha. Another hit of this year Rajneeti- a political thriller will be remembered for its great performances (“karara jawab milega”) and earthiness. Laugh riot Golmaal 3 and its success reaffirmed that SMS jokes and big starts do work at times in India, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai portrayed the growth of Mumbai underworld very well with great performances reliving 70s and last but not the least My Name is Khan- most significant film from Karan Johar. MNIK told a story that needed to be said giving us Shahrukh Khan’s best performance till date as Rizwan Khan (“My name is khan and I am not a terrorist”). The film based on humanity released in various new countries and touched million hearts across the globe and went on to become the highest grossing film overseas and thereby living up to its expectations of being Bollywood’s first global film.
So in short ‘Shiela ki Jawani’ has surely got a ‘zor ka jhatka’ and even ‘Veer’ couldn’t save it and we certainly don’t want an ‘Action Replay’ of this in 2011. What we want is a ‘Dabangg 2011’ at the end of which we can say “My name is Bollywood” & “yes I do stand for good films”!