As the year officially closes to a mixed innings at Box office today, we take a look at the some of the best movies that ruled the masses in 2013. Commercial or indie style, the audience got a taste of excellent film making from some and not so inspiring from the others.
Here are the top Bollywood films of 2013
The third one in the Dhoom series is the lowest in terms of the content, but highest in terms of commerciality. Thanks to the confidence that the ‘perfectionist’ Aamir has built among the audience post Lagaan, that even an imperfect and absurd movie like Dhoom-3 can rake in hundreds of crores. The movie got a mixed feedback, but the brands ‘Aamir’ and ‘Dhoom’ were successful in making a mediocre movie a blockbuster.
The intelligent move of Papa Roshan was the customization of the Superhero basing on sentiment and emotions. At places, it went over the top, but in majority of the portions they gelled the emotional quotient quite well in the script. And that’s what pulled the crowds. The VFX were laudable too (keeping in mind the Indian standards). The desi superhero flied high!
8. Special 26
Neeraj Pandey has mastered the art of applying an invisible fevicol to the audience seats, that the viewer is simply glued watching his fast-paced intriguing stories. Special 26, like A Wednesday, packs a power punch in the climax. Akshay’s subtle and adequate performance was another asset to the movie. Once in a blue moon, Akki chooses movis that exploit the fantastic actor in him, and this is definitely one of them.
This was the biggest surprise hit of the year. Absolutely no expectations from the not-so-famous lead pair and in fact the junta was skeptical of the movie’s music, because competing with Aashiqui’s evergreen tracks is no joke. Contrary to the speculations, Aashiqui-2 became a big success and its music was the ‘hero’ of the film. Also, Mohit Suri got the long-deserving recognition, though he made better movies like Kalyug, Woh Lamhe and Murder-2. Shradda Kapoor became an overnight star and Aditya Roy Kapur finally got his break.
6. Bhaag Milka Bhaag
Om Prakash Mehra-Prasoon Joshi’s self indulgence takes the form of slow-motion scenes in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, and drags some unnecessary portions overtly. However Farhan Akthar comes to the rescue with an outstanding performance that will leave you spellbound. Apart from the physical transformation, he has understood Milkha Singh and his life, not just factually, but emotionally too! Farhan was flawless would be an understatement. Binod Pradhan’s cinematography was a big plus too.
5. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Ranbir should probably start endorsing Everready as he is always charged up with exuberance which is one of the reasons which pulled audience to Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. This musical hit had a Kuch Kuch Hota Hai style first half, and the Ayan Mukherji’s brilliance comes only in the second half where he handles some delicate situations really well.
4. Chennai Express
After donning some serious roles in Don-2 and Jab Jak Hai Jaan, Shah Rukh Khan took a break and embarked Chennai Express. Directed by the eternal enemy of Einstein (for violating the Physics laws)- Rohit Shetty, Chennai Express was a paisa-wasool entertainer providing tonnes of fun throughout defying logic though. The movie also turned out to be the highest grosser ever.
3. Kai Po Che
The 130 minutes movie shows passion, friendship, earthquake and riots in the most impressive way on the silver screen. Abhishek Kapoor proves that he is a pro in making realistic male-bonding films. Amit Trivedi’s music blends perfectly with the proceedings. Kai Po Che also marked the promising debut of the next big thing of Bollywood – Sushant Singh Rajput. The fantastic production design had rightly set the mood of the time and space the movie was set in.
2. Ram Leela
Sanjay Leela Bhansali probably realized post Rowdy Rathore that only way to make his movies work at box-office now is to make it appeal to the masses too and introduced ‘chichorapan’ for the first time in his move. He also went back to his HDDCS and Devdas days and got some wonderful sets done. Ranveer and Deepika gave their career-best performances as Ram and Leela. Be it the playing the passionate lovers in the first half, or as the rival clan leaders in the second half, they were more than perfect.
Decades have passed since the inception of film-making but Love Stories are an ever-green genre, because it’s a fundamental feeling that blossoms in every human being on the earth. Anand Rai’s Raanjhanaa undoubtedly falls into the list of some epic love-stories Indian cinema has produced, which works big time. Dhanush flawlessly portrayed ‘Kundan’, who is the ‘Banaras ke Mohalle ka Aashiq’. Dialogues and the screenplay by Himanshu Sharma were heart-touching. The role of Rahman’s music with Irshad Kamil lyrics played a huge role in making the story-telling much more beautiful.
Apart from these commercially successful films, they were other acclaimed films which can be definitely termed as classics of 2013.
This unusual love-story had no dearth of great actors. A lunchbox connects two loners in the busy city of Mumbai. The movie had so many silent moments and stares that expressed the loneliness and the longing for companionship.
An authentic biographical film that was brave enough to portray real things very really! It is an eye-opener showing the true picture of the prejudiced and parallelized society we live in. An extra-ordinary piece of work by Hansal Mehta with Raj Kumar Yadav playing Shahid Azmi impeccably.
D-Day is the story of a team of four undercover agents sent to Pakistan from the Indian RAW agency to bring Mr.D back to India. What appeals the most in the movie is their backstories. All the three threads of Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal and Huma Qureshi were heart-wrenching, coupled with some tasteful music from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. ‘Alvida’ is one of the best picturized songs in Hindi cinema.
Bollywood was obsessed with the Indo-Pak issue for a long time, but for the first time we could see the unknown part of the history through Madras Café. Shoojit Sircar binds you to the movie so much that you come out as if you have witnessed all the events with your naked eyes. Yes, such is the brilliance of ‘Madras Café, and kudos to the Producer John Abraham.