- Ek Main aur Ekk Tu : Out of all the ones that didn’t make The List, this one is my favorite. Kareena does happy as only she can. Imran Khan plays perpetually down-in-the-dumps Rahul. Ri meets Rahul and sparks fly. But this does not end like you think it would. Very watchable for the broad-mindedness it portrays (and that’s like a say-what moment for Bollywood aficionados).
- Oh My God : With a very television serial like feel this is based on a Gujrati play and stars Paresh Rawal as a wily shop-keeper who wishes to extract his pound of flesh from God. Akshay Kumar plays God, or rather his modern avatar on earth come down from the heavens to look after the interests of his devotee. Given that we are all out of time in 2012, I will be reviewing this shortly.
- Student of the Year : Karan Johar’s contribution of the year, this is classic Johar. Slick and shiny and glamorous, this is a bunch of pretty-young-things trying to wrap their minds around what else – this is Bollywood after all – love! A fun watch of the brainless kind!
- Cocktail : This love triangle of a film pretended to be all hip and modern but had a nasty regressive streak. Saif Khan stars as suave bachelor Gautam who wants to romance alcohol-guzzling girl-friend Veronica, but will marry only the God-fearing, good girl mummy picks. And mummy dearest really likes Veronica’s mousey room-mate Meera.
- Ferrari ki Sawaari : It’s a big, bad world out there and Kayoze and Rusy have to face it together. The film started out fairly well, but got all sentimentally desi after a while, and by the that I mean annoyingly overdone. Still clean for kids except for an “item number” by Vidya Balan.
- Agent Vinod : We had two Hindi films with RAW agents for heroes. This is the watchable film of the two (Ek Tha Tiger was the unwatchable one). Anyway Saif is dashing Agent Vinod, and Kareena is his wily Pakistani counterpart, and this is a not-too-shoddy attempt at the spy-espionage genre.
- Aiyyaa : I watched this very recently, and I’ve now figured out why this didn’t do well at the box-office. Given that Rani is enchanting in this film (as she is in every film) and bubbles over as a girl with a penchant for fantasizing, this film is a tad slow paced. Review coming up soon – watch this space.
We did have some terrible films this year too; thankfully I watched very few them. I did watch Ek Tha Tiger, and cannot un-recommend it heartily enough.
Here’s to a great year for film!