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This is the end of 2008 and a good time to reflect on the good movies of Bollywood and award the deserving makers. Yeah I know they don’t care but now I know how it feels to be Filmfare for Aamir Khan.
I think this was one of the best years for Bollywood with the emergence of independent cinema from small time debutant filmmakers, most of whom were more impressive than the established ones. Shreyas Talpade and Abhay Deol emerged as the actors to really watch out for in the future and we got a long awaited brilliant composer Amit Trivedi.
Best Movie : Welcome to Sajjanpur (review here).
The other contenders were probably Mithya, Dasvidaniya, A Wednesday, Aamir, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Oh My God, but I think I’ll go with Welcome to Sajjanpur because it was truly a different movie in today’s time and still entertaining till the last drop. Of course, the direction, writing, music and acting was all top notch. What else would you want in a movie !
Best Performance : Paresh Rawal in Mumbai Meri Jaan (review here).
His Tukaram Patil was one performance I’ll always remember him by. He embodied the Gandhian wisdom that is need so badly today, and carried it off perfectly.
Among the other possible contenders : Shreyas Talpade was a revelation in acting in Welcome to Sajjanpur; Rajeev Khandelwal was refreshing in Aamir; I did not find Naseeruddin Shah do anything unexpectedly brilliant in A Wednesday; Abhay Deol was good in OLLO but not a knockout performance; Ranvir Shorey was really good in Mithya and Farhan Akhtar was quite good in Rock On.
Best Female Performer :
This was a real tricky one, because I couldn’t think of just one really brilliant performance that surprised me. But if I had to choose, I would go with Neha Dhupia for her roles in Dasvidaniya (completely natural acting), Mithya and Maharathi. Even I am surprised that I had to choose her. A few years ago, no one would have expected her to be selected the best performer on a non-adult site, but she is one actor to watch out just for the kind of movies she has been selecting.
Best Direction : Neeraj Pandey in A Wednesday.
We all can agree that it was one of the most technically sound movies of the year, and a tight and fast paced thriller. So I don’t need to defend this one.
Of course, how can I end this without a mention of Vinay Pathak ! Let’s just call him the man of the series this year for his amazing portayal of varied characters in Mithya, Dasvidaniya, Oh My God and of course, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi !
You are welcome to agree/disagree on the views here. I will not issue a fatwa, I promise.
Happened to watch Welcome to Sajjanpur over the weekend. The movie can be summed up in two words : Shreyas Talpade. You just have to see the scene where he reads the letter sent by Kamla’s husband towards the climax. With an impressive string of very versatile performances in Iqbal, Dor and now this, he is probably very underrated. He can safely be called the acting equivalent of Sonu Nigam (Sonu in singing, before you start throwing stuff at me).
The movie on the whole is a joyride, with all its characters and situations, makes sure that you laugh aloud atleast a dozen times ! And in many respects, the best movie I have seen in a long time. (For people who have seen the Marathi movie Valu, this is like its Hindi counterpart.)
Please do not miss this movie !!
P.S. : Downs : Couple of songs were not needed, but atleast they were trademark melodious Shantanu Moitra tracks.