Shah Rukh, Salman, Aamir, Ajay, Akshay, Ranbir: Who will win the race with the Best Poster of 2012?
It is yet another year marching on its way for a wrap up and we at the Koimoi.com, are back again with the biggest poll of the year, right at its onset, err, maybe even before we could begin the New Year. With 2013 almost setting in three weeks from now, we reminisce not just the mind-blowing films that our superstars gifted us with, over the year, but we celebrate the best of the best posters that were carefully and creatively crafted so as to spread the noise about the film.
Let’s take a sneak peek into this year’s nomination for Koimoi’s ‘Best Poster 2012’ crown.
The year started on the Big Bang note with a power packed poster from the Karan duo, as they took the pictorial romancing road catching Priyanka Chopra and Hrithik Roshan sharing an up close and personal intimate moment with each other through the camera lens. The other one was a bigger hit with the face off between Hrithik’s Vijay Dinanath Chauhan and Sanjay Dutt’s menacing Kancha Cheena act. And another with the angry young ‘Vijay’s’ solo poster. What added to the gravitas? The fiery and feisty inclusion of the burning Fire in the backdrop!
A film that crossed the traditional barriers, bringing in a sensational but deliberately hidden issue to the forefront, Vicky Donor scored huge on its first look. Ayushmann Khurrana who calls himself ‘Lakhon mein ek’ for valid reasons openly confessed: ‘I Am a Sperm donor’ with his various ‘roops’ all behind him and guess what, The ‘O’s of Donor had a lot to tell! Ahem.
A pregnant Vidya Balan, a wife entangled in her earnest voyage on a relentless search for her lost husband standing against the busy city life and streets of Kolkata as the backdrop, Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani was a mesmerizing watch from the first frame, the first look! Vidya emblemized and epitomized Ma Durga, the Goddess of Strength with a beautiful graphic design transforming the usually sweet, docile Lolita to a consort of a battleship. We loves!
Sajid Khan is a man of words, we must admit; when he promised for fun worth a dozen in his mad cap comic caper, he delivered just what he sought for. The film was a laugh riot and the poster, boisterous! With everyone from the veterans like Mithunda and Chintu Kapoor to the actresses like Asin and Jacqueline Fernandez, Zarine Khan and our loved Khiladi Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, John Abraham under one shade, the poster was magnanimously a peek-a-boo into the madness that awaited!
Akshay Kumar, the “Faulad ki Aulad” attempted his hand at another masala action comedy, another South Indian remake in his rebellious avatar with a poster as rambunctious as Rowdy Rathore. Moreover the poster punch came with a hand painted look and seemed to be for the masses, by the masses, from the people who belonged to the masses.
Another youthful film that made a huge impact was Ishaqzaade. With such a gripping plot and the effervescent chemistry and tiff between the two lead characters aptly portrayed with the poster where a feisty Parineeti Chopra poses in Arjun Kapoor‘s arms, with a fearless look.
Bold, sexy and completely vivacious, Jism 2 set new standards in the territory of posters by taking the whole nation on a stormy roller-poster ride! Raunchiness got a new definition and Seduction got a new dimension when the makers released the first look poster of the film showing a completely nude anonymous model showing her assets, covered in a stretch of white satin cloth. The poster went viral, crowd went beserk as the film makers stamped onto what to expect out of the first Sunny Leone starrer Hindi film. Results were stunning as the film, although with a poorly written script, garnered the necessary moolah, courtesy the tantalizing much-expected skin show. Here’s another steamy poster of Miss Leone getting intimate with Randeep Hooda.
Ek Tha Tiger
The story of an Indian intelligent agent, Tiger aka Salman Khan falling prey to the lovely and gorgeous Katrina Kaif was always in the news from its announcement, but once the digital poster released, there was an habitual mass hysteria, after all its a Salman Khan film! Set against the backdrop of a city under threat and helicopters flying all around, Tiger shuns the world with his silhouetted appearance along with a gun in one hand and Kat staring fearlessly behind him. The poster reminded many of the numerous PC games we play: from Max Payne to Assasin’s Creed, ETT had it all.
With the dusky damsel, the evil Bipasha ‘Shanaya’ Basu enveloped by spooky hands served the best poster for a film belonging to this genre. While Bipasha’s oomph and the skimpy outfit made the crowd go ‘Oo-la-la’, Emraan’s blood red eyes did all the talking.
The most light hearted yet the most touching film of the year, Barfi! opened to rave reviews after its first look was revealed. The poster that captured the Kapoor rockstar in his different avatars served for a fun outline of the character Murphy- the man of troubles, from the film. Being chalu, loved, charming, happy, and crazy and most importantly Being Barfi became the new flavour of the season. And how we adored him! Later, the makers also unveiled a poster featuring Ranbir sitting on a bench between ‘Jhilmil’ Priyanka Chopra and the sweet lady Ileana D’Cruz.
OMG Oh My God!
The Kanjibhai versus God battle was taken to new heights with a stunning poster of sorts, in the form of OMG: Oh my God’s first poster. While Akshay played the Kishan Kanhaiya in disguise, the modern day treatment was effectively visible in the way Akki, the God was handed over a cosmopolitan bike as his ‘vahan’, Paresh Rawal’s Kanjibhai mocked the unnecessary and gibberish superstitious social beliefs at large.
Student of The Year
Two hot dashing dudes, one smocking hot diva, and an interwoven story of Love, Friendship, Life and Competition was the base for Student of The Year’s posters. The poster was brilliantly chic and was efficacious in bringing out KJo’s larger than life depiction of college verve, harking back to the Kuch Kuch era! Oh-so-Hot, we almost melted!
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Torn apart from pages of Major Samar Anand’s life, this Yash Chopra classic romantic saga, unfortunately his last had a masterpiece in the making. Yes, we are talking about the poster that created a huge frenzy on the day of its release. Featuring the lead stars of the film, the poster effectively captured the two sides of Shah Rukh’s character: the cute loverboy as well as the strong army officer laced with oodles of attitude. With another sensational poster featuring the strong and fierce army officer with stubble on a bike with a backpack, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a mesmerizing imagery with stunning visuals, one that remains a Yash Chopra trademark.
Son Of Sardaar
The first poster featured Ajay Devgn entering through a majestic doorway in a Patiala Sikh makeover. A thorough mark of genius graphic designing could be apparent in another poster as almost half a dozen tried to get hold of Ajay Devgn, the Sardar who tries to run away with our desi-femme-fatale-turned-Punjabi-kudi Sonakshi’s picture and what leads to is an entailment for Life! Aptly delineated for a mad comic cracker like this, the Poster definitely made Vengeance look extremely funny! You bet.
With the top cop protagonist standing against the backdrop and the backlash of an entire city, troubled with some serial accident cases, the Talaash posters grabbed quite a few eyeballs. Alongside, a pensive Rani Mukherjee and a suspicious Kareena by the side added to the dash of suspense in this Aamir Khan thriller. Having an uncanny resemblance to Balan’s Kahaani posters, debates on its originality came as eruptions within moments. And guess what, the answer did lie within!
The poster in itself was a comeback of sorts as India’s biggest action superstar was back to where he belonged, playing Khiladi! Decorated with colours of all sorts, from the lighter ones to the shocking neons and the too-much-of-green, Khiladi 786 posters stamped upon the masala that the film promised on. With the red lined aviators and the kada in hand, Akshay’s hand packed in the perfect punch.
All it said was ‘Here comes Chulbul Pandey’ and the four words were enough to create a sensation in the industry. Salman Khan, who is a phenomenon himself today, struck a Chulbul pose in his mustached archetype, adorning his famous goggles and the thaanedar uniform. And the bullet fire drove millions crazy and the attitude robbed several hundreds of their hearts. The Dabangg 2 poster did make a statement: Pandeyji is here to stay and how! We agree, without a hitch!
Now that almost all the movies are out, and all posters are available on the Internet, take a glimpse of all the nominated posters and choose the best of the best for the coveted crown.
As we say it, let the best poster walk away with the cake! Rain votes for your favourites.