2013 was a mixed bag. In middle of the squalor of forgettable clamor like R… Rajkumar, there was an occasional Kai Po Che!, Shahid, Lootera and even a Shuddh Desi Romance that popped our way. But all that is now the thing of the past. With 2014 sparkling already with a gem like Dedh Ishqiya, Koimoi collates for you the most interesting films that the year has in store for us.
Releasing this week, the film is fashioned on the lives of two brother who make shammy erotic horror films in the 80s. The film was one of the most potent competitors in Cannes and despite the Censor Board demanding 157 cuts, it will finally hit the screens this week with merely 4 cuts.
Well, Salman fans can don a smile as the Dabangg Khan has decided to go ooze out his best moves and comes up with a kickass venture. There’s a hint of of nobility in the film which promises to not lose its crusader vein in all the masala it has. There are reasons why Jai Ho ousts Kick in terms of excitement, Salman Khan after a long dry UnSalman year. Killer!
There is something charismatic about this film. I can’t zero on what it is , may be it is the old world ambiance of Calcutta the film paints, may be it is the fascinating chemistry Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh dish out, may be it is the unusual storytelling or may be it is the presence of Irrfan Khan. But the concoction looks appealing to me.
Kangana Ranaut is paired opposite Raj Kumar Rao in this eerie comedy of sorts. It is not often that an actress is able to break out of the mould she has been typecast in but Kangana has surprisingly managed it after much toiling. The funny trailer and her impulsive acting drips the drive of the actress to deliver something rare. And for our sake, we hope she delivers.
If you have chanced upon the trailer, there is no reason why you’ll question the presence of this film on our list. An insidious Juhi and a vigorous Madhuri cast a spell for sure. For me just one did it, ” Sangathan mein shkati hai.. aur akele mein aapki fatti hai .”
Rajkumar Hirani and Aamir Khan are quite an alluring team. One maverick of a filmmaker with one perfectionist actor of sorts had given us a 3 Idiots in 2009. And now with this film, they venture the less explored arena of sociopolitical satires with this movie. This one won’t be a let down.
Happy New Year
Actress Deepika Padukone is in top form and Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has many bickering critics to shun. And SRK-Farah are back after a hiatus. The look, the team and the excitement around it is interesting. May this Diwali crackle for us. As a former SRK fan I sincerely hope the man gets back his magical zing that has been missing in his last couple of outings. Don’t settle for being merely good, go out there and be the King you are!
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi
In the omnibus project for the centenary year Bombay Talkies, the film that managed to linger the most was Dibakar Banerjee’s version of Potol Babu Filmstar. This year the director is back with a detective film that will have more intelligence than stunts thankfully. Given Sushant Singh Rajput’s brilliant work in Kai Po Che!, I guess he has left with most viewers the promise of returning with something better.
The remake of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’s Knight and Day. And given that the sexy chemistry of two ravishing looking actors Katrina Kaif and Hrithik Roashan will be back, Bang Bang might just be one lip smacking film. Amen!
And lastly, it is the epic which one can’t stop mentioning. Coming together of a triumvirate – Anurag Kashyap, Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor, each excellent in their own right , Bombay Velvet will be massive and terrific. Jazz Beats from Amit Trivedi and Karan Johar making an acting debut of sorts after the forgettable cameo in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge by playing the antagonist and a period noir of sorts, this is Kashyap’s attempt to go notches higher. Woot!
Disclaimer : The above listed films have caught the writer’s fancy and is based entirely on her opinion of the same. The films which haven’t been included did not score in her list of the Top 10 films she is awaiting.