Most of these films didn’t even cross the 50 crore mark at the box office, leave aside entering the 100 crore club. However, most who saw it in theatres first acknowledged that these were taking Bollywood in the right direction. Here is presenting the Best Five Hindi Films of 2012.
Time and again one hears directors come up with descriptions like ‘My film has layer after layer being explored’ or ‘You would be on the edge of the seat right through the narrative’. Well Sujoy Ghosh, the film’s director, doesn’t say any of this, he just does it. While the story holds maximum prominence here and Sujoy keeps it all together without aspiring to be at the centre-stage, the person who makes it possible for his vision to be executed is undoubtedly Vidya Balan.
‘OMG – Oh My God’ turned out to be a fantastic film. Even though it boasts of a complicated subject where everything from God, religion, faith and worship is challenged, this Umesh Shukla film never loses its way through it’s duration. A film like this was always akin to walking a tight rope, what with more chances of a viewer going against it than for it. However one has to credit the way it is spun together as well as convincingly enacted that instead of feeling offended, one ends up getting into an introspective mode.
‘English Vinglish’ turned out to be a very entertaining piece of cinema that was not just heart felt and emotional but also a highly class affair where one can’t help but say ‘wow’ at various junctures. The very fact that Gauri Shinde followed a balanced approach towards the film and Sridevi was just an ideal actor to enact this part made ‘English Vinglish’ a film that just cannot be missed. In fact it almost went into the Rajkumar Hirani space and ensured that there were all around moist eyes right through it’s play.
When released, this small unassuming film arrived amidst decent buzz though one could never foresee the biggie that it eventually turned out to be. A sweet and simple tale which was realistic yet so much fun, ‘Vicky Donor’ fits into the mould of a humorous tale which is not just the first of its kinds but also promises to bag a cult status for itself in years to come. Yes, it does end on a tad filmy and predictable note and though one would have thought that a different culmination would have perhaps made this an even better enterprise, the film still has in it to hold its high as one of the best cinematic outing of 2012.
One of the most impressive things about ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ was an abundance of wit and sarcasm in number of sequences. While one felt that this would be an out and out hard hitting drama and rely primarily on performances and acidic dialogues, director Tigmanshu Dhulia incorporated number of ingredients that allowed the film to take a largely entertaining route for most of its duration. Now if only the film’s second half could have been further trimmed with avoidance of repetitiveness that seeped in, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ would have been even better.
Which according to you was the Best Hindi film of 2012? Apart from the films above, we have added a few other critically acclaimed films to the list.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder