2009: Directorial Wins 'n' Woes

Bigger and grand faced celebs may be overtly the screen saviors, but who is to deny the makers of many entertaining, many times not, Bollywood flicks - the directors themselves...

Saturday, January 02, 2010 | 10:26:11 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Bigger and grand faced celebs may be overtly the screen saviors, but who is to deny the makers of many entertaining, many times not, Bollywood flicks - the directors themselves. It is on this basis, irrespective of the BO ratings, or DTH for that matter, irrespective also of audience response and stardom rising or falling, that we at BC look back in retrospection at what the year 2009 has offered. The ranking premise is simple - It balances the scale between uniqueness of underlying scripts to the success of movies at the hands of the respective audiences. 

What's your Rashee (1 Chilli) Involving the 12 raashees or zodiac signs as the basis of his story, and further employing the same lead girl Priyanka Chopra to essay each of those 12 characterizations was surely unique concept. Perhaps Ashutosh Gowarikar could have done better in the telling of his overall plot, which involved the search of a boy for his ideal suitor. Stillthe number of multiple characters portrayed by Priyanka was a record in itself, which thereby bagged her a nomination for the world Guinness records 2009. And nothing more, since the movie for all its conceptual difference bombed at BO and in the opinion of its majority audience,  

Dil Bole Hadippa! (2 Chillies) - The entire idea involving the change of Veera (played by Rani Mukherjee) to Veer (a sikh boy, also played by her) so she could play in the cricket team officially with her childhood idols, was a fresh thought. Repetition on the other hand, was that it was yet another cricket movie, overtly a love for the game, and in deeper shades a spirit of patriotism. That significant sections of dialogues were predictive and obvious did not help.  But what disappointed the audience most, leading to a mediocre response despite the high anticipation which had preceded the release of DBH, was the romance between protagonists Rani and Shahid which failed to live up to the vast expectations from it. That, when both actors, in particular Rani, were appreciated for their acting skill. The final ratings indicated how build up of this new thought had lacked finishing, an unfortunate fate for director Anurag Singh for potential had been evident. 

London Dreams (3 chillies) - The story of an aspiring star, an old unassuming friend who steals the show instead, rivalries brewing over professional success and a love triangle to seal its complete package. London Dreams combined a little of everything, did fairly at BO, engaging bits and pieces from themes that have been put to test over the years in a revised presentation of sort. Most significantly, it is believed that director Vipul Shah gathered the broader nuances from a late 70's stage show, Amadeus. The one end where this movie did attempt to stand out, was its music. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy did not deliver their best, nonetheless, the bold experimenting with fusion of international and folk forms was new. 

Paa (4 Chillies) - The ingenuity of this Paa's theme is debatable. Considering it was a first in Bollywood, was a definite plus. The fact that real life father-son duo of Amitabh and Abhishek portrayed roles oppositely in the movie added to some excitement, especially for Bachan fans. Big B's appearance for the movie, as that of a young boy suffering from genetic disorder Progeria and aging rapidly hence, is known to have involved high level professionalism and skill. But there is no denying the striking similarity between the concept director Balakrishnan has exploited for Paa, to its predecessor, a movie called Jack. At BO the movie has seen its share of success. 

New York/ Kurbaan (5 Chillies) - The two movies, although for the character tracks they chose to depict stood apart, did seek common grounds in choosing terrorism as the underlying theme. A theme which also for how far it has been exploited in scripts can only differ each time in the story telling itself. While New York, directed by Kabir Khan was a first of its kind under the YRF banner, Kurbaan was Rensil D'Silva's directorial debut. Both movies, each in its spot managed to impress its audience with powerful performances and engaging plots. They tie for the spot then, for the undeniable concurrence of concept and comparable ratings.

Blue (6 Chillies) - Plotting in the mysterious underwater blues, and having the lead actor Akshay Kumar perform his own line of exquisite stunts raised the bars for this action-thriller by director Anthony D'Souza. Upon release, the movie received mixed reviews, with part of the viewers raving about the spectacular show and others unsatisfied by lose ends in the story itself. Overall, the ratings at BO for Blue were easily above average. 

Love Aaj kal (7 Chillies) - For the genre of a romantic comedy, director Imitiaz Ali, in close association with male protagonist and fellow producer Saif Ali Khan, put together a thorough entertainer. Defining love across the miles, and across the decades, and concluding thereby how neither factor alters the essence and beauty of it, Love Aaj Kal was light and dense, laughable and adorable all at once. From opening to a scenario where the lead couple gives a 'break up party', to having Saif portray the older generation youthful sikh as well as the current day practical lover, to having Brazilian model Giselle Monteiro play the shy punjabi lass - the movie stood out distinctly in several aspects. Collections and ratings at BO stand testimony to fulfillment of all that the project had promised its audience. 

Wake up Sid/ Jail (8 Chillies) - With the exception of the date they released, the two movies have nothing in common. Except, also perhaps, on a closer look, the idea that they each seek to portray something of the society with sheer realism. While nothing less can be expected of famously candid director Madhur Bhandarkar, than the ugly truth Jail represented, Ayan Mukherjee in the debut directorial with Wake up Sid earned himself an instant spotlight. In his coming of age concept based on the life of a rich, socially spoiled college drop out, Mukherjee reestablished how a story that can spell to the youth those routine truths they see all around them, has no reason to fail. A trend set over two decades ago by the immortal DDLJ; progressed less than a decade ago by yet another immortal creation Dil Chahta Hai. Jail on the other hand is nothing in the lighter vein. It shows a perfect life going wrong, at the expense of a mere misjudgment, of aspirations crashing, of diminishing hope revived only by an undying will. The two movies tie position on our chart - where WuS overtakes an edge in is BO ratings, Jail leads in being a concept unprecedented in Bollywood. 

Kaminey (9 Chillies) - This venture by Vishal Bhardwaj has been, at its best compared to the works of Quarantino in Hollywood. Shahid in his twin role, where one lisps and other stammers, where one is the good and other the bad, where brotherly love is absent, won accolades aplenty and deserved. From its smashing track Dhan Tan Nan, to the perfect pace of its track and character development, Kaminey established how complete action movies can become as entertainers. It also proved, much to Shahid's relief, how capable he is of versatility in is acting. With its unique story and wide acceptance at BO, the movie was a sure mid - year block buster.  

3 idiots (10 Chillies) - Released only at Christmas, so close to the end of year yet in prime time to salvage earnings and audience, this Rajkumar Hirani movie based in its outline on Chatan Bhagat's popular paperback Five Point Someone, the movie has been an instant hit! The story revolves around the 3 idiots, who are engineering undergraduates in a premiere institute of the country. Bu the difference comes in the enigma involved with leading star Aamir Khan's character, Rancho. A movie with its share of smart humor, adolescent dreams, love and to some extent far fetched drama, it is sure to have you glued to your seats, possibly more than one time. A perfect closing to 2009, and a perfect one atop BC's chart! 

Here's wishing everyone, a very joyous, and extremely prosperous year ahead!

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Posted on: 03 January 2010 at 11:44am
ummm...wheres wanted and apkgk? they were both wins, undoubtedly.<br/>kurbaan,wake up sid, kaminey and 3 idiots- THE best movies of 2009. The rest- not so great. I think Whats Your Rashee could've been given more chillies, unlike the 6 for blue. Really? London dreams was total nonsense. Really loud acting and silly to the max.

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Posted on: 03 January 2010 at 10:57am
what is wrong with all these review stuffs.. they deliberately forget wasnt a new story or anything..but it was a total definitely shud be out it was a blockbuster of the not just saying it coz am a katrina fan.. i agree that reviews are different fr ppl.. but i guess they need to look in everyones views..a movie can be called fantastic if itz an entertainer too.. and there were some kewl scenes in the movie that need applauds.. c'mon..even the biggest of the biggest stars had agreed comedy is the toughest part..anyone can do an emotional scene and make eyuh cry..just some glycerine is all that yuh need.. but to make someone burst out laughing is difficult..!!

Again...its just my opinion..diff ppl have diff POV's... well..i had not likd the muvi London was loud acting from salman and asin.. songs were fantastic.. nothin else.. i had just got outta the theatre in 30 minutes ..!!
kurban and newyork were definitely a bigger entertainer than Blue..

and if it was fr the originality loss of the story that yuh gave Paaa just a 4 chillies then i guesss fr that acting of AB and the social causes highlighted in the muvi yuh shud have given it a 11 chillies..!!

others all got pretty good rating..
really sorry it beacame so long..was nt intending to type so much..jst came it that way..

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Posted on: 03 January 2010 at 5:19am
Do not agreeHow can Blue be given 6 chillies? It was bore of a movie and was also a miserable flop. Similarly, clubbing New York (which was a big hit) and Kurbaan (which bombed at the BO) just because their stories were similar is strange indeed. How could Wake up Sid and Jail be put in the same bracket? The first was a brilliant movie while the other was a blot on Madhur's work. It also failed at the BO.

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Posted on: 03 January 2010 at 3:00am
APKGK shud be next to whats ur rashee...

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Posted on: 03 January 2010 at 1:36am
3 idiots seems to be doing damn well!

New York was def a great movie!..but only 5 chillies?..not done!..but yeah APKGK shud be here!

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Posted on: 03 January 2010 at 12:22am
3 Idiots ROCKS!!! luved kaminey also.. where is APKGK???

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Posted on: 02 January 2010 at 4:30pm
whats your rashee, 2 idiots and kurbaan were rlly nice movies but the rest were rlly gud as well :)

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Posted on: 02 January 2010 at 2:47pm
i liked what your rashee , wake up sid ( gives good moral at the end ) that same goes with DBH , 3 idots & Paa. m i think thats it

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Posted on: 02 January 2010 at 9:06am
wus roxxx amazing superb mindblowing....totally luvvvvvv ranbirrr..!!!n yeah whrz apkgk??hw canu u forget tht..:O nd wyr iz kool 1 idk y itz flop..kaminey n 3 idiots r 22 gud..!!!

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Posted on: 02 January 2010 at 4:09am
I also think Ajab prem ... should have been mentioned. It was a very entertaining film.
Whats Your raashee is a good movie and very different.

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