We saw movies like Janne tu ya jaane na and Rock On targeted at the younger audience. Movies that were entertaining and did a fair business. Then the typical commercial movies like Singh is King and Kismat Konnection that received a warm welcome in small cities as well as the metropolis. Those hungry for some action on the screen got it in Mission Istanbul and Race. We also saw movies like Sarkar Raj and Aamir which were appreciated by a certain genre of people. Below I list 5 of my favorites from the 2008 releases, some of them may go totally unappreciated but will always remain praiseworthy:
Here are some Bollywood Movie Analysis in 2008
- Jodha Akbar: Amidst all the controversies and questions on the authenticity of the story, the movie provided wholesome entertainment. Kudos to the entire cast and crew for having showcased the grandeur and warfare with such detail and elegance.
- Mumbai Meri Jaan: The after effects of serial blasts in the Mumbai local trains on July 11, 2006 are covered brilliantly. Though melodramatic at times, it does convey how a calamitous event can effect human psychology differently.
- A Wednesday: This will remain one of my favorites for years to come. The simplicity with which it conveys its message and conveys the seriousness of issues like terrorism and our passive reactions to it is definitely worth mention.
- Mukhbiir: A sensitive film about a police informer’s life. How he dislikes seeing death so close but cant let go of his job. How circumstances never allow him to leave his job. How he keeps disguising himself to save the people and yet remains aloof. Sameer Dattani who plays the main lead is superb. Someone always seen in college-type roles comes as a pleasant surprise here.
- Welcome to Sajjanpur: Some of the entries above may give you a wrong impression that I like serious movies. But no thats not correct as this one is comedy and sensibility at its best. Shreyas Talpade plays a letter writer, the central character of this film. He is awesome and brings life to his character. Amrita Rao in a never before seen avtar is noteworthy. Issues like caste politics, superstition and belief and widow remarriage are handled quite efficiently. If these issues are shown in a non-commercial movie, they may go unnoticed. Showing them in a lighter vein, does make us think about them. A special mention of the realistic cinematography that makes you believe you are watching scenes from a real village.