The Chronicles of 2013

Hi, tanqeed members. Although I have been visiting tanqeed for almost 2 years now, this is my first post. I have a habit of making best and worst lists at the end of every year on my blog, and would like to post my 2013 list as my first post on tanqeed. Looking forward to some interesting discussions. πŸ™‚

As 2014 begins, it is time to list out what appealed to me most and what repelled me in 2013.

Movies I absolutely loved…
Kai Po Che – Delightfully heartbreaking tale of friendship and ambitions stymied by fate!
Raanjhanaa – Wonderfully realistic and irrational love story that ends as tragically as it begins
Raam Leela – A brash, colorful take on the bard’s eternal love story accentuated by spirited performances
Madras Cafe – A hard-hitting docu-drama that takes sides but reveals enough while doing so
Lootera – A slow, yet impactful retelling of O. Henry’s Last Leaf with melodious music and beautiful frames

Movies that were flawed but watchable…
Special 26 – A trying-to-be-smart film, which has its monents but which goes a tad too far in trying to swindle the viewers, not to mention the damage done by unnecessary songs and a tame romantic angle
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – An at-times gripping biographical with unnecessary songs and bravado scenes to live out the fantasy of Milkha Singh
B. A. Pass – Faithful translation of Railway Aunty that focuses more on the lurid and less on the emotions
Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns – Interesting story brought down by the hammy Mahie Gill and the underwhelming climax
Aurangzeb – Interesting take on Don and The Devil’s Double that is a little stretched and often underwhelming
Bombay Talkies – A couple of fantastic stories (Star, Murabba) marred by a couple of cheesy ones (Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh, Sheila Ki Jawaani)

Movies I thought were overrated…
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – A coming of age film that focuses too much on long legs and pretty visuals and delves very little into the subject matter
The Lunchbox – A pretentious and boring film with some good moments
Shuddh Desi Romance – Unrelatable yawn-fest, where you lose track of who wants what as quickly as the characters in the film
Ghanchakkar – Too underwhelming for its own good

Movies I hated…
Grand Masti – Unfunny, boring and lame
Zanjeer – Ghastly!
Chennai Express – Squanders some interesting ideas to deliver a stereotypical unfunny comedy with a hammy SRK in every frame
The Attacks of 26/11 – Terrible attempt at homage to the dastardly acts, punctuated with irritating background music, pathetic camera angles and deliberately bad acting
Chashme Baddoor – Bad remake of a really funny film, even Dibyendu Sharma couldnt save this one
Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara – Yawn-inducing soporific film about clowns who happen to be gangsters

And now for the awards….

Best Actor
Sushant Singh Rajput – Kai Po Che
Akshay Kumar – Special 26
Dhanush – Raanjhanaa
Farhan Akhtar – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Ranveer Singh – Lootera
Ranveer Singh – Raam Leela

Best Actress
Deepika Padukone – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Sonam Kapoor – Raanjhanaa
Sonakshi Sinha – Lootera
Deepika Padukone – Raam Leela
Shilpa Shukla – B. A. Pass

Best Film
Kai Po Che
Raanjhanaa
Lootera
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Raam Leela
Madras Cafe

Best Director
Abhishek Kapoor – Kai Po Che
Subhash Kapoor – Jolly LLB
Anand L Rai – Raanjhanaa
Vikrmaditya Motwane – Lootera
Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Raam Leela
Shoojit Sircar – Madras Cafe

Best Supporting Actor
Rajkumar Yadav – Kai Po Che
Amit Sadh – Kai Po Che
Saurabh Shukla – Jolly LLB
Boman Irani – Jolly LLB
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub – Raanjhanaa
Paresh Rawal – Table No. 21
Rishi Kapoor – Aurangzeb
Nawaazuddin Siddiqui – Bombay Talkies

Best Supporting Actress
Kalki Koechlin – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Swara Bhaskar – Raanjhanaa
Konkona Sen Sharma – Ek Thi Daayan
Supriya Pathak – Raam Leela

Best Music Director
Amit Trivedi – Kai Po Che
Mithoon, Jeet – Aashiqui 2
Pritam – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Amit Trivedi – Lootera
A R Rehman – Raanjhanaa
Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Raam Leela

Best Song
Maanjha – Kai Po Che
Tum Hi Ho – Aashiqui 2
Sunn Raha Hain Na Tu – Aashiqui 2
Badtameez Dil – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Manmarziyaan – Lootera
Raanjhanaa – Raanjhanaa
Lahu Munh Lag Gaya – Raam Leela
Ambarsariya – Fukrey
Zinda – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Male Playback Singer
Amit Trivedi – Manjha, Kai Po Che
Arijit Singh – Tum Hi Ho, Aashiqui 2
Ankit Tiwari – Sunn Raha Hain Na Tu, Aashiqui 2
Amit Trivedi – Ghanchakkar Babu, Ghanchakkar
Benny Dayal – Badtameez Dil, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Sukhvinder Singh – Piya Milenge, Raanjhanaa
Shiraz Uppal, Jaswinder Singh – Raanjhanaa, Raanjhanaa
Javed Ali – Tum Tak, Raanjhanaa
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Ankahee, Lootera
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Shikayatein, Lootera
Siddharth Mahadevan – Zinda, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Arijit Singh – Laal Ishq, Raam Leela
Shail Hada – Lahu Munh Lag Gaya, Raam Leela

Best Female Playback Singer
Shreya Ghoshal – Sunn Raha Hain Na Tu, Aashiqui 2
Shruti Pathak – Shubharambh, Kai Po Che
Sona Mohapatra – Ambarsariya, Fukrey
Rekha Bharadwaj – Kabira, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Shalmali Kholghade – Balam Pichkari, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Shreya Ghoshal – Banarasiya, Raanjhanaa
Monali Thakur – Sawaar Loon, Lootera
Shilpa Rao – Manmarziyan, Lootera
Shreya Ghoshal – Nagada Sang Dhol, Raam Leela

Best Lyrics
Mithoon – Tum Hi Ho, Aashiqui 2
Irshad Kamil – Milne Hai Mujhse Aayi, Aashiqui 2
Swanand Kirkire – Manjha, Kai Po Che
Swanand Kirkire – Shubharambh, Kai Po Che
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Khoon Choos Le, Go Goa Gone
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Badtameez Dil, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Irshad Kamil – Tum Tak, Raanjhanaa
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Shikayatein, Lootera
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Manmarziyan, Lootera
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Sawaar Loon, Lootera
Prasoon Joshi – Zinda, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Siddhartha-Garima – Lahu Munh Lag Gaya

Worst Actor
Imran Khan – Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara
Shah Rukh Khan – Chennai Express
Ram Charan – Zanjeer
Vivek Oberoi – Grand Masti
Ranbeer Kapoor – Besharam

Worst Actress
Sonakshi Sinha – Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara
Sonakshi Sinha – R… Rajkumar
Amisha Patel – Race 2
Priyanka Chopra – Zanjeer
Pallavi Sharda – Besharam

Worst Film
Himmatwala
Race 2
Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara
Zanjeer
Besharam
Boss
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

Worst Director
Sudhir Mishra – Inkaar
Abbas Mustaan – Race 2
Ram Gopal Verma – The Attacks of 26/11
Abhinav Kashyap – Besharam
Apoorva Lakhia – Zanjeer
Milan Luthria – Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara

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12 Comments
  1. sputnik 5 years ago

    Good post Shan.

    Skimmed through it. Will comment in detail later.

    • Author
      shan 5 years ago

      Thanks Sputnik. Looking forward to your comment.

  2. FS 5 years ago

    Good post shan. Agree with first two category but the third category of yours will also fall in first category of mine, movies I liked.

    Best actor should go to Rajkumar Yadav for Shahid & Supporting should go to Zeeshan for Ranjhana.

    Best actress is Off course Deepika for CR/YJHD/Ramleela & supporting actress should go to swara Bhaskar for Ranjhanna.

    Best song – Sun raha haina tu
    Best Singer male – Amit Trivedi for Ghanchakkar babu or Arjit for Tum hi ho.
    Best singer female – Sona Mohapatra for Ambrasiya

    Best Director – either lootera or Madras cafe

    • Author
      shan 5 years ago

      Thanks FS. Unfortunately, havent seen Shahid yet, so cannot comment.

      Zeeshan was fantastic in Raanjhanaa but I feel he did not have enough footage and as a resultant, could not make enough impact to get the nod ahead of Rajkumar Yadav. Same with Swara Bhaskar.

      Music category is an open field this year with so many fantastic songs! It is hard to pick only one πŸ™‚

      Best director is a tough race too, but I feel Abhishek Kapoor did really well to convert the very filmy Chetan Bhagat book into a very likeable and gripping film. That has as much to do with the script as with direction. Then again, to each his own. πŸ™‚

  3. sputnik 5 years ago

    Best Movies of 2013 for me
    Madras Cafe
    Shahid
    Special 26
    Raanjhana
    Jolly LLB
    The Lunchbox

    Movies I found Average/timepass – Krrish 3, Race 2, Grand Masti, CE, Kai Po Che

    Movies I hated – Besharam, Himmatwala, Dhoom 3, OUATIMD

    Best Actor
    Dhanush – Raanjhanaa
    Rajkumar Yadav – Shahid
    Irfan Khan – The Lunchbox
    Akshay Kumar – Special 26
    Arshad Warsi – Jolly LLB
    Emraan Hashmi – Ghanchakkar
    Aditya Roy Kapoor – Aashiqui 2

    Best Actress
    Deepika Padukone – Chennai Express
    Nimrat Kaur – The Lunchbox
    Vidya Balan – Ghanchakkar
    Shraddha Kapoor – Aashiqui 2

    Best Director
    Shoojit Sircar – Madras Cafe
    Hansal Mehta – Shahid
    Neeraj Pandey – Special 26
    Anand L Rai – Raanjhanaa
    Subhash Kapoor – Jolly LLB

    Best Supporting Actor
    Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub – Raanjhanaa
    Amit Sadh – Kai Po Che
    Saurabh Shukla – Jolly LLB
    Boman Irani – Jolly LLB
    Anupam Kher (Special 26)
    Prakash Belawadi – Madras Cafe

    Best Supporting Actress
    Swara Bhaskar – Raanjhanaa

    • Ipman 5 years ago

      good choices

    • Author
      shan 5 years ago

      Interesting choices, sputnik. We differ a lot in the best actress category.

  4. Anjanpur685Miles 5 years ago

    Best Movies of 2013 for me (Hindi)

    Ghanachakkar
    Madras Cafe
    Dhoom 3
    Special 26

    Movies I found Average/timepass – Jolly LLB, Krrish3, CE, Kai Po Che

    Movies I hated – YJHD

    Best Actor

    Akshay Kumar – Special 26
    Saurabh Shukla – Jolly LLB
    Emraan Hashmi – Ghanchakkar
    Aamir Khan – Dhoom 3

    Best Actress
    Deepika Padukone – Chennai Express
    Deepika Padukone – YJHD
    Kangana – Krrish3

    Best Director
    Raj Kumar Gupta – Ghanachakkar
    Shoojit Sircar – Madras Cafe
    Neeraj Pandey – Special 26
    Vijay Krishna Acharya – Dhoom 3

    • Author
      shan 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, Ritz. Agree with most, except Dhoom 3. Although I didn’t hate it like most people here, I found it to be very average (at times even below average) and not worthy of any nominations.

  5. Tulmul 5 years ago

    I don’t have list of movies but only one as best of year can only be one.

    Ranjhanaa.
    Lately not seen such terrific jugalbandi or sometimes triplebandi in any movies as displayed here by Dhanush – Zeeshan ( Terrific) – Swara Bhaskar and thn icing on cake was wonderful wonderful dialogues…

    distant second will be S26.

    Tried to watch both YJHD and KPC. couldn’t complete both, later was very mediocre novel by CB and movie didn’t engage me. Tried my best.

    • Author
      shan 5 years ago

      Completely agree on Raanjhanaa, Tulmul. It is almost a masterpiece. Loved it when I watched it first, loved it even more on the second watch. The triplebandi is just awesome! Dhanush brings in a lot to the table and I feel without him, this film wouldn’t have been so effective. Of course, the direction is good too, but Dhanush elevates the film to a different level altogether.

  6. cr7 5 years ago

    Good choices .

    Best Movies of 2013 for me
    Ghanchakkar,Shahid,Madras Cafe

    Movies I found Decent – Ranjhaana,Special 26,Jolly llb,Fukrey,KPC,GGG,CE .

    Best Performance
    Dhanush – Raanjhanaa
    Rajkumar Yadav – Shahid
    Arshad Warsi – Jolly LLB
    Emraan Hashmi – Ghanchakkar
    Saurabh Shukla – Jolly LLB
    Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub – Raanjhanaa
    Amit Sadh – Kai Po Che
    Deepika Padukone – Chennai Express

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