Top 10 Bollywood films 2012

By Robby Mathew, India Syndicate

10. 'Agneepath'

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An ode to the Bollywood potboiler of yore, Karan Malhotra's remake of 'Agneepath', produced by Karan Johar, had all the requisite elements - melodrama, action, emotion, family, a brooding hero (Hrithik Roshan) and a terrifying villain (Sanjay Dutt). Though the film was not a patch on the original 'Agneepath', which featured an awe-inspiring performance by Amitabh Bachchan, it was certainly paisa vasool entertainment.

9. 'English Vinglish'

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Yesteryear actress Sridevi kicked off her second innings in Bollywood with a touching portrayal of a housewife, who comes into her own. The poignant tale found favour with families, the young, and the old, who couldn't get enough of Sridevi and her alluring screen presence.

8. 'Barfi'

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Heartwarming tale 'Barfi' boasted of career-best performances by Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, who played a deaf and mute boy and an autistic girl, respectively. The Anurag Basu film, with several sequences 'inspired' from the works of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, among others, is also India's official entry to 2013 Oscars.

7. 'Shanghai'

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Dibakar Banerjee’s 'Shanghai' is an incisive political thriller. A film of our times, it is a hard-hitting commentary on corruption in Indian politics. Dibakar was supported by an able cast, featuring the likes of Abhay Deol, Kalki, Emraan Hashmi and Prosenjit Chatterjee.

6. 'Paan Singh Tomar'

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'Paan Singh Tomar', directed by Tigmanshu Dulia, is a seamlessly woven on-screen yarn; it sheds light on the life and times of steeplechase champion-turned-dacoit Paan Singh Tomar. The engrossing biopic, starring Irrfan, holds the viewer in rapt attention.

5. 'Vicky Donor'

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The 'Rom-com of the year' award goes to John Abraham’s maiden production venture, 'Vicky Donor'. The light and breezy film, which revolved around an unusual subject, won over audience and critics unanimously. While 'Vicky Donor' showcased the story-telling credentials of director Shoojit Sircar, it, most importantly, featured an immensely likeable performance by actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana, who is most likely to walk away with all the 'Debutant of the year' awards.

4. 'Gangs of Wasseypur'

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Directed by ace filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, 'Gangs of Wasseypur' is a gritty gangster drama. This two part no-holds barred tale, inspired by real life incidents, was elevated by the performance of an able cast, which included breakthrough artiste of the year Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Richa Chadda, among others. While the sequel was a tad bit stretched and all too familiar, one cannot but laud Mr. Kashyap for keeping it real.

3. 'Talaash'

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'Talaash' is a Hollywood style whodunit with a Bollywood twist. Easily one of the best thrillers of recent times, writers Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar keep the on-screen proceedings interesting till the last minute. While Aamir cemented the already existing belief that an Aamir Khan starrer is a paisa vasool affair, it was Kareena Kapoor who 'shocked' critics and audience with her performance.

2. 'Chittagong'

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'Chittagong' is a fitting movie tribute to the young revolutionaries of Chittagong Uprising. Helmed by first-time director Bedabrata Pain, this engaging period drama featured stellar performances by Manoj Bajpayee, Delzad Hiwale, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Raj Kumar Yadav, among others. If there is one film you shouldn’t miss this year, it is 'Chittagong'.

1. 'Kahaani'

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'Kahaani' is a taut thriller, which forces the viewer to stay glued to the screen while the protagonist, supposedly, searches for her missing husband. While the film introduced Nawazuddin Siddiqui (He played the tough-as-nails IB officer Khan) to the mainstream audience, it was Vidya Balan who stood tall and once again earned the respect of the hero-worshiping audience, with a power-packed performance. Also, set in Kolkata, the milieu, notably, was a character in itself.

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