Here’s the fully loaded Bollywood dictionary of 2014.
She headlined this season’s biggest band baaja baaraat and upstaged Baba Siddiqui’s Iftaar when she got the warring Khans, Salman and Shah Rukh to hug and make up. Again.
The anthem of the year that made Sunny Leone a legit Bollywood star. Fact of life: yeh duniya pital di.
Keeping aside the way the word was pronounced in the film, that Haider dared to bring Kashmir and AFSPA in mainstream conversation showed incredible chutzpah on the part of filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj. Post release too there was lots of chutzpah going around with protests that the film is one sided. Do we really expect films to give solutions to strategic national issues? Chutzpah.
Her twitter war on a leading newspaper that published a gallery of tasteless images featuring her showed that Deepika has a cleavage and a voice too.
The public battle between ex-lovers Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia created quite a mess. Feisty Preity stood her ground and dealt it all with great self-pride.
There’s a new Hearthrob in town whose first name itself means Heart. The dishy Pakistani actor made us realize what it truly means to Love Thy Neighbour.
G—Genius of the Year
Alia Bhatt and All India Bakchod’s viral video was fun, fresh and an online rage. It also heralded a new coming of age for Young Bollywood who can indeed laugh at themselves.
The alphabet of the year with maximum film titles—Highway, Hasee Toh Phasee, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, Haider, Happy New Year, Hawaa Hawaai, Holiday—a Soldier is Never Off Duty. Almost all of them clicked except Humshakals, of course.
I—Ice Bucket Challenge
Which became the Bang Bang Dares courtesy Hrithik Roshan who threw challenges to his Bollywood colleagues to promote his action adventure. The best dare was Ranveer Singh dressed as Krrish on Linking Road dancing to Main Aisa Kyun Hoon.
Of course Sanjay Dutt style, full of furloughs. Kamaal R Khan cracked the best joke on this topic when he tweeted “waqt aur Sanjay Dutt kaise nikal jaate hain pata hi nahin chalta.”
The photo op of Salman Khan flying kites with Narendra Modi in the run up to the election was seen as a big statement by the actor’s Muslim fans. Salman also had the quip of the year in Kick where he said, “Main dil mein aata hoon.. samajh mein nahin.”
The appearance of Anushka Sharma and her lips on Koffee with Karan trended all over social networking sites. The actor took on the online bullies with grace and humour.
In Dedh Ishqiya, they called it ‘Gilli’, Rajinikanth did a movie called Lingaa while in Action Jackson Sonakshi Sinha kept wanting to catch a peekaboo of Ajay Devgn’s man bits because it was lucky for her.
It took a biopic on MC Mary Kom for Bollywood to tell us that North East is also a part of India. Never mind the outrage about Priyanka Chopra’s casting that she did not look Manipuri enough, that we celebrated a national icon was happiness enough.
In other words, Oh My God!! For reference watch PK and follow the madness post its release.
When you hear words like naada, g phaad ke, keeda, haddi, teri maa ka in songs, you know it’s time to call the gravediggers because music and lyrics just died. (PS: Kindly note my awesome pun on gravediggers—Haider’s gooseflesh inducing song which ironically was the very best of the year.)
The year belonged to the Queens. Be it Dedh Ishqiya’s sassy Munira, the troubled Veera of Highway, Hasee Toh Phasee’s misfit genius Meeta, Haider’s Gazala, Sunny Leone in Ragini MMS 2, Queen’s Rani, Mary Kom, Mardaani— our Patakha Guddis triumphed while most of our heroes did the same old same old.
Matthew McConaughey had his McConaissance, with Queen our Kangna Ranaut had her McRanaussance. Hope she makes the most of it just like McConaughey. I’m ignoring Revolver Rani for now.
S—Shweta Basu Prasad
The Makdee girl braved the storm that hit her life and showed what true grit is all about.
That first look of a naked Aamir Khan as PK with only the transistor almost broke the internet.
Abhishek Bachchan did so much ulti in the multi starrer ‘Happy New Year’ but the cinema crowd loved it.
Riteish Deshmukh’s performance in Ek Villain and the way he said his dialogue, “Sorry Madam!!! Aainda Aapko Shikayat Ka Mauka Nahi Milega” gave us the chills.
PK’s catchphrase can also be applied for Humshakals, Super Nani, Action Jackson, Fugly, Revolver Rani, Gunday, Kill Dil, Entertainment, Ungli. In other words, Why???
Z— Zindagi Channel
For introducing India to some very talented actors from across the border to adding the wonderful Urdu word ‘masla’ in our lexicon, the new channel of Zee ushered a fresh style of storytelling in our entertainment landscape.