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From Badtameez to Zombies: Fully loaded Bollywood dictionary of 2013

The updated,fully loaded Bollywood dictionary of 2013,by Harneet Singh.

The updated,fully loaded Bollywood dictionary of 2013,by Harneet Singh.

A for AbRam

Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan’s secret baby through surrogacy turned out to be the most surprising news of the year.

B for Badtameez & Bokwaas

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Talk of catchphrases,talk of earworms,talk of attitude…this was the year of Bokwaas and Badtameez in the movies. Alas,Besharam couldn’t make the list.

C for Centenary

Karan Johar,Anurag Kashyap,Dibakar Banerjee and Zoya Akhtar collaborated on the Bombay Talkies anthology to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. While four topline filmmakers peacefully coexisted in making this memorable film,the makers of Chennai Express and Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbaai Dobaara,instead,presented a case for C for clash with their pre and post release run in.

D for Dhoom-boat

Vroom. Vroom. This time the bike turned into a boat — soon on its way to becoming the biggest hit ever. Christopher Nolan ki Dhoom ho.

E for Exotic

Priyanka Chopra shimmered in the J Lo-inspired shimmer outfit in her hit single in collaboration with rapper Pitbull.

F for Formula

Boss,Besharam,Bullett Raja,Phata Poster Nikhla Hero… the body count is growing. The formula is just about dead.

G for Gandi Baat


Grand Masti did it and it was a big hit. Shahid Kapoor saved his career by dancing on it. This year movies had loads of gandi baat — especially in the songs,which touched an all-time low in bad poetry with Tooh,Party all night and Pinky hai paisewaalon ki.

H for Hug

The Iftaar party hug between Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan was more talked about than all the liplocks of the year combined.

I for Iulia

The Romanian TV anchor Iulia Vantur stormed into our pop culture DNA with a link up with Salman Khan.

J for Jiah Khan


The death of the 25-year-old Nishabd beauty shocked everybody in B-town. The controversy that followed — with Jiah’s mother Rabiya Khan alleging that it was not suicide,resulted in Jiah’s boyfriend Suraj Pancholi,son of Aditya Pancholi,going to jail. Talking of jail,Sanjay Dutt checked in Pune’s Yerwada jail to complete the remainder of his five-year jail term in the 1993 blasts case. Since then he’s been home twice on a furlough and parole.

K for KRK Film Reviews

There’s a new critic in town and he’s killin’ it with his reviews. Narayan Narayan. Beware all you “2 rupees filmmakers.”

L for Liquid Electricity

For sheer innovativeness and wordplay,this displaces L for Lungi dance. Katrina Kaif just earned herself a tag line for life.

M for Maanwar Krrish 3 actually gave us a new word. Like really.

N for Nathani

Vidya Balan. Sonam Kapoor. Cannes Film Festival. Nathni. Join the dots.

O for Open letter


The leaked bikini ‘n’ beach pictures of Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor’s romantic holiday in Ibiza got splashed all over. A hurt Katrina wrote an open letter to the media requesting privacy.

P for Pyaar

Aashiqui 2,Lootera,Raanjhanaa,Ram Leela,Chennai Express,Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,The Lunchbox,Shuddh Desi Romance. This was the year of Pyaar Pyaar Pyaar at the movies.

Q for Queen


All hail the new Box-Office Queen Deepika Padukone. The golden girl had a golden year.

R for Raasleela

The new age raunchy lovers of Shuddh Desi Romance and Ram-Leela ensured that the three little magical words in our movies are no longer just ‘I love you’ but ‘Let’s get naked’.

S for Skinny Minnies


Sonakshi Sinha’s jab at reed thin co-actresses—“I’m working more than skinny minnies” was way cooler than some of her masala movie choices.

T for Theseus & Tiffin

The mascots of the two most loved indie films of the year — Ship of Theseus and The Lunchbox.

U for UPSC

Raanjhanaa’s “Tumhara pyaar hai yaa UPSC ka exam,10 saal se paas hi nahin ho raha hai” is the dialogue of the year.

V for Virgin

That’s what Salman Khan quipped on Koffee With Karan. Need a (virgin) Pina Colada to ROFL over this one.

W for WTF

Some questions and moments that bothered: Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag had full facial hair but why didn’t he have chest hair? What did R.. in R…Rajkumar stand for? Was Himmatwala more exasperating to watch than Besharam? How many ways did Vidya Balan say “Hain” in Ghanchakkar? What was cuter—Gulaabi Bhains or Emu?

X for X Files

Hrithik-Sussanne and Kalki-Anurag Kashyap split had everyone talking.

Y for Youth

Sushant Singh Rajput’s assured debut in Kai Po Che!,Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor’s Aashiqui 2,Ranbir Kapoor storming the box office with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,Ranveer Singh’s debut in the Rs 100 crore club,Rajkummar (Yadav but now Rao)’s impressive turn in Shahid underlined the rise of the

young brigade.

Z for Zombies

Bollywood welcomed Zombies in Go Goa Gone.

First published on: 27-12-2013 at 05:07 IST
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