What’s a birthday bash on a review site, if the author doesn’t list the movies she enjoyed the most over the last 52 Fridays? So, here goes -
Taare Zameen Par and Chak De! India completely had me sucked in. I watch an average of 2 movies a week. And for melodrama to get me not only completely involved, but also move me, is something. No, they were certainly not perfect. Who or what can really be? But, if they make me ignore their faults despite being aware of them, what else can a movie buff ask for?
Interestingly, the first review I read of Chak De! India after watching it was this one. I was shocked at the low rating! I was gearing up to face a lot of abuse for liking it. Phew! Soon enough, I found out, I was not the only one to love it.
But, I didn’t have to wait too long for being among the very few to like a movie. A few friends still have a good laugh at me for ‘appreciating’ No Smoking. I still think it is one of the best things to happen to Hindi cinema. I’m not saying it’s perfect. Goodness! I haven’t even understood it completely yet. But, just seeing abstract art on big screen, outside of FTII and the festival circuit was exhilarating. Yeah-yeah, go ahead and blame the course I did over a year ago. As long as it makes me like one more movie!
What were your favorites over these past 12 months?