Best Bollywood movies of 2011
Bollywood churns out hundreds of movies every year. As 2011 winds down, the countdown for the “best of the year” begins.
Three Khans dominated Bollywood in 2011. Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan were the rulers. Movies like ‘No One Killed Jessica’, and ‘Tanu weds Manu’ made Indian cinema fans relate to day-to-day life, while gathering huge box office returns.
Heartthrob Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor lit up the screen in ‘Bodyguard’, one of the biggest movies of the year. While the direction wasn't extraordinary, the music and action sequences were a major draw. Salman’s signature line, "Mujh par ek ehsaan karna ki mujh par koi ehsaan maat karna" ("Do me a favour, don’t do any favours for me") was one of the most oft-quoted lines of 2011 in India.
Another movie that had enormous mass appeal was Ajay Devgan's ‘Singham’, a powerful police action film. The surprising element in both these movies was that Bollywood tracking back its path to the 80s and 90s phenomenon of male-dominated, good-versus-evil themed movies.
Indian cinema missed its big chance to create its very own super-hero this year. ‘Ra.One’, named after the super-powered character from the movie, starred "King of Bollywood" Shah Rukh Khan and the ever-popular Kareena Kapoor. Despite its huge publicity and strong visual effects, the movie didn't leave much of an impression on critics. The movie was a commercial success, though, grossing $35 million on the opening week, and audiences were left tapping their feet to ‘Chamak challo’ by U.S. rapper Akon.
Romantic comedies are the bread-and-butter of Bollywood movies. ‘Ready’, directed by Anees Bazmee and starring Salman Khan and Asin Thottumkal, is so far the seventh highest revenue generating film worldwide.
Being a relative of the famous Bollywood actor-director Raj Kapoor comes with a lot of pressure. Fortunately, cinema runs in Ranbir Kapoor's blood. He proved his acting mettle with his outstanding role in ‘Rockstar’. From college freshman to charming lover to passionate singer, he donned each hat with perfection. Pakistani-American model Nargis Fakhri was believable as his love interest. Viewers overlooked loopholes and glitches in the movie, distracted by the stellar musical score by A. R. Rahman (the composer for Slumdog Millionaire) and Mohit Chauhan.