Best of 2009

Love Aaj KalThe verdict is already out with All Time Blockbuster – 3 Idiots. Trade pundits are already considering the movie as biggest movie of the decade. In the first week the movie has already grossed more than 170 Cr. The movie has taken both domestic and overseas market with storm. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, starring Aamir Khan, Maddy, Sharman, Boman & Kareena in lead roles; 3 Idiots is having a dream run !

Wanted would be another movie which brought back olden days action melodrama. The film is a remake of the Tamil and Telugu hit Pokiri, and sees choreographer Prabhudeva’s foray into Bollywood as director.
In Wanted, Salman plays a sharp shooter, who falls in love with Ayesha Takia’s character. The film had humour, action and romance, and won the audience’s heart in domestic market mainly in the single screens.

Saif Ali Khan obviously is as good a producer as he is an actor. His debut home production, Love Aaj Kal, was the second highest grosser of the year. Directed by Imtiaz Ali, the film starred Deepika Padukone, Brazilian model Gisele Montero and of course, Saif himself.
Love Aaj Kal told a love story of two generations, how the concept of love changed through the years.

Director Rajkumar Santoshi’s comeback vehicle Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani was the third highest grosser of the year. Ranbir Kapoor made a great pair with Katrina Kaif, and proved that he had a bright acting career ahead of him. Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani told the story of Prem (Ranbir), an easy-going character, who understands his responsibilities when he falls in love with Jenny (Katrina).

Kabir Khan’s New York — dealing with the plight of Muslims in the US after 9/11 — managed to rate in the moolah. The film sees Sam aka Samir Shaikh (John Abraham) being wrongly imprisoned and tortured for nine months, post 9/11. When he’s released, he decides to take revenge. His college friend Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is forced to become a police informant and keep an eye on Sam’s activities. He gets some help from Sam’s wife Maya (Katrina Kaif).

This Akshay Kumar hit sees him romance Kareena Kapoor on screen. Kambakkht Ishq is about a Hollywood stuntman Viraj (Akshay), who treats women badly, and Simrita (Kareena), a supermodel who hates men. Of course, they start loving each other. The film saw appearances from Sylvester Stallone, Denise Richards and Brandon Routh but could not garner any good reviews.

Priyadarshan dishes out yet another hit in De Dana Dan, starring his Hera Pheri trio Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal. A loud comedy, the story tells the tale of three losers. Akshay’s character falls in love with Katrina Kaif while Suniel’s character romances Sameera Reddy.

After the success of the Golmaal series, director Rohit Shetty scored another hit with All The Best. The film stars Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu and Mugdha Godse. All The Best did not have a story to speak of — the women simply had to look glamorous and the men had to say some ‘funny’ dialogues.

The Vishal Bhardwaj movie Kaminey saw Shahid Kapoor in a fabulous double role of Charlie and Guddu. Priyanka Chopra, playing a Maharashtrian girl, was amazing as well. In fact, the film saw some great performances from the cast. It tells the story of two brothers — the cunning cheat called Charlie and the simpleton called Guddu — whose paths cross one fine day. The song Dhan Te Nan has become a regular in most night clubs.

The sequel to Vikram Bhatt’s 2002 Raaz — directed by Mohit Suri — was a big hit as well. Raaz 2 saw a new cast in Emraan Hashmi, Adhyayan Suman and Kangna Ranaut. The film is about Prithvi (Emraan), a painter, who foresees Nandita’s (Kangna) life and tries to save her. Kangna and Adhyayan — who were seeing each other at the time — play lovers on screen as well.

Balki’s Paa saw Amitabh Bachchan in a unique and fabulous role. The 67-year-old actor played a 13-year-old boy so well that most audiences simply loved him. Paa sees Amitabh’s son Abhishek play his dad on screen. Vidya Balan plays his mother.

Produced under the Bachchan banner A B Corporation, Paa earned some really good reviews.

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