- Kahaani - nothing compares to what Sujoy wrote and Vidya brought onscreen. Probably explains why despite being a early-in-the-year release Kahaani doesn’t seem to get outshined by what followed throughout the year.
- Ishaqzaade - a modern day raw and gritty Romeo & Juliet set in a fictional rural town of India. What’s not to love! One of those rare moments in Indian cinema when a film has so much attention to detail from the clothes, to the accent to the body language. Habib had his eye on all! I can’t praise Arjun & Parineeti enough for what they pulled of with this one. Not your run of the mill Hindi movie that you’d like to put on repeat yet I’ve seen it multiple times already! (my full review)
- Ek Tha Tiger - masala meets content. When they said Kabir and Salman struggled to match their cinema ideologies for ETT I couldn’t have been more happier. A middle ground was found and which is why Ek The Tiger was an instant winner. It had the heroism but the logic to follow. Even Katrina emotionless face couldn’t ruin this one for me.
- Oh My God - To the Akshay haters who think he has no knowledge of real cinema this is a lovely come back. Pure perfection. Social message aside the film works for its sheer execution and entertaining content. The social message is a mere bonus!
- Dabangg 2 - Oh I was scared for this one! Salman die hard fan aside I really didn’t want this one being made so soon after the first installment but lucky for me there was a script. A sequel in its true essence that built on from the characters we were introduced to in 2010. Minor slips on details aside Dabangg 2 lives up to the enormous expectations is one of the top entertainers of 2012 for me.
Others that impressed me:
- Jab Tak Hai Jaan - had it not been for the first half this movie would be on the list because the second half was flawless. Wish Yashji hadn’t gone as contemporary as he did and kept it to his classic style which no one else can do and now we’ll never see again.
- Talaash - a slow screenplay keeps this from going on the top 5 list.
- Tere Naal Lo Ho Gaya - this would be on this list had more impressive stuff not come out later in the year. It was brilliantly simple and entertaining. (full review)
- English Vinglish - had it not been for the melodrama at portions and caked up Sridevi I’d put this on the list (mini review)