• My Favourites: Bollywoods Filmmakers Pick Their 3 Favourite Films Of 2010

    31st December 2010

    December 31, 2010 (Sampurn Wire): Vijay Krishna Archarya

    Inception: It cerebrally reinvented the heist film.

    Dabangg: For its unabashed celebration of desi-ness.

    Do Dooni Chaar:
    Authentic middleclass voice and Rishi Kapoors pitch-perfect performance.

    Abhishek Choubey

    Love Sex Aur Dhokha(LSD): Uncompromising.

    Udaan: Intense, great rendition.

    Tere Bin Laden: Funny yet pertinent.

    Vikramaditya Motwane

    LSD, Tere Bin Laden and Harishchandrachi Factory:
    They were all original engaging unpredictable.

    Kabir Khan

    Do Dooni Chaar: Brilliant performances, superb writing.

    Dabangg: Sheer sense of joy and filmy excitement.Above all, the incomparable charm of Salman Khan.

    Udaan: Real uncompromised, honest.

    Anusha Rizvi

    Dabangg: Made rustic look cool and infused masala back into our films.

    LSD: An exploration of a new kind of cinema sensibility and telling stories that we know.

    Tere Bin Laden/Phans Gaya Re Obama: For their audacity and irreverence.

    Rajkumar Gupta

    Udaan, Peepli(LIVE):
    Debutant director, small budget, big idea.These 2 films touched my heart.

    The only film that made me uncomfortable in my seat

    Nishikant Kamat

    Udaan: Great father-son relationship, intricate emotions.

    Tere Bin Laden:
    Fresh storytelling, cute humour nice set of fresh faces.

    Phans Gaye Re Obama: Fantastic black humour, good take on global economic meltdown and its impact on the kidnapping industry.

    Rensil dSilva

    Inception: Truly groundbreaking concept and execution.It takes a heist concept to an entirely new level.

    Shutter Island: Martin Scorcese can do no wrong.

    Ishqiya: Great performances and music.

    Sajid Khan

    The A Team: Im a fan of the tv show.I wasnt let down by the film version.

    The American:
    It was unpredictable and different.

    The Expendables:
    Old is still gold.

    Ken Ghosh

    Band Baaja Baaraat: Excellent direction, writing and acting.

    Dabangg: For Chulbul and Munni.

    Udaan: Loved its restrained effective storytelling.

    Sujoy Ghosh

    Dabangg: Salman Khan.It was the most iconic performance in a longtime.A complete entertainer.

    Ishqiya: The thrill of watching Naseerji, Arshad and Vidya.

    Udaan: Beautiful story told so well. Hats off to debutant director Vikramaditya Motwane.

    Nagesh Kukunoor

    Udaan: Best film of 2010. Great performances, solid direction, heart felt movie!
    Peepli Live - Indian audiences can be receptive to "non commercial" fare. Of course it took an Aamir to take it to them. Gutsy film, real actors, docu feel.
    Dabangg - Enjoyable commercial Indian cinema that I grew up with in the 70's. An over the top hero, good music, great lines, and excellent direction! Being true to its genre without any pretence.

    Bhavna Talwar

    Ishqiya,Do Dooni Chaar, Udaan and Band Baaja Baaraat

    Sohail Makhlai(producer)

    Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Raajneeti and Dabangg


    Band Baaja Baaraat, Udaan and Robot



    Sangeeth Sivan

    Dabangg: It took me back to old-style film entertainment which had got lost in the NRI-multiplex culture. Salman Khans involvement with the film made it special.

    Guzaarish: For the performances and for the passion of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

    3 Idiots: Though released in 2009 I saw it late.Hirani narrates the story with such simplicity. High entertainment value.

    Tigmanshu Dhulia

    Ishqiya: Fresh moments great music and terrifc mix of Naseerbhai,Arshad and Vidya.

    Do Dooni Chaar:
    Warm and real portrayal of the middleclass. Interesting casting of Rishi-Neetu.

    Tere Bin Laden: Fresh script superb performanceAll three films did reasonably well and were made by first-time directors. Great going. The future looks bright and secure.

    Sheetal Talwar(producer)

    Rann: What it showed is no coming true in the Radia tapes.

    Dabangg: It showed the entertainment power of traditional Hindi cinema.

    Raajneeti: Directors conviction and genius.

    Soham Shah

    Robot: Full paisa vasool

    Dabangg: Salman, Salman & Salman

    Golmaal3: Hilarious enterainment.Lived up toexpectations.

    Subhash Kapoor

    LSD: Innovative narrative style

    Peepli(LIVE): Dealt with a serious theme humorously.

    Udaan: For its honesty and simplicity.

    Subhash Ghai

    Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai: Retro feel

    Dabangg: The protagonist and the earthiness made it worth the while

    Udaan: Refreshing.

    Abhishek Sharma

    LSD: Experiment with content, structure and medium worked.A great commercial model for filmmakers.

    Phans Gaya Re Obama: Sharp wit and satire.It tackled the dry subject of recession in the most entertaining manner.

    Dabangg: Salman Khan entertained all by himself.

    Bhooshan Kumar

    Dabangg, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and Tees Maar Khan: they had superb music.

    Amole Gupte

    Udaan: Astute

    LSD: Effective content in new form.

    Tere Bin Laden: Roaring laughter pill.

    Habib Faizal

    Udaan, LSD, Peepli(live): Honesty, novelty and entertainment. And if I am allowed half a movie more,then I loved the first-half of Dabangg.

    Sanjay Gadhvi

    Dabangg: Salman Khan

    Love Sex Aur Dhokha: Loved its audacity.

    Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai: Direction and storytelling

    Siddharth Malhotra

    The honesty of the film and the relationships were most effective.

    We Are Family: It is my debut film.No matter what the reviews it touched peoples hearts.

    My Name Is Khan: After Kuch Kuch Hota Hai I rate this as Karan Johars best work.

    Kunal Kohli

    Dabangg: Loved Salman and everything about Dabangg.

    Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai: Director Milan Luthria, and the performances by Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi were fab.

    Raajneeti: Everyones performance was lovely. Great masala film.Loved the setting.

    Abhishek Kapoor

    Udaan: Filmmaking at its finest.

    Salman at his entertaining best.

    LSD: Loved its originality.

    Tarun Mansukhani

    My Name Is Khan: It is a story that needed to be told.

    Udaan: It saw the emergence of a significant new director Vikramaditya Motwane

    Tere Bin Laden: Small budgeted but big on laughs.Terrific performances and good comedy

    Satish Kaushik

    Dabangg: Salmans hysterical star power, his lovable characterization,brilliant songs, desi cinema back on the track.

    Ajay Devgn again at ease in comedy, a fun-filled joyride

    Tere Bin Laden: Original.

    David Dhawan

    Once Upon A Time In Mumbai: Loved the recreation of the 1970s and the music and performances.


    Udaan: Fresh innovative the voice of tomorrow.

    Sudhir Mishra

    Udaan: An honest and stark father-son story with an outstanding performance by Ronit Roy.

    Proved that a tale of poverty can be told humorously.I loved the way Anusha Rizvi presented the characters.

    Ishqiya: An irreverent erotic tale told with much passion and humour. It had a memorable female character played by Vidya Balan.Arshad Warsi was outstanding. I rate Arshad in this and film and Ronit in Udaan as the 2 best performances of the year.

    Anees Bazmi

    Dabangg, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai , Raajneeti:
    All three provided great entertainment value.

    Madhur Bhandarkar

    Guzaarish: Its sheer beauty left me breathless.

    Dabangg: Paisa Vasool.

    Golmaal3: A laugh riot.

    --Subhash K Jha / Sampurn Wire

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