After 20 days long poll, we have the winner for our ‘The Biggest Female Star In Last 20 Years (1993-2013) poll.
Kajol has won the poll with 20% votes. Huge Congrats to Kajol as she truly deserves this title. She mesmerized us with her brilliant acting prowess and inimitable star power. Kajol never gave much importance to her star power. She never tried to be in the rate race for No. 1 spot. She rejected movie which she didn’t want to be a part of. Yet, top film makers approached her with great scripts and great roles. Kajol is currently taking a break from movies. She is a mother of two and a wife. Yet, fans are keenly awaiting for her return to movies. Let’s hope that her close friend Karan Johar will come up with something for this superbly talented star.
Shahrukh Khan is voted as the King Of Bollywood two years in a row! Shahrukh Khan won the poll with a huge margin of 57% votes after a 10 days long poll. And it once again proved that Shahrukh Khan is the King of online space as well.
And we will come back the same poll next year and thanks to all those who have participated in it.
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Welcome to our latest poll in the year end series (you will find links to the rest of the polls on top of the website, or you can find it here). Bollywood movies and songs have an unbreakable relationship. Hollywood moved away from musicals long time ago and they find it weird to see an impromptu song and dance routine in a realistic scene. But for us Indians, songs and dances mean a world to us. It’s part of our lives, culture and movies. We find the songs and dances extremely enticing. We use them to channel our emotions and moods. However, we can see that the use of lip sing songs is gradually getting reduced in Bollywood movies these days. We have started following Hollywood in that aspect and film makers are trying to keep them in the background to ensure that the flow of storytelling isn’t compromised. For example we had great music in Barfi! and Cocktail (both composed by the very talented Pritam Chakraborty) – yet most of those songs were used as background music in these two movies. It looks like Bollywood is finally coming of age in terms of songs and their presentation.
Anyhow, coming to the songs in 2012, we can see that item songs dominated the charts like in the previous years. Masala action movies are incomplete without item numbers and increase in masala action movies ensured the flow of item songs. Did the quality of music improve in 2012? One has to say that it hasn’t. Although we had occasional gems (thanks to Pritam Chakraborty, Ajay-Atul & Amit Trivedi) the year was disappointing in general. Even A R Rahman failed to deliver in 2012 – Jab Tak Hai Jaan is one of his least appreciated albums ever. Pritam Chakraborty continued to deliver great music (Barfi!, Agent Vinod & Cocktail).
So let’s find out the song of the year 2012.
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Deva Shree Ganesha (Agneepath)
One of the first hit Hindi songs to come out in 2012. Music was composed by national award winning Ajay-Atul and lyrics were written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. As the title indicates the song is used during the Ganesha festival scene in the movie. Ajay Gogavale sang the power packed song featuring Hrithik Roshan in the movie.
Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin (Agneepath)
Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin is one of Sonu Nigam’s career best songs! The song had lots of pain in it and Sonu brought that beautifully in the song. It’s a tough song to sing as it has got semi classical elements to it. This song depicts Hrithik Roshan’s relationship with his sister in the movie.
Chikni Chameli (Agneepath)
Sung by Shreya Ghoshal, Chikni Chameli is one of the biggest hits of the year. In fact the year kick-started with Katrina Kaif’s enthralling Chikni Chameli act. Chikni Chameli doesn’t need any introduction; even the kids know the song by heart.
Main Waari Jaavan (Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya)
Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya starring the recently married couple Riteish Deshmukh & Genelia D’Souza was a sweet romantic film and the songs were equally sweet. Main Waari Jaavan is composed by Sajid-Wajid and written by Mayur Puri. Atif Aslam & Shreya Ghoshal sang this beautiful song.
Aahatein (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu)
Aahatein is one of the finest compositions of composer Amit Trivedi. At times you will wonder whether they are whispering or singing. You can even feel the silence in between. Sung by Karthik & Shilpa Rao and written by Amitabh Battacharya, Aahatein is one of the real gems of 2012.
Aunty Ji (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu)
This dance from Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu became an instant hit and topped the charts. Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and sung by Ash King, Aunty Ji was a fun song. Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor owned the song with their sheer screen presence.
Gubbare (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu)
Gubbare – yet another gem from Amit Trivedi. Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and sung by Shilpa Rao, Amit Trivedi, Nikhil D’Souza Gubbare features Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor. In short, it was a simple yet catchy tune.
Aromale (Ek Deewana Tha)
Aaromale is a rock song sung by Alphonse. Shreya Ghoshal has also done a cover of the same song. It was one of A R Rahman’s finest songs. The song was first introduced in the Tamil version of the movie ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaya’ featuring Malayalam lyrics. Chances are high that you are already addicted to Aaromale!
Hosanna (Ek Deewana Tha)
A R Rahman’s songs never goes unnoticed. Same happened with Ek Deewana Tha as well, the song rocked the charts and radio top 10s for weeks. Much credit goes to the singers Leon D’Souza, Suzanne D’Mello and Blaaze. Javed Akhtar saab wrote the lyrics.
Bipasha (Jodi Breakers)
Kareena Kapoor had a song called ‘bebo’ dedicated to her. May be Bipasha Basu wanted something similar. In the end we had a chart topper in the form of ‘Bipasha’. Composed by Salim-Sulaiman and written by Irshad Kamil, Bipasha became an instant hit. Shadab Faridi’s beautiful voice also added to the charm.
Ekla Cholo Re (Kahaani)
Kahaani not only had surprises in its plot but also in its music department. We got to hear Amitabh Bachchan singing the famous Bengali song ‘Ekla Cholo Re’ during the end credits. Music directors Vishal-Shekhar modernized the song with right background music. It was a beautiful experience listening to Amitabh singing this song!
Raabta (Agent Vinod)
Raabta was one of the most beautiful love ballads of the year 2012. We have three different versions of this slow song in the CD. Amitabh Battacharya’s beautiful lyrics and Pritam Chakraborty’s soothing music made this a real gem of 2012. The song is used during a shootout scene in Agent Vinod.
Pungi (Agent Vinod)
Pungi is undoubtedly one of the biggest hits of the year 2012. Sung by Mika Singh, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Nakash & Pritam Chakraborty and written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, Pungi became an instant hit in 2012. However, the song ran in to controversy when it was accused of plagiarism.
Dil Mera Muft Ka (Agent Vinod)
Bollywood has almost forgotten the mujra. It’s no longer fashionable. Yet the mujra song ‘Dil Mera Muft Ka’ featuring Kareena Kapoor & Maria Zakaria became a huge hit. Although Kareena Kapoor’s dancing skills were under scrutiny, the song & video went on to became hits.
Anarkali Disco Chali (Housefull 2)
Mamta Sharma became a golden voice post her success with ‘Munni Badnam Hui’ in 2010. With Anarkali Disco Chali she proved that she’s no one song wonder and that she can sing! Malaika Arora Khan owned this song in the video with her inimitable charm and sensuality.
Tu Hi Mera (Jannat 2)
Emraan Hashmi and songs have an unbreakable bond. All his movies have wonderful music and Jannat 2 continued with the tradition. Tu Hi Mera was an instant hit. Sayeed Qadri wrote the lyrics while Pritam Chakraborty composed the music. This love song had Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta in the song video.
Pani Da Rang (Vicky Donor)
Pani Da Rang is one of the biggest hits of 2012. Lead actor of Vicky Donor Ayushmann Khurrana composed and sang this song for the movie. When director Shoojit Sircar heard him singing the song on the sets he insisted that they should have it in the OST and that Ayushmann should sing it. Well, see, that has paid off! Today it’s one of the most played songs of 2012.
Rum Whisky (Vicky Donor)
Producer of Vicky Donor John Abraham decided to add glamour to his first movie as a producer by doing a song for the movie, and that’s how Rum Whisky was born. Music composer duo Abhishek-Akshay composed the song while Kusum Verma wrote the lyrics. Vote for Rum Whisky if you think it deserves to win the song of the year 2012 title.
Aa Re Pritam Pyaare (Rowdy Rathore)
Aa Re Pritam Pyaare (Rowdy Rathore) is the most energetic item number of the year. The gorgeous video had such wonderful choreography. However, you will instantly identity the song and video as the typical south Indian masala song. Whatever, the song was fun! For the same it was a huge hit. Sameer Anjaan – Faiz Anwar wrote the lyrics while Sajid-Wajid composed the music.
Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita (Rowdy Rathore)
For Sameer Anjaan’s lyrics Sajid-Wajid gave music for Chinta Ta Chita Chita song. As expected it became a super hit song in no time. Kareena Kapoor was featured in the song and she was simply gorgeous in it. Prabhu Deva and Akshay Kumar danced with Kareena in the song. Once again, a dance number with south Indian flavour.
Mala Jau De (Ferrari Ki Sawaari)
Vidya Balan is known for her powerful acting not item songs. So it was a pleasant surprise to see Vidya Balan shaking her hips to the Marathi lavni number Mala Jau De in Ferrari Ki Sawaari. It was a catchy song and for the same it became a top hit in 2012. Vote for Mala Jau De if you are in favour of this song!
Mukhtasar (Teri Meri Kahaani)
Shahid Kapoor movies always have soothing romantic songs. Teri Meri Kahaani Is no different. Mukhtasar is a beautiful romantic track featuring Shahid Kapoor & Priyanka Chopra. Sajid Wajid composed the music for Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics. Wajid Ali sang this beautiful song.
O Womaniya (Gangs Of Wasseypur)
Gangs Of Wasseypur’s soundtrack was one of its kind. One can confidently say that it’s one of the most discussed and appreciated sound tracks of the year for its rustic tunes. Anurag Kashyap’s finding Sneha Khanwalkar composed all the songs in the album. O Womaniya stands out from the rest. Lyrics were written by Varun Grover whereas Khushboo Raaj & Rekha Jha sang the song.
Chalao Na Naino Se (Bol Bachchan)
Chalao Na Naino Se, sung by Himesh Reshammiya & Shreya Ghosal was an instant hit upon its arrival. Himesh Reshammiya composed music for Swanand Kirkire’s lyrics. The song featured Ajay Devgn and the pretty Asin Thottumkal.
Tumhi Ho Bandhu (Cocktail)
Tumhi Ho Bandhu could easily be one of the top 5 songs of 2012. Upon its release the song became a craze. At one point you could hear this song everywhere you went. Pritam Chakraborty gave wonderful music in Cocktail. For Irshad Kamil’s wonderful lyrics Neeraj Shridhar & Kavita Seth lent their voice – result? A great song! In fact much credit goes to Kavita Seth – she gave an altogether new dimension to the song.
Daaru Desi (Cocktail)
Cokcktail had such wonderful songs, for the same almost the entire album got nominated in the poll. When Pritam Chakraborty’s music and Irshad Kamil’s lyrics came together we witnessed magic. Benny Dayal & Shalmali Kholgade’s voices added form to the song. Groovy – that’s the best way to describe it.
When two of the finest singers of this generation Mohan Kanan (member of the Agnee band, his Splitsvilla theme song was a huge hit) and Shilpa Rao came together we’ve the best love song of the year! Arijit Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan did a cover of the same song in the album. The music video featuring Saif Ali Khan was the fitting tribute to the song.
Second Hand Jawaani (Cocktail)
Second Hand Jawaani – yet another chartbuster from Cocktail! Pritam Chakraborty – Irshad Kamil team’s yet another triumph. Neha Kakkar, Miss Pooja & Nakash Aziz lent their voices to the song. The music video featuring Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone & Diana Penty was also a huge hit. Vote for Second Hand Jawaani if you think it deserves to be called the song of the year 2012.
Jugni is not a Pritam Chakraborty composition. The song was first introduced on Coke Studio Pakistan. Famous Pakistani singer Arif Lohar sang this song on Coke Studio. Harshdeep Kaur gave company for Arif Lohar for the song in Cocktail. Soon after Jugni became a global phenomenon. Jugni song video is one of the most watched Bollywood song videos on Youtube.
Abhi Abhi (Jism 2)
Vishesh Film productions are always known for its music. Though the songs couldn’t outperform, Jism 2 was yet another musical accomplishment for the banner. May be the focus was shifted to the debutant Sunny Leone (who is also a porn star). Arko Pravo Mukherjee composed the music while Arko Pravo Mukherjee & Munish Makhija wrote the lyrics.
Banjaara (Ek Tha Tiger)
May be due to the European flavour in the music not too many did like the Ek Tha Tiger songs at first. However with time Ek Tha Tiger songs found its place. Sohail Sen composed the songs while Neelesh Misra wrote the lines. Sukhwinder Singh sang the song in his usual power-packed style.
Saiyaara (Ek Tha Tiger)
Saiyaara is the most liked song in Ek Tha Tiger album. For Sohail Sen – Neelesh Misra combo’s wonderful creative output Mohit Chauhan gave a form with his beautiful voice. Since an emotional song that appears at a crucial point in the movie the video got released only after the release of the movie.
Chitrangada Singh is known for her strong performances. So it was a pleasant surprise to see her doing the item number Kafirana for Joker. The song was leaked on the internet before its actual release. But that didn’t really help the song. Also the double meaning lyrics didn’t go well with a section of the audience. Yet Kafirana is a hit song.
Ala Barfi (Barfi!)
Barfi! is undoubtedly one of Pritam Chakraborty’s finest works. As we all know Pritam Chakraborty is at the peak of his career. Barfi! had the flavour of old world charm since the movie is set in 1970s. Mohit Chauhan sang the song and Ranbir Kapoor added charm to it on screen.
Main Kya Karoon (Barfi!)
Main Kya Karoon – another beautiful song from Barfi! New singer Nikhil Paul George sang this song. Pritam Chakraborty composed the music for Aashish Pandit’s poetical lines. Anurag Basu shot it beautifully.
Kyon – yet another wonderful song from Barfi!. Papon (he was featured on MTV Cokestudio this year) & Sunidhi Chauhan sang this beautiful song. Neelesh Misra wrote the lyrics for Kyon. Pritam da has done it again!
Phir Le Aya Dil (Barfi!)
Phir Le Aya Dil – personal favourite of the author! It’s been a while since we heard a beautiful gazal song in Bollywood. It’s poetic, heartfelt and above all magical. There are three versions of the song in the album. Rekha Bhardwaj, Arijit Singh & Shafqat Amanat Ali sang the three different versions of the song in their unique styles. Though Arijit Singh’s version is used in the movie (wow, one can go on and on about how beautiful Ileana D’Cruz looks as a Bengali woman in the song), Rekha Bharadwaj’s version is the best. Ha, one wish Bollywood had such magical songs every once in a while – sorry, but we are in Bollywood!
Halkat Jawani (Heroine)
Halkat Jawani is undoubtedly the most hyped & awaited item song of the year. Kareena Kapoor sizzled in the song. Salim-Sulaiman composed themusic for Niranjan Iyengar’s raunchy lyrics. Ganesh Acharya choreographed the song. Upon the release it went on to become a huge hit. However, since the movie didn’t live up to the expectation Halkat Jawani’s popularity also suffered post the release of the movie. Sunidhi Chauhan lent her voice to the song.
Saiyaan, sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, is the most soulful song from Heroine album. The song captured the various moods of the heroine. For Salim – Sulaiman’s music Niranjan Iyengar wrote the lyrics. The underlying sadness in the song made it even more beautiful. Kareena Kapoor was breath taking in the song, by the way!
Main Heroine Hoon (Heroine)
Main Heroine Hoon – such a stylish song to begin with. Niranjan Iyengar wrote the lyrics while Salim – Sulaiman composed the song. Aditi Singh Sharma poured her soul in to the song. The movie opens with the song. Kareena Kapoor looked ravishing in the song!
Disco Deewane (Student Of The Year)
Disco Deewane (or the disco song) is a rehash of 80’s hit of the same title by Nazia Hassan. Apparently this song is Karan Johar’s favourite and he insisted on having it in the album. Vishal-Shekhar did a beautiful job with the remix. Benny Dayal, Nazia Hassan, Sunidhi Chauhan & Vishal Dadlani lent their voices for the song. Kajol had a fleeting appearance in the song along with the rest of the cast.
Radha (Student Of The Year)
Radha is a classic wedding song from Karan Johar. The song became such a rage that even Amitabh Bachchan complained that he couldn’t get this track off his mind. Vishal – Shekhar composed the song while Anvita Dutt wrote the lyrics. Udit Narayan, Vishal Dadlani, Shreya Ghosal & Shekhar Ravjiani sang the song.
Bichdann (Son Of Sardaar)
Bichdann is a beautiful melody sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Himesh Reshammiya composed the music while Sameer Anjaan wrote the lyrics. The song featured Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha & Sanjay Dutt.
Rani Tu Mein Raja (Son Of Sardaar)
Although Son Of Sardaar songs are not particularly known for its quality they were hits nonetheless. Himesh Reshammiya is a hit maker and he knows how to churn out hits one after another. Mika Singh, Honey Singh & Bhavya Pandit sang the song. Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha featured in the video.
Challa (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)
Music lovers patiently wait for A R Rahman songs. Expectations were sky-high when he teamed up with king of romance Yash Chopra for Jab Tak Hai Jaan. But one has to admit that the album was a let-down in general. Gulzar wrote the lyrics of the song and Punjabi singer Rabbi sang it. The video of the song is one of the most viewed YouTube videos in India ever.
Saans (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)
Saans – one of the better songs in Jab Tak Hai Jaan album. Shreya Ghoshal and Mohit Chauhan sang the song. Gulzar wrote the lyrics. Though the song reminds us of some of A R Rahman’s earlier works the slow melody was appreciated by audience and critics alike. The song features Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif in it.
Muskaanein Jhooti Hai (Talaash)
Ram Sampath composed the music of Muskaanein Jhooti Hai while Javed Akhtar wrote the lyrics. The song was featured in the beginning titles. However, a separate music video featuring the whole cast was made before the release of the movie. Suman Sridhar sang the song.
Jee Le Zaraa (Talaash)
The songs of Talaash were much appreciated by the critics and audience. Jee Le Zaraa was an intense song. Vishal Dadlani sang the song by the Ram Sampath – Javed Akhtar team.
Jiya Lage Na (Talaash)
There is a poetic charm to Jiya Lage Na song. Sung by Sona Mohapatra & Ravindra Upadhyay, Jiya Lage Na features Kareena Kapoor and Aamir Khan – one of the most beautiful songs of the year 2012. The semi-classical touch of the song elevates this in to new heights.
Balma (Khiladi 786)
Khiladi 786 songs are big hits all thanks to the hit maker Himesh Reshammiya. Although the lyrics were not appreciated by many, the songs became super hit. Balma is an item song featuring German model Claudia Ciesla. Shreya Ghoshal and Sreeram sang the song. Sameer Anjaan is credited for the lyrics.
Hookah Bar (Khiladi 786)
Hookah Bar is a yet another chart topper for Khiladi 786. The signature step from the song became a rage upon the release. Shabbir Ahmed wrote the lyrics while Himesh Reshammiya composed the music. Himesh Reshammiya also sang the song. It features Akshay Kumar and Asin Thottumkal.
Dagabaaz Re (Dabangg 2)
Dagabaaz Re is a beautiful love song from Dabangg 2 featuring Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Shreya Ghoshal sang the song composed by Sajid-Wajid and written by Sameer Anjaan.
Fevicol Se (Dabangg 2)
Fevicol Se has become a nationwide rage. In fact one can easily say that Fevicol Se is the biggest hit of the year. This item song featured Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan. Sajid Ali, Wajid Ali & Ashraf Ali wrote the raunchy & controversial lines (many have raised objection to raunchy lines in the wake of Delhi Gang Rape incident) while Sajid-Wajid composed the songs. Mamta Sharma, Wajid Ali, Keerthi Sagathia, Uvie & Shadaab Faridi sang the song.
Amit Trivedi has been giving hits one after another. In 2012 he gave slew of hits. Shalmali Kholgade sang the song and Kausar Munir wrote the lyrics. The song featured Arjun Kapoor & Parineeti Chopra – one of the memorable songs in 2012.
Dreamum Wakeupum (Aiyyaa)
Dreamum Wakeupum is without any doubt the most outrageous song of the year for its extreme lines and choreography. The song was meant to be light take on South Indian masala songs. Both Prithviraj & Rani Mukherjee did a wonderful job in it. Amitabh Bhattacharya wrote the lyrics for Amit Trivedi’s music. One can easily say that it’s one of the most talked about songs of the year.
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Guys! Welcome to our new poll in the year end series. With the release of Dabangg 2 on December 21 we have come to the end of 2012. Now it’s time to find out the movie of the year gone by. Which movie left a lasting impression in the minds of audience? It’s time for you to cast your vote for the right candidate.
Before you cast your vote, let us tell you something about what we mean by ‘movie of the year’. Some might think that we are talking about the ‘best movie of the year’ here. Don’t get confused here. We are not talking about the best movie artistically; rather we are talking about the movie that left the ‘maximum impact’. It could be a artistically inclined movie or a commercial movie. So the nominations have a heady mix of both. We handpicked 16 movies from both the categories as the nominees. By the way you are free to suggest a new movie (by using the ‘other’ option in the voting panel) if you are not satisfied with the current nominees.
To help refresh your memory, let’s take a peek in to the nominees below.
INTRODUCING THE NOMINEES (In the order of release)
Despite being an action film Karan Malhotra’s tribute to the 1990 movie of the same name had its emotional & dramatic moments. It was a fitting tribute to the original movie starring Amitabh Bachchan. Hrithik Roshan gave a brilliant performance as the angry young man. Agneepath is one of the top hits of 2012. Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor and Zarina Wahab were appreciated for their character roles in the movie. With Agneepath the director Karan Malhotra proved that he’s a director to watch out for.
Paan Singh Tomar
Paan Singh Tomar is one of the most acclaimed movies of 2012 by both critics and audience alike. The movie was based on the life of an athlete-cum-dacoit of the same name. It was a fascinating story that needed to be told and director Tigmanshu Dhulia did a wonderful job with it. When it got released it went on to become a sleeper hit at the multiplexes. The best thing about Paan Singh Tomar is Irrfan Khan’s brilliant performance. Mahie Gill and the rest of the supporting characters also have done a remarkable job in the movie. Paan Singh Tomar was one of those rare gems made in Bollywood – a complete film in every possible way!
Suoy Ghosh’s edge-of-the-seat thriller Kahaani featuring Vidya Balan was an absolute revelation. The suspense in the climax became a new experience for the audience. It is a fact that none of us saw that coming! Kahaani excelled in every department right from writing to direction to acting. The city of Kolkata was almost a character in the movie. Kahaani captured the beauty and restlessness of Kolkata. Despite the little loop holes here and there, Kahaani made the audience glued to their seats throughout with interesting twists and turns. Vidya Balan did a brilliant job as the pregnant woman searching for her husband. Kahaani was a big hit at the box office.
Vicky Donor is undoubtedly the surprise hit of the year. Nobody expected Vicky Donor to garner the kind of appreciation that it fetched. Directed by Shooit Sircar and produced by John Abraham, Vicky Donor had a complete new cast. Both its lead actors Ayushmann Khuraana & Yami Gautam received high praise for their acting and today Ayushman is touted as the next best thing. The song ‘Paani Da Rang’ (composed & sung by Ayushmann) went on to become one of the biggest hits songs of the year. Dealing with sperm donation & infertility, Vicky Donor sent a message as well to the society. Despite being centered on a serious topic, Vicky Donor was an entertaining comedy film at its heart. Arguably, one of the most liked and appreciated movies of the year!
Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai featuring Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi & Kalki Koechlin may not be a hit film at the box office. But it’s one of the best reviewed films of the year for its narrative, plot, acting and direction. Many critics have already placed Emraan Hashmi’s performance at number one place on the best actors of 2012 list. As usual, Dibakar Banerjee did a wonderful job with Shanghai. The movie also fell in to controversies for the ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ song.
Ferrari Ki Sawaari
Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, Ferrari Ki Sawaari was a sweet & unique movie. The movie features Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani in the lead roles. Centered on a Ferrari and cricket, Ferrari Ki Sawaari tells a unique story. It also had an interesting lavni number by the gorgeous Vidya Balan. Vote for Ferrari Ki Sawaari if you think it is the movie of the year.
Gangs Of Wasseypur (Part 1 & 2)
Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur (part 1 & 2) is instantly identified as a classic for its epic storyline, direction and acting. Based on the real story set in the coal mafia In Bihar, Gangs Of Wasseypur tells the story of politics and vengeance between three crime families. The movie covers the proceedings from 1940s to the 2004. Manoj Bajpai, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nawazuddin Siddique & Huma Qureshi play the central characters in the movie. The two movies got released with only few weeks gap and received the cult status soon after. Gangs Of Wasseypur excelled in everything from acting, direction, music (folk tunes), & authentic lingo. Though not a big box office winner, Gangs Of Wasseypur is one of the most acclaimed and discussed movies of 2012.
Ek Tha Tiger
Kabir Khan’s high voltage action drama Ek Tha Tiger starring super stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif is one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever as it comfortably sits at the 2nd position on the biggest Bollywood grosser ever list. Produced by Yash Ra Films, the movie speaks about the relationship shared by a fearless Indian RAW agent and Pakistan ISI agent. Shot in several foreign countries, Ek Tha Tiger boasts of quality action pieces that we don’t usually get to see in Bollywood movies. If you think Ek Tha Tiger deserves to be called the movie of the year, vote for the movie below.
Anurag Basu’s Barfi!, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz is not only an acclaimed movie but also a box office winner. The movie had beautiful performances from the leading cast (Ranbir, Priyanka & Ileana D’Cruz) and wonderful music from Pritam Chakraborty. Set in the 1970s Darjeling, Barfi! tells the heart-warming story of the relationship shared by a deaf-mute man (Ranbir) and autistic girl (Priyanka Chopra). Both critics and audience loved the movie and the performances. Barfi! was eventually selected as India’s official entry at the 2013 Oscars Awards. However, the movie failed to make the cut. The movie was later criticized for copying scenes from many world classics. Vote for Barfi! if you think it deserves to be called the ‘movie of the year’.
OMG: Oh My God!
OMG: Oh My God is undoubtedly the most discussed movie of 2012 for its unique story and treatment. Making a movie against the malpractices in a religious system is always risky. You are walking straight in to sea of controversies. Despite that the producer Akshay Kumar took the risk and went ahead with his plan to make this movie with a character actor like Paresh Rawal in the lead role. That shows the kind of confidence they had on the subject. We must say that it paid off! The movie not only did well at the box office but also went on to receive praise from both critics and audience. Vote for OMG: Oh My God if you think that it’s the movie of the year 2012.
English Vinglish is already touted as the movie of the year by many critics. The seemingly simple story had a very strong emotional quotient, which could move the audience – that was the biggest success of Gauri Shinde’s first debut as a director. Somewhere down the line we all could relate with Shashi (Sridevi’s) struggle, and her craving for approval. We all have gone through that at some point or the other. For the same audience was fiercely protective of her since the very first scene. Sridevi made an unforgettable comeback with this movie after a long hiatus. One could easily say that it’s her career best performance and role. It’s amusing that she had to wait all these years to play this endearing character. We know by heart that our voters will favour English Vinglish – well, we simply know!
Chittagong, directed by Bedabrata Pain, is one of the best reviewed movies of the year 2012. Starring Mano Bajpai in the lead role, Chittagong unravels actual events of India’s (now in Bangladesh) Chittagong Uprising. Unlike Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (which is also based on the same movement), Chittagong received praise for its story, direction and acting. Many critics noted that the movie depicted the Chittagong Uprising in its true spirit. Though a box office failure, Chittagong is considered to be one of the finest films of 2012.
Student Of The Year
If we consider the number of dislikes for Student Of The Year trailer on Dharma Productions Youtube channel we can never imagine this movie becoming one of the remarkable box office hits of the year 2012. Karan Johar’s return to song and dance routine proved that he’s still the reigning champion in this genre. Story and content wise Student Of The Year had nothing much to offer. But one cannot deny the fact that it’s escapist entertainment at its best. All the three new comer leads (Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan & Alia Bhatt) became overnight sensation post the release. In the end Student Of The Year is the biggest hit in the all new comer films category. It’s time for celebration for Karan Johar – after all, they all said it’s going to fail big time!
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
While making Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Yash Chopra said in an interview with Shahrukh Khan (on his 80th birthday) that Jab Tak Hai Jaan will be his last directorial. Later when the director passed away two weeks prior to the release of the movie, everyone was talking about the same interview and his words. People also started saying that even the title carried the same message. Well, although many believe that implausible plot & the length of the movie have worked against the movie, Jab Tak Hai Jaan went on to become a successful movie at the box office. Moreover, Jab Tak Hai Jaan made poetry fashionable, all thanks to Shahrukh Khan and Aditya Chopra. Vote for Jab Tak Hai Jaan if you think that it deserves to win the movie of the year title.
In many ways Talaash is the true success story of 2012. Against all the odds Talaash became a critical as well as box office success. First and foremost, people and media started speculating that Talaash had only a slim chance to be a Hit given the movie belongs to the less popular ‘suspense’ genre. It also faced massive delays – many felt that movie would be out dated by the time it gets released. On top of it the makers opted for low-profile promotion for the movie – some even suggested that this is due to the fact that the makers were not confident enough about the movie. Finally when the movie got released, the suspense was leaked all over the internet (thanks to certain internet parasites). But in the end one cannot stop a good movie from having its glory. Same happened with Talaash. Critical acclaim and box office success followed. Above all, we’ve got a brilliant & promising director out of it – welcome aboard Reema Kagti!
Salman Khan’s year end action-extravaganza Dabangg 2 (sequel to his 2010 block buster Dabangg) is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated movies of the year. His character Chulbul Pandey received cult status after the first movie itself. Directed by Arbaaz Khan and co-starring Sonakshi Sinha & Prakash Raj, Dabangg 2 is busy breaking box office records as we approach New Year. The movie has already crossed the 100 crore mark in first 6 days! Vote for Dabangg 2 if you think that it deserves to be called the movie of the year!
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Welcome to our 5th poll in the year-end-special poll series. It looks like 2013 is filled with amazing films. Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan (the invincible khan trio, who are also considered to be the pillars of Bollywood industry) arrive with two releases each – it can’t get better than this! We had waited 3 long years for an Aamir Khan movie post 3 Idiots and look at our luck, he comes with two big releases in 2013! Besides the Khan trio, super stars like Hrithik Roshan, Ajay Devgn & Akshay Kumar also have hot releases in 2013. Among the other prominent actors, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Emraan Hashmi, Imran Khan, Ranveer Singh, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham etc also arrive with interesting projects in 2013. It looks like 2013 is going to be a wonderful year for Bollywood movies in general – both content wise as well as business wise.
17) Ghanchakkar (0.47% Votes)
Ghanchakkar is directed by Rajkumar Gupta (of acclaimed Aamir & No One Killed Jessica fame). It stars Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan in central roles. Last time when these two came together we had a blockbuster – The Dirty Picture. Let’s hope that they will be able to recreate the magic all over again in Ghanchakkar. Ghanchakkar is expected to get released on 21 June, 2013.
16) Ram Leela (0.67% Votes)
Ram Leela is directed by maverick director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and it stars Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone in lead roles. Ram Leela marks Bhansali’s return to song-n-dance films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas. Reportedly the story is based on Romeo-Juliet. The movie was embroiled in several controversies during the casting of its leading lady (Kareena Kapoor walked out of the project before it went on floor) and that’s exactly what worked in the favour of the film to build excitement. Release date is yet to be announced.
15) Ek Thi Daayan (0.78% Votes)
Ek Thi Dayan is Vishal Bharadwaj’s second outing in 2013 after Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. It stars Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin & Huma Qureshi. It’s produced by Ekta Kapoor and scheduled to release on 18th April 2013.
14) Shootout At Wadala (0.83% Votes)
Here we’ve yet another anticipated sequel – Shootout At Wadala (sequel to the 2007 hit movie Shootout At Lokhandwala). The movie is directed by Sanjay Gupta and produced by Ekta Kapoor. It stars Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Sanjay Dutt, Kangna Ranaut, Sonu Sood, Manoj Bajpai, Tusshar Kapoor & Ronit Roy. Shootout At Wadala promises to be an action spectacle like the previous film. The movie has been generating buzz right from the day it was launched. It looks like we have a huge opener in store for 2013! It releases on May 1st.
13) Satyagraha (0.98% Votes)
Prakash Jha, who made the hugely successful hard-hitting multi-starrer Rajneeti back in 2010, returns with yet another multi-starrer in Satyagraha in 2013. The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal & Manoj Bajpai. Satyagraha deals with today’s political scenario in the country and it promises to be an intense yet entertaining movie like Rajneeti. Kareena Kapoor plays a journalist in this film and she says that it’s a very powerful role. The shooting starts in February and the movie is scheduled to get released on August 15th. Another blockbuster in the making?
12) Once Upon A Time In Mumbai 2 (1.71% Votes)
Yet another most anticipated sequel from Ekta Kapoor in 2013! Once Upon A Time In Mumbai 2 was supposed to happen long before. After the initial hiccups this much awaited film hits the silver screen in 2013. Director Milan Luthria returns to the director’s seat after his successful outing in The Dirty Picture. Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha & Sonali Bendre have been signed on to play the key roles in the movie. As of now, the release is scheduled on 8th August 2013. If everything as per plan you will see this movie during next Eid.
11) P.K. (2.79% Votes)
P.K. is the most anticipated movie of the year 2013, that goes without saying. P.K. brings the golden team Raj Kumar Hirani and Aamir Khan once again after the earth shattering hit ‘3 Idiots’ (2009). For the same, expectations are sky-high for the movie. It could be yet another record breaking movie given the talent of Rajkumar Hirani & Aamir Khan. Raj Kumar Hirani is amazing script writer and director. More than being entertainers, Hirani’s films are socially relevant. When two of the biggest creative minds in Bollywood come together for a movie, we expect nothing but magic! Anushka Sharma is the heroine of the film. As of now, P.K. is scheduled for a December release.
10) Race 2 (3.26% Votes)
Abbas Mastan’s Race 2 is one of the biggest releases of the year in terms of both star-cast and budget. It’s a sequel to the 2008 hit movie Race and it stars Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez & Ameesha Patel. Race 2 promises to be yet another edge-of-the-seat thriller with never ending twists and turns, like the predecessor. Race 2 releases on January 25, 2013. The trailers and promos have already been hug hits.
09) Lootera (3.98% Votes)
The talented director of Udaan, Vikramaditya Motwane arrives with his second film in 2013 titled Lootera. It stars Ranveer Singh & Sonakshi Sinha in central roles. Lootera is a romance drama set in Himachal Pradesh.
08) Besharam (4.19% Votes)
Besharam starring Ranbir Kapoor and newcomer Pallavi Sharda is directed by Dabangg fame director Abhinav Kashyap.Ranbir Kapoor tries out masala action genre for the first time in Besharam. Since Ranbir Kapoor’s name is attached to it the movie has become one of the most anticipated releases of the year 2013. They have released the first look poster of the film last week and the movie is all set to get released on 2nd October, 2013.
07) Sher Khan (4.4% Votes)
Sher Khan is supposed to be Salman Khan’s Eid release in 2013. However, the project is on hold as of now. We are not sure whether it will be made or get released in 2013. But since it was told before that Sher Khan would be released in 2013 we add this to the nomination list. Anyhow it has already become a highly anticipated movie for Salman Khan fans.
06) Phata Poster Nikla Hero (5.22% Votes)
Ace director Rajkumar Santoshi returns to direction with Phata Poster Nikla Hero featuring the handsome Shahid Kapoor and the beautiful Ileana D’Cruz. The movie is meant to be a romantic film. We have already seen the on the set stills from the movie recently featuring Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz. Let’s hope that this youthful love story gets a warm welcome like Santoshi’s earlier film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahaani featuring Ranbir Kapoor & Katrina Kaif. Phata Poster Nikla Hero releases on 23rd August.
05) Krrish 3 (6.36% Votes)
The third instalment of Krrish, titled Krrish 3 is one of the most awaited releases of 2013. The movie has been in the making for a long time now. Hrithik Roshan returns to his title role. Priyanka Chopra, Kangna Ranaut & Vivek Oberoi are also part of the cast. Did the movie push the envelope as far as the technical aspects are concerned? Early reports suggest that they have achieved that feat with a budget which could be only 1/10th of the budget of a Hollywood movie in the same genre. We’ll have to wait till its release to see whether they’ve succeeded in bringing technical fineness we’ve seen in Hollywood films or not. Krrish 3 is scheduled to release during Diwali next year.
04) Dhoom 3 (8.07% Votes)
Dhoom 3 is undoubtedly the typical blockbuster we are all waiting for. Both the previous films in the franchise (Dhoom & Dhoom 2) did extremely well at the box office. We expect a glamorous heist film from Dhoom series and let’s hope that Yash Raj Films will deliver something bigger & better this time around as well. Why not? Aamir Khan is part of the cast. We can definitely expect some firework. Katrina Kaif plays the very glamorous heroine whereas Abhishek Bachchan & Uday Chopra return to their series regular roles. Vijay Krishna Acharya (of Tashan fame) directs the movie. The release date is not fixed as of now.
03) Kick (9.05% Votes)
Kick is one of the confirmed Salman Khan projects in 2013 and it’s already in its pre-production stage. Shirish Kunder was supposed to direct the movie but he was fired post the debacle of his Joker this year. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala becomes a director with the movie. Indian English author Chetan Bhagat (whose Five Point Someone was made in to ‘3 Idiots’ in 2009) has joined the crew as the screenplay writer of the movie. Kick is a remake of the Telugu hit of the same name. Let’s hope that Kick will be the record breaking box office hit in 2013.
02) Happy New Year (16.8% Votes)
Farah Khan and Shahrukh Khan come together for a movie after a long time post their previous successful outings Main Hoon Na & Om Shanti Om. The movie is titled Happy New Year (which they were planning to make for years) and it’s a multi-starrer featuring 5 heroes and one heroine. Abhishek Bachchan, Sidharth Malhotra, Boman Irani are also part of the cast. Amitabh Bachchan & Hema Malini have been approached for cameo appearances. However they haven’t finalized the leading lady. The shooting will kick start in early next year and it will get released towards the end of the year.
01) Chennai Express (28.75% Votes)
Mass entertainer Rohit Shetty and king of romance Shahrukh Khan come together finally for an action-comedy titled Chennai Express. As the name indicates most of the movie happens during a train journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram. The movie has a south Indian flavour and Deepika Padukone plays the south Indian love interest. The shooting has begun couple of weeks ago and we’ve seen the on the sets pictures already. Since it’s a Rohit Shetty film you can definitely expect a train blowing scene. The release date of the film has not been fixed yet.
Playing the fiery Nagma from Gangs Of Wasseypur would’ve been a hell of an experience for Richa Chadda. Though a wife to a dreadful gangster, she is so powerful that she can make her husband go weak in his knees. She played the character from the age of 16 to 60 in the movie – something which is extremely difficult for any actor. She pulled it off with extreme aplomb.
07) Katrina Kaif (Jab Tak Hai Jaan) – 1% Votes
Although Katrina Kaif’s performance in Jab Tak Hai Jaan wasn’t nominated on the poll our viewers have voted for her through the ‘other’ option. May be she is not particularly known as a strong performer. But many critics have noted that Jab Tak Hai Jaan is her career best performance. Yash Chopra is known for extracting great performances from his cast. Katrina Kaif tried to do justice to the role of Yash Chopra’s classic heroine Meera in Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
06) Vidya Balan (Kahaani) – 2.13% Votes
A pregnant woman in search of her husband in the city of joy – that was the basic plot of Vidya Balan’s Kahaani. As usual, Vidya Balan acted brilliantly in her author backed role of a woman named Vidya Bagchi. What was more mysterious and enticing – Vidya Balan’s character or Kolkata city? We couldn’t say!
05) Deepika Padukone (Cocktail) – 3.06% Votes
Imtiaz Ali’s female characters are always strong and playing them is a challenge for any actress. Although Deepika acted in another Imtiaz Ali film (Love Aaj Kal) she was never considered a strong actress. But everything changed with Cocktail. The troubled Veronica was a challenging part and Deepika handled it like a cakewalk. Couple of emotional outburst scenes were literally stunning. Guess what, Deepika Padukone has suddenly become an A-list actress.
Heroine saw Kareena Kapoor’s career best performance even though the movie was criticized to death by Bollywood critics. The layered heroine with mood swings and eccentric behaviour was safe in the hands of Kareena Kapoor. She acted simply brilliant in the pre-climax scenes. Do we smell a national award for Kareena here? On top of it, she went on to give another great performance in Talaash as the mysterious escort. Last but not least, although not as competent as the above mentioned performances, Kareena delivered a clean performance in Shakun Batra’s Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu as well.
03) Priyanka Chopra (Barfi!) – 6.96% Votes
Priyanka Chopra is a National Award winning actress and nobody needs to be told how talented she is. Barfi! was the right challenge for an actress like Priyanka Chopra. Playing an autistic girl in the most endearing way is not an easy task – Priyanka effortlessly slips in to the psyche of the character and makes us love her (and also root for her). A performance that required good use of body language and Priyanka came out with flying colors. A memorable act indeed!
Rani Mukherjee is an actress with impeccable talent. Any role (be it comedy, serious, complex or silly) is safe in Rani’s abler hands. That’s exactly why a great director like Reema Kagti couldn’t think of anyone except Rani for the role of Aamir Khan’s battered wife Roshni in Talaash. It was a difficult role for any actress. Yet, Rani Mukherjee gave her best for the role. Then we saw her trying hard in her comedy role in Aiyyaa. Though we couldn’t stop appreciating for her efforts in the movie, we had to agree to the fact that the movie wasn’t up to the mark.
01) Sridevi (English Vinglish) – 45.69% Votes
Out of all the women centric films released in 2012, Sridevi’s Shashi Godbole from English Vinglish was the most likeable character. Audience simply loved her character and they couldn’t stop rooting for her. Sridevi’s character was so endearing that it instantly struck a chord with the audience and critics alike. Though not over hyped Sridevi’s performance became the talk of the town post the release of the movie.
CRITICS RANKING – TOP 5
5) Vidya Balan (Kahaani)
4) Rani Mukherjee (Talaash)
3) Priyanka Chopra (Barfi!)
2) Kareena Kapoor (Heroine)
1) Sridevi (English Vinglish)
Critics talk about their top 5 : Why Vidya Balan is at number 5? Although Kahaani saw a brilliant performance from Vidya Balan, she has been giving great performances consistently and Kahaani must have been a cakewalk for her considering her other recent performances (including Paa & The Dirty Picture). So we will put her higher on the list only when she outperforms her other recent performances. Rani Mukherjee is rightfully given the 4th place – she did a great job as usual. Priyanka Chopra acted brilliantly in Barfi! She relied her performance mostly on body language and it was a brilliant watch. As for number one position, we thought both Kareena and Sridevi deserved it. Kareena Kapoor gave a career best performance as a troubled actress in Madhur Bhandarkar’s heroine – however, the movie failed her at many places with weak screen play and direction. Still we believe that she deserves a National Award this time around! Coming to the number one, Sridevi gave us an unforgettable and heartwarming performance in English Vinglish. We all could relate with the awkward, self-doubting, hurt house wife Shashi (Sridevi) at some point or the other. We all had gone through the same emotions. We all have craved for approval from our loved ones. We couldn’t find an iota of over acting in her performance. It was natural to the core and we felt every single emotion. That’s the biggest acheivement of Sridevi as a performer in the film. Seriously, we never thought Sridevi could be such a great actor! It was subtle, restrained & endearing. So, it’s Sridevi for the year of 2012.
Congrats Sridevi for winning both Critics as well as popular nods!
08) Manoj Bajpai (Gangs Of Wasseypur 1) – 0.85% Votes
Manoj Bajpai is a wonderful actor. Right from Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya to Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur he’s given wonderful performances. First part of Gangs Of Wasseypur focuses on Manoj Bajpai’s character Sardar Khan. On one hand he’s a menacing villain but on the other hand is he’s almost comical when his wife is around. We once again get to see Manoj Bajpai’s depth as an actor in Gangs Of Wasseypur 1.
07) Nawazuddin Siddique (Gangs Of Wasseypur 2) – 1.53% Votes
Nawazuddin Siddique is a tremendous actor and the biggest finding of 2012. We’ve seen him doing excellent work in Talaash, Gangs Of Wasseypur & Kahaani in 2012. He’s an actor with extra ordinary calibre. Under the direction of Anurag Kashyap he’s done a fabulous job as Faizal Khan in Gangs Of Wasseypur 2. He is a delight in the movie as a habitual marijuana smoker forced by circumstance to live a life of crime.
06) Paresh Rawal (OMG: Oh My God!) – 1.7% Votes
Paresh Rawal is a wonderful actor. He’s shown his acting potential in serious movies (Woh Chokri & Sir) as well as comedy movies (Hera Pheri to Ready). OMG: Oh My God! is a religious-satirical based on one of his plays. The movie became a super hit. Paresh Rawal’s presence & talent as an effortless actor have played important roles in the success of the movie.
05) Irrfan Khan (Paan Singh Tomar) – 2.04% Votes
Noted Hollywood director Ang Lee, who has directed Irrfan Khan in Hollywood blockbuster ‘Life Of Pi’, has stated that Irfaan is India’s gift to the world cinema. That is 100% right – you will come to know that if you watch Irrfan Khan’s breath-taking performance in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar as the athlete-cum-dacoit of the same name. You will realize that Irrfan Khan is an actor par excellence.
04) Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!) – 11.72 % Votes
As the adorable deaf-mute guy in Barfi! Ranbir Kapoor gave us such an endearing performance. In fact Barfi! is Ranbir Kapoor’s most critically acclaimed role. Innocent, naughty and adorable – that’s Barfi! Ranbir has also done a tribute to Charlie Chaplin in the movie. We all know how talented Ranbir Kapoor is – he walked away with all the awards this year for his wonderful performance in last year’s Rockstar. We are sure that he will do the same next year as well for Barfi!
03) Aamir Khan (Talaash) – 23.19% Votes
Aamir Khan played a troubled police officer named Surjan Singh Shekhawat in Reema Kagti. The role was a difficult one since his character goes through an inner turmoil which he suppresses for the sake of his job. We feel Inspector Shekhawat’s restlessness & broodiness throughout in the film. Talaash was a highly risky subject for the actor who had a 200 crore hit in his last release. In the end Talaash fetched both critical acclaim and box office success. 02) Hrithik Roshan (Agneepath) – 25.06% Votes
Hrithik Roshan gets a nomination for his excellent performance in Agneepath. Hrithik Roshan enacted Amitabh Bachchan’s National Award winning role from 1990 movie of the same name. Though an action film it was an intense film at its core. Hrithik Roshan performed the angry-young-man part beautifully in the film. He was especially brilliant in the climax scene. Emotional scenes with his mother & sister were also very well appreciated.
01) Shahrukh Khan (Jab Tak Hai Jaan) – 30.03% Votes
Although we didn’t nominate Shahrukh Khan’s performance on the poll, 30% voters suggested Shahrukh Khan’s performance in the ‘other’ option given on the voting panel hence making him the winner this year! Congratulations to Shahrukh Khan for the relentless support he’s been getting from his global fan base (not too many in Bollywood can claim such a solid fan base!). Shahrukh Khan returned to his romantic avatar in Yash Chopra’s last directorial Jab Tak Hai Jaan opposite Katrina Kaif & Anushka Sharma. As we all know, the genre romance is safe in Shahrukh Khan’s hands and not too many can even come close to Shahrukh Khan in it. Being a Yash Chopra hero is also about being a stellar performer – Yash Chopra has etched award winning & memorable performances from his actors in the past and he does the same with Shahrukh Khan in Jab Tak Hai Jaan as well. With the support of more than 30% voters we declare Shahrukh Khan as the best actor of the year 2012!
CRITICS RANKING – TOP 5
5)Aamir Khan (Talaash)
4)Hrithik Roshan (Agneepath)
3)Manoj Bajpayee & Nawazuddin Siddique (Gangs Of Wasseypur 2)
2)Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!)
1)Irrfan Khan (Paan Singh Tomar)
A word from critics on their choice : Irrfan Khan gave a very restrained & subtle performance in Paan Singh Tomar. His performance as an athlete-cum-dacoit was one of the finest performances ever in Bollywood. May be after Pankaj Kapoor, Irrfan Khan is the truly world class actor we have in Bollywood today. Picking Irrfan Khan was easy since none of the other performances came anywhere near his performance.
We are back with yet another exciting poll. We’ve launched a series of ‘year-end’ polls to find out the best of 2012. Finding the ultimate Bollywood star (female) of 2013 is our mission in this poll. You guys can help us choose the right candidate. Just vote for the right female star below!
What was the criterion for selecting the nominees for female star category? Well, we are talking about star power here. It’s got nothing much to do with acting ability. It’s about your ability to connect with your audience. It’s about your charm and pull as a star throughout in 2012. It’s a combination of the box office clout and your charisma outside the movies.
WINNERS – TOP 9
09) Sunny Leone (0.25% Votes)
Though the Indo-Canadian porn star Sunny Leone’s debut film Jism 2 didn’t become a huge hit as it was expected to be, Sunny Leone clearly became one of the ‘shining’ Bollywood stars in Bollywood after the movie. She was the centre of focus during the Jism 2 promotions and media couldn’t get enough of this soft spoken porn star. She has Ragini MMS 2 in her kitty for 2013. Vote for Sunny Leone if you think that she deserves the title more than anybody else.
08) Bipasha Basu (0.66% Votes)
Though things have not been all hunky dory for Bipasha Basu of late, the super success of Raaz 3 put her back on the map. She continued to be on news for her hot magazine covers throughout in 2012. Vote for Bipasha Basu if you think she deserves the title of ‘star of the year’.
07) Vidya Balan (1.52% Votes)
The period from the 2nd half of 2011 to the first half of 2012 marks the peak of Vidya Balan’s career. The Dirty Picture got released in the 2nd half of 2011 and Kahaani got released in the first half of 2012. In this period Vidya Balan witnessed maximum accolades and box office success. She also won the coveted National Award for The Dirty Picture in 2012. With these two films Vidya Balan is touted as the female ‘khan’. Vidya Balan clearly deserves a nomination in this poll!
06) Deepika Padukone (1.72% Votes)
When everyone thought Deepika Padukone’s career is going nowhere she proved everyone wrong with her highly-appreciated performance in Cocktail. Many couldn’t believe that it’s the same Deepika Padukone we saw in Om Shanti Om opposite Shahrukh Khan. With that one film Deepika Padukone’s name is included in the A-listers’ group. Noteworthy projects like Ram Leela, Chennai Express etc knocked at her door very soon as a side effect. Deepika earns the ‘star of the year’ nomination for her Veronica act in Cocktail.
05) Priyanka Chopra (4.4% Votes)
We saw Priyanka Chopra gaining international fame with her English album ‘In My City’ in 2012. At home, she had two big hits to her credit (Barfi! & Agneepath). Priyanka Chopra’s performance as an autistic patient in Barfi! was appreciated by critics & audience alike. Though Priyanka Chopra was subjected to much media scrutiny during the SRK-Priyanka affair rumour, she came out unscathed by it. She’s got 5 important films in her kitty for 2013 in Bollywood. And don’t be surprised if she lands up in something bigger in Hollywood as well!
04) Kareena Kapoor (5.37% Votes)
It was an eventful as well as important year for Kareena Kapoor both professionally and personally. Kareena Kapoor’s performance was appreciated in movies like Heroine, Talaash & Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Both Talaash & Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu became successful at the box office. Her item song ‘Halkat Jawani’ (Heroine) & ‘Fevicol Se’ (Dabangg 2) became the top hits. And above all she got married to Saif Ali Khan. Well, Kareena Kapoor was a strong presence in 2012. Vote for her if you think she’s the star of the year.
03) Katrina Kaif (11. 07% Votes)
Katrina Kaif is one of the biggest female stars in our country and she has got the biggest of the hits in her kitty. Ek Tha Tiger opposite Salman Khan turned out to be the 2nd biggest Bollywood box office grosser in the history of Bollywood, only behind ‘3 Idiots’. Her next film Jab Tak Hai Jaan opposite Shahrukh Khan also became a huge hit at the box office (earning more than 120 crores nett in India). 2012 also saw Katrina Kaif’s sizzling avatar in ‘Chikni Chameli’ item number in Agneepath. So vote for Katrina Kaif if you think Katrina is the star of the year for you.
02) Rani Mukherjee (36.56% Votes)
The year 2012 saw the comeback of a talented actress like Rani Mukherjee. Talaash opposite Aamir Khan is declared as a hit at the box office and she’s been appreciated for her immense acting as a tormented house wife in the movie. We also saw the glamorous & comic side of Rani in her solo release Aiyyaa. Hit item numbers like Aga Bai, Dreamum Wakeupum etc added to Rani’s stock in 2012. However, Aiyyaa underperformed at the box office. Vote for Rani Mukherjee if you think that she deserves the star of the year title.
01) Sridevi (37.75 % Votes)
The year 2012 was considered to be the year of female centric movies. Many actresses came forward with solo releases, making us almost believe that they could challenge the male dominated system in the industry. But only Sridevi and Vidya Balan came out as winners. Sridevi’s English Vinglish was appreciated by audience and critics alike. The movie did good business overseas as well. That was such a brave come back, we must say! If you think Sridevi is the star of the year then vote for her!