2014 is about to end and it has been a busy year for me in terms of watching movies. To write this post, I had waited for the release of PK because I had an inner feeling that this movie would feature in my list of favourites and I am glad I waited. This year has been filled with some great Bollywood movies and some terribly bad ones. I’ll spare the bad ones and highlight the good ones instead, so let me present you my top 5 favourite Bollywood movies of 2014.
Queen has to be the most beautiful movie made in Bollywood in recent times. It is one of the very few movies which actually gave me goosebumps! Who would have thought earlier that actress Kangana Ranaut could pull-off the role of Rani, the protagonist, with such flair and brilliance. But, she had mesmerized the audience with her beautiful potrayal of an independent woman who did not allow a broken marriage to pull her down and instead, learned to celebrate life in beautiful Paris and Amsterdam. You can read my blog post on the movie: Kangana Ranaut: The Queen of hearts! Continue reading
I have been following Arjun Kapoor on Twitter and Facebook for a while, and let me tell you, he knows a thing or two about movie publicity. His recent tweets and updates about his upcoming movie ‘Tevar‘ have actually managed to grab enough eyeballs and spark interest among his fans and general movie lovers. That includes me too! The official trailer of this movie, which is a remake of 2003 superhit Telugu film ‘Okkadu‘ and stars Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpai and is directed by debutant director Amit Sharma is finally out today and I have to say, it is amazing!
When you start thinking, or rather I should say lamenting, that Bollywood is all about “Copy and Paste” and “Same ordinary dish served on a new plate“, you are suddenly hit by something totally unprecedented. And that punch is nothing less than marvellous! Yes, I am talking about the recently-released song “Shake Your Bootiya” from the upcoming Bollywood movie Finding Fanny directed by Homi Adajania of ‘Cocktail’ fame!
The “Fanny Re” song which was released earlier opens with the statutory warning “None of these characters behave like this in the film Finding Fanny or in real life…Don’t ask!”. As if the bizarre, ridiculous and insane actions of the five characters weren’t enough in the music video, which had grabbed many eyeballs once it released, the new song “Shake Your Bootiya” can be claimed to cause people’s eyeballs to pop out of their sockets!
The music video of this new song has been filmed and presented to us in the most unexpected way. It shows Angie (played by actress Deepika Padukone) lying on the floor and looking at a doll house where puppet-like cutouts of the film’s characters, including her, are kept in six different rooms. I wondered what would happen next. And lo! One by one, all the five characters come to life and get their bodies grooving with the beats. I began to smile, which soon turned into a laughter as the ‘mad five’ (I think they should be called that after watching this video) began to shake their booty (lovingly called ‘bootiya‘ in the song) in an absolutely hilarious manner! Funnier are the expressions of Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Dimple Kapadia, Arjun Kapoor and Deepika Padukone; everyone of them have stolen the limelight with their exceptional performance . I bet you can’t stop laughing once you watch them in this quirky video.
Kudos to the brains behind both the music videos. They have managed to offer us something that proves that Bollywood can also come up with ‘out of the box’ thinking and entertain us in ways we haven’t seen or thought before. This movie may not be a ‘100 crore hit’ which has become a custom now, but it will set the path for other film-makers to be adventurous, courageous and tread new paths in making off-beat movies and music alike. I wish Finding Fanny emerges as a super-hit at the box office!
Watch the “Shake Your Bootiya” video here and have a laugh riot!