It hasn’t been the best year for Indian cinema. The expected highs sank to lows and the perceived lows lived up to expectation. I’ve mostly felt unchallenged as a filmmaker and deeply disappointed as a cine-goer. There have been few (but far between) silver linings on the bollywood clouds and I feel compelled to list a few.
The Jodhaa-Akbar chemistry was pleasantly surprising. Ashutosh had displayed a tremendous flair of narrative and conviction in his earlier works. His foray into “old world” romance had all die-hard romantics begging for more and Hrithik and Aishwarya gave historic performances (pun totally intended.) The pace was not really the virtue of this film but there were various other cinematic elements that more than made up for it.
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. I felt young and depressed when I watched this film.