Story telling got me super-glued in 2012

I was awakened by this deluge of awesome to worth watching again to nice, kind of movies over the last 10 months. Hindi film industry has been starved of good scripts for a while. So this was a pleasant surprise. Does that require a blog post? Yes of course. Because it started with some good indie cinema and then went on to bigger banners. It’s often hard to believe that large banners can roll out stories that are time pass yet get you feeling that ’something something’. (No I don’t mean the yellow mustard laced fields variety or recently the boarding school with rich kids kind). And with indie cinema you’ve come to expect serious stuff with little entertainment value.

But here I stand in October ‘12, with a bag of goodies that will now adorn my DVD library. Sharing my list of what I really loved, enjoyed, laughed at, held my breath for, introspected about & perhaps why it made me do all of that.

Script, Script, Script: Like in a 30 secs TVC that we love watching (even through it irritatingly comes between our favorite serial),  the story telling was the hero. Whether it was Kahaani or English Vinglish or then a dramatization of a real life Paan Singh Tomar. Nothing can and ever will beat the ability to craft a story with love, creativity & a belief that it is refreshingly new. So a sperm donor too inspires a story!!

Casting: Bang-on. Even Bol Bachchan did it. Abhishek is always just very cool (though a mite effeminate in those avataars including in Dostana) with his comic timing. He did it again. Or than look at Parambrata Chatterjee or Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the rookie cop & deputy from the Intelligence Bureau respectively in Kahaani

All the actors in charge of every character were sharply defined & picked

Sense of Vulnerability. Zero perfection: In most of these films the lead actor has an Achilles heel. Much like the rest of us. We love and lose & rediscover ourselves like in Barfi, we wait for that moment to realize our potential (the ‘coming to her own’) as in English Vinglish, we often slip up in our values (like the ‘dishonesty’) in Ferrari ki Sawaari….makes it real.

Romance is an appendage: Wow! Can you believe that. Most of these stories really focused on other human needs (positive & negative) like need for the truth, need for self belief, need to live up to being the role model…so it didn’t matter who led the film. Hero or Heroine!!

Skill rather than Box Office: It’s been years since I saw a contemporary Indian woman wearing a sari without it being sheer or getting wet in the rain. So what if it was Sridevi. She wore designer ones and in NEW YORK for God’s sake.

Honestly I thought skill rather than tuning the story to make people drool, worked. A deaf and dumb boy with a autistic girl dominated one, while a heavily pregnant woman held another. As viewers we are totally coming of age.

For far too long regional cinema has got the credit for awesome stories. I believe they still have more enriching stories to tell. But our very own Hindi Film industry with a massive (reasonably homogenous in movie watching habits??!!) customer base has got me very excited. There are 2 more months left before the year ends. Looking forward to another deluge of ‘worth watching again and again’ movies.

May the curtains never fall.

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