THE 35 BEST FILMS OF 2015
I have already made a list of the 30 BEST INDIES OF 2015, but I also wanted to put together a list of my favourite Summer Films, Hindi Films and ‘Good Films’ (Dramas/Comedies). Please note that this is a list of MY 35 Favourite Films of 2015 and if there are films missing from here, trust me, they’ve been left out on purpose (for eg. I didn’t feel too much for Piku or Spectre, etc). Anyway, here are my lists below:
THE 15 BEST HINDI FILMS
- TALVAR: Because Irrfan Khan and Neeraj Kabi and Gajraj Rao and Konkana Sen Sharma and Vishal Bharadwaj and Meghna Gulzar.
- DUM LAGAKE HAISHA: Because this could well be India’s first indie romcom by a big studio.
- MASAAN: Because it made me want to write: On Masaan.
- BABY: Because Neeraj Pandey is to thrillers what Raju Hirani is to feel good cinema. Here’s my piece on it: On Baby.
- DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY!: Because Dibakar Banerjee is a star and this film got the short end of the stick. My piece on it: On Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!
- TAMASHA: Because Imtiaz Ali has the power to make you feel feelings that no other Indian director does.
- DIL DHADAKNE DO: Because Anil Kapoor!!
- TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS: Because two Kangana Ranaut is even better than one Kangana Ranaut.
- BOMBAY VELVET: Because it was a GOOD film and my thoughts on it are well documented: On Bombay Velvet.
- NH10: Because we haven’t managed to pull off a road thriller so well ever before and hats off to Anushka Sharma for debuting as a producer with this.
- TITLI: Because this was the most hard-hitting Indian film I’ve seen in ages.
- COURT: Because it captured class divide and ‘India’ of the towns and of the shanties like very few could have.
- PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA: Because let’s admit it, even with its misogyny, it was freaking hilarious.
- ANGRY INDIAN GODESSES: Because in spite of the filmy ending, this is a Dil Chahta Hai for women.
- BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN: Because Salman Khan did a good film and I still can’t believe it.
THE 10 BEST SUMMER FILMS
- MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION: Because what a perfect, perfect screenplay and what a perfect, perfect Tom Cruise.
- MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: Because this was not really a Mad Max film and we know it – it was a Furiosa film and that’s why we love it.
- JURASSIC WORLD: Because this was a throwback to the good ol’ family blockbusters of the ‘90s and Chris Pratt is the ‘hero’ we’ve been waiting for.
- THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.: Because Guy Ritchie makes action films like no one makes action films and Guy Ritchie is my Tarantino.
- STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Because it was a great trip back in time but as an independent film it could have been so much more.
- SPY: Because who knew Jason Statham could be SO FREAKING FUNNY!
- AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Because it was Joss Whedon’s last superhero film (as we know it) but otherwise it could have been so much more.
- FURIOUS 7: Because they showed ALL THEIR ACTION PIECES in trailers and there was nothing left to watch in the film.
- PITCH PERFECT: Because Anna Kendrick is acc-awesome.
- THE INTERVIEW: Because it was hilarious and I don’t know why critics found it vile and unfunny – the James Franco-Kim Jong Un friendship scenes were ROFL!
THE 10 BEST DRAMAS/COMEDIES
- BIRDMAN: Because OH MY GOD, what a film.
- STEVE JOBS: Because the greatest writer of the 21st century, Aaron Sorkin, wrote a film about the greatest mind of the 21st century, Steve Jobs, and it was perfect.
- WHIPLASH: Because this movie *is* my tempo.
- CREED: Because THIS is how you do a reboot, and hell, Ryan Coogler, you are a master of the art of screenwriting and storytelling – what a perfect film this was.
- THE INTERN: Because who knew a Robert DeNiro-Anne Hathaway film could be the feel good film of the year and charm the socks off you?
- TRAINWRECK: Because Amy Schumer’s hilarious big screen writing-acting debut has redefined the raunchy female comedy.
- THE MARTIAN: Because this was Ridley Scott’s happiest film ever and if getting back Matt Damon is such a fun time, he should get in these situations more!
- INSIDE OUT: Because no Hollywood film gave you as many feel as this one.
- SICARIO: Because Dennis Villeneuve can do no wrong and looks like even Emily Blunt can’t.
- TOMORROWLAND: Because it was an original film that had the right intentions even if it failed a bit in putting them across.
– Nikhil Taneja
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