Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2008
Overall it was very weak year in Bollywood in terms of quality. There just weren’t very many good films to release…and even the good ones were full of flaws!
#1 A Wednesday
It is these types of films that give hope that Bollywood can indeed compete with Hollywood. This terrorism-based film has top of the line acting from Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher and Jimmy Shergill. If you were to choose one movie to watch from last year, then this is the one.
#2 Jaane Tu Yah Jaane Na
Although the story is typical Bollywood, the way it is presented is what makes the film a winner. Imran Khan could not have asked for a better launch from his uncle Aamir. Its only been two films from Aamir Khan Productions so far, but its time to consider this banner one of the best. The final fifteen minutes of this film are what make it a classic.
#3 U Me aur Hum
This film could have and should have done better at the box office. I blame the poor promos for its failure. Why show Kajol and Ajay Devgan on a cruise dancing to Jee Le in the trailers? There was so much more in the actual story. This film is one of the most original and emotional films to come out in Bollywood in a long time.
#4 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
At number four we have Shah Rukh Khan’s only movie this year. The story was simple and sweet but there was one huge flaw which we just cannot let go: how does a wife not recognize her husband if he shaves his mustache?? This is one of the weakest films to come out from SRK/Yash Raj collaborations but you can count on Shah Rukh to carry the film. He is the only reason this film did as well as it did and is on this list. Anushka Sharma made a great impression in her debut.
This film had a chance to something special – had it been revolved around the 15 minute short term memory aspect. But the makers take the convenient way out by making half the movie into flashbacks/songs and the other half into a typical Bollywood revenge saga. Even before watching the film, most viewers knew the story from beginning to end – how about adding a twist to make it different than the Tamil version? Yeah the film was the biggest hit of the year…but only because of Aamir Khan’s performance.
#6 Jodha Akbar
One of the finest movies of the year. It comes at no. 6 just for its length and lackluster screenplay. If Ashutosh had removed the songs and chopped some of the unnecessary scenes , this movie could have challenged Hollywood. If you haven’t watched it, just watch it for Hrithik and Aishwarya’s brilliant performances.
Emraan Hashmi delivers another perfect performance after Awaarapan last year. He is arguably the most underrated actor in the industry. The movie is another good (not great) one from the Bhatt camp but the ending disappointed big time. The reach for something else but police thinks you are reaching for a gun ending has been done many times before! Will Emraan Hashmi ever stay alive in a Bhatt film?
What was the story of this film? Did it even have a story? All I remember is a bunch of twists and turns. Story or not, this thriller does manage to keep you entertained throughout – as long as you don’t use your brain too much!
#9 Singh is Kinng
After a string of good films from Akshay Kumar, Singh is Kingg was a bit of a disappointment. Not only was it predictable, but the movie was not as funny as expected and it tried too hard to give moral lessons throughout.
This ‘10 things to do before I die’ movie did not do any wonders at the box office, but it definitely left a mark in everyone’s memory who watched it.
It was hard picking the top 10 movies, because we tried to balance commercial success with quality.
Anyways, we think that we have done a fair job.