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The best (and worst) Bollywood films of 2012


(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not those of Thomson Reuters)

This is what it all comes down to — a year of watching movies and writing about them distilled into one post. Here are my picks for the best and worst of 2012 from the Hindi film industry.


Gangs of Wasseypur (Part 1 and Part 2)
Five hours of blood, gore and fun. Anurag Kashyap’s epic revenge saga was, more than anything, a lot of fun to watch. Packed with smart dialogue, a script that didn’t let up and a director who was clearly having a blast while shooting the whole thing, “Gangs of Wasseypur” was an experiment that went right. The grime of the coal mines, the edgy characters and a great ensemble cast meant that audiences left the cinema sated.

English Vinglish
Gauri Shinde got the language of her debut feature right. “English Vinglish” was one of those films that are difficult not to like. Sridevi, in her comeback movie, outshone any actress in any role this year and proved once again that you don’t need a male star to make a good Bollywood film. The next time you see someone speak haltingly in English, or any language for that matter, you won’t be so quick to judge.