Upcoming Film Reviews: 2010 Week! The Classics and the Forgotten, All My Favorites

I guess there was a thing on twitter about best films of the past decade? And Film Companion did a thing about it too (no doubt Rahul Desai wrote something stupid). Anyway, I started to try to do that and got bogged down in 2010 alone and decided to stop there.

2010! The All Indian theater had just opened in my city, Shahrukh and Kajol and Karan were reuniting, Priyanka was not yet starting her assault on the West, and romance was still king. So many movies to enjoy!

Monday 11/18: Pyaar Impossible (Hindi, youtube and googleplay)

Picture a movie written by and starring Uday Chopra. Okay, don’t panic, it’s actually cute! He’s a shy nerd who ends up being hired as a nanny for the girl he had a crush on in college (Priyanka).

Monday 11/18: My Name is Khan (Hindi, Prime)

Karan, Kajol, and Shahrukh in their deepest darkest film together. Not an easy watch. And if it is an easy watch for you, you need to pick up a newspaper and think about reality. On the other hand, one of Shahrukh’s all time great performances.

Tuesday 11/19: Raajneeti (Hindi, Netflix)

Back in 2010, Ranbir still put in a hard days work and didn’t steal the spotlight. So here he is as part of an ensemble, neatly out performed by Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal, and also Katrina Kaif. A somewhat awkward film combination of the Mahabharata, The Godfather, and the real life Gandhi family, but worth it for the performances.

Tuesday 11/19: I Hate Love Storys (Hindi, Netflix)

You may have stuck with me through Pyaar Impossible, but I suspect this is where I will lose you. Yes, our hero is a disgusting person for the first half. But the songs are so cute! And he is punished in the second half! And Imraan and Sonam are great together!

Wednesday 11/20: Nayakan (Malayalam, einthusan)

A Lilo Jose Pellisary movie I have not seen! And it stars Indrajith, the cuddly Sukumaran. That’s enough for me to be excited about watching it, how about you?

Thursday 11/21: Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (Tamil, einthusan)

This is not a love story. This is a story of failed love, of confusion, of mistakes, of foolishness. But it has great music!

Thursday 11/21: Darling (Telugu, youtube free)

Prabhas, Kajal Aggarwal, a very very VERY silly rom-com that is super happy and funny and light weight. Don’t expect great things, and you will enjoy it.

Friday 11/22: Udaan (Hindi, Netflix)

A beautiful painful wonderful hopeful movie. If you start it and think it is kind of dry and slow, keep watching. If you get to the middle and think it will only get worse and worse, keep watching. Most importantly, when you think there is no hope and life is hard and unfair, you must watch straight through to the very end. It’s the kind of ending that makes you have hope for humanity, the kind of thing you hold on to every time you feel down about the state of the world.

Friday 11/22: Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (Hindi, Netflix)

I love this movie. Back in 2010, this was my favorite movie of 2010. It’s the gangster saga I always hope each new film will be, and it never is. It’s also the Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi movie I hope each film will be and it never is. Well, except for Raid.

You MUST watch this trailer. It will get you as excited about this film as I am

Saturday 11/23: Dabangg (Hindi, itunes and einthusan)

This is the Salman movie I want every Salman movie to be. Irreverent, amoral, homo-erotic, and with a nice full size heroine and a great love song. Oh, and the fight scenes are next level.

12 thoughts on “Upcoming Film Reviews: 2010 Week! The Classics and the Forgotten, All My Favorites

  1. MAN, I love My Name is Khan. I was crying the entire time. I wouldn’t call it my favorite SRK movie, or even favorite SRKajol movie, but it’s got the best performances from both of them. I constantly recommend it to people who ask me for Bollywood recs (which is almost never, but still).
    And for reference, FilmCompanion’s selections from 2010 were Udaan (so nice job to you), Band Baaja Baaraat, and Love Sex Aur Dhokha. The only one from 2011, looking ahead, was Delhi Belly.
    Looking at the list as a whole, there was no Imitiaz I don’t think, no SLB, and no Ranbir. Some of that is good news. In general, all of the films from the list that I’ve seen were really really good (Gully Boy made it) and I genuinely enjoyed, but then again, HSKD is also one of my favorite movies ever, in any language, and there was no way that was gonna make any kind of best of list.


    • HSKD really should have made the list, especially if they were going year by year. It’s the most successful rom-com in years, and it successfully made Alia Bhatt into a mainstream star. Plus, it’s just really really good.

      Not surprised by their 2010 picks. I don’t think BBB is that much better overall than I Hate Luv Storys or Pyaar Impossible, but it was the most successful and influential. It’s not on my list because I don’t want to incite riots by igniting the DCIB “is BBB a good or bad film?” civil war. And Love Sex Aur Dhoka, I have to admit I still haven’t seen, but I know it launched a lot of actors and was important and blah blah. I am sure I will find more worthy of interest in 2011 than just Delhi Belly, but who knows? Maybe I will agree once I look at the list.

      On Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 8:13 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. When I watched MNIK in the theater in 2010, it totally ripped my heart out. But I’m excited to read your thoughts on the absurd nature of conflating a bunch of US events to make it plausible for Shah Rukh to live the post 9/11 tragedy and also walk up to President Obama. But Kajol and her dead son, I couldn’t take it. Weirdly it was the start of a series of deep personal losses for me so sometimes I just see the film as the start of the worst time of my life. Otherwise, the performances are brilliant and the message was truly needed (still is!)

    I noticed you skipped Aisha and We Are Family, which I have seen but keep showing up on my Netflix of Prime queues.

    And are you going to go Year by Year? Love!


    • I hadn’t thought about year by year, but maybe? there’s a lot of weeks to fill between now and the end of the year and reruns are easy.

      I haven’t seen either Aisha or We Are Family. I’m more tempted by Aisha, but I decided to skip it this go round just to make life easy. Maybe for Sonam’s birthday. Or Abhay’s! Or Jane Austen’s!

      On Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 11:26 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  3. I think it’s time for me to watch Udaan, another one of the movies I’ve been putting off because it looked so hard to watch. But then I can comment on your review, and I have your personal word that I won’t want to curl into a fatal position and spend the next week in bed?


    • The ending is so beautiful and hopeful. It’s like It’s a Wonderful Life, if you don’t watch through to the end it is the most depressing film imaginable, but if you do, you get this big burst of joy.

      On Mon, Nov 18, 2019 at 4:54 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  4. I wanted to create my own list of 2010-2019 favourites but I realized I have only watched 6 movies made in 2010 (at least I remember only 6) and they are all odd:
    My Name is Khan
    Jhootha Hi Sahi
    Dulha mil Gaya
    The Japanese Wife (bengali with Rahul Bose)
    Kutty (tamil remake of Arya, with Dhanush)
    Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa


    • Finally, someone else who has seen Dulha Mil Gaya and Jhoothi Hi Sahi! Both such cute rom-coms that could have been better. But the ideas are so good!

      And at least one person can comment on my Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa review

      On Tue, Nov 19, 2019 at 9:51 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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