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.
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.