This is a really hard year to pick the best films! And I’m not even sure of my choices, so please leap in with comments if you disagree.
Maybe this is slightly my prejudice because it is my favorite movie on this list. But the songs are beautiful, the performances are phenomenal top to bottom, and it is a plot that is both complex (plots and counter plots) and simple (two brothers are separated). It’s the only 2009 movie that literally took my breath away when I watched it.
I don’t think this movie is as deep as the others on this list. But it is ambitious, and it lived up to its ambitions. Plus it combined comedy and romance and tragedy in the best masala tradition.
The best modern Devdas adaptation, perfectly tells the story start to finish. The only reason I am putting it third instead of first or second is that the ambitions are so small, it just wants to tell the Devdas story and nothing else.
Luck By Chance
Very very complex, and perfectly made. In any other year, this would be the best film of the year. But it doesn’t have the searing pain of Kaminey, or the ambition of 3 Idiots, or the resonance of a Devdas adaptation. So I am putting it 4th, although it kills me.
Wake Up Sid
A perfectly little romance crossed with a coming of age story. A gem of a movie. But such a small story, can it compete with the sweep of 3 Idiots and Kaminey and Luck By Chance, or the historical resonance of Dev.D?
This would be the best movie of the year, if Mehra had nailed the landing. But that ending is just a disaster, and makes the whole film suddenly weak.
Okay, tell me how I am wrong!