Happy 2020! Let’s Start the Year Cheerful, What Movies in 2019 Made Us Happiest?

Silly light post while we recover from partying last night. No big thoughts, no objective reasons, just remember happy movie moments from 2019.

I’ll start us off!

Watching Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga and realizing:

  1. Divorced middle aged Juhi and Anil Kapoor are going to be the central romantic storyline
  2. It’s based on Damsel in Distress, one of my favorite movies/books
  3. It’s going to end with a completely loving and accepting response to Sonam’s coming out storyline
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Watching Saaho and realizing:

  1. They filmed a love song at burning man
  2. The not-Dubai police department has a flying man program
  3. Prabhas is now stealing the not-Dubai police department flying man suit
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Watching War and realizing:

  1. One of our two heroes is Muslim
  2. Our two heroes are totally in love and there is literally no other way to read it
  3. Hrithik is sexier than ever before in his life!!!!
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Watching Notebook and realizing:

  1. Our hero is going to fall in love with the heroine’s soul without knowing what she looks like
  2. The adorable children are going to be adorable for the whole run time without stopping
  3. There is going to be a peaceful happy resolution to all problems, no matter how ridiculous that is
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Watching Student of the Year 2 and realizing:

  1. It’s another Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander/Breaking Away movie with the good locals versus the bad rich kids
  2. Kabaddi involves flying!
  3. Will Smith
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Watching Bharat and realizing:

  1. Salman’s hero is never going to become rich and famous
  2. Katrina’s heroine will always have job slightly better than Salman’s
  3. Salman and Kat will never get married
  4. Kat looks AMAZING with curly hair
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Watching Arjun Patiala and realizing

  1. This is going to be the meta humor movie of my dreams
  2. Diljit’s character will never be super smart
  3. I love this movie
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Watching Dabangg 3 and realizing:

  1. Sonakshi’s character is going to be awesomer and more outspoken movie by movie
  2. Pranad Khanna looks spookily like his brother
  3. Dimple’s back!
  4. Sudeep will never not be entertaining
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Watching Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and realizing:

  1. Sudeep will never not be in eyeliner
  2. Tamannah’s dancing girl is historically accurate as an independent respected artist
  3. Old time sword fights involve flying
  4. Tamannah’s death scene is EPIC
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Okay, what were your happy moments of 2019 movie viewing?

22 thoughts on “Happy 2020! Let’s Start the Year Cheerful, What Movies in 2019 Made Us Happiest?

  1. I LOVED Ek Ladki so much. It really brought me happiness in 2019. I haven’t seen War yet but my friend/business partner has seen it 3x and wants us to watch together now that it’s available streaming. I’m excited to do that in large part because she’s pretty traditional and I’m positive she won’t see the attraction between Tiger and Hrithik no matter how obvi. I’m curious how she’s going to explain the connection! Also she’s madly in love w Tiger and, secondarily, Hrithik. But she’s not the threesome type 😬


    • You and I should start a support group of “people whose friends are madly in love with Tiger”. I have seen so many Tiger movies, more than any person who is not madly in love with Tiger really needs to see, thanks to my friend who is madly in love with Tiger.

      And yaaaaay! Another person who, at the end of the year, still finds herself thinking about how awesome Ek Ladki was way back at the start of the year.

      On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 12:19 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. – Watching Mikhael, or better reading reviews and funny tweets about this film. The movie is not good, but it’s a gift that keeps cheering me up (+ it has Unni Mukundan’s shower scene. Totally out of place, but who cares)
    – Malaal – ok, the movie is not happy, but so beautiful and full of sweet scenes. And Meezan’s beautiful long hair and very well cut pants = happiness
    -Pankaj Tripathi in Luka Chuppi
    – Gantumoote – a movie which shows the women strong how they are and men weak and stupid how they often are.
    – So over the top scene from Pailwaan with Sunil Shetty beating the villains like the boss. Also sweet song showing Sudeep as a perfect and adorable husband.
    – Priyansh Jora in Khandaani Shafakhana is perfection


  3. Oh this is fun. Movies that made me happy in 2019:
    1. War (obviously)
    2. Dream Girl (it’s my sister’s and my go-to sister-date watching movie of 2019).
    3. De De Pyar De (I don’t care for Ajay in real life but he was very attractive in this movie + Tabu)
    4. Zoya Factor (this was a surprisingly cheery movie).
    5. Bharat (good god I love Katrina in this)
    6. Notebook (loved the romance, loved the hero and heroine + Bumro)


    • I considered The Zoya Factor! But somehow it didn’t tip over to the top happiness level. Perhaps because I was 5 minutes late and missed the SRK voice over.

      And now I am increasingly excited about watching Dream Girl tonight so I can review it tomorrow! Also, yaaaaaaay Notebook! Such a good little movie.

      On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 8:29 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  4. Can I add the movies that made me happy last year but are not from 2019?

    – Half Girlfriend for example was a pure delight for me, and I smile everytime I think about it.
    – Mini robots riding pigeons from 2.0 – the best example of “yeah it’s kinda ridiculous, but why not?”
    – Ranangan, super over the top marathi movie. I loved every scene
    – D/O Parvathamma (this one is from 2019) – movie about female cop, who is tough, good at her work and ambitious, and free to chose a man she wanted to be with (2 times), and nobody judges her for that. I think it’s fantastic such movie was made, and in kannada. The final product wasn’t good unfortunately, but I’m happy it was made and even arrived to italian Prime.
    – Ente Mezhuthiri Athazhangal, when the heroine tells the hero “I don’t find you attractive, because you are fat and too hairy”
    – Annmariya Kalippilaanu “It’s for Annmariya, you stupid monkey face”
    – Katyar Kaljat Ghusali for the music
    – Badhai ho because the grandma remindes me of my own grandma

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    • Sure, this is a discussion post! There are no rules!

      Annmariya makes me happy too. Except that I still don’t trust her Dad to stick around.

      And if the Grandma from Badhai Ho reminds you of your own Grandma, she must have been a scary scary lady!

      On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 9:33 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  5. The relationship between Alia and Ranveer in Gully Boy really made me happy. She was imperfect and he accepted her. She was ready to support him her entire life. He cheated on her, but felt terrible about it, and they may not have gotten back together if she hadn’t taken action. I adored her character, but also his, and how they combined.

    I also loved Bharat and it’s happy ending that didn’t fit the happy ending stereotype. That was a good movie.

    I was also really happy when Netflix bought Excel’s movies. I whole heartedly approve of these western streaming companies getting into the non-western markets. It makes a lot of business sense and it allows westerners to peek outside their walls. Also, my own family only gets Amazon Prime in December as the rest of the year we don’t buy anything. Screw you Hotstar, and your, well inaccessibilty in the west. Thank you enthusian, even thought I feel guilty every time I use you.

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    • What I loved about the Gully Boy relationship is that it was a realistic work in progress relationship. So many Indian movies have the high drama, the love at first sight where they immediately turn into perfect Romeo and Juliet lovers. Or else the drama of the break-up that is all misery and impossible. In Gully Boy, they were kids who both made mistakes because they were still growing up (He got caught up in this new world and this new different girl, she was too angry and out of control), but then they made up and stayed together. So rare! A relationship strong enough to survive a break and keep going.

      Thank you for reminding me about Bharat’s “happy ending”! From all sides, it was happy but not expected. Kat and Salman are together forever, but never marry and never have kids. Salman doesn’t find his father but he does find his sister. The shop is torn down, but he will still have economic independence from owning part of the mall.

      And yes the Excel-Netflix deal makes me VERY happy!!!! And I will be even happier when the rights to Gully Boy and Gold expire and those are added.

      On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 4:15 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  6. Chhichhore’s vibe also made me really happy. I loved Ranveer and Alia’s relationship in Gully Boy. I loved the way Varun looked in Kalank. And War as a whole. Obviously.


    • Forget Varun in Kalank, I am allllllll about ARK in Kalank! He wears glasses! And goes to work every day! I may be old and boring now.

      On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 5:35 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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      • In terms of which would be better husband material, ARK for sure. But from a purely physical, aesthetic standpoint? Varun all the way.


        • No, sorry, I am still all about the older guy with glasses. You can keep your young blacksmith without a shirt for yourself.

          On Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 4:35 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  7. I know this is probably not what you mean but I’m going to interpret this as being what are the movies that I had the best theater experience when watching them. For me, the best of 2019 when it comes to this is watching Maharshi and loving a Mahesh movie so much after a while.

    I also really enjoyed watching Knives Out in the theater. I went with my cousin and it was a lot of fun!


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