2015 has ended on a bright note as Rohit Shetty’s DILWALE & Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s BAJIRAO MASTANI continue to do good and both films have already crossed over Rs.250 Crores each in world-wide collections and while analysts & trade pundits are busy compiling the list of big money earners and box-office hits/flops , I think it’s time to go beyond that list and talk about some of the sleeper hits and surprises which some may have missed or overlooked because of various reasons but these films are the reflection of BOLLYWOOD and certainly deserve to be seen by masses as well and they’re…
- BOSKY GULZAR’s TALVAR … The film has amazing performances by IRFAN KHAN, KONKONA SEN SHARMA & TABU and Bosky Gulzar’s direction is at its best and surely, this film based on ARUSHI murder case, is one of the must for ALL !
- MASAAN … India’s surprise entry at the Cannes International Film Festival was well received and won two awards and RICHHA CHADDHA & SUDHIR MISHRA outshine each other as MASAAN grows on you and wins in every department!
- Ketan Mehta’s MANJHI: The Mountain MAN … NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI continues to amaze us all with his brilliant performances and this Mountain Man film is not only an inspiration but also a must for all cinema lovers!
- Neeraj Pandey’s BABY … After A WEDNESDAY & SPECIAL 26, Neeraj’s latest is a well-crafted film which keeps everyone involved till the very end and AKSHAY KUMAR, TAAPSEE PANNU, DANNY & ANUPAM KHER sure did a good job !
- Yash Chopra’s DUM LAGA KE HAISHA … New comer BHUMI & AYUSHMAN KHURANA are at their very best as the film takes you back to the 90’s era and it turned out to be a HIT!
- R.Balki’s SHAMITABH … Balki & Amiabh Bachchan complement each other and like CHEENI KUM & PAA , here too Balki exracts one of the best performances of 2015 from Amitabh Bachchan ( which has already been rewarded by few ) with great support from DHANUSH & AKSHARA HAASAN !
- TITLEE… RANVEER SHOREY’s finest performance to date and this raw but shocking film has some power packed performances from all the characters and certainly is one of the best of 2015!
- BADLAPUR... This sleeper hit can be seen for the amazing performances of Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Varun Dhawan and surely they both excelled on the screen and Nawazuddin has already been rewarded as the ‘ Best Villain of 2015 ‘ !
- DRISHYAM … The Tamil, Telugu, Malyalam & Kannada versions were a hit already and the Hindi remake with powerful performances by AJAY DEVGUN, SHRIYA SHARAN, TABU & others impressed all and the film turned out to be a hit in Hindi as well !
- CHARLES AUR MAIN … Stylishly made film with superb performance by RANDEEP HOODA and though it failed to deliver at the box-office, the film deserves to be seen for the story of Charles Sobhraj Singh and the chemistry of Randeep Hooda & Richha Chadha!
I’m sure many of you may’ve added some other names to this unique list but these films deserve to be applauded for their unique stories, ideas and presentations and I strongly recommend you all to watch these films as they’re amongst the best of this year!
Kamal Sharma, president of Kamal’s Video Palace, the biggest Indian video store in North America and concert promoter since 1994, is a popular TV host on Shaw Multicultural Channel of “Kamal’s Top 5 Hits” and “YAADEIN,” the longest running South Asian TV shows for more than 31 years.