A lot has changed in my life over the years, from my haircut to my interests, hobbies, and favorite foods. But there remains one constant despite it all: my companion alongside cookie dough ice cream on cold Friday nights, my sweet escape, friend, comforter, and the world where I greet and fall in love with characters I have never even met. You guessed it, ladies and gentlemen—it’s Bollywood films!
Even just a mention of the word “Bollywood” evokes images of resplendent, vibrant production shots in colorful cities with perfectly tailored outfits and beautiful actors in fantastically choreographed songs. India’s cinema is not only the country’s most powerful and financially lucrative industry, it also possess the power to rekindle emotions. Its many powers include the magical ability to strike a memory, move an audience to tears, and bond strangers.
These powers significantly showed themselves this past year, when Bollywood hit an all time high with recent hits like “Dilwale,” “Bajirao Mastani,” and older gold like “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” “Dil Dhadakne Do,” and “Tanu Weds Manu Returns.”
Because Bollywood films have done so much for me, it is about time I use my expertise to improve your Bollywood experience. With that, I present my top four reasons why 2015 was the “it” year for Bollywood.
1. Variety of Movies
2015 was the best for Bollywood in terms of film variety. The year featured a good mix of thigh slapping laughter masala movies (“Dilwale,” “Happy New Year”), classical antiquated style films (“Bajirao Mastani”), and heartwarming, thought-provoking films (“Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” “Piku”)—essentially, a film for everyone.
Each of these films taught me a lesson and helped me practice an emotion I didn’t know my icebox of a heart had the ability to keep. This past year offered so much in terms of the variety of films, and I can’t help but love each and every one.
2. More Deepika!
If you’re a normally functioning human being, face it—you are in love with Deepika Padukone. Her versatility in multiple roles as the fashionista, empress, distressed daughter, perky dance teacher, and businesswoman—and the way she so gracefully pulls off every single one—is truly an art. From her humility to her gait, it’s official: Padukone is not human. She is a goddess.
3. AH-MAZING Turn Up Songs
Another day, another dholki. And seriously, if I hear “Chittiyan Kalaiyaan” one more time, I’m going to shoot myself in my own chittiyaan kalaiyaan. Besides the overplaying of each of the year’s hits like “Sooraj Dooba Hai,” “
Besides the overplaying of each of the year’s hits like “Sooraj Dooba Hai,” “Banno,” “Desi Look,” “Gallan Goodiyan,” “Afghan Jalebi,” “Gulabo,” “DJ Wale Babu” and more, the year’s tunes were nothing less than on point. Each party number left my heels numb, the ground shaking, and a girl with a busted lip due to my psychotic fist pumps—especially during “G Phaad Ke.” Ain’t nobody except the actual Govinda holding me back tonight.
4. Spontaneous and Irregular Sets
Perhaps the most striking feature of all in terms of production in 2015 was the variety of scenes and sets used in the films. From the beautiful picturesque scenes in “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” the wondrous setting of “Tamasha,” and the intricate sets, castles, and landscapes of “Shandaar,” “Bajirao Mastani,” and “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo,” Bollywood truly showcased the beauty of the entire world in a unique way in each of its films.