From 'Talvar' to 'Masaan': Screenwriters, critics and trade analysts list their favourite films of 2015

Subhash K Jha

Dec 24, 2015 11:08:34 IST

Critics, trade analysts and screenwriters went ga-ga over films as far-ranging as Neeraj Ghaywan's Masaan and Shoojit Sircar's Piku. There was one film common in most of their lists: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani, which bowled them over. Here are some of the other films that our screen writers, analysts and film critics enjoyed:

Atul Mohan

From Talvar to Masaan: Screenwriters, critics and trade analysts list their favourite films of 2015

A still from Talvar.

Dum Laga ke Haisha, Piku, Baahubali, Talvar, Baby. Hats off to the directors for the risk taken in these unusual films. All of these films have been realistic, gripping and an example of amazing storytelling. These are the qualities that made these 5 films my favourites of the year.”

K Vijayendra Prasad

Bajirao

A still from Bajirao Mastani.

“Apart from the film that I wrote, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, my four other favourites are Bajirao Mastani, Bajirao Mastani, Bajirao Mastani and Bajirao Mastani.”

Taran Adarsh

Baby

A still from Baby.

“It's difficult to choose five films that won my heart this year. In fact, I'd like to choose 10 films in 2015 that I will fondly remember. These include Baby, Badlapur, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Piku, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Baahubali, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Drishyam, Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Bajirao Mastani. As to why I love these films, well, for varied reasons. But, most importantly, each of these won my heart completely. These films had soul. The stamp of the film maker was visible in these films.”
Apurva Asrani

Masaan

A still from Masaan.

1.Piku: Firstly, much gratitude to the writer & director for, after years, creating a great character for Amitabh Bachchan. He brilliantly played a foul-mouthed, senior citizen obsessed with a need for a satisfactory bowel movement. I don't think we have ever seen a protagonist like that.
2.Tanu Weds Manu Returns: I loved Kangana and she followed up her Queen act with this superb double role. She made me laugh and cry in a span of moments. Hilarious characters. Great music. One of the years best entertainers.
3.Masaan: Masaan created beautiful poetry in a backdrop of repression and cremation. The love story was charming, the music was great and a terrific debut by a promising filmmaker, Neeraj Ghaywan, and a brilliant young actor, Vicky Kaushal.
4.Tamasha: Weaving a tapestry of musical fables, the director takes you into the mind of two people grappling with bipolarity. It's flawed, but then so is the protagonist. The film didn't serve its story on a platter. It takes a while to figure out why the characters are behaving the way they are, but when you do, it all connects.
5.Talvar: It offered me another perspective on the Aarushi murder case. Like many others, I too had pronounced the parents guilty before the courts did. But what if they really were innocent? The parents perspective deserved the mainstream attention the film gave it.
6.Titli: Great storytelling. Turns the adage of 'family that eats together, stays together' right on its head. Titli is a superb exploration of family politics and violent relationships. The performances were fantastic, particularly by Amit Sial & Ranvir Shourie. A very assured debut by Kanu Behl.”
7. Bajirao Mastani: After watching the film, I was stunned to say the least. People say it's a very good looking film, but I think it's far far more than that. The characters, the family drama, and the exploration of love is stupendous; it's my favourite Bhansali film. It's high time Bhansali commands his place as a cinematic 'master'. The fact that his musical compositions are at the level of the rich visual experience he offers is nothing shot of mastery. Very few like Satyajit Ray have displayed such a vast audio-video range.”

Juhi Chaturvedi:

Dum-laga-ke

A still from Dum Laga Ke Haisha.

Piku, Talvar, Masaan, Dum Lagake Haisha. I loved these films for their creative integrity. Each of these films has a certain creative vision which the respective directors have honoured with an unwavering conviction, especially in an environment that is so commercially driven.”

Amod Mehra:

“My 5 favourite films? Bajirao Mastani, Bajirao Mastani , Bajirao Mastani, Bajirao Mastani, Bajirao Mastani.”

(All images are screen grabs from Youtube)

Updated Date: Dec 24, 2015 11:08:34 IST