Curry Bear’s Best Bollywood Movies Of This Decade By Year
This decade is coming to a close. This was the decade that Curry Bear’s website was launched. As the decade ends, I’ll be making lots of lists. Why? Because men love lists! We don’t care what it is. It could be a list of top 10 reasons to kick a donkey in the nuts or 5 ways to choke a man to death. We men/bears love lists. I decided to start by creating a list of the best Bollywood movies of the decade. But rather than just pick 10 movies, I decided to go through the decade year by year. I decided to pick the best movie of each year starting with 2001 and also mention a few others released that year. I didn’t pick movies like Race or Dhoom. This list is made of movies that were really well made and crafted. Yes bitches, this is a list of movies that were made artistically. If you disagree with me, I will kill you.
2001 – Dil Chahta Hai – This decade started with one of my favorite movies of all time. Starring Amir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Khanna, this movie really captured the youth of India. Well, mostly the rich youth of India. It was like watching my cousins from Mumbai on film. This was the decade that India was becoming more westernized. This film wasn’t your typical Bollywood story where the girl wants to marry some guy and her dad is against it. Yeah, this movie ain’t no fucking DDLJ. This movie had three amazing plot lines that intertwined. It changed film making in Bollywood. Never before had we seen a movie that dealt with issues such as friendship, romance and love in such an awesome style. After DCH, people in the industry gave more opportunities for writers and directors who had creative ideas and vision. DCH is the best movie to come out of 2001. Each song in this movie is pleasant to listen to years later. And do you remember that scene where Amir Khan is all alone in Australia? The girl he loves is getting married and when he can’t reach his friend by phone he realizes his loneliness. There isn’t a guy in this world who hasn’t felt that kind of emotion at some point in his life. The older I get the more I appreciate it this movie.
2002 – Company - This is the ultimate gangster movie in Bollywood. There is no questions about it. This is the movie that made me want to be a criminal. When this movie came out, I was growing out my beard to look scruffy and wearing raggedy shirts, black pants and chappals. If I got a gun permit, I’m sure I would have killed a man or two. Company is probably the closest thing Indian cinema has come to portraying the real life underworld of Mumbai. At the time, this was probably Bollywood’s finest hour. This movie made me forget all those cheesy ’80′s gangster movies where each punch sounded like “dishoom” and each gunshot sounded like “disshkaoun”. I am pretty sure director Ram Gopal Verma went undercover and joined a gang before he directed this movie. But other than an accurate portrayal of the underworld, this movie also had symbolism and a theme. In the end, you realize that a life of crime will not end well, but you’ll look awesome smoking cigarettes and killing people. This movie is Vivek Oberoi’s best work. This is the movie that allowed him to date Aishwarya Rai years later and bang her. I don’t think he’ll ever be able to top his role in Company.
2003 – Munnabhai M.B.B.S - Aaah Munnabhai, one of the funniest movies to come out in Bollywood. When it came out, it was a fresh comedy. If it weren’t for Munnabhai, I would’ve killed myself from watching all the Hollywood remakes coming out of Bollywood’s anus. I still think what really made this movie funny was not Sanjay Dutt but his sidekick Arshad Warsi who played Circuit. If real criminals were anything like the characters in Munnabhai, we wouldn’t be so scared. Sadly, real criminals are scary like the characters in Company. The heart of the movie is really about a guy trying to win his parents affection. Munnabhai is a criminal but his parents think he’s a doctor. When they find out the truth, Munnabhai decides to really become a doctor. Such a simple and awesome plot. This is a likable movie and every time I watch it, I feel a lot better. Why? Because my father wanted me to be a doctor but instead I became a bear and he never accepted me. The movie launched a sequel, which really wasn’t a sequel but just the same characters in a different situation. This is the kind of movie I’d watch when I’m feeling depressed and it works better than Prozac. Other awesome releases of 2003: Baghban, 3 Deewarein, Joggers Park, Jhankaar Beats.
2004 – Swades - Ok I’ll say it. Shah Rukh Khan has made a lot of crappy romantic movies that old aunties go gaga over. Sometimes I can’t figure out what is worse: SRK movies or the holocaust. But I forget all of that because Swades is the movie that redeems him in my one eye that I have left. This is one of the most patriotic and heartwarming movies you’ll ever see. Often Bollywood shows you the life of the middle class or the rich living in cities such as Mumbai or Delhi. But Swades took the audience to the rural life in India. We got to see how people in the villages of India live. These people don’t even have electricity. Shah Rukh plays Mohan Bhargav, a man who was born in India and educated in America. He has a successful career working at NASA. But when he visits India, he sees the condition of the country and goes emo. But rather than just go back to his comfortable life, he decides to stay and use his education and knowledge to help the people. This is SRK’s finest and most serious work. This movie is the reason why I still haven’t clawed his face and stolen his wife. Other awesome releases of 2004: Lakshya, Raincoat, Yuva.
2005 – Sarkar - This is probably one of my favorite Ram Gopal Verma movies ever made. I can’t decide what I like more, Sarkar or Company. I should really sit down one day and watch them back to back. But Sarkar is one of the most awesome movies released in Bollywood and it’s a shame that most people living here won’t relate to it. I think part of the reason it was a success here in America was because of the uncles and aunties. I don’t think the younger generation will appreciate this, especially if they think good movies are the ones with a song and dance sequence. This is a very serious movie. You know why? Because it doesn’t have a fucking song every 5 minutes! This movie is RGV’s homage to The Godfather, arguably the greatest movie ever made. Sarkar is loosely based on a real-life and scary political party, Shiv Sena. The director has been known to say that this a Mumbai underworld interpretation of The Godfather. If Bollywood had to make a list of all the artistic movies, Sarkar would come in the top 5. I don’t know how RGV does it, but he gets every character in this movie to give their best performance. Movies like Sarkar make me wonder how can people like Karan Johar and RGV exist in the same film industry. Other awesome releases of 2005: Black, Iqbal, My Wife’s Murder, Page 3, The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey.
2006 – Rang De Basanti - If you haven’t seen this movie, just stop reading this article. Go to your local Patel Video store, buy the DVD, put it in your DVD player, watch the movie and then start reading the next sentence. Every time I go to a desi party and see a fight, I lose my faith in the desi youth, but Rang De Basanti gives me hope. This movie makes me believe that our generation is not lost to stupidity. When my children start college, this is the movie I want them to see. This is also one of the most unique movies of the decade. It’s the story of how the lives of a few young people today parallels with those of India’s freedom fighters. It shows the transformation of a few slackers into something more than just political activists. This movie has it all: humor, politics, religion, culture and so much more. It’s presentation is almost flawless. This movie will make you cry and make you want to kill a corrupt politician. In fact just thinking about the ending makes me want to throw a chair at the hot girl sitting next to me. Other awesome releases of 2006: Being Cyrus, Kabul Express, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Omkara.
2007 – Taare Zameen Par - Oh Amir Khan, you’re like the Tom Cruise of India. In this decade, you have not made a bad movie. I will forget that you made Ghajini just like your character in that movie. TZP is not successful because of Amir Khan. This movie’s star is the lead kid Darsheel Safary. This kid is what made the movie. Before this movie, kids in Bollywood movies were so fucking annoying that I wanted to abort them right there and then. I don’t know why they can’t get children to act in Bollywood movies. But TZP showed that not only can kids act, but it also made people aware of dyslexia. How many times have you had your ass kicked by your desi parents for brining in bad grades? And how many poor desi kids gave up their dreams because they were forced to become doctors or engineers? If TZP was made 20 years ago, there would be more desi actors, writers or even a desi man on the moon. But better late than never. I hope TZP has made parents in India aware of dyslexia. I can’t imagine how many kids are out there with strict parents beating them up for not doing well in school. If you ever want to make your mom cry for any reason, make her watch this movie. Other awesome releases of 2007: Bheja Fry, Black Friday, Johnny Gaddar, Loins of Punjab Presents.
2008 – Sarkar Raj - I really didn’t think a sequel to Sarkar could be as good as the original. But I was wrong. There are very few moments in cinema where a sequel doesn’t suck. Sarkar Raj is one of them. Sarkar Raj is the 24 of Indian movies. Why? Because people end up dead when you least expect it. But what I like about Sarkar Raj are the plot twists. Plus this movie has 3/4′s of the Bachan family with Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya. I like the villains in this movie a lot better than the original. But what makes Sarkar Raj great is really Abhishek Bachan. His father Amitabh is already amazing in both Sarkar movies, but Abhishek really shines in this one. If Vivek Oberoi has Company, Abhishek has Sarkar Raj. I hope that when I get old, I can become a big political leader like Amitabh’s character and have people respect and fear me while just sitting on a chair. Other awesome releases of 2008: Mumbai Meri Jaan, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye, Ramchand Pakistani, Welcome to Sajjanpur, A Wednesday.
2009 – Wake Up Sid - 2009 is almost over but it was a weak year for Bollywood. I have yet to see the movie 3 Idiots, which I think will probably be a great movie since it has Amir Khan. But in 2009, the movie that really won me over was Wake Up Sid. A story about a rich boy who just slacks off in life, living off his parents money and no goals. It’s the story of every spoiled rich brat that we’ve met. In this movie, Sid is that guy. If every rich kid saw this movie, we’d have less people like Paris Hilton in the world. This is the story of how a spoiled rich kid with no goals in life goes on to find out his passion in life. After his dad kicks him out of the house and cancels his credit cards, he goes on to live on his own and realizes how hard the real world is. Seriously Bollywood, why can’t you make simple, fun movies like these? Why do you have to give us crap like Kal Ho Na Ho? I want to make a movie called Wake Up Bollywood!