On the occasion of Christmas, we draw up a list of some celluloid moments from 2014 that were high on cheer, something that's so synonymous with the festival
Christmas is all about spreading cheer and joy. Isn't that what we expect at the cinemas?
'Bobby Jasoos' starring Vidya Balan celebrated the aspirations of a Hyderabadi woman who wishes to become a top notch detective despite all odds
And we had some films this year that brought a broad grin on our faces and stirred our hearts as well.
Hitlist points out some heartwarming film scenes that were in keeping with the X-mas spirit...
Rani (Kangna Ranaut) decides to go on her honeymoon alone when her fiancé Vijay ditches her before their wedding. She meets many new people, explores new places and makes new friends. And one day, when Rani returns to her room, she finds that her friends have opened her laptop and are dancing to 'London Thumakda'. She seems upset for a moment but later joins in the revelry seeing how much they are enjoying the music and dancing.
Given the low budget of Highway, director Imtiaz Ali has earlier said that all the scenes were shot using natural light. However, the other aspect of this film was the natural performance by Alia Bhatt as a slick city girl, Veera. She finds herself suffocated at home where money chokes her freedom. Just before her wedding, she is incidentally kidnapped by Mahavir Bhati (Randeep Hooda). Initially scared, Veera feels liberated being out, albeit as a hostage travelling around in Mahavir's truck. In one of the scenes, she opens up to her kidnapper about being sexually abused as a child and hugs him tightly. Mahavir pauses, not knowing how to respond and then hugs her back.
'Hasee Toh Phasee'
The film was a hit at the box-office, scraping its way through to the finish line after Gunday sounded its entry into cinemas. In totality, the film was a brief excursion from reality which may and may not be a problem for moviegoers. Once you are done with wiping off the cute mush that hangs like a web around the entire film, recall the scene when the estranged daughter, who stole a lot of money from her father, is finally accepted by him. Wasn't it truly feel good?
With the concept of an alien teaching citizens of this earth a thing or two about god and godmen, the film had its moments. One of the rather uplifting scenes showed 'pk' (Aamir Khan) sparing Rs 600 when an aged Sardarji approaches him for donation for his wife's treatment and Jaggu (Anushka Sharma) tells the alien he has been fooled. PK smiles and says he was aware of being tricked but didn't mind it as the money would help the old man continue with his romantic dinner with his wife, who had never eaten at a five-star hotel.
Given the uncertain political relationship between India and Pakistan, the film came as a welcome relief. Sunny Arora (Nitin Kakkar), who works as an assistant director for an American film crew shooting a documentary in Rajasthan, is mistakenly captured by a militant group and taken to a small Pakistani border village as hostage. But then there were some scenes which showed that country borders are merely physical barriers, one of which shows Sunny being helped by a Pakistani, who deals in pirated Bollywood DVDs, to get over to the other side.
Bobby's (Vidya Balan) character might have been laughable if not envisaged from the viewpoint of director Samar Shaikh. Remember the scene when Bobby's father does not allow her to enter the house because she sneaked out during her wedding preparations to solve a case? As it is, the 30-plus, unmarried Jasoos had been playing detective much to her father's disapproval. But, when she reveals to him about the case she has just solved — reuniting a girl with her father — he swells with pride and accepts her back. This scene made us sniffle and smile at the same time.
'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami'
A long-awaited concept of the seemingly impossible promise made to one's dying father who faced innumerable obstacles in life, came with this film. But, the moment to cherish comes when the very officer responsible for the protagonist's death folds hands acknowledging his mistake, compelling us to forgive him too for his lapse of judgment.