Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011 #5

Counting down to 2012, I thought it would be fun to do my Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011!

(Although, yes, I realize that it's NOW 2012... just work with me here.)

List 11 - Top 11 Indian Film Songs According to Filmi Girl's iTunes

List 10 - Top 11 Scene Stealers of 2011

List 9 - Top 11 Films Filmi Girl Never Got To See

List 8 - Top 11 Things Filmi Girl Wants To Go Away in 2012

List 7 - Top 11 Bollywood Losers of 2011

List 6 - Top 11 Bossest Women in Bollywood

List 5...!

Top 11 Filmi Moments of 2011

#11 Karan Johar is getting married… APRIL FOOL’S!

Everybody’s favorite glass-closeted director gave us something to talk about when Masala magazine announced that he was getting married. To a woman. The collective gasp of disbelief amongst industry watchers (including myself) followed by a whole lot of fun speculating of what it all means.

Karan eventually dismissed the rumors, saying he was happy living with in his glass closet his mother, but we all certainly enjoyed the entertainment the rumor provided.

#10 Ranveer Singh at IIFA.

[Filmi Girl nominates Ranveer for KING OF THE WORLD!]

Attending the IIFA Awards was certainly one of the highlights of my year but I think for Ranveer Singh it must have been a life-changing experience. Ranveer was the shining star of the event – fans tracked his movements, backstage gossip was leaked, his number with Sonakshi [watch it here] brought down the house, and he won the STAR DEBUT OF THE YEAR!

Potential heroes are launched all the time – Jackky Bhagnani had a hit re-launch and still nobody cares – but to see a real star being born was something very special, indeed.

#9 Every movie from an industry South of Mumbai is purchased for remake.

This one is self-explanatory; if it was a hit this year in Hyderabad or Chennai, it was picked up by some production house or another. Whether or not these projects should (or will) get made is another story.

[Oh, who am I kidding. You know I’ll go see them all dutifully!]

#8 Rajinikanth gets sick; the world ends… or at least Rana does.

[The Superstar is all too human...]

After the blockbuster success of Rajini’s Endhiran (so pan-Indian that nobody has attempted a remake) everybody was waiting to see what he would do next. Rana was announced and a big fuss was made over the three heroines chosen (rumor even had Rekha down to appear at one point) but, alas, the human man behind the hero person of Rajinikanth is very, very human and he became ill right as filming started.

Rajini spent more than a month in the hospital and remained in fragile health for much of the year… though he kindly took the time to meet with Rana crew members in October to assure them that they still had work.

Rana is rumored to begin filming in 2012. I wish Rajini all the best!

Stay healthy, sir!

#7 3 Idiots go to China and say 一切都很好!!!

Who cares about being “on par Hollywood” when you can conquer China instead? After success in both Taiwan and Hong Kong, 3 Idiots was released in China with little to no fanfare in the Indian press. It did well enough that Stephen Chow is talking Chinese remake.

#6 Shahrukh is no longer King Khan.

[I hate everything about this picture. AND WHAT'S WITH THE SUNGLASSES INDOORS?! ARE YOU CORY HART NOW!?]

Oh ho ho! This has been the most controversial topic I’ve tackled all year… even more so than the infamous “Deepika’s Item Song is Not Sexy Because She Clearly Looks Uncomfortable” and “Abhishek Bachchan Can Suck It” spats that popped up around Dum Maro Dum.

Yes, Shahrukh is still popular. Yes, Ra.One and Don 2 made money and many people liked them.



When the box office figures of both were being measured against films (made for much less money and with much less time and effort) by Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn and coming up short, can he really still spin the media narrative that he is King Khan?

[Hint: I say no.]

Obviously Shahrukh isn’t going anywhere overnight but unless he drastically reinvents his image in the next year, 2011 is the beginning of the end for the Badshah.

#5 Vidya oomphs.

[You can't 'ooo la la' without something to oomph, darlings!]

There was one phrase on everybody’s lips this December… “Ooo la la!”

Vidya Balan’s costume-busting figure made both headlines and heartbeats this fall - people were genuinely excited to see her curves in all their glory. That didn’t stop media scolds from reporting on every ounce gained and issuing warnings to women who would dare copy her act in real life but considering the response the “Ooo la la” figure has received, hopefully we’ll be seeing a move away from Size Zero in 2012.

To quote some doctor in some article:

"It's good to work out and try to be in a good shape," says Dr Singh, "but it's much more important to be fit and comfortable with your body size." The confidence which is built by this positive attitude far outweighs the fragile boost gained by losing a few pounds.

#4 Aishwarya has a baby. A BABY!

[Thank you for being classy, guys! Having a family is not a career move.]

Yes, after years of speculation on when Aishwarya would get pregnant and have a baby… Aishwarya finally got pregnant and had a baby!



I’m also really happy that the Bachchan clan pulled together and prevented too many photos of Aishwarya and the new baby to be published. There are some things that need to remain family-only and children are one of them. Nothing makes me more sick than to see celebrities using their children as props in some never-ending publicity machine.

Aishwarya and Abhishek showed us all how to have a baby and keep it classy, even in this era of media oversaturation.

#3 “Kolaveri Di” conquers the Internet.

Speaking of media oversaturation, Dhanush’s catchy soup song racked up 30 million hits on youtube and in the process because a true fully South Asian phenomenon.

As Shahrukh discovered with Ra.One promotions, you can force a viral hit – hits just happen. Trying to reproduce “Kolaveri’s” success would be like trying to catch sunshine in a butterfly net… but I suspect we’ll be seeing Bollywood try it’s best to duplicate it in 2012.

Bask in the original for now…

#2 and #1 [Tie] We bid fond farewell to Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor

It wasn’t all viral video hits and ooo la la in 2011… we had to say good-bye to two stars of the golden age of Bollywood.

The great Shammi Kapoor passed away on August 14, 2011 and left behind a yahoo-shaped hole in our hearts. He hadn’t been active in filmmaking in recent years but we were lucky enough to get one final performance from him in his nephew Ranbir’s Rockstar. He will be truly missed.

Legendary Dev Anand passed away on December 3, 2011. Although he had become something of a joke in his later years – clinging to the “evergreen” image – that doesn’t change the fact that he was a powerhouse in his day. He was one of the greats and his passing brings the era of the swinging 60s and 70s to a close.

Rest in peace, our Bollywood heroes! We will miss you!

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