Top 10 Best Bollywood Movies of 2011

Last year was highly lucrative for Bollywood with five of its releases making it to the top 30 list of highest grossing Hindi films ever. Crowds flocked to the theatres to see their favorite actors and actresses and indulge in the fantasy Bollywood is known for. Now that you’ve seen the list of movies that direly disappointed, it’s time to reveal 2011’s best. Last year was definitely quality over quantity–films focused more on innovative screenplays and plots, cutting edge technology, and in-depth characterizations as opposed to long song sequences with saris swaying in the wind and first world problems encountered by wealthy Indians living abroad. Here are our top ten (in no particular order):

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No One Killed Jessica
As a very pleasant surprise, the first film of the year, “No One Killed Jessica”, turned out to be one of the best–a rare but welcome feat. The success of this film can be attributed to the phenomenal screenplay and script, as well as the powerhouse performances given by Vidya Balan and Rani Mukherjee. Here we have a female driven film that rests solely on the power and integrity of the story. Based on the infamous Jessica Lall case, the film tackles various facets of the injustices perpetuated by the wealthy and the justice system of India. The performances and emotions are so raw and organic–you feel the pain of the protagonist who continues to suffer blow after blow like an ordinary person is expected to. You would be doing yourself a great disservice by not seeing both Balan and Mukherjee doing some of their finest work.

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