India is a country of movies and magic! Bollywood rules many aspect of the life in India from fashion, styles, weddings, to music. Every year, year on year Bollywood churns out some of the best cinema in the world. From Pot Boilers,to Box Office record breaker, to critical acclaimed movies and out and out entertainers. Bollywood now has a very strong international presence and is the fastest growing genre of cinema in the world.
The year 2015 has seen some sensation Bollywood cinema hit the silver screen in India and abroad. The year has seen some the long awaited epic period dramas like Bajirao Mastani and Bahubali alongside box office bonanzas like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Dilwale and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo!
Let’s take a walk down memory lane and see the top 20 movies and songs of Bollywood of the year 2015.
Baby – Intelligence unit works to thwart the plot of a mad man to strike terror in India. The movie is gripping and a really knee jerker. The movie has received critical acclaim as well as box office success. Starring Akshay Kumar, Aunpam Kher, Danny Denzonpa, Rana Daggubati and is directed by Neeraj Pandey.The music is by MM Keeravani
Bajrangi Bhaijaan- Starring Salman Khan as Bajrangi Bhaijan and Kareena Kapoor as his love interest, the story of a small town wrestler who come to Delhi in search of work ends up with a mute girl who is lost. The movie is Bajrangi’s quest to return the girl to her parents after he discovers that she is from Pakistan. The movie has been directed by Kabir Khan with music by Pritam.
Drishyam – When a common man is faced with saving his family from an accidental crime commited in self-defence he displays uncommon intelligence to cover the crime. The movie is a remake of a Malayalam movie with the same title which is an adaptation from a Japanese film. Movie stars Ajay Devgan , Shreya Saran and Tabu as the IG of police and directed by Nishikant Kamat and music has been given by Vishal Bhardwaj
Talvar – Based on the sensational double murders of that rocked Noida in 2008, the movie is an account of the investigations and the outcome of the media’s miss handling of the case. Irffan Khan portrays as the CBI officer on the case, Kokana Sen Sharma as the victim’s mother and is directed by lyricist Gulzar’s daughter Meghna Gulzar and the music director is Vishal Bhardwaj
Manjhi – A Biographical movie based on the life of Dashrat Manjhi who is known as the Mountain Man who paved a road of 9.1 meters and 110 meters in length on a hill with just two basic instruments of a chisel and a hammer.Nawazuddin Siddiqui play the role of Dashrat Manjhi along with Radhika Apte as his wife.The movie is directed by Ketan Mehta with music from Sandesh Shandilya.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns – When Tanu and Manu’s marriage goes into troubled waters and decide to separate , Manu comes across a Tanu look alike Kusum and deicide to marry her, the story takes a turn when Tanu returns. Tanu and Kusum are double role played by Kangana Ranaut and Madhavan as Manu and has been directed by Aanand Rai with music by Krsna Solo and Tanishk-Vayu.
Pyra ka Punchnama 2- A sequel to the movie with the same title Prya ka Punchnama 2 is story of how life changes for three young men after they fall in love and have girlfriends. The Rant by Karthik about girls is said to be the highlight of the movie Starring Sunny Singh Nijjar, Sonali Seghal ,Kartik Aryan and Nushrat Bharuch and is directed by Luv Ranjan and music by Toshi Sabir and Hitesh Sonik.
Gabbar is Back – The Khiladi Kumar portrays a common man who is faced with a personal tragedy and decided to take matters into his own hands and punish Government servants by kidnap and murder.Gabbar is played by Akshya Kumar and the female lead is played by Shruit Hassan. The movie has Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi its director.Music is by Chirantan Bhatt, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Mani Musik.
Dilwale – After 15 year two family meet who have a history of animosity. Dilwale see Shah Ruk Khan and Kajol paring after nearly a decade.The movie also stars Vishal Dhawan as Shah Ruk Khan’s brother and Kirthi Sanon as Kajol’s sister.The movie has been directed by the action director Rohit Shetty and music is by Pritam.
Pren Ratan Dhan Payo-An earnest while Prince faces an assassination attempt just days before his coronation and is forced to send a funny looking look alike in his place. This Rajashri Production is through family entertainment. The movie has Salman Khan playing a double role as Prem and the Prince in the title role and Sonam Kapoor as his heroin. This is the 1st time Sonam and Salman have worked together. The film has been directed by Sooraj Barjatiya and music by Himesh Reshamiya.
Brothers- The story of two street fighting brothers who are at logger heads with each other battle it out in a martial arts fight. The two brothers are played Siddhartha Malhotra and Akshya Kumar along with Jaqueline Fernandez and Jackie Sharoff and has been directed by Karam Malhotra.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi – A hugely popular TV show in 1990, the original Sherlock Holmes of India Detective Byomkesh Bakshi has been made into a motion picture for the first time. Sushant Singh Rajput plays Byomkesh and Divya Menon plays his lady love.The movie has been directed by Dibakar Banerjee
Piku – A loveable film of father and daughter relationship, Piku is a lovely family comedy movie that revolves around Piku and her life with her aged and slightly eccentric father Bhaskar Da. Piku played by Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Banchan as her aged father and Irffan Khan in an important role and directed by Soojit Sircar who also gave hits like Vicky Donor and Madras Café.
Badlapur – A story of revenge and redemption, Badlapur is a story of a man who has lost his family in a bank robbery and seeks to avenge their death. Varun Dhawan play the lead along with Yami Gupta and Radhika Apte in female leads.The movie has been directed by Sriram Raghavan
Tamasha –A travel comedy movie of a young man struggling to adhere to societal norms and conventions and tries to discover the meaning of love, life and self. Stars the beautiful pair of Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone and is directed by Imtiaz Ali.
Bajirao Mastani – A beautiful period drama of the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao and his second wife Mastani and the trial and tribulations of their love. The movie stars Ranveer Singh as Bajirao, Deepika Padukone as Mastani and Priyanka Chopra as Kashi Bai and the direction is by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Masaan -FlyAway Solo – An intriguing story of a four lives who meet at Ganga after personal tragedy befalls them. They come looking for some kind of closure. Starring Richa Chadda, Sanjya Mishra, Vicky Kaushal and Pankaj Tripathy and directed by Neeraj Ghaywan.
Dum Lage Haisha- A cute romantic comedy of a fat girl who is married to a thin boy and how their love blooms despite society’s pressure on looks and body image and each other’s own ideals of beauty and image. Played by Ayushman Khurran and Bhumi Pednekar, Kumar Sanu and Sanjay Mishra and is directed by Sharat Katariya
Dil Dhadakne Do – Another travel theme movie of a rich class family and the attempts to bridge the gap developed over the years. It show the plight of people who fail to communicate and end up losing what they want the most. The multi starrer directed by Zoya Akthar features Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Rahul Bose, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor and Shefali Chaya.
Hamari Ahduri Kahaani –A gripping story of love, sacrifice and jealousy Hamari Adhuri Kahaani is about a couple who fall in love but part ways as their previous relationships demand it but end up united in death. The movie stars Emraan Hasmi and Vidya Balan along with Rajkumar Rao.The movie is directed by Mohit Suri.
Music is an integral part of the Bollywood movies. Bollywood songs dictate many aspect of music in India like weddings, discos, parties, and special occasions. Every year thousands of foot tapping numbers are churned out of which few become chart toppers.
Top 20 Songs of 2015
20- Banno Tera Swagger (Tanu Weds Manu Returns ) : The song is a foot tapping dance number from the second instalment of Tanu Weds Manu. The music is composed by Tanishk and Vayu and song is sung by Brijesh Shandllya and Swati Sharma.
19- Tung Tung Baje (Singh is Bling) : Song is composed by Sneha Khanwalkar and sung by Dilijt Dosanjh is peppy Punjabi number picturized on Akshya Kumar from the sequel Singh is King.
18- Main Hoon Hero Tera (Hero) : Sung by Salman Khan himself Main Hoon Hero Tera is a soft romantic number from the movie ‘Hero’ starring new comers Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty and composed by Amaal Malik.
17- Gulaabo (Shaandhar) : From the movie Shaandhar, is a get up and dance number sung by Vishal Dadlani and Anusha Mani featuring Alia Bhatta and Shahid Kapoor.
16- Wajah Tum Ho (Hate Story 3) : Another top romantic number this year is Wajah Tum Ho from the movie Hate story. Music is composed by Baman and sung by Armaan.
15- Jalte Diye (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo) : Featuring first time pair of Sonam Kapoor and Salman Khan Jalte Diya is romantic song from the movie Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.Sung by Anweeshaa, Vineet Singh, Harshdeep Kaur, Shabab Sabri.
14- Tu Ishq Mera (Hate Story 3) : A reggae – rap number by Meet Brothers featuring Neha Kakkar and rap by Earl Edgar features Daisy Shah and Karan Singh.
13- Prem Leela (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo) : Another foottapping number from Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is Prem Leela sung by Aman Trikhan and Vineet Singh and music by Himesh Reshammiya.
12- Heer Toh Badi Sai Hai (Tamasha) : Sung by Mika Singh Heer Toh Badi Sai Hai is composed by A.R.Rehman is a happy and sad song.
11- Janam Janma (Dilwale) : Music by Pritam and featuring the hit romantic pair of Shah Ruk Khan and Kajol this romantic number from the movie Dilwale is a heart warmer.
10- Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo) : The title track of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is sung by Palak Muchhai and composed by Himesh Reshammiya and lyrics by Irshand Kamil.
9- Manma Emotion Jaage (Dilwale) : A Groovy number from Dilwale Manma Emotion Jaage is sung by Amit Mishra, Anushka Manchanda & Antara Mitra, and music by Pritam.
8- Aayat (Bajirao Mastani) : The most soulful song of this year is from the movie Bajirao Mastani. Composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and sung by Arijit Singh.
7- Tumhe Apna Banane Ka (Hate Story 3) : A new version of the old classic Tumhe Apna Banane Ka from the movie Sanam sung by Armaan Malik and Neeti Mohan is a beautiful updated version.
6- Malhari (Bajirao Mastani) : Another gem from the epic movie ‘Malhari’ is sung by Vishal Dadlani for Ranveer Singh as Bajirao Mastani. Music is composed by the film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
5- Matargasthi (Tamasha) : Sung by the eloquent Mohit Chauhan of Silk Route and composed by AR Rehman Matargasthi is a fun peppy number picturized on Ranbir and Deepika from the movie Tamasha.
4- Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha) : Sung by the evergreen Alka Yagnik and Arijit Singh Agar Tum Saath Ho is a romantic number from Tamasha. Music has been composed by Rehman.
3- Pinga (Bajirao Mastani) : This Marathi Lavni style number from Bajirao Mastani features two beautiful ladies Deepika and Priyanka sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Vaishali Made and lyrics by Siddharth Garima with music by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
2- Gerua (Dilwale) : Take a trip down memory lane with Shah Ruk and Kajol with this slow romantic number ‘Gerua’ from Dilwale. Music is by Pritam and sung by Arijit Singh and Antara Mitra.
1- Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani) : Feel the magic of Bajirao Mastabi is all it beauty and elegance with this surreal number “Deewani Mastani”.Sung by Mujtaba Aziz Naza, Shahdab Faridi, Altmash Faridi and Farhan Sabri and music has been composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.