By Arun Fulara. Posted on January 05, 2016
So everyone & their uncle has come out with their list of top films for the year gone by. We did so too. :-) It's a fun way of looking back at the films that have moved us, made us happy & opened our eyes to events, feelings & places previously unknown.
We've devoured most of these lists with relish. However, most of these are lists by film buffs & journalists. Not many filmmakers put out the list of films they enjoyed or rated highly. Anurag Kashyap did just that.
On the new years' day, he put out his list of Indian films that he, in his words, "liked , cried , laughed, was moved by and impacted by." Quite expectedly, the list includes films that have something new & fresh to offer, and have dared to innovate, whether in the story or in the treatment of the film. Nearly half these are by newcomers, films that have won acclaim internationally at film festivals. We've written about some of them & you can read our pieces by clicking on the links below.
But what is most interesting is the presence of some mainstream films that are typically not of the same family as the films Kashyap himself makes. Names like Bajrangi Bhaijaan or Bahubali only confirm that one shouldn't confuse the filmmaker with the film viewer and what one makes & what one enjoys need not necessarily be the same. The list is dominated by Hindi films & includes a few films produced by Kashyap himself (through his production house - Phantom Films).
Here's what he put up on Facebook. Let us know what you think of the list.
2015 the indian films that I liked , cried , laughed, was moved by and impacted by. Unfortunately I did not see Killa The Film .. Avinash Arun pls forgive me. And yet to see Bajirao Mastaani and Angry Indian Godesses (which I will wait for a DVD from abroad for an uncut version) and haven't yet seen Chauthi Koot despite of the film lying on my table. And I am waiting for DVD of Talvar as I was shooting when it released. Not that it matters , but as a filmmaker I feel so challenged by all of them and today is actually the best time to be a filmmaker in India with so much inspiration around.