My Choice : The 15 Best Hindi films of 2012

Over the years there is significant change observed in Hindi cinema which is quite applaud able. Yes I do agree that the blockbusters are still restricted to mindless masala films but there seem to be a growing market for films with new concept, with a segment of audience lapping up such experiments. 2012 had witnessed some real good films which defy the tried-and-tested norms of entertainment. While we still have ETT,Rowdy Rathores that wins the heart of the masses, we also find a Kahaani or Wasseypur earning decent amount to be called a profitable venture. There are many such films of 2012 (some worked, some didn’t commercially) which elevates the standards of Hindi cinema exploring various genres and exploring new territories. Beyond commercial success they gave ray of hope for the new breed of film-makers who dares to bend the rules and comes up with quality cinema. While some mind have a great concept, the other one is technically brilliant - there is something the makes these films standout from the crowd..

Here is my choice of best 15 Hindi films of 2012
(The films which got officially released in regular theaters in 2012 or screened for the first time at any top film festival in 2012.)

[Most of these films are already in my List of “Great Hindi films of last 12 years (2001 to Dec'2012)” where I have given my reasons for liking them. Here's the link -
http://www.imdb.com/list/1v8UqRHE8eY/ ]
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1.
Chittagong (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Set in the turbulence of the 1930s British India, a 14 year old boy, Jhunku, and his journey to find where he belongs... (105 mins.)
Director: Bedabrata Pain
 
2.
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations. (320 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
3.
Gattu (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a small town in central India, kids and adults are equally obsessed with kite-flying. The airspace... (90 mins.)
Director: Rajan Khosa
 
4.
Kahaani (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met her husband. (122 mins.)
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
 
5.
Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement. (135 mins.)
 
6.
Talaash (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Inspector Surjan Shekhawat, who is dealing with a depressing past, has to investigate a high profile murder case, deal with his crumbling marriage and use the help and solace of a prostitute by the name of Rosie. (140 mins.)
Director: Reema Kagti
 
7.
English Vinglish (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter everyday because of her inability to speak and understand English. (134 mins.)
Director: Gauri Shinde
 
8.
Supermen of Malegaon (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Malegaon, a small town tucked away near the heart of India geographically, is fraught with communal tension and under severe economic depression... (66 mins.)
 
9.
Miss Lovely (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A Hindi feature film set in the lower depths of Bombay's "C" grade film industry. Miss Lovely follows the devastating story of two brothers who produce sleazy horror films in the mid-1980s. (113 mins.)
Director: Ashim Ahluwalia
 
10.
Vicky Donor (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man is brought in by an infertility doctor to supply him with his sperm, where he becomes the biggest sperm donor for his clinic. (126 mins.)
Director: Shoojit Sircar
 
11.
Shanghai (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Prime leader of a campaign against a big government project is killed in what appears to be a road accident. An IAS officer is ordered to probe the incident and the veils of falsehood begin to drop. (120 mins.)
 
12.
Barfi! (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal. (151 mins.)
Director: Anurag Basu
 
13.
OMG: Oh My God! (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A shopkeeper takes God to court when his shop is destroyed by an earthquake. (125 mins.)
Director: Umesh Shukla
 
14.
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Omi Khurana's London dream has just ended. On the run from a dangerous UK gangster who he owes money to... (140 mins.)
Director: Sameer Sharma
 
15.
Eega (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A murdered man is reincarnated as a housefly and seeks to avenge his death. (145 mins.)
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