kickWhat a year 2014 turned out to be for Bollywood, the biggest film industry in the world, as many new faces made their mark and some prominent film personalities left us forever. Many Bollywood stars made or attempted to make a comeback to the most lucrative film industry while others solidified their positions and while some impressed with their performances, the others simply disappointed many of their fans. Many films crossed Rs.100 Crore at the box-office and Kick & PK were the only two films to cross Rs.200 Crores but overall, the business dipped down . Controversies were around and Rajkumar Hirani’s PK is embroiled in the biggest of all as many religious organisations are calling for a ban and protests have erupted in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Lucknow, Bhopal & Jammu. Big Phat Bollywood weddings made headlines as Salman Khan’s sister Arpita got married along with Diya Mirza while Hrithik Roshan-Suzanne Khan & Bipasha Basu-Harman Baweja split up to the dismay of their fans.
Award season has already started and many stars are clamoring to hog the limelight and once again, Asian Journal presents the best of 2014….

Best Supporting Actor of 2014…
Govinda made a triumphant return to screen after a long time and his fans rejoiced seeing him in Kill Dil & Happy Ending and though both the films flopped miserably, the critics gave thumbs up to Govinda but many others impressed in various films and here’re our pick for 2014…
1. Kay Kay for Haider … Perhaps one of the finest actors in India today, Kay Kay gave yet another stellar performance!
2. Pankaj Kapur for Finding Fanny … Another effortless actor who blends in easily in any performance!
3. Govinda For Kill Dil & Happy Ending … Well, it’s Govinda after all!
4. Naseeruddin Shah for Finding Fanny…
5. Vijay Raaz for Dedh Ishqiya
…and the award for Best Supporting Actor Of 2014 goes to Kay Kay for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider

Best Supporting Actress of 2014….
Perhaps one of the toughest category with so many incredible performance and here they’re…
1. Huma Qureshi for Dedh Ishqiya
2. Tabu for Haider
3. Dimple Kapadia for Finding Fanny
4. Lisa Haydon for Queen
5. Juhi Chawla for Gulab Gang
…. and the award for Best Supporting Actress OF 2014 goes to Tabu for Haider & Huma Qureshi for Dedh Ishqiya

Best actor of 2014….
Though Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgun, Akshay Kumar & Hritik Roshan featured in some of the biggest blockbusters of 2014, none of them are in the best actor category as the field is narrowed to the following ..
1. Aamir Khan for PK
2. Randeep Hooda for Highway
3. Varun Dhawan for Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya
4. Rajkumar Rao for Queen & City Lights
5. Shahid Kapoor for Haider
…. and the award goes to Shahid Kapoor for his controlled performance as Hamlet in Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Haider

Best Actress of 2014…
With some outstanding performances throughout the year, it was a tough call but here are the nominees…
1. Deepika Padukone for Finding Fanny
2. Priyanka Chopra for Mary Kom
3. Alia Bhatt for Highway & 2 States
4. Rani Mukherjee for Mardaani
5. Kangana Ranaut for Queen
…. and the award for Best Actress Of 2014 goes to Kangana Ranaut For Queen

Worst Films of 2014…
As every year, Bollywood came up with some horrible films throughout the year and though some of them managed to make money, many were left scratching their heads as these films were nothing but crap and they’re…
1. Sajid Khan’s Humshakals…. Once again, Sajid Khan didn’t disappoint his detractors and came up with no brainer film!
2. Prabhu Deva’s Action Jackson…. What was Ajay Devgun thinking before signing up this stinker!
3. Farhad-Sajid’s Entertainment … A few more like this and Akshay Kumar would….
4. Ali Abbas Zafar’s GUNDAY … Many were wondering what Priyanka Chopra was thinking!
5. Revolver Rani…. Had a great start after Kangana Ranaut’s Queen but it was a real disaster of a movie!

Best Film of 2014…
Some arty films like Miss Lovely, Aankhon Dekhi, Filmistaan, Rang Rasiya & Ugly may not have minted money at the box-office but they sure were well made and had the stamp of approval from all critics and here’s a list of the ones which were well liked by all …
1. Imtiaz Ali’s Highway with Randeep Hooda & Alia Bhatt
2. Vikas Bahl’s QUEEN with Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon & Rajkumar Rao
3. Vishal Bhardwaj’s HAIDER with Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Irfan Khan & Kay Kay
4. Abhishek Chaubey’s Dedh Ishqiya with Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit, Huma Qureshi, Arshad Warsi & Vijay Raaz
5. Rajkumar Hirani’s PK with Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani & Sushant Singh
…. And the award goes to Rajkumar Hirani’s PK for tackling a tabooed subject and yet emerging triumphantly at the year end!

Best Music of 2014….
With songs from Ragini Mms, Yaariyan, Bhootnath Returns, Ek Villain, Bang Bang, 2 States & Gunday still blaring all over, the following films are our picks for Best Music of 2014…
1. A.R.Rehman for Highway
2. Vishal Bhardwaj for Dedh Ishqiya
3. Shankar Ehsaan Loy for Kill Dil
4. Vishal & Shekhar for Happy New Year
5. Amit Trivedi for Queen
… And the award for Best Music Of 2014 goes to Vishal & Shekhar for Happy New Year and Vishal Bhardwaj for Dedh Ishqiya

….And Those Who Left Us for Their Heavenly Abode In 2014
1. 1 anjali-devi-rare-Actor Anjali Devi … ( Aug.24, 1927-Jan.13,2014 )Popular Tamil, Telugu & Hindi films heroine of 50’s & 60’s like Lava Kush, Ladki & Devta.

2 Suchitra_Sen_as_Paro2. Actor Suchitra Sen ( April 6,1931-Jan.17,2014 ) … Popular heroine of Bengali & Hindi films like Devdas, Musafir, Sarhad, Mamta, Champakali, Bombai Ka Babu & Aandhi.

3 Juthika-Roy3. Singer JHUTIKA ROY ( April 20, 1920-Feb.5,2014 )… Favourite of Mahatma Gandhi & Jawahar Lal Nehru, she sang some of the finest bhajans of Kabir & Meera Bai.

BALU MAHENDRU4. Director & Cinematographer BALU MAHENDRA (May 20, 1939-Feb.13, 2014) Six National award winner who made the classic SADMA with Kamal Haasan & Sri Devi

4 saznawaz5. Sufi Singer Ghulam Mohammad Sarnawaz (1940-Feb.13, 2014)

5 dfrRaghunathSeth_1779258g6. Flutist & Music Director Pandit Raghunatrh Seth (1931-Feb.15, 2014) Composed music in over 2,000 documentary films and films like Ek Baar Phir, Yeh Nazdeekiyan & Phir Bhi amongst others

6 _khushwant_singh7. Author Khushwant Singh (Feb.2, 1915-March 20, 2014)… Author of The Last Train To Pakistan which was` later made into a movie

7 nanda-wodinyaadkaro8. Actor Nanda (Jan.8, 1939-March 25, 2014)… Acted in many popular films in 60’s & 70’s like Chhoti Bahen, Bhabhi, Hum Dono, Dhool Ka Phool, Usne Kaha Tha, Jab Jab Phool Khiley & Shor amongst many

8 V_K_Murthy9. Cinematographer V.K.Murty (Nov.26, 1923-April 7, 2014) … Dada Saheb Phalke award wiiner was the favourite of Guru Dutt and did many films like Pyasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool & Razia Sultan

9 sudhir-dead10. Actor Bhagwandas Mulchand Luthria aka Sudhir (1944-May 12, 2014)…. Hero of 60’s, switched to character roles in 70’s & 80’s in films like Haqeeqat, Satte Pe Satta & Dharmatma

10 DHONDUTAI_KULKARNI1_4903f11. Classical Vocalist Dhondutai Kulkarni) July 23, 1927 -June 1, 2014)… Popular classical vocalist of Jaipur Atrauli Gharana

11 Zohra-Sehgal12. Actor,Dancer & Choreographer Zohra Sehgal ( April 27,1912-July 11,2014 ) … Toured as a dancer with Uday Shankar and acted in many popular films in East & West like Cheeni Kum, Saanwariya etc.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA13. Poet Hullad Moradabadi (May 29, 1942-July 12, 2014)…

13 pran14. Cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharma (August 15, 1938-August 5, 2014)… Walt Disney of India was well known for creating Chacha Chowdhry & Shrimati ji.

14 _tiwari15. Actor Dharmesh Tiwari (April 27, 1951-August 6, 2014)… Popular Kripacharya of Mahabharat serial

15 mrIyengar16. Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar (1919-August 20, 2014)

16 bapu17. Director BAPU (Dec.15, 1933 – August 31, 2014)… Introduced Anil Kapoor and made popular films like Woh Saat Din, Mohabbat, Prem Pratigya, Pyari Behna & Mera Dharam.

17 post-101147-133221449218. Singer Habib Wali Mohammad (1924-September 4, 2014)… Popular for singing gazals of Bahadur Shah Zafar & Mirza Ghalib

19. Mandolin Player U. Srinivas (Feb.28, 1969-September 19, 2014) …. World famous Mandolin player

20 SS-Rajendran-Condolence-Meeting-Photos-1120. Actor S.S. Rajendran (Jan.28-Oct.24, 2014)… Popular Tamil film actor of 50’s, 60’s & 70’s

19 Cinematographer ASHOK KUMAR21. Cinematographer Ashok Kumar (1941-Oct.22, 2014)… National award winner cinematographer of Hindi,Tamil & Malyalam films like BAWANDER etc.

22. Actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar (May 11, 1950-November 3, 2014)… Popular Marathi & Hindi film actor of award winning films like Sadak, Ardhsatya, Kaalchakra & Ishq.

22 ravi-chopra-family23. Producer Director Ravi Chopra (Sept.27, 1946-Nov.12, 2014) … Son of B.R.Chopra, started with Zameer. The Burning Train & Mazdoor and later made Baagbaan, Babul & Bhootnath and TV serials like Mahabharat, Ramayana & Vishnu Purana

24. Actor, Dancer & Choreographer Sitara Devi (Nov.8, 1920-Nov.25, 2014)… Honoured by Rabindranath Tagore, acted in Silent & Talkie era films and retired from films after Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957)

25 Deven-Verma_125. Actor & Producer Deven Varma (Oct.23, 1937-Dec.2, 2014)… Started as hero in Qawwali Ki Raat, switched to character roles and won numerous awards as Best Comedian in films like Chori Mera Kaam & Golmaal

26 Chakri B day (12)26. Singer & Composer Chakri (June 15, 1974-Dec.15, 2014)… Award winning singer of Tamil & Telugu films

27 Dr.BALACHANDER-Photo27. Producer & Director K. Balachander (July 8, 1930-Dec.23, 2014)… Introduced 65 actors like Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Prakash Raj & Rati Agnihotri amongs many in his distinguished vcareer and made films like Ek Duje Ke Liye

…. And with that, it’s time to say Goodbye but not before wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year 2015 and reminding you all to watch this week’s Yaadein on Sunday, Jan.4th at 1 PM on SMC # 116 featuring a Tribute to all those who left us in 2014!