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Digital Spy's Top 10 Bollywood films of 2013 so far

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Arguably the largest producer of films in the world, India churns out thousands of new movies each year. Which means, every Friday you'll find the Digital Spy Bollywood team in a darkened cinema somewhere watching the latest Hindi release - more often than not shouting at the screen and dancing in the aisles.

Having sat through reels of song and dance, popcorn romance, masala melodrama, gritty cinema and item numbers, we have sifted through the good, the bad and the ugly to come up with our top ten films of the year (so far). Here goes...

10. Gippi
'Gippi' poster

'Gippi' poster

Karan Johar proved it's all about loving your... script, when agreeing to produce Sonam Nair's debut film project. Dharma Productions' first female director succeeds in doing something different with this coming-of-age teen underdog story. Kudos also to KJo for having faith in Nair, who previously confided to DS that she would otherwise have been stuck in an assistant director's gig on Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.



9. Chashme Buddoor
Ali Zafar in 'Chashme Baddoor'

Ali Zafar in 'Chashme Baddoor'

Ali Zafar's April release consolidated his position as Pakistan's leading export to India. Not only was David Dhawan's remake of the 1981 comedy declared a hit at the box office, Zafar's matinee idol looks had UK fans picking themselves up off the floor when the movie premiered at west London's Cineworld Feltham. Hai rabba!



8. Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola - poster

'Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola' poster

Vishal Bhardwaj's left-of-the-middle political satire released in January, a month when superstitious producers are typically wary of unveiling their wares. Starring Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma and 'Gulabo' (a pink buffalo), the offbeat project was lauded by many, despite low collections that did little to dispel the age-old Indian superstition.




7. Go Goa Gone
Saif Ali Khan as Boris the Zombie hunter in 'Go Goa Gone'

Saif Ali Khan in 'Go Goa Gone'

Some naughty language, drug references and a rather high gore ratio, proved box office viagra for Bollywood's first commercial zombie release. Saif Ali Khan's Delhi boy-turned-Russian mafioso gives The Walking Dead's Rick a run for his money in the cool stakes in his role as rave party zombie hunter Boris.



6. Aashique 2
Bollywood stock image

Bollywood cinema

Director Mohit Suri's romantic love story surprised many when it joined the elusive 100 crore club in May. Made on a shoestring budget, the film's success is on one hand down to the chemistry between leads Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, and on the other, a soundtrack that has been blaring out of every rickshaw from Kashmir to Kanyakumari ever since.



5. Race 2
Deepika Padukone in 'Race 2' poster

'Race 2' poster

As anyone who has seen the Abbas-Mustan movie plot infographic will know, the Race sequel has enough twists, explosions, car chases, item songs, ends and actual ends to keep the audience hooked. While critics declared it to be "A fillum without a script", we at Digital Spy are suckers for the director duo's twisty-turny brand of cinema.



4. Special 26
Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar in an intelligent movie? Really? We thought the same going into the cinema hall. But lo and behold, the boy's done good in this Indian heist drama. No over the top Punjabis, no five hundred rupee Russian backing dancers, no wannabe gangsta rapping. Just a well scripted, effortlessly acted, subtly comic film. Hats off to Kumar.



3. Kai Po Che!
Amit Sadh, Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav in Kai Po Che!

Kai Po Che!

This Indian buddy film based on Chetan Bhagat's novel The Three Mistakes of My Life had its world premiere at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. Starring the relatively unknown Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Raj Kumar Yadav, this story of friendship and cricket set against real-life historical events in the Indian state of Gujarat easily deserves its top three placing.



2. Bombay Talkies
'Bombay Talkies' poster

'Bombay Talkies' poster

For a delectable cinematic feast, take a pinch of Anurag Kashyap, a dash of Dibakar Banerjee, a dollop of Zoya Akhtar and a splash of Karan Johar. This anthology of four short films serves as a timely reminder of the passion, love, emotion, dance, drama and spectacle that is Hindi cinema. Made to celebrate 100 years of Indian film, this gem of a movie had us hooked and in awe of the stand-out performances from Rani Mukerji, Saqib Saleem and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.



1. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
'Jawaani a bit Deewani' poster featuring Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'

Is it the pairing of former real-life lovers Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone? How about the fact that you get two stories for the price of one with the post-interval time leap? Maybe it's Madhuri Dixit's scintillating item number? Or perhaps Pritam's rather brilliant soundtrack? We can't quite decide what is the magic formula that elevates Ayan Mukerji's film to our number one position, but the fact that the movie has already become the third highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time shows that it must have done something right.


What do you think? Does your favourite Bollywood film of 2013 make the cut? Did you agree with our movie top ten? Let us know in the comments below.

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