year that was
In the lines of Rajinder
Indian politics, 365 days is a long time. Much can happen in that span
and much did in 2004. There was never a dull moment. Be it Shining
India being trampled under in a sari stampede or the Best Bakery being
the worst of brutalities.
Brush with a
Images and icons in art and theatre captured the upbeat mood of the year, marked by celebrations and anniversaries, reports
fourth year of the new millenium was culturally reflective in nature.
There seemed to be more looking before than after. The mood, however,
was one of commendation what with so many jubilees, anniversaries and
DHOOM about nothing
Bollywood produced no clear
winners or losers. It is hard to name the best movie or actors of the
year. The dream merchants came up with bold experiments like never
before, though the themes were largely spin-offs from Hollywood hits,
says Saibal Chatterjee.
variety of themes that Bollywood addressed in the year 2004 was
unprecedented. The upshot wasn’t. As always, Mumbai cinema delivered
more misses than hits during the year even as several big-ticket
productions did manage to garner bumper collections.