The updated, fully loaded Bollywood dictionary of 2013, by Harneet Singh.
A for AbRam
Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan’s secret baby through surrogacy turned out to be the most surprising news of the year.
B for Badtameez & Bokwaas
Talk of catchphrases, talk of earworms, talk of attitude...this was the year of Bokwaas and Badtameez in the movies. Alas, Besharam couldn’t make the list.
C for Centenary
Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee and Zoya Akhtar collaborated on the Bombay Talkies anthology to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. While four topline filmmakers peacefully coexisted in making this memorable film, the makers of Chennai Express and Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbaai Dobaara, instead, presented a case for C for clash with their pre and post release run in.
D for Dhoom-boat
Vroom. Vroom. This time the bike turned into a boat — soon on its way to becoming the biggest hit ever. Christopher Nolan ki Dhoom ho.
E for Exotic
Priyanka Chopra shimmered in the J Lo-inspired shimmer outfit in her hit single in collaboration with rapper Pitbull.
F for Formula
Boss, Besharam, Bullett Raja, Phata Poster Nikhla Hero… the body count is growing. The formula is just about dead.
G for Gandi Baat
Grand Masti did it and it was a big hit. Shahid Kapoor saved his career by dancing on it. This year movies had loads of gandi baat — especially in the songs, which touched an all-time low in bad poetry with Tooh, Party all night and Pinky hai paisewaalon ki.
H for Hug
The Iftaar party hug between Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan was more talked about than all the liplocks of the year combined.
I for Iulia
The Romanian TV anchor Iulia Vantur stormed into our pop culture DNA with a link up with Salman Khan.
J for Jiah Khan
The death of the 25-year-old Nishabd beauty shocked everybody in B-town. The controversy that followed — with Jiah’s mother Rabiya Khan alleging that it was not suicide, resulted in Jiah’s boyfriend Suraj Pancholi, son of Aditya Pancholi, going to jail. Talking of jail, Sanjay Dutt checked in Pune’s Yerwada jail to complete the remainder of his five-year jail term in the 1993 blasts case. Since then he’s been home twice on a furlough and parole.
K for KRK Film Reviews
There’s a new critic in town and he’s killin’ it with his reviews. Narayan Narayan. Beware all you “2 rupees filmmakers.”
L for Liquid Electricity
For sheer innovativeness and wordplay, this displaces