They didn't have heroines celebrating their jawani, fancy locales, big budgets or over-rated stars. What they did have was a great script, great lines and brilliant acting.
Our pick of little, brilliant films were barely marketed, and in most cases, never even made it to theatres in many cities.
Yet, some of them outran biggies like Kites and Raavan.
This despite all of them - excluding Love Sex Aur Dhokha - being helmed by first-time directors.
A toast to these gems that made 2010 an unforgettable year at the cinemas and to the magic of brave-new movie-making.
Text: Sarita Ravindranath
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