By Hindustan Times
The year was a mixed-bag affair. Filmmakers went from bold to bolder with themes and motifs. Many eminent artistes departed. India's darling Madhuri Dixit came back home. Kolaveri Di got India coverage on Time magazine. Here're 2011's twenty most memorable moments:
1. Nude promise and betrayal: Poonam Pandey, a Kingfisher model rose to stardom overnight after she promised to strip if India wins the World Cup.
2. Rajinikanth hospitalised: Southern heartthrob Rajinikanth was admitted to ICU after lung infection. The actor fell ill while he was shooting for Rana.
3. Aamir produces bold Delhi Belly: Aamir Khan did the impossible by surprising his family audience by making a youth-centric movie filled with expletives, starring his nephew Imran Khan.
4. Amy Winehouse dies: English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse was found dead on July 23, 2011 at her London apartment. She was 27.
5. Shammi Kapoor's death: Bollywood's original dancing king passed away on August 14, 2011
6. Return of Dhak Dhak girl: Madhuri Dixit returned to India in October after staying for nearly a decade in Denver after her marriage to Dr Sriram Nene. The actor is reportedly planning to launch her own channel and has a couple of movie offers in hand.
7. Ghazal King passes away: Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh breathed his last on October 10, 2011 after brain hemorrhage.
8. Birth of Beti B: Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan got blessed with a baby girl on November 16, 2011.
9. Dev Anand's life comes to an end: The evergreen Dev Anand passed away silently during his visit to London on December 4, 2011.
10. Tom Cruise comes to India: The actor came to India for promoting Mission Impossible 4, that also starred Anil Kapoor. Cruise-Anil posing together in the backdrop of Taj Mahal would be a memory to cherish.
11. Kolaveri Di: Regional came to mainstream, after Dhanush crooned to Kolaveri Di, a song from his upcoming film 3. It became an online rage clocking millions of clicks.
12. Vidya gets Dirty: Vidya Balan shed her inhibitions for portraying Silk Smitha on silver screen. The demure actor played her role with conviction resulting in box-office success for the film.
13. 'Nude' and missing: Pakistani actor Veena Malik, found herself in the eye of storm after she posed nude for FHM magazine. She denied posing nude later and sued the magazine. Magazine in turn sued her. The actor then suddenly went missing while shooting for a horror 3D flick in Mumbai.
14. : Most televised wedding of the year: Prince William and his long-time sweetheart Kate Middleton tied the knot on April 29, 2011. An estimated 8,000 TV and radio journalists and technical staff from around the world covered the wedding.
15: Bollywood goes 3D in big way: Though 3D is not a new concept in Bollywood, SRK made it big with RA.One. Coming up next is Don 2.
16. MF Husain dies: MF Husain, the veteran artist passed away in London on June 9, 2011. He was 96.
17. Big Breakups: While Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kris Humphries lasted only for 72 days, almost a decade long relationship of John Abraham and Biapsha Basu came to an end.
18 The 5 crore moment!: Sushil Kumar, coming from a modest background, became the first person to win Rs 5 crore on KBC.
19. New Bollywood faces in Television: While Sanjay Dutt made television debut with Bigg Boss 5, Preity Zinta hosted her first TV show Guinness World Record. Aamir Khan also announced his television show.
20. YRF goes international: Yash Raj Films launched a new wing, YRF Entertainment in Hollywood that will develop and produce feature films for the US and international market.