Bollywood & The Year Gone By!

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In a nation crazed by Cricket & Cinema, it is of utmost importance for the people involved in those two fields in particular not to take their audience & the public for granted. Every theme, every shot, every wicket, every frame is under the constant scrutiny of the common masses. Especially, more so now than ever as everyone with a phone in their hand and an account on social media is a self proclaimed critic. So, A self proclaimed critic like myself will share my best and the worst films of the year gone by in Bollywood!

Disclaimer – The views and opinions of the films are entirely mine & have nothing to do with the film’s box-office collections,the buzz generated or the impact it had on the industry or with the common public. This is my personal choice of films that worked best for me and some that just didn’t.

Right, so with that out of the way let’s start off the list of 5 best & worst movies of 2018.

First, we will start off with the worst because as they save the best for last.

The Worst (Ranked In Descending Order) –

1) Zero

Well, Whenever there would be a discussion of being the king or the numero uno of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan’s name would come up the most. Sadly, this year he holds the no.1 position in the wrong category of films. Zero is not only the title of the film and the expectations that one should have watching it but it’s also a big zero on the filmmaking’s report card, as nothing worked out for me besides Shahrukh’s acting of course. This was Katrina Kaif’s best “Acting” till date and Anushka’s worst who is yet to give a good acting performance since RNBDJ. It’s my worst film of 2018 probably because the expectations were high of the man who made Raanjhanaa & Tanu weds Manu series and well Shahrukh Khan of course!!  

2) RACE 3

After two solid years of 2015 & 2016, where the “Bhaijaan” gave Bajrangi Bhaijaan & Sultan, he is back to making mind numbingly stupid films like Tubelight and this movie which supposedly has a dialogue which took over the internet, ‘Our business is our business, none of your business’ if this doesn’t give you the idea of how great the film is, then I don’t know what will.

3) Thugs of Hindostan

It says a lot about the director who cannot utilise the talents of two Icons like Amitabh Bachchan & Aamir Khan who by the way were sharing the screen for the 1st  time ever. And yeah that guy made Dhoom 3 & Tashan. In short, Aamir please stay away from Vijay Krishna Acharya.

4) Namaste England

This movie stars Arjun Kapoor! Nuff Said. A note to the filmmakers never ruin the original classic & don’t make a film with Arjun kapoor in it.

5) Loveyatri

What is nepotism? Ask Aayush sharma who although is not from a filmi family but is married into one. Nepotism is rampant everywhere, but if you have talent like Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Sara Ali Khan then the audience will accept you. Oh! We have not talked about Love Yatri so far, well to be honest there is nothing much to talk about it really!

Dishonorable Mentions – Welcome to New York, Sonu Ke tittu Ki Sweety, Sui Dhaaga, Baaghi 2, Bhaiyaji Superhit, Simmba.

And Now, The Best for Last,

The Best (Ranked In Descending Order) –

1) October

Shoojit Sircar apart from Imtiaz Ali is my second favourite director of all time. And many would find that hard to argue. After films like Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe & Piku (One of my favourites of this decade) he comes out with another solid film probably his best, October. The script and screenplay is written by National Award winner Juhi Chaturvedi. Infact, it is so good that Varun Dhawan has also “acted” in this film.

2) Padmaavat

Many would be surprised to see this movie so high on my list, but the man in the poster is mainly responsible for that and of course Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This film is brilliant on so many levels, although the script could have been tighter and some songs were redundant, but then this movie is more of a experience and I don’t know the last time I had goosebumps watching a climax of the film. And Ranveer’s act may well be the Indian version of the Joker, trust me it’s that good and also the infamous “Johar” scene with the background score!

3) Raazi

This Meghna Gulzar directed espionage thriller is one such film which will keep you glued to your seats right till the very end. A welcome addition to the Hindi thriller genre, Alia bhatt was as always terrific in this film along with rest of the supporting cast members. There are no cliches or songs which will make this film feel like a drag, it stays true to the word “Thriller”.

4) Andhadhun

This film is almost flawless, and I feel really guilty to be putting it so low on my list. It is directed by Sriram Raghavan, the guy who gave us Badlapur, Johnny Gaddar, Ek Hasina Thi but Andhadhun clearly is his best work to date. Along with the magnificent Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana has managed to give his best performance till date. Ayushmann Khurrana who is guilty of being the same in all of his films has never been better: he hits it right out of the park.

5) Mukabaaz

No list of best films is complete without an Anurag Kashyap film.Vineet Singh is so real and natural that you would find it hard to believe that he is enacting his character on screen. Anurag Kashyap’s dialogues are as grounded, as rooted as the milieu that he sets his story in, and the detailing here is a sight to behold. The ending is offbeat unlike any sports film in recent memory.

Honorable Mentions – Manto, Mulk, Stree, Badhai Ho,Tumbbad, Padman, Hichki, Manmarziyaan.

So, there is my list of the best and worst movies of Bollywood in 2018. The top 3 positions were held by Khans, albeit in a different category. Ranveer & Ranbir are fast becoming the new superstars of the country & off course the arthouse directors & actors who have proven this year that “CONTENT” is the king.

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