Well that time of the year has come once again when post my annual Movie lists of my Best 5 Films across genres. This year I am beginning with the list of “My 5 Top Hindi Films of 2016“.
This year was not a very good year for Bollywood with many below average movies releasing. Most of them bombed and I also didn’t watch many Hindi movies this year. But as always the low-budget movies shined amidst all the commercial mindless pot-boilers and provided a much-needed cheer for fans like me! I watched just 14 Hindi Movies this year and out of them 2 on the big screen here in Kuwait.
Here, in NO PARTICULAR ORDER, is my final selection of the top 5 Hindi films of the year:
Raman Raghav 2.0
You all know my love for Anurag Kashyap so understandably I was damn excited when this movie was announced. Anurag Kashyap directing Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal (who was fabulous in Masaan and was the find of 2015 for me) was a movie too good to resist. And this movie was a spectacularly awesome one. Faijjal nailed the role of the demented & psycho killer to the T and Vicky was brilliant in the role of the shady Police officer. The movie is dark, depressing, bloody and chilling but thanks to the masterclass of AK it was an entertaining one too! I loved Sobhita Dhulipala’s performance too and she added a new angle to this macabre tale.
This was a very well made movie and definitely doesn’t put Punjab in any sort of bad light as the CBFC tried to portray but just tells the stark reality of the drugs problem in a well directed creation. It is dark, in the face and quite realistic. Diljit Dosanjh is the real hero of the movie and has done an absolutely awesome job. Shahid Kapoor has once again done a great job along with Alia and Kareena. The movie is about hopelessness and hope at the same time and that is the best part about this movie. It deserves to be watched on the big screen and should be a big success as the entire team has done an honest job in making a about such a burning social issue without any preaching or overplay of emotions. The music of Amit Trivedi adds a special touch throughout especially the song “Ik Kudi” which is by far my favourite song of 2016. Abhishek Chaubey directed the brilliant Ishqiya and Udta Punjab proved he just wasn’t a one-film wonder!
I was waiting to watch this movie since a very long time and just loved this. Manoj Vajpayee has done an absolutely wonderful job in portraying the character of Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras in this movie directed by Hansal Mehta. His performance is so subtle, effective and portrays the angst, depression, discomfort & helplessness in a very effective way. One can see the pain in his eyes and empathize with him. I would rate this performance amongst his best ones. Rajkummar Rao has as always done a wonderful job and he is one actor who never disappoints. The movie even though is depressing & moves slowly but it never bored us. We were engrossed throughout. It raises a lot of questions and leaves you wondering in the end.
When this movie was announced, I had no expectations considering I hate Sonam Kapoor due to her non-existent acting prowess and her unnecessary comments in the Media. I was excited about watching this movie nonetheless because of the plot as it covered a real-life incident which happened when I was a kid. And the movie turned out to be an absolutely brilliant one. No faaltu Melodrama, remained true to the plot with brilliant performances from the entire cast. The movie paid a glorious tribute to a real-life hero who sacrificed her life. Indian Cinema rarely makes biopics or movies based on real-life incidents, so it was heartening to see this movie nailing this genre perfectly.
Nil Battey Sannata
This is a comedy drama film directed by debutant director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, starring Swara Bhaskar who plays a school drop-out household maid and single mother of a sullen and reluctant to learn young girl played by Ria Shukla. Both Bhaskar and Ria have done wonderful jobs and kept us engaged throughout. The director must be applauded for the realism and genuineness plus ensuring the movie never went overboard with emotions. The humour element kept the smile on our faces all the way though. The ending even though melodramatic and almost unrealistic was a real good one. Pankaj Tripathi as Principal Srivastava looked like he didn’t get out of his Masaan mode!
So till the time we meet again…
Cheers to life…
Till then ride safe and have safe sex…
Hasta la Victoria Siempre…