Fate Of Bollywood Movies In 2016
With many people claiming that 2016 has been a terrible year for Bollywood Movies, I strongly disagree with the statement. The Bollywood Movies may not have worked commercially, however they were backed by solid content across different genres and excellent performances. In fact, 2016 would be remembered not as the year of movies, but as the year of performances for Bollywood. From Radhika Apte in Phobia to Shahrukh Khan in Fan – it was “the” year for actors, be it superstars or critically acclaimed stars. [ Read: Salary of Top 10 Bollywood Actresses! ]
Having seen 30 films, there were enough number of Bollywood Movies that I liked watching last year – Wazir, Fitoor, Jugni, Airlift, Aligarh, Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive, Fan, Nil Battey Sannata, Phobia, Sultan, Waiting, Raman Raghav 2.0, Kahaani 2, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story & Dear Zindagi. On the other hand, there were many which I felt shouldn’t have been made in the first place – Baar Baar Dekho, Madaari and Rustom to name a few.
And here are my top five films of 2016 (with ranking):
5) Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – If only Karan Johar had not taken the easy way out in the last act, this film would easily have been in the top three in my list. I immensely enjoyed watching this film with Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor acing their roles in this romantic emotional drama about unrequited love. [ Read: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) Movie Review
4) Pink – The Hindi debut for the Bengali director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury was an intense thriller plus a courtroom drama. Kirti Kulhari who was brilliant in Shaitan finally arrived on the big scene. I felt that the film could have been subtle, but then it was necessary to put out it’s message about the women’s’ consent across to audiences in big bold words which it successfully did. [ Read: PINK (2016) Movie Review ]
3) Dangal/Neerja – Tied at the third spot are two biopics. Both films were about women who made our nation proud. Neerja had Sonam Kapoor (who finally acted) and Shabana Azmi, whereas Dangal had four debutantes (Zaira Wasima and Fatima Sana Sheikh being the finest of them all) backed by Aamir Khan. Both had wafer thin and predictable plots, but still were highly engaging from its opening sequences till the ending credits. Both were brilliantly directed by Nitesh Tiwari and Ram Madhvani who are the strongest contenders to win the Best Director award in the coming season. [ Read: Dangal (2016) Movie Review ]
2) Udta Punjab – If I had to choose the best performance of the year, it has to be Alia Bhatt for playing the Bihari migrant labourer who gets embroiled in this drug menace saga. I was literally blown away by her acting and role in the film. Though it’s similarities with the novel High Society can’t be ignored, this Abhishek Chaubey directorial holds its forte and is an eye opener for the situation in the Indian state which once stood for green revolution. [ Read: Udta Punjab  – Movie Review ]
1) Kapoor & Sons – Directed by Shakun Batra, the movie has a strong ensemble with the likes of Ratna Pathak Shah, Fawad Khan and Rajat Kapoor. The last act in the movie was the best sequence in 2016 for me with the hidden truths of the dysfunctional Kapoors coming out in the open. Shakun Batra and Ayesha Dhillon’s writing reminded me of Aaron Sorkin! Such real emotions, such genuine humour, such lovely dialogues – the movie had everything for a fitting family drama. The film that I have seen numerous times last year and would be keep revisiting in the future.
Here’s to a better 2017 at the movies!