When we say it’s nice to see Bollywood finally is growing up-we don’t mean in a condescending way. Instead, we mean that it’s brave of filmmakers with the kind of choices they are making.
The choices are more inclusive, brave and diverse. While we have had a movie on same-sex romantic relationships this year, we have also had a film on woman warrior earning crores.
We have finally reached a point where stories are indeed the real winners at the box-office and films don’t really depend on A-listers to make money. We have picked 8 movies and shows that have raised the bar! We picked 8 stories that have been important for reasons more than one.
Photograph is poetry in Motion. After giving us a gem like Lunchbox, Photograph is another gift from Ritesh Batra that is carefully wrapped in the beauty of the day to day nuances and monotony. Starring Sanya Malhotra and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles, the film also belongs to Farukh Jaffer, who plays Siddiqui’s Dadi in the film.
Their scenes together define perfection and there is much more than the film offers. It’s not exactly a love story but it’s a story that portrays love, belongingness, and togetherness like a beautiful photograph that you would like to hang in safely inside a corner of your heart. From some of the stunning shots that make Mumbai looks like a pivotal character in itself, Photograph is one of 2019’s best films that deserves to be seen.
2. Gully Boy
It’s only fair that we hail Zoya Akhtar as the Queen of content for the first quarter of 2019. Loosely based on the lives of underground rappers from Mumbai – Divine, and Naezy (Naved Shaikh), sketched and depicted the honest dichotomy of life, elitism and how it’s the only business to run behind our dreams to make it come true. The entire soundtrack was a delightful experience for the audience. No matter if you’re a Ranveer Singh or Alia Bhatt fan or not, watch this for each and every actor who has made this story come alive on the big screen.
As a first-time watcher of Badla, it is your duty to make sure you stay away from the spoiler and climax! Because the entire film is about the climax that will leave you shocked and amazed at the same time. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Manav Kaul in pivotal roles, Badla just met all the expectations of every viewer who loves thrillers.
The movie was a big dud but it gives you no right to downright ignore this film directed by Abhishek Chaubey. Chaubey, who was the headliner of the Ishqiya franchise made an Indian Hindi action film with a stellar cast that included actors like Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana. While critics couldn’t stop lauding the film for its brave attempt, the audience failed to connect with the film. From Bhumi to Manoj Bajpaayee, each and every actor in the film got into the skin of their characters in the way that only they could. The story was established in the ravines of river Chambal valley and told the story of dacoits in 1975, who termed themselves Baaghis, the rebels.
5. Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota
Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota(MKDNH) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film written and directed by Vasan Bala and produced by Ronnie Screwvala under his banner RSVP Movies. The film starred debutant Abhimanyu Dassani, Radhika Madan, Gulshan Devaiah, Mahesh Manjrekar and Jimit Trivedi in pivotal roles.
In a first, the film revolves around the story of a young man who has a rare condition called Congenital insensitivity to pain and strikes out on a quest to vanquish his foes. While critics had raving reviews on the film, again, the film turned out to be box-office dud.
6. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
It might not be the most perfect film of the year but we have several reasons why it’s important to appreciate the efforts that went behind making this film! Directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar this for the first commercial film with A-listers that showcased the love-story of two women. Starring Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and Juhi Chawla among others, this film deserves to be lauded just because it was made. The film revolves around the story of a girl who lives in Munger but has hidden the very fact that she is a lesbian. Then enters a story-teller who finds out his own way to tell the world that lesbian relationship deserves as much love and validation as any other couple does. The film tanked at the box-office but it was appreciated for the only reason that it bought LGBT issues at the forefront.
7. No Fathers In Kashmir
No Fathers In Kashmir is an Indian Hindi-English-Urdu-Kashmiri Language Drama film directed by Oscar Nominated Ashvin Kumar. Written by Ashvin Kumar, the movie starred Zara Webb, Ashvin Kumar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Anshuman Jha, Natasha Mago. The story deserves to be seen because it manages to paint the most honest picture of Kashmir.
The story revolves around a teenage British Kashmiri, Noor, who retraces her roots in search of her father. She is joined by Majid, a local Kashmiri boy. But things take an ugly turn when they become involved in a 70-year-old Kashmir conflict in one of the deadliest parts of the world. If there is one important story that you should be watching this year, it is No Fathers In Kashmir!