December is here and it’s time for yearly round-ups. We finally get to decide the best and worst in each category and recognize them for work well done (or not)! Bollywood is no exception to this rule. Every year Bollywood releases a multitude of new hindi movies, some so moving that they leave a lasting impact on us and some so bad that we feel the need to ask for a refund of the money and time wasted.
Let’s find out!
P.S. The movies are listed in no particular order
1. Gully Boy
Nobody was actually surprised that Gully Boy was an amazing movie to watch. The trio of Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, and Zoya Akhtar proved to be extremely bankable on the box office. But the real stars of the show were the supporting characters (and the actors playing them) who completely upped the ante and made it one of the most memorable pictures of 2019.
Tapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan have proved that they can create magic on-screen, and not like the one you’d expect. The director of thrillers like Kahaani and Kahaani 2 successfully delivered another 'edge of your seat' movie. We can totally bet that you did not expect the ending!
3. Article 15
There are some realities of our country that the people living in urban areas are either not aware of or they like to sweep it under the rug. Article 15 brought one such topic of caste-based discrimination and exploitation to the front and people had to get up and take notice. Watching the harsh reality of our society, minus the exaggeration that Bollywood is infamous for, was such a hard-hitting emotional experience for most. This one was, without a doubt, one of the best cinematic masterpieces I’ve seen in recent times.
4. Uri: The Surgical Strike
First of all, can we take a moment to appreciate the talent of Vicky Kaushal? No matter what role you put him in, that man knows how to act! Aditya Dhar’s direction was quite efficient with some of the best combat scenes we’ve seen. The movie had the right amount of patriotism without sounding jingoistic.
Nobody really does patriotic movies like Akshay Kumar. In the past few years, he’s made it his mission to chronicle the achievements and important events of Indian history and bring them to our screens. Kesari is one such brilliant movie that has the perfect mix of nationalism and heroism on the screen and that made it memorable.
6. Saand Ki Aankh
Even though the movie was constantly embroiled in controversies, thanks to the casting choice, it was a well-made one. The beauty of the movie lies in the fact that it managed to capture the inherent patriarchy in the Indian family system. The heart-warming story of these two women who are not only breaking the rules but urging others around them to dream big and break away from the shackles tying them down was a treat to watch.
Sometimes, you can get a serious message across through humour as well. The whole point of the movie was to tell the younger generations, who put too much pressure on themselves, that sometimes losing is okay and, in fact, may get you closer to your dreams. The beautiful way in which the movie portrayed friendship is another reason you need to watch this one!
8. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga
Given that the movie had flaws, it is on the list for the reason that it ventured into a territory that very few have dared to - same-sex relationships especially the one between two women. That in itself is enough to put the movie on this list. There is no stereotypical portrayal of any character, unlike other movies where gay characters are shown in a certain way, or anything unrealistic about the story. It’s fresh, it’s unapologetic and it is definitely well-intended!
9. Dream Girl
Oh Ayushmann Khurrana, you magician! Not every good movie needs to have a social message or be hard-hitting. Some movies are amazing because they guarantee a good time with the family filled with laughs and sniggers. That’s what Dream Girl is all about. A clean comedy that’ll have you rofl-ing all throughout.
Another Ayushmann Khuranna movie on the list! The man has Midas' touch, we swear! The premise of the movie is that beauty isn't just skin deep. It has to do with what lies inside and the story has done justice to a topic most, if not all, of us, deal with on a daily basis. Even though the movie was in the news for all the wrong reasons, it's on our list for the right ones. From Ayushmann's portrayal of a man not comfortable in his own skin to the ending that was as realistic as it gets, it's an entertainer through and through!
1. Kabir Singh
We're going to get a lot of hate for this one, considering how many people loved the movie but from a feminist point of view, the movie was a total load of bullcrap. The toxic portrayal of love, the constant disrespect to the female lead and the glorification of drug and alcohol abuse by a surgeon, no less, was distasteful and disturbing. Shahid Kapoor may have gotten a lot of appreciation for his portrayal of the troubled doctor but in times like these, the movie should not have been made considering how inherently violent it was and how it normalized abuse in romantic relationships amongst the youth.
2. Housefull 4
This confusing movie is a story of three brothers in love with three sisters before realizing that they're all reincarnations from 600 years ago and are with the wrong partners. I mean, what? I've lost the plot right here! The movie has no script to boast of, the acting was sub-par and the jokes were just not funny.
Karan Johar's magnum opus, with its stellar cast, really failed to deliver what it had promised the audience. The movie was a visual treat that had nothing else to offer. The dialogues, the emotional conflict of the leads and the whole situation just felt like a bit too much. Not KJo's best effort, tbh!
4. Total Dhamaal
The movie has the same premise as the first one - a group of greedy people racing to find a hidden treasure. What the two movies, however, do not share is the humour factor. While the first one was fresh and filled with clean humour, this time the jokes just did not get you. Also, were fine actors like Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor paid to overact? We think so!
5. Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
Another proof of the fact that good-looking actors can do nothing for a movie without a script. While the lead actors did do justice to the roles they were cast in, the whole trope of rich girl- poor boy has been done to death.
6. Student Of The Year 2
The more you watch the movie, the more you're convinced that the director Punit Malhotra was inspired by Archie, the comic book series, without being able to capture any of its magic. The setting of the college is unrealistic, I mean come on, where in the world do you find students as flexible as Tiger Shroff or those who wear clothes like Ananya Panday or Tara Sutaria? Nowhere! No award for this one despite the fact that the whole movie was about a trophy!
We understand the recycling of iconic Bollywood songs but is it really necessary to recycle the scripts of the 80s in 2019? Major fail!
There's only one thing we can say, rather ask - why? What was the point of the movie? Also, with all due respect, you can't expect a movie where Anil Kapoor's character is called 'WiFi Bhai' to not be on the list!
9. PM Narendra Modi
No offence to our dear Prime Minister but the movie just isn't worth it. The movie is clearly propaganda and does not even try to hide it. Don't even get me started on the acting!
10. India's Most Wanted
It makes us sad to put this one on the list because we know that the director and the whole crew had their heart in the right place. However, it's the execution that failed them. Could've been much much better, had they really tried.
How many of these have you watched?!