Although very little has been left with Bollywood to offer in the name of artistic pieces, some movies are still made, now and then, which are worth the audience’s time and money. I’m not talking about the likes of Race 3 or Sanju, which give us nothing entertaining and everything disappointing. And I am not even talking about the likes of Thugs of Hindostan which took inspiration from English novels and American movies, but still failed to conjure the same effect.
I know 2018 has been a disappointing one but still, there were some movies that came on big screen silently and left a mark on whatever little audience they get. Those movies had a purpose which was enough to move us, and hence they will be the ones worth remembering as we head towards the New Year.
Listed below are those movies of 2018, which are likely to have been missed, due to some reason or the other, but must be watched before we enter 2019 and get ready for another round of artistic rendezvous.
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Directed by Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi, Adesh Prasad, this fantasy thriller is one of its kind and hence, a must watch. The critics’ reviews are right on point for this intriguing and fascinating tale of demon encounter and treasure hunting in the 19th century.
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A logical and non-fictional biopic by Bollywood. Do I need to say more?
If the inspirational story of a hockey player is not enough, the performance of Diljit Dosanjh and Tapsee Panu will surely steal your heart.
3. Love Sonia
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It is a usual tale of a girl struck in prostitution and human trafficking, but the way it is told is phenomenal. In case you have missed it due to no big star featuring in the movie, I would request you to watch it as soon as possible.
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No praise can fathom this extraordinary movie of a writer torn amidst the tragedy of partition. The artistic life of Saadat Hasan Manto, his boldness, and his anxieties are aptly blended with his brilliant short stories in the movie. The cherry on the cake –everyone’s favorite Nawazzuddin Siddique performs the role of Manto.
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It is a heart-wrenching psychological thriller, which has the capacity of leaving you disturbed for days. The movie takes you inside the mind of a helpless and innocent girl-child whose parents have faced a hard fate.
6. Veerey di Wedding
Many of you must be shocked by seeing this full-masala entertainment on the list, but let’s praise what needs to be praised. The movie is all fun and entertaining, and the glamor outshines the hidden message, but nevertheless, there is a hidden message for those who can read.
The all-cool and I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude that many Indian girls are not let to have due to societal restrictions take the front seat in this movie and takes us on a ride which is worth having.
7. Sui Dhaga
A humble movie which tells a humble story. This movie should be watched for its simplicity and to see how hearts can be won even without inserting drama, masala, and glamour. Also, it would be very relatable.
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This one, doesn’t hold much except the performances of Rajkumar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, and the item song given by Badshah is really bad, but still, it is worth watching for the underlying message that it gives.
The gender roles are upturned in this movie and an alternate setting is created where men are as afraid to step out of the house as women are in the real scenario. One must watch the movie to analyze the intricacies of this radical change.
Although very subtle, the movie is the start of an important argument from the perspective of gender roles.
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Rani Mukherjee was seen after a long time on big screen in this movie. And what a role she played! She played a teacher who is suffering from Tourette syndrome. Along with tracing the struggles of the patients suffering from this problem, the movie raises the social issue of poor and socially excluded children who are deprived of educational opportunities.
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Another social issue raised with the help of a movie. This Akshay Kumar-starrer movie deals with the issue of sanitary pads, and talks about this hush-hush topic very openly, with the motive of erasing the awkwardness and shame that lingers among Indians even today regarding it.
Alia Bhatt, in this movie, gives one of the best performances in this movie. Raazi deals with the issue of one’s nationality and national pride in the wake of post-independence and post-partition incidents that happened in India and Pakistan. The movie is inspired by a novel called Sehmat Calling. Sehmat, the protagonist, is a spy, who is played by Alia Bhatt in the movie.
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Chemistry of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh is just the starting of the attractions you will find in this historical-fictional drama. One major perk of this movie is Ranveer Singh’s acting as Khilji. Trust me, it’s worth all the controversy and drama that took place at the time of its release.
The story is not appealing as Robot, but the movie can be watched for the best VFX any Indian movie has managed until now, and for seeing Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth together on big screen.
14. Badhai Ho
First, you will get to see the Dangal actress Sanya Malhotra in a glamorous avatar. Second, the story is an unusual one, something which you would have never expected to see. Another hush-hush topic (that of the awkwardness when your mom gets pregnant in an elderly age) openly talked upon, and the lead played by Ayushmann Khurana, are the two things which make the movie worth anyone’s time.
It’s a fun and emotional treat.
Don’t go by its name because it’s a horror movie. Despite Bollywood not being great in horror movie’s production, this movie is better than expected. It deals with a girl who is the victim of abuse.