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Top 10 Best Bollywood Movies of 2018 That You Can Stream Right Now

Looking forward to binge few Bollywood Movies this weekend? How about the best out of the bunch from 2018? I handpicked few elite and definitely the Best Bollywood Movies from last year and sorted them starting from Average to the Best. Have a look and please do leave a comment if I managed to miss a movie from the list below. With that being said, Netflix and Chill BAYBAY! 

10. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Starring -  Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh
Genre - Comedy
Streaming Platform - Amazon Prime

"Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is not a bad film, it will entertain you with few funny laughs, peppy music, and enjoyable performances but as an overall film, it failed in few aspects which are crucial."

9. Blackmail

Starring - Irrfan Khan and Kirti Kulhari
Genre - Black Comedy
Streaming Platform - Amazon Prime

"Blackmail had an interesting concept and was extremely funny to watch. Despite having few ups and downs with the screenplay, pace, and runtime, it impresses as a black-comedy and is totally worth spending money on it."

8. Karwaan

Starring -  Dulquer Salmaan, Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar
Genre - Black Comedy / Road Film
Streaming Platform - Amazon Prime

"Karwaan is overall a feel-good road trip film wrapped with few significant themes, amusing jokes, euphonious music, and is a sweet love letter to the "God's Own Country" Kerala."

7. Raazi

Starring - Alia Bhatt
Genre - Spy Thriller
Streaming Platform - Amazon Prime

"Raazi is an engaging thriller and an excellent display of one of the unsung heroes of the Indo-Pakistan War, Sehmat. It certainly had few issues, but, I had an enthralling experience watching the film and Alia Bhatt steals the show as usual."

6. Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran

Starring - John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani
Genre - Action / Drama
Streaming Platform - Netflix

"Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran succeeds in keeping the tension and was an intriguing two-hour watch on a laid-back weekend."

5. Pad Man

Starring -  Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte
Genre - Comedy / Drama
Streaming Platform - Netflix

"Pad Man is a significant film with a strong influential message which should be articulated to everyone especially to the people living in the rural areas who still, to this day, feel that menstrual cycle is something taboo."

4. 102 Not Out

Starring - Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor
Genre - Comedy / Drama
Streaming Platform - Amazon Prime

"For a movie which only had four primary characters, 102 Not Out delivered much more than I expected, as I found myself laughing out loud and crying emotively within those 150 minutes and is a prime example of a heartening family drama."

3. Badhaai Ho

Starring - Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra
Genre - Comedy / Drama
Streaming Platform - Hotstar

"Embracing the weirdness of the plot, the entire narrative was sprinkled over with witty jokes, funny dialogue, poignant emotion, delightful love stories, weepy family-drama and terrific performances from the entire cast."

2. Andhadhun

Starring - Tabu and Ayushman Khurrana
Genre - Black Comedy / Crime Thriller
Streaming Platform - Netflix

"Andhadhun is a well acted, meticulously crafted and an incredibly written satirical crime-thriller which keeps on the edge of your seat the entire time with multiple twists and turns."

1. Mulk

Starring - Taapsee Pannu and Rishi Kapoor
Genre - Drama
Streaming Platform - ZEE5

"Mulk tells a significant story about all the religious (Hindu-Muslim) problems contaminating our modern-day India in the best way possible and is a must watch for all the right reasons."

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Top 5 Evergreen Movies of Bollywood

At the end of the day, on a bleak night, only few movies have the eternal freshness which can turn a boring day into a pleasant one. A few hand counted movies can live across decades. Although the plot may be old, but the feelings and emotions are always intact to us mortals and restore our faith in love, life and relationships. Below are five such top movies which have ever lasting stories which warms our heart, now and forever.

5. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

The story of three close friends and their messed up lives connected well with the generation and continues to be viewed and enjoyed even 17 years later. Dil Chahta Hai can truly be regarded as the game changer for mainstream Hindi cinema. The movie depicts a slice of lives of three friends, each with his own idiosyncrasies; a solemn artist guy, one who is a lady’s man and a hopeless romantic another is funloving cynic who doesn’t believe in love. The infamous Goa trips saga was started by this movie and even after 17 years, still inspires youngsters today to pack up and go for an impromptu trip – to Goa.

This is a trend-setter movie by Farhan Akhtar which broke all stereotypes related to love, drama and comedy. The slight humor, the complex love stories, differently made family set up, brings a new freshness to movie-making in the fast paced entertainment industry. The movie speaks the language of the youth, where boys find it hard to complete their sentences, clichéd romance is frowned upon, feud between men and its intricacies etc. where shown in between lines. All-in-all, a hip movie with some drama at the end, which was brought on-screen over a decade ago but still is appealing to most youngsters of today.

4. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

The movie that started the feud between the 2 famous Khans. While we are not very much bothered about the feud anymore, we love the brotherhood of the two Khan, Amar and Prem who have taken up these names in many of the movies later on. Comedy as its foremost genre, this movie kills us with bouts of laughter after every scene and every dialogue. ‘Aila’ and ‘Ui ma’ became synonymous to Aamir Khan and Salman Khan who use this as prefix for every dialogue. Limericks, wittiness, humor oozes throughout the movie and will never get you bored.

Amar and Prem on their journey to woe and marry the famous Raveena (Raveena Tandon) and her secretary Karishma (Karishma Kapoor) fight each other to grab the upper hand. Tables are turned when Raveena revels that her name is actually Karishma and that her secretary Raveena is the rich girl who swapped their names to find her real lover. Double acting by Paresh Rawal is both the villain and the father of the Raveena adds to the comedy. Crime master Gogo played by Shakti Kapoor, along with Robert and Bhalla get caught in the wildfire created by Teja in an attempt to steal the riches of his twin brother. This movie is a family entertainer will slight comedy and a breezy humor which can brighten your day, any time.

3. Lagaan (2001)

‘Hum tumhara lagan maaf kar dega’: this movie made taxation famous. Set in the backdrop of Victorian period of India’s colonial British Raj, the story of a village and its residents who get caught in a situation where they have to play an alien game for their life and future. Bravery, simplicity, love and farmer’s issues are highlighted throughout the movie. Anybody who is depressed in life and feels stuck should watch this movie to come out of a bad situation. While courageous Aamir Khan unites the village against the pompous British officer, he also upholds the need for equality in society.

Back in the days, racial discrimination persistent throughout the nation and widespread like a plague. The protagonist not only identifies the real threat but also explains the village leaders break the shackles of racism and embrace everyone. One cannot take their eyes off when office Captain Russell catches the ball in the final game of cricket and realizes that he is standing outside the boundary. This movie brings back emotions that have been deep set in our hearts and showcases the troubles faced by farmers in India.

2. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994)

The musical romantic comedy movie was released ages ago and has been winning hearts ever since. A family drama, complex love stories, a pet dog Tuffy, wedding ceremonies, vibrant outfits and dance numbers, Hum Aapke Hain Koun is a movie a family can enjoy over a holiday dinner any time of the year. Two brothers on this side of the family, two sisters on that side of the family; an arrange marriage and a love story brewing amidst these occasions.

Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan are the yester year famous couple who, with their beautiful smiles and chirpy dialogues which hit hearts explicitly. Breaking the monotony, this movie set the record by not having a villain character. Instead viewers feel like watching a big fat Indian wedding, musical events, dancing events. Families enjoy watching this movie even after decades.

1. Anand (1971)

Although an old movie, it is a classic. While there have been a lot of movies in the same genre, Rajesh Khanna steals the show with his everlasting smile even in the face of death. While cancer was not a widespread disease in those days, we all know the repercussions of the deadly disease which preys on people’s lives randomly. Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of a pessimistic oncologist who is disheartened that he cannot treat all the illnesses in the world.

While his patient, Anand (Rajesh Khanna) has cheerful demeanor and always manages to bring smile on the face on his friends and helps everyone around him. While Anand knows that his days in this world is counted, he doesn’t want to spend his remaining days in the hospital but instead enjoys sunrise and sunset. This movie is timeless; it teaches us to value our days, our lives; while everyone is running around chasing dreams, very few realize that we are living our own dreams and at times we should appreciate smaller things in life.

This is my list of evergreen Bollywood movies. Do you have any such movies which have everlasting freshness? Do let us know your views in the below comment section.

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Top 5 Best Tollywood [Telugu] Movies of 2018

Introducing the Top 5 Best Tollywood [Telugu] Movies of 2018! Didn't find your favorite one? Well, comment down below and let us know about your personal picks! Would love to see them all!

Honorable Mentions: Geetha Govindam

Possible Contenders That I Missed Watching: Ee Nagariniki Emaindi, c/o Kancharapalem, Taxiwaala and Tholi Prema

5.  Sammohanam | Rating - 3/5

Directed by Mohan Krishna Indraganti, Sammohanam is a simple yet a beautifully told love story elevated with great character moments, well-written dialogue, wonderful performances and sweet-sounding music composed by Vivek Sagar. A clean, simple, family-friendly movie convenient for a cozy weekend watch.

4. Antariksham 9000 KMPH | Rating - 3.25/5

Released at the back end of the year 2018, Antariksham 9000 KMPH is Tollywood and Director Sankalp Reddy's courageous attempt to diversify and tell great stories in different genres which are left unexplored. Although the film has its own flaws, it still dispenses the plot with riveting and emotional moments and constructs an entertaining two-hour nail-biter worth watching on the big screen.

3. Rangasthalam | Rating - 3.5/5

The highest-grossing and the most successful Tollywood film of 2018, Rangasthalam, directed by Sukumar and starring Ram Charan Tej and Samantha Akkineni in the lead roles deserves all the success it received all throughout last year mainly because of the regional vibe that it imported to the silver screen. The profoundly-written screenplay, the deeper meaning behind certain scenes complimented the commercial aspects of the film like the revenge-driven storyline, custom-written music, action sequences and the bombastic performances from the entire cast. This movie is the perfect example of a commercial film, and the audience responded to it accordingly.

2. Mahanati | Rating - 4/5

Celebrated as the biopic of India's First Female Superstar Savitri Garu, Mahanati is an incredible, emotional, thoughtful and a well-illustrated biopic of one of the most beloved actresses of South Indian Cinema and this film did the best it could to display her love for humanity, acting, and movies. Without a doubt, one of the best Indian films of the year.

1. Goodachari | Rating - 4/5

Re-inventing one of the forgotten genres in Tollywood, Goodachari is, in fact, the best Tollywood film of the year and all credit goes to Adivi Sesh and his incredible team of new and upcoming artists. Giving the utmost significance to the core aspects of the film which are the storyline and the screenplay, screenwriters Sashi Kiran Tikka, Rahul Pakala and Adivi Sesh did a magnificent job interweaving entertaining attributes like plot twists, action set pieces and produced a two-hour-twenty-minute riveting thriller which set the Tollywood movie standards pretty high with an incredibly small budget of six crores. Films like Kshanam, Goodachari are shedding new light on a wide variety of ignored genres, and it's the perfect time to be a Telugu movie fan.

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Top 5 Best Hollywood Movies of 2018

Introducing the Top 5 Best Hollywood Movies of 2018! Didn't find your favorite one? Well, comment down below and let us know about your personal picks! Would love to see them all!

Honorable Mentions: First Man, Upgrade, Eighth Grade, A Star Is Born and Black Panther

Possible Contenders That I Missed Watching: The Favourite, Green Book, If Beale Street Could Talk, Crazy Rich Asians and The Hate U Give

5. Mission: Impossible – Fallout | Rating - 3.75/5

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Fallout is the sixth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise and the storyline kicks off with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his gang intercepting the sale of three plutonium cores and things go south, they lose the plutonium and Hunt goes on this insane mission to acquire these elements which involve running, racing, diving, and loads of zany stuff Cruise loves to do.

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The Mission: Impossible franchise is well-known for its notorious action sequences and in the previous two films we've seen Cruise climb one of tallest buildings in the world (Burj Khalifa) and maniacally hang to the side of an A400M aircraft which is still breathtaking to watch. At this point with Cruise approaching his 60's and breaking an ankle in the midst of shooting the roof-top scene in London, I thought that this film might revert when it comes to action, but, bloody hell, it took two steps forward and delivered much more than I expected.

Overall, Fallout is a magnificent theater experience permeated with mind-boggling action sequences that are totally worth your penny. Watch it on the biggest screen available and let Tom Cruise take care of the rest. This is undoubtedly the best action movie I've seen this year and rightfully deserves all the praise and acclaim.

4. Love, Simon | Rating - 4/5

Directed by Greg Berlanti, Love, Simon stars Nick Robinson in the lead role and is a coming-of-age story of Simon who is gay and is extremely afraid to admit it to his family or his friends because of the circumstances. The film explores the final year of Simon's high school life and his journey through finding love with an anonymous fellow school-mate and at the same time dealing with quite a few obstacles.

Now, I love coming-of-age films, when they're done right. I still remember watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower back in 2012 or even Paper Towns from 2015 and felling in love with those films instantly. Love, Simon is also one such film I knew I would immediately love mainly because of the vibe it carried throughout the runtime. The simple yet suspenseful storyline, well-written dialogues, witty and emotional scenes, the upbeat songs and background score and the relatable characters made this film super charming, likeable and entertaining.

Overall, Love, Simon is easily one of the best films of the year and is a delightful watch in and out. If you're waiting to watch a feel-good movie, make sure to check out this one because it's not often we get a different coming-of-age film centred around a gay.

3. Hereditary | Rating - 4/5

Directed by Ari Aster and starring Toni Collette and Alex Wolff in the lead roles, the storyline of Hereditary deals with the themes of death, family issues and emotional disconnects and is, in fact, not only the best movies of the year, but, is also one of the best horror film I've seen in recent years.

Nevertheless, the unsettling atmosphere and the disturbing imagery will mess with you for a long time. It's also exquisitely shot and directed film with top-notch performances. Watch it on the biggest screen available with premium sound quality to experience the uncanniness to the fullest.

2. The Endless | Rating - 4/5

Established as a partial sequel to their 2012 film, Resolution, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's sci-fi horror film, The Endless, follows the journey of two siblings who return to a UFO death cult, ten years after their initial departure. Operating on a micro-budget, the director duo (also lead actors), Benson and Moorhead enlighten the fact that all you need for a movie to deliver is an intriguing storyline, tight screenplay and decent character development.

Best described as a sci-fi/horror film on drugs, the trippy visuals, the ambivalent nature of the narrative, ominous background score, splendid direction, and the on-going character work between the brothers throughout the film only make The Endless one of the most intense and bewildering movie experiences of this year with a great rewatchable factor.

1. Searching | Rating - 4.5/5

Aneesh Chaganty's directorial debut Searching piloted by John Cho in the lead role might just one of the best movie-watching experiences I've had this year. Demonstrated entirely on computer screens, smartphones, news broadcasts and surveillance footage, Aneesh Chaganty manages to explain this unravelling (whodunnit) mystery drama with an impeccable screenplay, pristine edits and at the same time, compliments the storyline with various emotional connotations and character development.

Actor John Cho gives his career-best performance as an upset father of a missing daughter and keeps his character engaging enough throughout the runtime. Nonetheless, Searching is an absolute masterclass of a film, an exhilarating roller coaster ride and is a solid testament that intriguing films can even be portrayed on a computer screen.

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Top 5 Worst Kollywood Movies of 2018

Over 200 movies released in 2018, half of which we didn’t even know the names or if they even had a theatrical release. Some movies raised the expectation meters before the release but ended up as a disappointment. Some are a missed or wasted opportunity and some landed in this list simply because they’re crap. Without further ado let’s check the Worst Movies of Kollywood in 2018.

Related: Top 5 Best Kollywood Movies of 2018Top 5 Best Bollywood Movies of 2018Top 5 Worst Bollywood Movies of 2018

5. Vishwaroopam 2 | Rating 2/5

Reason(s) Why The Movie Sucked: "A Disappointment!"

Did writer-director Kamal Haasan brought an end to what he started in an attracting fashion? NO! Unlike its prequel, Vishwaroopam 2 lacked a gripping storyline and suffered with a weak screenplay. Kamal Haasan failed to conclude what he started in an intriguing manner as the movie ended up as another mainstream cat-and-mouse brawl.

4. Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuthu | Rating 2/5 

Reason(s) Why The Movie Sucked: "A Missed Opportunity!"

It was surprising that a producer accepted to even make a movie with Director Santhosh Jayakumar who gave a half-baked failure movie last year. Teaming once again with Gautham Karthik, Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuthu (IAMK) is nothing but a pile of lascivious scenes. Being an adult-horror film, it was quite okay to use some sex based jokes and scenes, but the over usage of them makes the film look filthy. Santhosh Jayakumar could have come up with better screenplay to make the film more entertaining rather than sickening. Nevertheless, IAMK does make things hard up but the overall output of the movie looks uninteresting and feels oversexed.

3. Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren & Junga | Rating 1.5/5

Reason(s) Why The Movies Sucked: "A Disappointment!"

With seven releases (of which two were special appearance), Vijay Sethupathi was on a roll last year. One of the movies ’96 even made it to our Top 5 Best Kollywood Movies of 2018 list. But these two, didn’t go well with the audience. “A comical adventurous thrilling mass entertainment” is what the tagline of the movie reads. But on the contrary, the film is nothing relatable to the tagline. Director Arumuga Kumar’s “Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren” (ONNPS) ended as a humorless, dull and an uninteresting flick.

Barring the performances from the cast, Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren suffers from its unexciting storyline, poorly written screenplay and dull comical scenes which conclusively made it a tedious watch. Even with Junga, the fate was the same. Though VJS & Yogi Babu’s comedy performances were appreciated, the overall film was lacking flavor with weak screenplay.

2. Seemaraja | Rating 1.5/5

Reason(s) Why The Movie Sucked: "A Crap Show!"

As expected, Director Ponram repeats the same with ‘Seemaraja’ what he had done in his previous two flicks with Siva Karthikeyan in the lead role. While they were at least entertaining to a certain extent but ‘Seemaraja’ is bland and boring. Ponram has decided not to write anything fresh or intriguing to a rising star who believed him for the third time. What didn’t work with ‘Seemaraja’ is almost everything. The plot was an overly clichéd  with Siva Karthikeyan himself acting in similar movies earlier. The screenplay really tested my patience, after a long time during a movie I was looking at my watch every now and then, hoping for the movie to end soon. Without further whining I would like to say, Seemaraja is a tedious watch. A big yawn!

1. Saamy Square | Rating 1/5

Reason(s) Why The Movie Sucked: "A Crap Show!"

Have you ever been to a movie, where you felt suffocated because of the miserable scenes, headache causing songs, and background score and you just wanted to run away from the theatre? That’s how I felt while watching Chiyaan Vikram’s Saamy Square. Saamy 1 is considered as one of the best cop movies, a major break-through in Vikram’s career, the songs of the movie are still fresh to listen, Vivekh had talked about social injustice through his comedy, and punch dialogues are still enjoyed. Director Hari has overturned it and made a complete mess out of it. The movie adds up nothing new or intriguing or at least makes sense and the plot descends into complete mayhem.

The film lacked everything, right from a solid story, gripping screenplay, enjoyable action sequences, refreshing romance scenes, listenable songs or at least quick comical relief. But, no, the director offers us an outdated story, predictable and boring scenes with cringe romances which were very awful. Finally, Saamy Square comes down to nothing but damaging and destroying the reputations of its prequel. I still couldn’t understand why Vikram agreed to do something like this and degrade a character which was highly appreciated and made him a Star. Do yourself a favour and avoid it!

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Top 5 Best Kollywood Movies of 2018

Hey all! Happy New Year 2019! Among the ‘New Year! New Me!’ bakwaas, it’s also time to revisit 2018 and take a look at the movies which we loved watching in theaters, which made us laugh, cry and create an impact on us. Remember, these are my personal picks. Didn't find your favorite one? Well, comment down below and let us know about your personal picks! Would love to see them all!

Honorable Mentions: 2.0, Kadaikutty Singam, Kolamavu Kokila and Irumbu Thirai

5. Merrku Thodarchi Malai | Rating 4/5

I never dreamt about a film before or after watching it unless it is Superstar Rajnikanth’s movie or if the film creates a deep impact on me. ‘Merrku Thodarchi Malai’ is one of the few films which didn’t let me sleep after watching it. Debutant director Lenin Bharathi struck me hard with his writing and filmmaking skills. The movie is high on emotions, throws light on the unheard-of struggles of people, capitalism, communism.

The director has made justice to his writings by having all newcomers as the cast, who doesn’t look like trained artists yet the residents of the village and presented the film in a beautiful manner with the backing of breathtaking visuals captured by Theni Eshwar.  “Merku Thodarchi Malai” is a one of a kind movie which shouldn’t be missed at any cost. Thanks to the director for making a non-commercial film, a moving tale and subtly delivering a message.

4. Pariyerum Perumal | Rating 4/5

Pariyerum Perumal, directed by Maari Selvaraj and produced by Pa.Ranjith, goes straight for the jugular in this film about anti-caste. The first ten minutes of the film is arguably one of the best opening scenes in 2018 Tamil cinema. Karuppi, the protagonist’s dog is killed by members of another caste and this serves as a tipping point for the film to take off.  The director has conscientiously filled up each scene carefully giving the viewers the chance to look at how things are from the perspective of a lower-caste individual.

While Karuppi might have only lasted 10 minutes in the film, she is the very fulcrum of which the film is placed on. A metaphor for the prevalent class and caste oppressions that still occur in India, Pariyerum Perumal attempts to answer its own question with the climax scene. One of the more important works in recent time, Pariyerum Perumal is a scream.

3. 96 | Rating 4.5/5

When did you actually cry because of the movies content and the acting performances from the lead cast? If not, '96 will make you cry. Starring Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan in lead roles, 96 is a soulful story of two lost souls, Ram and Jaanu who studied together in school, part away without a goodbye due to unforeseen circumstances. What happens when they reunite after 22 years for their school reunion party forms the story.

Director Prem Kumar deserves appreciation for such a beautiful story which didn’t rush and took time to settle. Certain scenes are long enough to create an impact as the director Kumar gives ample time for us to dissolve into it.  I would dare to say that '96 is a movie without a flaw, right from the introduction till the very end. The film is sure to take you on a trip down memory lane, a journey of a lifetime, sure to stir your soul and make a lasting impression. Don’t miss this gem!

2. Ratsasan | Rating 4.5/5

For the first time in a long time, I really did not want a movie to end. A finely crafted suspense thriller, Ratsasan, will have you at the edge of your seat. Right from the beginning, the film starts off with a murder and the pace of the film is steadily kept on the accelerator all the way through.

One of the film’s strengths lie in the background score department. Gibran’s music for Ratsasan is excellent. He manages to elevate the film to a god-tier level with his eerie and spine-chilling BGM. It is arguably one of the best in Tamil Cinema’s suspense thriller genre.

1. Vada Chennai | Rating 4.5/5

Vada Chennai is the result when you bring together two National Award Winners for a film once again. It is intense, rugged and sticks true to its nature. Vada Chennai is the tale of two gangsters Guna (Samuthirakani) and Senthil (Kishore) who run their illegal business along the coastal line area of North Chennai and how the life of Anbu (Dhanush) interweaves with theirs in such a manner as not to be easily separated. Vetri Maaran seems to not compromise in anything for making the film utterly realistic. They even went for ‘Adults Only’ certification from the censor board without muting the bad language which was a bold attempt cause that made the film more native.

Another pillar to the already astonishing film was Santhosh Narayanan (SaNa) and his pulsating background score. SaNa did know when to use the background score, thereby elevating the film on a tremendous level. A movie without a flaw? I would dare to say, Vada Chennai is undoubtedly the best movie of 2018. Congregated with a gripping narrative, intriguing characters, impressive performances and overall some masterful storytelling this movie is Cinematic Brilliance!

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Top 5 Worst Bollywood Movies of 2018

Introducing the Top 5 Worst Bollywood Movies of 2018! Didn't find your favorite 'worst movie'? Well, comment down below and let us know about your personal picks! Would love to see them all! Before I continue, I want to be very clear that I'm well aware that even worse movies like 'Namaste England' exist, but, I'm only looking at movies which had the potential to be something great, new and didn't utilize the opportunity.

 5. Thugs of Hindostan | Rating - 1.5/5

Directed by Bijay Krishna Acharya, in simple words, we can contemplate Thugs of Hindostan (The Film) as a battleship, struck by lightning, dynamited by other adversary warships and submerged underwater in a sea of blood-soaked negatives. So, let's pick apart the drawbacks of the film one by one. The plot, which, as expected, is predictable for the most part and is a perfect blend between 'Point Break (1991)', 'Pirates of the Carribean' and a million other movies you've already seen before.

But, that's not the worst part. Vijay Krishna Acharya as a writer/storyteller failed twice before (with 'Tashan' and 'Dhoom 3') and dropped the ball once again with TOH. Similar to Remo D'Souza, the guy can shoot a bombastic scene which is lit, choreographed and produced nicely, but, the seamless transition and the crisscrossing of the storyline between these theatrical episodes was utterly non-existent. It honestly felt like a bunch of ridiculousness knit together with the intention of making an entertaining movie. Overall, exaggerated with mammoth expectations, a year-long hype and TV spots on every other channel, Thugs of Hindostan is a perfect example and display of why you shouldn't hop on the 'Baahubali' bandwagon with a terrible script and a lousy storyteller like Vijay Krishna Acharya.

4. ZERO | Rating - 1.5/5

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles, ZERO is a perfect exemplification of 'How Not to Make a Movie Using a 200cr Budget'. When was the last time SRK delivered a 'great' film? I'll give you at least 30 seconds to think and answer; which you can't, because, from what my sane mind could remember, his last 'great' film was 'My Name is Khan' released back when Suhana Khan was in fifth grade (and now she is modelling for Vogue India). Okay! Let me get straight to the point, there used to be a certain amount of respect and anticipation for SRK's films back in the early and late 2000s, but, watching him suffer from insipid movies like 'Jab Harry Met Sejal', 'Dilwale', 'Fan', 'ZERO' really makes me feel bad for the guy who was once hailed and applauded for the quality of his movies.

Back to ZERO, on the positive side, the performances from the complete cast were incredible, especially Anushka Sharma, who, by far, gives her career-best performances. The visual effects department deserves a special appreciation for all the hard work and time that they put into to at least give this film some substance. But, the storyline and the screenplay was balls-out-crazy and bonkers to the point where I couldn't understand what's happening on-screen. The film takes all these weird strolls from a comedy to a romantic-comedy to sci-fi and then back to romance. The entire narrative boggled my mind, and I felt like I was stuck in a time vortex as the movie never ended at any levelheaded denouements.

3. Veere Di Wedding | Rating - 1.5/5

Next on the 'Worst Movies of the Year' list is a movie which is marketed as an unorthodox, super special 'adult-comedy' starring an all-female lead cast and 'girl power'. Shashanka Ghosh's Veere Di Wedding ticked all the boxes when it comes to pre-release hype and even made a truckload of money at the worldwide box-office. But, as far as quality or storytelling standards goes, it is most definitely one of the worst.

The over-the-top family drama combined with 'unfunny' jokes and in parallel with a disarray of product placements ranging from HDFC Bank, Amul Ice Cream and TATA Automobiles make this film a chaotic mess and hopefully Bollywood doesn't pursue this 'bad adult-comedy' trend. In simple words, Veere Di Wedding is a GARBAGE!

2. Aiyaary | Rating - 1/5

Two talented lead actors, one celebrated director, a sixty-crore budget and an engaging source material, all the essential traits needed for a commercially successful film met. What could possibly go wrong? Sounds and seems like an entertaining film for me. Neeraj Pandey is a successful director with a 100% track record and that's tough to maintain. However, it's hard to believe that a writer-director who gives immense importance to the storyline and screenplay would make such an atrocious film like Aiyaary which is awfully boring and impotent at the same time.

The whole 160-minute runtime was this slow, mundane, absurd, frustrating build-up which is never really resolved anything in the climax, which is the most aggravating part. The patchy screenplay is downright horrendous cause you will never understand where the movie is going, why is it extremely long, and why certain scenes exist. Overall, Aiyaary is undoubtedly one of the worst films I've seen in a very long time. The dreadful screenplay, purposeless storyline and the exhausting runtime baffles you with boredom, outrage, and disgust. It's been a long time since I've seen people leave the auditorium with expressions which are unerringly negative and that's not a good sign at all.

1. Race 3 | Rating - 1/5

Directed by Remo D'Souza who is the man behind-the-camera of one of the worst films of 2016 'A Flying Jatt', 'Race 3' stars Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem in the lead and supporting roles and is the third film in the highly successful 'Race' franchise. This franchise which is notoriously known for its double-twists; a twist within a twist and more twists and that's where this plot became even more heedless. They're rather confusing, pointless and ineffective than surprising as the twists were only introduced to continue the ridiculous gimmick of the franchise.

Remo D' Souza who is now into creating mindless grandiose spectacles is hand-picked by Salman Khan to direct the movie and it is literally the worst decision he made. D'Souza's approach to push style over substance can clearly be seen in the film and it didn't even remotely work for any scene. He can't piece together a scene properly or at least cannot extract a decent enough performance from any of the talented cast and it's disgraceful. All he made sure is that the actors looked elegant by dressing them up with expensive clothing and made them drive around in supercars so that we can all think that they're wicked cool. Overall, Race 3 is undoubtedly one of the worst big budget commercial movies I've seen in a while and is an all-around failure differing from the storyline, screenplay, direction, action, music, and performances.

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Top 5 Best Bollywood Movies of 2018

Introducing the Top 5 Best Bollywood Movies of 2018! Didn't find your favorite one? Well, comment down below and let us know about your personal picks! Would love to see them all!

Honorable Mentions: Parmanu: Story of Pokhran, Raazi, Karwaan and Blackmail

5. Pad Man | Rating - 3.25/5

Starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role, Pad Man is loosely based on the real-life story of Padma Shri Arunachalam Muruganantham who excelled with his innovation of affordable sanitary pads in India. As far as the positives go, during the course of the film, I sometimes found myself tearing up a little which only transpired because I'm fully rooting for the characters which I consider as the major plus points for the film.

Akshay Kumar's normal-courteous-average look made his character more relatable as he carried his innocent yet intellectual persona flawlessly. On the other side, the screenplay by R. Balki and Swanand Kirkire was sub-par which affected the pace of the film primarily in the first half, which felt a bit stretched out. Overall, discounting all the negatives, Pad Man is a significant film with a strong influential message which should be articulated to everyone especially to the people living in the rural areas who still, to this day, feel that menstrual cycle is something taboo.

4. 102 Not Out | Rating - 3.25/5

102 Not Out starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles is a story about a jovial carefree 102-year-old father (who decides to break the record as the oldest man alive in history. Deposited with a slick 150-minute runtime, this movie is on point with its execution. The comedic sequences were tight, hilarious and entertaining. Concurrently, the emotional scenes were poignant and hit all the right notes perfectly.

But, the most significant aspect is the chemistry between Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, who seemed to had a ton of fun acting together and the humour and the emotion that they brought to this table was heartwarming and enjoyable. For a movie which only had four primary characters, 102 Not Out delivered much more than I expected, as I found myself laughing out loud and crying emotively within those 150 minutes and is a prime example of a heartening family drama.

3. Badhaai Ho | Rating - 3.5/5

Amit Ravindernath Sharma's directorial Badhaai Ho, the true blockbuster of the year is next on my list for all the obvious reasons. Led by Ayushmann Khurrana as the lead cast member, the storyline follows the journey of a middle-class family from Delhi who gets disconcerted and embarrassed when the first housewife (Ayushmann's mother) of the family gets pregnant at the retirement age of her life. With an unconventional script which looks odd and unusual on paper, the three-person writing team turns the film into something wholesome, emotional and funny at the same time.

Embracing the weirdness of the plot, the entire narrative was sprinkled over with witty jokes, funny dialogue, poignant emotion, delightful love stories, weepy family-drama and terrific performances from the entire cast. Badhaai Ho strengthens the point of why families go to movies together; to have a few good laughs and leave the theatre entertained and satisfied. Now you understand why this film made 131 cr at the domestic box-office.

2. Andhadhun | Rating - 3.5/5

Directed by Sriram Raghavan, Andhadhun reveres one of the most underrated genres of Bollywood 'Black Comedy / Crime Thriller'. Starring Tabu and Ayushmann Khurrana in the lead roles, the storyline hinges on a blind pianist played by Ayushmann, as he finds himself stuck in between a few considerable problems caused by a wannabe actress/housewife played by Tabu. Established with multiple layers of lies, deceit and crisscrosses which unravel scene-after-scene, the adeptly written screenplay by Sriram Raghavan and team was worth noting as the film kept moving on a decent pace and with an unpredictability factor so high and erratic that it moves in a direction which is unforeseen and surprising.

The performances from the entire cast were incredible with Tabu especially doing the heavy-lifting with her diversified character and her exceptional acting chops. On the other hand,  Ayushmann Khurrana commemorates her well as the blind counterpart with his innocent yet enigmatic character who is at the wrong place at the wrong time. Overall, Andhadhun is a well acted, meticulously crafted and an incredibly written satirical crime-thriller which keeps on the edge of your seat the entire time with multiple twists and turns.

1. Mulk | Rating - 3.5/5

Starring Taapsee Pannu and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles, the storyline of Mulk centres around a Muslim family trying to fight for their lost honor in a Hindu dominated neighbourhood. Trying to showcase a very sensitive and a clamant message, Anubhav Sinha succeeds as far as illustrating the theme with a tight-screenplay and hard-hitting dialogues that captivates the audience member appropriately.

The entire courtroom drama which eclipses the second half was elevated eminently by some powerful performances by the lead stars Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu and was also complimented excellently by Ashutosh Rana who plays a supporting role in the film. Overall, Mulk tells a significant story about all the religious (Hindu-Muslim) problems contaminating our modern-day India in the best way possible and is a must watch for all the right reasons.

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Top 15 Tollywood Songs of 2018

Introducing the Top 15 Bollywood Songs of 2018! Didn't find your favorite one? Well, comment down below and let us know about your personal picks! Would love to see them all!

15. Pedda Puli - Chal Mohan Ranga

Singer - Rahul Sipligunj
Music - Thaman S

"Remade with the same amount of oomph and power! An evergreen folk song!"

14. The Karma Theme - U Turn

Singers - Anirudh Ravichander
Music - Anirudh Ravichander

"If you're one of those guys who did the #UTurnDanceChallenge, please leave this article RN! JK!"

13. Oohalu Oorege Gaalanthaa - Sammohanam

Singers - Haricharan and Keerthana
Music - Vivek Sagar

"The most underrated romantic song of 2018!"

12. Sakhiya - Goodachari

Singers - Sricharan Pakala and Yamini Ghantasala
Music - Sricharan Pakala

"Recreating the same magic of 'Cheliya' from 'Kshanam'. Sricharan Pakala once again proves that he's a master at producing euphonious love songs!"

11. I Wanna Fly - Krishnarjuna Yuddham

Singers - L V Revanth and Sanjith Hegde
Rap Vocals - Hiphop Tamizha
Music - Hiphop Tamizha

"Such an unorthodox composition by blending different elements of music! The duo, Hiphop Tamizha is a breath of fresh air to the TFI!"

10. Ninnila - Tholi Prema

Singer - Armaan Malik
Music - Thaman S

"Hey, guys! Thaman can still compose decent music!"

9. Aagi Aagi - Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi

Singers - Anurag Kulkarni and Manisha Eerabathini
Music - Vivek Sagar

"A six-minute hummable melody by the genius Vivek Sagar!"

8. Yentha Sakkagunnave - Rangasthalam

Singers - Devi Sri Prasad
Music - Devi Sri Prasad

"A beautifully written and a wonderfully composed song that suits the vibe of the film flawlessly!"

7. Dhaari Choodu - Krishnarjuna Yuddham

Singers - Penchal Das
Music - Hiphop Tamizha

"A unique and a never-heard-before janapadham tune which rocked Andhra Pradesh for a while!"

6. Anaganaganaga - Aravindha Sametha

Singers - Armaan Malik
Music - Thaman S

"The violin, electric guitar, live drums (by Thaman) and Armaan's vocals made this song of the best of 2018!"

5. Choosi Chudangane - Chalo

Singers - Anurag Kulkarni and Sagar
Music - Mahati Swara Sagar

"The first chartbuster of 2018! And no one saw it coming!"

4. Sada Nannu - Mahanati

Singers - Charulatha Mani
Music - Mickey J Meyer

"A beautiful melody with a classical touch!"

3. Inkem Inkem - Geetha Govindam

Singers - Sid Sriram
Music - Gopi Sunder

"The biggest hit of the year! Such an unconventional love-hate song!"

2. Maate Vinadhuga - Taxiwaala

Singers - Sid Sriram
Music - Jakes Bejoy

"Electronic Music and Sid Sriram vocals, enough to score a chartbuster!"

1. Peniviti - Aravindha Sametha

Singers - Kaala Bhairava
Music - Thaman S

"This is more than a song! A magnificently written poem dedicated to her long-gone husband from a lonesome wife!"

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Top 10 Kollywood Songs of 2018

Introducing the Top 10 Kollywood Songs of 2018! Didn't find your favorite one? Well, comment down below and let us know about your personal picks! Would love to see them all!

10. Gulaeba - Gulaebaghavali

Singers - Anirudh Ravichander and Mervin
Music - Vivek-Mervin    

"An out and out fast-paced peppy number with a Cuban-Spanish touch, choreographed with the dancing legend Prabhu Deva twisting his body!"

9. Kurumba - TIK TIK TIK

Singer - Sid Sriram 
Music - D. Imman

"The whistling part, Sid's voice blending with the Carnatic based composition and the lyrics exploring the father-son relationship makes Kurumba sound pleasant!"

8. Sodakku - Thaanaa Serndha Koottam

Singer - Anthony Daasan
Music - Anirudh Ravichander

"Power packed performance by Anthony Dasan for this Kuthu number made it one of the early hits of 2018!"

7. High on Love - Pyaar Prema Kadhal

Singer - Sid Sriram
Music - Yuvan Shankar Raja

"A new-gen love song, perfectly sung and beautifully picturized!" 

6. Simtaangaran - Sarkar

Singers - Bamba Bakiya, Vipin Aneja, and Aparna Narayan
Music - A. R. Rahman

"What if ARR does a 'Thaenisai Thendral' Deva type thara-local song?" 

5. Kanamma - Kaala

Singer - Pradeep Kumar and Dee
Music - Santhosh Narayanan

      "Simply! A Must Listen!"


4.  King of the Sea - Vada Chennai 

Singer - Ananthu (Base Voice)
Music - Santhosh Narayanan

"The only instrumental in a list of songs, imagine how powerful it is then."

3. Anthaathi - 96

Singer - Chinmayi, Govind Vasantha, Bhadra Rajin, Nassar
Music - Govind Vasantha


2. Mazhai Kuruvi - Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

Singer - A. R. Rahman
Music - A. R. Rahman

"The lyrics, music and the way ARR croons it, takes our soul out of our body!"

1. Kalyana Vayasu - Kolamaavu Kokila

Singer - Anirudh Ravichander
Music - Anirudh Ravichander

 "Biggest Hit of the Year!" 

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Top 15 Bollywood Songs of 2018

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15. Nit Khair Manga - Raid

Singer – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Music Recreated By – Tanishk Bagchi

"Just when you thought Ajay Devgn and Ileana D'Cruz were done romancing each other after 'Mere Rashke Qamar' from Baadshaho"

14. Kamariya - Stree

Singers - Aastha Gill, Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya and Divya Kumar
Music - Sachin-Jigar

"Bollywood could've cracked the code of who to cast (Nora Fatehi) in their upcoming movies for special songs."

13. Chhote Chhote Peg - Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Singers - Yo Yo Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar and Navraj Hans
Music - Yo Yo Honey Singh

"Nushrat Bharucha is a Bad Girl and she likes Whiskey!"

12. Khalibali - Padmaavat

Singer - Shivam Pathak
Music - Sanjay Leela Bhansali

"Allegedly, this is how Ranveer Singh celebrated at his post-wedding party!"

11. Chota Sa Fasana - Karwaan

Singer - Arjit Singh
Music - Anurag Saikia

"An underrated song from an underrated movie! Bliss!"

10. Title Track - Dhadak

Singers - Ajay Gogavale and Shreya Ghoshal
Music - Ajay-Atul

"A typical love song which typically swayed everyone's heart!"

9. Mere Naam Tu - ZERO

Singer - Abhay Jodhpurkar
Music - Ajay-Atul

"The Romance King redefining Love! Again?? GOSH!"

8. Dil Chori - Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Singers - Yo Yo Honey Singh, Simar Kaur and Ishers
Remake Recreated by - Yo Yo Honey Singh

"And I thought Honey Singh's career is done, after watching him cheerlessly eat with this friends at Chilli's, South Delhi. What a comeback!"

7. Patola - Blackmail

Singer & Music - Guru Randhawa

"Has anyone ever thought that Irrfan Khan would have two chart busters in two successive years? Thanks to Guru Randhawa!"

6. Tareefan - Veere Di Wedding

Singer - Badshah
Music - QARAN

"The only good thing to come out of this GARBAGE movie!"

5. Dekhte Dekhte - Batti Gul Meter Chalu

Singers - Atif Aslam
Music - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Rochak Kohli

"The song which taught us that it's okay to stalk on your BFF's girlfriend!"

4. Dilbar - Satyameva Jayate

Singers - Neha Kakkar, Dhvani Bhanushali and Ikka
Music - Tanishk Bagchi

"Yes! The song that you secretly loved, and didn't take your eyes off Nora Fatehi while watching!"

3. Chogada  - Loveyatri

Singers - Darshan Raval and Asees Kaur
Music - Lijo George - Dj Chetas

"At least Salman Khan managed to position his brother-in-law in a movie with good music!"


2. Aaj Se Teri - Pad Man

Singer - Arjit Singh
Music - Amit Trivedi

"The real #RelationshipGoals!"

1. Bom Diggy Diggy - Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Singers - Zack Knight and Jasmin Walia
Music - Zack Knight

"It's Bom Diggy Diggy not Bom Chikki Chikki. Get it right!"

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Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actors

The following article doesn't connote to offend any fan group/individual. We only wish success and progress for all the five Bollywood actors listed below, and we're not disrespecting the profession that they opted to pursue. Take it with a grain of salt, and enjoy the editorial.

Related - Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses [Part 1]Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses [Part 2]

5. Arjun Kapoor

Following a similar career graph of Siddharth Malhotra, Arjun Kapoor, the young macho-man of Bollywood, made his debut in Bollywood with a notable hit, 'Ishaqzaade', but expeditiously went downhill with regular debacles like 'Aurangzeb', 'Tevar', 'Mubarakan' and the most recent one, 'Namaste England'. With no movies which are a total 180 compared to the ones that he did before, Arjun Kapoor remains one of those talents who is a bit overexposed in Bollywood with talent not being the top attribute.

4. Siddharth Malhotra

Commencing his career with the polarizing Karan Johar directorial 'Student of the Year', Siddharth Malhotra, at the speed of light, became the sweetheart of Bollywood forging ahead to a Superstar status. But, his career to a large extent is underwhelming so far. Regardless of a few box-offices hits, his acting skills, by and large, has not stood out unlike his SOTY brethren and pal, Varun Dhawan who shaped his career with a good mixture of widely-appreciated commercial and also experimental films. Malhotra's recent box-office disaster 'Aiyaary' is surely a clear indication of where his career is heading, A Brick Wall! Sucks to see an actor with such a high-profile debut crumple into the pits of the forgotten stars.

3. Tiger Shroff

Making his debut alongside Kriti Sanon in the 2014 romantic-drama 'Heropanti', the action guy of Bollywood or should I say the prolific remake star of South Indian movies, Jai Hemant Shroff, is spectacular as far as action sequences and dance numbers go. But, if you've ever seen him act, he is most probably one of the worst performers out there. One remake after another, watching him act is either cringe-worthy or unpleasant, but, he got producers lining up for him to make movies because of his ability to pull massive box-office numbers, despite the fact that the online critics never gave a single positive review to any of his five movies until now.

2. John Abraham

“I don’t want to (act) with John Abraham because he is expressionless.” - Kareena Kapoor Khan

Well, she may not be wrong, because the model turned A-List actor, John Abraham is well-known for his six-foot height, sexy looks and the six-pack body, but, not for his acting skills, which should be the top priority if your profession is acting. With plentiful disasters throughout his filmography, Abraham maybe following Akshay Kumar's route by making patriotic movies since the past few years, but, there are no colossal improvements with regards to his acting performance and I don't see him fixing it anytime soon.

1. Salman Khan

The most eligible Bachelor, the box-office star and most importantly, The Bhai, Salman Khan tops this list for all obvious reasons, in particular, his underwhelming talent in acting. Although his charisma, body language and commercial films garnered him millions of fans worldwide, even barring a few emotional movies, he's not the kind of actor who impressed his audience with remarkable performances, but, with his shirtless scenes and peppy dance numbers. Moviegoers never remembered him as an incredible talent, but as a commercial movie star who makes movies that only do well at the box-office.

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Top 5 Overrated South Indian Actresses

More than Bollywood, South Indian Actresses were considered as an eye-candy or more of an after thought in every other movie. With limited opportunities to really shine like the Lady Superstar Nayanthara, Anushka Shetty and Trisha Krishnan, they're quite a few overrated or supremely hyped actresses in South India. So, here's my Top 5 List (which will hopefully not offend any die-hard fan out there).

Related - Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses [Part 1]Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses [Part 2]

5. Samantha Akkineni

Now, before you accuse me of overrating a good actress, I'm not judging her character or her status, I'm only mentioning her choices of movies and her skills displayed. Having her voice dubbed (sometimes) takes away half the intensity and impact from her dialogue delivery and playing the repeated sidekick whose part can be completely deleted from the movie (and it wouldn't make a difference) doesn't help much either. But, thanks to her looks, decent acting and dancing skills she stayed in the industry long enough to become famous. The only reason shes overrated is that of the lack of diversity in her acting as well as her selection of roles which is too normal to be given any extra credit. Besides that, her movies like 'Nee Thaane En Ponvasantham' and 'Eega' were impressive which is why she still holds on to all those fans today. 

4. Anu Emmanuel

If there is an actress whose luck is envied by others its Anu Emmanuel. She has been in the industry for almost six years now, but, unfortunately remains a mediocre preference for her performances. An actress is expected to be on point with her facial expressions and voice modulations all the time, and that is exactly what Anu Emmanuel has misinterpreted. Considering that shes American, it might have been tough for her to understand our line of films and performances.

But, as I mentioned before, her luck and looks, mainly played the role in bagging her some good movies, not forgetting to mention her boldness on screen. But, being bold on-screen itself seems overrated and hence she is too. She hasn't been labelled as an eye candy yet, so hopefully, she realizes that and make better choices in the future.

3. Kajal Aggarwal

You guys probably know about the female cat in Tom and Jerry; appears once in a fortnight, dances her way with all the grace and style and distracts both of them from entertaining us. Kajal is definitely that cat from the show, who ends up at the wrong place at the most interesting times, distracting both the hero and the audience from the main plot. Her dances and dreary performances are too lazy to pay attention to, but, inevitable to ignore like her performances in 'Thuppakki', 'Maattrraan' or 'Vivegam' for instance. A few films were amazing but barely reflected her contribution although she gained critical appreciation for 'Do Lafzon Ki Kahaani'. Enclosing, I'd like to say that Kajal has tons of potential to showcase her skill, but, that can only be seen if the directors realise that and give her better scripts instead of casting her as the unwanted female cat in every other movie and wasting her skillset.

2. Rashmika Mandanna

Welcome the Zarine Khan of Sandalwood (and Tollywood). The one who is supposed to be an example of a bad actress. But, she can dance and her face is so cute! let's make her the National sensation ignoring all the good ones around just for that! I still fail to realise how Rashmika got her overnight fame taking in context, her recent and rather awful performances. Now, I'm not bashing her, but clearly, she is overrated. People who like her probably didn't notice that she can't speak or move an inch of her face except for that smile which we will eventually get bored of. Her movies are quite mediocre (considering that I also failed to understand why 'Geetha Govindam' was such hit excluding Vijay Deverakonda's performance).

There is a reason why I didn't compare her to Katrina Kaif is that Katrina can dance and does heavy gymnastics. That isn't a talent to be shown off in Bollywood but is definitely a noteworthy skill. Well, at least she has some skills unlike the person in reference here. Besides smiling and being goofy, I don't see anything better in her performances which is really tiresome and after her marriage controversy, people are expecting something worth their attention from her and its all in her hands to shape her career in a better way.

1. Amy Jackson

As always, there surely is, a #1 in this list as well and it's none other than...[drumrolls]..Amy Jackson! Her career graph will always remain a mystery to me. So, let me be specific, she does not know the language, she is not good at expressing any emotion, she probably doesn't understand the plot of the movies she is cast in, but most of all, how she gets all those top rated directors to sign her alongside such megastars will never be understood by people like us. Being British, she rather got a warm welcome from Kollywood through 'Madrasapattinam (2010)' and guess what?

After all these years of striving in the industry, she has learnt absolutely nothing! Her performances are paler than ever, her other skills like dancing or crying haven't improved even slightly and her expressions are out of question! But, '2.0' is coming up folks! She plays a robot Barbie in it; how convenient. Shankar finally found a role made for her. So yet again, we cheer, lead on and shower heart emojis all over her. 'Thangamagan' and 'Ek Deewana Tha' were only marks of her lacking hard work and talent and for 'The Villain', I still have no words to say. But, she barely has to be worried about anything because of all the attention and opportunities that directors, as well as people, will continue to pour on her. But, just so you didn't realise earlier, Amy Jackson is overrated.

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Top 5 Reasons Why Thugs of Hindostan Will Fail Critically

Now, before I dissect the reasons why Thugs of Hindostan will fail critically, I want to make it clear that I wish nothing but success for the movie. I will walk into the theatre with an open mind, and if the film proves me wrong, I'll be the first person to admit my mistakes. So, with that out-of-the-way, let's start picking apart the Top 5 Reasons.

1. The Poor Track Record of the Director

Taking the recent epic blockbusters 'Baahubali' and 'Padmaavat' as examples, although the characters and the star cast were the essential reasons for the films' success, the primary and the dominant reason why those movies made a huge impact was because of the directors S. S. Rajamouli and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who are the premier superstars of their films. Cut back to TOH, Writer-Director Vijay Krishna Acharya, who is the architect behind 'Tashan' (a critical and commercial failure) and 'Dhoom 3' (another critical failure) has a poor track record when it comes to his previous works, is not considered as a superstar director, and is mainly an unknown name in the industry. So, watching his name on-screen didn't get me particularly excited.

2. Similarities to Pirates of the Caribbean

From the characters to the action set pieces and production design, you can't help but compare TOH to the Pirates of the Caribbean. Aamir Khan's character Firangi Mallah is at the bottom, an Indian version of Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp), who even has a distinct accent like Mr. Sparrow, walks and dances unusually like Sparrow, chugs a bottle of whiskey like our beloved drunkard Sparrow and may also cheat like our five-installment hero Jack Sparrow including Amitabh Bachchan looking all the more identical to Black Beard. And is Fatima Sana Sheikh going to portray the more serious and equally attractive version of Angelica (played by Penélope Cruz)? Let's move on!

3. The Other Characters

Taking nothing away from her amazing dance skills, Katrina Kaif once again fills in as a glamour quotient in the film. So far, we've seen her dance indoors and outdoors within extravagant sets, covered in glittering outfits, so maybe the director is using the best of her abilities. Also, by not declining his incredible talent and bravado, Amitabh Bachchan's character also looks like an extension of Kattappa (played by Sathyaraj) from 'Baahubali' franchise. He is the leader of his battalions like the backstabber Katappa, swinging and blinging the sword like the tenacious Kattappa, but, the only dubious aspect from Mr Bachchan's character is him jumping and kicking everyone around with his far-fetched aerobic abilities.

4. Video Game Visual Effects

With nearly a 300 cr budget, this film is, for the most part, drenched in CGI, similar to its counterpart 'Baahubali'. But setting excuses like time, budget and availability aside, the visual effects, at least in the trailer looked below par. But, I'll reserve my final judgement till I see the movie on a big screen, however, judging by the trailers the VFX used in certain shots and scenes looked they're plucked straight out of an expensive video game. It seemed like 'Baahubali' set new standards for computer-generated imagery in Indian Cinema and TOH might fail in the midst of being successful.

5. Following a Trend

Speaking of 'Baahubali', it's quite obvious that TOH is riding the coattails of the immense success of S.S. Rajmouli's magnum opus. It is also apparent that Patriotic movies are the trending genre in Bollywood right now (look at Akshay Kumar's success rate in the past few years). So, it's a no-brainer to mix both successful genres and make a noteworthy movie. But, the bigger question is, will people respond to it critically and make it a crowd-pleaser? I don't think so! But let's wait and see.

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Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses [Part 2]

With Part 1 of our Overrated Bollywood Actresses out-of-the-way, we decided to return back with Part 2, simple because of we left out few doozies in the previous one. So, let's roll!

Related - Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses [Part 1], Top 5 Underrated Bollywood Actresses

5. Yami Gautam

For someone who has been in the show business for nearly a decade, you would expect Yami to have upped her game by now, but clearly not. Even with box office as well as the critical hits like 'Kaabil', 'Vicky Donor' and 'Badlapur', things haven't been bright for Yami (except her fair and lovely ads of course) because of her almost identical characters in every movie. She is definitely talented but people will rarely appreciate a repeated role with the same storyline and the same personalities. Her role in 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' might have been a turning point which we can judge better in the future, but her films including blunders like 'Action Jackson', 'Total Siyappa' and 'Sanam Re' have been the prime reasons for the low success graph in her career so far. But she definitely is better than some top Bollywood actresses and that means, with the right movies she'll undoubtedly earn the fame she deserves one day.

4. Daisy Shah

Introducing herself as one of Salman Khan's minions, Daisy was subjected to the same fate as the others, thanks to her overrated choice of roles in plain old masala Bollywood movies. It's almost a miracle that Salman Khan bounced back from erroneous movies like 'Race 3' and 'Jai Ho', but, unfortunately, Daisy wasn't a part of it. She made a worse choice by featuring in the 'Hate Story' franchise which was already looked down upon by critics and audience. She might look like a new face but her career started in the South Indian film industries from around 2011. One could think that it's enough time given for a worthy actress to prove herself. But with such movies, Daisy Shah remains on the dimmer light of Bollywood.

3. Shraddha Kapoor

The "ex-national crush" created a buzz from her debut in 'Aashiqui 2'. But it took two more movies that it wasn't acting that she did in her first movie but she was just being herself. Like we didn't have enough daily soap actresses to flood tears and play the innocent Disney Princess already, Shraddha became the new annoyingly sweet and predictable princess of Bollywood. Her one film to change her fate (Haseena Parkar) didn't work out and within no time she was back to giving us obvious flops like 'Rock On 2' and 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu'. Her percentage of versatility in the characters she has played divided by the number of her movies is zero because anything divided by zero is zero! Her drudging and wearisome performances in 'Half Girlfriend', 'Ok Jaanu' and 'Stree' are completely ignored because one and only one reason, she's cute. People put up her photos, praise her dancing skills and her off-camera attitude that everything else rules out but she still survives in the industry and that is why she belongs in this list.

2. Kajol Devgn

Who doesn't love the bubbly boyish girl from 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'? Kajol is clearly one of the most successful actresses from our beloved Karan Johar's lot. But there's a difference in loving the actors and rating them. I would never judge her acting skills but I'd be lying if I didn't say that she's been given a lot more credit than she deserves. It's probably Kajol from whom Kareena Kapoor learnt all that overacting and enthusiasm. With movies like 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' and 'DDLJ', she earned enough fame but if such movies were to be released today, it would've been dreadful. Let's not even talk about some of her choices like 'Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi', 'Hulchul' and 'Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya'; the limit bar of overacting probably cracked and her recent outings 'Dilwale' and 'Helicopter Eela' didn't help either, but, she is currently safe because of her older movies like 'My Name Is Khan', and 'We Are a Family' were critically accepted well. Call it the era of the 90s or her choice of movies, I think it's reasonable to have her on this list.

1. Sonam Kapoor

Being one of the most controversial and overrated actresses, Sonam Kapoor is the first one I'd like to mention here. She started with chick flicks and movies with mild storylines which barely worked out for her but then, with 'Neerja' and 'Mausam', she finally gained attention from the critics and media. Unfortunately, then came disasters like 'Sanju', 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' and 'Veere Di Wedding' which were already black marked due to their controversies and her performance in both these movies were appalling enough to label her as 'overrated'. She may be a passionate fashionista but it's valid to say that she isn't that good of an actress. As observed, her skills are highly dull and careless in movies like 'I Hate Luv Storys', 'Bewakoofiyaan' and 'Khoobsurat' while it is nearly irritating in 'Aisha', 'Pad Man' and 'Dolly Ki Doli'. But then again, being called overrated doesn't hinder her capacity (if she has) and only her future projects can prove that to us.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap aka WW
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Top 5 Best Classic Horror Movies of All Time

Before we conclude this year's Halloween Special, how about we go back 30, 40 or even 50 years back to take a closer look on some of the Best Classic Horror Movies? Nevertheless, I'm sure that we missed out on quite a few Classics, and we hope that someday we get to do a Part 2 and talk about all the other films. So, presenting the Top 5 Best Classic Horror Movies of All Time.

Related - Top 5 Horror Movies of 2017 and 2018Top 5 Recent Scary Movies to Watch This Halloween

5. The Thing (1982)

Director - John Carpenter
Starring - Kurt Russell, Keith David and Wilford Brimley

Set in the frigid weather of Antartica, The Thing tells the story of a group of American Government researchers who were stranded within a trepidation of an extra-terrestrial entity which is causing conflict and taking over the world with it's ungodly and imitation abilities. Presented with its dreadful gory scenes, the special effects in this films were outstanding. From the imagination to the creation and the execution, the gruesome hair-raising scenes in this film gave me chills and honestly that's what made this film so special.

Carpenter's ability to capture both beautiful and petrifying shots must be appreciated alongside with the film's remarkably written screenplay. The compacted tension between the characters and the importance of their decision making was explained masterfully and kept the movie moving without any intervals. Overall, The Thing was one-of-a-kind and gave me those nightmarish shudders very often. I'm guessing that we'll never see a movie like this again and I'm happy that I took the time to sit and marvel the brilliance on-screen.

4. The Exorcist (1973)

Director - William Friedkin
Starring - Linda Blair and Jason Miller

A tale of exorcism that is loosely based on actual events, The Exorcist revolves around the demonic possession of a young girl and the purging of this demon through an exorcism performed by two priests. The Exorcist is a tense narrative of good versus evil where the paranormal aspects of the film is grounded in biblical faith. The contrast between good and evil is depicted perfectly through the opposing forces of religious faith and paranormal vengeance. The staircase spider walk is possibly one of the most iconic terrifying scenes in cinematic horror history and it straight up assaults the viewer with its powerful shocking visuals. The special effects used in this film is a sledgehammer to the head where it elevates the film to a higher level of frightening. An in-your-face horror storytelling, The Exorcist is a finely crafted tale of spirituality.

3. Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Director - Georges Franju
Starring - Édith Scob, Alida Valli and Pierre Brasseur

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and he embarks on a mission to give her a new face. Georges Franju’s Eyes without a Face is vastly disturbing and poetic. A film on human experiments and facial transplants, this movie deals in themes of morality, insanity, superficiality of appearance and identity. The director attempts to give his own take on these themes with a film that is more arthouse than commercial filmmaking. Unlike the rest of the films in this list, Eyes without a Face does not have a solid story. This movie is chilling for its haunting but brilliant cinematography and bone-chilling scores. Eyes Without a Face plays on anxiety and fear. The audience will be able to empathize with the obsessive actions of the protagonist at first. Driven by guilt and paternal love, the protagonist becomes a monster and his insanity takes a toll on the viewer’s stomach for graphic terror. Vulgar, shocking and expressive, Eyes without a Face is a melange of horror and metaphorical poetry.

2. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Director - Roman Polanski
Starring - Mia Farrow, Ruth Gordon and John Cassavetes

Roman Polanski’s adaption of the novel with the same name resulted in a horror movie that is ominous and grisly all at the same time. Rosemary’s Baby kickstarted the trend of films that centred around the belief in the occult. A psychological thriller that revolves around a fearful pregnant woman, Rosemary’s Baby deals with important themes such as rape and paranoia. The very relevant themes presented to the viewer is accented by the acting of Mia Farrow, who plunges us into her world where we share her doubts and mistrusts. The devil is truly in the details with this one. Polanski’s leads us down a spiral staircase of dread where the scares from the film come from the slow-burning extrication of Rosemary’s mental state and where the audience are afraid to draw a line between hallucinations and the paranormal. A diabolical milestone of cinematic horror, Rosemary’s Baby is the synonym word for creepy.

1. Psycho (1960)

Director - Alfred Hitchcock
Starring - Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles and John Gavin

It’s hard to have a list of classic horror films and not have Hitchcock’s Psycho rank-fluctuate among the top 3 spots. Arguably one of the most celebrated and horrifying cinematic classics of all time, Psycho is laden with histrionic realism and shocking visuals. Psycho’s horror lies in how it captures the audience as the camera’s point-of-view. The viewer is always left reeling from the peril of being slain themselves because of how immersive the film’s camerawork is. As the story builds steadily to its chilling climax, being forced to challenge Norman Bates directly gives a claustrophobic effect to the viewer and that itself is the payoff. Watch out for the sensational shower scene and the stair-murder as it jumps out as one the most arresting segments in the film and it is the very experience of seeing them unfold before your eyes that demonstrates how frighteningly clever Hitchcock is. A horror masterpiece that has stood the test of time, Psycho, is unnerving till this day.
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Top 5 Recent Scary Movies to Watch This Halloween

With Halloween 2018 right around the corner, we here at the National JFMF headquarters thought it would be a noble idea to recommend you guys few (not great) but decent Horror Movies to watch this weekend. As we already posted the 'Top 5 Horror Movies of 2017 and 2018', discussing few high-profile scary films wasn't such a bad idea after all. So, here we go!

5. Leigh Whannell's - "Insidious: Chapter 3" | Rating - 3/5

Starring - Dermot Mulroney, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell and Lin Shaye

Typically, when a movie reaches the third instalment, a major bummer is usually expected. Things get repetitive, tame and lifeless. For this reason, my expectations were pretty low for this movie as I felt sceptical before entering the movie theatre. But, Insidious 3 was surprisingly better and superlative. Writer-Director, Leigh Whannel's impressive screenplay and his approach to craft a petrifying scary scene without any false jump scares is commendable. Insidious 3 was a startling experience and didn't take an asinine advantage of silly jump scares.

4. M. Night Shyamalan's - "The Visit" | Rating - 3/5

Starring - Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould and Kathryn Hahn.

After making a series of awful movies, people were uncertain when it came to M. Night Shyamalan, most of them thought that there is nothing left in him to contribute, and that helped this film a lot. Story-wise, this movie had nothing new to offer except for the little plot twist in the end. But, on a filmmaking standpoint, Shyamalan maintained that bizarre vibe in each place very well, they're a couple of jump-scares that were well shot and the comedic element in the entire movie was completely hysterical. Overall, The Visit is certainly better than I expected it to be, it was funny, scary and overall an enjoyable movie. A complete surprise!

3. James Wan's - "The Conjuring 2" | Rating - 3.5/5

Starring - Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson 

A tactful James Wan venture which was termed scarier than its prequel, Conjuring 2 was admittedly a level setter for future horror movies. Though the real story of the Enfield poltergeist is much more interesting than the movie, the film was successful in receiving positive reviews from critics and grossed over $320 million worldwide. The story revolves around a single mother raising four kids in North London who experiences the torture of Bill Wilkins who is controlled by the demonic spirit Valak. The actors including Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Madison Wolfe have performed extraordinarily and the frequent creepy scenes keep you on your toes the whole time. In simpler words, an ideal film for this Halloween.

2. David F. Sandberg's - "Lights Out" | Rating - 4/5

Starring - Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman

When was the last time you heard your heart beating super fast? This film will get on your nerves and I'm not even exaggerating. The plotline seems simple and quite ordinary on the outside but the constant jump scares and the haunting background music gets to you real easy. The film received positive reviews as well and was a box office success, grossing $148 million against a budget of $4.9 million. Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello are expressive and effective in their performances while the cinematography and music are appreciable. The Diana spirit which appears only in the dark makes each scene more thrilling and gets you gulping tensely in the first 15 minutes itself. Its better than many popular horror movies and surely is worth a watch.

1. David Robert Mitchell's - "It Follows" | Rating - 4/5

Starring - Maika Monroe

Correlating to the trend that is emerging in this contemporary era. It Follows never pursued the hackneyed route with ridiculous jump scares, indolent narration, and insipid direction. The retro narrative style was reminiscent of the 80's horror movies and the director brilliantly used the technical aspects like cinematography and background music to build up the tension in every peculiar and significant scene. Altogether, It Follows enthralled me throughout the runtime and achieved a tremendous standard in the horror movie genre. It had that eerie inexplicable vibe circled around it and is most definitely worth a watch.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap aka WW and Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Top 5 Creepy Horror Movie Facts That You Need To Know

[The following article is not for the faint of heart, it might contain specifics about death, murder and exorcism. Please proceed with caution.]

Whether you believe in paranormal or not, horror movies are always and will remain a major part of childhood and adulthood for many different reasons. Be it the excitement, fear or fun, watching these films is an experience that no one ever wants to miss. However, they're many bone-chilling facts and inspirations behind the movies that we love and I've carefully selected few best ones especially for you guys. Here we go!

1. The Exorcist is Real

Based on a novel by William Peter Blatty, the real story of The Exorcist stemmed from real-life incidents of a boy named 'Roland Doe'. In early January 1949, shortly after his beloved Aunt Harriet’s death, Ronald began to experience scratching sounds and water dripping from the floors and walls of his room. In addition to that, the most outlandish thing is that his mattress would move mysteriously. Ronald's family consulted doctors, psychiatrists, and their local Lutheran ministers which resulted in a myriad of unexplained events.

Additionally, the production of the film didn't go as planned either, a baby got injured by a motorcycle, people from the crew unfortunately died, and a baffling fire accident horrified the entire crew out of nowhere and left only Regan MacNeil’s (Linda Blair) room intact. These incidents made the team believe that the set might be cursed.

2. Ripper Behind the Scream

Daniel Harold Rolling aka 'The Gainesville Ripper' who mercilessly murdered five college students in Gainesville, Florida over four days is the inspiration behind 'Scream (1996)' directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson.

The incidents initiated in August 1990 when Daniel Harold Rolling first broke into 17-year-olds Christina Powell and Sonja Larson's apartment. Surprisingly, none of The University of Florida students or security didn’t hear Rolling enter the building. First, he found Christina Powell asleep on a couch downstairs and left her alone. He then quietly went upstairs to Sonja Larson's room, taped her mouth, held her wrists behind her back and let loose a series of violent blows with a knife.

He then went downstairs to Powell, and she sadly experienced the same violent conduct as her roommate Larson, in addition to being raped. Powell was barraged face-first onto the ground, and Rolling stabbed her five times in the back.

The next day, things took a horrific turn, when Rolling murdered an 18-year-old Christa Hoyt by cutting off her head and sat her up in bed. 23-year-olds Tracy Paules and Manuel Taboada were also destined with the same fate as Police mentioned were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The series of horrific college murders by Rolling horrified the community and later became the inspiration behind the cult-classic.

3. The Real Deal of 'The Conjuring 2'

Similar to the events in The Conjuring 2, the Hodgson family in Enfield, London were haunted by a creepy old man's spirit named Bill. Bill did, in fact, die in the recliner chair due to a brain haemorrhage. A rare disturbing video is still available on YouTube where Janet speaks with a deep voice as Bill. Additionally, inexplicable knocks on the walls, things moving and the police officer reporting that she saw a chair move opposite to her was all real. Images of Janet 'levitating' were also captured and the most interesting part is that the role the Warrens played a much smaller role in the Enfield Poltergeist case as opposed to what was shown in the film. They're simply one of the many paranormal investigators who visited the family during these horrific times.

4. Annabelle: The Notorious

In real life, the Annabelle doll is gifted by a mother to her daughter and the owners had no satanic cult relations and never ever tried to cast away the notorious doll as opposed to what we saw in the film. But, they're several reports from the owners describing that the doll moved from one room to another without any help and real blood was found on the doll's head and chest. After performing a seance, the medium detailed that the evil spirit possessing the doll belongs to Annabelle Higgins, who had died at the age of seven and her body was buried under the victim's apartment. Ed and Lorraine Warren disconfirmed the statements and affirmed that the little girl died in a motorcycle accident outside the apartment building.

Warrens also recount messages like 'Help Us' would appear on a paper with a childish handwriting around the owners' home. Warrens also claim that the evil doll also took the life of a young lad who visited their possessed Occult Museum years later and got into a mysterious motorcycle accident after taunting the doll.

5. An Absolute 'Psycho'

During the production of 1960 classic horror movie Psycho, a horrendous incident took place as one of Janet Leigh's body double was murdered on the set brutally. It was later revealed that one of the handymen working on the production slaughtered her to impress directed Alfred Hitchcock.

Sources (Thanks) - All Thats Interesting, Factinate,, Buzzfeed, TV Over Mind, Buzzfeed.

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Top 5 Horror Movies of 2017 and 2018

When it comes to Horror-Thriller movies, there is surely something fascinating that draws us to experience all the fear and thrill that they can give. From Hannibal Lector to the iconic ghost face that every kid wants to dress up as, there are all these scary films that have the ability to make this month all the more fun for you. Connecting you to our Top 5 Most Popular Ghosts of Hollywood as per tradition, behold the best horror movie playlist for this Halloween.

5. David F. Sandberg's - "Annabelle: Creation" (2017) | Starring - Stephanie Sigman and Talitha Bateman.

Being called much better than it's predecessor, Annabelle: Creation downright scared the hell out of me with its iconic eerie porcelain doll and the creepy girl Janice (Talitha Bateman). The story introduces a couple who've lost their daughter in a car accident a decade ago, open their home to provide shelter for Sister Charlotte and six girls left homeless by the closing of their orphanage. The couple holds a dark secret behind the closed doors of their daughter's room which is unleashed by one of the girls, Janice. The background music and screenplay are undoubtedly first-rate and the performances of each and every role are outstanding.  The film is the fourth installment in 'The Conjuring Universe' but not necessarily similar, because it adds so much more intensity and thrill to the plot which was not quite adequate in the previous ones. If you want to experience the spooky jitters of a well-presented horror movie or are interested in knowing Annabelle's actual origin, then this is the ideal movie to watch.

4. John Krasinski's - "A Quiet Place" (2018) | Starring - Emily Blunt and John Krasinski.

Starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in the lead roles, A Quiet Place tells us the story of a family trapped in an apocalyptic wasteland where even a tiny amount of sound, triggers monstrous creatures which as displayed in the movie are indestructible. Story, screenplay, characters, performances, background score and sound effects were the main traits that Krasinski (who also directed the film) used to make a heartwarming and an extremely terrifying film. The dialogues are pretty much non-existent and to tell an engaging story within 90 minutes, and at the same time developing the relationship between the characters is a tough task, but, Krasinski did a masterful job. Overall, this film is a complete bloodcurdling experience which shouldn't be missed.

3. Andy Muschietti's - "IT" (2017) | Starring - Bill Skarsgård and Various.

Deriving the original story from the well known Stephen King's novel, 'It' will always be one of my favourite recommendations. The story revolves around seven kids from Derry, Maine who, form a team together in order to destroy a shape-shifting demon which emerges every 27 years to prey on the town's children. While the screenplay and the cinematography are admirable, it is Bill Skarsgård's excellent portrayal of the dancing clown-Pennywise which is the real treat to watch. Actors like Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer and Finn Wolfhard have been highly remarkable in their performances as well including the musical score which is just splendid. Being the most profitable horror film as well as setting numerous records (grossing $700 million worldwide) if 'it' isnt a must watch from this list I don't know which one is.

2. Ari Aster's - "Hereditary" (2018) | Starring - Toni Collette and Alex Wolff.

Directed by Ari Aster, Hereditary stars  Toni Collette and Alex Wolff in the lead roles along with Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne as the supporting cast. Applauded and celebrated as one of the best horror movies of recent times, the unsettling atmosphere and the disturbing imagery of the film will mess with you for a long time. It's also an exquisitely shot film with top-notch performances and was directed masterfully by Aster who made use of the setting, environment, characters, background score to assemble a disconcerting vibe and ensured that it's maintained throughout the film. Hereditary was exceptional, and there's no doubt about it. A must watch for every Horror movie fan.

1. Jordan Peele's - "Get Out" (2017) | Starring - Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams.

Directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out is most definitely one of the best, if not the best movie of 2017 and accorded an Academy Award to director Peele in the Best Original Screenplay category. Credited as a Horror-Thriller or a Psychological-Thriller, this film explores a controversial yet very significant topic about the treatment of African-Americans, and it is once again Jordan Peele's impeccable screenplay which makes the movie a must watch. Every single scene was crafted with perfection, preciseness and tremendous skill as you will appreciate the movie more when seeing it for the second time. If you're one of the many few who haven't yet watched the film, do yourself a big favour and check it out immediately. Masterful filmmaking at it's best!

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap aka WW and Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses

With increasing competition and ruthless judgement from the audience on all the ladies of Bollywood, there are a few who might find social media alerts like these, helpful to up their games. Here are the Top 5 such Actresses who could use a wake up call in their careers.

5. Kriti Sanon

Now, I haven't got much to complain about Kriti Sanon except pointing out how ordinary she is. She has the considerable fame and supports to take up new types of roles but she prefers the cute and kind girl next door. The concept of "girl next door" is overrated already and the present generation expect actresses to surprise them by being more expressive as well as experimental. Kriti amongst all the competition with actresses like Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Taapsee Pannu has managed to create a notable fame for herself and its time she really makes good use of it. Adding to that her performances in 'Heropanti', 'Dilwale', 'Raabta' and '1 Nenokkadine' are okay and being called an 'okay actress' is nearly the worst thing. But since she's still young and spirited, maybe we can hope for some memorable films by her in the future.

4. Disha Patani

Still a newbie, you may be thinking that it's unfair to judge her this soon but honestly, I don't see her being successful in the future years at Bollywood at all. She is dumber than Kriti Sanon judging by her crummy and forgettable performances in 'Baaghi 2', 'Kung Fu Yoga' and 'Loafer' (Telugu). But, I also agree that she was sweet to look at in 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story'. Her smile gave her the overnight fame along with a title national crush which faded away just as quickly which brings me to point out how inexpressive she is and also that it gets really difficult to analyse the gravity of her emotions in a particular scene. (sound similar to Kristen Stewart?) But then again she has adequate attention on her to change her path and we really hope she does.

3. Kareena Kapoor Khan

Coming from a popular background, Kareena Kapoor came in prepared to slay in Bollywood. She won the Best Debut Award and till date, owns Six Filmfare Awards. But the reason she's in this list is that for her overacting. While Katrina Kaif doesn't do enough, Kareena Kapoor overdoes it. With a Sanskaari Beti constantly battling eyelashes to the crazy hyper diva, she always is either loud, jumpy or over dramatic. With the long list of her movies, she did manage to bag some good ones in between, like 'Talaash', 'Kurbaan', '3 Idiots' and 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'. I also realized that she stays stylish and groomed no matter the character she's playing. She's always the hot doctor or the gorgeous teacher. Except for four seconds in 'Jab We Met',  she has never dared to play de-glam roles which are an admired thing these days. Her performances are predictable and similar in almost all her movies which have finally brought her down to this list. 

2. Katrina Kaif

It's a very obvious choice because she is one of the worst actresses in the industry but surprisingly the most hardworking one too because everyone knows the dedication she had to learn all these dance forms and stunts while she could've paid more attention to learning Hindi and maybe taking some legit acting classes. But she wasn't all that bad in the beginning, considering some decent performances in movies like 'Meri Brother ki Dulhan', 'Rajneeti' and 'New York', but after 'Ek Tha Tiger' in 2012, which according to me was one of the most gruesome performances of hers, her success graph started descending rapidly. Her roles being very pale and annoyingly ordinary paved a way for talented actresses like Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma take over her limelight. 'Bang! Bang!', 'Baar Baar Dekho', 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', 'Dhoom 3' and the latest 'Tiger Zinda Hai' are all reflections of her dreary portrayals of trivial roles. It's high time she starts improving or she'll always remain the unskilled and dull eye candy of Bollywood.

1. Jacqueline Fernandez

When I say I've saved the best for the last, I wholeheartedly meant it. I don't have much to assert since famous critics like Rajeev Masand and Anupama Chopra have done it for me. If there is an actress who I never feel sorry for when she gets poor reviews, its Jacqueline. Her performance in her debut despite winning the Best Debut Award was slammed by critics who said "easy on the eyes, appears confident but has precious little to do" which in my opinion, applies to all her movies. Some of her other reviews so far include comments like "she's a pinprick on a balloon","she's a blathering bimbo who finds no pleasure in her role" and also "she struts around like a wound up automaton that is all decked up but has nowhere to go" which may all seem very rude but if you've watched some of her movies then you know that she's really happy and annoying most of the time. But I personally appreciate her performances in 'Brothers' as well as 'Roy' but since both of them were commercial flops, she's probably sticking to playing the over-energetic eye candy or an item dancer. Her Hollywood debut is barely known due to horrible advertising in India but right now, it's important that she doesn't repeat her past mistakes and gets smarter if she wants to survive in this fast growing industry.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap aka WW
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