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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.

A Top 5 List by Surya Komal 
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