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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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Badhaai Ho - Honest Movie Review

[This Movie Review was first posted on Anurag's The Filmy Basti]

You know you are in for a good ride when a movie opens in a middle-class household, with a bickering mother-in-law and subtle humor over daily household chores. In ‘Badhaai Ho’, debutante director Amit Ravindernath Sharma and his writers Shantanu Srivastava, Akshat Ghildial and Jyoti Kapoor create a funny and believable canvas filled with real characters that are stuck in a supposedly embarrassing, yet hilarious situation – when the middle-aged couple of the family get pregnant!

Verdict - "A Delectable Fare!"

A young boy from a middle-class family, Nakul Kaushik (played by Ayushmann Khurrana), has a perfect life. A doting family, an understanding girlfriend and a high-flying career. His life seemingly crumbles down when he discovers his middle-aged parents (played by Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta) are expecting a child, 25 years after he was born! What ensues is hilarious ride of children feeling contempt for their parents and the society adding insult to injury. Adding to their woes is the matriarch of the family, Dadi (played by Surekha Sikri), whose taunts leave you in splits. His colleague and girlfriend, Renee (played by Sanya Malhotra) bears the brunt of this commotion and so does her elite IAS mother (played by Sheeba Chaddha).

Firstly, full points to the art director and costume designers for authentically setting up a typical middle-class household, replete with women of the neighborhood bonding over Tambola after a Satsang, crockery neatly stacked in a glass cupboard and the drawing room doubling up as the room for the granny in the house. The makers do not take time in setting up the theme and quickly get to the point, which reflects in the crisp runtime of the movie as well. Director Amit Sharma beautifully exploits his cinematographer, Sanu Varghese, to create frames that come alive on screen. The congested and tiny house becomes the vibrant epicenter of this hysterical entertainer, only because of the brilliant shots. These frames are further lifted by the witty writing by Akshat Ghildial, where humour is mostly understated. Some of the best examples of the brilliant writing are the hilarious scenes where an awkward Gajraj Rao breaks the news at home and the one where Dadi, played stupendously by Surekha Sikri, rebukes her daughter and elder daughter-in-law at a wedding. Also, it was good to see an organic progression of the story, sans major melodrama. The taboo surrounding an elderly couple conceiving a child, despite having a son of marriageable age, is normalized delicately without being over the top.

As is the case with any such content-driven movies, it is the actors who bring these character to life! Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta are perfectly cast as the embarrassed couple, never letting their characters slip into farcical shame. Ayushmann Khurrana, who has become a flagbearer of sorts for this kind of cinema, is in top form and uses his charm and comic timing in equal measures. Supporting him well in a relatively smaller part is Sanya Malhotra and her mother, Sheeba Chaddha, who provide ample support to the narrative. Surekha Sikri as Dadi, is hilarious and one of the most endearing characters for a granny written in Hindi cinema in recent times. Also, it was fun to watch all the characters speak in chaste western UP dialect, adding another dimension to their characters.

Over the last few years, content-driven stories from the small towns or inspired by the middle-class folks have fancied filmmakers in Bollywood. Badhaai Ho takes a similar route as ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ and picks a taboo topic. With a similar plot as Steve Martin’s 1995 comedy, ‘Father of the Bride 2’, Badhaai Ho uses a topic perceived as embarrassing and injects comedy in right measures, to create a delectable fare.

My Rating – 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A Perefect Weekend Pick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Anurag Rao (@The Filmy Basti!)

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