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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."


A Top 10 List by Surya Komal
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Top 15 Bollywood 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. 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!"


-A Top 15 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Why Hollywood is Better Than Bollywood?

Warning: The following article is not for the faint of heart. If you cannot take any sort of criticism directed towards your favorite actors, movies or an entire movie industry, please do not proceed, and leave the website.

Premise

We all know that Bollywood is a copying machine of Hollywood in the Subcontinent that produces a few good eggs every now and then. These good eggs are on top of a heap of movies that are poorly directed, written and acted. What’s wrong with Bollywood? You’ll have to dodge the answers that comes your way like a shower of arrows in Kurukshetra. Because anybody that are at a spitting distance from you will throw random words at you as soon as you ask this question. So, get ready to get to know the top three reasons (I feel) that are keeping Bollywood in an imaginary cage that is far behind Hollywood. And you’d be surprised to see Nepotism isn’t one of them.

#3 Shitty Stories

No surprises here. Bollywood is full of’em. When it comes to stories, Bollywood is like a scrap merchant that don’t like new stories at all. The same ‘girl falls in love with a guy’ stories are in every theater that I can’t even watch good movies in this genre because of this fucking half-assed recycling. Thugs is the largest movie produced this year! This statement should either be wrong or all the Raj's, Kapoor's and Khan's should realize that they are actually watching the world in a VR headset that feels beautiful but actually is not. Writers shaped our civilizations. We were writing stories since there was ever writing. From the guy who carved the first stone tablet, the guys who wrote the (un)Holy Books, the guy who wrote the code for this website, the guy who wrote the constitution that gives us freedom of writing. We always had the inspiration to write new things. We just gotta find it without raping every story with the idea of this superhumans that we have in our imagination as STARS.

Tummbad - Now that’s what I call a true Bollywood movie. The movie is an artform that should be taught at Kher’s academy. It has a genuinely intelligent story that doesn’t require more than a handful of cast, definitely didn’t needed any ‘once a big star’ cameo and it is an instant classic. The story of Tummbad is so captivating that you know what’s gonna happen next, still you’ll jump from your seats in excitement when it happens. The satisfying sense of ‘I told you so’ was mixed in a right dose for this movie. If you don’t think the movie isn’t that good, think again. You’re gonna regret it after 15 years when it’s gonna be a classic and your offspring talks about it. It’s our greatest flaw (as humans) that we don’t recognize greatness or lunacy even if it’s right in front of us. We let Hitler rose to the power, we are belittling Elon Musk now. That’s how we run.

#2 RIP Producers

Not actual death… more like a demise of their power or say in the movies. Disney, Yash Raj, Rama Naidu, Dil Raju… these are the successful producers who arguably has the more success to failure ratio in Indian movie Industry. Why Hollywood is better than Bollywood Disney owns the Box office. Many might (not) know that ‘Marvel Studios’ is a part of Disney. Yash Raj… the iconic producer of the last century made YRF possible. Dr. Rama Naidu built a Film Studio for the newly shifted Tollywood and produced many hits for the now legends of Tollywood. And Dil Raju is undoubtedly the best producer Tollywood has seen in the past two decades. Producer is the first guy who asks the basic question “Hmm. should this movie allowed to be made”. Not only because he has the money, but also he has the best interest of everybody that works for him. Recognizing a director’s potential is the best characteristic you can find in any good producer. Producer is the guy that gives the artists money to improve their skills while making them work. Stories, all-star cast, foreign locations, 30 vehicles destroyed in a 30 second chase, a movie can have all of these and still fail. So it’s the producer’s judgement that counts if the director can actually deliver what he has promised?? Or if the director’s just painting a dick on his forehead.

#1 Indian Audience

Where should I start???? Everything is wrong with the Indian audience. And I mean EVERY… FUCKING…. THING!

From the guys we hail, to the songs we sing. Pick anything about an average Indian audience, I can show how depraved and fucked up it is at core level. So starting with the largest reason they watch movies…. Hero. A guy hunts majestic animals for fun, publicly hits his girlfriend at a party, gets drunk and drives on footpaths (allegedly) and still he’s being Human-ely, awesomely, surprisingly called "BHAI!" by everyone. His movies are blockbuster even though most of them are straight up lifted from Tollywood or any other wood that don’t matter. What does this say about an Average Indian Audience? I really am dumbstruck to find the words (if any) at all.

Now, Songs! I understand Music has a really big part in our history. From the times when we were tribesmen and we used to sit around the fire and dance Kumbaya, till we upgraded to Dandiya or some other shit. But, songs don't have a place in a movie unless it is beautifully placed like ‘Hakuna Matata’ in ‘Lion King’. One or two? I can understand. I don’t about others, but, I certainly don’t have time to waste on how the character is feeling when hers pet dies or when his girlfriend leaves him. Finish the fucking movie already!!! I have other shit to do... I understand I might be being insensitive to a large majority. But please ask yourselves, if the actor can’t act out his feelings properly, he has to sing or dance in a weird way to express himself when anything remotely interesting happens in his very exciting “life”, is he worth his salt?

Why Hollywood is Better Than Bollywood?

And the list goes on…. elaborate fights, lengthy conversations that end up as fucking highways for a punch dialogue, angry villains, clingy moms, creepy uncles, nosy neighbor. These people should be filtered out before they it make to the silver screen. Even if they make it, it’s your duty to filter down the pissy rain they call movie releases and watch the ones that deems worthy of our time. If not, you might not have any credibility when you bitch about how Dhoom 17 movie sucks.

Conclusion

The most useless tool we have to filtering things down is prejudice. We take on the world of information everyday while shielding ourselves with prejudice. For a change, leave your prejudice at home once. The interesting new things out there might surprise you. Relate them to the genre you want. Watch foreign movies too. Movies won’t change unless the targeted audience does. So go out there and watch some new shit. You’ll see the picture more clearly. I (can’t) guarantee it!

-An Editorial by Suhel Abdulla
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Is Bollywood Changing and If So, How?

Move over melodramatic movies, it is time for a reality check now!

Over the past few decades, our nation has been through a lot; ranging from emergencies, change in the political rule, geographical changes and many more. But one thing that hasn’t changed in India is Bollywood and its unrealistic need for romance. If you notice, most of the movies in the 80s and 90s had to have a love story centre stage. The posters did justice in portraying these monotonous ideas where the lead actors and actresses are seen looking at their bleak romantic future while the angry dad or a bearded goonda is preparing to kill the hero for unfathomable reasons which only differs from one movie to other.

Maybe it is just ‘No Shave November’! for the villain.

Doesn’t the poster give away the whole storyline? We watched these cheesy movies only for the dance numbers and the dishoom-dishoom fights!? The parameters were simply swapped as and when required – “Rich girl vs poor boy”, “Rich Boy vs Poor Girl”, “College Story vs Family Drama”, “Angry Hero vs Chocolate Hero”. Although innovative themes were introduced like Dance, Music, life-threatening deadly disease there was a lack of freshness as they all had to have a love story as the main thread while other aspects of the characters would be wrapped around gingerly.

The change, however, was brought by Mr Karan Johar. With his wave of brightly coloured fashion accessories, matching sarees with background orange trees, foreign location settings, humour mixed with emotion and drama, a perfect blend of friendship and romance (Pyaar Dosti Hai?!); these movies hit the right sweet spot in our hearts and the love-dovey-ness lasted over a decade. While glamour was redefined, there is a desperate need of redefinition now and thus biopics were introduced.

Common themes like college love triangles, what happened at the border were thoroughly used in scripts and have been recurrently rewritten in the past decade, last few years have seen a major change.

One might say that it started from Sanja Leela Bhansali’s 'Devdas', the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced and played by Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead roles which had enchanting sets and luxurious mansions set in the year of 1990s. Thus followed more movies of historical figures ranging from 'Ram Leela', 'Bajirao Mastani', 'Padmaavat', 'Airlift', 'Lagaan' etc.

Biopics are a new rage. Yet there is romance brewing somewhere. The likes of ‘A Wednesday’ or ‘Dangal’ and a few others are examples where there is absolutely no romance involved. Although there have been many movies where the main theme of the movie is not focused on romance and the limelight is taken by terrorism, patriotism, a social stigma; not much can be achieved in Bollywood if you remove love story out of the equation.

Hardly a few countable numbers of movies don’t have romance as their main storyline. These days, there are braver directors and much braver actors who are ready to shed clothes at a moment’s notice; who don’t resort to tried and tested scripts but choose from controversial taboo topics like those from movies 'Vicky Donor', 'Pad Man', 'Badhaai Ho', 'Tumhari Sulu' and 'Grand Masti'. The audience too is not encouraging monotonous dramas and prefer simplistic movies with great content. Not just the directors, but commercial actors too are taking a turn to accept roles with controversial scripts and are headstrong about it on social media and support campaigns which depict their stand against social crimes.

While movies like 'Drishyam' and 'Ghajini' are remakes on South Indian movies as original and were critically acclaimed, 'Talvar' and 'Manjhi: The Mountain Man' were movies based on real-life incidents. There were a lot of horror movies from RGV earlier, the new trend is that of horror/comedy movies like 'Stree' and 'Go Goa Gone'.

Yes, Bollywood is changing; but are we ready to get over mediocrity? Only quality movies can tell.

-An Editorial by Anusha Shanbhag
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The Logic of Bollywood - Exposing the Clichés!

Bollywood has always tried to make the perfect Biryani of all times. Yes, it needs all the spices and masala, it needs strong characters like the chicken and rice obviously, it needs a lot of time to marinate all the stuff and concentrate on how to place the final touches of coriander. Although, the quality is based on the brand name and not its actual worth, mostly it goes bland and sometimes causes diarrhea. The spices used for a Bollywood movie are an overwhelming mix of emotions, drama, attempt at comedy, foreign locations and a lot of clichéd dialogues. It is sad to see the clichéd dialogues used in commercial movies as a cliché! Remember 'Ae Dil He Mushkil'? Using your own movie’s plot to do another movie and using the same dialogues and songs, come on!


To make a great movie in Bollywood, you need a Khan or a Kapoor obviously (or a nephew and niece will just do). It is only once in a decade or so that a movie without a Khan or Kapoor as the lead role or their production house makes it big. No matter how beautiful the storyline is, there needs to be a mandatory item song by a famous model turned actress and the only novelty at times they bring in, is by adding a male item song instead of a female celebrity and call it unbiased.

The spices are always too strong for India’s audience’s sensitive digestive system and are thrown in roughly at times when they are not needed, causing questionable hiccups. A Hindi cinema can flop at the box office and yet have songs running at the top of the chartbusters that way at least the actors and actresses, singers and choreographers get the limelight even if the directory and the script couldn’t; so it is a win-win situation after all.

Lately, the logic of Bollywood has moved towards making biopics of great personalities and the hardships they faced during their rise as a star. It definitely feels fresh to view commercial actors and actresses’ in non-glamorous roles, getting their hands dirty by actually working hard for their role like 'Mary Kom' and 'MS Dhoni'.

It is an old trick to make a movie with a designated target audience based on a particular culture and highlighting the most stereotypical aspect of the said culture in an attempt to woe them but alas! Mostly it gets them on the wrong side and a controversy erupts harming sensitivities and calls for the severed nose of Padmavati! Sorry 'Padmaavat'!

The controversy helps the movie gain a bigger audience and it is infamously criticized by many (that is a good PR team right there, guys!). While the research team analyses minute aspects brilliantly, like the accent, specific synonymous words and slangs, the color of the bangles and the shape of the bindi worn by the women folk, bringing together two actresses who are each other’s nemesis, the major story plot is thoroughly modified to fit in the Bolly-mould of love/action/emotion/twist *cough Bajirao cough Mastani cough*

However, the audience is not to be fooled so easily. We know when an actor is giving his best shot at acting and we know how deeply the director is involved with his team to bring out their best performances. While an amateur director can be contended with the basic acting of his actors, only a proficient director can get the maximum effort from his team of actors and actresses, making every single shot perfect. We shall keep a thorough check on Bollywood and update you if at all the logic evolves into a better version of itself.

-An Editorial by Anusha Shanbhag
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What Is Wrong With Bollywood?

Bollywood is like that middle-aged annoying lady who goes to kitty parties and often compares her lifestyle with that of other ladies in the group; prides upon the fact that she is somehow above them and appreciates the youngsters while secretly making unpopular comments and narcissist attempts at restoring her older glory. The problem with B-town is not the empty-shelled actors and actresses who are better equipped to be a model or a fashion icon but that they are hiding behind their well-established Godfather guardian trying very hard to act and the media who encourage cheap tricks played by these movie zealots who get down to the lowest levels to promote their upcoming movies which don’t last even three days at the theatres. What comes naturally to these supposedly entitled brats is pulling out tantrums, gushing over Hollywood singers or worse self-promoting themselves by involving in a high-profile scandal to grab to limelight which will bring them in front of the news-hungry paparazzi. Below are five things that is absolutely ridiculously wrong with the infamous Bollywood.

Fashion vs Acting

Agreed that there is a close connection between fashion and Bollywood. Most of the B- town beauties are chosen from Miss India, Miss World list and the likes. As their leading ladies, movie makers need actresses with long dainty legs, surgical smiles and very less acting. In fact, fluency in the Hindi language and the ability to deliver a dialogue is just too unnecessary for today’s actress because it often gets dubbed. It is an added advantage if the main lead is a Khan; any Khan will do for that matter.

Nepotism

If half the leading actors and actresses are from the modelling industry, the other half are the children or nephews and niece of yesteryear’s stars. Some have the audacity to complain that it was rather too difficult for them to take a step in to mainstream cinema while riding in daddy’s luxury cars and managing dates with the movie directors which apparently clashed with their foreign vacations. ‘Are my diamond shoes too heavy!?’

Stereotypical Garam Masala

An orphan boy, a socially awkward teenage girl, a love story between rich and poor family prodigy, bling- bling dance numbers occurring at random point of time, foreign locations for romantic songs, unnecessary melodramatic scenes and overly spiced intimate scenes; haven’t we seen it all! The climax scene ending at a railway station from the 90s has been replaced with airport meetings because there is lot of money in Bollywood, so why not!

Following a Trend

A very famous TV series which set the world record for highest viewed series has given way to epic movies in Bollywood which are following a certain trend that is a dead giveaway of the original series. Apparently, in Bollywood, there is no shame in copying the most obvious of the trend that is a sure shot way of minting money, leads to very low quality in terms of the screenplay which is imperfect even from the perfectionists. They call it inspiration. We have seen a series of historical movies come and go for a few years which hit the box office list and made millions. Aren’t the viewer’s aware from where it is copied? Come on Dude! It is not the 60s anymore.

Private vs Personal

Rather than the movies, it is the personal life of actors and actresses that are in the media now-a-days rather than the upcoming movies. All of a sudden when an actor is in for a trial for a crime that can get him jailed for a long time, there comes news of his charity work, his upcoming movies that portray him as a lover of the country, the savior of the poor, the holy man dancing in front of a powerful deity showcasing his love for another culture than his. While a famous 1-year-old is having a play date with another celebrity toddler, they are working hard to show off their baby fat so that the sidetracked parent’s career sees some limelight. While the cheap flicks, the way too unnecessary hype for a change in a haircut or a probable breakup of a young couple makes news, the highly talented actor’s movies don’t even get released because of insufficient budget and not enough permissions.

All in all, a lot of factors influence the progress of Bollywood. It is not the directors, the actors or media alone who are responsible at the low quality of movies that are getting released each year. If we have to increase the quality of movies, the stereotypical aspects have to fall apart and make way for fresh talent so that Indian cinema can flourish.

-An Editorial by Anusha Shanbhag
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