2018 is almost over and it has been a year of some really wonderful and well-crafted films in Bollywood. Let’s decode who might win big at the awards season this coming year.
Padmaavat : The Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s masterpiece, Padmaavat was a visual delight and a cinematic brilliance hands down! We wish there had been fewer cuts but what is in the past is in the past! It glorified the Rajputana community right from the start till the very end showing their ‘never say never’ attitude & the honest approach in life whether you are on the war field or not. The cinematography was world-class, the performances were top-notch and the music adds the right mix of gravitas to the film. A Sanjay Leela Bhansali masterpiece for sure!
Raazi : Directed by the genius Meghna Gulzar, Raazi was set against the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pak war and was a film which talked about emotions and patriotism rather than explosions and religions. Definitely, one of the most powerful, engaging and humane films in recent times unarguably. Meghna proves yet again after Talvar why she is a master storyteller because when a brave-heart writer and stalwart director like her makes a movie like Raazi, one will bound to be moved by it’s emotions. This will stay with you in days to come. Also, after a long time, a film has come which celebrates the real sense of patriotism refraining from religion-based & communal differences. Overall, cinema has won!
Sanju : A film made on the controversial life of Bollywood actor, Sanjay Dutt, Sanju was surely the right kind of resurrection Ranbir Kapoor needed in his career and he proved why he is that one actor who’s acting-game can hardly go wrong, Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju was definitely the best biopic made in recent times. It makes you laugh, cry, think all at the same times. A movie like Sanju comes rarely which had all it takes to become a classic right from the brilliant script, perfect casting and performances with heartfelt real-life emotions. Covering the actor’s youth, Bollywood debut, drug phase, struggles, successes, jail-tenure, relationships, comeback etc, the film had it all what we will need in a biopic. Best of luck Team Sanju!
Pad Man : A movie with a strong underlying message, Pad Man starring Akshay Kumar left an strong impact all over the nation especially men. Dealing with the very crucial yet ignored social issue of menstrual hygiene of women in India, the film tried it’s level best to deal with the problem in a mature and satirical way, Pad Man scores big in terms of being the most socially relevant film in the recent past putting it in the category of films like Pink, TEPK etc. A topic which has never been made into a full-length feature film needs guts and Balki kept the movie fast-paced, hard-hitting on both the heart and the brain and made it really enjoyable & entertaining.
Andhadhun : Thrilling, humorous and intriguing, the Sriram Raghavan master-piece, Andhadhun was easily one of the best films of the year content wise. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte in pivotal roles, Andhadhun was a breath of fresh air when it comes to the thriller genre. A comedy with thrilling moments is a very rare combination is what the film provides you with. Inspired by the French short film L’Accordeur or The Piano Tuner (2010) by Olivier Treiner, Andhadhun has its own pacey narration that will keep you guessing after every twist. Some groovy music, interesting background score, on-point direction, intriguing narrative, humorous dialogues, and to top it all, some amazing performances by the actors- Andhadhun was a complete entertainment package and it might win many awards.
Badhaai Ho : The winner in this beautiful family-drama was it’s writing & the sharp direction. Badhaai Ho was a complete family film away from the usual gimmicks of modern day Bollywood films and has a beautiful underlying message which tells you that societal pressures does not mean that you should stop having a healthy romantic life despite having children of marriageable age. The film offered guaranteed entertainment from start to end and emerged a winner in 2018. Definitely a front-runner to win the Best Film trophy!