Top Hindi Films of 2015
The 2015 year brought us a lot of Bollywood masala. The big budget films combined with big name stars dominated the big screen, but there were many outstanding movies in a variety of genres. Here are some of the memorable movies of 2015:
Bajrangi Bhaijaan: A sweet little girl with contagious smile opens this movie in the beautiful and scenic valleys of Kashmir. The touching story spans beyond the borders of India and Pakistan. The direction is brilliant; the music is true to the north India and Kashmiri settings. The dialogues are crisp, even though six years old Harshaali Malhotra says more with her eyes and smile throughout her captivating screen presence. Salman Khan plays the role of a devoted Bajrangi; he follows his heart and breaks all the religious and political boundaries in an effort to return the separated child back to her parents in Pakistan. His noble mission encounters serious hurdles all along; his innocent and naïve approach results in comic dramas, some of them predictable. Kabir Khan directs this comedy-drama; Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Kareena Kapoor feature in the supporting roles.
Piku: This is not your typical Bollywood masala movie with standard plot. It is an artistic and entertaining comedy that revolves around an aging father and his street smart cosmopolitan daughter. Amitabh Bachchan portrays a Bengali old man who speaks his mind and is overly obsessed with his non-existing health issues. The entertaining dialogues are short, sharp and mainly argumentative throughout the movie. The acting and direction has a very natural flow. Even though the characters cannot stand each other most of the times, the movie centers around love and the caring nature of average human beings. Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone are natural actors and this movie is no exception for their brilliant acting.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha: This is a beautiful family movie without a dashing muscular hero or a glamorous leading lady. Set in the 1990s in the temple town of Haridwar, the nuclear family drama is realistic and with a natural flow. The dialogues and the acting are true to the settings and the surroundings of lower-middle class lives. With little true romance, the movie is a comic yet beautiful story of ‘acquired love’ in an arranged marriage. The film portrays a complicated relation of an average young couple dealing with the daily struggles and social stigmas. Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurrana deliver outstanding performances of an odd yet caring couple.
Masaan (Fly Away Solo): This is a beautiful film with very engaging acting all around. Each character is unique, yet they all merge into a story that keeps you interested start to end. Complicated human emotions are conveyed with a superb and clear direction. Richa Chadda shines from the very beginning, as a determined single woman who out-lives the social stigma and the corrupt police. The settings of Banaras against the Ganga River are poignant yet beautiful, just like the storyline. Vicky Kaushal, Sanjay Mishra and Shweta Tripathi star as the main cast. The critically acclaimed movie has won many awards at national and international levels.
Bajirao Mastani: This is a star-studded mega production, a nicely done historical romance drama. The movie is based on the Marathi novel Raau, the story of the Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao and his second wife Mastani. The film stars Ranveer Singh (Bajirao I), Priyanka Chopra (Kashibai), and Deepika Padukone (Mastani) in the main roles. The acting is great, the direction is elaborate and the settings are ‘royal’. At times, especially in the second half, the story-line feels a bit stretched. Overall, it is a ‘well put together’ action and romantic film with beautiful direction and captivating music scores. If you are a history buff, the movie has its own flaws and ‘added fiction’ beyond historical facts, probably for the entertainment value.
Dilwale: This is another big budget movie to be released in December. The film has a widespread appeal across multiple genres. It has soulful music, full of romantic settings, well-timed action and an equal dose of drama – something for every fan of Bollywood flicks. The main cast includes Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon. Directed by Rohit Shetty, and produced by Gauri Khan, the film is breaking all kinds of records at the box office.
Baby: Baby is a fast paced espionage movie set the in back drop of Mumbai terrorist attacks, with a mission to find and eliminate the other similar threats. The film is action packed but with a very natural flow. The cat and mouse games between the good guys and the bad guys keep you on edge of the seat for almost three hours. The background music is engaging, the settings are realistic, and the story is ever evolving. This is a beautiful film; the plots are complicated yet without any confusion. Akshay Kumar delivers a gem in the lead role, along with Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher, Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon, Madhurima Tuli and Rasheed Naz as the main cast.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns: If you watched Tanu Weds Manu, then you probably want to watch this sequel too. This is a light-hearted romantic comedy carrying the story forward from the previous chapters in their lives. R. Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut, Jimmy Shergill, Deepak Dobriyal, Swara Bhaskar and Eijaz Khan star as the main cast. The music is light and goes well with movie theme.
Badlapur This movie starts with a bag, a bank robbery followed by a kidnapping gone seriously wrong. But this is not a action movie. It is a crime drama that has its own twists and turns. It revolves around the human emotions of revenge, love, lust and survival. You cannot guess the plot and the ending even if you try. The movie has natural flow, natural;l acting with unnatural outcomes. This drama/action/crime/thriller is directed by Sriram Raghavan. The movie stars Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the main role. Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam, Vinay Pathak, Divya Dutta and Radhika Apte play the supporting roles.
Margarita with a Straw: This is another critically acclaimed film that made its world premiere in 2014 including at the Toronto International Film Festival, but the film was released in 2015 in India and many other countries. A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home to study in New York and thus starts a ourney of self-discovery. You never know where you might find love and in which shape, the quirky film shows us that. Directed by Shonali Bose, it stars Kalki Koechlin in the lead role.
Other Stand-out movies worth mentioing:
Dil Dhadakne Do: Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, and Anushka Sharma as the main cast.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor in lead roles.
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