The Best Bollywood Movies of 2017

Another year gone by, another milestone. Bollywood was full of color and variety in 2017, releasing some memorable movies in a variety of genre.
Here is the list of top Bollywood movies of 2017:

Tiger Zinda Hai: The film is a sequel to the 2012 Hindi film Ek Tha Tiger and the second installment of the Tiger film series. The movie is based on the 2014 abduction of Indian nurses by ISIL. The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Sajjad Delfrooz in leading roles, with Angad Bedi, Kumud Mishra, Nawab Shah, Girish Karnad and Paresh Rawal in supporting roles. This mega action thriller is co-written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

Raees is an Indian film falling somewhere in between the crime and action genres. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles. Raees was said to be based on criminal Abdul Latif’s life, though not officially. It is directed by Rahul Dholakia and produced by Gauri Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under their banners Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment. The film was released on 25 January 2017 to coincide with Republic Day weekend.

Badrinath Ki Dulhania This is another artistic romantic comedy from Bollywood. A small town couple falls in love despite the fact that they disagree on everything and have opposite opinion on everything in life. Directed by Shashank Khaitan, and produced by Karan Johar, the movie stars Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt in the lead. This is the follow-up of the Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. At the 63rd Filmfare Awards, the film received eight nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana: This is romantic drama film directed by Ratnaa Sinha. The film stars Rajkumar Rao, and Kriti Kharbanda in the lead roles. The pair meet for a proposed arranged marriage and fall in love in the process. However, on the night of their marriage, an unexpected turn of events leads to new twists and new realities of Indian society. The movie is produced by Vinod Bachchan.

Lipstick Under My Burkha: Alankrita Shrivastava’s beautiful drama explores the sexual awakenings and personal struggles of four small-town Indian women, their problems, dreams and fantasies are very relatable for a common Indian – home or abroad. The film has the right blend of humor and empathy. Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur back this solid movie with equally sound performances of their own.

Hindi Medium: This is a comedy-drama film, written by Zeenat Lakhani and directed by Saket Chaudhary. The film features Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar in the lead roles. Irrfan Khan gives another memorable performance, not that we expect anything less from this brilliant actor. The film exposes the duplicity of India’s educational system and the class divide created by English language. The movie is entertaining and has a smooth flow from beginning to end, like a true art film.

Secret Superstar: This is a beautifully done musical drama film, written and directed by Advait Chandan, and produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij, Raj Arjun, and Aamir Khan are the lead actors. This is a coming-of-age story of a teenage girl who aspires to be a singer. The movie deals with the issues of feminism and domestic violence. The film has received critical acclaim, and earned Zaira Wasim the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement.
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Best Bollywood Movies of 2015

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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-bhaijaan2
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. Continue reading “Best Bollywood Movies of 2015”

Top Bollywood films of 2014

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When in comes to Hindi movies and Indian Cinema, the tastes differ, the personal choices vary. Some like action while others prefer drama, and yet others long for serious films. Here are some of the best 2014 Bollywood movies:

Queen – Rani (the name translates to the ‘queen’) is an average girl with below-average self confidence. After her fiancé calls off their wedding, she embarks alone on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam. This comedy-drama film is beautifully directed by Vikas Bahl. The film stars Kangana Ranaut in the lead role with Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao playing supporting roles. This is a lively and a well-done movie, highly praised by the audience and the experts alike.

Happy New Year – This film is one of the most expensive films ever made in Bollywood. The action packed heist story can also be branded as a comedy film. The movie has a lovely direction by Farah Khan and is produced by Gauri Khan. The star studded cast includes Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff. It is a very entertaining film, and has rightfully clinched the most number of trophies at the 2014 Stardust Awards ceremony.

PK (Peekay) – This is a comedy film but a brave one – a full fledged satire on God and the religions. Some of the scenes include money extraction at temples, coconuts being offered in at a church… There is nothing comic about a Muslim girl’s dialogue, “Itna chota nahin ho sakta hamara khudaa, ki use hamare school jaane pe aitraaz ho.” (Our God cannot be that ‘small’ that he would object to girls attending schools). The plot begins with an alien landing on Earth but is stranded in Rajasthan when his spaceship’s remote control is stolen. The film stars Aamir Khan in the title role, with Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, and Sanjay Dutt in supporting roles. The truth delivers under the guise of comedy is always a brilliant idea, nothing so alien about that. Continue reading “Top Bollywood films of 2014”

Best Bollywood Movies of 2013

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The best Bollywood Hindi films of 2013
The tastes vary, the choices differ. When it comes to the Bollywood films, some like them spicy and action packed thrillers while others prefer sweet and romantic dramas. Some like suspense while others prefer plain old romance. The films below are some of the best standout Bollywood features from 2013.

1. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: This is a sports drama film produced and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra; the script is written by Prasoon Joshi, based on the life of Milkha Singh – an Indian national champion runner and an Olympian. The movie stars Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Pavan Malhotra, Yograj Singh, Meesha Shafi and Prakash Raj. 2014 Filmfare Awards recognized this movie with multiple awards including the Best Movie, Best Director, along with Farhan Akhtar receiving the best actor award.

2. Chennai Express: This is a romantic action comedy film directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Gauri Khan under the film production company Red Chillies Entertainment. The film features Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, along with Sathyaraj, Nikitin Dheer and Kamini Kaushal. The movie is about a man’s journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram and what happens along the way after he falls in love with the daughter of a local don. The melodious music is composed by the duo Vishal-Shekhar; the lyrics come from Amitabh Bhattacharya and Yo Yo Honey Singh.

3. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: This is a coming-of-age romantic comedy, directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in lead roles – the duo know for their on-screen chemistry. The cast includes Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki Koechlin and Kunaal Roy Kapur. Madhuri Dixit appears in an item number titled “Ghagra”. The soundtrack score is composed by Pritam, with lyrics from Amitabh Bhattacharya and Kumaar. The popular songs include ‘Dilli Wali Girlfriend’ and ‘Badtameez Dil’.

4. The Lunchbox: This artistic film is a romantic drama written and directed by Ritesh Batra. It stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles. This unexpectedly refreshing and slow-developing love-story has a touch of loneliness, highlighting complicated human relations. The story is simple and supported by brilliant acting. The film was screened at International Critics’ Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and later won the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award also known as Grand Rail d’Or. It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival as well. Continue reading “Best Bollywood Movies of 2013”

Best Bollywood movies of 2011

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The tastes vary, choices differ. When it comes to the Hindi films, some like spicy and action packed thrillers while others prefer sweet and romantic dramas. The films below may not be what you crave, it may not include your ‘all time favorite’, but these are the standout Bollywood features from 2011.

1. Ra.one: This is a very ambitious, very expensive and a very technically complex film from Bollywood. It pushes the envelope on the visual effects. This science-fiction/superhero film is well written and beautifully directed by Anubhav Sinha. The star-studded cast includes Shahrukh Khan in dual roles, Kareena Kapoor, Armaan Verma and Arjun Rampal in the lead. Amazing graphics, along with Shah Rukh Khan as the superhero make this sci-fi thriller a great success. Hollywood delivers so many sci-fi themed movies every; this is a good one from Bollywood.

2. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: This flick is a beautiful reminder that you only live once. The film features an ensemble cast of Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin, Ariadna Cabrol and Naseeruddin Shah. A story of three bachelors dealing with their friendship and romance, the well-scripted film has real-life acting all around. The scenic back-drops are very lively; the refreshing music is composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy with lyrics from Javed Akhtar.

3. Delhi Belly: In the words of ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, the movie is a “Sexy, filthy and thoroughly entertaining comedy”. The film is shot in English mostly, with very little Hindi dialogues. Directed by Abhinay Deo and produced by Aamir Khan, the movie stars Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Vir Das, Poorna Jagannathan and Shenaz Treasurywala. Rated ‘A’ for adult contents, the film highlights today’s street-smart youth in an evolving society, influenced by the global culture. Continue reading “Best Bollywood movies of 2011”

20 Best English Movies from India – The Indian English films

Best English Movies based on India or with Indian Themes

There are so many English movies that come out of India every year. Some equally beautiful movies based on Indian culture originate from other parts of the globe. Here are 20 best stand-outs:

1 Gandhi (1982): This Internationally acclaimed movie needs no introduction. The film stars Ben Kingsley as Gandhi, a brilliant actor by any measure. Amongst much recognition home and abroad, the film bagged the Academy Award for Best Picture, winning eight Academy Awards in total.

2. City of Joy (1992): The social drama is based on the life of a farmer who moves to Kolkata with his family and finds out that life is nothing but simple in the city. Patrick Swayze, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi and Art Malik lead the brilliant cast. This is one of best movies that use talents from India as well as Hollywood.

3. Monsoon Wedding (2001): Directed by Mira Nair, this is romance, comedy and drama – all together – depicting the lives of NRIs and the NRI weddings. An extravagant Punjabi wedding and the family traditions are beautifully depicted throughout this movie. Naseeruddin Shah’s acting is solid once more, and plays a father who is organizing an enormous, chaotic, and very expensive wedding that involves NRI families and joint families coming together from different parts of the world.

4. A Passage to India (1984): This classic drama is one of the most memorable English film based on the Indo-British relationship and their impacts on the day-to-day life during English Rule in India. Written and directed by David Lean, the screenplay is based on the 1924 novel by E.M. Forster. The acting, the direction and the beautifully landscaped scenes equally contribute to this masterpiece. The film has won various awards included Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. The brilliant acting comes from Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft and James Fox in the key roles. Continue reading “20 Best English Movies from India – The Indian English films”

Top 20 Bollywood movies of 70s

Top Bollywood movies of 70s (1970 to 1979):

The Bollywood in 70’s was at the peak of of its game. Everything you can relate to in a Hindi movie – acting, directing, music and exploring new boundaries – was flourishing. Some of the best Bollywood movies of all times were produced during this decade.
Choosing top 20 movies out of a span of 10 years, when every year was producing score of hit flicks, is almost impossible. The selection below tries to accommodate every genre – action, classic, artistic, popular….
So here we go:

1. Sholay (1975): This all-time-great movie needs no introduction; it is one of the biggest hits ever. It is a classic thriller of modern days, a must watch Bollywood gem. The mega cast includes Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan. Sholay is the highest grossing film of all time in Indian cinema. When first released, the movie did not win any major awards from the film critics, but it has a cult like following. At the 50th Filmfare, it received the award as the Best Film of 50 Years.

2. Bobby (1973): The movie is a brilliant combination of romance, music and social conflicts. This blockbuster is known to be a trend-setter in its own rights. Raj Kapoor introduced the genre of teenage romance with a rich-vs.-poor clash as a backdrop. Some of the romance scenes were simply too bold for its time. This popular flick was a debut film for Dimple Kapadia and the first leading role for Rishi Kapoor.

3. Pakeezah (1972): This is a legendary movie; with a larger than life appeal. Beautifully directed by Kamal Amrohi, this movie is a combination of good artistic tastes, lovely costumes, a fluid storyline, excellent settings and melodious music. The film is a story of a Lucknow tawaif (courtesan) played by actress Meena Kumari. Raaj Kumar and Ashok Kumar lead the cast. The evergreen and superb music comes from Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad. Continue reading “Top 20 Bollywood movies of 70s”

10 Best Movies with NRIs and India Abroad Theme

There are lots of movies that explore the lives of NRIs and Indians living overseas. Most of them are made in Bollywood, others overseas. There are lots of films with ‘India Abroad and NRIs’ theme. However, not all the NRIs stories of overseas are well told, well played or worth the time. Some of the best movies that actually leave a lasting impression of the life abroad include:

1. Monsoon Wedding: Directed by Mira Nair, this is romance, comedy and drama – all together – depicting the lives of NRIs and the NRI weddings. An extravagant Punjabi wedding and the family traditions are beautifully depicted throughout this movie. The touch of folk music is very refreshing. Naseeruddin Shah’s acting is solid as always, and plays a father who is organizing an enormous, chaotic, and very expensive wedding that involves NRI families coming together from different parts of the world.

2. East is East: This is a very comic and funny movie with a dark side of an NRI story based out of England. Om Puri delivers one of the best acting of a conflicted father with double standards. Married to a white woman, the father forces his kids to live the traditional and strict desi lifestyle. The children, born and grown up in UK, see themselves as British and reject their father’s rules on dress, food, religion and arranged marriage.

3. Bend it like Beckham: Starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley, the title comes from the soccer player David Beckham’s skill at scoring from free kicks by “bending” (curving) the ball past a wall of defenders. It is a beautiful depiction of a Punjabi family’s life in England. The film explores the lives of Indians abroad and how NRIs ‘bend’ the social and traditional rules to adapt to the local culture. It has a lively music, with a touch of folk genre, like ‘Rabbaa Rabbaa Meeh Barsaa’. Continue reading “10 Best Movies with NRIs and India Abroad Theme”

20 Best Bollywood movies of 90s

20 Best Bollywood movies from 1990 to 1999
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The 1990’s decade produced some the most memorable Hindi films.  It is hard to pick only a handful out of hundreds of movies of the era, but here we go! Here is a list of movies that made a splash in the 90s. The brief description includes main/lead cast, year of release and general genre of each movie.

1. Ghayal (1990): Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, this popular thriller features Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Seshadri in the lead role. It was one of the blockbusters of the year and it also won the Filmfare ‘Best movie’ award.

2. Dil (1990): This is a lovable romantic comedy; it has some of the best music of its time. Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher and Saeed Jaffrey lead the cast and a very superior acting all around.

3. Diksha (1991) Meaning ‘initiation, the Hindi film is based on a novel by famous Kannada writer U. R. Ananthamurthy. The film depicts a complicated story of a Guru and his widowed daughter; it is infused with Indian culture and local traditions. A well told story of human emotions and willpower.

4. Lamhe (1991): This is a classic Yash Chopra film. It stars Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Waheeda Rehman and Anupam Kher in the main cast. The film is critically acclaimed, with exceptionally great music. This romantic drama received the well deserved ‘Best Movie’ Filmfare award.

5. Beta (1992): The movie featured the popular pair of its time – Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor. This is a very entertaining movie with many memorable music numbers, including popular song “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga”.

6. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992): This is Mansoor Khan directed movie; he is more famous for another hit ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. Aamir Khan and Pooja Bedi star in this romantic drama. It was a blockbuster flick of its time and a winner of ‘Best movie’ Filmfare award..

7. Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke (1993) Directed by Mahesh Bhatt, the movies has a wonderful musical score by Nadeem-Shravan. Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla pair well in the lead role. This romantic film has some of the best acting from Juhi Chawla and very popular among critics and laymen alike. Continue reading “20 Best Bollywood movies of 90s”

20 Best Bollywood movies from 2000 to 2009

The top 20 Bollywood movies of last 10 years

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The taste varies; the likes, the dislikes – the opinion varies. However, there are some films we all adore.Here are some of the great Bollywood movies from 2000 to 2009.

1. Lagaan (2001): A refreshing drama, it is a well told story of modern Bollywood days. Set in the Victorian period of the British Empire, the movie is critically acclaimed all around the world. It became the selected few Hindi film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Produced by Aamir Khan, also in the lead role.

2. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham(2001): Very successful romantic and emotional drama. The cinematography, music and costumes are brilliant. A musical blockbuster, the movie is well received at home and abroad. The star-studded cast includes Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor.

3. Rang de Basanti(2006): A movie with great acting and direction. Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, Siddharth Narayan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and British actress Alice Patten is the main cast. A.R. Rahman music adds to the appeal of this light-hearted flick.

4. Devdas (2002): A love story, it is a beautiful remake of old Devdas, based on a famous short novel by the same name. Acting, direction and music are equally admirable. Devdas is one of the most expensive Bollywood films ever produced, with a reported budget of Rs 50 crores. Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Aishwarya Rai star in the leading roles.

5. Veer Zaara (2004): Directed by Yash Chopra – a refreshing acting combines with good story telling and a tasteful direction. It is set in the background of India and Pakistan conflict; the romantic film tells an unfortunate love story across the borders. . This popular movie stars Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji in the leading roles. Continue reading “20 Best Bollywood movies from 2000 to 2009”

25 Best Hollywood movies of all times!

All time greats of Hollywood
When it comes to Hollywood, there is no shortage of movies with great dramatic stories, action filled sequences, heart warming romance or vivid imagination….
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Now, to the list of all time greats… Picking just 25 out of thousands of great movies has its own flaws, its own challenge. There is no denying we all have different tastes, different likes and dislikes, different favorites as a result.

However,  these movies, not in any particular order, are some of the best of the bests:
1. Godfather
2. Godfather II
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
4. Life is Beautiful
5. The Lord of the Rings series
6. Harry Potter series
7. Pulp Fiction
8. Schindler’s List
9. Gone with the Wind
10. E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial
11. The Wizard of Oz Continue reading “25 Best Hollywood movies of all times!”

The best Bollywood movies of all times!

Bollywood Movies- The best of best!

The opinions vary, the tastes differ. When it comes to the best of Bollywood movies, it depends; It depends on who you ask and in what mood they are! There are way too many VERY good movies out there. Here are some of the best ones:
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Sholay: Sholay needs no introduction. The dialogues, the story, the cast, the acting…everything is so refreshing. The story moves at its own natural pace. Sholay is the highest grossing film of all time in Indian cinema. When first released, the movie did not win any major awards from the film critics, but it has a cult like following. At the 50th Filmfare, it received the award as the Best Film of 50 Years. The mega cast includes Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan.

Pakeezah: This is another legendary movie from the 70s; with a larger than life appeal. Beautifully directed by Kamal Amrohi, this movie is a combination of good artistic tastes, lovely costumes, a fluid storyline, excellent settings and melodious music. The film is a story of a Lucknow tawaif (courtesan) played by actress Meena Kumari. Raaj Kumar and Ashok Kumar lead the cast. The evergreen and superb music comes from Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad.

Mother India:The first Indian movie to be nominated for Oscar, this is one of the highest ranked Hindi movies in the international film festivals, and for a reason. The cast of Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and Raj Kumar delivers a brilliant acting. Superb music and an evolving storyline are the hallmarks of this classic gem.

Mera Naam Joker: Raj Kapoor spent every penny he had on this movie, and it flopped during the first release – it was just too long with run time over 5 hours. The second release, the re-edited and compressed version, ended up as one of the most successful film of all times. This comic but sad story has something for audiences of all ages. The mega cast includes Raj Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Manoj Kumar, Rishi Kapoor and Dharmendra.

Mughal-e-Azam :This is one of the most expensive Hindi movies ever made of its times. It took more than 9 years to complete this feature. The star cast is ultimate; the dance sets are unparalleled for its time. Some of the famous dance sequences of Madhubala are filmed in the Shish Mahal -The Palace of Mirrors- in Lahore Shahi Qila. Continue reading “The best Bollywood movies of all times!”