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Bollywood’s Best Movies of 2018

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As 2019 is a few hours away from us; The World of Movies takes a look at Bollywood’s Best Movies of 2018. The list is compiled by our regular contributor Pooja Mishra and me. We have included only those movies that we ourselves have watched and feel that they deserve mention in this list.

Pooja’s 5 Best Bollywood Movies of 2018 

  1. Hichki

The film helped many in India discover a new term for abnormal Hichkis, Tourette. Before watching the movie, no one would have ever wondered that mere Hichki could be that annoying and turn out to be a strange syndrome. Rani Mukerji truly justifies her role in her comeback film by spreading a necessary awareness and sharing a beautiful social message about the neurological syndrome-Tourette.

The movie may not meet all the criteria for being in the list of the top bollywood movies but it has certainly met the expectations of the viewers and hence it holds a position here in my list of Best Bollywood Movies of 2018.

2. Sanju

Rajkumar Hirani, Ranbir, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala and a new rising star of Bollywood-Vicky Kaushal, what do you think this combination of one of the most acclaimed directors and the finest actors of India can produce? I would say, nothing less than Sanju-the mega blockbuster hit of 2018. Though, like all other biopics Bollywood has made, Sanju was also deprived of some realities and facts but entertainment, acting, music and story reciprocated the missing parts perfectly. Sanju is the Highest Grossing Bollywood Movie of 2018!  

3. Robot 2.0

The super duper legendary actor of India, Rajnikant is indeed one of the reasons why Robot 2.0 has achieved an immense success, but the other factors in the film are also equally important.

The movie brings viewers’ attention towards a neglected problem of our country, which no politician has ever being heard saying about, neither the media has thrown the light on, and common people are least bothered to take any responsibility for. Using the medium of comedy and entertainment, the movie communicates a very vital social message which undoubtedly needs to be implemented.

4. Andhadhun

A surprise hit of Bollywood in 2018, the movie indeed is a big break through of the year for its lead actor Ayushmann Khurrana. On the other hand, for the movie lovers it served the perfect dish cooked with some thrill, drama and a pinch of comedy being its main ingredients. The story revolves around a pseudo blind singer, Akash (played by Ayushmann) who unfortunately happens to witness the blood-game and then survives a series of foxy conspiracies.

5. Badhai Ho

Badhai Ho, is a coming of age, low budget popcorn movie, that unexpectedly turned out to be a big hit of 2018 making Ayushmann Khurrana the Bollywood’s face of the year. Though it is a family film, it is not recommended to watch Badhai Ho with your parents or children, of course, to avoid any embarrassment. Who doesn’t enjoy a lightweight funny family drama; Badhai Ho has it all. To some it gives a good laugh, at the same time to others a nightmare. Well, whatever it is, in every sense it is a comedy worth your time.

Ayushmann Khurrana the Bollywood’s face of the year - 2018
Ayushmann Khurrana the Bollywood’s face of the year – 2018

Absar’s 5 Best Bollywood Movies of 2018

  1. Stree

For me Stree is the Bollywood’s movie of the year. The film is an excellent display of avant-garde cinema. For the first time in Hindi film industry, we have seen such a great seamless portrayal of horror and comedy intertwined. The on-screen presence of Rajkummar Rao along with the upcoming stars-Aparshakti Khurana, Abhishek Banerjee and the veteran Pankaj Tripathi is a treat for any cinephile. Shraddha Kapoor as the Stree has given her best on-screen performance till date.  The movies music and dialogues have become instant hit.

The dialogues: “O Stree Kal Ana” and “O Stree Raksha Karna” have become immortal in the industry.

The most astonishing aspect of Stree film was the rustic, antique and tranquil setting of Chanderi-a small town in Madhya Pradesh. It added a distinct charm to the movie.

2. Blackmail

A black comedy, most people failed to understand the gist of Blackmail movie. It tells that “once relationships are broken, they never mend”. The movie narrates the story of Dev Kaushal (Irrfan Khan) in a funny, often disgracing manner. Blackmail is not your regular dose of cinema, so please be cautious if you are about to watch it any soon. Also, it is a strictly “A” rated movie (in Indian society), therefore avoid watching it with parents and children.

The best element of Blackmail movie is its high-class acting by almost everyone involved in the film. For me, Arunoday Singh as Ranjit “Tommy” Arora was one of the best performances of the year in a negative role.

3. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is another typical Luv Ranjan movie. It has all that razzmatazz, mirch masala, latke jhatke and adult humor that are so inherent to Luv Ranjan’s cinema recipe. In his own words, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a saas-bahu story with a twist.

The trio of Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh is well supported by Alok Nath, who played a role opposite to his “sanskari” personality. The movie was a huge commercial success and had one of the best soundtracks of 2018.

In my view, “Tera Yaar Hoon Main” is the Song of the Year.

4. Nanu Ki Jaanu

Nanu Ki Jaanu failed to achieve its goals-to spread awareness about not using mobile phones while driving, value of wearing helmet even when you are going for a short ride, and how cow lynching has filled people’s lives (especially butcher community) with fear even when they are not doing anything wrong. However, it turned out good to watch cinema ‘in patches’.

Abhay Deol’s acting and movie’s background score were memorable. The movie was a box office flop, but I am still adding it to my list of Best Bollywood Movies of 2018 because of Abhay Deol and the noble intentions of its Director, Faraz Haider.

5. Batti Gul Meter Chalu

It was difficult for me to chose only 5 movies out so many that I have seen this year. Therefore, I had to give preference to movies that had social message in it. Batti Gul Meter Chalu is one such film that is set in Uttarakhand and takes up the common but neglected issue of inflated electricity bills in rural/small cities of India.

The movie had some great picturesque locations, soothing music and great acting by all the cast. My favorite was Shahid Kapoor, he absolutely nailed it with his witty dialogues and aggressive body language. Batti Gul Meter Chalu was not a huge commercial success but still managed to grab people and critics’ attention.

So, here was our Best Movies of 2018 that Bollywood offered us. Other than the 10 movies mentioned in the article, we would love to tell about some good movies that couldn’t make it to our list. Some notable movies of 2018 that couldn’t feature in our list are: Padman, Karwaan, Tumbbad, October, Simmba, and Gold.


Written by Pooja Mishra & Absar Ahmad

Two Explanations of Stree Movie’s Climax

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Earlier this month, I watched “Stree” movie. The film stars Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, and Aparshakti Khurana in lead roles. It is based on an urban legend of “Nale Ba”, which was so far little known to most people of our country. Here, I will make an attempt to understand the meaning of “end/climax” of Stree movie.

After a keen analysis of all the aspects of the film, I believe there can be two possible explanations of Stree movie’s climax. One, Shraddha Kapoor is not “Stree”; second, she is “Stree”. Sounds confusing, huh? Well let’s delve deeper into these explanations.

Scenario one: Shradhha Kapoor is not Stree

It seems the most likely conclusion as we clearly see that she helps Rajkummar Rao and his friends to get rid of Stree because she herself has lost someone special to the evil spirit. The reason why this may be true is the fact that she asks Rajkummar to bring some weird items (supposedly for Black Magic) and through this, she gets those supernatural powers to face the evil spirit. However, she can’t defeat the evil spirit of her own. Therefore, she decides to work as a team with Rajkummar, Aparshakti and Pankaj Tripathi to defeat and destroy the evil spirit.

We also see that at one point of time Shraddha gives dagger to Rajkummar and asks to spear it through spirit’s heart. This clearly shows that Shraddha is not Stree, otherwise why would she kill herself? Now, you must be thinking, if she wasn’t the spirit then why she disappears in the last scene after adding Stree’s chhoti to her’s? I can’t say for sure, but the reason may be that she now has the powers of the spirit and she wants to use it for some “aim” that we may get to know in the movie’s scheduled sequel announced recently by the team.

If you accept this theory, then who was the spirit that comes in the last part and leaves  Chanderi town after reading the message, “O Stree Raksha Karna”? The answer is very simple, she is the same spirit whom Shraddha and team defeated but not killed. Yes, she is alive, as a ghost, of course. She lost her powers but was not killed during that night.

 

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Two-Explanations-of-Stree-Movie-Climax

Scenario Two: Shraddha Kapoor is Stree

This theory is purely based on assumptions and some loopholes in the movie’s script. First, Stree is not a single spirit, it is a name given to such spirits. So, if we say Shraddha is Stree that doesn’t mean that she is the Stree of Chanderi town. There is a possibility that she belongs to some other village or town, but came to Chanderi to become powerful for accomplishing something that requires too  much supernatural power.

Now, let’s see why I am saying this. In the movie, Shraddha never enters any sacred place (temple); she also didn’t tell her name and instead says to Rajkummar – I will come whenever you will think of me –  this shows she isn’t human. But the most interesting thing is that she only becomes visible to everyone after doing some “black magic” in the jungle. If you notice, during first few visits she is only visible to Rajkummar. However, later everyone is able to see and talk to her, but it happens only after performing some black magic.

I strongly believe that Sharaddha did a black magic that allowed her to take human form and be visible to everyone. She also took 12 pages of the book that was written by Vijay Razz on Stree and explained how to defeat her. She studied it and found out that Rajkummar is the one who can help her to defeat and get Stree’s power. As she had no grudge against Chanderi, she didn’t bother its people.

There can be more views on Stree movie climax, and the truth will come out in the sequel. Till then, we will need to be content with these theories only!

Photos source: Shraddha Kapoor’s Official Facebook Page.

Written by: Absar Ahmad

Stree Movie Review

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Guffaw, Chortle or Scream in terror! Funny or frightened, almost pee your pants either way.

No one told Rajkummar Rao, Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee that it’s a horror movie. The trio are clever, witty and the accent of their attempt at Hinglish keeps you in splits. The friends are in awe of not just girls, they know their designers and music too. They try to be ‘Madrone’ and debunk the myth of bhoot, pret and chudails only to be dragged into it feet first, no pun!

The witch hunt is lifted from multiple plots yet keeps you hooked. Pankaj Tripathi cracks you up as the keeper of the town secrets and books. Glamorous Shraddha Kapoor looks out of place in the small town, but you can’t decide if she is the hunted or hunter and all you want at the end of the movie is to know her name. Which you will surely watch the sequel to learn.

It’s bold to make a movie on the age old beliefs of ghosts and making you laugh is just acing it. The four songs barely interrupt the story-line but after showing a sleazy item number, the burst of feminism in the second half doesn’t gel. The man hungry spirit takes away men but doesn’t harm them. You almost want to tell the ghost to go ahead and seek her revenge or guide her how to. The story weakens though and you want to know if the spirit wants love, respect, revenge or sex.

It’s so clichéd to show the spirit looking haggard, skeletons and scary..a pretty flying ghost with sparkles would have done the trick like in another movie where she rises from the past in Urban India.

The temple, historical town, cobbled streets and the ruins of Chanderi makes you want to mark it for your next holiday. Chanderi is mesmerizing!  Stree..a movie not to be missed, especially if you like to lol and be spooked too!

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab