Another Year, another list. This year was not particularly good for cinema as such. Evidence being that a few films in this list may not have made it to the list in some of the previous years. In terms of numbers, it was incredibly difficult to find ten films which really were worthy of the list. However, there are some films in the list which are immensely powerful and signify a welcome change in Bollywood. So there is a silver lining after all. The year clearly belonged to biopics marking a beginning of a trend which is surely not to die down anytime soon. It was also a good year for women in cinema with strong characters written for them and many of them performing well at the box office as well. All in all 2016 has been an above average year with some really interesting work happening.
THE LIST NOT IN ANY ORDER.
Akshay Kumar continues his golden run. The film told an exemplary real life adventure. Amazing performances and stellar content made it a must watch. Patriotism done without preachiness.
It is a shame that this Hansal Mehta film did not get enough prominence as it is one of the finest film of the year. A real life story of a college professor and his struggle against a terribly homophobic state. Along with jolting your very core, it also delectably explores love and relationships. Manoj Bajpai gives one of the year’s finest performance as the professor and Rajkumar Rao provides able support. A beautiful film.
3. Kapoor and Sons
Hands down, one of the best Bollywood dramas to have come out of Bollywood. A complex story told with much love and care. A complete package.
4. MS Dhoni: A Untold Story
Probably, the most anticipated biopic of the year. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. Under the expert direction of Neeraj Pandey the film did full justice to the sporting sensation and was an intriguing watch. A difficult film done right.
Another biopic in the list and thankfully it was made and it was made the way it was made. The screenplay is so intense that it doesn’t give you a moment to blink. With adrenaline running high it also has a strong emotional core which makes it for a wonderful watch. A story worth knowing.
6. Udta Punjab
One of the bravest film of the year. Its hard hitting and relevant story took every one by surprise. Abhishek Chaubey’s direction coupled with pitch perfect performances by strong actors makes this film exceptional. Alia Bhatt’s scene of breaking down in front of Shahid Kapoor, for me, will always remain at the top few of the strongest moments on screen in Indian cinema. A true gem.
One of the strongest films to have been made about women safety and their rights in the country. It may become a little preachy but it has a lot of correct things to say so one does not mind. The unflinching execution makes you shudder. The performances are as perfect as the film. A film truly needed.
8. Nil Battey Sannata and Parched
Two relatively obscure films but which had so much heart that it was hard to ignore. These films feature strong women characters and talk about their everyday struggle in a convincing way. Hidden gems.
9. Raman Raghav 2.0
This is another of Anurag Kashyap’s crazy venture. It is deliciously twisted. It has the power to question your own sanity and morality. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is simply ecstatic. A wicked watch.
Another uplifting real life story convincingly translated on screen. A winning film in a respect.
Worthy Mentions: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Sultan.