Content is the king and the audience is the kingmaker. 2018 is the year, we should owe to those filmmakers who broke the monotony and introduced us to the content based films.
I have seen some outstanding cinema this year but I was doubtful on their box office success but audience proved me wrong by choosing content based films first. Few films are not a commercial success but they showed us some different stories.
The list includes those films who fits in some points of the criteria of a good film. Here, I pick top 10 Hindi films from 2018.
Director: Soojit Sarkar
Screenplay: Juhi Chaturvedi
Cinematography: Avik Mukhopadhyay
October is a poetic tale which shows the human emotions beautifully. This is story of Dan and Suili. It will change your way of seeing at life and love. Dan shows the unconditional love which doesn’t have the the boundaries. Shoojit Sarkar narrates the slow paced drama with picking emotions and realism. You’ll lost in this poetic love story.
October is the perfect example of the
Direction: Sri Ram Raghvan
Screenplay: Sri Ram Raghvan, Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti, Yogesh Chandekar,
Cinematography: KU Mohanan
Andhadhun is a masterpiece in thriller genre and no doubt, Sri Ram Raghvan is the professor of this genre. A brilliant Screenplay with the consistency of twists makes it most engaging and dangerous thriller.
The film keep you riveted with every scene. Tabu, Aayushmann, Radhika Apte’s brilliant acting skills keep us in the story. Andhadhun is the great execution of clever writing and strong acting. Open your ear, eyes and mind to understand the twists. The film will take you to another level of thriller.
Direction: Rahi Anil Barve
Screenplay: Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi, Adesh Prasad
Cinematography: Pankaj Kumar
Tumbaad makes a wonder with its presentation. It doesn’t fit in a specific genre. A gusty thriller with epic significance of the history fantasies a new way of storytelling. Tumbaad deserves an applaud not for the storytelling but for the cinematography which was magnificent.
The film explores you to another world with the intelligence of Cinematographer Pankaj Kumar. Tumbaad is intriguing with the class of storytelling.
Direction: Meghna Gulzaar
Screenplay: Meghna Gulzar, Bhavani Iyer
Cinematography: Jai I Patel
Raazi is the story of Sehmat who marries a Pakistan Army officer to spy for India. Alia Bhatt has driven this patriotic thriller with her compelling acting. The steady direction of Meghna Gulzar ramps up the drama till the end. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is the soul of the film which evokes the patriotism with the soulful lyrics from Gulzar.
Meghna portrays the relationship between the characters significantly without avoiding the thrill. Raazi is the winner in
Direction: Nandita Das
Screenplay: Nandita Das
Cinematography: Kartik Vijay
Manto is the story of Indo-Pak writer ‘Shahadat Hasan Manto’. Nandita Das who is also a writer, showed a beautiful and dark side of this Urdu poet. She significantly showed Manto’s life through the partition in 1947, religious tolerance through Manto’s story ‘The Cold Meat’, Manto’s life in Bombay and Lahore.
Kartik Vijay’s cinematography and Rita Ghosh’s production design makes this film more appealing and beautiful. Paresh Raval, Neeraj Kabi, Rishi Kapoor, Javed Akhtar, Tahir Raj Basin, Divya Dutta, Ranvir Shorey, and Ila Arjun are in small roles. Nandita Das succeed to show the life of the controversial writer of that era.
6. GALI GULEIYAN
Direction: Dipesh Jain
Screenplay: Dipesh Jain
Cinematography: Kai Miedendrop
Manoj Vajpayee’s Gali Guleiyan is a psychological thriller which is not everyone’s cup of tea. The story expresses the state of mind of a lonely person. He finds himself stuck between an inner and outer world. He attempts to make himself free from this trap.
This is one of the unforgettable performances of Manoj Vajpayee. You need to make some patience and story will flow in your mind. The film was appreciated in various film festivals in MAMI, Atlanta, Chicago, Melbourne etc.
Direction: Anurag Kashyap
Screenplay: Kanika Dhillon
Cinematography: Sylvester Fonseca
Kanika Dhillon penned a modern day love story with its questionable but loveable characters. The beauty of the story was the climax where the story has driven itself to a new route which makes us rewind the scenes and understand the character’s goals.
Kanika’s screenplay gives us the depth, what’s in the mind of these characters. Amit Trivedi’s music provides the breath in all scenes. This is the love story for all the ages and the long to remember.
8. BADHAI HO
Direction: Amit Ravindernath Sharma
Screenplay: Shanatanu Srivastava, Akshat Gandhi, Jyoti Kapoor,
Cinematography: Sanu Varghese
Badhai Ho, is a situational based comedy drama where a mid age couple get unexpectedly pregnant. Now the topic becomes a talking issue in society. Writers have beautifully narrated the story in a humorous way with picking social values and stereotypes in a middle class family.
The story revolves around the Kaushik family who is stuck between a narrow-minded society. Gajaraj Rao and Neena Gupta steal the show with fabulous performances. Sureka Sikri in Dadi’s role is phenomenal. Badhai Ho has the all ingredients for a family comedy-drama with quality punchlines, dialogues and full of melodrama.
Direction: Vishal Bhardwaj
Screenplay: Vishal Bhardwaj
Cinematography: Ranjan Palit
Vishal Bhardwaj presents a story of two sisters (Sanya Malhotra and Radhika Madan) who are the enemies of each other like India and Pakistan. In this gritty comedy-drama, Vishal Bharadwaj achieved to show the emotions without losing any grip. Sunil Grover and Vijay Raj were outstanding with their humorous character.
The film is well crafted and well adapted by Vishal Bhardwaj. He captured the essence of the rural Rajasthan and showed the complete drama of rural society through the humour and sarcasm.
Direction: Anurag Kashyap
Screenplay: Anurag Kashyap, Vineet Kumar Singh, Mukti Singh Srinet, KD Satyam, Ranjan Chandel, Prasoon Mishra,
Cinematography: Rajeev Ravi, Shanker Raman, Jay Patel, Jayesh Nair
Vineet Kumar Singh’s performance of his lifetime and Anurag Kashyap’s impulsive way of presenting the story of an aspiring boxer who finds himself in political circle of UP’s boxing fedaration, makes Mukkabaaz a terrific sports drama film. The film exposes India’s sports system.
The Film gives a hard punch to the sports federations in India. The dialogues and the music make a strong base for the film. It deserves an applaud for the efforts of Vineet Kumar Singh to play the role of Sharavan.
Mulk – Anubhav Sinha
Omerta – Hansal Mehta
Pari – Prosit Roy
Love Sonia – Tabrez Noorani
Laila Majnu – Sajid Ali
If you have missed out any film then watch it on digital platforms like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Zee5, Hotstar etc.