Bol­ly­wood’s un­ri­valled for 2018

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As we head into what is an­tic­i­pated to be an epic year for film in In­dia, Sha­lan­dra Bun­see­lal re­flects on the top 5 movies of 2018 that are still mak­ing waves...

1. Raazi

Megha Gulzar mas­ter­fully di­rected this grip­ping spy thriller that kept us on the edge of our seats. Sehmat, Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal re­ceived loads of ac­claim for their power-packed per­for­mances.

This in­tense thriller worked with a fe­male pro­tag­o­nist and ex­treme jin­go­ism. Over­all, a ma­ture trib­ute to an or­di­nary girl, who be­comes a wife and a spy who went on to achieve ex­tra­or­di­nary things.

Clev­erly and beau­ti­fully crafted, Raazi was high on emo­tion with a heart­warm­ing story.

2. Pad­mavaat

The grand epic fea­tured the tale of a beau­ti­ful Ra­jput queen, Rani Pad­mavaat, her hus­band Ma­har­wal Ratan and the evil sul­tan, Alauddin Khilji, who be­comes ob­sessed with the queen when he hears about her beauty.

Though dogged by con­tro­versy, Pad­mavaat was ma­jes­ti­cally cap­tured and pro­duced on a lavish scale with opulence and grandeur. The movie also pro­duced award-win­ning per­for­mances in­clud­ing Ran­veer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone as lead char­ac­ter.

With breath-tak­ing cin­e­matog­ra­phy, Pad­mavaat was a vis­ual bril­liance.

3. And­hadhun

The bril­liant Sri­ram Ragha­van added an­other crafty thriller to his im­pres­sive re­sume with this un­pre­dictable dark piece, which told the un­usual tale of a blind pi­ano player who wit­nesses a mur­der. The cat and mouse game be­tween the lead char­ac­ters was per­fectly por­trayed by Ayush­mann Khur­rana and Tabu. Well-paced with out­stand­ing di­rec­tion, And­hadun was noth­ing short of mind-blow­ing. Even the de­bat­able cli­max was per­fect.

Ayush­mann Khur­rana de­liv­ered his ca­reer best per­for­mance.

4. Bad­haai Ho

The year 2018 was an­other in­cred­i­ble and un­con­ven­tional one for Ayush­mann Khur­rana who de­liv­ered this im­pres­sive re­lease.

He played Nakul, a mid­dle class young man who has his life turned up­side down when his mother makes the star­tling an­nounce­ment she is preg­nant.

Full points for a clever story, witty di­a­logues, and show­cas­ing some rel­e­vant so­cial mes­sages. Bad­haai Ho worked for fam­ily au­di­ences with a bold yet sim­ple story.

Amaz­ing di­rec­tion which has to go down as one of the finest movies pro­duced by Bol­ly­wood.

5. Sanju

In­cred­i­bly well pre­sented with good in­ten­tions of show­cas­ing the leg­endary San­jay Dutt, the bril­liant film-maker Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani cre­ated Sanju with strong per­for­mances and pow­er­ful di­a­logues. Ran­bir Kapoor de­liv­ered a ca­reer high­light in a drama that tried to cram decades of the ac­tor in three hours.

Though Hi­rani de­liv­ered his usual magic, his glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of Dutt was a short­com­ing. The movie also had an im­pres­sive sup­port­ing cast.

MY BEST OF THE BEST

1. Best ac­tor: Ran­bir Kapoor for Sanju

2. Best ac­tress: Alia Bhatt for Raazi

3. Best di­rec­tor: Sri­ram Ragha­van for And­hadhun

4. Best sup­port­ing ac­tor: Vicky Kaushal for Sanju

5. Best sup­port­ing ac­tress: Katrina Kaif for Zero

Bun­see­lal is founder of Star At­trac­tion and the of­fi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Col­ors TV in South Africa. He is also a movie critic and pre­sen­ter of the Break­fast Show on East­wave Ra­dio. Write to him at [email protected] starat­trac­tion.co.za

PIC­TURE: IN­STA­GRAM

Re­flect­ing on the hits of 2018, the colum­nist be­lieves the stars’ per­for­mances in the men­tioned films should war­rant you keep­ing them on your watch list in 2019. Above is Ran­bir Kapoor from the film |Sanju.

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