2018 Mid Year Checkpoint – Hindi Films

2018 has been overall good for Indian cinema.. For the two industries that I primarily follow (Hindi and Bengali), there were multiple commercially successful films, and quite a few of that came from good films as well even beyond the likes of Baaghi2 or Race3. Commercial success is always important for the health of the industry, because more money would always mean better movies being made. And now there is even better opportunity for smaller films to shine with the popularity of digital channels like Netflix and Prime and successful filmmakers accepting it with open arms to launch their films directly.

Here, we take a quick pause and look at the hits and misses so far for the first half of the year. While there are many good films slated for release for the next half, there has been a lot to celebrate so far as well. Here is a quick listing of what worked and what what did not for me within the scope of Hindi films, we will leave the detailed analysis for year end reviews. This is strictly a personal take, and hence may or may not align with other point of views.

#BestFilms – Based on what I thought were the best so far:

1. OCTOBER (the best film over last many years possibly, and hence has huge lead as compared to the rest here)

2. LUST STORIES (the shorts by Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee seals it for Lust Stories)

3. MUKKABAAZ (A very realistic sports drama)

4. RAAZI (Subtle yet very Strong)

5. BIOSCOPEWALA (the only small film making a mark so far)

Special MentionsPari, Kaalakaandi, Parmanu

Disappointing Films Blackmail, Veere Di Wedding, Omerta

 

#BestDirectors

1. SHOOJIT SIRCAR (October)
2. ZOYA AKHTAR (Lust Stories)
3. DIBAKAR BANERJEE (Lust Stories)
4. ANURAG KASHYAP (Mukkabaaz)
5. MEGHNA GULZAR (Raazi)

 

#BestActors

1. VARUN DHAWAN (October)
2. VINEET KUMAR SINGH (Mukkabaaz)
3. PARAMBRATA CHATTOPADHYAY (Pari)
4. VICKY KAUSHAL (Raazi & Lust Stories)
5. SAIF ALI KHAN (Kaalakaandi)

Special Mentions Jaideep Ahlawat (Raazi & Lust Stories), Sanjay Kapoor (Lust Stories), Rajkummar Rao (Omerta), Shahid Kapoor (Padmaavat)

DisappointmentsRanveer Singh (Padmaavat), Irrfan (Blackmail)

 

#BestActresses

1. ANUSHKA SHARMA (Pari)
2. GEETANJALI RAO (October)
3. ALIA BHATT (Raazi)
4. BHUMI PEDNEKAR (Lust Stories)
5. DEEPIKA PADUKONE (Padmaavat)

Special MentionsBanita Sandhu (October), Ratna Pathak Shah (Love Per Square Foot), Geetanjali Thapa (Bioscopewala), Rani Mukerji (Hichki)

DisappointmentsRadhika Apte (Lust Stories), Swara Bhaskar (Veere Di Wedding)

 

#BestMusicAlbum

1. SHANKAR EHSAAN LOY (Raazi)

#BestBackgroundscore

1. SHANTANU MOITRA (October)
2. SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI (Padmaavat)

 

#BestSongs

1. AYE WATAN (Raazi)
2. CHAL (October)
3. TAFREEH (Bhavesh Joshi Super Hero)

Overall music has not been as good as films have been…

In the next post, we will take a similar quick look for Bengali cinema. Sometime soon.

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