2021 has not been a good year for hindi films. As the year was mostly spent in waiting for unlocking of theatres, most of the content was made available to us more through the OTT platforms and less through theatrical releases. But that was not really an excuse for great content not being available to us, as in a parallel universe, Malayalam film industry was dishing out gems after gems (more on that later). Yes there were a couple of exceptional films, but for the times where there is scope to experiment with so much of different kind of content, it is a shame that not much in Hindi cinema flashed this year. So here goes a round up of what worked and what did not work for Hindi films for me this year. Will keep this to just listing of the films for this year (with a link to the individual reviews if a detailed write up was done). As always this is a very personal list, and my 10 favorite films of 2021 is based on what I could watch based on availability on public platforms (and I have not watched a lot of available films by choice too).
Here are some more mentions before we get on to the favorites.
Least Liked Films: Atrangi Re, Ray, Tribhanga, Dial 100
Missed Opportunities (Could have been but weren’t): Haseen Dillruba, Bob Biswas, Meenakshi Sudareshwar, Mimi, Rashmi Rocket
Honorable Mentions: Bombay Rose (Geetanjali Rao, Netflix), Bittu (Karishma Dubey), 1232 kms (Vinod Kapri, DisneyPlus Hotstar)
10 Favorite Films of 2021
10. Sherni | Amit V Masurkar | Amazon Prime Video
More about SHERNI : The Tigress on the Run
09. Pagglait | Umesh Bist | Netflix
08. Geeli Puchchi (Part of Ajeeb Dastaans) | Neeraj Ghaywan | Netflix
07. Sandeep aur Pinky Faraar | Dibakar Banerjee | Amazon Prime Video
06. Jamun | Gaurav Mehra | Jio Cinemas
More about JAMUN : Deliciously Warm
05. Ankahi (Part of Ajeeb Dastaans) | Kayoze Irani | Netflix
More about AJEEB DASTAANS : Ankahi Shines
04. 83 | Kabir Khan | Still in theatres
More about 83 : A Feel Good Satisfying Experience
03. Ramprasad ki Tehrvi | Seema Pahwa | Netflix
More about RAMPRASAD KI TEHRVI : Truly Heartfelt
02. Meel Patthar | Ivan Ayr | Netflix
01. Sardar Udham | Shoojit Sircar | Amazon Prime Video
More about SARDAR UDHAM : Say it like Shoojit Sircar
What were your favorite Hindi Films of the year? Do share. Next we will look at my favorite Malayalam films of the year. And we will take a detailed look at the Best Indian Films of the Year as well. So please keep following this space for more, and have a great time with movies.
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