5 Years of Highway – A continued high!

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Like quite a few other things, AR Rahman’s music is a soulful high of this landmark film. Maahi Ve is the song that captures the true free spirit of the film that was Highway.. seeking love, freedom, companionship and peace in its purest undiluted form…

The Best Film of Imtiaz Ali. The Best Film of Alia Bhatt. Period.

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Jaatishwar – Five years of love!

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The finest film of Srijit Mukherji

The career best performance of Prosenjit Chatterjee

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Happy Birthday Basu Chatterjee!

The world of Hindi Cinema has got a lot of its simplistic and heart felt beauty courtesy the warm and endearing cinema of Basu Chatterjee. Along side Hrishikesh Mukherjee, he made those evergreen everyday commoner stories that we could all relate to, revolving around protagonists who were so very you and me. A Chhoti si Baat, Baaton Baaton Me, Khatta Meetha or a Rajanigandha hence become any time watches for many. At the same time, there is the brilliantly adapted Ek ruka huya faisla, or Swami, or Apne Paraye, which have their own emotional and cinematic appeal. With Kamla ki Maut, a story and a style was chosen much ahead of the times. That is the versatile talent of the man, as much as we try to box him within a sugary sweet zone.

Happy 89th birthday Basu’da! The treasure chest of Hindi cinema looks far more richer for the gems you added to it.

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Deepika Padukone – The Power Woman!

As Piku, she was the perfect portrayal of the independent but imperfect young woman living life on her own terms…

As Tara, she was the shooting star in Ved’s life who anchored his dreams and his purpose of life…

As Naina, her maturity was beyond her age that rooted her love for Kabir over her need for constant validation…

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KAAGAZ KE PHOOL : Everlasting Fragrance of Withered Flowers

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There couldn’t have been a better title to Guru Dutt‘s melancholic and yet poetic masterpiece Kaagaz ke Phool! Leave the film aside, the title itself is reminiscent of the genius that was Guru Dutt. In three simple words, it exposes the fake intricacies as well as use-how-you-want-and-throw-after-that practices behind the walls of the elusive world of cinema. And at the same time it stands for the most delicate and most fragile saga of love and loss. No wonder, after six decades of its release (yes, the classic completed sixty glorious years of its being), it remains as relevant as ever. How much ever it was trampled and rejected by the audience back then (to the extent that it devastated Dutt to the core), the fragrance of those withered flowers continues to command cinematic awe and celebrate wounds of the heart in equal intensity to this date.

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Roundup 2018 : The Top 10 Hindi Films

2018 will go down as a year where variety was the name of the game. The year will be particularly remembered for a few standout trends in particular: One – it was a reboot for the horror genre towards the better, Two – A-list directors pushed the bar on not catering to the typical comfort zone of the Indian cine-goer irrespective of the genre, Three – the budgets of the mega star movies did not decide their box-office success, Four – Real life incidents & people dictated stories on screen though each one of them wasn’t necessarily honest, and Five – the year marked the beginning of serious movie content being developed exclusively for digital, something that is bound to see explosive growth in the years to come. Clearly, there were a lot of movies that contributed to these trends, and some of them appeared as top class, finding their very deserving place in the Best Hindi Films of 2018.

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Roundup 2018 : The Top 10 Leading Performances (Male) in Hindi Films

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2018 in Hindi Films was an year of tectonic shifts of sorts for its leading men. It was the year when the audience rose above the massive stardom of all the three major Khans, and only the classiest of the Khans delivered in a highly experimental world. It was the year when two of the biggest names in the current generation of actors delivered the weakest performances of their careers in two blockbusters films. But it was also the year when the new breed of actors broke new ground and continued to rise and rise in very interesting characters, and age became just a number on either side of the curve for the best performers of the year. With all this and more, it was a difficult task to pick up Best of Leading Performances by Male Actors for 2018, a category that will possibly have the widest range of personal perspectives and rightfully so. 

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Roundup 2018 : The Top 10 Leading Performances (Female) in Hindi Films

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Leading female actors of Hindi Cinema will all remember 2018 as the year where flawed, relatable and deeply layered characters, very different from the inconsequential formulaic ones that usually titillate the box office , were written and then deliciously played by them. There was a plenty of range to love and choose from for picking up the Best of Leading Performances by Female Actors for 2018

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Roundup 2018 : The Top 10 Supporting Performances in Hindi Films

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2018 in Hindi Cinema saw very interesting characters being written not just for the lead roles, but even for the supporting characters who raise the bar of the film through their sheer craft even in limited screen time. Men or women, they are at times the foundation on which the film flourishes. Here is looking at the Top 10 Supporting Performances of 2018 in Hindi films – playing some of the most memorable characters of the year and hence deserve to be celebrated in their own right!

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Roundup 2018 : The Top 10 Lyrics in Hindi Film Songs

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After having looked at the Best Playback Performances of the year, here is looking at the songs that mesmerized the most with their words and are the Songs with Best Lyrics for the year. At times poetic, at times quirky, at times a deep emotion, at times a simple thought of life – these songs weaved magic through their words and stood out with what they said and how they said it. The poets behind these songs were true magicians of words.

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