The Indian audience eagerly waited for this film. It lived beyond its expectations and emerged as one of the highest grosser of 2016. The film seeks inspiration from the life of Mahavir SinghPhogat, trained his daughters Geeta and Babita for the wrestling competitions. The girls went on to win medals for India at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. GeetaPhogatwon the gold medal (55 kg), andBabita won the silver (51 kg). Starring Aamir Khan as the protagonist, the film promotes women empowerment and their contribution in the field of sports. The film is an engaging sports saga that raises serious questions about the rights of women in our society. The performance of the whole cast received acclaim and the film opened to highly positive reviews.
This film is a masterpiece and raises the issue of mental health; a topic least talked about in our society.
Alia Bhatt plays the lead role of a newbie cinematographer who wants a big break and a perfect life. Left to live with her grandparents at an early age, she suffers from chronic mental stress and is sceptical about commitment. Soon, she meets Dr Jehangir (
Shah Rukh Khan) who thinks unconventionally and helps her become more optimistic towards life. Alia Bhatt gave her best and garnered huge critical acclaim for her performance. The film is directed and written by
Gauri Shinde who also directed the highly-acclaimed movie
The film starring R. Madhavan and debutant
Ritika Singh in lead roles was shot simultaneously in Hindi as well as Tamil by newcomer Sudha Kongara. Ritika Singh bagged the role as she is a mixed martial artist. The film showcases the life of an aspiring boxer who grew up in the slums of Chennai and her journey with her coach. The film was a huge hit and both the actor’s received rave reviews for their performances.
The film’s director is
Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. It stars
Amitabh Bachchan as a lawyer who suffers from bipolar disorder. He rescues three young girls from false accusations when they commit an unintentional crime. Starring TaapseePannu, KirtiKulhari, and Andrea Tarang as the female protagonists, the film won huge critical acclaim. Set in Modern New Delhi, the film showcases the stereotypes our society has set regarding the conduct of women, and questions them. It also highlights the controversial issue of solicitation by young women who come from North East India. Another topic highlighted is the corruption and misuse of the law by influential people like politicians. The whole cast gave good performances. At the Star Screen Awards, the film won the Best Film Award. It also owned the Best Actor, Best Dialogue, and Best Editing Awards.
Written and directed by
Raja Krishna Menon, this is a war thriller film. The main character RanjitKatyal (played by
Akshay Kumar) seeks inspiration fromMathunny Mathews, a Kuwaiti-based business, who carried out the migration of Indians in Kuwait, during the attack on Kuwait by Iraq in 1990. It stars
Nimrat Kaur opposite Akshay Kumar. The film gained an appreciation for its direction, screenplay and the performances by the lead actors. It is one of the Indian Panorama 2016.
It is a thriller film that seeks inspiration from the life of
Neerja Bhanot, who was the head purser at Pan Am Flight 73 that was hijacked by Abu Nidal’s organisation in 1986. The film features
Sonam Kapoor as Neerja with ShabanaAzmi and ShekharRavijiani in supporting roles. The film was directed by
Ram Madhvani, while SaiwynQuadras and Sanyuktha Chawla wrote the script. Kapoor received an appreciation for her performance. The film was a blockbuster.
7. Nil BatteySannata
The title of this film stands for ‘Good for Nothing.’ The film showcases the aspirations of the financially weaker sections of the society. It also puts light on the realistic relationship between a mother and her daughter. The plot centres around a single mother (played by SwaraBhaskar) who does menial jobs to make both the ends meet. As she cannot afford the tuition fees, she also enrols in the same school so that she can teach her daughter (
Ria Shukla). Her enrolment strains their relationship and confusion follows. The film received acclaim from the audience as well as critics. The performances of the lead actors garnered wide acclaim. The film will also have a Tamil remake.
It is a criminal drama film that puts light on the issue of widespread drug abuse in Punjab. Co-written and directed by
Abhishek Chaubey, the film stars Kareena Kapoor,
Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and DilijitDosanjh in lead roles. Many scenes were considered too obscene for the general audience by the Central Board of Film Certification. Ultimately, the film released with a single cut only on Bombay High Court’s order. The film contained realistic approach. The film along with its soundtrack is a critical as well as a commercial success. It received an applause for raising such a controversial issue.
9. Kapoor & Sons
This film is a family drama and depicts the relationships as they are in real life. It gives the message that no one is perfect and we ought to know how to get through the flaws. The film stars
Rishi Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Siddharth Malhotra, and Alia Bhatt. Khan gained appraisal for his portrayal of a successful writer who is a gay and Malhotra is his brother who is an aspiring writer. The film is a blockbuster. Rishi Kapoor played the role of their grandfather and won the Star Screen as well as
Stardust Awards for the Best Supporting Actor.
It is a biographical film written by Apurva Mehta and features
Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkumar Rao in the lead roles.
Hansal Mehta also directed the critically acclaimed films like Citylights and Shahid. It depicts the life of ShrinivasRamchandraSiras, the award-winning Marathi professor at Aligarh Muslim University. He was expelled from AMU due to his sexual orientation. Rao plays the role of a journalist who helps him in gaining justice. The film garnered critical acclaim and received recognition at the 20th Busan International Film Festival. Bajpayee won widespread acclaim for his breakthrough performance.