2018 Filmy Wrap-up – My list of awesomeΒ / good films of 2018…

My list of πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»Β & πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»Β among all the films I saw in 2018.

 

Hindi Films

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PadMan
Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety
Raid
October
Raazi
Parmanu
Bhavesh Joshi Superhero
Sanju
Gold
Stree
Andhadhun
Badhaai Ho
Simmba

 

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Kaalakandi
Mukkabaaz
Hichki
102 Not Out
Tumbbad
Pari (only for Anushka’s performance)
Baaghi2
Dhadak
Mulk (Only for RK’s performace)
Manmarziyaan (Only for AB’s & Taapasee’s performances)

 

English Films

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Black Panther
The Post
Ready Player One
A Quiet Place
Avengers Infinity War
Deadpool 2
Solo
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom
Ant Man & the Wasp
BlackkKlansman
A Star is Born
First Man
Bohemian Rhapsody
Aquaman

 

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Insidious The Last Key
Red Sparrow
Mission Impossible Fallout
Fahrenheit 11/9
Creed 2
Tomb Raider

 

Simmba – BLOCKBUSTER!!!

It’s really amazing how Rohit Shetty is able to make so many ‘formula’ films and yet make all of them so much fun… The secret lies in the small changes he makes in the films to keep the humour afresh, how he builds in references of the changing times we live in and how he tugs at the nostalgia strings to evoke fandom!!!

Simmba is an amalgamation of all these.

 

The number of micro-references the writers have added into Simmba from past RS films / other classic Hindi films are brilliantly hilarious. True ‘filmy’ people will get so much more from the film that those who aren’t…Β Also, the writing in Simmba has almost nothing ‘new’ but comes across as a fresh burst of action & humour!!!

Visually, the film is exactly what all Rohit Shetty films are – excellent production design, funky cinematography, loads of super slow-mo shots and a nice clean bright look. The background score is appropriately OTT and the editor has done very well to retain pace. If you had to nitpick, there are 2 aspects of the film that aren’t top notch. 1) The 2nd half could have been atleast 10-15 mins shorter and 2) the music could have been better.

Overall, Rohit Shetty has done a brilliant job AGAIN! His fandom of David Dhawan, Subhash Ghai & Manmohan Desai is even more apparent here…

Performances are excellent. Ranveer Singh is V V GOOD. The accent, the body language, the dialogue delivery, the comic timing, the action, the drama – is brilliant! He is in almost every frame of the film and carries the film squarely on his shoulders to success.

Sara Ali Khan continues to impress. While she didn’t really have any major histrionics (wasn’t really aΒ meaty role), there’s something about her that makes her look really comfortable on screen. She definitely has a x factor.

Almost everyone else is like a second lead. Among those, Ashutosh Rana and Sonu Sood stand out.

All-in-all Simmba is an excellent FUN watch!!! I will be seeing it again, for sure…

Bohemian Rhapsody – A film Freddie would have been proud of!

I was 7 when Live Aid happened. I, comfortably ensconced in my middle-class maharashtrian lifestyle, had no clue who Freddie Mercury or Queen was. The first time I heard of him was when i went from Vandre-poorva Marathi-land to SoBo-central Sydenham college. It ended up being the move from Pop to Rock. And the initiation was Queen. While their music was beyond brilliant, what was even more amazing was thatΒ an art+design graduate, an astrophysicist, a dentist & an electronics graduate had came together to form one of the greatest rock band EVER. And man, was that something!!!

Boheman Rhapsody encapsulates all those idiosyncrasies of Queen & of Freddie perfectly.

 

There’s really no point talking about the story of the film as it is the story we all know. What’s pretty fabulous is the screenplay. It gets into the eccentric mind of Freddie while not making it just about that. It speaks of the coming together & growth & ups-downs of Queen while highlighting the individual geniuses that made up the band and those around the band that helped or hurt Queen. An excellent structuring!

The production design is absolutely perfect. So is the background score & the cinematography.

Performances are what truly make the film what it is. Its amazing how well Rami Malek has got Freddie. Within 5 mins mins into the film, you forget that he’s an actor and think that you’re watching the real band at work. And that’s kudos both to his performance & to excellent casting for him & the rest of the band.

All that said, it is Rami Malek all the way. The voice, the visuals, the mannersism, the performance, the attitude is all absolutely perfect!!!

All-in-all, Bohemian Rhapsody is the film that a eccentric genius like Freddie Mercury & a band that has achieved the greatness of Queen deserves to be made on them!!!

 

Badhaai Ho – Dramedy at its BEST!!!

Its almost like the genre of dramedy was specifically created for Indian Cinema, and even more specifically for Ayushman-enacted-films-about-a-middle-class-family-from-Delhi type of cinema. And, without doubt, Badhaai Ho is an excellent example of what a good dramedy should be!

Badhaai Ho has now run for over 6 weeks, at a time when films barely last 6 days. It has outperformed Thugs and grossed over 200 Cr. You just need to see how people are both laughing their ass off and wiping their tears in the same film to know why.

Talking about the writing, it is absolutely clear that this film is very close to the writers’ & director’s personal life. It is very very difficult (almost impossible) to have so much realistic impact without the story being personally close to the makers. That said, it is an excellent piece of screen-writing as well. Hilarious & dramatic scenes wrapped in a tightly packed screenplay. EXCELLENT writing. Well done Shanatanu Srivastava, Akshat Ghildial, Jyoti Kapoor.

Visually, the film is competent. Well Shot & well produced. The songs are average but the background score is absolutely fabulous. The Sound Designer & the BG composer both deserve top marks. So does the Editor.

Overall, brilliantly directed by Amit Sharma!!! Nails it dead centre!!!

Performances are what takes the film from A to A+.

Ayushmann Khurrana is beyond fabulous, in a role that seems to be tailor-made for him. He is the king of the middle-class-north-indian boy character and plays it very convincingly and with great elan.

Sanya Malhotra is excellent & like breath of fresh air. I loved her in Dangal (more than I liked Fatima) and the love continues here as well. I see her doing great work in the future.

The real stars of the film are Surekha Sikri, Gajraj Rao & Neena Gupta. It is so so refreshing to see Neena Gupta on screen again. Gajraj Rao demonstrates how great screen acting is done, simply with a glance or a change of expression of the eyes. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Surekha Sikri reminds us why she’s a double national-award winner!

All-in-all, Badhaai Ho is an outstanding piece of work and deserves multiple viewings, both as a film & as a piece of social commentary!!!