Bollywood went through a transformation in 2018. Be it the relationship status of Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Priyanka Chopra, or a few box office trends, a lot has changed. This year showered us with a number of content-rich scripts and made it clear that movies do not need a Khan to become a blockbuster. While the mid-level movies flourished, huge high-budget ventures didn’t do as well in the box office. It has been a revelation and we can only say that it all happened for good. Here’s a list of movies that impressed us thoroughly this year:
Just like its story, nobody could predict the future of this movie. It came out of nowhere and literally blew our minds. Currently on the second position of IMDB’s top ten movies of 2018 list, Andhadhun has undoubtedly become the most loved Bollywood movie of the year. Not only critically, but also commercially, it was a big success.
From a 30-crore budget to a 130-crore collection, this slice-of-life film managed to make everyone laugh and shed a few tears at the same time with its story and performances. This movie marked the second hit of Ayushmann Khurrana in the same month and another mid-level movie became a blockbuster.
A story around a female spy is a concept fairly new in Bollywood. Raazi showed a woman who did more than just fight and train to serve her country. It is one of the few movies that showed gender equality in its real form and got appreciation from critics and audiences alike. It also became the second movie ever to cross the 100-crore mark domestically with a female lead.
Revolving around an Indian folk legend where a female spirit is known to attack and abduct men, Stree redefined the genre of horror comedy. The movie, with more male characters than female ones, had a strong message about women empowerment, snuck under the extremely hilarious screenplay and story. Made on a budget of 20 crores, the film ended up collecting more than 125 crores in the box office.
A bro-mantic comedy by Luv Ranjan, this one was as fun as the Pyar Ka Punchnama series. An early release, Sony Ke Titu Ki Sweety became the first movie of the year to cross 100 crores without any A-lister star in the cast.
Rani Mukerji‘s first movie in the last four years, Hichki raked in appreciation and money worldwide without any hiccups. The movie revolved around an aspiring teacher with Tourette Syndrome and was made in a mere budget of 12 crores. The worldwide collection of Hichki is almost 240 crores.
Another film that falls into the “one-of-the-very-few” category was Veere Di Wedding. Female buddy films are not a thing for Bollywood but this one made its mark for sure. The characters of the movie introduced the audience to crass-talking, malfunctioning, and boisterous urban girls who were happy and proud of their imperfections.
This change in reception and appreciation is not restricted only to the silver screen. Filmmakers have also routed their releases to digital platforms such as Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime. Some of the movies that released online and were critically appreciated include Love Per Square Foot, Lust Stories and Rajma Chawal.
The year, for a fact, showed that we as an audience, appreciate good content over anything else and is promising for Bollywood. Here’s to hoping that the upcoming year will bring us more talented actors, writers, and filmmakers. We wish you a very happy New Year!