As we count down days to bringing in a hopefully magical 2020, I consider is mandatory to look back at some of the eye-opening, spine-chilling, gut-wrenching smashing hits that 2019 has given us! Here goes:
10. Batla House
Usually John Abraham films never really make the mark…but when you pick up an unheard unseen real life incident and combine it with great filmmaking, incredible background score, and an overall absorbing screenplay, it’s pretty much a sure-shot success!
Directed by Nikkhil Advani
9. Saand ki Aankh
Women empowerment is the need of the hour, no doubts on that! Taapsee Pannu & Bhumi Pednekar, however, take it a notch higher with their tagline “tan buddha hota hai, mann buddha nahi hota!” as they left us floored by introducing us to the lives of and motivating us to push our boundaries like never before! Hats off to these #Womaniya
Directed by Tushar Hiranandani
8. Judgemental Hai Kya
A mind-numbing thriller starring veteran actors Rajkummar Rao & Kangana Ranaut, encompassing exceptional cinematography and a dark, trippy storyline…sounds like quite the package right? Congratulations debutant director Prakash Kovalemodi, you nailed it from the word go!
Directed by Prakash Kovalemodi
7. Mission Mangal
Patriotic superstar Akshay Kumar along with five beautiful leading ladies on an undaunting trip to Mars was enough to make our Independence day as fervent as ever! Despite following a rather formulaic plot, Mission Mangal made strategic use of tremendous actors and a heavily zealous script to pull off an eye-watering, goosebumpsy experience.
Directed by Jagan Shakti
A 200% positive vibes only type of film – the kind that utilizes genuine feel-good moments and some slightly difficult emotions in the right ratio to deliver an unquestionable entertainer! Accurately illustrated college life, impeccable humour timing and an adorable Varun Sharma, well, what more do we want guys?
Directed by Nitesh Tiwari
A neuron-stimulating murder mystery starring my perpetual girl crush Taapsee Pannu was an absolute treat to watch! Without wasting a single minute of screen time, Badla dives right into it and keeps your eyes locked right till the end credits. Making a crisp, consuming thriller is not easy and when it’s done right, it definitely deserves a spot on this list!
Directed by Sujoy Ghosh
4. Gully Boy
Zoya Akhtar strikes again & how! A hard-hitting film exploring the gullies of Indian rap was the need of the hour and boy, were we impressed! Ranveer Singh, of course, slayed as usual but Alia as Safeena has become my role model for 2020. Kyun? Kyun ki apna time aayega!
Directed by Zoya Akhtar
3. Article 15
Ayushmann Khurrana’s films almost never go wrong and somehow always land up in our top 10 hits of the year! Well, the reason this one won our hearts was not only due to Manoj Pahwa and Kumud Mishra’s brilliant performances but also because of the relatability of the issue discussed – a quality film that dared to make us realize what we’re guilty of!
Directed by Anubhav Sinha
2. Uri: The Surgical Strike
Vicky Kaushal’s sincere presence and resilience along with some greatly realistic battlefield shots made Uri the banging success that it was. Not focusing too much on execution, it was Uri’s intensity and audacity to recall the events in the most impactful way possible. Yes, the josh was definitely very high, sir!
Directed by Aditya Dhar
1. Section 375
Who on Earth ever expected lost man Akshaye Khanna to return to the big screen to hit a century?! Section 375 was one of those few powerful, excellently made movies that very sensitively and thoughtfully shed light on an emotionally traumatic issue, while hitting the spot just right!
Directed by Ajay Bahl
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