2016 is over! Yaaaaaay! Now, let’s try to remember what was good about it. Here is every new Hindi releases that I saw in theaters and wrote a review of, in chronological order. And you get to vote on them! I’ll be putting up my own “Editor’s Choice” type Awards over the next week, and then at the end of the week I will post the results from this.
Okay, read this over, remember the films, go back and skim the reviews if you need to (just click the links), and then vote on these 9 things by putting your choices in the comments:
Best Movie of 2016
Your Favorite Movie of 2016
Best Movie Review/Summary on DCIB of 2016
Best Character of 2016
Best Actor of 2016 (no fair just picking your favorite star! Really think about the acting)
Worst Movie of 2016
Least Favorite Movie of 2016 (might be a movie that is objectively “good”, you just don’t like it)
Worst Actor of 2016 (again, no fair just picking your least favorite star!)
And finally, Most Middle of the Road Movie of 2016!
(I am limiting this to only Hindi films, just because those are the films I was most conscientious about seeing and reviewing this year. Don’t worry, I’ll be putting up some other posts that deal with the regional stuff)
Not the greatest film. There were a couple of moments that sparked for me, I liked the love song, I liked some scenes between Farhan and Amitabh, and I really liked the end credits song. But mostly, I was disappointed that the plot was ultimately so straight-forward, I kept waiting for one more twist. Oh, and John Abraham was awesome (this will be a recurring theme.
I really liked this movie, and I was super impressed with it. It was also the first movie, post-Dilwale and Bajirao, that inspired me to do a full detailed summary in more than two parts. I was thinking the summaries would just be one offs for the really big deal films, but Airlift convinced me that they were worth doing for a film of high quality, whether or not it was a major release.
What an incredibly bad movie! And what an incredibly popular post! But still a bad movie.
What an incredibly good movie! And not as popular a post. Fitoor gets a lot of traffic because a) no one really wanted to see the movie, they would prefer to read my summary. And b) the few who did see it had no idea what was happening and had to hunt around and find an explanation. Neither of those things is true about Neerja.
Not as good as the original, but still pretty darn good and pretty darn funny! Too bad no one but me saw it. Or read my review or summary.
I really did not like this movie. But I also thought it was extremely well made with almost uniformly excellent performances (oh Siddharth! So pretty until he opens his mouth!), and a phenomenal script. Heck, even the soundtrack was good! I just didn’t like any of the characters.
A nice unambitious action movie from a nice unambitious action star. Once again, John Abraham is awesome.
Or, as I think of it, Ki & AAAA! This Movie is Terrible! Kareena and Yo Yo Honey Singh do their best to save it, but there is really nothing that can help it recover from that terrible terrible script.
This is a brilliant brilliant movie. Possibly one of the most remarkable films I have ever seen. But it’s not a movie that it is easy to love, you know? Or even “like”. It’s the autistic-genius of movies. The Bobby Fischer of movies, if you will.
Not the really pretty good early Salman movie, the other one. The new one with Tiger Shroff and his tragic shirt allergy.
The “bad” Cricket biopic of the year. The one that makes you go “WHAT DID THEY DO TO EMRAAN’S FACE?!?!?”
The one that makes you go “Why is Nargis following me from film to film and torturing me with her bad acting and Hindi pronunciation?” And also, “Where’s John Abraham? I miss him!”
Udta Punjab came in mostly known as “the movie the censors tried to destroy”. It would have to be really special to make people forget the censorship controversy when they saw the name, and think about the film itself. And it was! It was really really good. Not quite as perfect as Neerja and Fan, but at least as good as Airlift, if not better.
Finally! A big huge crowd-pleasing blockbuster! The box office (and me) breath a sigh of relief and enjoyment. And it’s not just a blockbuster, it’s a legitimately fairly good movie. No Neerja or Udta Punjab, not even Airlift quality level. But head and shoulders about Housefull, Baaghi, Rocky Handsome, and all the other dross that had been thrown at the audience so far this year.
John Abraham! You’re Back! But, no!!!! Nargis is here too! Who will win, the best utility player or the worst? Phew, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez are there too, and they weigh the scales towards “fun sexy fluff” instead of “My ears! Why are you assaulting my ears with your Hindi!?!?”
Whatever, I liked it! I think it’s uneven, and the ending made no sense, and the budget could have been spent better (really seemed like there should have been more than a 100 people in all of Mohenjo Daro), but there were some bright shining moments. And I can appreciate the ambition of it.
This, I did not like. I didn’t hate it either. But I didn’t like it. Mostly, I was just a little angry at how unambitious it was. When your hero wears the same costume for the entire film, at a certain point that stops being “realistic” or “artistic” and becomes just plain “cheap”.
Now, this is a nice pleasant unambitious movie! Not the best, not the worst, just right. The Goldilock’s oatmeal of movies.
Why would you hire Tiger Shroff for a movie and then put him in a full body suit? You have to release his bare chest! It’s his greatest power! But, even without that, this is still a pretty fun movie. Mostly because of the character actors, Amrita Singh puts in another great “mother” role, and Kay Kay Menon puts in a great “villain”.
I thought this movie was super! Could have had better actors, could have had a more straight-forward plot, but the idea of taking a standard male action character and flipping the gender was enough to carry the whole thing. Plus, Sonakshi did a really nice job playing the kind of lonely warrior monk part. And Konkona Sen Sharma matched her with the “honest cop”.
Why do people keep giving Siddharth Malhotra dialogue? Don’t they know he is just supposed to stand there and look pretty?
I put off watching this movie for the longest time because I knew it would upset me. And it did! But in a good way, a “we should make the world a better place so these upsetting things no longer happen” kind of way.
Is this EVER going to come out on DVD in America? I desperately want to show it to my brother-in-law, so he can explain Cricket to me. He’ll be talking about Cricket, I’ll be thinking about Sushant Singh Rajput, we will both be happy.
I’m still going to buy this one on DVD whenever it comes out, even though most of the film is pretty unwatchable. Because it is just SO SO PRETTY!!!! And the main characters/plot isn’t quite the nausea inducing nightmare that Fitoor was (which was also pretty, but that wasn’t enough to make up for everything else it was).
Mountains! Mountains and Ajay Devgn and inappropriately young co-stars! Also, Bulgaria.
An actual good movie! Maybe even a great movie. Certainly the second best film Karan Johar has ever made (Not the best. K2H2 4 Life!)
Ah Shahrukh! Why do you taunt us with your eyes and your mouth and your beard and your tight shirts and loose shirts and wet shirts? Oh, and I guess the rest of the movie was good too, but who can remember?
And now Mohabettain and Befikre are in a cage-match to the death to decide which gets to be the Worst Aditya Chopra Movie of All Time. While DDLJ and Rab Ne sit on the high perches of “2 of the greatest Indian films of all time” and laugh and laugh.
Not as good as the critics are saying it is, but still pretty darn good! And continuing Aamir’s efforts to find co-stars smaller than he. (sorry, I know it’s mean, but I just cannot let an Aamir short joke pass me by)