2015 has been a great year for Bollywood films. From Imtiaz Ali’sTamasha, which gradually picked up at the box-office after splendid audience reviews to a disastrousShaandaar which turned out to be a blooper for all Vikas Bahl fans.
However, amidst all the noise that big banner films manage to create with their multi-crore marketing and promotional budgets, we sometimes unintentionally miss what real cinema looks like. These film will not necessarily have a ‘Khan’ or a superstar to back but they surely have powerful stories which are told in the manner, we as audience enjoy.
From thrillers to family drama to a court-room drama, 2015 has given us some underrated gems. Have a look. In case you missed watching, make sure you do before 2015 slips away. 🙂
Featuring Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Saran, Rajat Kapoor and Ishita Dutt in pivotal roles, this remake of a Mayalam film is stunning and perfect. A twisted and gripping tale of a man who tries to save his family, this movie belongs to Tabu and Ajay Devgn! Watch it and you can surely thank us later. 🙂
If you are looking for a film that will warm the cockles of your heart, and make you experience an extreme set of emotions that exist between life, death and everything else in between, Masaan by Neerj Ghaywan would be the most perfect watch!
Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial, Shashank Arora, Lalit Behl and Shivani Raghuvanshi will give you the best reality check about life, middle class aspirations, hypocritical Indian society in this gripping tale. Written and directed by Kanu Behl, this intra-family conflict will win your heart.
4. Manjhi the mountain man
Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte delivered one of the best performances of their career through this biographical film on Dashrat Manjhi. “Jab tak todenge nahi, tab tak chodenge nahi”, there are lot of key-takeaways from this film and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s killer dialogues is just one of them. Even though people complained the film of being ‘stretched’, you will feel like overlooking all such flaws, all thanks to Siddiqui’s screen presence.
5. Angry Indian Goddesses
No. It isn’t a ‘kitty party’ of 20’s something ‘liberated’ women. A film which touches some really important issues while being extremely sassy is a film you must not miss. The film gives out few important messages loudly. If you haven’t booked your tickets for the same, high time.
If you have always been confused and startled about the Aarushi Talwar murder case, Meghna Gulzar has a gift for you. Free of biases, distortion or forced twists, Talvar is one of the most powerful films which reflected the intricacies of Aarushi-Hemraj murder case in a honest way.
Also, if you’re Irrfan Khan’s fan, you’ll start loving him more for his performance. No one could have pulled off the character of Ashwin Kumar better than this man.
7. Dum Laga Ke Haisha
While the whole B-Town was obsessing over 0 size figure and ‘perfect looking’ leading ladies, YRF did something which pleasantly surprised everyone. When a pleasantly plum Sandhya says, “Aapne mauka hi kahaan diya, na batane ka, na jatane” ka to her husband who could never fall for her after marriage, you will know that director’s heart was at the right place.
Humor, Sanjay Mishra’s performance and everyone else ensures that you end up loving this middle class drama which is soaked in Desi Ghee and love of a “Chota Sheher”!
It’s rather sad a lot of people discovered Court only after it made news for becoming India’s official entry to the Oscars. Directed by Chaitanya Tamhane, this court-room drama challenges the legal system in a strikingly honest way. After winning laurels at several international film-festivals, it was social media and word of mouth which proved beneficial for the film. If serious drama is your sort of cinema, Court shouldn’t be given a miss.
9. Margarita with a straw
Laila, suffering from cerebral palsy is on a journey to discover her sexuality and aspirations. Laila (Kalk)’s joruney has been beautifully shown by director Shonali Bose. Apart from Kalki’s commendable performance, Revathi, who plays Kalki’s mother delivers a stellar performance too.
10. Gabbar is back!
Form Ghajini’s makers came another film where Akshay Kumar shined! A film review done by one of the dailies read, “If you enjoy films which have the good vs evil story with full on action and ‘Dhamakedaar’ dialogues, this is your film.” Get a hint already?
This revengeful drama might just be your type of film.
11. Meeruthiya Gangsters
If you’re someone who loved Gangs of Wasseypur, you can give Meeruthiya Gangsters a try for sure. A hyperlocal tale of ‘local gundas’ creating a chaos which can entertain you. If nothing else, watch it for Sanjay Mishra!
12. X: Past is present
Directed by: Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Nalan Kumaraswamy, Pratim D Gupta, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Q, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma
Starring some of the ace actors like Rajat Kapoor, Anshuman Jha, Aditi Chengappa, Bidita Bag, Gabriella Schmidt, Huma Qureshi, Neha Mahajan, Parno Mitra, Pia Bajpai, Pooja Ruparel, Radhika Apte, Richa Shukla, Rii Sen and Swara Bhaskar, the movie has 11 stories by 11 different directors.
If you’re someone who prefers a buffet rather than ala-carte, then this film is perfect for you. The film deals with twisted human psychology in a way that you’ll be hooked till the end. If you’re yet to watch it, maybe now is the time.