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Like every year, you must have planned a lavish Diwali get-together with your clan – exchanging gifts, playing indoor games, greeting the guests wearing the gorgeous clothes, praying during the Puja, gorging on lip-smacking food & desserts, & heading out for the latest Bollywood release!

This is primarily the plan of every Indian since the mid-’90s. With the turn of the century, the Diwali Dhamaka of Bollywood just got bigger. Baazigar, Hum Aapke Hai Koun, DDLJ, Dil To Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Veer-Zaara, Golmaal 3, Fashion, etc. all these blockbusters were Diwali releases and Biggest Hits of the year. As a nation, every one of us expects a lot from Bollywood when it comes to extended weekend offs merging with a big festival. So, did you all like Thugs of Hindostan? Are you excited to share your emotions after watching this movie? Call me a movie-pundit or movie buff, since the time Yashraj announced this movie, it was a flop in my head for reasons you would read in the following lines.

Now, here is my opinion (to which you all would agree) why the people of India didn’t accept Thugs of Hindostan:

Content Is King

Just before I started writing this pseudo-review of TOH, I read that Badhai Ho has proudly joined the 200 crore club. I hope you got what I want to prove here. Content is king – without a good story or content, you simply cannot expect people to make fool of themselves. TOH had zero content – a Khudabaksh is faithful and a Firangi is unfaithful and they had no backup story to sympathize with their current mood. I guess the writer, director, screenplay writer, Mr. Vijay Krishna Acharya was absolutely not interested to tell a story. When a movie lacks a story, why would the verdict be HIT?

Script Failed To Follow A Story

The aim of any movie is to tell a story. One, two, or even multiple characters are given a goal in movies to reach a certain destination or conclusion. Here, the biggest flaw of TOH is that the script failed to follow a certain story. Be it Khudabaksh, Firangi, Zafira, Shanichar, or Suraiyya – the script doesn’t give prominence or clarity to anyone. In various points, that’s why the audiences felt like: “Arrey bolna kya chahte ho” just like the professor of 3 Idiots!

Characters & Actors

TOH would always be remembered as the biggest mistakes of Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. When stalwarts like them can be a part of such a glorified mistake, Katrina & Fathima are minions! The character called Zafira is introduced as someone whose parents were killed by the Britishers & she is desperate to take a revenge. So, she underwent training from Khudabaksh but she is not given dialogue for a good 1 hour to the movie. Ila Arun gets to speak before she can!

Shanichar or Zeeshan Ayub is introduced as a human folly artist who can mimic sounds of anything & everything existing in Nature but he does nothing more than comic relief here in TOH – again a great actor spoilt big time! Suraiyya played by Katrina appears 4 times in TOH out of which 2 are for songs and 2 times for mouthing some non-veg lines. Somewhere in the maze of strict “non-sense”, I wondered “Arrey Katrina ayi thi naa screen pe abhi”. She simply vanishes after dancing.

Intelligence Test

Ok so, people from Britain, when ruled over India, learned the local language to help their stay in India. Now, my intelligence says when the Britishers are talking to villagers, they can speak in Hindi but why would they speak Hindi among themselves? The dialogue writer went too dramatic and gave lines like – “Sher ka shikaar karne ke liye bakri ko bandhna padhta hai”. Really! A Britisher is so fluent in Hindi that he even talks comfortably using idioms which seldom any average Indian would do!

Zafira is trained so amazingly under Khudabash that she targets to kill three or four men using her bow and arrows – hang on – her arrows were placed vertically and the men were standing horizontally! Fathima was clearly uncomfortable in this character. Raunakpur is shown somewhere in Central India – but tell me where do you get a sea in Central India? Maybe VKA & Aditya Chopra had a customized Map of India where they live.

No Masala (Spice)

Come on, we all love Masala movies at least during a big festival. TOH felt like a steamed momo made by a first-time cook who forgot to put on the stove. There were star actors to pull the crowd, money from a generous producer, technicians to create an ancient India, but “no spice” was there to cook them, no not even salt to stir-fry them.

Overuse of Aamir Khan

I felt Aamir Khan was over-used in the so-called script. He is either running away or mouthing non-stop jokes and dialogues which would bore you. Aamir Khan is an actor par excellence and his track record of making good movies is a proof of that. Take Dangal or Secret Superstar, he played character actors and made the movies memorable. It is obviously not his fault that he was overused in the movie. The audience won’t mind seeing more of him on screen, but that presence has to be for some reason – right? Here in TOH, it was all baseless.

Big Budget

I read an article that while the concept (I wonder which one!) of the movie was brought on the table, the budget that was decided was 90 crores! But while filming, the budget went up to 260 crores (170 crores extra). It would have been a lot easier to collect the money if the budget was less by some 100 crores. I am still scratching my head, where was the money spent? Surely, it is a lesson for Mr. Aditya Chopra. Next time, he must spend some 5-10 crores to get a brain replacement for Mr. Vijay Krishna Acharya before signing another 3 film deal with him.

Mr. Vijay Krishna Acharya

And finally, its time to talk about the “Man of the Hour”. He is currently “India’s Most Wanted”. Everyone is looking for him. See, guys, he has made “Tashan” and “Dhoom 3” and so I was 300% confident that he would come up with another brainless, spineless, and mindless crap. And he didn’t let me down at all. He deserves a big salute for cheating Aditya Chopra thrice & Aamir twice! And had the guts to fool Amitabh Bachchan too! His future in Bollywood hangs by a tiny thread and who knows we may see his exit soon or now! So, dear Vijay Krishna Acharya, please rest for some time or go for a vacation and come back with something worthwhile!

Thugs of Hindostan is a flop with a historical record which is hard to break. This is the highest ever opening any Hindi film ever had – 56 crores! The following day had half of it – 28 crores! In the end, I would like to ask you all, if you understood who were the Thugs of Hindostan? If anyone knows the answer, please let me know. I had a brain attack after watching TOH.

SRK – the name that has been ruling the Indian entertainment industry for the past 26 years now. His charisma is unflinching and his stardom is sky high – reaching newer heights every day. He is one of the most loved movie stars this world has ever seen. In India, before SRK, people have seen the stature of a Rajesh Khanna & Amitabh Bachchan, but the magnitude of Shah Rukh Khan’s stardom is seen hardly in a century. Nasreen Munni Kabir in his documentary, “The Inner & Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan” described him as the biggest movie star ever. His popularity can even surpass the likes of Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt put together.

In this time of growing stardom of Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, etc. the position of Shahrukh Khan is still secure (Just look at the crowd at Mannat every Sunday or on his birthday!) Because, who has that destiny to hold a record number of nominations – 226 in total, out of which he won 207 times and to be precise won 29 times for the Best Actor. The most prestigious Filmfare Award was won by him 8 times for Best Actor and he was nominated in this category for 25 times.

The Indian cine-goers have applauded Padma Shri Shah Rukh Khan mostly in his romantic avatars because no one can romanticize the idea of romance like SRK does! But personally, he doesn’t like these romantic roles much. It is those action-packed thrillers that give SRK the kick! But he became what he is today for playing those Raj/Rahul’s on-screen who magically opens his arms for the actress. His signature pose is supported by a flawless comic timing & an endearing melodrama!

Before he celebrates rather the whole nation celebrates his 53rd birthday, let’s rewind and find those characters that prove that SRK is more than just the “King of Romance”.

Chak De India
Chak De India
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Releasing the same year as Om Shanti Om, in 2007, this movie is a milestone in his career for sure. Even the SRK-haters would also agree to this point. A failed hockey player who is hell bent to build the Women’s Hockey Team in India so that his mettle is proved – is a cinephile’s delight! As Kabir Khan, SRK was at his best. What a personality we saw on screen! Kabir Khan’s eyes were always in the search of positivity. His motivational speech to his players or the last scene where he breaks down completely after the win – are two of the best moments of this great movie directed by Shimit Amin.

Dear Zindagi
Dear Zindagi
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This movie released in 2016 and Gauri Shinde is the 4th woman director who directed SRK. His role was of a psychiatrist which was like an extended cameo presence. Chak De India made him a mentor and this movie made him a therapist. As Dr. Jehangir Khan, he gives some life-altering lessons to Kaira played by Alia Bhatt. This is another Un-SRK movie where he is not given any love interest although the enchanting and mysterious personality of the psychiatrist makes the patient fall in love.

Darr
Darr
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This movie gave him a strong foothold in Bollywood. K..k…k…..k … Kiran. What a scream was that! Directed by Yash Chopra, this movie released in 1993 and had Sunny Deol as the lead actor of the movie. But guess what! SRK stole all the thunder with his negative role. His eyes were piercing like a hawk! The creepy stalker – he is simply not afraid to kill to get to the love of his life and that amazing performance still give us goosebumps. This is one of his finest performances. In an era where playing a negative role almost killed the dreams of actors, SRK played this role of Rahul Mehra and things changed!

Swadesh
Swadesh
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A never seen before Shah Rukh Khan was presented in this movie directed by Ashutosh Gowariker that released in the year 2004. This year also saw the timeless romance in Veer-Zaara. But this movie was again a path-breaking one for SRK. He played the role of a NASA Project Manager who comes to India and realizes his duties towards the nation. He completely discarded that “Star” aura with this movie and became one with the character named Mohan. The pain in his eyes seeing kids selling a glass of water for 25 paise is really commendable. He is truly bigger than that “King Of Romance”!

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
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Primarily, if you look into the story of this movie, it is a soggy story of any commoner. Someone who doesn’t look good, is not great at studies, not interested in the family business, but desperately loves a girl who doesn’t have any future plans with him! Shah Rukh Khan as Sunil won the hearts of Indian audiences with innocence and flaws. Sunil loves Anna and music but none is giving him anything crucial in life. But he doesn’t lose hope. It was one of the oldest movies of SRK that released in 1994 and the lovely performance won him his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor-Critic.

Asoka
Asoka
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Directed by Santosh Sivan, Asoka released in 2001 and saw an SRK never seen before. He played Emperor Asoka in the movie who fulfills family duties, falls in love, and then sees the atrocious Kalinga war and chooses the path of peace called Buddhism. Shah Rukh Khan walked the regal way while portraying this historical character. The long hair and intense eyes didn’t make him a Box Office winner but it is one of the finest performances of SRK sans romance!

Baazigar
Baazigar
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He says that he was able to buy “Mannat” due to this movie. This movie permanently nailed his superstardom in India. He was not totally a hero or an anti-hero in this movie. But yes, he was very much a believable actor. The role of Vicky Malhotra/Ajay Sharma couldn’t have been historic without Shah Rukh Khan. A ruthless person who throws Shilpa Shetty from a tall building is hard-hitting that scares us like hell. But this man is on a mission of taking revenge for his family. He romances the enemy’s daughter and wonderfully enough he portrays both the heartless and lovable characters with ease.

Kal Ho Naa Ho
Kal Ho Naa Ho
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In one of his interviews, he told that may be his biography or autobiography would be named “Kal Ho Naa Ho” and this is the tune or song that would be played at his funeral. Many say that this movie directed by Nikhil Advani released in 2003 is a modern-day version of Anand. SRK’s sensitive portrayal of Aman Mathur – a dying man who teaches the meaning of life to fellow neighbors is unforgettable. He made us laugh, cry, and fall in love. Although it is a romantic movie we saw other facades of SRK more in this movie.

Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman
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Again a common man story! This is a story of any small town boy or girl who is ambitious and wants to work hard to reach success. Raj Mathur, lovingly known as Raju by neighbors is from Darjeeling who comes to Mumbai to become a big engineer. In his new city he finds love and in office, his boss falls in love with him. This story is not only about romance but shows how difficult is it to lose the moral grounds and how far people go in the name of “earning some money”. Money became so important that the life of human beings seems nothing in front of that. SRK – a middle class from within portrays these confusions beautifully.

My Name Is Khan
My Name Is Khan
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This is perhaps one of the most challenging roles of SRK. He played Rizwan Khan, a survivor of Asperger’s Syndrome. SRK pulls off this character with utmost brilliance and conviction. Directed by Karan Johar this movie released in the year 2010 and dealt with real-world issues without getting too preachy. The performance of Shah Rukh Khan in this unconventional movie proves why he is more than just the “king of romance”.

Why SRK is a big hero in our country? That is perhaps a million dollar question. But probably because every average Indian person sees a part of themselves in him. He never had the charming looks of Rajesh Khanna, the baritone or height of Mr. Bachchan, or the highly built-up body like Salman Khan. He looks very average, with medium height, boisterous hair, & an ok kind of physique – this is the look of real India. A nation still described as poor, inhabited by middle-class people requires some kind of magical success story as an inspiration or hope. SRK is that dream & motivation. He injects the thought that wherever you are in whichever field you are – if you work hard and remain focused – no one can snatch away your success story!

Raising a toast to many more successful years of SRK!

Movies are the biggest source of entertainment in India. Made up of the ingredients of drama, comedy, and acting, they transport your senses to a different world filled with fantasy and imagination. Bollywood, in general, is known for making movies with the huge budget, elaborate cast, and sets larger than life. Of course, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, Bajirao Mastani, Padmavat, etc, are a few names to be clicked in your mind. But lately, some low-budget movies with the strong script, impressive characters, and top-notch acting skills have won over people’s heart. So here are 5 budget Bollywood movies that made it big on the silver screen in 2018.

Pad Man
Pad Man
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Featuring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, and Radhika Apte, the story of Pad Man is based on the real-life inspiring story of Arunachalam Muruganantham. He is a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads. The menstrual cycle is still considered taboo in India. Many women in various parts of the country suffer from several diseases. As a result of using unhygienic, dirty rags during their periods. Which is sometimes due to the lack of knowledge about the importance of hygiene during menstruation. And mainly because they cannot afford pads due to financial issues.

This movie puts light on the efforts of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who is commonly known as Pad Man. And spread awareness about menstrual hygiene in a loud and clear voice. Made with a low-budget of Rs. 20 crores, this movie gained great popularity among the audience and garnered the total box office collection of Rs. 120 crores.

Raazi
Raazi
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Raazi is based on Harinder Sikka’s 2008 novel, Calling Sehmat. It stars Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal and directed by Meghna Gulzar. It is the true story of an Indian Raw agent who was married into a Pakistani family of military officials. To spy for her country and provide information to India before the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The incredible act of Alia Bhatt won the heart of the audience. The movie emerged as one of the highest-grossing Indian films featuring a female protagonist. Made with an approximate budget of Rs. 35-40 crores, the movie managed to make the total box office collection of 194 crores.

Stree
Stree
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Stree is a comedy-horror Bollywood movie that makes people laugh out loud. While keeping them scared enough to bite their nails with curiosity. Starring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, this movie is based on the real story of a woman’s spirit. She is popularly called “Stree” who attacks men at night when they are alone at that time. And only leaves their clothes behind. A sentence “O Stree Kal Aana” is written at the entrances of the house to protect men from her wrath. The entire budget of the movie including production and marketing cost was around 24 crores. Which successfully garnered 174.5 crores on the big screen.

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
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Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a Bollywood comedy movie directed by Luv Ranjan. That stars Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh. The perfect amalgamation of Romance & Bromance, this movie is filled with several twists and turns with not even a single dull moment. Filled with several gripping scenes and witty moments, the movie will leave you in splits. You must definitely watch with your best friend. Made within the budget of 30 crores, the film managed to score a total of Rs 148.5 crores on the silver screen. It emerged as one of the commercially successful films of 2018.

Sui Dhaaga
Sui Dhaaga
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Sui Dhaaga is a social drama Bollywood film of Yash Raj Banner. It stars Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan as a young couple in rural India who start their small-scale clothing business. Without any financial and emotional support from the family. Despite several hardships and struggle, the couple sees positive results in their self-sufficient business. They receive both money and respect from their family and society. The entire movie was made within the budget of 35 crores. And it managed to make the profit of 119.9 crores on the big screen.

You should definitely watch these low-budget Bollywood movies to experience the world-class act and impressive storyline!

Netflix has been giving some major chilling options. Good movies on Netflix are not always the easiest to find. Look no further for your browsing needs, for the time being, here’s a compilation of 2018 huge buzzing movies that almost everyone has watched and enjoyed. Go ahead, take a look!

Alex Strangelove
Alex Strangelove
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Cast- Daniel Doheny, Antonia Marziale and Madeline Weinstein

The story revolves around how a high-school boy who’s planning to lose his virginity to his girlfriend. Things get complicated when he meets this handsome & charming boy who unwittingly make him go on this roller coaster ride of sexual identity. Alex dating Claire when he meets Elliot and finds him to be equally loveable. The relationship goes in awry. The struggle to explore the new and true aspect of Alex’s life can make you feel the emotion. It isn’t easy to come out of the closet after so many years and dating a girl! How he comes out and reacts to everything and handle his feelings is a must watch. This comedy gay teen drama has won quite a lot of hearts.

Sierra Burgess is a Loser
Sierra Burgess is a Loser
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Cast-Noah Centineo, Shannon Purser and Kristine Forseth

Shannon Purser has been a known face since she’s playing Ethel in Netflix’s popular Riverdale. A mistaken identity incident that leads to an unexpected romance. When a most popular-school-mean girl Veronica deliberately gives out Sierra’s phone number to our very own heartthrob Jamey. The virtual romance starts to take place. The story revolves around how Sierra falls in love with Jamey and stalls all the possible situations to face him. What happens with her self-esteem is a scenario that all the girls out there can relate to.

This teen rom-com made a buzz but for all the fail reasons. Whereas Sierra has been portrayed as a well-mannered girl, in the beginning, is seen catfishing Jamey. This one did make a buzz but is a reminder for what all the teen loves stories have been showing, which to an extent isn’t the time anymore. Let’s be honest, Noah still won our hearts 😉

Lust Stories
Lust Stories
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Cast- Kiara Advani, Vicky Kaushal, Radhika Apte, Neha Dhupia, Bhumi Pednekar, Akash Thosar, Neil Bhoopalam, Sanjay Kapoor & Manisha Koirala

This multi starrer Netflix original from India definitely made a huge buss around. The compilation of four stories by Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Anurag Kashyap goes around respective intimate encounters. The first story by Anurag Kashyap starring Netflix’s favorite Radhika Apte (Kalindi) and Akash Thosar (Tejas), where Kalindi is a college professor and Tejas is her student. They both are in a constant back-and-forth sexual relationship where Kalindi Develops feelings for Tejas and then leaves him overwhelmed by telling him how she’s married.

The Next story is by Zoya Akhtar starring Netflix Debut Bhumi Pednekar (Sudha) and Neil Bhoopalam (Ajit). Bhumi plays the maid working for Neil as he lives alone. The two are sexually involved when his parents arrive with a Rishta and Sudha is shown hurt and leaving the house as yet another day at work.

The third plot by Dibakar Banerjee that includes Manisha Koirala (Reena), Sanjay Kapoor (Salman) as her husband and Jaideep Ahlawat (Sudhir) as Sanjay’s friend. Reena and Sudhir are secretly involved in an extra-marital affair with each other. The story turns interesting when Reena decides to confront and Sudhir wants to back off because of his family.

The final plot, but the most interesting one by Karan Johar starring Kiara Advani(Megha), Vicky Kaushal(Paras) as a couple and Neha Dhupia(Rekha) as Megha’s friend. This one gets humorous when Megha finally have sex with her husband but is unsatisfied and looks for alternatives. The situation where one might go laughing and amazeballs when Megha experiences charam sukh in front of her entire family and that leads to an unfortunate divorce.

Lust stories made a huge buzz and is definitely winning hearts and laughter.

The Kissing Booth
The Kissing Booth
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Cast- Joe King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Ellardi

Based on The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles, Joey (Elle Evans) and Joel (Lee Flynn) was born on the same day has been best friends ever since. To keep the special friendship, the duo made some rules. One being #9: Relatives totally off limits! Especially Lee’s big brother Noah played by Jacob Ellardi. He’s the most handsome and Elle’s first crush. Elle and Noah hit off leaving Lee unaware of it. How Elle tries to handle her relationship and friendship is a treat to watch. The beautiful love story wraps up when Noah leaves for High School and Lee finally understands his best friend’s feelings and forgive her for breaking the rule.

Nappily Ever After
Nappily Ever After
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Cast- Sanaa Lathan, Lyriq Bent, Ricky Whittle

A young black woman(Sanaa Lathan as Violet) whose mother has always kept her dolled up that even when she wakes up right next to her fiancés(Ricky Whittle as Clint) side, she gets her make-up done before he opens up his eyes. Sounds disturbing right? Violet’s mother has never let her hair down while growing up. A soulful barber (Lyriq Bent as Will) helps her to live life to the fullest after an accident at his hair salon and makes her realize she is not living to the fullest. Will’s daughter wins a soft corner in Violet’s heart and helps her lead a life worth more than just her looks and hair. By the end of the movie you might feel as empowered as to no matter what, how you look, you might find a way to live life and make it big!

I Feel Pretty
I Feel Pretty
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Cast- Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams

The entire high-concept-body-image satire talks about a woman (Renee) played by Amy who thinks she’s not beautiful and turns out to be confident as ever and the prettiest when she hits her head at the gym on the bicycle. Wakes up with a nasty concept in her head as a schlubby character an empowering shot of self-confidence. The story is liable to be hilarious. This one absolutely made a buzz with all the young girls or all the internet influencers popular for portraying themselves as pretty as unreal fairies with all the makeup and camera stuff!

But to be honest, Amy is loved for her body image confidence. The message delivery denouement was merely belaboring. But the message was loud and clear-whatever you accomplish, you do it with self-confidence in the same body you were born with! “I feel pretty” would obviously make you feel empowered and with a hint of you should love yourself more often feeling.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
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Cast- Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Israel Broussard and Janel Parrish

High school girl Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all the boys that she ever felt passionately about and her latest letter was for her childhood friend who’s also her sister, Margot’s boyfriend, Josh. Margot and Josh break up since she’s leaving for college. Lara feels awkward hanging out with Josh. And her childhood best friend Andrew (Greg) is mean to her who’s dating Noah (Peter). Surprisingly, Lara had written a note to Peter Kavinsky as well. The story wraps up beautifully around Lara and Peter’s relationship after Peter broke up with Greg. The relationship is the most adorable love relationship one would ever come across movies. Peter has officially become a national crush, girls go woo-woos over his smile! This lovely duo gives us some major #relationshipgoals and a reason to fall in love all over again but in an old-school way.

If you’ve already watched all of the movies mentioned you must relate to a thing or two.  But if you haven’t already you’re missing out on something for sure. Do give these ones a watch. Enjoy your Netflix and Chill J

 

The world of cinema is a wide one and each and every country has a signature of its own. Our India produces the highest number of movies in the world. I am proud of the movies my country produces. There is some highly creative content that is found in our movies but due to low publicity or budget constraints, they don’t reach out to everyone. Maybe we are not technologically advanced in terms of Hollywood or in some ways we are too shy in portrayal but our movies are “no-nonsense” at all. I am saying this with conviction because I believe Bollywood is not the only benchmark to judge Indian Cinema. Over the years, I have come across many soul-stirring movies and some of them are jotted below.

Gangoobai
Gangoobai
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Whenever you see the name of NFDC on a movie poster, you must expect something beautiful! NFDC didn’t shatter its wise audience this time too. Sarita Joshi plays the role of Gangoobai who dares to dream and how long she walks to fulfill that dream forms this excellent movie. Directed by Priya Krishnaswamy, this movie released in 2013 when most of the nation is praising Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani or Chennai Express. Made on a small budget, you would find a beautiful soul in this Hindi-Marathi movie which would leave you with a satiating smile on your face. Gangoobai lives in Matheran of Maharashtra (commendable job by the cinematographer here) and works as a domestic help to some well-off families.

One day she sees a print ad of a pretty saree and simply starts dreaming to buy that saree. But how would she manage to buy a designer boutique saree? She works day and night as a coolie, house help, and even bets on a horse race to earn that money. But the path is not easy! The dream that Gangoobai had in her heart may sound very laid back or childish to some of the privileged people. But what actually is a dream to someone who has no family or belongings at all? This movie would make you ruminate that it is very easy and simple to own people and love them without expecting anything in return. This movie would also teach you that when your dream shatters, something better than that dream arrives – you just need to have a pair of eyes to witness that opportunity.

Mirch
Mirch
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This Bollywood movie released in 2010 and was directed by Vinay Shukla. It is one of those lovable anthology films where the theme is love and betrayal. Women’s sexuality and gender equality is what this film tried to project through the four short stories. It had some stellar actors like Boman Irani, Konkona Sensharma, Ila Arun, Arunoday Singh, Shahana Goswami, Tisca Chopra, Mahie Gill, Raima Sen, Rajpal Yadav, Prem Chopra, Shreyas Talpade, and etc. Unlike other movies in this list, this one is much lighter and commercial. Enjoy this well-knit stories on a relaxing weekend!

Barefoot to Goa
Barefoot to Goa
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This is not only a movie but is a nostalgic ride. It would take you back to those ethics of a joint and nuclear family. Directed by Praveen Morchhale, this Hindi movie released in 2015. It is one of those very rare crowd-funded movies. An old lady in Goa passes her day and night hoping that someday her whole family consisting of a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren would be united. She writes to them who stays in Mumbai and her daughter-in-law gleefully dumps those letters in the dustbin. The two grandchildren read these letters one day and learn that their grandma is ailing and decides to go barefoot to Goa (although not technically). It would make you yearn to revisit your grandparents, old lanes of your village, and most importantly would make you miss your childhood days when you didn’t fear any trials and tribulations at all!

The Last Lear

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I never was a fan of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan truly. But this is the movie that I watched two times back to back and I was flabbergasted by the aura of Mr. Bachchan. There are very few movies where you don’t actually know who was the master – the director or the screen actor? This movie falls in that category. At some point, the barrier between real and reel vanishes, thanks to the plot. Some hefty Bollywood names were included in this English language movie like Shefali Shah, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, and Divya Dutt along with notable actors like Jishu Sengupta and Prosenjit Chatterjee. It was released in 2008 and won 2 National Film Awards.

The master director Rituparno Ghosh beautifully presented a Shakespearean theater actor’s struggle to excel in the art of cinema acting. In the hindsight of the main plot where a film director urges a snobby theater actor to be a part of his movie, there is a powerful love story too between Shefali Shah and Mr. Bachchan. If you believe that Black or Piku was Amitabh Bachchan’s career best, you would have to reconsider after watching this movie.

Ship of Theseus
Ship of Theseus
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This offbeat Hindi film was directed by Anand Gandhi and released in 2013 and simply won the hearts of those movie-goers who are looking for something different in terms of plot execution. It had three stories that dealt with the Theseus’ paradox. The Greek philosopher Plutarch inquires whether a ship that has been restored by replacing all its parts remains the same ship – this forms the crux of the film.

The blind photographer who is marvelous at her job struggles to click a single iconic picture after her cornea transplant. A Jain monk who fought all his life to ban animal testing in the pharmaceutical industry is diagnosed with Cirrhosis and the only way out is to depend on those medicines made by the pharmaceuticals who tests on animals. A young stockbroker just got his kidney transplanted and learns about organ theft. What follows thereafter is life-changing! All these three plots would leave you with some uncomfortable questions about life!

Antaheen
Antaheen
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This is one of the perfect movies that I have ever watched. The smart direction and smarter editing make this movie a must on your list. It released in the year 2009 and was the debut movie of Radhika Apte and second movie of Pink-fame director Aniruddha Roychowdhury. It went on to win 4 prestigious National Film Awards. Shantanu Moitra composed the soul-wrenching music for free. Rahul Bose and Sharmila Tagore worked in this Bengali movie for free. Can you imagine such an impactful movie with SRK or Bhaijaan who would charge millions? No…Never! Someone correctly said that the best things in life are free.

This is a movie which would leave a hope and despair both in your heart. This is a movie that would ache your heart but still, you would want to return to it again and again. It is perhaps like the wise Chivas or Champagne which you would relish forever!

The story surges through three types of love in three generations. Sharmila Tagore’s character fell in love with an unknown voice when Telephone was new to our world. She never asked his name and still, there was an unsaid comfort in that relationship. But one day suddenly that call stopped ringing. There is no expectation or anger in this love! The estranged couple Aparna Sen and Kalyan Ray still find solace in each other who separated due to growing ego. Rahul Bose and Radhika Apte know each other virtually through a chatting app. They also know each other socially but are unaware that they are meeting the same virtual person with whom they share a strange cord of love, understanding, romance, and happiness. Watch this movie and see how unconditionally magical love can be!

Memories In March
Memories In March
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Directed by the very-talented Sanjoy Nag, this English language movie released in 2011. IMDB rates it 7.2/10 but I would personally want to mark it 9.5/10. Yes, it is that great a film. It won one National Film Award and was shown at the Pusan International Film Festival. This is a riveting story of a mother who comes to terms with her bereaved son’s hidden life. The characterization of the son is done with excellence. The character is introduced only through some letters and e-mails and you won’t feel the need of seeing the face – such is the impact of the script!

Siddharth works in an ad agency which wins an award and thus a party follows where he gets drunk too much. He meets with a fatal accident and his mom comes straight to the crematorium and later stays in the guest house where her son lived. She comes to know that her son was a homosexual and firstly she fumes at her son’s partner but later accepts him. They sob together for the loss of their most precious person in life and this intense subject is handled carefully by the director. You must not miss this brilliant movie if you are a lover of good cinema.

Ventilator
Ventilator
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Produced by Priyanka Chopra, this Marathi movie released in the year 2016 and went on to win 1 prominent Dadasaheb Phalke award and 3 National Film Awards. With an immaculate impact, this movie obliges the anger, envy, humor, hatred, sorrow, regret and uncountable human emotions. The story is about the palpable relationship between a father and a son. How family binds you together in moments of dismay is the basic message of this film. A father never leaves his child alone when he/she is young. But when the child grows up and gets entangled in other priorities of life, the father is neglected. You would smile with tears in your eyes while witnessing this movie!

Sairaat
Sairaat
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This is the first ever Marathi movie to cross the profit mark of Rs. 100 Crores. Released in the year 2016, this movie was a surprise for everyone from masses to classes, from movie maniacs to film critics. It was directed by Nagraj Manjule and he made sure that you won’t feel the need for a break (read intermission) for a good 1 and a half hours of the movie.

It is a simple love story where the boy is poor and the girl is rich. Cupid strikes and romance brews between them but in a small village of Maharashtra you simply cannot get away with just love – right? The age-old tale of power and financial status would overdrive love. The couple elopes and finds a place in Hyderabad where they learn other basics of life apart from love. Earning money and getting a roof becomes the motto of this couple who doesn’t give up. But years later when they have a child and have a proper home, revenge strikes back! The climax of the movie would leave you shattered and teary-eyed. Enjoy this classic love story!

Mugulu Nage
Mugulu Nage
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IMDB rates it 7.9/10. Released in the year 2017, this Kannada movie was directed by Yogaraj Bhat and dealt with an interesting subject. The story revolves around a guy who has some medical complication and cannot cry. So, what can make him cry and understand how does it feel to cry? Of course LOVE! The director brilliantly divides the movie into four parts to make us understand the basic human emotion which is love. One of the best things about this movie is that the leading ladies are given something meaningful. Rather than just being a commercial object like in most of the movies. You would enjoy a great time watching this movie and learn something new about crying and laughing!

These soul-stirring movies would definitely make your richer and thus don’t delay in experiencing a whole new face of Indian Cinema!

A thriller is a very well-structured story and someone with a killer attitude can only pen it down. Many of you find solace in the haunting Hollywood thrillers. But the movie directors in India have also tried their hands in this genre and made some cult classic. Primarily, our nation wants to see more of romance and that’s why every second movie is either a romantic-comedy, romantic drama, or romantic tragedy. But, really, the quality of thriller movies have improved a lot in the past two decades and here is proof of that.

Have a look at these dozens of Indian thriller movies which would make your grey cells work some more.

Kahaani
Kahaani
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As the tagline of the movie says, it was truly a “Mother of a Story”. A pregnant woman lands in Kolkata in the quest of finding her missing husband. She files a police complaint and puts everyone from the Police Department to RAW members into a muddle. Who was her husband? A terrorist in the disguise of a Software Engineer? As the plot unveils, you are surely going to be flabbergasted with the raw narrative, stupendous cinematography, and the fast-paced script. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, this movie released in the year 2012 and India is still to come up with a thriller better than this one!

Vishwaroopam
Vishwaroopam
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2013 saw a massive spy thriller movie directed by the great Kamal Hassan which was made in Tamil and Hindi languages. IMDB rates it 8.4 – quite a high score among the Indian movies. Many eminent film critics said that it is a spy thriller of international standards. The best thing about this movie is that none of the characters are what they seem and that’s what holds your attention. A woman married to a classical dancer is having an affair with her boss who has links with the terrorists. Now there are some grey shades in her husband which is what you will see!

Drishyam
Drishyam
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Directed by the supremely talented Nishikant Kamat, this movie released in 2015 and it is an official remake of Malayalam movie of the same name directed by Jeetu Joseph. It is a gripping tale of a father protecting his family. There’s a bad guy in the movie who is the spoilt brat of the IGP of Goa and he goes missing. The Police suspect the girl’s family and the plot is all about designing lies in front of the Police and that is done stupendously well. What makes this one of the best movies in the past decade is the heart-in-mouth moments, engrossing climax, and the stellar performance of the lead actors. This movie has been remade in various other languages like Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Sinhala.

I
I
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Shankar is a renowned director whose body of work is marvelous. This time he came up with another heart-winning plot named “I” that released in 2015. The film tells the story of a bodybuilder turned supermodel, played by Vikram, who after being deformed, and exacts revenge upon those who were responsible for his quandary. The lead actor Vikram nailed the role beautifully. The technical aspects, makeup, and of course the pace of the movie would keep you hooked until the end.

Baishey Shrabon
Baishey Shrabon
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IMDB gives it 8.1 but you may give it a full 10/10. Yes, this movie is so complete in every frame. A powerful thriller plot that is superbly balanced with dramatic background music and raunchy dialogues would never find a “Delete” button in your life for sure. Directed by National Award winning director Srijit Mukherjee, this movie was released in 2011. It tells the story of an anonymous serial killer who leaves Bengali poems at the death-spot of the victim. A middle-aged suspended IPS officer is called upon to solve the case along with a young officer. What happens next would leave you in splits!

Lucia
Lucia
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This is a Kannada movie directed by Pawan Kumar that released in the year 2013. IMDB rates this romantic psychological thriller 8.4. The plot revolves around a man who is suffering from insomnia. He is tricked into buying a drug named Lucia that would cure his disease. But this drug makes all his desires come true in his dreams. The effect is so palpable that the lines between reality and fantasy get blurred. One must watch it gauge how far imagination can run!

A Wednesday
A Wednesday
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Neeraj Pandey – today a respectable and reliable name in Bollywood debuted with this movie. This movie of 2008 was path-breaking in many ways. Bollywood was breathing happily in rom-coms, love stories, and sleazy comedies, but this movie made with a sprinkle of nationalism brought a new wave. Neeraj Pandey continues to make movies of this new genre till today. How a common man brings the whole nation to a standstill (in a positive manner) is what you would see in this movie.

So, if you are one of those people who has lost the faith in Indian cinema (especially Bollywood), it is time to change your views. These are some of the best thriller movies made over the past two decades. Well, the list would be endless if all the amazing thrillers from regional Indian cinema were brought. But for the time being watch these wonderful movies and have a great time.

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