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Simmba, Raazi, Andhadhun – which was your favourite movie of 2018?

Which is the best film of 2018 – Raazi, Andhadhun, Stree, Veere Di Wedding, Simmba, Padmaavat?

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Bollywood is known for making the highest number of films a year across the globe, but the quality varies. 2018 proved to be a joyous year for Bollywood as every month clocked in a film release that did well. 2018 redeemed a not-so-happening 2017, in terms of content in comparison. The genres explored were different, and the audiences, receptive.   Where a big film like Sanju fared well, small films like Badhaai Ho too got what they  deserved.

# Padmaavat: After struggling to release for a long period of time, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s (SLB) magnum opus Padmaavat finally hit the screens on January 25 2018. Earning 302.15 Cr at the domestic Box Office, the film went ahead to be the first highest grosser of the year. SLB is known to make grand, larger-than-life films and Padmaavat was a step ahead. Whether it was the magnificent sets, the songs, the acting, or the choreographies, everything was on point, and SLB’s attention to detail is legendary. Ranveer Singh stole the show, playing the bad man Allaudin Khilji with finesse. This film was also a third high grosser in a row for the Bhansali-Ranveer-Deepika combination.

# Padman: Akshay Kumar chose a taboo topic and nailed it with his performance. While menstrual health is neglected in India, Padman talked about a man who started a sanitary pad manufacturing unit in a small village. Padman earned Rs 81.82 crore in the domestic market, and considering the budget, this was profitable. The audience appreciated this not-so-familiar concept, and the film went on to be a successful one. We need directors like R.Balki to bring out such issues in our society, and make it acceptable to the Janta Janardhan.

# RaaziBased on the book Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka, Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi revolved around Sehmat, an Indian spy played by Alia Bhatt. Meghna’s crisp direction and Alia’s versatile acting skills made this film a must watch. The film garnered good reviews and turned out to be Box Office success as well. Vicky Kaushal in the role of a Pakistani Army man was loved and celebrated by people, adding yet another good performance to his kitty. Raazi was a hit at the Box Office, earning Rs 123.84 crore.

# Veere Di Wedding: The story of a girl gang of four, of uncertain age, with their life problems, Veere Di Wedding had mixed reactions, but mostly positive. Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, the film was a take on how new-age girls are perceived, and how they tackle their issues in the patriarchal society that we live in while enjoying the journey. Veere Di Wedding had its own niche audience, majorly girls, probably because they could relate to it more. The film garnered Rs 81.39 crore at the domestic market, which was fair enough.

# Sanju: Sanjay Dutt has had a most adventurous life, and when Rajkumar Hirani decided to showcase his journey and struggles on the big screen, it was the most anticipated film of 2018.  Sanju managed to break many Box Office records and claimed its position to be the highest grosser of the year collecting Rs 348.53 crore at the domestic Box Office. Ranbir Kapoor’s acting was appreciated by everyone and Vicky Kaushal managed to grab the limelight in the supporting role of Kamli (Sanju’s best friend)

# Stree: One of the most profitable films of the year, Stree was an unusual take on the society we live in. With a cast like Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Shraddha Kapoor, etc., the film brought some good performances to the table. This horror comedy story with a message was loved and celebrated, making it a hit. Stree, made at a budget of Rs 23-24 crore, turned out to be one of the most profitable films of the year, grossing Rs 129.90 crore at the domestic Box Office, iterating that content still rules over and beyond the budget.

# Andhadhun: Known to play unique roles, Ayushmann Khurrana got a film he will be remembered for. A thriller like no other in Bollywood, Andhadhun without a doubt, deserves to pack the position of one of the best films of 2018. With superb performances by Tabu, Radhika Apte and Ayushmann, and  Sriram Raghvan’s masterful direction, the film was a winner all the way. Andhadhun went on to make Rs 74.58 crore on the domestic Box Office.

# Badhaai Ho: What if a lady gets pregnant in her 50’s? How will people react? Will her family accept it? What will they go through? Badhaai Ho was a very risky thought to conceptualise, but director Amit Sharma handled the film right on track and gave us a treat to watch. 2018 belonged to Ayushmann Khurana and for all the right reasons. Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao  were the brilliant actors who made this film what it is.  Badhaai Ho entered the most profitable film of the year club earning Rs 137.59 crore in India. Also, this is Ayushmann’s first film that crossed the 100 Cr mark.

# Simmba: Ranveer Singh’s first ‘in and as’ Simmba was the dessert we all needed, after a year of consumption of an amazing menu of variety and content. Simmba was fun, vibrant, whistle-worthy, and had Ranveer in all the single-screen hero glory. We need films like these where we leave brains, logic, expectations and everything behind and enjoy. Not just the film, but even the music album of this film will be on loop at parties for a long time. Director Rohit Shetty’s trademark masala entertainer collected Rs 75.11 crore in just 3 days of its release and is still running successfully in the theatres.

Last year was the year of good content and superb performances. We hope 2019 has the same and more of that in store for us! In the meantime, tell us which is your favourite movie of 2018? Vote in the poll above and let us know!

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Nach Baliye 9 Grand Premiere: Salman Khan’s show is an appealing package with fancy sets and flamboyant costumes

Salman Khan-produced Nach Baliye 9 started on a grand note last night (July 19) and here are the show highlights – read on

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Urvashi Dholakia-Anuj-Sachdeva and Prince Narula-Yuvika Chaudhary on Nach Baliye 9
Urvashi Dholakia and Anuj Sachdeva, Prince Narula and Yuvika Chaudhary (Image Source: Instagram)

After much hype, we witnessed the grand premiere of Nach Baliye 9 last night (July 19) and we must say the dance reality show lived up to the buzz. From Salman Khan taking the centre-stage to Maniesh Paul tugging the show with his impeccable sense of humour, it was all one great package. The cherry on the cake were the special performances by several TV artistes, from Zain Imam to Mohsin Khan – Shivangi Joshi to Akshat Singh, the show’s pilot episode began on a grand note. And it’s not over! Yes, the show’s premiere is divided between 3 episodes between yesterday (July 19), today (July 20) and tomorrow (July 21).

While we have seen five out of 12 couples being revealed, we are yet to find out the rest. Also, we are waiting for Salman Khan to introduce us to the judges for this season. The couples revealed last night were, Urvashi Dholakia – Anuj Sachdeva, Shraddha Arya with boyfriend Alam Makkar, Vindu Dara Singh and wife Dina, Prince Narula and Yuvika Chaudhary, Babita Phogat and Vivek Suhag. Other than an amazing set and of course the contestants, the highlight of the show were the contestants’ costumes which are designed by Ken Ferns. Check them out here:

Shraddha Arya – Alam Makkar

The current couple was the first Jodi to be introduced on the show. Shraddha looked stunning in her white and golden ensemble, and her headgear and hand-pieces looked equally pretty. The couple tried to exhibit angels-from-heaven look, and it worked for them.

Urvashi Dholakia – Anuj Sachdeva

Yes, the most-talked-about ex-couple Urvashi and Anuj made a stunning entry on the show. While Urvashi wore a multi-coloured gown, Anuj’s bodysuit had some detailed mirror work on it.

Babita Phogat – Vivek Suhag

Wrestlers Babita and Vivek sported looks of a Peacock and Maniesh also joked how he saw pehelwaans as peacocks for the first time, but yes even their sequined outfits were breathtakingly gorgeous, with detailing of peacock feathers.

Vindu Dara Singh – Dina

This longtime married Jodi seemed effortless as they took to the stage, opting for a classic white and black combination, the detailing of feathers only added charm to the costumes.

Prince Narula – Yuvika Chaudhary

The couple that got married last year, was seen sporting a purple-and-golden combination which somewhat looked like Iron Man’s suits and we must say, the high pony only defined sharpness for Yuvika, while Prince’s physique added to the outfit’s charm.

Well, the great night will continue over the weekend and we will be seeing Aly Goni – Natasha Stankovic, Madhurima Tuli -Vishal Aditya Singh, Rochelle Rao – Kieth Siqueira and many more on the show. Also, we cannot wait to find out the set of judges this season, and Mouni Roy performing on Ghar More Pardesiya. Don’t forget to watch tonight’s episode on Star Plus at 8 pm and also, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Naseeruddin Shah Birthday Special: 5 iconic roles that the legendary actor has wowed us with

As Naseeruddin Shah celebrates his 69th birthday today (July 20) we take a look at five of his most-loved roles of all-time

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Naseeruddin Shah in stills from Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, A Wednesday and Maqbool

‘Unconventional’ is a word that’s become Bollywood’s favourite in recent times, but when it comes to Naseeruddin Shah, the word has always been synonymous with his choice of roles. While defining an entire generation of art-house cinema, the veteran is one of the few stars who has also made mainstream films his playground and has successfully scored on both fronts. FromSparsh, Jalwa, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata HaiIjaazat, to 3 DeewareinMohra, Maqbool, The Dirty Picture, and many more, Shah has sailed smoothly through every genre possible and churned out parts that will stay with us forever. Three times National Award winner, a Padma Shri and a Padma Bhushan recipient and infinite nominations and wins to his credit, Naseeruddin Shah is one of the best names in Hindi cinema as well as theatre world, to which he continues to make an immense contribution. Today, the actor who boasts of a filmography of over 230 films, celebrates his 69th birthday and to celebrate it we bring to you 5 of his films that had him play some of the most iconic roles. Take a look:

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron:

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron

This Kundan Shah directorial already has its name registered in the cult films of Bollywood and Naseer’s role of a photographer caught in an unexpected turns of politics and corruption will always be remembered as one of his best. Along with Ravi Baswani, the actor gave us a satire that is easily a gem in Hindi cinema.

Masoom:

Masoom

Masoom

Shekhar Kapur’s Masoom saw Naseer play a family man with a loving wife and two young daughters, dealing with a child he had from an extra-marital affair. As a man caught between his responsibility and past ‘mistake’, Naseer’s emotional struggle and suffering shone through beautifully. Undoubtedly, one of his finest as an actor!

A Wednesday:

A Wednesday

A Wednesday

Playing a nameless character, a common man – Naseer with this film brought a fresh approach to cinema with this one. How anaam admi tired of his helplessness as a law-abiding citizen, decides to take things in his hands to get justice was portrayed with such perfection that it clicked with everyone who saw it and the film and his role were both highly acclaimed.

Mirch Masala:

Mirch Masala

Mirch Masala

Donning a grey character, this film has a special place in Naseer’s filmography. He played a rich, leery, tax-collector trying to harass a poor village-woman (Smita Patil) who refuses to succumb to his sexual advances. He aced this villainous outing with aplomb.

Maqbool:

Maqbool

Maqbool

Naseer made his presence felt even in a small role in this Vishal Bhardwaj adaptation of Macbeth. Playing Inspector Purohit, he and Late actor Om Puri playing the other cop, redefined grey and complex characters with utter ease.

Well, here’s wishing the veteran star Naseeruddin Shah a very Happy Birthday and hope to see him continue to win more hearts with even more stellar performances. Let us know which of his films and roles are your favourites. For more updates and gossip, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Priyanka Chopra birthday special: 5 roles in which PeeCee shone bright

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is celebrating her 37th birthday today (July 18), and we bring you 5 best characters the actress has portrayed, read on…

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Stills from Fashion, Bajirao Mastani and Barfi

While Priyanka Chopra Jonas has been a flag bearer in taking the centre stage profession wise on a global platform, she has only inspired on the way. From the time she became Miss World to becoming a prominent name in Bollywood and in the west, Priyanka has carved her own niche and a glorious path to the top. She began her career with The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, and made a mark playing an antagonist in Aitraaz. Proving her mettle film after film, the actress showed her diverse skills in films likeAgneepathKaminey and many more. Today (July 18), as the actress celebrates her 37th birthday, we bring to you 5 of her most iconic roles on the 70mm, read on…

Barfi

Every list of Priyanka’s iconic roles will and should begin by mentioning Barfi. Priyanka played the role of Jhilmil who suffered from Autism. Priyanka embodied Jhilmil to the fullest, and she was just perfect in this Anurag Basu film. While co-star Ranbir Kapoor was amazing, Priyanka as Jhilmil literally stole the show.

Mary Kom

After trying all genres, Priyanka was amongst the first few actors to do a biopic. And when she essayed the role of boxer Mary Kom, it was hard to say if they were two different people. From her acting to her transformation everything was quite applause worthy.

Bajirao Mastani

Imaging PeeCee playing a docile housewife, who would scarfice everything for her husband’s happiness, was difficult, but Priyanka proved us wrong. In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, Priyanka played the supporting part of Kashibai, Peshwa Bajirao’s first wife and she stole the limelight. From her acting to her dialogue delivery, it only won our hearts.

Fashion

This Madhur Bhandarkar film got Priyanka Chopra her first national award, which itself proves how she aced her role. Her journey from an ambitious small town girl to a supermodel was truly glorious to witness on the big screen and we must say Fashion was the turning point in Priyanka’s career.

Saat Khoon Maaf

Though not a Box Office success, Saat Khoon Maaf saw PeeCee played seven different characters. Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj, Priyanka was at her acting peak in Saat Khoon Maaf where she portrayed the character of a psycho woman, who mercilessly butchers her seven husbands.

Happy Birthday, Priyanka! For more updates and gossip, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

 

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