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.
# Raazi: Based 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!