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Sanju, Padmaavat, Badhaai Ho, the 7 best movie trailers of 2018

It was the year of the controversial Sanju and Padmaavat, as well as the lovely Badhaai Ho and thrilling Raazi. Here’s our list of the best Hindi movie trailers of 2018.

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In 2018, content was really the king in Bollywood films. We watched some amazing movie trailers that took us from our mobile screens to the movie theatres. The year had some big-ticket movies releasing, and there was also a significant rise in the ‘modest-on-budget-but-brave-on-concept’ films. But no matter how great a film you have made, a poorly cut trailer can tank the film at the Box Office.

2018’s trailers ranged from drama, thriller, comedy, romance to horror. While Sanju’s trailer focused on the personal struggle of Sanjay Dutt, Stree’s horror-comedy trailer showed societal trouble. In a way, 2018 was a year of personal films. Raazi’s trailer showed the patriotic tension as well as the personal conflict of Alia Bhatt’s character Sehmat; whereas the October trailer took everyone by surprise to see a mellowed down Varun Dhawan dealing with an inner conflict. While the Padmaavat trailer was all about grandeur and beauty, a beautiful small town romantic comedy about a middle-aged pregnant couple unfolded in Badhaai Ho. We list down our favorite trailers of the movies released in 2018 (in no particular order). The list is based purely on the trailers. The film’s Box Office success or critical acclaim were not considerations whilst making this list.

SANJU

What we liked about this trailer was the way actor Ranbir Kapoor transformed himself into Sanjay Dutt’s character on screen. The mastery that filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has in manipulating human emotions (that’s what storytellers aim to achieve in their careers), taking the audience on a roller-coaster ride of laughter and tears, sets the tone of the film in this trailer. Leaving aside all the controversies and criticism on Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 Mumbai Blasts case, this trailer as a standalone piece of creative work was lovable.

PADMAAVAT

Each and every frame of this magnum opus’ 3-minute long trailer is a gem; you’re humbled by the grandeur and you marvel at the detailing (even though the detailing or the lack of it in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films creates controversies). What we liked about this trailer is the visual spectacle that it is. In spite of the controversies and bans that this trailer invited, the film eventually managed to garner critics’ and audience’s love and acceptance.

ANDHADHUN / RAAZI

It was a good year for the thriller lovers. Two thrilling trailers took social media by storm. While Alia Bhatt intrigued us as a spy in the Raazi trailer, the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Andhadhun trailer left us wanting to know more about the movie’s plot. Both trailers had their background score – a critical element in thrillers – composed to perfection. We enjoyed the thrilling rides.

BADHAAI HO

This was arguably the best movie trailer of 2018. Ayushmann Khurrana wowed us yet again as a small-town guy dealing with ‘delicate’ romantic problems. Nina Gupta and Gajrao Rao played a cute, romantic, awkward and pregnant couple, delivering laughs and emotions. The ‘unique’ situation, quirky dialogue, relatable Delhi milieu and weird characters made it a fun 3-minute trailer.

OCTOBER

Nothing over-the-top, nothing melodramatic; that’s a rare case in a film starring Varun Dhawan. Although, not really giving out a lot about the story, the trailer was visually and emotionally captivating. In spite of having a backdrop of an accident and a hospital, the trailer came as a breath of a fresh air (just like the white flower in the film) amidst the usual masala potboilers that Varun has starred in most of his career.

STREE

A ‘phenomenal’ trailer. Filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK have always made peculiar films and experimented with genres. This time, they co-wrote and co-produced a horror-comedy (the film turned out to be a clever commentary on the position and treatment of women in our society). We liked this speedy trailer for its one-liners, chemistry between the actors, and for the sheer uniqueness of narrative and mix of genres.

Other notable mentions

Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Mukkabaaz’, Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer ‘Manto’, Sohum Shah starrer ‘Tumbbad’, SRK’s ‘Zero’, Rohit Shetty’s ‘Simmba’,  Sara Ali Khan’s debut ‘Kedarnath, and director Vinod Kapri’s ‘Pihu’.

What were your favorite trailers of 2018? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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Total Dhamaal trailer: Ajay, Anil, Madhuri’s film promises to take you on a wild ride – watch video

Ajay Devgn’s Total Dhamaal looks like a wild adventure ride, check out the trailer here!

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Ever since the poster of Total Dhamaal was released, there was much buzz about the upcoming film. And with the release of the much-awaited trailer, looks like the audience are going to be in for a wild ride when the film releases on February 22. Starring Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh and Johnny Lever, the film directed by Indra Kumar looks like a comedy-action adventure set in the wilderness with animals for company. The film seems to be about hunting a hidden treasure and the characters form teams in pursuit of it. So, there’s Ajay Devgn teaming up with Sanjay Mishra, Anil Kapoor with Madhuri Dixit Nene and Arshad Warsi teaming with Javed Jaffery.

While Riteish, Javed, Sanjay Mishra and Arshad are names that have come to be associated with the Dhamaal series, Ajay, Anil and Madhuri are the newest entrants and the film marks their debut in the hit franchise. Also interesting is the fact that Anil and Madhuri are coming on screen together after a long while. Sanjay Dutt who was a part of the previous two instalments is missing from this one, while a surprise entry or cameo by the star cannot be ruled out completely, since not only has he been closely associated with Dhamaal, but is good friends with Ajay too. Check out the trailer here:

Total Dhamaal presented by Fox Star Studios, produced by Fox Star Studios, Ajay Devgn Films, Ashok Thakeria, Indra Kumar, Sri Adhikari Brothers, Anand Pandit and co-produced by Sangeeta Ahir and Kumar Mangat Pathak. Releases on 22nd February, 2019.

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Bharat teaser: The first scene of Salman Khan – Katrina Kaif’s promo is out and we can’t keep calm

Salman Khan – Katrina Kaif’s Bharat teaser is all set to release on January 26

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News of the Bharat teaser coming out on January 26 is doing the rounds on social media. And that’s got everyone excited. But before the launch, producer of the film, Atul Agnihotri, gave us a sneak peek of the teaser. And it is really something. Though we don’t see much, the look, feel and the beats are enough to give you goosebumps. In fact, while posting the sneak peak of the Bharat teaser, Atul might have just given away the first scene.

Atul Agnihotri posted on Twitter a small video of the Bharat teaser today and it is stirring excitement amongst fans already. He captioned the tweet saying, “Countdown begins @bharat_thefilm #Teaser.” In the video, we see the censor cetificate for the teaser and the opening shot where we see flags being waved and dhol (a kind of a drum) being played. Clearly that’s how the teaser will start. What do you feel? Looking good, no? Bharat is one of this year’s most anticipated films and after seeing the teaser on January 26, we are sure everyone’s excitement will go sky high.

For those of you who don’t know, Bharat revolves around a man’s journey along with his country from 1947 to 2019. The teaser has been especially cut in a manner that you will witness the transition from the 40’s to the new age. Salman’s different looks, his love story with the country as well as Katrina Kaif, along with a few cameo appearances have made it to teaser. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and also starring Tabu, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles, the film is going to warm all your hearts and inspire you. Anyway, with the Bharat teaser coming out on January 26, stay tuned to Cine Blitz as get you all the updates about the film right here.

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Rifleman teaser: Sushant Singh Rajput to protect our border against advancing enemies – watch video

On Army Day, Sushant Singh Rajput announces his next film-RIFLEMAN

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Sushant Singh Rajput is all set to star as an army man in his next film. On the occasion of Army Day (January 15), the actor announced his next film titled Rifleman. Sushant took to Twitter to announce the project today and shared a video announcement saying, “Sushant Singh Rajput in and as RIFLEMAN.” He captioned this video: “An advancing enemy. A border to protect. 1 Braveheart. #RIFLEMAN on the occasion of Army Day, excited to announce my next film @adgpi Produced by @abundantia_ent & @poojafilms.”

The tweet indicates that the film is based on the Indian Army and is full of action. It is produced by Abundantia and Pooja Entertainment. Pooja Entertainment’s last film was Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, which was a success at the box office and was also loved by the audiences. Considering their past work the expectations from Rifleman are quite high and looking at Sushant’s graph we expect him to play the character with finese. But we do wonder who this Rifleman is and whether if this one will be a biopic. The announcement couldn’t have been made on a better occasion than the Army Day and the film is slated to release later in this year.

Sushant was last seen in Kedarnath opposite Sara Ali Khan, which was a decent gainer and had mixed reviews. Looks like the actor is going to have a busy 2019 with this project and also Sonchiriya. Recently, the film Drive starring Sushant and produced by Dharma was also announced and there was news of him preparing for Kizie Aur Manny, the Hindi remake of The Fault In Our Stars. With four announced projects, the audience is already hoping good performances from him. Let us know for which film starring Sushant are you more excited about in the comment section below.

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