While the bankable Khans have utterly failed to attract the audience to the cinema halls, it was Vicky Kaushal, Rajkumar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana who basically changed the whole game of commercial Bollywood films in 2018. The year full of surprise hits, and female-led narratives that managed to pull the crowd.
Which Bollywood Movie is Best in 2018? Here are few movies of 2018 that proved that content eventually ends up becoming the strongest USP of a film.
Release date: October 5, 2018
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, and Radhika Apte
The movie is all about the pianist who pretends to be blind has his entire life turned entirely upside down by a major crime that he did not witness. The movie was extremely intense and makes you sit in front of a screen to know whether the man is either blind or not. Ayushman and Tabu have portrayed their character very well.
Release date: October 18. 2018
Starring: Neena Gupta, Ayushmann Khurrana, Gajraj Rao, Surekha Sikri, and Sanya Malhotra
The movie is about a 25 year man who struggles to control the embarrassment when he gets to know his mother announces she’s pregnant. The movie is full of comedy and the actors have done a great job. The songs are also quite entertaining and the entire continuity of the story leads you to an interesting and fun zone.
Release date: January 25, 2018
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh
This is one of the epic dramas that set in medieval India, tells the story of Queen Padmavati, who is actually known for her beauty and sense of justice. Word of Padmavati’s looks beautifully spreads and eventually starts a war. Some of the viewers have criticized the storyline as the regressive, but the visuals are definitely worth heavy praise.
Release date: February 9, 2018
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, and Radhika Apte
Lakshmi, the newly-married welder, causes an upset when he actually sets out to revolutionize the manufacturing of pads for women. This movie is all about menstrual equity. Akshay Kumar has acted extremely well in that movie and Sonam Kapoor was also good. The entire cinematography was good and the storyline makes you sit on your seat.
Release date: 12 October 2018
Starring: Sohum Shah, Jyoti Malshe, Anita Date, Ronjini Chakraborty
There are several movies that really do not require the strong PR or marketing budget. The story of the film is its major USP and this is what happened with Tumbbad. This is a historical period fantasy horror film directed by debutant Rahi Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad has to be on your must-watch list because this is un-missable for reasons more than one. The movie has a great hold on and grip on the script. This is much more than those common horror films that often fail to satisfy your greed as an audience. It was hands down critics’ and audience’s top favorite picks of 2018.
Release date: 11 May 2018
Starring: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal
In 2018, people have seen a lot of female-led films do wonders at the box-office. In the film, Alia Bhatt who has actually played the lead role of Sehmat, a Kashmiri woman who is made to marry the Pakistani officer with a vested interest of merely digging out intelligence details. With the precise details it leads to the discrete and sensitive details can be passed on to Indian forces. The film was the official adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s Calling Sehmat, a novel that was inspired by a real-life woman, and in order to protect her identity, Sikka chose to call her Sehmat. Alia Bhatt’s screen-presence and Vicky Kaushal’s small but significant role made this a successful film for Dharma Productions. The film was helmed by Meghna Gulzar.
Release date: 31 August 2018
Starring: Rajkumar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurana
As 2018 was all about some intellectual and parallel cinema. Even the audience was expecting a mind-blowing thriller or a period drama. But no one expected that a commercial horror-comedy would make a huge impact on audience’s mind. Rajkumar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor starrer Stree was one of the biggest hits of 2018. Very rare do we see a comedy horror film in Bollywood that ends up turning out to be one of the most successful films of that year. The film is directed by Amar Kaushik, written by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. and produced by Dinesh Vijan and Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. This was based on the Indian urban legend Nale Ba, about the spirit who knocks on people’s doors at night. Though the film had a slow start but later word of mouth as well as social media reviews played a huge role in the success of the film.
Release date: 21 September 2018
Starring: Nawazudddin Siddiqui, Rasika Duggal
Based on a life of well-known Urdu author Saadat Hasan Manto, Manto was written and directed by Nandita Das. The film had the extremely impactful ensemble cast with Rasika Duggal and Tahir Raj Bhasin playing pivotal roles. Though, this movie has failed to create an impact at the box-office because of lack of screens but this has actually received a positive response as soon as it was released on Netflix India.
Release date: April 13, 2018
Starring: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, and Gitanjali Rao
This story follows the co-workers Shiuli and Dan. Dan is a carefree type of person and Shiuli is extremely responsible. When Dan is a no-show at a work event, Shiuli goes looking for him and tragically falls from a terrace during her search. She is hospitalized and comatose and Dan starts visiting her on a regular basis, eventually developing feelings for her and then dedicating himself to caring for her as she recovers.
The movies have extremely entertaining plots and interesting performances. Apart from that, the director, writer and music composers have done a great job for all these movies that have released in 2018.