Sonam Kapoor’s Neerja, Shah Rukh Khan’s Dear Zindagi, Salman Khan’s Sultan – which was the BEST movie of 2016?


2016 year was an exciting year for me as a movie buff. On one hand I get to watch a commercial potboiler like Sultan, where Salman Khan has no qualms showing off his paunch, while on the other hand, I don’t mind bursting into tears for a hard-hitting drama like Neerja, that had Sonam Kapoor in the lead with no Khan to support her. It was a year where women took the lead from the men and gave us quality stuff that a male-dominated industry like Bollywood needs. If Sonam Kapoor made her detractors eat their words about her lack of acting ability with Neerja, Alia Bhatt delivered two critically acclaimed performances in Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi, making us believe that Highway was no flash in the pan. Kareena Kapoor proved once again that marriage is no deterrent to good roles with a movie like Ki & Ka.

As for the actors, there was Akshay Kumar who gave us three different entertainers that all belonged to various genres, and yet made hits out of them. Shah Rukh Khan may have had a misfire with FAN, but it was a laudable effort and he also redeemed himself with Dear Zindagi. Salman Khan proved again why he is the golden ruler of the box office, while the younger stars like Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Ranbir Kapoor also got their opportunities to shine. Everyone one had their movies (except for Deepika and Kangana), not everyone shined and we had a lot of movies that sank without a trace, while some made it to our fave list. Now here’s a chance for you to show us which of these below 2016 movies are your favorites. Please note that these films were considered based on two factors – their box office appeal, as well as how they fared well with the critics.

Based on these two factors, here is our list of Bollywood movies from 2016 that stood out from the rest…

Dangal

Dangal

Dangal

Aamir Khan does it again! He ends 2016 with a bang by delivering of the best movie of the decade. Dangal is a well-enacted biopic, that has some brilliant performances from all the cast members. Aamir gives his best performance in years, but its the girls playing his daughters who steal the show at times. The wrestling sequences are well-choreographed, and the narrative is very strong at most of the time. It’s not easy to make a movie that supports sports development, women empowerment and duty towards nation without sounding preachy, but Dangal manages to pull that off with immaculate ease.

Neerja

Neerja

Neerja

If I had to be partial, Neerja would be the movie for me that wins at nearly every department – be it direction, the narrative, the technical aspects and the performances. It’s not easy to make a movie that finds itself confined to a claustrophobic cabin for most of its runtime, with a lead actress who is not often praised for her acting prowess, and still make it brilliant. Neerja is not only the best biopic of the year, or perhaps the decade as well, it also gave Sonam Kapoor her best performance till date. If you leave the screening dry-eyed, you know there is something wrong with you.

Airlift

Airlift

Airlift

Based on a real-life incident set during the Gulf War, Airlift is that kind of Bollywood movie that sets us on the same scale as international-standard survival dramas. It may not be bereft of Bollywood clichés (that climax fight could have been avoided), yet this thriller has enough moments to make us bite our nails at the plight of our fellow countrymen trapped in a foreign land, torn by war. Akshay Kumar is on a roll here, and he has a fine supporting cast to lend gravitas to the movie.

Kapoor & Sons

Kapoor & Sons

Kapoor & Sons

Did you ever expect a Bollywood mainstream movie to accept homosexuality as a part of its plot? Without making it in your face, Kapoor & Sons did just that while making a movie about a dysfunctional family, that has problems like any of ours. Replete with brilliant performances from the entire cast, especially Fawad Khan, and a taut direction by Shakun Bates, Kapoor & Sons could be 2016’s best family drama of the year.

Pink

Pink

Pink

A movie that gave the word NO a lot of respect, Pink was a near-brilliant court room drama, heralded by strong performances. Taking on the still topical subject on female harassment, Pink doesn’t hesitate into being an uncomfortable viewing at times, thanks to stark depiction of molestation. Sure the conveniently happy ending has its share of detractors, but overall it’s a very strong movie with a fantastic message.

Dear Zindagi

Dear Zindagi

Dear Zindagi

I always say FAN was Shah Rukh Khan’s best performance in years, but the movie left me disappointed. That was somehow redeemed in his next, Dear Zindagi, a clean flick about how to face your problems head on with some philosophical (and sometimes preachy) gems. Shah Rukh Khan was fine in his extended cameo of a therapist, but it was Alia Bhatt who walked away with all the acting accolades. Sure the movie was a half an hour too long and self-indulgent, but many people could relate to its various themes and situations it presented, making it a decent hit.

Udta Punjab

Udta Punjab

Udta Punjab

Udta Punjab got me in its support the moment I saw that dark and hard-hitting trailer. While the movie found itself in unnecessary controversies surrounding its release, Abhishek Chaubey’s handling of drug abuse in Punjab told through the lives of four individuals is an exemplary tale in itself. Balancing on the fine line between hard-hitting drama and black comedy, the movie had some splendid performances from Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh. Udta Punjab is not without its flaws, but it is nearly a masterpiece that 2016 can claim of its own.

Sultan

Sultan

Sultan

Salman never promises you good cinema, he promises good entertainers. While I am not a huge fan of Sultan, it does have its bright moments, some good songs and well-directed wrestling sequences. Above all, this could also be Salman Khan’s best performance in recent times; that self-introspective mirror scene did it for me. And those 300 crore business that the movie managed is enough to give Sultan a place in the list. After all, nearly an entire country cannot go wrong in liking a movie. Oh, wait! A country voted for Trump, didn’t it?

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

People were disappointed that they never got to see the career controversies of Dhoni in his supposed biopic. The movie also had the feel that it was a vanity project for Captain Cool. But Neeraj Pandey’s fine handling of the project made it an inspiring drama about a small-town boy from Ranchi who became the MVP of Indian cricket, through his sheer hard work and determination. It also helped matters that Sushant Singh Rajput was brilliant in his role.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Is ADHM’s Karan Johar’s skewered take on love and friendship? Or is it his most mature work till date? Never has a Bollywood movie got so much divisive reactions than this Diwali release. While not a fan myself, I do appreciate that there was sense of maturity in how Karan Johar handled Anushka – Ranbir’s track, though that weak climax nearly did it in. ADHM also boasts of a killer soundtrack, great technical values and Aishwarya Rai looking her hottest. In short, it was this year’s best looking movie.

So which of these is your fave movie? Let us know…

Source : http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/sonam-kapoors-neerja-shah-rukh-khans-dear-zindagi-salman-khans-sultan-which-was-the-best-movie-of-2016/

Shabana Azmi lauds Rishi Kapoor in ‘Kapoor & Sons’

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Five-time National Award winner Shabana Azmi has lauded veteran actor Rishi Kapoor for playing the role of a nonagenarian in ‘Kapoor and Sons’.

The 65-year-old actress even appreciated director Shakun Batra and fillmaker Karan Johar for the film.

“Loved ‘Kapoor & Sons’. Rishi Kapoor steals the show. All actors first rate… Shakun Batra, Karan Johar, Fox Star Hindi, take a bow. Hindi cinema comes of age,” she tweeted.

‘Kapoor & Sons’, which released on Friday, tells the journey of members of a Kapoor family. The film also stars Alia Bhatt, Fawad Khan and Sidharth Malhotra.

Other actors in the romantic drama, produced by filmmaker Karan Johar, are Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah.

Source : http://www.mid-day.com/articles/shabana-azmi-lauds-rishi-kapoor-in-kapoor–sons/17067180

Movie Review: ‘Kapoor & Sons’ Sets A Very High Benchmark For Family Dramas In Bollywood!

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Kapoor & Sons is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and the film’s music has been topping the charts ever since it launched; which is always good sign. I had really enjoyed Shakun Batra‘s directorial debut Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu in 2012. I feel it had something to do with the fact that the girl and the guy didn’t end up together and pretend to live happily ever after. Four years later, Batra strikes again. This time, with a “dysfunctional family” where each member has a conflict to deal with it.

According to IMDB, Kapoor & Sons is “a story revolving around a dysfunctional family of two brothers who visit their parents and grandfather in Coonoor, and end up falling for the same woman.” However, that is a lie. The movie is so much more than that.

Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah play the almost estranged couple with much ease – not that it’s a surprise at all. Their relationship is complicated but at no point does it feel unfamiliar, you know? We know these married couples. Hell, some of us are these married couples! The duo has managed to showcase love, nostalgia and resentment in a marriage so well, that you can’t help but feel empathetic. Alia Bhatt does her manic pixie dreamgirl act well and has some moments where she shines. Personally, I didn’t go home falling in love with Sidharth Malhotra. I felt like he was paling in comparison to the rest of this stellar cast.

Now, can we take a moment to talk about Fawad Khan? My God! He’s made his fans wait long enough after Khoobsurat, but man, it was worth it. He brings forth a special credibility to his character and manages to steal the scene almost each time he appears. He plays the son, the brother, the boyfriend – and each, one better than the other. Rishi Kapoor, of course, is an absolute delight as the patriarch of the family! He proves yet again that his “second inning” as an actor is more fulfilling for him and his audience.

The story takes you through the Kapoors’ lives in a way where none of them feel neglected. Everyone’s backstory has been given equal importance and at no point do you feel more invested in one person’s story than the other – that, I feel, is the mark of great film-making.

Major props for the editing!

Editor Shivkumar V has manged to keep it tight and relevant and the running time of the movie (a little over 2 hours) doesn’t seem to drag at all.

Basically…

The plot of the movie, if you come to think of it, is fairly straightforward. It is the age-old story of a family that is obsessed with keeping up with public appearance, even when its filled with numerous issues. But Kapoor & Sons wins, where others couldn’t – in the storytelling. All the characters resolve by the end of the film. You feel like you’ve experienced this journey together with the Kapoors. You come out of the movie and call your parents. You don’t go to bed before texting your sibling. You don’t want the Kapoors to be unhappy.

If I had to pick a “flaw”…

… it would be that the movie ended without Let’s Nacho (my current favourite song). But you can’t hold that against the makers because the end-credits score is what makes you sit till the end. You realize you’re not ready to let go of what the movie has made you feel just yet. Really, that’s the only flaw.

Finally…

I don’t mean to simplify the review of this film at all. It’s a layered narrative with complex characters that feel a little too close to home. But if someone told me to tell them the first thing that came to my mind after the film got over, it was this: Kapoor & Sons gave me everything Dil Dhadakne Do couldn’t. I don’t know if that will make sense to anyone else though.

Watch it ASAP. You can thank me later.

Rating ****

Source: http://www.missmalini.com/2016/03/18/movie-review-kapoor-sons-just-set-the-benchmark-very-high-for-family-dramas-in-bollywood/

Rishi Kapoor: I couldn’t recognise myself

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Rishi Kapoor plays an 85- year-old grouchy, bullying old man in his upcoming film, ‘Kapoor & Sons’ and this is what he’s going to look like. His make-up is done by none other than Greg Cannom, Hollywood’s famed makeup artist who won the Academy Award for his work in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ (2008), ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ (1993) and ‘Dracula’ (1992). Kapoor takes us through the ordeal that he went through to get the drastically different look that was finally achieved.

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“When Karan (Johar) and the director Shakun (Batra) came to meet me, I suggested that they take Cannom because I had heard of him. I was not sure about this suggestion being agreed upon since it would be a costly affair, but Karan agreed even though he knew that this would cost him around Rs 1.5 to Rs 1.75 crore. Shakun and I met up with Cannom and discussed the look and we decided that it would be a mix of Rishi Kapoor and A K Hangal’s look.

During the shoot, I had to sit for five hours every day for almost a month and I had to wake up at 5 am. I am a drinking man and people say I have no patience, but for me to wake up early every day and sit for five hours straight was a bit of a task. It would take that much time to put the make up on and then about an hour to remove it at the end of the day. Cannom has invented these really thin silicon layers that were like second skin. He would use eight of them — six on my face and two on my hands. Then he would create everything, the wrinkles, age spots, everything. I am so grateful that I got this opportunity. He was here for Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Fan’ and that’s how we got in touch with him,” he explains.

However, things weren’t really wonderful on the sets after the five-hour ordeal. “Throughout the film I would be fighting with the director. Every scene, every shot we fought. My problem was that he would take the entire scene from every angle which made me uncomfortable. I might be old fashioned, but I cannot create spontaneity if you are going to shoot from every angle. We were on the same page as actors but not as far as execution was concerned. However, the end product is what matters,” he adds.

Source : http://www.mid-day.com/articles/rishi-kapoor-i-couldnt-recognise-myself/16917196