Urban Asian’s Top 10 Hindi films of 2016!


2016 was actually a pretty great year of extraordinary good cinema! Every year as I reflect and make this list of the ‘top ten’ makes me realize how much our industry has genuinely progressed since the time I began reviewing films.

Below is the list of films I got to see in order of release along with my review ratings:

Wazir – 3 Stars
Airlift – 4 Stars 
Sanam Teri Kasam – 2.5 Stars
Fitoor – 3 Stars
Neerja – 5 Stars
Kapoor & Sons – 5 Stars 
Rocky Handsome – 2.5 Stars
Ki & Ka – 3 Stars
FAN – 4 Stars 
Baaghi – 3 Stars
Sarabjit – 4.5 Stars 
Housefull 3 – 3 Stars
Udta Punjab – 5 Stars 
Sultan – 3 Stars
Dishoom – 2.5 Stars
Mohenjo Daro – 3 Stars
Rustom – 2 Stars
Baar Baar Dekho – 5 Stars 
Pink – 4 stars
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – 5 Stars
Dear Zindagi – 5 Stars 
Befikre – 1.5 Stars
Dangal – 4.5 Stars


1. Neerja – 5 Stars 

Having Sonam Kapoor play the role of Neerja Bhanot was an excellent choice, and I couldn’t see any other actor from b-town playing such a role. Today I saw a part of Sonam none of us have ever seen before. Every expression, every action, and every emotion was magnifying.

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2. Udta Punjab – 5 Stars 

The Abhishek Chaubey directed film had to be one of the most affective, dynamic, and reckless films I have ever seen.

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3. Dangal – 4.5 Stars 

Do you remember fifteen years ago sitting at the edge of your seat feeling all sorts of nervousness while watching the 2001 Aamir Khan film Lagaan? Today I had the same exact feeling while sitting in the theater fifteen years later watching his film Dangal.

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4. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – 5 Stars 

I cannot stress enough and say that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is most definitely Karan Johar’s best film till date.

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5. Dear Zindagi – 5 Stars 

Reviewing a film like Dear Zindagi almost is impossible to do. But I feel so fortunate to be part of the generation of Indian Cinema that is bringing such films to the big screen..

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6. Kapoor & Sons – 5 Stars 

KNS is one of those good-feel, yet realistic films. Almost any person can relate to this film.

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7. Sarabjit – 4.5 Stars

Sarabjit is a must watch film. It not only conveys how powerful one voice can be, but it also displays hope, courage, and fight.

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8. Baar Baar Dekho – 5 Stars 

I was sucked into Nitya’s perception on time and life.

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9. Pink – 4 Stars (not reviewed) 

When a person doesn’t speak, that itself expresses a million words, and Pink projects this very well in the eyes of women who are fighting for justice.

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10. Airlift – 4 Stars 

A beautifully told story, showing realism and practical reaction from the common man or woman.

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Which was your favorite 2016 Hindi film?