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.
The Abhishek Chaubey directed film had to be one of the most affective, dynamic, and reckless films I have ever seen.
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.
I cannot stress enough and say that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is most definitely Karan Johar’s best film till date.
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..
KNS is one of those good-feel, yet realistic films. Almost any person can relate to this film.
Sarabjit is a must watch film. It not only conveys how powerful one voice can be, but it also displays hope, courage, and fight.
I was sucked into Nitya’s perception on time and life.
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.
A beautifully told story, showing realism and practical reaction from the common man or woman.
Which was your favorite 2016 Hindi film?