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We list down the best movies from the first quarter of 2018


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Bollywood Movies of 2018

Mukkabaaz 

Release Date: 12 January, 2018

Mukkabaaz was a sports drama film which was written, co-produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap. The film stars Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain, Ravi Kishan and Jimmy Shergill. The movie was about Shravan Singh (Vineet Kumar Singh), who is an extremely dedicated boxer and aspires to be a world champion. In his journey to get to the top, he faces a major obstacle in the form of Bhagwan Das Mishra (Jimmy Shergill), a Don and head of the State Boxing Federation who tries to side-track his boxing career by making him do domestic work and errands. Things take a turn for the worse when Shravan falls in love with Bhagwan's niece Sunaina Mishra (Zoya Hussain). The story is about how Shravan manages to fulfil his dream of being a world beater in boxing and to win over the love of his life. The movie gives us a good glimpse of how corruption has a foothold even in sports committees. The idea for the film came from Vineet Kumar Singh himself, who had started writing stories of unsuccessful sports personalities who were victims of corruption. In an interview with a leading daily, Vineet was asked about the same, to which he replied, “I’ve seen lots of stories like this, which stayed with me over the years. I wrote this film because I wanted to play this character and I knew the only way to do that is by writing it myself." Vineet went through a period of struggle as no producer was willing to cast him in the film, although they liked the script. Eventually, Anurag Kashyap got to know about it with whom Singh had worked on three films including Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Bombay Talkies (2013) and Ugly (2014). Although, he was ready to cast Vineet to play the lead, he had one condition which was that he had to train enough to look like a professional boxer on-screen since they didn’t have the budget to hire an action choreographer or a consultant. Vineet later trained for a year away from the city in order to make his character of a boxer look convincing. 

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Padmaavat 

Release Date: 25 January, 2018

Padmaavat is a period drama film which was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film is loosely based on the poem Padmaavat which was written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. The movie stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in leading roles.  Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Raza Murad, and Anupriya Goenka featured in supporting roles. With a budget of approximately INR 190 crore, Padmaavat is regarded as one of the most expensive films to be made in India. Initially, Padmaavat was scheduled for a release on 1 December 2017. However, due to Karni Sena protests the release got delayed. The film had to face an uphill battle for its release. The Karni Sena requested the government for a nation-wide ban on the film and even went far as putting a bounty on Deepika Padukone. Eventually, when the film did release there was no stopping it from setting the box-office on fire. Padmaavat was a story about Rani Padmavati, who felt sacrificing her life was better than surrendering to the enemy. In the movie, Sultan Allauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) tries everything he can to get Rani Padmavati who was married to Maharawal Ratan Singh at the time. Khilji was an extremely powerful ruler who would stop at nothing to get what he wanted. Bhansali made use of technology to recreate the era. Real-life sets were used as well and the result was a never-seen-before opulence. The film made clever use of IMAX technology and 3D, which gave it depth and added to its grandness. Ranveer’s portrayal of Allauddin Khilji was something Bollywood had never witnessed before. The character of Khilji was so dark and intense that even playing the character on screen took a toll on Ranveer Singh. When asked about the same Ranveer said.”It was a huge risk. I was very apprehensive about taking the risk but Bhansali was very persistent in his pursuit of me and he is the one who convinced me that I would be able to pull it off. I went with his conviction. I can never say no to Bhansali, given the amount he has contributed to my career and to me as an artiste.” 

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Padman 

Release Date: 9 February, 2018

Through Padman, Akshay was trying to convey the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-cost sanitary pad making machine and helped spread awareness about menstrual hygiene in rural India. Akshay Kumar’s main purpose in doing the movie is to break the taboo around this biological fact, more so in the rural areas of India. The makers of Pad Man made it with a vision of spreading awareness not the commercial aspect. In India, it is not a surprise that movies are watched by everyone and everywhere. So, Akshay tried to utilise this median to give out the message he wanted. Apart from this, the makers felt that this will even give an impetus to politicians to take matters like these more seriously. Akshay also stated in an interview with a leading daily, that his biggest victory of Pad Man was the fact that people are able to talk about sanitary pads openly. The film release date was scheduled for 13 April 2018, however it was later changed to 26 January 2018. But, on 19 January it was announced that Pad Man has postponed its release to 9 February 2018 to avoid a clash with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. The main reason for the delay in the release of Pad Man was known when Akshay Kumar revealed that Sanjay Leela Bhansali had requested him to postpone the release of his film in order to avoid a clash. In an interaction with the media, AKshay Kumar said, “He (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) has gone through a lot. It is essential for them to release the film at this time, their stakes are higher than mine,". The film received an amazing response from the audience and went on to do business worth INR 120 crores globally. 

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Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety 

Release Date: 23 February, 2018 

Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety was a comedy drama which was directed by Luv Ranjan. The movie starred Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Barucha and Sunny Singh in leading roles. The combination of Kartik and Luv has already delivered hits like Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2. Although, the movie received mixed reviews from the critics but the movie was a hit with the audience. The movie revolves around two friends, Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh). The two are shown to be the best of friends, but things change when Sweety (Nushrat Barucha) comes into their lives. Sonu is fed up with dating girls and believes that getting married will solve his problems of dealing with heartbreak. His family arranges a meeting for him with Sweety and they instantly hit off. Sweety is shown to be the “perfect bride”. But, Sonu finds this too good to be true and starts getting doubts about her. Eventually, Sonu finds out from Sweety herself that she is a schemer and plans to do the same with Titu. Despite several attempts of breaking the marriage, Sonu couldn’t succeed. At the night of the wedding, Sonu gives Titu an ultimatum saying that “It is either her or me.” Titu valued his friendship more than anything else in the world so he sacrificed his love for Sonu as well. Eventually, he finds out that Sonu was not just speculating but there was actual truth in what he was saying. Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety became the sleeper hit of the year. The film is currently the third highest box-office grosser in Bollywood after Padmaavat and Baaghi 2.

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Raid 

Release Date: 16 March 2018

Raid was a crime thriller film directed by Rajkumar Gupta and written by Ritesh Shah. The movie featured Ajay Devgn, Illeana D’cruz and Saurabh Shukla. The film was inspired by real like IT raids that were conducted by officers of the Indian Revenue Service during the 1980s. The film was a story about IRS Officer Amey Patnaik, who is the Deputy Commissioner of the Income Tax Department. He once receives an anonymous tip about black money being hoarded by MLA Rameshwar Singh. The movie is about Amey’s chase of the cash, while ensuring his officers and his family are safe. Ajay Devgn’s performance in the film received a lot of praise from the critics and the audience. Ajay played his character of the IRS officer with dedication which made it look very authentic. Saurabh Shukla’s performance as Rameshwar Singh too won hearts of many people. His quirky lines mad his character the most interesting part of the film. 

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Hichki 

Release Date: 23 March 2018 

Hichki is a drama film directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and was produced under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film is an adaptation of Brad Cohen's autobiography Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had, of which Yash Raj Films acquired the rights. Hichki was a story about Naina Mathur. Naina has a burning desire to become a teacher as she feels she is born for this job. However, she suffers from a condition called the Tourette Syndrome, which causes her to make sounds like hiccups on which she has no control whatsoever. This makes it hard for her to find a school who is willing to hire a teacher with such a condition. One day, she gets an offer to become a teacher from St.Notker’s High School, A job where she was rejected the last five times she applied. In the school, she is assigned the class 9F. Class 9F was filled with ill-disciplined and ill-mannered children. These kids are a part of the right to education initiative, thus landing up in an elite school where they are looked down upon by other students and many teachers as well. Before Naina, many teachers were tried by the school to teach the students of this class but no one could cope with it. Naina sees this is a challenge and is now determined to improve the behaviour of the children along with being their teacher. Hichki is a heart touching story which will make you nostalgic about your school days.

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Baaghi 2 

Release Date: 30 March 2018

Baaghi 2 is an action drama film which was made by choreographer turned director Ahmed Khan. The film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and stars Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani in the leading roles. The film was a sequel to Baaghi which was released in 2016 and had Shraddha Kapoor opposite Tiger Shroff in lead. Baaghi 2 is an all-out action film with elements of suspense and drama. A distraught Neha (Disha Patani) is looking for her daughter. She reaches out to her ex-boyfriend Ranveer Pratap Singh aka Ronny (Tiger Shroff) for help. Ronny begins his search for her daughter but from what he hears he begins to feel that Neha doesn’t have a daughter to begin with. Realising that even her only hope to bring her daughter back doesn’t believe her, Neha commits suicide. And at the same moment Ronny gets a clue which makes him feel that Neha might be telling the truth all along. Now, Ronny turns into a blood thirsty rebel who has nothing but revenge on his mind. He finally finds who is the real culprit of Neha being abducted and turns into a desi version of Rambo who annihilates the culprit and his army of goons on his own. Baaghi 2 broke Padmaavat’s opening day record as it netted a total of INR 25.1 crore on the first day of its release. On 19 February 2018, the third installment of the film was announced under the title of Baaghi 3, with Nadiadwala as producer, Khan as director, and Shroff starring in the lead role. The team will start shooting in December 2018.

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Bollywood Movies of 2018

Mukkabaaz 

Release Date: 12 January, 2018

Mukkabaaz was a sports drama film which was written, co-produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap. The film stars Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain, Ravi Kishan and Jimmy Shergill. The movie was about Shravan Singh (Vineet Kumar Singh), who is an extremely dedicated boxer and aspires to be a world champion. In his journey to get to the top, he faces a major obstacle in the form of Bhagwan Das Mishra (Jimmy Shergill), a Don and head of the State Boxing Federation who tries to side-track his boxing career by making him do domestic work and errands. Things take a turn for the worse when Shravan falls in love with Bhagwan's niece Sunaina Mishra (Zoya Hussain). The story is about how Shravan manages to fulfil his dream of being a world beater in boxing and to win over the love of his life. The movie gives us a good glimpse of how corruption has a foothold even in sports committees. The idea for the film came from Vineet Kumar Singh himself, who had started writing stories of unsuccessful sports personalities who were victims of corruption. In an interview with a leading daily, Vineet was asked about the same, to which he replied, “I’ve seen lots of stories like this, which stayed with me over the years. I wrote this film because I wanted to play this character and I knew the only way to do that is by writing it myself." Vineet went through a period of struggle as no producer was willing to cast him in the film, although they liked the script. Eventually, Anurag Kashyap got to know about it with whom Singh had worked on three films including Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Bombay Talkies (2013) and Ugly (2014). Although, he was ready to cast Vineet to play the lead, he had one condition which was that he had to train enough to look like a professional boxer on-screen since they didn’t have the budget to hire an action choreographer or a consultant. Vineet later trained for a year away from the city in order to make his character of a boxer look convincing. 

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Padmaavat 

Release Date: 25 January, 2018

Padmaavat is a period drama film which was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film is loosely based on the poem Padmaavat which was written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. The movie stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in leading roles.  Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Raza Murad, and Anupriya Goenka featured in supporting roles. With a budget of approximately INR 190 crore, Padmaavat is regarded as one of the most expensive films to be made in India. Initially, Padmaavat was scheduled for a release on 1 December 2017. However, due to Karni Sena protests the release got delayed. The film had to face an uphill battle for its release. The Karni Sena requested the government for a nation-wide ban on the film and even went far as putting a bounty on Deepika Padukone. Eventually, when the film did release there was no stopping it from setting the box-office on fire. Padmaavat was a story about Rani Padmavati, who felt sacrificing her life was better than surrendering to the enemy. In the movie, Sultan Allauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) tries everything he can to get Rani Padmavati who was married to Maharawal Ratan Singh at the time. Khilji was an extremely powerful ruler who would stop at nothing to get what he wanted. Bhansali made use of technology to recreate the era. Real-life sets were used as well and the result was a never-seen-before opulence. The film made clever use of IMAX technology and 3D, which gave it depth and added to its grandness. Ranveer’s portrayal of Allauddin Khilji was something Bollywood had never witnessed before. The character of Khilji was so dark and intense that even playing the character on screen took a toll on Ranveer Singh. When asked about the same Ranveer said.”It was a huge risk. I was very apprehensive about taking the risk but Bhansali was very persistent in his pursuit of me and he is the one who convinced me that I would be able to pull it off. I went with his conviction. I can never say no to Bhansali, given the amount he has contributed to my career and to me as an artiste.” 

Filmfare

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Padman 

Release Date: 9 February, 2018

Through Padman, Akshay was trying to convey the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-cost sanitary pad making machine and helped spread awareness about menstrual hygiene in rural India. Akshay Kumar’s main purpose in doing the movie is to break the taboo around this biological fact, more so in the rural areas of India. The makers of Pad Man made it with a vision of spreading awareness not the commercial aspect. In India, it is not a surprise that movies are watched by everyone and everywhere. So, Akshay tried to utilise this median to give out the message he wanted. Apart from this, the makers felt that this will even give an impetus to politicians to take matters like these more seriously. Akshay also stated in an interview with a leading daily, that his biggest victory of Pad Man was the fact that people are able to talk about sanitary pads openly. The film release date was scheduled for 13 April 2018, however it was later changed to 26 January 2018. But, on 19 January it was announced that Pad Man has postponed its release to 9 February 2018 to avoid a clash with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. The main reason for the delay in the release of Pad Man was known when Akshay Kumar revealed that Sanjay Leela Bhansali had requested him to postpone the release of his film in order to avoid a clash. In an interaction with the media, AKshay Kumar said, “He (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) has gone through a lot. It is essential for them to release the film at this time, their stakes are higher than mine,". The film received an amazing response from the audience and went on to do business worth INR 120 crores globally. 

Filmfare

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Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety 

Release Date: 23 February, 2018 

Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety was a comedy drama which was directed by Luv Ranjan. The movie starred Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Barucha and Sunny Singh in leading roles. The combination of Kartik and Luv has already delivered hits like Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2. Although, the movie received mixed reviews from the critics but the movie was a hit with the audience. The movie revolves around two friends, Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh). The two are shown to be the best of friends, but things change when Sweety (Nushrat Barucha) comes into their lives. Sonu is fed up with dating girls and believes that getting married will solve his problems of dealing with heartbreak. His family arranges a meeting for him with Sweety and they instantly hit off. Sweety is shown to be the “perfect bride”. But, Sonu finds this too good to be true and starts getting doubts about her. Eventually, Sonu finds out from Sweety herself that she is a schemer and plans to do the same with Titu. Despite several attempts of breaking the marriage, Sonu couldn’t succeed. At the night of the wedding, Sonu gives Titu an ultimatum saying that “It is either her or me.” Titu valued his friendship more than anything else in the world so he sacrificed his love for Sonu as well. Eventually, he finds out that Sonu was not just speculating but there was actual truth in what he was saying. Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety became the sleeper hit of the year. The film is currently the third highest box-office grosser in Bollywood after Padmaavat and Baaghi 2.

Filmfare

Filmfare

Raid 

Release Date: 16 March 2018

Raid was a crime thriller film directed by Rajkumar Gupta and written by Ritesh Shah. The movie featured Ajay Devgn, Illeana D’cruz and Saurabh Shukla. The film was inspired by real like IT raids that were conducted by officers of the Indian Revenue Service during the 1980s. The film was a story about IRS Officer Amey Patnaik, who is the Deputy Commissioner of the Income Tax Department. He once receives an anonymous tip about black money being hoarded by MLA Rameshwar Singh. The movie is about Amey’s chase of the cash, while ensuring his officers and his family are safe. Ajay Devgn’s performance in the film received a lot of praise from the critics and the audience. Ajay played his character of the IRS officer with dedication which made it look very authentic. Saurabh Shukla’s performance as Rameshwar Singh too won hearts of many people. His quirky lines mad his character the most interesting part of the film. 

Filmfare

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Hichki 

Release Date: 23 March 2018 

Hichki is a drama film directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and was produced under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film is an adaptation of Brad Cohen's autobiography Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had, of which Yash Raj Films acquired the rights. Hichki was a story about Naina Mathur. Naina has a burning desire to become a teacher as she feels she is born for this job. However, she suffers from a condition called the Tourette Syndrome, which causes her to make sounds like hiccups on which she has no control whatsoever. This makes it hard for her to find a school who is willing to hire a teacher with such a condition. One day, she gets an offer to become a teacher from St.Notker’s High School, A job where she was rejected the last five times she applied. In the school, she is assigned the class 9F. Class 9F was filled with ill-disciplined and ill-mannered children. These kids are a part of the right to education initiative, thus landing up in an elite school where they are looked down upon by other students and many teachers as well. Before Naina, many teachers were tried by the school to teach the students of this class but no one could cope with it. Naina sees this is a challenge and is now determined to improve the behaviour of the children along with being their teacher. Hichki is a heart touching story which will make you nostalgic about your school days.

v

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Baaghi 2 

Release Date: 30 March 2018

Baaghi 2 is an action drama film which was made by choreographer turned director Ahmed Khan. The film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and stars Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani in the leading roles. The film was a sequel to Baaghi which was released in 2016 and had Shraddha Kapoor opposite Tiger Shroff in lead. Baaghi 2 is an all-out action film with elements of suspense and drama. A distraught Neha (Disha Patani) is looking for her daughter. She reaches out to her ex-boyfriend Ranveer Pratap Singh aka Ronny (Tiger Shroff) for help. Ronny begins his search for her daughter but from what he hears he begins to feel that Neha doesn’t have a daughter to begin with. Realising that even her only hope to bring her daughter back doesn’t believe her, Neha commits suicide. And at the same moment Ronny gets a clue which makes him feel that Neha might be telling the truth all along. Now, Ronny turns into a blood thirsty rebel who has nothing but revenge on his mind. He finally finds who is the real culprit of Neha being abducted and turns into a desi version of Rambo who annihilates the culprit and his army of goons on his own. Baaghi 2 broke Padmaavat’s opening day record as it netted a total of INR 25.1 crore on the first day of its release. On 19 February 2018, the third installment of the film was announced under the title of Baaghi 3, with Nadiadwala as producer, Khan as director, and Shroff starring in the lead role. The team will start shooting in December 2018.

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