While 2018 was commercially one-of-the-best years for Bollywood, with more blockbusters and 100-crore nett grossers witnessed than any previous year in the industry’s rich history, not all of the films that struck a chord with the audience managed to find the same love with a vast majority of critics. Let’s take a look at the few which did:
The crime thriller by Sriram Raghavan has won the hearts of critics and audiences all over. Backed by stellar performances from Ayushmann Khurrana and Tabu, the film’s plot and numerous twists are still being discussed months after it has exited cinema halls. In fact, many have hailed AndhaDhun as the Hindi film of the year.
Raazi not only emerged as Alia’s third 100-crore nett grosser, but also became one of the rate female-centric films to achieve blockbuster status to go along with universal praise from reviewers.
3.) Badhaai Ho
Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, and Gajrao Rao, the film was a complete surprise package. It had surprised everyone when it crossed the Rs 100 crore mark at the box office with such a different storyline.
A horror comedy, which is a rare genre in B-town, was done really well with the film Stree. Rajkummar Rao yet again won the hearts of the audience with his performance in the film while Shraddha Kapoor gave the film the much-needed intitial push with her star-power, delivering her third 100-crore nett grosser in the bargain.
Honorable Mention: Tummbad
Sohum Shah worked on Tumbbad for six long years to make his vision a reality, and boy did the efforts pay off, giving Indian cinema it’s first creature-feature horror to be really proud of. Some films go above and beyond the tag of hits and flops, and Tummbad is testimony to that. In a day and age when films zoom to 100 crores within the first weekend and crash thereafter, it’s extremely rare for a movie to run for more than 50 days in theaters, proving that audiences took their time to warm up to it due to lack of awareness, but once they did, the goodwill refused to die down. Some films make fill their coffers at the box-office. Others create a legacy and will be remembered forever. Tummbad falls in the latter category.