Top 5 Best Bollywood Movie Performances of 2016

Bollywood is as colorful and diverse as the country it represents. There have been several noteworthy movies in 2016 and some outstanding performances by stars. Here we list the Top 5 Best Bollywood Movie Performances of 2016.

Amitabh Bachchan in PINK

Confusing, serious, curious and questionable – the Big B drama of 2016 in Pink made audience gripping with excitement as to what this blunt and straight-forward movie had in store for them.

What worked for the audience: When 3 women who are harassed by a man are accused by that very man of a crime, an aged lawyer steps in to their rescue in Amitabh Bachchan. The movie works on many levels but to name a few aspects – 1) the script doesn’t hold back from controversial yet true remarks – it paints India the society that it is; it questions women’s right to freedom, not men’s. Bachchan’s performance along with the supporting cast sure packed a punch.

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Manoj Bajpai, Aligarh

Questioning the judgements of the society and the right to privacy and freedom, Aligarh is not your conventional Bollywood movie.

What worked for the audience : the Indian movie audience is not used to seeing movies on such strong subjects, presented with such finesse. In Bajpai, the movie finds honesty and dedicated acting that questions the paradox of a society that on one hand is a democracy and on another questions a man on his sexuality and violates his right to freedom. The performance of Bajpai and movie, both got praises for it’s non-commercial line of cinema.

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Akshay Kumar in Airlift

Cased on a true story, there’s only so little artistic freedom that you can take. The movie follows a businessman and his journey to evacuate Indians from Kuwait (during Sadam Hussein’s invasion).

What worked for the audience : Crisp writing, strong acting and a screenplay that keeps you at the edge of your seat – the movie has drama, suspense and a sense of compassion to humanity – and how people come together in crisis. Akshay Kumar yet again puts forward his case as an actor who has made a huge leap from a commercial – action hero to a serious dramatic actor. His portrayal has moments of pain, anguish, desperation and helplessness – the way these emotions are carried out make you feel equally vulnerable as an audience, as the character on screen.

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Sonam Kapoor, Neerja

Another biopic but hugely different from Airlift. Neerja is about Neerja Bhannot, a flight attendant who put her life at stake to protect people in Pan AM flight 73 in 1986 – hijacked by terrorists.

What worked for the audience : Blossoming from a girl-next-door image to play a strong braveheart whose sheer will power is a testimony to the power of a human being- the movie begins with Sonam Kapoor credited as herself but ends with her truly fitting into the character of Neerja.

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Shah Rukh Khan in and as Fan

It’s hard to even compare the movies that we’re used to seeing Shah Rukh Khan in, and how Fan is different from them – there’s no similarity. Fan is perhaps an ice-breaking movie in Shah Rukh’s career that has probably not seen the success it should’ve in the last 5-6 years – purely due to commercial choice of movies, which is fine but it may not necessarily always please audience; who can be very strict critics.

What worked for the audience : Playing 2 roles simultaneously, one of fan and other of this huge superstar from Bollywood – Khan does justice to both the roles, in fact he plays the Fan better than the superstar, which he actually is in real life. The audience noted the efforts of Shah Rukh and even though the movie wasn’t a major box –office success, it gave Shah Rukh the much needed critical acclaim.

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Dear Zindagi Movie Review

Charming the audience with his witty charm, Shah Rukh shines in Dear Zindagi – which is otherwise an out and out Ali Bhatt’s perfection.

Cracking the storyline: The movie revolves around Kaira (Alia Bhatt) and her bid to find the perfect one. Her heartbreaks leave her exhausted and she needs direction in life to think right and do right. Kaira’s journey in the movie is around the boys she meets and falls in love with. But as Zindagi is, when things go well – it throws climaxes at you and there’s no such thing ever as a happy ending; we just want there to be.

The cast: Alia Bhatt is no short of perfect for the role of Kaira – a young girl who is juggling between her professional life and the people that she’s involved with in her personal life. There is the charm of love, grief of loss and passion of profession.

Kaira is confused but willing to keep going forward and learning new things about Zindagi. What works with the script is it’s complexity, even though that isn’t always a good thing. The movie isn’t a stand-still, it makes amends but also pushes back; just finding the right balance of how we find ‘the right one’ who in fact isn’t what we had hoped for, thus we part ways and go back to circle one – again to find that ‘right one’.

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Amidst these kayos of life, Kaira meets up with a psychologist to find some perspective in life, and there steps in – Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan).

For some and as it was for me – the movie can very easily be broken down into 1) pre Jehangir Khan and 2) post Jehangir Khan, with the latter half more to my preference as the first half is rather slowish and can leave a section of the audience confused for some consistent storyline.

Shah Rukh Khan as Jehangir Khan gives the movie some much needed mature vibe to it – which up till the end of first half is missing as there was the understandable immaturity and impulsiveness of the way with which youth can react at times – which is portrayed through the role of Kaira.

Dialogue/Direction : The movie highlights how we tend to share our body problems with people but we resist from telling anyone about our mental problems – something that is quite prevalent in our society. Shinde does well as a director to bring together this complicated part of our life into the movie and merge it with the storyline that struggles for pace in the first half.

The dialogues written also by Gauri Shinde work wonders, especially in the sequences of Shah Rukh Khan and Ali Bhatt – in just a matter of few words, a relationship is established and that is testimony to how strong the performances from these 2 actors is – the age difference works with the characters that these 2 play. Showcasing maturity of a 40+ psychologist in Shah Rukh and the impulsiveness of Alia Bhatt as a 20+ girl is what makes Dear Zindagi come together.

With a different take on life – relationships- won and relationships-lost, we give Dear Zindagi a 3.5/5.

Does Jehangir Khan actually help Kaira find the lost perspective in life or was she ever really lost? Dear Zindagi explores how life is uncertain and why being unafraid of what’s to come is the best policy to move forward – it’s a movie that explores relationships, practicality of thinking and the will to live life to the fullest – it’s just the perspective of how you see life that matters.

Box Office Verdict

We predict 100cr+ business.

Dear Zindagi is a HIT.

The only hurdle in it’s way was the current demonetization, which could’ve resulted in reducing the rushes outside cinema theaters BUT the opening weekend proves that it won’t be so – with Rs32 crore on opening weekend, it doesn’t seem even Demonization can stop Dear Zindagi from being a huge blockbuster hit.

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Dear Zindagi is a movie about a girl in her 20’s who has opted for an unconventional profession in life, that of – Cinematography. The life of this 20 something old girl portrayed in the movie can at times feel a tad different from the average girl in her 20’s we come across every day, but there are a few cinematic liberties that are to be taken, though Gauri Shinde does but doesn’t go overboard with them. The audience develops a connection with Dear Zindagi. But there’s always more to a character than just simple observations. That’s what Dear Zindagi perfectly taps into.

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Dear Zindagi Official Trailer Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt

Dear Zindagi is directed by Gauri Shinde, whose previous film English Vinglish had already won her many accolades. The film Dear Zindagi stars Shah Rukh Khan, and Alia Bhatt in the key roles.

Dear Zindagi Trailer

Both Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt seem to playing very natural characters; not the typical over-the-top bollywood-esque roles.

In fact the movie seems to be a fresh take on life and already the audience is loving it.

The first teaser opens with Shah Rukh Khan telling Alia about his memories of playing kabaddi with the sea. Then shows her how. All in all, the teasers are full of small and cute moments. Life is beautiful.

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Just Go To Hell Dil – Dear Zindagi | Gauri Shinde | Alia, Shah Rukh, Amit, Kausar M, Sunidhi C

Just Go To Hell Dil – the second single from Dear Zindagi is a song that we are sure everyone will relate to.

Featuring Alia who is seen trying to do away with all her pent up emotions and letting go, the essence of the track has been further enhanced by the voice of Sunidhi Chauhan.

Beautifully written by Kausar Munir and Composed by Amit Trivedi, the song has a unique melody that gets you hooked to it.

Dear Zindagi Release Date

Dear Zindagi will release in India on 25 November 2016.

With the changing face of cinema, bold new directors are giving a new lease of life to Bollywood. Moving away from mainstream movies that revolve around two people romancing each other, movies such as Dear Zindagi give us more options to choose from.

Going by the teasers the movie seems to promise a lot more. Gauri Shinde has already set a mark for herself, with her directorial debut English Vinglish. Thus, Dear Zindagi will have to live up to all of our expectations.

Dear Zindagi Songs

Love You Zindagi, one of the songs from Dear Zindagi, has been received well by the audience.  It is a chorus number that would uplift your spirits.

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The reason why many of us are looking forward to Dear Zindagi is that it could be a break from the mind numbing action of most other movies we have come across. Dear Zindagi’s s focus could be a lot more on the story and characters rather than peripheral matters of distraction.

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