Like 2020, this year too the theaters remained shut (barring the first three months) owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Left with no other choice, some filmmakers turned their attention towards OTT platforms to release their respective films.
One cannot ignore the fact that OTT has changed the consumption pattern of the audience over the years. With diverse content from across the globe being easily available at the press of a button, the filmmakers have got a hard task when it comes to keeping the viewers glued to the screen.
On the other hand, the ‘junta’ is ready to welcome good content irrespective of its star cast and this year is the proof! The much-hyped films like Janhvi Kapoor’s
and Salman Khan’s
Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai
failed to entice the audience due to its flimsy storytelling. On the other hand, films minus any frills (eg.
and others) left a lasting impression as they satiated the audience’s taste buds with their appealing stories.
As half the year has gone by, we list down some of the top Bollywood films that proved that content is the king when it comes to stirring emotions in the audience.
Inspired by a real-life story, Pankaj Tripathi-starrer
Kaagaz tells the story of a man who decides to fight the system to prove his existence when his relatives declare him legally dead. Pankaj Tripathi breathes life into this social satire with his remarkable performance despite a few glitches in the storytelling.
The ever dependable Manav Kaul gives you enough reasons to catch up with this crime-legal thriller in which an open-and-shut case has more to it than meets the eye. Besides Kaul, Arjun Rampal also puts his best foot forward to deliver some engaging courtroom drama.
Renuka Shahane’s Hindi directorial debut headlined by Kajol, Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar, revolves around how three generations of women from a dysfunctional family deal with grief and other difficult emotions. Shahane’s take on imperfect mothers and difficult daughters makes for a heartwarming watch!
Sanya Malhotra as a young widow who makes a startling discovery after her husband’s demise, sashays her way into your hearts with her layered act in Umesh Bisht’s black comedy
Pagglait. With its heart in the right place, this film makes unscathing comment on the hypocrisy of the society when a woman decides to take charge of a situation.
overpowers rest of the films in the Netflix anthology
Ajeeb Dastaans with Konkona Sen Sharma and Aditi Rao Hydari’s stellar performances, and an engaging plot which captures themes like homophobia, class and caste divide in an effective way.
Despite some bumps in the narrative, Vidya Balan wins you over with her pitch-perfect performance in Amit Masurkar’s
Beneath the man-animal conflict, Masurkar peels off layers of patriarchy and gender bias which are deeply seeped into the society and provides the audience with some food for thought.
Out of all these movies, which one impressed you the most? Let us know in the comment section below.