Every weekend we run to multiplexes to catch our favorite stars do the same old slapstick formula movies, over and over and over again and we still enjoy watching them. However, every now and then, there comes some quality films to bring the balance back in your life. And there’s no end of such quality movies in Bollywood either. But such films unlike the majority respect the audience’s intelligence and have a definite story to tell.
Here are 2016’s Bollywood films which came out to modest praise and yet couldn’t convert that into footfalls inside the theater:
Based on the real life story of a professor at Aligarh university who was sacked and rendered homeless for being a homosexual, Hansal Mehta’s film doesn’t sugarcoat the issue. The film had its world premiere at the 20th Busan International Film Festival, receiving a standing ovation. The film was released worldwide on 26 February 2016 to unanimous critical acclaim. Bajpayee won huge critical acclaim and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras. Despite of this Aligarh didn’t quite get the box office that it deserved. For his spectular performance Manoj Bajpayee received the best Actor and Critics Award for Best Actor in 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards and 62nd Filmfare Awards respectively.
2. Nil Battey Sannata
Directed and co-written by ad filmmaker Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Nil Battey Sannata narates the story of a single mother working as a maid to provide for her daughter’s education. The film sets to deliver the message that everyone has a right to dream and change their lives, irrespective of social status. The film have received critical acclaim and was positively received by the audiences as well. Reviewers praised most aspects of the production, with particular emphasis on its narrative, realism, and performances of the cast. Bhaskar garnered huge praise for her performance. The film was declared a “hit” after its second weekend. The film was remade into Tamil as Amma Kanakku.
Directed by Anu Menon, Waiting chronicles the journey of two strangers who meet in the waiting room of a hospital after their respective spouses are fighting for their life. The film speaks about love, friendship, grief and acceptance. Stars Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin in lead roles. Waiting had its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival on 11 December 2015 to positive reviews from critics. It was also screened at the closing gala of the London Asian Film Festival, where Menon won the Best Director Award. Waiting was well-received by critics with particular praise for the performances of Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah, and Menon’s direction.
Dhanak written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, narates the idealistic dreams of two kids who want to meet Shah Rukh Khan. The film is set in Rajasthan, and two kids get the news that the Bollywood superstar is shooting in a nearby city. The film was premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Crystal Bear Grand Prix for Best Children’s Film, and Special Mention for the Best Feature Film by The Children’s Jury for Generation Kplus. The film has also garnered the Best Film Award in the main category-Children’s Feature Film Competition-Cinema in Sneakers (film festival), and the Best Film Award – at the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM). The journey that the two kids undertake and the kind of people meet along the way is what makes Dhanak such a warm film.
Written and directed by Leena Yadav and produced by Ajay Devgan under his banner Ajay Devgn FFilms, narrates about three women in Rajasthan’s hinterland finding their identity, became the news for the wrong reasons. The film received critical acclaim and the film came up trumps when it came to addressing issues of women independence in the rural areas of India, Despite critical acclaim, the film failed to have significant box office collections.
6.Sanam Teri Kasam
Directed by the duo Radhika Rao-Vinay Sapru, starring Harshvardhan Rane and Mawra Hocane in lead. The film is a modern rendition of the novel Love Story by Eric Segal.
Directed by Rajesh Pillai, Traffic is a thriller road movie and is a remake of the 2011 Malayalam film of same name. This film is one of the must watch film of 2016 with great performanceby all the actors. Despite of getting the positive reviews, According to Box Office India, movie collected 3.65 crores in its lifetime on a budget of 9 crores.
Directed by Sudha Kongara, Saala Khadoos is a sports drama film which was Simultaneously released in Tamil and Hindi, the film features R. Madhavan in the leading role as a boxing coach. Saala Khadoos received critical acclaim after it release. Saala Khadoos was later screened at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival during October 2016 and was then also selected to be a part of the Indian Panorama section at 47th International Film Festival of India. With the the success of the film, Sudha Kongara confirmed that she would remake the film in the Telugu language as Guru (2017) with Venkatesh in the lead
Madaari is a social-thriller film directed by Nishikant Kamat, is the story of a common man who sets out to avenge the death of his son caused by rampant corruption in the government. It is one of the best of Irrfan’s movie, showcasing his talent.
Te3n is a thriller film written and directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. This is a remake of the 2013 South Korean hit film Montage. A masterpiece in the present times. Awesome movie. Brilliant performances by Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Sidiqui & Vidya Balan. Very gripping storyline, of an old grandfather to solve a kidnapping & murder mystery that he has experienced before of his own granddaughter. You’ll keep on guessing till the end. Though praised for acting and storyline by critics and audience, the film was a commercial failure at the box office.