INDIA: There were a variety of movies released in 2021, some of which were dull and others were not worth watching. Last year, Bollywood, as usual, stuck to its remake and biopic formula, which appears to be working at times and deranged at others. On the other hand, Freshly baked content-driven movies, always find a place in the hearts of hardcore movie buffs.
However, the pandemic had an impact on the box office as well as the moviegoing experience, but the massive emergence of Ott platforms has helped the movies to outperform expectations.
So here are the finest Bollywood films of the year 2021
5) State of Siege: Temple Attack
Plot: What will happen if a devotee visiting the temple is a victim of a terror attack? It may sound like something out of a movie, but it is a harsh reality. The misery and pain endured by the worshippers of the Akshardham temple during the terrorist attack of 2002 can barely be imagined.
The story is recounted through the eyes of NSG commandos and devotees who are being held as hostages. The NSG is nothing short of a hero when worshippers are tortured to death by terrorists in the temple and there is minimal chance of life.
Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Abhimanyu Singh, Gautam Rode, Manjari Fadnnis, Mridul Das
Directed by: Ken Ghosh
Plot: A biographical comedy-drama based on the life of Bharat Lal Bihari, a farmer from a small village, Amilo Mubarakpur. When his family members attempt to seize his land, they devise a dreadful plan that declares Lal Bihari dead on paper by the government. The story center’s on his real-life events, which portray his 19-year struggle and fight to prove his existence.
A sweet and aspiring story with another outstanding performance by Pankaj Tripathi, which is a must-watch with friends and family.
Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Monal Gajjar, Satish Kaushik
Directed by: Satish Kaushik
Plot: Considered to be an official remake of Marathi film Mala Aai Vahhaychy! (2010), Mimi executes a different touch of family values in comparison to cliché Bollywood stories with similar emotional tone. Story centers on Mimi, a local dancer who dreams of becoming a Bollywood celebrity. When Bhanu approaches her with a surrogacy offer, her world is turned upside down.
With its philosophical message, presenting the dark side of surrogacy this movie is must watch with family and friends.
Cast: Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Sai Tamhankar
Directed By: Laxman Utekar
Plot: Everything appeared to be lost until a soldier and his unit took up the fight, and his narrative became legendary. It would be an insult to refer to it as a story. The finest aspect of our history, as well as the sacrifice of the martyred, will be remembered forever. Captain Vikram Batra embodied all of the positive, straightforward, humorous, and loveable qualities that a great persona should have. His life is chronicled in this film. Along with his subordinates and their legends, which all sum up in his path from a lovable college guy with a desire of becoming a soldier to willingly sacrificing himself for the motherland.
The journey of Captain Vikram Batra is a legend in and of itself. So while it’s difficult to convey his complete trip in a two-hour film with all of the important aspects, this film did an excellent job of honoring his life and his sacrifice for India.
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, Shiv Panditt, Nikitin Dheer
Directed By: Vishnuvardhan
1) Sardar Udham
Plot: Udham Singh is a historical revolutionary who arose from the pain and upheaval of British imperialism, which was sparked by the merciless General Michael O’Dwyer. The movie chronicles the life of a freedom fighter who experienced the tragedy of the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, which is considered one of the most horrible incidents in Indian history.
Following that comes Udham Singh’s epic journey and the struggle for vengeance in the aftermath of General Dwyer’s assassination. The outstanding performances and astounding technical aspects made this film a visual treat for every cinephile.
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Banita Sandhu, Amol Parashar
Directed by: Shoojit Sircar