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Gully Boy – Ranveer Singh Rocks In This Tale Of An Underdog Street-Rapper

FINALLY! A Zoya Akhtar movie I really liked! I mean, I liked Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara a lot too, but not as much as most people I know. I wasn’t a big fan of Dil Dhadakne Do, and I haven’t seen her other works (except for Lust Stories). So I went to Gully Boy fearing that I might not be the audience for it. But Zoya delightfully proves me wrong with this highly entertaining story of a rapper from the streets. And Ranveer, OH MY GOD! Is there anything this man can’t do?

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Best of 2018 Series Part 3 – Best Films of the Year

Here is the last part of my Best of 2018 series – best films of last year (Part 1 and Part 2 here). Again, I haven’t watched a lot of movies which released last year (Ee Ma Yau, Sudani From Nigeria etc), so this – like the last two – is an incomplete list. 2018 gave us some very interesting films, and here are my picks – in no particular order.

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Uri-The Surgical Strike – An Engaging War Film With A Highly Effective Vicky Kaushal

Before I start off, I want to share an interesting tidbit about the film which I came across on Twitter today. The director of Uri-The Surgical Strike – Aditya Dhar – was initially supposed to debut with a film titled Raat Baaki – starring Fawad Khan and Katrina Kaif. But his plans went for a toss when the Uri attack took place in 2016, post which there was a ban on Pakistani actors and singers working in India. But what did Dhar do? He instead went on to make a film on the Uri attack itself. This is the never-say-die attitude displayed in Ur-The Surgical Strike – Dhar’s first film.

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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga – A Light-Hearted, Fun Take On An Important Issue Which Needed A Better Heroine

Before I get into what I did and did not like about this film, I must say that I am glad that this film was made in the first place. Same sex love isn’t something that is commonly acknowledged in Indian cinema – what we usually get are caricatures like Rishi Kapoor in Student of the Year, Dostana, Sahil Vaid in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya and so on. The one time Bollywood did depict it seriously in a mainstream film was in Kapoor and Sons. But there that was not the focus of the film, plus that film is something that would connect mostly with the urban audience. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga – like dontcallitbollywood says in her review – is a film which attempts to take this story of same-sex love to the small-town audiences – ones who are not really aware or not quite willing to accept that homosexuality exists and that it is absolutely normal.

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