Best and Worst Films of Bollywood
The year 2021 was a complete package of surprises with many up-downs for the film industry. There were mixed releases with some of the most anticipated films to surprise hits. At the same time, the pandemic situation made the opening and closing of cinemas a roller coaster. The new mediums and OTT platforms secured some big films for them owing to the covid-19 situation. Despite all these situations, the audiences did get some good movies to keep them going.
It was possibly the first time mega superstars’ biggest films were released on OTT medium. This new medium truly spoke that ‘Content is the king’. Because films with good content and best performances were only appreciated, we saw some of the pathbreaking performances by many actors trying to make their mark in the Industry.
Surprisingly, movies backed by superstars tanked down, and new superstars were made. So, to keep yourself busy till new releases find your way, we have listed some of the best and worst films of Bollywood of the year. Interestingly, the year saw releases on some of the unique topics across OTT like Tribhanga, Nail Polish, Pagglait, and Chandigarh Karen Aashiqui. At the same time, there were female-centric films that received applause from the audiences. So without further ado, let’s talk about the best and worst films for the year 2021:-
Best Films of 2021
Do you know Vicky Kaushal got 13 stitches while filming for the film? Sardar Udham, directed by Shoojit Sarkar, is based on the life of an Indian Revolutionary Sardar Udham Singh. He assassinated Michael O’Dwyer, the British colonial official responsible for the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre. This movie includes some heart-wrenching scenes from Jallianwala Bagh. This rare biography film has an intense climax scene. Vicky Kaushal amazingly transformed into a 20-year-old. Also, the direction by Shoojit Sarkar brought that time to life. The film was supposed to star Late Irrfan Khan. But, owing to his health conditions, the film was later made with Vicky Kaushal.
The Film is a unique story about the importance of nature and human greed. The film starred Vidya Balan in the lead role. Her performance was powerful and effortless. The film received mostly positive reviews and raised awareness about wildlife conservation. She is tasked with capturing and containing a man-eating tigress in a remote village. However, she faces hostilities from multiple angles while doing her work.
This film reinstated Siddharth Malhotra as one of the best actors in the film fraternity. He played the titular role of Captain Vikram Batra in the biopic. The movie was appreciated for its performances and staying honest to a soldier’s story. The film is filled with the feeling of patriotism and came as a milestone in the career of Siddharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani. The movie beautifully covered the battlefield scenes and an incredible love story of Captain Vikram Batra and Dimple Cheema. Captain Vikram Batra climbed up military ranks and contributed to India’s 1999 Kargil war.
83 is one of the best sports-themed films made in recent years. It received appreciation and positive reviews from both the critics and the audiences. The film is an epic portrayal of India’s first World cup win in 1983. It depicts how Captain Kapil Dev and the Indian Cricket team managed to win the title. The film has efficiently recreated the era with details by taking inspiration from the original footage. The direction by Kabir Khan is unique, and the best part of the film is the fantastic performances by the cast of the film. The high point in the movie is the day of June 25, 1983, in the Lord’s Cricket Ground. The day witnessed 14 men beat the World Champions West Indies twice. The film starred Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, and Hardy Sandhu.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar
Surprisingly, this film emerged as one of the best films for 2021. The film has an engaging opening scene to an impactful gender-defying finale. The film’s plot has a layer of dark comedy in it. The film is about Sandeep, a corporate employee, and Pinkesh, a suspended policeman. Both of them witnessed a violent incident. So, they have to be together and outrun the thugs behind them. This Film by Dibakar Banerjee includes extracts of misogyny, class divide, privilege, and greed.
Worst films of 2021
Roohi was a highly anticipated release for 2021. Despite promising trailers and the film being made by the makers of Stree, the film failed to impress the critics. The film had poor scripting and execution, which initially looked like a sharp-witty film. Jahnvi Kapoor tried hard to become a ghost, and Varun Sharma added some moments of laughter in the movie. The film starred Jahnvi Kapoor, Rajkumar Rao, and Varun Sharma in the lead roles. The story revolves around Bhawra and Kattanni, who kidnaps Roohi on orders from their client, who wants to marry her. The story takes a complete turn when they realize that a Demon possesses Roohi.
Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai
The Eid release by Megastar is one of the highly awaited films of the year. But, at the end of 2021, Radhe failed to make a mark. Even comparing the standards and expectations with Salman Khan, the film could not mark. Salman Khan plays the role of Radhe, an encounter specialist in the Mumbai Police Force. He aims to knock down the crime syndicate led by an evil drug lord. The film directed by Prabhudeva also starred Randeep Hooda, Disha Patani, Megha Akash, and Jackie Shroff. The film became one of the worst-rated films on IMDb.
The Girl on the Train
The expectations and risk are already very high when you have to play a part played by Emily Blunt in a remake. No doubt, Parineeti tried hard, but things didn’t fall in place. The story is about a recently divorced girl. She spends her day fantasizing about a perfect couple. They live in a house where her train passes daily. Things go this way until one day; a shocking incident takes place. The Ribhu Dasgupta Directorial also starred Aditi Rao Hydari, Kristin Kulhari, and Avinash Tiwary.
Bhuj: The pride of India
A war multistarrer already promises an emotional and patriotic experience. The film follows IAF Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik. He tries hard to complete his mission and create history. He took the help of 300 local women during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 to build a destroyed airstrip within three days. The film also starred Ajay Devgn as Karnik, alongside Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi, Sharad Kelkar, Ammy Virk, Pranitha Subhash, and Ihana Dhillon. However, the film couldn’t impress the critics.
Sardar ka Grandson
It’s normal to move small items here and there. But then comes this film where Arjun Kapoor moves an entire house. The unique plot could have worked if it did not have a poor screenplay and direction. Arjun tried hard to become an ideal Grandson, but he failed to establish an emotional connection with the audience. Neena Gupta’s charm and fantastic acting skills could not make the film shine. Arjun Kapoor plays the role of Amreek, who discovers that his grandmother, Sardar Kaur, is ill. He quickly comes home from Los Angeles. He then tries hard to enable her to reunite with her old home.
So, this was our list of the best and worst releases of 2021.