Continuing the trend of 2017, 2018 saw a slew of content-driven, offbeat, un-Bollywood movies. The year saw movies, which were almost impossible until a few years ago (read Padman), being appreciated by the audience and doing the kind of business which usually a Khan or Bachchan movie does while some multi-starrers failing badly.
Well, 2018 has proved that only larger-than-life multi-starrers will no more be able to satiate us anymore. The Indian audience is warming up to new stories, and unabashedly, unapologetically and roundly rejecting shameless, mindless grabs (yes, Thugs Of Hindostan) and applauding more meaningful, content-rich ones like Badhai Ho.
However, there were still some brilliant, mid-budget films that just slipped through the cracks this year and failed badly at the box office. So, come, let’s have a look at some of the not-so-successful yet brilliantly-made movies of 2018 that you must watch before stepping into the new year:
IMDB rating: 7.6
Box office verdict: Average
Starring Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and internet-darling Mithila Palkar, Karwaan was a sweet, pleasant and very refreshing watch. Depicting quite a unBollywoodish, closer to home road trip in a rickety van along with a dead body in a coffin (no mystery murder here), the movie brings to life Majrooh Sultanpuri’s legendary lines “main akela hi chala tha janib-e-manzil magar, log saath aate gaye aur karwaan banta gaya.”
The movie has a subtle touch. While it leaves you smiling and laughing at some points (thanks to Shaukat’s nuances), it also leaves you pondering over lost relationships. A must, must-watch if you have not seen this one yet and guess what? It is on Prime Video.
IMDB rating: 8.1
Box office verdict: flop
It’s a sin if you have not watched this Anurag Kashyap movie yet. This is not any other sports film nor it is any other romantic movie. Mukkabaaz throws the light on the ground realities on the state of Indian sports (other than crickets) as well as on the politics that goes behind every selection and tournament.
And Vineet Kumar Singh, this name stays and grows on you even after you are done watching the movie like a fever. Watch it on Zee5.
IMDb rating: 7.5
Box Office verdict: NA
Manto is Nawazuddin Siddiqui at his best. The thought-provoking, soul-jerking movie on the legendary and maverick writer and playwright Saadat Hasan Manto takes us back in time into partition days. Sadly, it seems that nothing much has changed though. The movie is superbly relatable on many levels and similarities about the intolerance level of our society in both the times seem somewhat unchanged.
Do watch it. It is available on Netflix.
Bhavesh Joshi Superhero
IMDB rating: 7.6
Box Office verdict: flop
This was a true Bollywood superhero movie which got sidelined over other more glitzy fellow releases. The Vikramaditya Motwane movie is well-written from start to finish showing the ground realities and problems Indian citizens face every day from politicians to government officers to media houses.
Too bad for the audience as this movie got buried under over-the-top promotion and marketing of Veere Di Wedding. It’s your loss if you have not watched this one yet. It is on Netflix. Do not miss it.
IMDb rating: 7.8
Box Office Verdict: Flop
A beautiful adaptation of the much loved classic short story “Kabuliwala” by Rabindranath Tagore, this Danny Denzongpa movie is nothing but a balm for your tortured souls. The cinematography is exemplary, the production design is superb and direction is so superlative. Geetanjali Thapa is fresh, beautiful, charming yet intense as always.
Chances are high that you might have missed it. You can watch it now on Hotstar.
IMDB rating: 7.6
Box office verdict: Flop
It is a sheer shame when a movie like October flunks on box office while Tiger Zinda Hai and Baaghi 2 are declared blockbuster. This Shoojit Sircar movie is not a film, but an emotional journey in itself. This movie is definitely not for the masses. It grows on you, drain you emotionally and might leave you questioning your ideas about life. But it is worth a watch. It’s now on Prime Video. Do not miss this one at all.