September 2018 has seen multiple releases in Bollywood, and yet we didn't have a Stree or Satyameva Jayate like success from any of the films. The only promising hit seems to be Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma's Sui Dhaaga -Made in India. However, it is too early for say if Sui Dhaaga is a hit or not, at the time of writing this article. Despite so many films that came out in the month of September, it is August film, the Rajkummar Rao-Shraddha Kapoor film, Stree, is ruling at the box office the whole month.
However, despite the bad box office period, September had seen some really good movie, and then some bad ones, and even disappointing ones. In this special feature, we look at the big releases of Bollywood in September and rank them based on their content, from WORST to the BEST. So starting with the movie that annoyed us the most -
Box Office Status: Rs 0.04 Crore (DISASTER)
This long-delayed romantic drama (made at a time when its lead Neil Nitin Mukesh was considered hot and happening) suffers from poor direction and bad editing. Should have been left in the cans! Ishqeria Movie Review: Neil Nitin Mukesh-Richa Chadha's Love Story is an Incoherent Mess.
Box Office Status: Rs 7.20 Crore (FLOP)
JP Dutta's return to the war genre didn't roar much at the box office, instead, all it made was a whimper. The lack of big names in the cast did affect its selling point, while Dutta is also to be blamed for rehashing some of the elements from his previous movies. In the end, Paltan turned out to be a nearly three-hour slog, though with a good climax.
Box Office Status: Rs 0.11 Crore (DISASTER)
This Nila Madhab Panda film had a good message and some wonderful actors, but is totally let down by a weird screenplay.
Batti Gul Meter Chalu
Box Office Status: Rs 35.68 Crore (Flop)
Another film with a good message which is nearly ruined by front-bencher pleasing narrative. Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor are both good, but the film is way too long, marred by an inconsequential love triangle and some sexist jokes.
Box Office Status: Rs 3.73 Crore (Flop)
The remake of Telugu film, Pelli Choopulu, the Nitin Kakkar film was a decent remake, with television actress Kritika Kamra making a fine Bollywood debut. However, a weak second half and a weaker Jackky Bhagnani don't let the film fly to greater heights.
Box Office Status: Rs 4.05 Crore (Released last Friday)
Vishal Bharadwaj's latest film is much better than his last, Rangoon. All the leads, Sanya Malhotra, Radhika Madan, Vijay Raaz and Sunil Grover, are excellent and the first half is really good. However, the plot goes for a toss in the second half, losing much of the impact.
Sui Dhaaga - Made in India
Box Office Status: Rs 36.60 Crore (Released last Friday)
Sui Dhaaga breaks no new grounds when it comes to its narrative, but it still is a feel-good film that leaves you in smiles by the end. Backed by Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma's fab performances, Sui Dhaaga doesn't disappoint, but is no great shakes either!
Box Office Status: Rs 0.28 Crore (DISASTER)
Manoj Bajpayee's psychological drama is a slow-burn of a movie that is not for the tastes of the blockbuster-loving audiences. However, its treatment and its surprise-strewn script make the film much better than many releases of the month. Also, Manoj Bajpayee is in fine form here.
Box Office Status: Rs 26.45 (FLOP)
Anurag Kashyap's take on modern relationships boasts of some fine writing (especially in the first half), natural interpersonal dynamics and show-stealing turns from Vicky Kaushal and Tapsee Pannu. The movie, though, suffers from a Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam-hangover and weaker, convenient second half.
Box Office Status: Rs 2.89 Crore (DISASTER)
The modern-retelling of Laila Majnu has been the biggest surprise of the month. Beautifully picture with a wonderful score, the highlights of this movie has been a strong second half and a power-packed performance from Avinash Tiwari. Sadly, the movie was overlooked at the box office.
Box Office Status: Rs 1.75 Crore (FLOP)
Love Sonia, directed by Tabrez Noorani, is not an easy watch. And if you do, you won't come back for second helpings. But that's nothing against the film. Love Sonia is a powerful piece of cinema that shows the stark, unflinching reality of human trafficking. Not to mention, great acting from Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Freida Pinto and the debutant, Mrunal Thakur.
Box Office Status: Rs 3.05 crore (FLOP)
Like they say, the best films may not earn the love of the day, but the future will be kinder towards it. Ask Shawshank Redemption. Or Andaz Apna Apna. Manto may have its issues, but it is an excellent piece of cinema, destined to be called a masterpiece in the future. Manto is more than a biopic, it is a commentary on how censorship curbs an artist's creative license. After Firaaq, Nandita Das proves her mettle as a director again, while Nawazuddin Siddiqui scores once more with a fine performance.
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