TOP 10 of INdian Cinema - 2021

In a survey to judge the best of Indian Cinema in the year 2021, the IFI requested 07 eminent Film Critics of India to recommend their choice of top 10 Indian films and top three performances by an actor male and female in order of preference. The choices listed by the Critics were given marks by IFI e.g. the film rated by the Critic as No. 1 got 10 marks while the one placed at No. 10 got 01 marks. A similar formula was applied to the Performances by the Actors as well. The objective was to create a country-wide consensus on the Best of Indian Cinema which has largely been achieved if one goes by the Final List. The Final results are as under:  

BEST FEATURE FILMS 2021

  1. ‘The Disciple’ (Marathi) directed by Chaitanya Tamhane 

  2. ‘Minnal Murali’ (Malayalam) directed by Basil Joseph 

  3. ‘Joji’ (Malayalam) directed by Dileesh Pothan   

  4. 'Nayattu' (Malayalam) directed by Martin Prakkat, jointly with 'Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana' (Kannada) directed by Raj B. Shetty

  5. 'Milestone' (Hindi) directed by Ivan Ayr

  6. 'Sardar Udham' (Hindi) directed by Shoojit Sircar

  7. 'The Great Indian Kitchen' (Malayalam) directed by Jeo Baby

  8. 'Kala' (Malayalam) directed by Rohith VS, jointly with 'Jai Bheem' (Tamil) directed by T. J. Gnanavel

  9. 'Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam' (Malayalam) directed by Senna Hegde

  10. 'Sherni' (Hindi) directed by Amit V. Masurkar, jointly with 'Pushpa: The Rise – Part 01' (Telugu) directed by Sukumar

best actor 2021 (male)

1. Fahadh Faasil - Malik

2. Vicky Kaushal - Sardar Udham, jointly with Tovino Thomas - Minnal Murali

best actor 2021 (FEmale)

1. Konkona Sen Sharma - Geeli Pucchi, jointly with Nimisha Sajayan - The Great Indian Kitchen

2. Taapsee Pannu- Haseen Dilruba

The survey invited top 07 Film Critics of the country through a rating mechanism where a film rated by the Critic at No. 1 spot got 10 marks while the one placed at No. 10 got 01 mark and so on. The Critics who participated in the Survey included Baradwaj Rangan (Chennai), Sachin Chate (Goa), Siraj Syed (Mumbai), Chandi Mukherjee (Kolkata), Murtaza Ali Khan (New Delhi), Christopher Dalton (Kerala) and Utpal Datta (Guwahati).

Participating Film Critics

Baradwaj Rangan
Baradwaj Rangan

Baradwaj Rangan is an Indian film critic, writer, and formerly the deputy editor of The Hindu. He later became a senior editor of Film Companion. He won the National Film Award for Best Film Critic in 2006. He has also authored two books, worked as a screenwriter, and is a teacher at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.

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SACHIN CHATE
SACHIN CHATE

Sachin Chate has been writing on cinema for 24 years. A Computer Technology graduate, he started writing for The Hitavada in Nagpur and after moving to Goa, he has been writing a weekly column for The Navhind Times, Goa. He has contributed to various magazines and national dailies and served on the Indian Panorama Jury at IFFI, 2017. He also teaches Film Appreciation in Goa. Sachin is also a radio jockey with All India Radio’s FM Rainbow since 1998.

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SIRAJ SYED
SIRAJ SYED

Prof. Siraj Syed is an actor, broadcaster, film critic and lecturer. He is also a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, Germany and pens his blog at https://www.filmfestivals.com/blog/siraj_syed

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CHANDI MUKHERJEE
CHANDI MUKHERJEE

Chandi Mukherjee has been a journalist, film critic and film historian for the last four decades. He has written for numerous Bengali dailies and magazines, including Aajkal, Ekdin, Sananda, Anandalok, and Television. For his film criticism he has won BFJA Award, Rotary Puraskar and Uttam Puraskar. Mukherjee has been a jury at the National Film Awards and also now served as the President of Bengal Film Journalist’s Association (BFJA).

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MURTAZA ALI KHAN
MURTAZA ALI KHAN

Murtaza Ali Khan is a film critic / journalist based out of Delhi, India. He is a regular contributor to The Hindu, The Sunday Guardian, Newslaundry, etc. He has been a guest panelist on various television channels and also associated with radio. He also conducts workshops on screenwriting, film appreciation and digital filmmaking.

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CHRISTOPHER DALTON
CHRISTOPHER DALTON

Dalton is a film critic, essayist and festival advisor. He began his journalistic odyssey writing for ‘The Hindu’ and the ‘Times Group’. His film-reviewing stint spans almost a decade, and includes such publications as ‘Rediff’, ‘The Film Street Journal’, ‘Dear Cinema’, ‘Upper Stall’, and the ‘Deccan Chronicle’ /‘The Asian Age’. n addition to being a writer, he is a prolific cameraman too with over ten years of experience as a documenter of reality. He has briefly captured in moving images a var

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UTPAL DATTA
UTPAL DATTA

Utpal Datta is a National Film Award-winning film critic. He has been associated with different magazines such as Bismoi, Rangghar, Roopkar. He is known primarily for his books, plays and radio shows. He has now directed an impressionistic 10-minute short film, “By-lane 2”, which is his first ever independent work as a director. The film is based on the works of Pabitra Kumar Deka.

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