Game-changers? May be not. Conversation starters? For sure. The six Hindi films that you wouldn’t want to miss in 2018 will definitely spark excitement all around. Thematically, they range from a combative Urdu writer who went for the jugular to an astronaut who zooms all the way to the moon, from a Mumbai boy who raps his way to fame to an ordinary Kashmiri girl who became a daring spy. Here they are:
Actor-turned-director Nandita Das’ sophomore effort has Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the role of the iconic chronicler of the horrors of Partition. The film promises to be a powerful document of, and a tribute to, the life of a writer who pulled no punches in laying bare the repercussions of religious hate and political myopia. Manto, currently in post-production, also has the talented Rasika Dugal portraying Manto’s wife.
Coming off the critical and commercial success of Talvar, Meghna Gulzar is ready with this intriguing period espionage drama. Raazi, one of the most anticipated films of 2018, is a screen adaptation of former Indian Navy officer Harinder S. Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat. It presents an account of the real-life adventures of a Kashmiri Muslim girl who, during the course of the 1971 war, married a Pakistani man in order to spy for India. Alia Bhatt plays the female lead in a cast that includes Vicky Kaushal (Masaan, Zubaan).
This Zoya Akhtar-directed film hasn’t gone on the floors yet, but it is already creating a buzz. To be bankrolled by Excel Entertainment, Gully Boy will see Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt team up on the screen in a story that delves into the underground hip-hop scene in Mumbai. It hinges on a boy (played of course by the mercurial Ranveer Singh) who rises from the slums of the big city to become a rapper ready to take on the world. Alia Bhatt will be the icing on this appetizing cake.