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2016 Must Watch – Bollywood

Hey everyone!

The weekend is fast approaching which makes the little baby inside me very happy. And moreover this weekend I’m flying in to Dubai to see the husband (And the girl inside me is happy now). But for all those who aren’t travelling and refuse to leave their beds, I have a list of all the movies released in 2016, that should be on your watch list (saying with a gun on your head). The list is made from movies that have been nominated and/or won at the Filmfare Awards (Hello Oscars in a burkha).

The movies are divided in 3 categories:

  1. Must Watch ASAP – These are the movies that have to be watched by you and me, if we have missed them. They need to watched and appreciated ASAP.
  2. When Netflix is Down Watch – Movies meant for the days when Netflix has run out of good content or I have just OD’d on a particular show. These are like those one time watch kind of movies but deserves a special mention.
  3.  To Watch – The movies that have may or may not have been nominated and/or received an award, but I want to watch them because God want’s me to do so (no pun intended).
  4. Watched & liked but didn’t win – The title say’s it all.

This list actually comes in handy when you want to have a movie night in and catch up on some good cinema. Many of the movies in the below list have been ticked off as watched, yet I’m still listing them out for y’all (because you also need a movie list and I am a nice person, ready to help. Don’t judge!)



Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.

Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi TanwarFatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra

Genre: Action, Biography, Drama

Nominated for: Best Film (WON), Best Director (WON), Best Actor in a Leading Role – Male (WON)

IMDb Rating: 8.9   Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

Will I download and keep it with my movie stash?: Yes

I absolutely loved every part of this movie, especially Aamir Khan. The girl Fatima who played Geeta was such a beautiful surprise. If you haven’t watched it, you are actually missing out on a good commercial movie which can take you by surprise.  


Neerja is the story of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.

Cast: Sonam KapoorShabana AzmiJim Sarbh

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

Nominated for: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role – Female 

IMDd Rating: 7.8   Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

Will I download and keep it with my movie stash?: Yes

Another biography, which was not only a stand out but also enabled Sonam Kapoor to finally make herself known as an actor and not just a fashion icon. The music is so soothing and it is one of those movies that can make you realise that life is short. one day you are dancing in a party and next day people are praying for your safety. 


A story revolving around a dysfunctional family of 2 brothers who visit their family and discover that their parents marriage is on the verge of collapse,the family is undergoing a financial crunch and much more as the drama unfolds.

Cast: Siddharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Nominated for: Best Film, Best Director

IMDd Rating: 7.8   Rotten Tomatoes: 81%

Will I download and keep it with my movie stash?: Yes

This movie has my heart! Watching Rishi Kapoor on screen playing the role of the cutie grandfather reminded me of my papa and how the old age makes you a child again. It’s all about birthday parties and presents. He also won the award for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male category (well deserved!). Bolna, Let’s Nacho and Kar Gyi Chull still dominate my playlist.


When three young women are implicated in a crime, a retired lawyer steps forward to help them clear their names.

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Nominated for: Best Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role – Male

IMDd Rating: 8.4   Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Will I download and keep it with my movie stash?: No

This movie is a shoutout for all those women who are afraid to stand up for themselves when oppressed by rich, spoilt men. This was the first movie I saw Tapsee Pannu and she was a charm. Mr Bachchan on the other hand was at his best, like always!


Gaurav’s world revolves around the superstar Aryan Khanna. What happens when his passion turns into a dangerous obsession?

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Sayani Gupta, Euan Macnaughton

Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

Nominated for: Best Actor in a Leading Role – Male

IMDd Rating: 7.3   Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

Will I download and keep it with my movie stash?: No

Shahrukhhhhhhhhh!!! (Many hearts in the eyes) Need I say anything more. Mr. Khan was at his charming best (like always) and what was caught my interest was the difference in story line that what we have seen in the past movie. Though it failed to make a thunderous mark, you can still credit this movie as one of Shahrukh’s best where its subtly told the world why he was was crowned Badshah of Bollywood.



The untold story of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s journey from ticket collector to trophy collector – the world-cup-winning captain of the Indian Cricket Team.

Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Disha Patani, Kiara Advani

Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport

Nominated for: Best Actor in a Leading Role – Male

IMDd Rating: 7.9   Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

Will I download and keep it with my movie stash?: No

Ok, even though Netflix was still working I watched the movie (in a cinema *cough*) was because my awesome neighbours were over thrilled about it and had invited dad and me to join and we happily obliged. Sushant played the role of Dhoni to the T. 


Kaira is a budding cinematographer in search of a perfect life. Her encounter with Jug, an unconventional thinker, helps her gain a new perspective on life. She discovers that happiness is all about finding comfort in life’s imperfections.

Cast: Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor

Genre: Drama, Romance

Nominated for: Best Actor in a Leading Role – Female

IMDd Rating: 7.9   Rotten Tomatoes: 71%

Will I download and keep it with my movie stash?: No

Shahrukh – My reason end’s here. It’s a little slow, so I doubt I may give it a second chance. 


This story explores love – the shapes it takes, the ways it changes us and the exhilarating and often terrifying ride it takes us on. It is the journey of two characters, Alizeh and Ayan, as they navigate life, love and heartbreak.

Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Fawad Khan

Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance

Nominated for: Best director, Best Actor in a Leading Role – Male

IMDd Rating: 5.8   Rotten Tomatoes: 60%

Will I download and keep it with my movie stash?: Yes

Sheer disappointment when you expect a Karan Johar directed movie. But what I did enjoy the movie was the Dharma Production feel to the movie. I did however like the plot, that it’;s est never to complicate friendship with love and all stories need not have an happy ending. And the songs are LOUVE, and I still can’t get over it! 


A woman with a mysterious past is charged with kidnapping and murder.

Cast: Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal, Jugal Hansraj

Genre: Thriller

Nominated for: Best Actor in a Leading Role – Female

IMDd Rating: 6.7   Rotten Tomatoes: 65%

Will I download and keep it with my movie stash?: No

Compared to the first movie, this movie was a let down. Vidya Balan acted good, as always, but as a persona on screen, she failed to make a connection with the audience that she does in all her previous films (which is good to keep it realistic, but way too simple) but I some how failed to make sense to like it.


Sultan is a classic underdog tale about a wrestler’s journey, looking for a comeback by defeating all odds. Will he emerge victorious?

Cast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Marko Zaror

Genre: Action, Drama, Romance

Nominated for: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role – Male

IMDd Rating: 7.2   Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Will I download and keep it with my movie stash?: No

This was all ok. Salma had no shirt, Anushka was cute. That’s all. 



A story that revolves around drug abuse in the affluent north Indian State of Punjab and how the youth there have succumbed to it en-masse resulting in a socio-economic decline.

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhat, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

IMDd Rating: 7.9   Rotten Tomatoes: 75%


Biopic of Sarabjit Singh, a farmer residing at Bhikiwind, Punjab, near the Indo-Pak border, crossed the border after having a couple of drinks. However, he was mistaken to be an Indian spy and was sentenced with capital punishment.

Cast: Randeep Hooda, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Richa Chadha

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Nominated for: Best Actor in a Leading Role – Female

IMDd Rating: 7.3   Rotten Tomatoes: 80%


In a rural Indian village called Ujhaas, three ordinary women- Rani, Lajjo and Bijli begin to break free from century-old traditions that have kept them locked in servitude.

Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Lehar Khan

Genre: Short

IMDd Rating: 7.6   Rotten Tomatoes: 94%


An agoraphobic young woman, traumatized by past events, finds herself trapped and terrorized in her own home.

Cast: Radhika Apte, Amrita Bagchi, Nivedita Bhattacharya

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

IMDd Rating: 7.6   Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

So this is the list of movies that I need to or have watched that needs to be told to the world (thank you very much!). Since I’ll be moving to Dubai (say InshaAllah, please) very soon, I have decided to watch all the movies with the husband dearest on those movie catch up nights.

Until next time, happy watching!

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