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Filmmaker Vijay Krishna Acharya addresses during a promotional event of his upcoming film `Dhoom 3` in Chennai on Dec.17, 2013. (Photo: IANS)Vijay Krishna Acharya, Director

I loved the inspiring, real-life story in Dangal, which was told in such an organic and entertaining manner.  It featured fantastic performances, a cracking title track and was directed with an unerring eye by Nitesh Tiwari. It was graced with brilliant performances by Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Aparshakti Khurana and the entire young artiste troupe (the actors who play the kids’ roles). Neerja was another film I thought was superb, with fabulous direction; it was sharp, precise and sensitive. Again, superb performances all around. I loved the camera work. I was very moved by this film, especially by Shabana ji”s speech at the end. Pink had a subject that was as disturbing as it is prevalent. Gritty, uncompromising and unflinching in its stance. Again, exceptional performances, a film that angers and inspires in equal measure. Mr Bachchan towers yet again.

raja-krishnan-menonRaja Krishna Menon, Director

Since I have been shooting, I haven’t watched many films this year but my pick would be Kapoor & Sons, Pink and Aligarh. Each of these films showcased never-seen-before content for the Indian audience and had realism portrayed in a simple manner. The films had a good ensemble cast along with a fabulously directed narrative. Each actor in these films played their parts so well and complemented the story to the fullest.

sanjay-chouhanSanjay Chouhan, Writer

The biggest film of this year released last Friday, Dangal. Among the other three films that I think are best are Aligarh, which offered an intriguing insight into a different kind of life. It was very well directed by Hansal Mehta and had a mind-blowing performance from Manoj Bajpayee. The film leaves you speechless as it questions our society.

Another film that I found very appealing was Akshay Kumar-starrer Airlift, a story which inspires you. It’s about an incident we’ve all heard of but had no details about. Raja Menon directed the film wonderfully and told a story which all Indians need to know. Ali Abbas Zafar’s Sultan is another film that I think was very good. It talks about the rise and fall of a wrestler and then again his rise. The film is very engaging. It was also one of the best performances by Salman Khan.

rajat aroraRajat Arora, Writer

This year has seen many good films but the best were Dangal, Airlift, Kapoor & Sons and Sultan. Dangal easily top the charts. The film is wonderfully directed and Aamir Khan’s transformation for the character is outstanding. Not only Aamir, every actor in the film has contributed to its success. Airlift was brilliantly written and wonderfully executed. Kapoor & Sons was a fresh take on today’s dysfunctional families. And then, of course, there’s Salman Khan-starrer Sultan, where we saw the akhada magic for the first time. The film was very wonderfully crafted and definitely one of the best films of 2016.

shiraz-ahmedShiraz Ahmad, Writer

The best film of the year is Aamir Khan’s Dangal. His outstanding performance and the dedication with which he approaches every character he plays is what makes a film like this. It is one of the best films I have seen and every actor is outstanding.

Akshay Kumar-starrer Airlift is another film that tops the charts because it was based on real events and its content was presented in a way that was not at all superficial. Yash Raj Films’ Sultan too was one of the best films of 2016. In spite of being a star-driven, commercially-fuelled vehicle, it had a strong message and rich content. And, lastly, Pink thanks to the legendry Amitabh Bachchan, who was in top form.

Ritesh-Shah-150x150Ritesh Shah, Writer

Dharma Productions’ Kapoor & Sons stood out, and for all the right reasons. The film won over the audience for its freshness; Atul Kasbekar’s Neerja for its mother-of-a-speech with heartwarming content; and lastly Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s directorial debut Nil Battey Sanatta for its soul. But Aamir Khan’s recently released Dangal is the best film of the year. The story, the performances, the songs… everything about the film is excellent.

Suresh-Nair-150x150Suresh Nair, Writer

I would put Airlift at the top of this list, at the risk of being biased as it is a film I am proud to be associated with. Other than that film, here are my three best films of the year: Topping the charts is Dangal, an outstanding film with great performances from every actor.

Pink tops the charts as this was gritty stuff. The trauma of the three girls was palpable. Taapsee Pannu and Kirti Kulhari were fantastic. The courtroom drama had Amitabh Bachchan at his best, with some brilliant lines from Ritesh Shah. What truly struck a chord was the topic at the heart of the film.

With Neerja, the best part was that your heart already beats for Neerja Bhanot even before you enter the movie hall. Sonam was perfectly cast. It is no mean feat to hold the audience on the edge of their seats for two hours within the confines of an aeroplane. With no frills or commercial compulsions, this was a fitting tribute to a brave soul.

For me, Kapoor & Sons came as a pleasant surprise. I can’t say what made this film work so beautifully – was it the endearing cast, the humour, the songs or the overall chemistry of this quirky family? The fact is, it was one helluva watch.

himanshuHimanshu Sharma, Writer

I haven’t watched all the films of the year but the one that stayed with me was Sultan. The film made us look at Salman Khan in a never-seen-before avatar; his character was someone you really felt for. And the performances by every actor were excellent. Ali Abbas Zafar gave a really nice backdrop to the story. Although it was a love story, wrestling was a character and you fell in love with the sport. I believe it was one of the best films of the year.

Saiwyn-150x150Saiwyn Quadras, Writer

The year 2016 has been very good as we saw some great films. A few of my favorites are Kapoor & Sons, Pink, Udta Punjab and Nil Battey Sannata. Kapoor & Sons was a lovely, slice-of-life film with relatable characters and situations, and a story well told. Then there’s Pink, which tackled an important issue and had wonderful performances from every actor. Nil Battey Sannata and Udta Punjab – again stories touching upon social issues combined with good narratives and performances. But the year ended with the best film of 2016, Dangal. It is a mind blowing film and has such an inspirational story from our own land.

Milap ZaveriMilap Zaveri, Writer-Director

The three films that stood out in 2016 were Salman Khan’s Sultan, Amitabh Bachchan’s Pink and Sonam Kapoor’s Neerja. All three films were powerful and original narratives, which won the hearts of critics and movie-goers alike. They were superb examples of good cinema, writing, acting, direction and what a Hindi film should be like – entertainment with good content. They achieved box-office success and acclaim, which is what every filmmaker longs for.

The best film of the year, obviously, was Dangal, with brilliant performances, brilliant writing and brilliant direction. It will break many records at the box office.

dilip-jhaDilip Jha, Writer

The year saw many good films and among my favorites are Airlift, Udta Punjab, Pink and Aligarh. I count Airlift as a favourite because it was a story of exceptional courage and yet it was entertaining. Udta Punjab was a truly powerful film with great content, performances and direction. Through Pink, the makers raised the issue of ‘acceptable behaviour for women’ in a hypocritical, male-dominated society, and I salute Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh for stellar performances by Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkumar Rao. But Aamir Khan’s Dangal tops the charts as the best film of the year.

dilip-jhaRameshwer S Bhagat, Editor

The year has been fantastic as good, content-rich films worked very well at box office. The top films of 2016 are Dangal, Sultan, Kapoor & Sons and Neerja. Everything about Dangal is outstanding; Sultan for the simplicity and effort that Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma put in, and superb direction by Ali Abbas Zafar, who had all the essential hooks as far as the story goes, from action to drama to comedy and good songs. Kapoor & Sons was one of the freshest films of the year, a story we have never seen before in Hindi cinema, characters you could easily connect with and it was very well directed film by Shakun Batra. And Neerja for its inspiring real story about a woman, and director Ram Madhavani did a fabulous job. You take back so much after watching the film and it stays with you for a very long time.

akiv-aliAkiv Ali, Editor

The year 2016 has been a great year and, once again, the industry as a whole has been reminded by the audience that it is content that works. One of my favorite films from 2016 is M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story. While watching the film, you feel as if you are watching Dhoni himself. Sushant Singh Rajput got into the character very beautifully. Another top film was Kapoor & Sons, which leaves you speechless; it was a very well written film. You connect with every character, you feel happy and you also feel sad.

Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma-starrer Sultan gives you a glimpse into the life of a wrestler. The film holds your attention throughout and the performances were top-notch. Another wonderful film is Pink, which was a relevant issue that was well tackled. The performances of every actor were brilliant. Although I haven’t watched Dangal yet, I am sure it is one of the best films of the year.

anjum-rizvi-2Anjum Rizvi, Producer

I believe 2016 was very good as it was a year when content worked at the box office. The last release, Dangal, is one of the best films I have seen in a very long time. The film had every element of a blockbuster. Sultan totally worked for its content and entertainment value. The film was a mix of all kinds of emotions and action.

Kapoor & Sons was a story well told and well performed by all. Everyone, at some point, related to the story and it was the brilliant performances that touched our souls. Udta Punjab was as real as it gets and had an award-winning performance from my favourite, Alia Bhatt. Then, there was Neerja and for this film, credit goes to the writer and director, who brought out the best from each other and from their actors.

Apart from Hindi films, The Jungle Book was another film that was heavy on content and won all our hearts. The Marathi film Sairat created a lot of buzz. It was a well-made film and had fantastic music.

 

Soumita Sengupta
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