Bollywood really gave us a lot of surprises this year. The films that we believed would remain ignored actually succeeded in blowing our minds. Those with stellar star casts and high expectations fell flat.

Here’s a list of what we loved – and what we didn’t – about the Bollywood films released this year.

Must Watch Bollywood 2015 Films:

  • Talvar: It is not at all easy to make an unbiased film on a murder case that is still unresolved. Meghna Gulzar has made a very good attempt and while she still hasn’t managed to make it completely unbiased, she has made a crime flick that has you hooked right from the beginning. Talvar is a film that shuns sensationalism preferring to remaining restrained, making it a very convincing depiction of the Aarushi Talwar murder case.

Talwar

  • Piku: The subject matter may not have been much to write home about, but it was sure well-executed. Shoojit Sircar has given us a very compelling depiction of the parasitic relationship between a cantankerous old man and his independent daughter. For a change, Deepika has scored very well in the acting department giving Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan some very tough competition.

Piku

  • Dum Laga Ke Haisha: Another one you probably never heard of! Sharat Katariya has given us a wickedly funny tale of an arranged marriage. Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar play a husband and wife who have been thrown together in an arranged marriage, and the movie revolves around how they deal with the ups and downs. The supporting cast has done a great job, and Anu Malik’s music goes perfectly well.

Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Bollywood Movies 2015 to Avoid:

  • Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: There was a time and place for movies such as these, and that was back in the 90s. Now the concept of a saccharine sweet heroine and a doting hero no longer works. Salman Khan failed completely in his double role and Barjatya was no longer able to win our hearts with moral lectures.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

  • Bangistan: A good idea that flopped terribly. Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat have been cast as suicide bombers whose only aim in life is to sabotage the other’s mission, This film may have intended to be a satire on the roots of fundamentals, but if you are subjected to ridiculous jokes, you forget that message very soon.

Bangistan

  • MSG: The Messenger:  It would be an understatement to say the film was terrible. It was a lot more than that. The nail in the coffin was that it was only a propaganda based movie and nothing more than that, made much worse by the garish costumes and the inane dialogs.

MSG The Messenger

  • Shaandaar: This was the most disappointing of the lot. Vikas Bahl had delivered a gem with Queen and Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor are very good actors who could have done so much better. The movie was full of jokes that would make you roll your eyes in disgust. That’s about the politest thing we can say for this movie.

Shaandaar

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