It’s no surprise that Bollywood is a huge film industry. From the likes of films such as Padosan to that of Pagalpanti, the industry has come a long way. While some films managed to earn big numbers at the box office, others did not – meanwhile, some made their way into the audiences’ heart. Now, it’s also no surprise that Bollywood has a huge fan following across the globe. Fans flock to the cinema halls whenever there is a new release, and it recent times, Bollywood has been making more and more films each year.
While many films such as Kabhi Kabhie went on to become classics, the past years starting from 2010 also offered a new set of films for the younger generation. And as the decade draws to a close, here’s a look back at some of the best Bollywood films to have been released since 2010:
Starring heartthrob Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in this Zoya Akhtar directorial, Gully Boy was inspired by the life of Indian rappers Divine and Naezy – which released earlier this year. It shows the character of Ranveer, Murad as an aspiring rapper from the slums who works hard and finally managed to make it big into the world of music. A never been seen rag to riches story! Gully Boy was bound to have some great music, and Zoya’s direction along with Alia’s portrayal of a loving, yet obsessive girlfriend Safeena was packed perfectly with the help of epic dialogues. The film became a box office success and is currently also in the running for an Oscar nomination.
Released in 2018, Andhadhun starred Ayushmann Khurrana as Ayash – a blind piano player, or at least pretending to be one. The story revolves around how he witnesses a murder but cannot report it because he wants to continue to pretend being blind. With epic twists and turns, Andhadhun also attracted large crowds at the box office. While many praised Ayushmann’s performance in the film, Tabu also did complete justice to her character, Simi – proving that she’s still the A-class performer she has always been. Directed by Sriram Raghavan, Andhadhun is one of the best films to come out of this decade.
Much like Andhadhun, Sanju also hit screens in 2018. Ranbir Kapoor starred as the lead in the film, which was based on the life of Bollywood’s notorious star, Sanjay Dutt. Ranbir set the benchmark and out-did himself as he portrayed Sanju baba from the 80s up till the 2010s. Be it Sanjay’s Bollywood debut with Rocky, the loss of his parents, drug overdose, rumoured connections with terrorists as well as his time in jail, Ranbir aced it all. Many argued that the filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani tried to whitewash Sanjay with the film, but he later clarified that only facts were presented in Sanju. Not only was Sanju one of the best films to come in the last 10 years, but possibly also one of the best biopics made in Bollywood.
Now any movie that has superstar Salman Khan as the lead is bound to crunch numbers at the box office – sometimes breaking records. And that’s exactly what Salu bhai did with Bajrangi Bhaijaan in 2015. As opposed to other films of the actor – which are often more of entertainers and less of quality content – Bajrangi Bhaijaan hit all the right notes. Promoting a message of peace, the film revolved around Pavan – a Hindu devotee from India – going out of his way to help a young Muslim, Pakistani girl, Munni to get back to her family. Not only does the film promote religious harmony, it also aims at bridging the gap between India and Pakistan – and we laud how Salu bhai did his part in bringing the two nations closer.
Just a year before Bajrani Bhaijaan released, another Khan – this time, Aamir Khan – also tried to promote religious harmony. Essaying an alien named PK in the film of the same name, Aamir gets trapped on Earth after his remote gets stolen. In efforts to get it back and return to his planet, PK comes across many people who tell him to ask God for whatever he desires – but being an alien, he’s not sure which God to worship; so he follows every religion hoping that he’ll get his remote somehow. During this time, he meets Jaggu played by Anushka Sharma, who comes to terms with PK’s reality before they find out that his remote is being misused by a religious scholar to spread false information.
Released in 2012, Barfi! starred Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz in lead roles. Set in the 70s, it revolved the story of Murphy ‘Barfi’ Johnson and how he falls in love with a girl, Shruti – played by Ileana. But since he is mute, the girl doesn’t marry him and Barfi eventually meets Jhilmil – an autistic girl – and how the two spend their lives together. Full of Charlie Chaplin type humour and a lot of adorable moments of caring and innocent jealousy, Barfi! is a must-watch for all ages. Not to forget, Ranbir and Priyanka delivered one of their best performances of their career in Barfi!
Behold! One of the biggest films of the decade, Bajirao Mastani starred Bollywood’s most favourite couple, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh – not to forget that heart-tearing performance by Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai. Set in the early 18th century, the story of Bajirao Mastani revolves around Peshwa Bajirao’s fight to have the region under the Marathas control. On one of his conquests, Bajirao – essayed by Ranveer – meets a fierce, warrior named Mastani, played by Deepika. Bajirao instantly falls in love with her and marries her, which is disliked by his first wife, Kashibai. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus then shows that despite all odds, Bajirao and Mastani’s love knows no bounds. Bajirao Mastani proved to be one of the biggest hits of 2015 and also one of the best films to come out of this decade.