Movie Massala’s Top 5 Surprises of 2015

This year has been pretty exciting for the cine-goers. Where on the one had we saw some smashing commercial hits we also managed to watch some brilliant pieces that took our hearts away. Her we list out the best five that completely were a refreshing surprise.
We hope to see more of experimental cinema to make impressive entries in the theaters in 2016.


Cast: Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Rana Daggubati , Tapsee Pannu

This is a masterpiece of a movie directed by Neeraj Pandey. Its beauty lies in its simplicity and its gripping script. The narrative is quick paced and manages to engage the audience from start to finish. It’s rare that spy thrillers like these make it to the beeline but with a screenplay that was nail biting and actors playing their parts to the hilt, this one made for a superb watch for those who enjoy a bit of adrenalin rush.

Manjhi: The Mountain Man

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Tigmanshu Dhulia

Based on the story of Dshrath Manjhi who carved a road out of a mountain came to knowledge of the general public, thanks to this directed by Ketan Mehta. We can hardly call this movie a masterpiece or in any way a movie that would leave a long lasting impression but the earnestness portrayed by the main protagonist is extremely appreciable. Nawazuddin played his part with complete honesty making us believe in the story spanning a few decades. Radhika Apte was like a fresh breath made this slow paced movie a bit more interesting. Had the technical aspects (like make up, editing, lighting) been looked at in totality, the movie would have shone more than it did. Nevertheless, the movie stays as a landmark for Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Dum Lagake Haisha

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjai Mishra

This was one of the most adorable stories that we have watched in a long time on the silver screen. Sharat Katariya’s directorial venture makes for a nostalgic walk down memory lane where the world as we know is looking for a makeover. Prem and Sandhya’s love story warms your heart as they walk from different sides of the bridge to create their togetherness. Stirring multiple layers of emotions throughout the length of the movie, this one makes you look beyond the characters’ shortcomings. The story is excellent- it is simple yet complex and makes you want more. Not the “record-tod” blockbuster but definitely a “dumdaar” movie this year.


Cast: Ranvir Shorey, Shashank Arora, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Lalit Behl, Amita Sial

Kanu Behl’s Titli grabs you by your gut at most parts, especially the first few scenes. This is a story of a dysfunctional family in Delhi’s dark underbelly and the youngest son, Titli, who is torn between his present and the hopeful future that he secretly nurtures. The story sucks you into its dark alleys, brings you closer to the harsh realities of the strata of the society that the public largely refuses to acknowledge. It is like a wake up call, for all to take notice of the society and the way that it is growing. No, it is not a docu-drama on how one need to project oneself, but a hard-hitting reality check. Shashank Arora is a superb find who holds the character carefully and delivers an awesome debut performance (though he has performed as supporting cast before). This one is possibly the best “complete” film this year.


Cast: Richa Chaddha, Vicky Kaushal, Sanjai Mishra, Shweta Tripathi, Pankaj Tripathi

Neeraj Ghaywan in this Indo-French collaboration managed to get accolades in the Cannes this year, however the movie could find its audience in multiplexes only. That definitely does not take away from its excellence. The characters stand out completely in this social drama and the parts played by the actors bring complete justice to what is required of them. Focusing primarily on the evils that the society nurtures even in this century makes us relook at the way we perceive the world around us to evolve. Richa Chadha as Devi has played a part quite in contrast to how she comes across in her other outings and justifiably impresses. Sanjai Maishra is a hidden gem. This one is a must watch for its cinematic brilliance.


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