Director: Amar Kaushik
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam and Bhumi Pednekar
Release Date: 7 November 2019
Box-Office Collections: Rs. 115.99 crore
As a society, we’re screwed up in many ways. Along with discrimination on caste, race and gender, we also discriminate people on physical appearance. A darker skin tone, an overweight body and even a head with less hair are all looked down up and considered to be ‘undesirable’. Bala tackles this mentality that is established in the minds of people. Ayushmann Khurrana was back in his element with Bala as he went on to deliver another box-success. He played the titular character in the high grossing movie which was that of a man facing pre-mature balding. He tries every trick in the book that gives him hope of getting his luscious locks back but, he’s unable to find success.
This shatters his confidence and makes him look down upon himself. Bhumi Pednekar played a girl named Latika, who was of the thinking that a person is more than just their looks. But, Bala was so obsessed with the appearance of people he tries to put her down because of her dark skin. Out of embarrassment, Bala eventually convinces himself to put on a wig. He goes onto find love and even ends up getting married. But, when his wife finds out his secret, she decides to separate. He saw his old self in his wife and this when it hits Bala that it’s shallow to value or judge someone based only and only on their appearance.
Like previous cause based films of Ayushmann Khurrana, this high grossing movie too struck a chord with the audience helping it sail past the Rs. 100 crore mark with ease.
Director: Milap Zaveri
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, Tara Sutaria and Rakul Preet Singh
Release Date: 15 November 2019
Box-Office Collections: Rs. 47.69 crore
With Marjaavaan, director Milap Zaveri tries to bring back the formula which worked extremely well in the 80’s and 90’s. Featuring an angry young man in the form of Sidharth Malhotra and a ruthless villain that is played Riteish Deshmukh. It also brings back dialogues overloaded with masala like, “Main maroonga marr jayega, dobara janam lene se darr jayega”. Milap Zaveri tries to squeeze in every cliche in love, action, drama and revenge. The best thing about Marjaavaan is the actors, especially Riteish Deshmukh. He does invoke fear with his screen presence but thanks to over the top dialogues, his efforts loose all the impact. Sidharth Malhotra tries hard but his character comes across as one dimensional.
The leading ladies in the high grossing movie – Tara Sutaria and Rakul Preet Singh put in an impressive shift but there’s little they have to do in the first place. Their characters aren’t given enough depth for the actors to explore and experiment. While the first half of the high grossing movie revolves around a blossoming romance between Siddharth and Zoya’s character, the second half goes into the zone of a revenge drama with a whole lot of blood.
While we get the film is out and out a commercial action masala flick, you’re still left wanting for some more.
Director: Anees Bazmee
Cast: Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Arshad Warsi, Urvashi Rautela, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda and Saurabh Shukla
Release Date: 22 November 2019
Box-Office Collections: Rs. 32.55 crore
The title of the high grossing movie alone tells you what the film is all about. Yes, Paagalpanti is a mad comedy but it probably takes the title a little too seriously as it seems like director Anees Bazmee has just gone and made two and a half hours of brainless comedy. While a better script and a more trimmed down storyline would have made the film a fun watch but it ends up feeling like a recycled version of Anees Bazmee’s previous comedies. The high grossing movie begins with Rajkishore (John Abraham), who’s been through a patch bad luck. This also rubs off on his friends Chandu (Arshad Warsi) and Chunky (Pulkit Samrat). Buried in a pile of debt, the three of them begin working for gangsters Raja (Saurabh Shukla) and Wifi (Anil Kapoor). While they’re struggling to come to terms with their new job, they also have to deal with two other gangsters played by Zakir Hussain and Mukesh Tiwari.
The biggest flaw of the film is probably Anees’ need to cram in as many characters in the plot as possible. Apart from the one’s mentioned above, we also have Raja’s daughter Janhvi (Kriti Kharbanda), who falls for Chunky. We also have Sanjana (Illeana D’Cruz) and her uncle who are behind Rajkishore, forcing him to pay back the money he owes them. There’s also Urvashi Rautela, who’s forced to play a ghost in order to scare away trespassers from the property of her boss. There’s constantly so much happening in the film that you eventually tend to lose interest in the characters and the plot. Anees also adds a bit of Rohit Shetty touch to the film as we see cars flying, exploding and ramming into each other… in abundance. However, a special mention must go out to Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor and Arshad Warsi who make the most of the mediocre content thanks to their perfect comic timing. While the high grossing movie does force a chuckle or two out of you, it feels more like a drag after one point.
Director: Aditya Datt
Cast: Vidyut Jammwal,Adah Sharma,Angira Dhar and Gulshan Devaiah
Release Date: 29 November 2019
Box-Office Collections: Rs. 31.53 crore
With Commando 3, director Aditya Datt doesn’t beat around the bush much and puts you straight into the action. In fact, in the very opening scene, see a police car chasing down a group of youngsters. This also leads to Karanveer Singh Dogra’s (Vidyut Jammwal) power packed entry. While we’ve seen many films based on a special agent out on a mission to kill the baddies, what makes this high grossing movie standout is that it deals with the subject of brainwashing young minds. A London based terrorist named Buraq (Gulshan Devaiah) is out on a mission to cause a major attack in India during the day of Dussehra.
But, Commando Dogra manages to successfully spoil Buraq’s party. We must give props to Vidyut Jammwal for performing some mind numbing stunts in the film. Be it powerful kicks, punches or even backflips, he seems to be the perfect package for a pure action flick like this.