Hansal Mehta, Shakun Batra, Rakesh Roshan, Madhur Bhandarkar and other list down their favorite movies this year
The trade is already buzzing with the new releases of this year. Whether it’s Ok Jaanu, Kaabil, Raees, Baahubali 2 or Tubelight, this year’s line-up seems exciting We are sure there will be many hidden gems, surprise hits and blockbusters in 2017. While we are looking forward to them, directors pick their favourite films from the year gone by. Read on…
Sudhir Mishra: Abhishek Choubey’s Udta Punjab, Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh, Annirudh Rouchoudhuri’s Pink, Shakun Batra’s Kapoor & Sons and Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal. I also liked Gurvinder Singh’s Chauthi Koot in Punjabi.
Sujoy Ghosh: Kapoor & Sons, Dangal, Pink, Neerja and Ribhu Dasgputa’s Te3n (though I wonder if I can list a film of which I was the producer).
Shujaat Saudagar: Kapoor & Sons, Bruce Beresford’s Mr Church and Captain America Civil War.
Homi Adjania: Pink, Leena Yadav’s Parched , Kapoor & Sons, Neerja and Dangal.
Anubhav Sinha: Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi, Pink and Neeraj Pandey’s Dhoni The Untold Story.
Nitesh Tiwari: Kapoor & Sons, Neerja, Udta Punjab, Nil Battey Sannata and Dangal.
Rahul Rawail: Airlift, Neerja, Kapoor & Sons, Maneesh Sharma’s Fan, Ali Abbas Zafar’s Sultan, Dhoni The Untold Story, Aditya’s Chopra’s Befikre and Dangal.
Ribhu Dasgupta: My favourite films in order of release are Ram Madhavani’s Neerja, Raja Krishna Menon’s Airlift, Abhishek Choubey’s Udta Punjab, Annirudh Roychoudhuri’s Pink, Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani 2 and Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal.
Mozez Singh: Udta Punjab, Pink, Dangal and Dennis Villeneuve’s Arrival.
Tinu Desai: Apart from my film Rustom, my other favourites of 2016 are Pink, Dhoni The Untold Story, Neerja, Dangal, Sultan, Airlift, Aligarh and Nil Battey Sannata.
Sanjay Gadhvi: Sultan, Pink, Dangal, Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Fan.
Srijit Mukherjee: Dangal, Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav, Ruchika Oberoi’s Island City, Neerja, Airlift, Pink, Kapoor & Sons, Parched, Kahaani 2 and Anu Menon’s Waiting.
Mudassar Aziz: Dangal was a few miles ahead of all of us. Then Neerja, Kapoor & Sons, Parched, Nil Battey Sannata and my own Happy Bhaag Jayegi.
Shakun Batra: I think Dangal, Neerja and Udta Punjab…all the movies are ‘content first’ and therefore a step in a progressive direction. They all also have strong female protagonists which has been mostly lacking in conventional movies of the last decade. As a filmmaker it’s encouraging to see such films do well at the box office because it gives us the confidence to go further in our endeavour of telling unconventional stories.
Hansal Mehta: It’s been a busy year with one release and the shoot of two films. Haven’t caught up with many films, but from what I’ve seen I thought Kapoor & Sons was fresh, very well handled by the director and very well acted. I also enjoyed Udta Punjab. It was nicely written, well executed and well acted. Waiting with its exceptional lead performances was also wonderful. I am a SRK fan and I enjoyed his double act in Fan. I also liked Neerja. For the record I am yet to see Dangal.
Rakesh Roshan: Dangal, Sultan, Pink, Neerja and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Pink, Dangal,Tinu Desai’s Rustom and Neerja.
Remo d’Souza: Sultan and Dangal.
Kunal Kohli: Dangal, Neerja, Pink, Dhoni The Untold Story, Te3n, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Airlift.
Omung Kumar: Dangal. My own film Sarbjit.
Raja Krishna Menon: Kapoor & Sons, Pink and Aligarh.
Rajkumar Gupta: Airlift, Pink, Kapoor & Sons and Dangal.
Sabbir Khan: Kapoor & Sons, Dangal and Udta Punjab.
Suparn Varma: Aligarh, Dangal, Kapoor & Sons, La La **** and Arrival.
Satish Kaushik: Dangal.
Ashwini Iyer Tiwari: My husband’s film Dangal, my own film Nil Battey Sannata, Udta Punjab, Kapoor & Sons and Neerja.
Vijay Krishna Acharya: Dangal, Neerja and Pink. And of course Sairat.
Rensil d’Silva: Dangal, Pink and Parched.