The year 2018 marked a paradigm shift in Bollywood, in the sense that there was a greater focus on meaningful and content-driven movies, which were closer to our lives. These were the small budget films that were earlier frowned upon by audience and producers alike. This also meant that those actors, who had earlier been branded as ‘side role’ actors, were now coming to the forefront and hogging the limelight that was once the sole preserve of the big names such as the Khans et al. The year 2019 also started on a promising note, with movies that dealt with diverse subjects and promised a lot more than the regular fare for the Bollywood buffs in us.
The Year So Far
The first quarter of 2019 is over, and several of the films that have been released during this period have either delivered on their expectations or fizzled into oblivion. The most anticipated among this bunch were Uri and The Accidental Prime Minister (both released on 11 January), Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (it released on 25 January), Ek Ladki ko Dekha to Aisa Laga (it released on 1 February), and Gully Boy (it released on Valentine’s Day). Uri and Gully Boy were the most successful among them. Kalank, which released on 16 April is part of this list as well.
Some of the most awaited Bollywood movies of 2019 are: