Thinking of the top 10 Bollywood movies in 2013 that are worth your time? Check out this list of must-see films that have received outstanding feedback and reviews from film critics domestically and internationally.
10. Bombay Talkies
This 2013 anthology movie is made up of 4 short films, and it is under the direction of Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar and Dibakar Banerjee. It was released in May, which also coincided with the centenary year of the Indian cinema, as well as the start of the ear in modern Indian films. Moreover, Bombay Talkies was screened at the film festival in Cannes, in May 2013. The story was adapted in the renowned Patol Babu Film Star by Satyajit Ray, which focused on the life of a struggling actor who wanted to make a worthwhile living after the death of his father. Eventually, he learned essential life lessons that changed his way of thinking completely.
D-Day is one of the finest crime-thriller movies ever released in India. It was a Hindi film that was released in July, and it starred some of the finest actors in Bollywood including Sandeep Kulkarni, Shuti Haasan, Irrfan Khan, Arju Rampal, Huma Qureshi, and Rishi Kapoor, to name a few. Upon its official release, D-Day earned positive remarks from viewers and critics. In fact, many people believe that it has all the essential components of a compelling and successful film. Although it still has room for improvements, the film works greatly on its strengths to overcome some of its flaws.
8. Ship of Theseus
Released in 2013, the Ship of Theseus is a drama film shown in India in July. Anand Gandhi directed the film, and it was produced by Sohum Shah. This Indian film specifically explores on life’s common questions such as justice, death, meaning and beauty. These issues were presented through the fascinating stories of a talented photographer, stockbroker and a monk. After about three years of filming and developing the movie, it was premiered at the Film Festival in Toronto, where the Ship of Theseus gained numerous praises. Furthermore, international and local press hailed this movie as one of the most priceless films that had ever been released.
7. The Attacks of 26/11
This film is a 2013 docudrama that was directed by the renowned Ram Gopal Varma. He based the film on the dreadful Mumbai attacks in 2008, and it starred Sanjeev Jaiswal, who played the role of Ajmal Kasab. In the last quarter of 2012, there was a 7-minute promo/ sneak peek of the film that was released to the public via internet. During its initial release in March 2013, the film gained massive success and raves from moviegoers in the country. It was also granted the “Adults Only” label by the CBFC, and no part of the film was taken out. The Attacks of 26/11 was chosen to be screened at the Film Festival in Berlin for the Panorama and Competition section.
Lootera, or Robber (in English), is a romantic drama film that was set in the Bollywood period. It was directed by the infamous Vikramaditya Motwane, and was partly-based on the short story by O. Henry “The Last Leaf”. The setting of the film was in the 1950s, and it starred some of the hottest Bollywood actors today including Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh. The film also features an enchanting background score and music, which adds to the overall appeal of this spectacular movie.
5. Table No. 21
This action-thriller Bollywood film was under the direction of Aditya Datt. It got its name from the Article 21 of the Constitution in India, which focuses on the protection of life, as well as personal liberty. This enigmatic movie stars Tena Desae, Rajeev Khandelwal and Paresh Rawal, among several others. It also touches on the existing social issue in the country, which is ragging. Although made on a meager budget, the film was quite a success.
4. Kai Po Che!
The 2013 drama-buddy film Kai Po Che was based on the novel written by Chetan Bhagat, which was entitled “The Three Mistakes of My Life”. It was directed by the brilliant Abhishek Kapoor, and was starred by famous Bollywood celebrities such as Amit Sadh, Raj Kumar Yadav and Sushant Singh Rajput. The title of this film is basically a phrase with the English translation – “I have cut the kite”. The movie also features scenes such as a kite competition where one competitor uses a kite in cutting off another person’s kite.
Those who are fond of romance and drama will appreciate this 2013 romantic drama movie entitled Raanjhanaa. The film was under the direction of Anand L Rai, and was produced under Eros International. Dhanush starred in this film, and it was also his initial acting stint while other actors such as Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor were also in this remarkable movie. The film had its worldwide release in June, although the Tamil version of RaanJhanaa was released after one week.
2. Special 26
Also referred to as Special Chabbis, Special 26 is a heist film released in 2013 and was directed by Neeraj Pandey. Among the actors in this movie are Kajal Aggarwal and Akshay Kumar, who also took the lead roles in this film. The inspiration for this movie was a factual event that occurred in the country in March 1987, where a dangerous group that posed as CBI officers decided to execute an income tax raid in Mumbai, particularly in the Opera House.
1. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Translated in English as “Run, Milkha, Run”, this bio sports film was based on the fascinating life of Milkha Singh, who was referred to as the “Flying Sikh”. He was a famous Indian athlete and Olympian, who also serves as the national runner in India. Critics were impressed with this film, and they raved about the impressive plot, cinematography, and acting skills of the stars in this movie. During the second day of the film’s release, it sold millions of tickets, thus making it a blockbuster movie of the year.
Check out these films now, and see for yourself why millions of people are all-praises with these well-crafted Bollywood movies. Not only will these films stir your emotions; they also offer you plenty of inspiring thoughts to ponder upon. After all, what makes a film amazing is not only the actors’ superb skills, but the depth and meaning behind the story presented.