Naughty or Good Listing: Hindi Films of 2021 – Greatest Indian American Journal | San Jose CA


Because the COVID pandemic eased in 2021, most of us left our sofa to work from the workplace and journey. However previous habits die exhausting. We couldn’t fully reduce our ties with the previous telly. There was no dearth of Bollywood motion pictures or reveals on Netflix, Prime and Hotstar. Some motion pictures even hit the massive screens. Listed below are a few of the Hindi language movies I watched and reviewed in  2021. 

1. Pagglait — A situational comedy

Film – Pagglait
Film – Pagglait

Starring: Sanya Malhotra, Ashutosh Rana, Sheeba Chaddha.

Story: How a widowed daughter-in-law teaches a lesson to a household desirous to seize her Life Insurance coverage settlement after the loss of life of her lately deceased husband. Sanya Malhotra carries the banner for Umesh Bhist.

Score: 3.5/5

2. Sardar Udham — A historic dramatic biopic

Film – Sardar Udham
Film – Sardar Udham

Starring: Vicky Kaushal, Banita Sandhu, and Amol Parashar. 

Story: An epic retelling of the horrific Jaliyanwalla Bagh Bloodbath. Vicky Kaushal delivers with flying colours in a fancy and award-winning enterprise by Shoojit Sircar. 2021 introduced fortune to Kaushal professionally and personally!

Score: 4/5

3. Mimi — A quixotic comedy

Film – Mimi
Film – Mimi

Starring: Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, and Sai Tamhankar.

Story: A comedic tackle the ethical, moral and emotional query of surrogacy. Thought-provoking.

Score:3/5

4. Meenakshi Sundereshwaram — A comedic love story

Film – Meenakshi Sundareshwar
Film – Meenakshi Sundareshwar

Starring: Sanya Malhotra, Shivkumar Subramaniyam.

Story: How a shiny younger woman navigates the pressures of a brand new marriage and having to steer clear of a not-so-honest partner who’s attempting to launch his profession. What about her? Precisely! Want it might have retained extra genuine Tamilian cultural swag.

Score: 3/5

5. India Sweets and Spices — A satire

Film – India Sweets and Spices
Film – India Sweets and Spices

Starring: Manisha Koirala, Sophia Taylor Ali, Deepti Gupta, and Rish Shah.

Story: This can be a feminist, coming-of-age story, hilarious satire, and daring try and unravel age-old desi mindsets. Kudos to author/director Geeta Malik.

Score: 4/5

6. Shershaah — A battle biopic

Film – Shershaah
Film – Shershaah

Starring: Siddharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, Shiv Pandit.

Story: This can be a commendable debut movie by Vishnuvardhan. It traces the valiant skilled and tragic private lifetime of Vikram Batra, a former officer of the Indian Military who was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s most prestigious award for valor within the Kargil battle.

Score: 4/5

7. Thalaivii — A political biopic

Film – Thalaivi
Film – Thalaivi

Starring Kangana Ranaut, Arvind Swami, Bhagyashree, Samuthirakani, Raj Arjun, Jisshu Sengupta

Story: Thailaivii is a melodramatic reference to the tabloid romance of Jayalalitha  and MGR. Was it poignant? Probably not. However Kangana Ranaut poured herself into the second half of the movie and regarded credible because the beloved chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

Score: 3.0/5

8. Bell Backside — An action-thriller

Film – Bell Backside
Film – Bell Backside

Starring Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Lara Dutta, Adil Hussain.

Story: Bell Backside is one other extra of the identical Bollywood bonanza with a shout-out to  Akshay Kumar followers. A bit humorous, a bit formulaic. Lara Dutta as PM Indira Gandhi definitely labored at getting the function proper.

Score: 2.5/5

9. Stree — A Horror comedy.

Film – Stree
Film – Stree

Starring Rajkummar Rao,  Shraddha Kapoor, Aparkshakti Khurana

Story: Raj Kumar Rao is unbelievable as a country tailor courting a ghost. I watched it reluctantly however is not going to overlook “ Bicky and his expertise at taking measurements for outfits along with his eyes, slightly than a tape-measure”.

Score: 3.5/5

10. Saina —  A sports activities biopic

Film – Saina
Film – Saina

Starring: Parineeti Chopra, Paresh Rawal, Manav Kaul, Ankur Vikal, Meghna Malik, Shubraojyoti Barat.

Story: The movie is made in honor of the previous world no 1, India’s champion shuttler, Saina Nehwal. I laud the director to showcase the dedication of her dad and mom and coach who impressed her successful streak.

Score: 3.5/5 

11. Tadap — A romantic thriller

Film – Tadap
Film – Tadap

Starring: Ahan Shetty, Tara Sutaria, Saurabh Shukla, Kumud Mishra.

Story: Unusual, misogynistic try to show a woman a lesson after which make her fall in love with you. Painful just like the identify.

Score: 1/5 

12. Sooryavanshi — Motion-packed drama

Film – Sooryavanshi
Film – Sooryavanshi

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh, Ajay Devgn, Abhimanyu Singh, Neena Gupta, Jackie Shroff.

Story: Veer Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar), a patriotic cop dons the cloak of his indomitable predecessors ( Ajay Devgan’s Singham and Ranveer Singh’s Simmba), and vanquishes Muslim terrorists whereas trying like an “aged Bond” in his antics. Uber flying, hanging from helicopters, random explosions, somersaulting vehicles and foolish humor– all a shout out to male bravado. Why would somebody who’s a physician and appears like Katrina Kaif fall for a man who calls her Syria, Malaria and worse, as an alternative of her identify Ria?! Unbelievable! There was completely no want for Katrina’s wet-rain sequence: Tip tip barse pani.

Score: 2/5  

13. 99 Songs — A coming of age love story

Film – 99 Songs
Film – 99 Songs

Starring Ehan Bhat, Edilsy Vargas, Lisa Ray, Manisha Koirala, Ranjit Barot.

Story: A.R. Rahman put his coronary heart, soul and music into it. It is extremely emotional and a bit too private. I’d have appreciated to see a unique take/spin on the plot.  “Music is the final surviving magic on the earth.” however the film didn’t contact the soul the best way it was meant to.

Score: 2.5/5

14. Ramprasad Ki Terhvi — A surreal comedy.

Film – Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi
Film – Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi

Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Supriya Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Manoj Pahwa.

Story: A hilarious peek into the sufferer mentality of a small city (Lucknow) prolonged household who can’t overlook their very own petty agenda even within the face of their father’s loss of life and their mom’s bereavement. Sincere.

Score: 3.5/5

I’m ready to look at: Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, Bunty Aur Babli 2, Chehre, and Kaagaz. Tell us what you might be watching and share your evaluations with us on our Instagram web page @India.Currents.


Monita Soni grew up in Mumbai, India, and works as a pathologist in Alabama. She is well-known for her inventive nonfiction and poetry items impressed by household, religion, meals, dwelling, and artwork. She has written two books: My Gentle Reflections and Circulate via my Coronary heart. She is an everyday contributor to NPR’s Sundial Writers Nook.




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