Midway through 2021, a few of the year’s best Hindi films have got theatrical releases this year. While some of the big banner labels wait for that moment, we’ve remembered a slew of movie releases across streaming platforms like Netflix, ZEE5, Amazon Prime Video and more, that stood out for their stories as much as their storytelling.
Here are 5 best Hindi movies (so far) that deserve to be watched and appreciated
One of the best Hindi movies to have released this year, Nail Polish is an engrossing watch. The legal thriller takes you into the grey area of human life and messes up with your brain. A decorated ex-army officer is accused of murdering migrant children and has a lot of proof to support the claim.
Renuka Shahane’s directorial debut had a significant cast of Tanvi Azmi, Kajol and Mithila Palkar playing three generations of flawed women in a dysfunctional household. It analyses their journey to be the perfect parent, despite their personal unusual life choices. The Netflix film earned acclaim mainly for Shahane’s direction and performances.
The White Tiger
Set in present-day India, and among the greatly talked-about releases on Netflix, The White Tiger stars Rajkummar Rao, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Adarsh Gourav in the key roles. The film exhibits the surge of Balram Halwai, a poor driver of a rich family who utilizes his wit and cunningness to rise to the top as an entrepreneur. An adaptation of Indo-Australian author Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker prize-winning novel, The White Tiger cuts through the crap and lays the reality bare.
Pagglait delivers a satirical peek at Indian society’s traditional ways of handling loss and suffering. Sandhya’s husband of five months, Astik Giri, is deceased. While the whole household is dealing with the loss, the young widow finds it hard to mourn or alleviate even a single tear. The dark comedy soon delves into the details of the loveless relationship between the two, and how she rediscovers herself. With Sanya Malhotra in the lead, it’s a much-needed commentary on patriarchy.
Vidya Balan’s latest movie Sherni, released on Amazon Prime Video, was one of those underdogs that won over both critics and its viewers for an outstanding amazing script and performance. Balan plays a forest officer who’s assigned the task of capturing a troubled tigress.