Best of 2023: Animal, Jawan to Tiger 3 & SPKK Bollywood movies That Made Headlines

New Year 2024 is around the corner and it’s time to look back! This year has been more happening for Bollywood, with a lot of movies releasing. However, only a few movies made it to the best list. Although the below is do not contain all the “best” movies, here are top movies that created a huge “buzz” this year for various reasons.

Check out top 10 movies that hit headlines in 2023.

Sandeep Vanga’s Animal starring Ranbir Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Tripti Dimri, Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol made headlines for its controversial subject, dialogues and amazing BGM.

Atlee’s Jawan starring Shah Rukh Khan, Nayantara, Vijay Sethupathi, Deepika Padukone in the lead roles made headlines for becoming the second-highest grossing Bollywood movie ever globally.

The other movie that made news was SRK’s Pathaan as it was considered his comeback movie. The movie also starred Deepika Padukone, John Abraham in the lead roles.

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Yash Raj Film’s Tiger 3 had been in the news for the lead pair Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. One of the scenes from the film, towel fight of Kat’s had gone viral on internet.

OMG 2 (Oh My God 2) starring Akshay Kumar, Pankaj Tripathi and Yami Gautam had been in the news for its controversial topic of the film.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 12th Fail starring Vikrant Massey, Medha Shankar and others creates a lot of buzz because of its amazing story. Vikrant’s performance received a lot of accolades.

Zoya Akhtar’s The Archies, although it was not released in theatres, had hit headlines for its cast (star kids). While a few praised the budding actors, some of them criticized it for its cast and also didn’t appreciate the star kids’ acting.

Rocky and Rani Ki Prem Kahani starring Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh and others in the lead roles, was in the news as it marked Karan Johar’s directoral comeback after seven years and also for its colorful romantic story.

Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor’s Thank You For Coming created buzz for its bold concept. The movie also starred Shehnaaz Gill and Karan Kundra, a few content creators and Bhumi Pednekar.

Satyaprem Ki Katha starring Kiara Advani and Kartik Aryan in the lead role had cute love story and a strong message, which was loved by audiences.

The Archies Review: Zoya Akhtar’s Movie Reminds of Student Of The Year; Watch It For Star Kids

Zoya Akhtar, who is known for engaging story telling and has given hits like Zindagi Na Milega Dobara and Gully Boy to name a few, has made a brave attempt of transforming American comic book to a Bollywood musical movie. I can say that she has succeeded partially in it! Read on to know more.

The story starts off with Archie Aka Agastya narrating the story of the fictional Northern Indian town of Riverdale, where Anglo Indians live, who have great affection towards India. The residents are happy until things change as Veronica’s (Suhana Khan) father, a businessman and his wife want to build a posh hotel in the place where Riverdale people have sweet memories. It is then Archie, who give up on his dream of going to London, comes together with his band (friends and family members) and protest against building hotel. Watch the movie to know how they save their “green”, passing through the hurdles and minimum requirements.

The movie reminds me of the Student of The Year by Karan Johar. However, this version is good, but not all can watch or like it. Although the story is predictable and very simple, nothing is unique, Zoya has shown the rich and middle class families’ struggles, the adolescents’ aspirations, confusions over their career (as they discuss it with their parents) and love as well.

The concept is excellent, as these days trees have been cut for urbanization and it’s important for everyone to save it. The theme “retro” is nice and the vintage details in the film is catchy, but the songs in between are a bit turn-offs (although it’s musical movie), as I said, not all would like it. Also, songs are just okay.

The main highlight of the movie, is of course, the star kids, who have performed extremely well, Agastya and Suhana are quite impressive in their first attempt. Suhana’s character Veronica reminds us of Poo (Kareena Kapoor) from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, while Agastya reminds us of Abhishek Bachchan (his mamu/uncle). Vendang Raina’s looks and style remind me of Ranveer Singh. Everyone’s costume, retro styling is excellent. I just personally wished Khushi’s hairstyle could have been better.

Verdict: Overall, the movie is okay. I would give it 2.5 stars- for the attempt, beautiful cast and theme/concept.

Cast: Agastya Nanda (as Archie Andrews), Khushi Kapoor (as Betty Cooper), Suhana Khan (as Veronica Lodge), Vedang Raina (as Reggie Mantle), Dot. (as Ethel Muggs), Mihir Ahuja (as Jughead Jones) and Yuvraj Menda (as Dilton Doiley)

Movie available on Netflix